2009 Invitation Trends

by Myrna 5. September 2009 05:00
Your paper trousseau, as I like to call it, is an important part of your wedding selection process. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose, so always remember “less is more”.  I tell my clients that if they can readily define what they do not like, and then what appeals to them will become much easier.


The traditional ecru or white paneled border invitation will always remain timeless, but many brides are looking for color.  Hot pinks, yellow and even oranges are popular this year.  Layered invitations or those that are pocketed are still very popular.  The pocketed invitations might be a bit more expensive, but they neatly hold all of the accessory pieces and make a beautiful presentation. Ribbons, monograms and motifs will still be seen in 2009. There are endless possibilities for creating the paper trousseau of your dreams.


A good tip for ordering your ensemble is to order everything you may need at one time.  This can help you save money. Many couples start with save-the-date cards , which can be sent out six to 12 months prior to the wedding. This gives out of town guests a heads up so they can plan their travel.  These can be simple and fun, or formal.


Your invitation will set the tone of the wedding and is the first glimpse of who you are as a couple. You will need an invitation, a response set, a reception card, if the ceremony and reception are in two different locales, with the option of a liner for the envelope and a printed return address. Invitations should be mailed at least eight weeks before the wedding (out of the country invitations should be sent earlier).


The paper trousseau might also include a ceremony program, a menu card, and a seating card, but most important to add to the ensemble is a thank you note, or informal note. These note cards can have your names or monogram and can certainly be used after your are finished with your thank yous. 


Find a retailer that undersands the invitation process so you can receive assistance with wording, fonts and any other pertinent questions you may have.  Most of all, have fun browsing and touching all the fine paper options, and let your invitation express your uniqueness as a couple excited about their wedding!


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