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07 Mar 2022 —
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wedding invitations

Düğünler, hayatta bildiğimiz en önemli olaylardan biridir. Bu nedenle, yalnızca davetlerin vesile olması ve bir çiftin hayatında böylesine neşeli bir olaya çağrılacak kadar şanslı olanları sevindirmesi mantıklıdır. Günümüzde çiftler davetlerini istedikleri kadar benzersiz ve güzel hale getirebiliyor ve her yıl dünyanın dört bir yanındaki posta kutularına milyonlarca düğün davetiyesi teslim ediliyor. Ancak yaklaşan düğünlerin haberini yaymak her zaman bu kadar kolay değildi.

Düğünler, hayatta bildiğimiz en önemli olaylardan biridir. Bu nedenle, yalnızca davetlerin vesile olması ve bir çiftin hayatında böylesine neşeli bir olaya çağrılacak kadar şanslı olanları sevindirmesi mantıklıdır. Günümüzde çiftler davetlerini istedikleri kadar benzersiz ve güzel hale getirebiliyor ve her yıl dünyanın dört bir yanındaki posta kutularına milyonlarca düğün davetiyesi teslim ediliyor. Ancak yaklaşan düğünlerin haberini yaymak her zaman bu kadar kolay değildi.

Centuries ago, the town crier shouted out at the top of his lungs inviting anyone within earshot to attend the celebration. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press contributed to more widespread literacy that wedding invitations began to take paper form. At first however, they weren’t invitations at all, but rather announcements for marriages that had already taken place.

In the 18th century, these traditions evolved and announcements became invitations summoning friends and family to attend wedding events. They often varied from region to region, and where the postal service was unreliable or non-existent, it was common for the couple’s family or servants to hand deliver them. To prevent them from being damaged along the route, a second envelop was added to be removed upon arrival.

At the start of the 19th century, wedding invitations began to resemble those we know now. They were most commonly used among nobility, with handwritten calligraphy and a wax seal of the family crest as a sign of the status. But soon lithography made mass printing more accessible, democratising wedding invitations and making them widespread social etiquette. With letterpress printing, ink often wouldn’t dry fast enough, so a layer of tissue paper was added over the invite ensuring it wouldn’t smudge.

Throughout History, technology has continued to make waves in the style of wedding invitations. At one time, it was even popular to send wedding invites via telegraph! The 20th century ushered in the era of colourful invitations. Digitalisation made design accessible at the click of a mouse, and laser printing offered new shapes. Couples can create invitations as unique they desire, but many traditions like calligraphy, double envelopes, wax seals, and an added layer of tissue paper are still often used today.

Now that you know where these traditions came from, you might be curious to know what’s next in the world of wedding invitations. To find out, we interviewed three prominent figures about their work in the invitation industry.

RAQUEL FITZGERALD

 

Raquel has been Head of Sales for over 15 years at Mount Street Printers in London, specializing in luxury printing and fine stationary.

 

 

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What are the traditions and uses of wedding invitations in the United Kingdom?

wedding-1.jpgA selection of designs by Mount Street Printers
 

The joy of creating a wedding invite depends on the client. Some prefer a very traditional and classic invitation written in a beautiful calligraphic script or indeed a well typeset classic font. The invitation is then engraved on the front of a quality folded card, while the inside remains blank. The reason the text is on the front is because in Victorian times, invitations were placed on a mantelpiece.

What are the current trends?

Thick coloured cards with a mixture of different printing processes create an invitation that ‘pops’ when you take it out of the envelope, invitations involving full colour illustrations are also very popular at the moment.

 

What is your vision for 2022 trends?

The trend is for the unusual and the breathtakingly unexpected. The invitation lives forever so it must have the "wow" factor.
 

wedding-2.jpgFloral wedding invitation design by Mount Street Printers.

 

What is the trend for envelopes?

The envelope is most important as it is the first thing you see before opening your invitation. Engraving the diamond flap with a monogram or motif is very popular together with tissue or printed paper lining to harmonise with the invitation. Bespoke coloured envelopes are also very popular.
 

How do you combine tradition and creativity? What are your sources of inspiration?

We try to read the mood the client wants to create, and using our traditional methods of printing combined with our contemporary hand writing, we’re able to produce the desired effect. Often our clients are our source of inspiration.

 

wedding-3.jpgTraditional wedding invitation designs by Mount Street Printers.

 

IDEA INSIDE DESIGN
AUSTE VIEDERIENE AND LAURA MATACIUTE.

Idea Inside Design are a graphic design duo based in Lithuania and specialising in invitations and wedding stationary for over six years.

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What are the current trends?

Everyone seems to be returning to nature - kraft or handmade paper, torn edges, minimal, boho, rustic style, greenery, and seaside motifs. For example, if the wedding is to take place in the woods, then the colours and elements of the forest will be reflected in the invitation. The most predominant colours are natural and earthy tones (e.g. Keaykolour Nude, Biscuit, Matcha, Old Rose), warm, and creamy shades.

 

wedding-4.jpgA selection of nature inspired designs created by Idea Inside Design on Keaykolour Holy, Navy Blue and Snow White.

 

For wedding stationary, this season we had more freedom to play with the geometric shapes. For example, round menus were quite popular. Also paired with various accessories such as chiffon ribbons or tassels.

wedding-5.jpgA chiffon ribbon completes a wedding menu design on Keaykolour Snow White.
wedding-6.jpgA wedding menu with rounded edges on Keaykolour Navy Blue.

Lastly, what never goes out of style, and this season was no exception, are wax seals. They add authenticity, sophistication and charm. In addition, wax seals can be made custom and personalised with the couple’s or an element from their wedding invitation. It can also be combined with a dried flower, like lavender twig or a bunny tail. A great first impression, guaranteed!
 

wedding-7.jpgWax seals and flora elements of lavender and bunny tail add finishing touches to these invitations on Curious Translucents and Keaykolour.

What is your vision for 2022 trends?

The main new trend we are currently seeing is hand drawn custom illustrations that reflect a couple's engagement story or other meaningful details of their lives.
 

wedding-8.jpgOriginal illustrations by Idea Inside Design on Keaykolour Snow White.

 

How do you combine tradition and creativity? What are your sources of inspiration?

Tradition and creativity can be combined by choosing a non-traditional printing method or format. For example, choosing natural cotton paper and embossing it with the national motif using blind letterpress. The invitation will look modern, yet traditional details will not be forgotten. 

 

What are the essential steps to conceive an invitation?  

It helps if clients can see and touch live samples and explore paper palettes. This makes it much easier to refine their vision. During the process our clients make decisions on their preferred style, paper, colours, format, printing method, envelopes, and lastly additional elements, such as wax seals, ribbons, tassels, etc.

MARTHA CAMUTI

 

Martha Camuti is an esteemed wedding invitation designer working out of her atelier in Switzerland for the last 20 years.

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What are the current trends?

The bohemian trend has been popular for several years, and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Eucalyptus and other botanicals are also popular themes. Also, I often get requests around the theme of travel to create something in the style of a boarding pass, or around planes, trains and boats.

 

wedding-9.jpgBohemian style invitations by Martha Camuti, photography by Jessica Amber.

What is your vision for 2022 trends?

Right now it’s really all about arched invitations, where the top corners are rounded off to create a half moon. Personally I really like this new trend in the shape of invitations. As we’re surrounded by mountains in Switzerland, we also see forest and mountain themes trending more and more.
 

What papers are the most popular? What are your recommendations and why?

For digital printing I tend to recommend paper that is pearlescent or satin in finish because the result is shinier and more chic. For digital printing we also get an excellent result with paper with a very light satin finish. It’s almost unnoticeable but if you look closely in the light you can see its delicate sheen. It gives a different aspect for the final result than if we used matte finish paper. If our clients choose recycled papers I also recommend digital printing as it gives the best result. For more chic styles I prefer satin papers, while for something more casual event I would be more drawn to recommend a matte paper.

 

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Invitation design for an elopement in Italy by Martha Camuti,
photography by Cécilia Hofer.

 

 

What is the trend for envelopes?

We’re seeing a trend towards envelopes with an interior lining, giving them a more luxury feel. Some couples also ask for hand lettered envelopes, and I have calligraphers that I work with for these sort of requests. Some couples even like to hand address the envelopes for a very personal touch.

 

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Wedding invitation and stationary for a destination wedding in Mexico by Martha Camuti,
photography by Jessica Amber.

Is there a particular demand for more eco-responsible invitations

I’ve really captured a clientele that asks for plantable or recycled paper. They are less interested in complex designs with gold detailing for example but rather something simple yet beautiful that is eco-friendly.

 

What are the essential steps to conceive an invitation?

I love listening to my clients. They are the key to helping me create my designs. They are my main inspiration. How they describe the style of their event is the main indicator for me: the location, the decor, the florals and more. I also love asking them create a moodboard.

 

To see more, you can visit :
Mount Street Printers: https://www.mountstreetprinters.com/
Faire-part à part: https://faire-part.ch/
Idea Inside Design: https://www.instagram.com/idea_inside_design/