Classic, monogrammed, vintage and animated – there are scores of styles to pick from when choosing your wedding stationery. Not only will you need to send out wedding invitations, you may also want to design RSVP cards, place names, save the date cards, perhaps an order of service and more.
Some key trends will always remain popular, such as elegant and classic invites that are engraved and embossed onto thick card.
Champagne is also a sophisticated colour that has a slightly vintage feel to it, while metallic colours, in particular rose gold, add a warm glow to an invite. Pantone is set to announce its colour of the year in December and when it does, there’s no doubt that the chosen tone will be used in many weddings next year.
Vaishali Shah, creative director of luxury stationery house Ananya, has revealed her top trends for 2016. Read on to find out what they are…
“The nature trend continues to be popular but in 2016, it’s all about the wild flowers, the meadows, and the countryside,” said Vaishali. “It is less structured and more wild and organic, not so refined and put together. Think soft focus effect and bleached out leaves.
“We will also see botanical illustrations – sketched imagery, hand drawings, which can be intricate and delicate. As you’d expect, shades of green will be popular. In most western cultures green denotes luck. It works well with pink, which represents universal love and compassion. Pink and green is a lovely combination with a light and fresh feel, suitable for a spring or summer wedding.”
Foliage illustrations can be used almost all year round. “Autumnal coloured leaves can set the perfect tone for your autumn wedding and tones of green bring a sense of freshness and are perfect for spring and summer weddings,” said Vaishali.
“Next year foliage will also be tropical – think lush foliage, birds of paradise, bright colours and perhaps some tropical pineapple prints, which we saw a lot of on the catwalk!”
“This foliage trend would lend itself well to outdoor, rustic types of weddings. Imagine barns, garden weddings and venues heavily inspired by nature. The trend also works really well for couples that are eco-conscious as all our stationery is printed on card from sustainably managed forests.”
A combination of deep blue and violet, indigo is a spiritual colour and is said to represent dependability, trustworthiness and sincerity, so is an ideal colour for weddings. It can also be your “something blue”.
“In 2016, there will be a sea of blue and in particular indigo,” said Vaishali. “Shades of blue are highly adaptable to one’s style preference; deeper shades like indigo, royal and navy blue can give a regal, sophisticated look, while lighter shades like teal and sky blue can give a summery look.
“Combine indigo with white, yellow or green for a fresh, crisp look, or metallic for sophistication and glamour.”
Paisley originates from ancient times but is always in fashion. It is perfect for weddings as paisley reflects the “ancient modern” trend, where traditional weddings can have a modern twist to them.
“Exotic and always in vogue, the paisley motif will be particularly on trend in 2016,” said Vaishali. “It can be expressed in bright, vibrant colours, making a dramatic statement at a wedding. But expressed in soft and serene colours, it can convey both the joy and sanctity of the occasion.
“We will see vibrant colours like saffron as well as more toned down in earthier, mustard colours. Also, we will see jewel tones of ruby red and emerald green, as well as magenta and metallic, spelling out opulence and glamour.”
Travel appeals to many and symbolises the exotic and the promise of faraway lands. This can be reflected in mosaics, tile patterns, vibrant and intricate details and traditional handcrafted motifs.
“We’ll see a riot of colours,” said Vaishali. “We’ll see heavy use of purple being used in this trend, which is the colour of magic, mystery and spirituality. It also has strong, historical associations with royalty, especially in sacred contexts.”
For those who like to make a bold statement, the trend for geometric designs is a perfect fit.
“Be as bold as your personality,” said Vaishali. “There are no rules when it comes to the design and colour combinations. Patterns can be as complicated or as simple or ornate as you like.
“Think interlocking graphics, bold diagonals, mosaic patterns, structured colour blocking and contemporary stripes and checks.”
In relation to the popular adult colouring trend, Ananya’s limited edition “Colour Me” stationery designs will be available to purchase on ananyacards.com from 1 November. These designs will include interactive wedding invitations that guests may colour and keep as memento, seasonal and thank you cards. Prices will start from £3.50.