Wedding Invitation Trends | Basic Invite

Invitations are the first impression that your guests have of your wedding, which means it is so important to make them embody you and your wedding perfectly! Throughout your entire wedding, you want to ensure you have a visually cohesive design that’s reflective of your wedding, including florals, attire, decor, invitations, all day-of paper goods, and more. So many details and decisions go into a wedding day! Picking wedding invitations can be such a daunting and overwhelming task, for sure. There are hundreds of options on the market, and narrowing it down can be quite difficult. There are custom or bespoke wedding invitation design companies to sort through and choose from, many paper goods businesses offer semi-custom designs, and then there are online websites that offer fully customizable wedding invitation suites and paper goods. Basic Invite is a great company to help you make your wedding invitation journey a breeze!

Basic Invite is a wedding stationery brand that allows you to fully customize and design your wedding stationery from start to finish, an aspect that many brides prefer and love. They have endless color options, styles, sets and trends to choose from, and their products and designs are absolutely gorgeous! Not only are their invites luxurious and unique, but their website is also incredibly user friendly. It makes choosing your wedding invites fun, and you truly get to personalize every aspect of your invitation suite.

How gorgeous are these invitation suites?! They are all so unique, which is ideal for brides looking for affordable one-of-a-kind invitations without a hefty price tag of completely custom invitations from a bespoke designer and artist. Whether you’re looking for a classic or fresh or trendy or clean look, their curated collection of wedding invitations is just for you. Basic Invites has endless options of timeless styles, and they also have designs that are a little more trendy, if you’re in the market for that.

There are a few wedding invitation trends that are everywhere in the wedding world right now, and many of these you’ve likely seen this year. The first trend is rose gold details (or rose gold anything!). This trend is a funky spin on a standard gold metallic that adds an unexpected, fun, and glamorous element to printed piece or stationery design. Metallic foil has been around for a few years, but rose gold foil is gaining popularity quickly! Basic Invite has just launched their rose gold foil invites, and we are swooning over so many of their bridal invitations, wedding designs, and customizable details.2017-Foil-Homepage-Banner

The next trend in the wedding invitations is calligraphy. Of course, calligraphy isn’t new to the world of wedding invitations and isn’t a new-to-us feature… but it’s definitely on the “hot” list these days! We are seeing calligraphy all over the place, which we absolutely love. In the past, a professional calligrapher was hired to create a custom invitation with ink, but now there is a vast array of calligraphy fonts that can be utilized for a less expensive alternative (and with a much faster turnaround time). There are so many marvelous, glamorous, Southern, elegant calligraphy fonts to choose from, and adding calligraphy to your invitation suite gives it a lighter and more sophisticated feel that is wonderfully elegant and classic – but with a certain freshness to it!

One style that you will also see on Basic Invite is the idea of color coordinated/corresponding envelopes! Basic Invite is perfect if you are looking to add an extra touch to your invitations by veering from a traditional white envelope. They have over forty envelopes colors to choose from, ensuring that every invitations suite will have a perfectly complementary envelope to match its design! Adding colorful envelopes gives your guests a touch of your wedding before they even open the invite, and it helps showcase the cohesiveness of your wedding design and color palette.

The last trend is acrylic invitations, which is also my favorite trend right now! So unexpected, modern, and creative, right?! Acrylic (or clear) is all the rage right now, and adding this trendy element to your wedding invites is jaw-dropping and will definitely wow your wedding guests. You definitely have to check out these modern, fresh, unexpected acrylic wedding designs that Basic Invite is highlighting, as they’re sure to set the tone for the rest of your wedding and leave your guests excited to see the rest of your wedding design!

How incredible are these styled acrylic invites?! I am obsessed with all of them! The beauty of the acrylic invite is that your options are limitless. They allow you to add outside organic or natural elements to your invitations when styling them (such as the featured wood grain and marble), or you can make it simple and just include colored paper to put your acrylic invite in front of. And think of how many other places you can carry the acrylic design through with other details and design elements! From acrylic table numbers to place cards to an escort display to drink/signature cocktail menus to acrylic chairs for guests at dinner… there are so many ways to creatively bring in this beautiful, moden trend into various corners of your wedding design, starting with your invitations.

One of the very best perks of selecting a site like Basic Invite is that they address your envelopes for you! This saves so much time and money, and it’s so easy to do. As a bride, you can use their in-house address collection system, track down addresses of all of your guests, and then they print your guests’ addresses on your envelopes for you. Simple and oh so effective!

Above all, though, your wedding invitations should mirror the two of you, what’s most important to you, and the overall design and aesthetic of your wedding. It is your guests’ first look at what your wedding will be like, and you want it to be a “wow” moment when they open their mailbox. Basic Invites is such a wonderful website and company to find your perfect wedding invitation suite, simplify and streamline the process for you at an affordable price, and allow you to customize so many aspects of your dream invitation!

Thanks so much to Basic Invite for partnering with me on this post; all opinions are fully my own!

Bridal Shower Soiree | Trendy Bride Magazine

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There’s nothing better than your best girlfriends, especially when you’re styled in head to toe Anthropologie! I loved working with Mel in Chanel, the personal stylist at Anthropologie Raleigh, to pull together four killer outfits for our bride and her bridesmaids for this phenomenal bridal shower! Lots of pink, white, gold, and copper made up the soft and sweet palette for this editorial shoot. The whole day was pretty magical and the entire vendor team was truly phenomenal! We’re SO excited and honored to have our Valentine’s inspired bridal shower soirée featured on Trendy Bride Magazine!

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Every bridal soirée should be as soft and sweet as this invitation by the uber talented Sage Paper Co.! We used a subtle “xoxo” theme throughout this shoot, along with fun pops of metallics, and this invite totally sets the stage!

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And how adorable is this gift box filled with champagne, a succulent, a copper Moscow Mule cup, and the cutest heart-shaped sugar cookie? I know I want one!

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This tabletop is a dream – I love how white, bright, and blush it is, along with the “xoxo” table runner and lush florals! Anthropologie provided the tabletop pieces, along with florals by yours truly.

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This simple and sweet dessert bar from Randi at Sugar Euphoria is perfection for our bridal shower soirée! Mixed metals, blush, and lots of white make me very, very happy, and this two-tiered cake stole the show.

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These raspberry macarons from Sugar Euphoria are so perfect in this brass Anthropologie container, don’t you think?! Like little jewels! I adore every detail of this Valentine’s inspired shoot, and macarons are my love language, for sure.

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You can see the entire feature, the story, & our inspiration over on Trendy Bride Magazine, and also on Mel in Chanel, one of our favorite local fashion bloggers + the wardrobe stylist of this shoot! Thank you so much, ladies, for sharing this – we are grateful!!

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Goodness, these ladies are so amazing and beautiful inside and out! I love every aspect of planning shoots, but one of the sweetest perks is getting to know so many incredibly kind, generous, and talented ladies. Working alongside the best people, seeing creativity abound, making every detail beautiful and meaningful, and laughing til you cry! Shoot days can be long, but it’s pretty amazing to see your vision come to life with the help of so many friends! The creative energy and excitement is so palpable!! Grateful for all of these beauties and the ones not pictured, too!

 

Photography: Sarah Morrel Photography | Planning + Design + Styling: Stephanie Scholl Events | Venue: The Stockroom at 230 – The Glass Box | Wardrobe Styling: Mel in Chanel for Anthropologie | Wardrobe + Tabletop: Anthropologie + Anthropologie Raleigh | Cake + Desserts: Sugar Euphoria | Paper Goods: Sage Paper Co. | Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney | Giftboxes: Memento and Muse with Southern Sugar Bakery +  The Zen Succulent | Chairs + Linens: ThemeWorks Creative | Cake Stands: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Florals: Stephanie Scholl Events | Models: Alexa Behar, Allison Creagh, Melissa de Leon, + Molly Vidovich | Custom Wrapping Paper: Kellie W

 

 

Wedding Season Gift Giving

engagementgiftA roundup of all of my favorite gift giving inspiration for wedding season…

Favorite Engagement Gifts

Favorite Bridal Shower Gifts

Favorite Bridesmaid Gifts

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 And, of course, don’t forget the handwritten notes and the love, prayers, support, and encouragement throughout the engagement season & wedding planning process… and beyond!

What are your favorite gifts to give for wedding-related events? And brides, please share your all-time favorite (and most meaningful or unique!) gifts you’ve received! I’m always looking for new inspiration and ideas.