Ananya Cards share their top wedding stationery trends for the year ahead…
Choosing a theme for your big day isn’t always easy. For the most part, couples will want their chosen look to carry through from their save the date cards and invitations to the on-the-day details, so you need to come up with a scheme early on. Here Vaishali Shah, Creative Director of Ananya, shares her top wedding stationery trends for 2017 to help you!
With streaks for a brushed on feel, and a texture that glows with a soft shimmer of silk, the brushed metallic look is all about understated opulence. Gold and silver combined with white will add a touch of classic elegance, and copper combined with blush will give it a soft romantic and warm glow to the stationery. Whatever combination you choose; it is sure to be a winner.
The ultimate in personalisation, the traditional monogram is moving away from initials to a more intricate and imaginatively designed one that incorporates elements meaningful to a couple such as flowers, animals and symbols. The monogram thus becomes a part of their identity and has many uses beyond the wedding, including personal stationery. It can feature on the entire wedding stationery suite, and on the save the date card, setting the tone of the wedding.
Pattern is the key here, in abstract shapes and distinct, geometric designs. Choose a tribe that most fascinates you; an Aztec tribe with patterns incorporating lots of squares, diamonds, chevrons and zig zags in bold, vivid colours; an African tribe with a safari theme with a black and white arrow pattern, or an Indian tribal paisley henna pattern. Animal lovers can have an elephant or tiger in the background.
Geodes of various colours and shapes, and crystals and rock formations will steal the limelight in 2017. Slices of agate with their beautiful and distinct patterns come in both vibrant and soft colours. Designs of geodes and crystals with their rich texture can be incorporated into stationery such as place cards, table numbers and even envelope liners. Invitations can showcase the angles and facets of crystals in soft and plush water colour, while the unique layers of agate slices can be accented by outlining them in gold, silver or copper.
For a lush, fresh and energised feel to wedding stationery, Hunter Green will be a popular choice for 2017. It has already found favour on the catwalks this autumn, and is sure to gather momentum in 2017. All shades of green are popular, and Hunter Green adds an element of lushness you find in tropical jungles and deep forests.
Watercolours are very versatile as they work well with both a soft, muted and romantic colour scheme as well as a bold and vibrant one. Dipped or ombré, watercolours can be used as a background but can also be used to great effect in floral designs.
Cacti and Succulents
Whether it’s a saguaro cactus or a desert cactus, succulents and cacti of every shape and size seem to have captured our imagination and become a trend that will truly flower in 2017. They come in various shades of green, and can make a lovely backdrop to the wedding invitation. Big or small, with their bold and bright flowers, they add life to your stationery and bring the outdoors to your wedding theme.
In contrast to the minimalist, ‘less is more’ concept, the ever growing maximalist trend of ‘the more the better’ will continue to gain traction in 2017. This trend is about flamboyance, freestyle designs and wild abandon. It’s about drama – bold, unusual colour combinations of contrasting and clashing patterns. Intricate and ornate designs are built up in layers; different styles and eras are juxtaposed. The maximalist style can be a real feast for the eyes.
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