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



This black with white Night invitation with handwritten font is from Fig. 2 Design Studio’s new Lindsay Letters Collection. Gold foil is used to accent the moon and stars detailing on the top of the invitation, reception card and reply card set.




When flipping through stationery albums you’ll quickly find that many designers are featuring invitations with multiple fonts – usually mixing a flourishy typeface with a clean one. This design from the new William Arthur Wedding III Album uses a cursive font for the couple’s names and a simpler style for the wedding’s details.12


Whether you’re going for a DIY or rustic look and feel, a Kraft paper wedding invitation will fit the bill.  The Hadley design by Something Detailed is printed on Kraft paper and has a mix of font types in black ink.



Remember those TV commercials where the person checks to make sure the greeting card they just received was from Hallmark? Well your guests will be checking out the back of your wedding invitation not for the brand name, but for the fabulous attention to detail placed there. The Fifth Avenue letterpress wedding invitation shown here is one example of the back detailing Elum is offering in their latest wedding album.  Other options include cork, suede and brightly colored letterpressed backs.


Note: Many of these invitations may not be available until fall

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.