I’ve been noticing some new trends in the invitation world now that summer is winding down (I know, sad, isn’t it!?) and Fall will be here before we know it.
The one that stands out most to me is the water color trend. Rustic chic is nothing new, but I’m LOVING the water color thing. My invitations were bold and bright (a look I still love), but I love the idea of having stunning but understated, simple invitations and paper products… Here are some of my favorite watercolor-esque designs from Wedding Paper Divas:
I love this. Not too foo-foo, not too abstract… and it helps that my favorite color is ORANGE!
This one‘s a little more traditional in terms of layout. I LOVE how the flowers are overlaid onto that lighter pattern. Gorg!
One of the reasons I love fall weddings is because for some reason, it gives us an excuse to rustic things up. Luckily, this is a trend that’s not going anywhere… Phew. Love the look of wood, lace, rustic “greenery” like wheat, twigs, etc.
Here are a couple of invitations that I love for a simple, rustic, shin-dig…
Now, I know this may not scream “rustic” to you, but go with it for a moment: I love how the swirls on the left are super classic, and super chic. And when I look at it, they look like wheat to me. Understated, classic, with a touch of rustic elegance… easy to read, and super clean… LOVE.
I love this. In all honesty, I don’t think I would have picked it out of a pile as a favorite, but the more I look at it, the more of a favorite it becomes. I love the look of the wood. I love the leaves (they’re willow leaves!!!!), and I’m a fan of mixing script with block lettering. This makes me think of a beautiful barn or plantation wedding. Swooning.
Next up? PHOTO WEDDING INVITATIONS! I’m a fan. IMO, these are a bit less traditional… but I love them (and I love non-traditional, go figure). We actually just received an adorable invite to a friend’s wedding, and they used a very similar design – photo on top, deets on the bottom. Love this idea. Personal, classic, understated, and you get to show off an awesome picture of yourself… win, win!
Love the border. Love that the picture is front and center. Love that this look is all-the-rage. Someone do it, I already got married.
I saved two of my very favorites for last. Could be because the last one reminds me of the style (soooorta) of my invitations, but I love this bold, simple look. Good news! It’s still “in.”
I love that this invite is simple and no-fuss. It gets to the point. Easy to read, easy on the eyes, and not too plain.
Count on me to absolutely LOVE an expensive invitation. Brace yourself. This one‘s letterpress, and will cost a bit more… but isn’t it DREAMY!? I love the design, love the layout, the mix of fonts, the simplicity. It’s rustic but modern, fun but classic, playful and classic. I die.
All of these came straight from the Fall/Winter collection over at Wedding Paper Divas. And, if you didn’t know, you can also get chic address labels for your wedding invitations, gorgeous thank you cards, and much more!
I’ve always totally geeked out over paper goods. There’s something about great design, good ink, and sturdy paper that just gets me going. And that freshly cut paper smell? Sigh.
Now, to reel you back in. This is a BUDGET blog. So let’s get to the nitty gritty.
My HONEST opinion on invitations is that you should spend what you’re comfortable spending. I paid next to nothing for mine, but that’s because I designed them myself and had them printed. Not everyone can or wants to do that. All that being said… if I were to go the other route and purchase invitations, I’d likely have ordered from Wedding Paper Divas. No, they didn’t pay me to say that.
- WPD has an excellent reputation. I know people who have ordered from them, I’ve read online reviews, and people love them. There’s something to be said about that.
- WPD has a super WIDE array of pricing options. You want to fall in love with those pricey letterpress invites above (OMG how could you not!?)? Buy em! You’ll spend a few hundred bucks, but they’re gorgeous. What’s better is that they have plenty of invitations that will run you less than $300 (for a quantity of 150 pcs).
- WPD has tons of choices. Tons. Seriously. I can’t emphasize that enough. Don’t love any of the designs I shared above? Don’t fret, they have tons of other options – check ‘em out. There’s really something for everybody.
Even better: I have FIFTEEN 25% off discount codes for the first 15 comments on this post! All you have to do is comment with your favorite invitation off their site and your email address, and I’ll send you the code!
Hurry. You want that 25% off. It can help you achieve my drea— er, your dream of having those letterpress invitations. Hurry.