The Journal

Five things you should know about stationery

Many thanks to our friends at Prim & Pixie for guest posting with us today! We asked them for some wedding stationery advice and FAQs they receive as custom stationery designers, and they came back with an awesome list of considerations when planning your wedding invitations.

Suede wedding invitations

Check out the suede envelope on this green-and-gold wedding invitation suite!


1. Your invitation is the first taste your guests get of your wedding.

We get it: with all the vendors on your list, stationery gets pushed off until the last minute, and the budget follows suit. Just don’t forget that your invitation is the first hint of what’s to come on your wedding day. Next to your memories and photos, it will be the keepsake you look back on and show the grandkids.


2. Don’t be afraid to ditch the traditional.

Remember that your wedding doesn’t need to be a collection of all the weddings you’ve seen all over Pinterest. If you love funky fonts or a modern vibe and want to stray from bellybands and pocket sleeves, we’re right there with you. Don’t be afraid to incorporate the uniqueness of you and your fiancé into your stationery. Whether that’s bringing in a pattern you love, creating a custom map of the destination wedding location, or personalizing the suite with a modern monogram — let yourself think outside the box (and don’t let your future mother-in-law stop you).


Acrylic wedding invitations

Stationery suite with an acrylic invitation from our inspiration shoot at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel


3. Consider the differences between template and custom wedding invitations.

If you’re looking for cost-effective options and aren’t stuck on making the invitations unique to you, try browsing the internet for invitation companies that mass-produce template designs. If you’re looking for something unique and personalized, seek out boutique invitation companies that handle design and production. They’ll provide a little more hand-holding and the end product will amaze your guests.


4. Texture + unique materials are just as impactful as color.

Fabric, leather, wood, letterpress printing, or blind debossing — we’re all about texture. As much as color can impact an invitation suite and your day-of items, so can tactile touches. Experiment with bringing in the aesthetic and features of your venue into the invitation and wedding day items. It will bring a cohesiveness to your wedding.


Palm Springs wedding invitations

This suite incorporated letterpress, an acrylic and metallic thread wrap, and a wood RSVP card!


5. Stationery doesn’t stop at the wedding invitation.

The sky is the limit when it comes to ways you can personalize your wedding day. To keep it more budget friendly but still bring impact, try custom cocktail napkins, a signature drink sign, stir sticks, menus, or programs. To elevate the event even more, create a custom escort display, laser-cut signs, hand calligraphed wood signs, or personalized welcome bags.


Santa Ynez winery wedding

Prim + Pixie designed this custom escort display with acrylic signage for Kiersten + Ruairi’s Santa Ynez wedding reception.


Thanks again to Prim + Pixie for sharing their stationery expertise!

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