Neon. The runaway fashion look last year was the pop of color, and now you’ll see eye-searing color peeking out on invitations, too. Melinda Morris of Lion in the Sun in Brooklyn, NY predicts more and more neon in 2013. Don’t go full neon, though: The look she recommends is a neutral invite with a hit of hot color, such as a neon orange patterned invitation liner, or a cream invitation with a neon watermelon edge.
3-D. Forget the flat card in an envelope. 2013’s brides are looking to three-dimensional invitations, with pocket-folds, boxes, and embellishments, says Nashville’s Amber Housley, a wedding planner and invitation designer. “A recent bride wrapped her invitations in vintage handkerchiefs and sent them in boxes. It really stands out to the recipient.”
Pattern. We’ve seen them on the backs of invitations, as a border on the RSVP card or as a flash of surprise on the invitation liner—playful patterns are still a major look as we head into 2013, says Amber. She’s predicting chevron, honeycomb and Moroccan patterns, or even a mix of several.
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Illustration. In 2013, say it in pictures. This year, the chic way to capture your personal style is with a custom illustration on your invitation, says Melinda. An artist will create an image that’s unique to you—whether it’s a place you loved as a backdrop, a meaningful symbol to anchor your design, or even a sketch of your beloved pup as a sweet surprise on the envelope liner.
Gleam. The invitation look of the year? Foil stamping—glints of metallic gold, silver and bronzes stamped directly on the invitation. Imagine your names shining in silver against an illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge, or calligraphy scrollwork made modern in gold. “It adds a very fun pop without being too glitzy,” says Melinda.
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