I always love creating custom designs that are a visual portrayal of my couples' unique love stories, so that they become heirloom keepsakes that will be cherished for generations! Pieces that you will excitedly frame in your home alongside that stunning wedding portrait and your great grandma's monogrammed handkerchief.
But, when you're thinking through exactly how to add personality to your wedding invitations, it might leave you scratching your head. To help, I'm sharing five of my top tips for creating custom wedding stationery here with you today!
PS - I've created a custom wedding personality workbook guide for you to download below! The fun worksheets included will give you space to jot down ideas as you read through this post.
Think about what is most important to the two of you.
This one might sound simple, but it is where you should start! What do the two of you truly value in life? Do you absolutely love your job? Are there hobbies, activities, or date nights that y'all do together regularly? Do you have a pet you're obsessed with? Is your faith super important to you? Is there a family tradition you want to incorporate?
You might be thinking, "But Jessica, we're not that interesting...we mostly just watch Netflix together!" Trust me. That is what happens most nights here in the Peddicord household as well. But when you start thinking through the prompts above, I promise you'll uncover some truly fun ideas!
How can you then incorporate those personal ideas throughout your wedding invitations? My favorite way to do so is through a custom wedding crest! A symbol of your relationship that can contain these various icons in a beautiful, artistic way.
A crest that you can add to all of your wedding design details, from your save the dates and invitations all the way through to your menus and cocktail napkins!
Design your invitations not only with yourselves in mind, but also your guests.
While your invitations are a reflection of your personalities and love story, I also love thinking of them as gifts to your guests. Pieces of art that they'll want to keep, rather than toss in the trash after they've mailed in their response cards.
So, how can you keep your guests in mind through your invitation designs? I love recommending two ideas:
Add a beautiful art print on the back side of your invitation piece. Something special for the two of you, but universal enough that all of your guests will cherish it as well, and will want to keep it!
Think: calligraphy of a portion of your first dance song, a watercolor painting of Rainbow Row in Charleston if that's where you're getting married, or a beautiful floral illustration featuring one of the flowers you'll carry in your wedding bouquet.
photo by Shalyn Nelson
PS - The reason why I particularly love adding an art print to the back of your invitation is because it is likely going to be a 5"x7" size, which is a commonly available frame size - making the likelihood of your guests framing this piece even higher (and easier for them)!
Add a custom wedding map to your information/accommodations card! If you are having a destination wedding, or even if a handful of your guests are visiting from out of town, a watercolor wedding map of your wedding city will not only be a beautiful piece of artwork, but also a helpful guide for your guests!
Make sure to include both icons and landmarks that are relevant to your wedding weekend (ex: your venues) and places you'd recommend for sight seeing during free time (ex: your favorite date night spots, restaurants, parks, and shops!).
Blend personality with classic details.
Often times, I will hear hesitations from clients that while they would love to go all out with bold colors and illustrations on each piece of their invitation suite, they're nervous about the reactions of their parents and grandparents.
I always recommend finding a happy compromise with your loved ones (especially if they are hosting your wedding). Ask them for their opinion, while also sharing the heart behind some of your design decisions.
photo by Shalyn Nelson
How do you find a happy compromise? Blend a more traditional invitation with fun and personality-filled information/accommodations cards and response cards!
Your invitation is like the star of your suite. If your parents would prefer a classic, calligraphy and delicate floral focused design that features letterpress or foil and a clean layout - know that clean and classic can still have personality, too. Let's make those florals be the same ones you'll carry down the aisle! Or, the ones you grew up growing in the garden with your mom.
Ask their opinion about adding an artistic design to the back side of the invitation for a compromise, but listen to their concerns if they say no. We can add more personal touches to your other invitation suite components! Wedding artwork should be fun, not stressful :)
Use a color palette you actually like.
These colors will be surrounding you not only during wedding planning and your wedding weekend, but also for decades to come through photos and artwork displayed in your home.
photo by Amy and Jordan
How do you pick colors unique to the two of you? Make sure you use colors that y'all actually love - rather than what is trendy. What colors appear most throughout your home decor and wardrobe? That's a good place to start!
Are there colors that have stuck with you since you were little - maybe the color of your front door that welcomed you home every day, or a school color? Don't be afraid to use a unique color or two. They can always be softened by complementary or neutral colors!
Trust me - one of my regrets from our wedding was not incorporating orange into our palette (one of Zack's favorite colors, because of his alma mater, The University of Tennessee). If we have a vow renewal one day, you can bet it will be in our color palette then, likely paired with beautiful blues and other citrus tones like grapefruit, peach, and pink!
Consider details that will last longer than your wedding weekend.
There is a stereotype that investing in wedding artwork may be silly, because it's "just one weekend." I love dispelling that stereotype! If you truly infuse your personality into your wedding artwork, those pieces of art will be ones you can easily and proudly transition into your home decor as newlyweds, too!
How can you transition your wedding details into your home decor? Some of my favorite ideas include having custom pillows created featuring your wedding crest or floral pattern, and art prints or original paintings featuring your wedding map or venue illustrations!
Take a couple tips from my own home decor: display your wedding welcome sign or program canvas on an entryway table, and showcase your watercolor wedding portrait in your living room or bedroom!
(PS - we had our guests sign the mat of our frame as our guest book alternative, and love seeing the names of our friends and family each time we pass by this painting in our home!)
Do these ideas have your wheels turning? I hope so! If you'd like a place to jot down all of those ideas, I have created a custom wedding design workbook for you to download below! Promise it's simple and easy to use, but will really help as you're trying to narrow in on artwork and design ideas.
Dive into that free download above, but let me know in the comments below: what other wedding artwork tips do you want to know? What questions do you have? I'd love to help!