Wedding invitations have moved on a LOT from the pearly gold paper and a black calligraphy scrawl of old. Now invitations are one of the best ways to inject who you are as a couple into your nuptials.
Whether it’s a cool custom drawing by one of Ireland’s many talented designers, a punchy-coloured modern graphic or a feckin’ chalk-scrawled slate hand delivered by a lad in a matador costume, anything goes.
Just remember, your invites are the first thing your guests will see, setting the tone for your day – so make sure they’re a whopper precursor of the party to come.
To help you get started, here’s a round-up of 10 of the coolest stationery designers both around the country and internationally.
1. Little Ivory
Insanely talented Irish design duo Gillian and Dave make the coolest invites going.
You name it, they can turn their hand to it, whether it’s a bespoke illustration of yourself and your beloved, a nod to a theme that defines you as a couple or a classic, romantic design.
And if you haven’t a notion where to start, come at them with a germ of an idea and they’ll help you develop it into something magic.
2. Till Dawn Dear
Irish illustrator Kitty Moss is actually a bit ridiculously good at what she does. Cop on like.
Her hand painted invites are veritable works of art – and so whimsical and charming your guests won’t quite believe the gorgeousness they’re pulling from the envelope.
She hand paints invitations, quirky maps, save-the-dates and any other custom designs you might be after. Swoon.
3. Appleberry Press
If you’re after fresh, modern and classy invite designs, check out Irish company Appleberry Press.
They’ve a serious amount of invite styles to choose from on their website, each lovelier than the last spanning design themes of art deco, vintage, contemporary and minimalist.
4. Jolly Edition
Jolly Edition caught our eye thanks to their amazing, quirky designs.
The company, which is based in Baltimore in the US, but ships internationally, is run by creative team Laura and Tom who set out to add “personality and variety” to wedding invitations and stationery.
And with their gorgeous pre-designed suites and unreal custom designs, they’ve pretty much smashed that goal.
5. Ruby Peg
Ruby Peg Bespoke Studio based in Donegal, is a master at the art of letterpress.
Think thick, creamy paper expertly stamped by hand the old-fashioned way using vintage letterpress machines and silkscreens.
6. Eva Slade
Irish designer Eva’s graphics are fresh, clean and just plain beautiful to look at.
She plays around with punchy fonts, interesting shapes and dreamy watercolours in beautiful colourways, as well as creating classic letterpressed suites and and bespoke designs based on your ideas.
7. Cool & Company
If there’s ever a company making wedding invites hip, it’s these guys.
From their name to their website, Irish-based Cool & Company’s vibe is as contemporary and fresh as the stunning designs they produce.
Loving their work.
8. Anna Hurley
This young San Franciscan’s designs are out-of-this-world good. Her eye for colour and style makes for some of the coolest invites we’ve ever seen.
Get in touch with Anna if you want a bespoke set of stationery that will knock your guests socks off.
9. The Story House
Bespoke illustrator Lucy, who draws at home in her house in London, sets out to create invites that “celebrate personality, with hand-drawn character, pattern and typography”.
Her wonderfully unique style is emblematic of the change that’s happening with wedding stationery.
Couples now want something new and fresh made by passionate creatives like her, not a wham bam conveyor belt job.
Irish company Vintage Lane is great – if you’re
going for a wedding inspired by a particular era, their fab range of vintage
designs will make sure your theme is consistent.
So whether it’s a Gatsby bash
or sweet rustic take on vintage, you’ll be sorted.