When it comes to planning a wedding, you have a lot of details to consider. Invitations, however, merit extra attention. The perfect wedding invitation doesn't just excite guests about your event, it leaves them guessing at the themes, colors and other surprises that await them on your big day.
'As the first thing your guests see in relation to your wedding, an invitation really sets the tone for your entire event's style and personality,' says April Hallett, creative director for Invitations by Dawn, an online wedding invitation specialty retailer. 'Some of today's hottest wedding invitation trends incorporate unique materials and artistic styles into the design to perfectly reflect the couple's personality.'
Hallett predicts three wedding invitation trends will gain momentum in 2014 and are a great way to make your invitation stand out from the crowd.
1. Burlap wedding invitations
Whether you adore all things natural or love to live the country life, burlap is big when it comes to wedding invitations. A burlap background with elegant or bold printing takes rustic style to new heights. Burlap is perfect for a Western, vintage or nature-inspired wedding themes.
2. Lace wedding invitations
If your goal is sheer elegance, nothing makes clearer statement than a lace wedding invitation. Try adding a delicate lace border to your invitation, or boldly place a lace applique surrounding both of your names. Delicate scrolling fonts are a perfect pairing to lace invitations, conveying a tone of grace, style and sophistication.
3. Art deco wedding invitations
With the recent release of the new 'Great Gatsby' movie, America is falling in love with art deco styles all over again. If you gravitate toward strong colors, geometric shapes and bold lines, an art deco wedding invitation might be ideal for you. Look for invitations featuring clean lines, sharp shapes and visually stunning patterns.
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'No matter what you select for your wedding invitation, make sure that it speaks to you and your partner,' says Hallett. 'Unique materials and specialty designs are just some of the ways that you can create an invitation as special as you both are.'