By Anne Chertoff

In addition to wedding invitations, designers at the 2013 National Stationery Show featured some fabulous new details for both the wedding ceremony and reception.  Some products included DIY elements to create unique looks, while others sold a wide range of themed items for couples planning everything from a rustic to traditional party.  Here are a few of the items you may want to order for your big day:


The Lace Mill by Someday Designs sells an extensive collection of fine laces in a wide range of widths.  You can trim votive and candle holders, seating and place cards, and pretty much anything you can think of with this traditional bridal fabric.  The company also sells lace attached to paper, which you can paste an invitation or menu card to – perfect for anyone DIYing their wedding details!


By Anne Chertoff

Whatever look you’re planning for your wedding there will be an invitation design that conveys that feeling to your guests.  It’s very important that your wedding invitation gives your guests a glimpse of what they can expect so they know what to wear and look forward to.  For example, a classic white or ecru invite with black font for a Saturday night wedding will convey a black-tie/formal affair, while a brightly colored invitation with palm trees will send a more laidback vibe.  Here are some of our favorite wedding invitations by theme:


You don’t need to stick with ecru and black for a traditional look any more. This blush pink with copper invitation from the William Arthur Wedding III Album is very formal with its classic layout and wording.


By Anne Chertoff

A number of exciting new wedding invitation details were spotted at designer booths throughout the 2013 National Stationery Show. Brides will continue seeing fashion-inspired lace accents and shimmering gold foil printing on invitations and stationery accessory pieces. Traditional invitation designs got a modern update by mixing two font types, some even resembled handwriting. And whether or not you’re DIYing your wedding invitation, if you like the DIY look you’ll have plenty of Kraft paper invites to choose from. Couples should take note of the back of their invites when selecting theirs. You’ll find that they’re just as detailed as the front with patterned and textured backings. Here’s a look at some of the latest wedding invitation designs arriving in stationery stores later this summer:


Lace inspiration on a wedding invitation doesn’t have to be limited to a white or ivory pattern, as the Port Jefferson Wedding Suite by Dolce Press shows here. Featuring a purple lace-like pattern on each of the stationery suite’s pieces, the traditional fabric is more modern when shown in a bright hue, and the mixing of serif and sans serif fonts only adds to the whimsical look and feel.

Port Jefferson Wedding Suite Dolce Press


Guest Post by Anne Chertoff

It’s always fun to discover new products and companies.  This year’s Stationery Show featured the launch of a few new wedding invitation lines and products that you’re going to want at your wedding.  Here’s a quick recap of what’s new for 2012 and 2013 weddings:

Figs and Ginger debuted at last year’s show with a small collection of wooden bunting for cakes.  This year they cake topper collection grew to include multiple tiers of bunting and banners with wedding sayings.

Photo courtesy of Figs and Ginger

Whisker Graphics has everything a couple needs to package their wedding favors.  The company’s Bitty Bags are made from kraft paper so they’re safe for edible favors and come in colorful polka dot and chevron stripe patterns. Need something bright and cheery to tie-up a favor box or attach a personalized tag?  Order Divine Twine Bakers Twine, Whisker Graphics’ eco-friendly and strong bakers twine available in 12 colors.

Photos courtesy of Whisker Graphics

Another way to package wedding favors is to order pillow-shaped boxes from Branch + Cotton.  This new design firm has a collection of themed boxes that can be used at parties — for favors — or can be shipped through the mail as creative gift wrap.  The Striped Candy pattern shown here is a fun addition to a wedding dessert buffet, but you can also customize a gift box, and the size, so the favor box coordinates with your wedding’s theme and palette.

Photo courtesy of Branch + Cotton

Forget the traditional guestbook and order a guest sign-in board from Farewell Paperie. The company designs two Guestbook Posters — Wedding Bracket (shown below, left) and Wedding Banner.  Each one is 16” x 20” and the design is letterpressed onto kraft paper and priced at $39 each.  The company’s other must-have wedding detail is Individual Letter Bunting (shown right), which allows couples to customize their wedding signage. Priced at $3 per letter, ribbon sold separately.

Photos courtesy of Farewell Paperie

BT Elements, known for their wedding favor packaging and invitation suites, has two new items specifically created for the dessert portion of your wedding.  Couples planning on designing a sweets table will want to order Candy Cups — available in a number of patterns and customizable with your names, wedding date, monogram or a sweet saying.  Our other favorite find at their booth are their Cupcake Carriers, each one is big enough to carry one cupcake for guests to take home as a wedding favor.

Photos courtesy of BT Elements

Anne Chertoff | Wedding Blogger

Anne Chertoff has earned her reputation as a wedding authority over the course of her 10 years in the bridal industry.

National Stationery Show: More Inspiration

Posted by tgkdesigns on Oct 03, 2011

Part deux of our National Stationery Show inspiration spotlight! So many fun new trends to watch for and ideas to work with. Here are a few more that have the ladies in the studio buzzing: