Guest Post By: Anne Chertoff

There are hundreds of new designs and product launches showcased every year at the National Stationery Show but there are always a few that catch the eye.  These creative wedding invitation designs were what I consider Best in Show.  I’m sure you’ll find your wedding invitation, or at least be inspired by, the selection below:

Inspired by Your Love

Fireworks are a common reference to falling in love so why not choose a wedding invitation that reflects the spark in your relationship.  This letterpress design can be printed in any of the company’s 26 color offerings, or for an additional fee of $50 they will work with the Pantone Color System to find the exact color you are looking for.  Fireworks by Flywheel Press, 100 invitations and outer envelopes in one color $537

Period Pieces

Wedding invitations will let your guests know a little about your wedding’s style so couples planning a wedding with a theme inspired by a specific decade should choose an invitation that reflects that time period.  Design elements to play with include color, font and imagery so look for an invite where all three represent the look and feel you’re going for.  For an Art Deco 1920’s wedding theme this design includes a font and spacing reminiscent of the period.  Instead of an icon the bottom of the invitation is embossed with the couple’s monogram.  An invitation suite includes wedding invitation, rsvp card and envelope, information card and outer envelope.  Art Deco Design by Printerette Press, 100 sets $950

Single Flower Motif

While many floral-inspired wedding invitations feature a variety of blooms, this design is one large bloom as the background to the invitation wording.  The letterpress printed design can be customized in any color palette.  Invitation set includes invitation, outer envelope, reply card and envelope.  Sorrento by Plum Blossom Press, 100 invitation sets $1,605 (2-ply cotton paper) and $1,465 (1-ply cotton paper)

New Stylish and Affordable Wedding Invitation Line

Elum introduced Umi, an affordable wedding invitation line featuring stylish designs available in both letterpress and flat printing.  The Umi collection is a partnership with Envelopments and offers a wide selection of envelopes, liners and enclosures to create a truly customizable invitation suite.  The suite shown here is an example of one of the Umi designs, available in both letterpress and flat printing.  In addition to the wedding invitation and reply set, you can also order reception cards, seating cards, menu cards and thank you notes.  Confidential by Umi/Elum, price varies on printing method

When You Have Lots of Info to Share

If you have a lot of details to share with your guests either for a destination wedding or as a wedding program, a booklet may be what you need.  The custom designed lace-like pattern on the booklet show here is printed in a pearl foil.  It can also be printed as a wedding invitation.  Inverness by Dauphine Press, $3,041 (save-the-date booklet or wedding program), 100 invitations with response set $3,831

BRIDES Debuts Wedding Invitation Book

This spring BRIDES magazine partnered with Checkerboard to create BRIDES Fine Wedding Papers a collection of wedding invitations and paper accessories.  The collection of 20 wedding invitation suites is a mix of designs from classic to whimsical.  Brides can mix and match Checkerboard’s array of papers, inks and ribbons to create the perfect invitation for her wedding.

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The metallic gold paper is backed with black to create a thin border.  The looping script sets a formal tone, perfect for a black-tie wedding.  Luminesce, 100 invitation sets $449

This romantic design features a gray and ballet-slipper pink palette.  The envelope liner is customized with the couple’s name and a soft pink bow embellishes the invitation.  Victoria, 100 invitation sets $569

A traditional invitation featuring a curvaceous black script on creamy-colored paper and coordinating bow.  Silken, 100 invitation sets $489

Both the font and envelope liner feature shades of purple in lavender and plum.  A gold-colored cord is hand-tied into a bow at the top of the white card.  Violette, 100 invitation sets $298

Carnival-Inspired Wedding

If you are thinking of creating a carnival atmosphere for your wedding that doesn’t mean you have to book a circus act.  A colorful palette, a candy buffet and bright balloons can all add to the fun setting.  To ensure your guests know what to expect order a wedding invitation with that vintage (carnival) feel.  This design, inspired by vintage packaging, mixes a variety of font styles with graphic borders.  Invitation set includes invitation, printed outer envelope, printed envelope liner, reply card and envelope.  By Regas, $1,985

Formal with a Flourish

Black tie weddings no longer call for a stiff ecru card with a black font.  This invitation design was inspired by 19th century French engraving cuts and is both formal and romantic.  The invitation suite is printed in malt and espresso inks on a double-think natural white premium letterpress stock and edged in espresso.  Sonoma by Dauphine Press, 100 invitations sets $2,415

Click here to see the top formal wedding invitation designs from the National Stationery Show.

Sweet and Simple

A vintage typewriter wedding guestbook has been popular for years so it’s not surprising that couples may want to include other typewriter-inspired wedding details.  This stationery suite features the familiar black type font on a bright white cotton paper with a dash and heart detail just below the couple’s name.  The complete suite includes invitations, printed outer envelope, reply card and printed reply envelope — both envelopes are in robin’s egg blue.  Boston by Studio SloMo, 100 sets $1,505

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