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!

Kasey and Michael’s Raleigh Wedding

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Kasey and Michael were married earlier this summer in downtown Raleigh at The Stockroom at 230, which you may remember from their wedding sneak peek a couple weeks ago! Their wedding day was stunning, fun, and heartfelt, and we are so thankful and honored to have been a part of their big day. And now that their wedding images from the incredibly talented team at Blue Barn Photography have arrived, we can’t wait any longer to share them with you! Taylor from Blue Barn is truly phenomenal (and a dear friend!), and she and her team outdid herself with these photographs. They completely capture the palpable joy, excitement, and love from Kasey and Michael’s wedding day!

Kasey and Michael tied the knot on May 20th, and their entire wedding day was nothing less than spectacular! It was a beautiful (and very hot) day in downtown Raleigh, where their friends and family from New York City and all over came to celebrate their beautiful love. The ceremony and reception were held at The Stockroom at 230, which was the perfect urban venue for the occasion.

Their special day consisted of mauve, blush, creams, navy, greenery, and perfectly thought-out details! Kasey did a fantastic job doing the so many of the calligraphy details herself, rofm the signs to the place cards. I love that she her own touch on the details, which made them so much more special and meaningful! There were plenty of lush peonies, market lights in the ceremony and reception spaces, rose gold details, and a fabulous chalkboard wall as a focal point. Kasey and Michael live in NYC and planned their entire wedding from afar, and I absolutely loved getting to know this couple. Kasey has such incredible style, which you can definitely see in her bridal attire and accessories, the gowns she chose for her beautiful bridesmaids, and so many of the meaningful and gorgeous details throughout their wedding. This sweet couple was an absolute pleasure to work with (I miss them already!), and their wedding party was a dream as well. We absolutely loved being there for their day, and we hope you swoon over these photos as much as we are!

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And the amazing team of vendors that we had the complete honor of working alongside:

Photography Blue Barn
Coordination + styling Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue The Stockroom at 230
Catering Rocky Top Catering
Florist Bowerbird Flowers
DJ Bunn DJ Co
Cake Simply Cakes
Rentals CE Rental
Lighting Themeworks
Hair Teighla Norris
Makeup Makeup by Chelsea Wester
Officiant Randy Taylor Weddings
Chalk lettering Marika Wendelken

A huge congrats to the newlyweds, Kasey and Michael! You guys are the very best!!

All photos by Taylor Lovette from Blue Barn Photography