We’ve fallen head over satin-trimmed heels for all of the colorful, and creative, options in wedding stationery. Coordinate your big day paper décor, from the first save the dates to the final thank you notes, with these examples and ideas from local pros and their parchment.

Boxed, Italian-themed party invites, Anne Lehman Designs

Design by Elum, More Than Words Fine Paper

Remember Me Always

As the first taste of your wedding that guests receive, make a statement with a save the date. Go bold with bright colors, or keep it traditional with pastel prints. Most importantly, be sure to include key information for out-of-town guests like hotel booking information. “There are really no rules to save the dates,” say Amy Diamond and Evvy Bass, owners of Nota Bene. “You can also have fun with them by using either pictures, magnets, bookmarks or luggage tags — great for destination weddings.”

Party Time

We love the idea of themed party invites. Having an engagement cookout or a destination bachelorette party? Let the guests know what to expect with a fun invite. Keep things cool and casual. The pre-wedding stationery is your chance to show off your personality. “These pieces are a great place to have some fun and use out-of-the-box colors, graphics, and styles. If you like polka dots but don’t want to use them on your invitations, use them as the focal point of your shower invitations,” says Anne Lehman of Anne Lehman Designs.

Going to the Chapel

While we can’t get enough of the fresh color schemes and unique ideas popping up on invitations this year, when it comes to the formal invitation for your trip down the aisle, we adore keeping it classic. “Go easy on the color and design if you are striving for a classic look,” Diamond and Bass say. “A classic look can be updated by using beautiful letterpress invitations, a solid background and an elegant font creates a stunning invitation, or introduce a layered card that shows just a hint of color.

Perfect Programming

With so many couples opting to incorporate personal touches or beliefs into the wedding ceremony, creating a program for guests to follow along with is über helpful. “Take into consideration the amount of information that is necessary to include based on whether your ceremony is in a church, synagogue, or outdoor location. You may want to include a description of the importance of any ethnic rituals to be conducted during the ceremony,” Lehman says. “Add a personal touch by incorporating an engagement photo or quote.”

Haute Commodity

We’re getting ready for some cooler weather, but turning the temperature up on the couture creations our local stationers design. Fans that double as programs are ideal for a warm weather weekend, or just to stave off the heat of an Indian summer. “A bride can always add personal flavor simply by not limiting herself to ‘the traditional’ way of doing things. Take into account the location, settings, hobbies and interests,” says Barb Johnson, owner of More Than Words Fine Papers.

Tallulah by Smock, Nota Bene.

Be Our Guest

A sneak peek into the reception is often seen in the place cards — those seemingly small table designators make a big impression. Keep it simple, or opt for a creative installation that highlights one small, but innovative detail of your evening. “Don’t be afraid to get creative with this part of the wedding. Everyone expects to see a table with a sea of names that you have to search through to get to your next destination: the party! Adding a twist to this normal step of the event continues the excitement the rest of the evening,” says Jody Stein, owner of Create Studio.

Dinner Belle

Countless taste tests later, and you’re finally ready to debut your carefully hand-selected menu at your reception. Get the guests’ mouths watering with a decadently designed menu. “A menu should enhance the table setting, working seamlessly with the linens, china, and floral arrangements. Think color and shapes — circles, squares, and diamonds are unusual and therefore more interesting,” Johnson says. “You can add a great deal of verbal detail to excite your guests, or keep it simple and straight forward.”

Burnished gold, floral embossed paper, Create Studio.

Number One

The tiniest of details can make or break your big day. That’s why we think coordinating everything from the centerpieces to the table numbers is very apropos. Table numbers can range from graphically inspired masterpieces to pictures from past vacations together. “It is important to continue the theme of the invitation by using consistent paper, color, shape, and font. It builds on the tone set with the wedding invitation. Make sure the scale of the table numbers work with the floral design and tablescape. They must be visible so that guests can find their seats, yet not detract from its surroundings,” Stein says.

Sincerely Yours

Wedding etiquette states that you have one year to send out your ‘Thank You’ notes. Go for a design that will not only remind people of what fun they had at your wedding, but that looks sweet and simple when they open the mail.

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