Whether need last minute ideas for your upcoming nuptials, or are planning ahead to next year, Ananya Cards have shared some of their favourite summer wedding stationery ideas to inspire you…
Summer is a time for dancing in the streets, pool parties, outdoor festivals, fruity cocktails, and lots of sunshine. Your stationery can reflect this rise in temperature by using tropical vibes and bright colours, and patterns. Shades of yellow, green, orange, and fuchsia are some of our favourites, often as watercolours or vibrant contrasts. Fresh fruit, beachy looks, and destination weddings become the words of the day, with many couples taking their guests on fantastic experiences abroad.
Have fun with your wording. A popular trend is to include playful descriptions of the dress code on your stationery, like ‘beach chic’, ‘summer chic’, ‘summertime soiree’.
A popular trend this year is incorporating illustrations into your wedding stationery. This can be a hand drawn sketch of the wedding venue itself, stylised illustrations of the couple, iconic symbols of the country hosting the celebrations, or representative of the parts of the ritual that matter most to the couple. At Ananya, we start all our bespoke designs from a blank canvas, and we can build it from the ground up with you to create something that perfectly represents you and your story. Illustrations are a beautiful, unique, and very personal way of bringing that to life.
For the Summer bride, you can be creative with your ‘on the day’ stationery. Think signage, table plans, menus, place cards and escort cards, and any one-of-a-kind commissions you would like. Some lovely ideas would be calligraphy on paper, wood, stone, or mirror for example. A beautiful ornate gold framed mirror would look stunning with white calligraphy for your seating plan or welcome sign, for example.
A hot trend for Summer weddings is creative wedding day signage. There are lots of ways of using signs, both aesthetically and practically, and can be designed to tie in with your venue, with the rest of your styling, and with your stationery suite.
Just as your invites were the first glimpse of your wedding day, a welcome sign serves to let people know they have reached the right place – and that you’re really excited that they have joined you for your celebrations! Place it where your guests first arrive, and think about how you can make a feature of it: you can use different materials for the sign itself for example (like card or acrylic), suspend it or rest in on a beautiful piece of furniture or easel, and decorate it with a floral arrangement. If your venue is a little off the beaten track, do consider adding a few more on the road itself and at key road turnings. You can also combine your welcome sign with some information about the order of the day, so your guests know exactly what to expect!
If you’re hosting your celebrations in a wedding venue with many different areas or rooms, or an estate where certain parts of the wedding day are a walking distance apart, definitely consider investing in some practical signs to let your guests know what is happening where. Let them know where your ceremony is held, where the toilets are located (and baby changing facilities if applicable), where the wedding breakfast will be, where to go to find the dance floor, where the smoking area is confined to, where to leave gifts, and any other areas that you think might be useful to them. Your table plan can also be structured as a sign, and this will let your guests know where they’re sitting and where their table is in the room. Place multiple signs around the room where they’ll be having pre-dinner drinks, so that, by the time you get around to dinner, everyone knows where they’re headed.
You may want to consider commissioning some signs to label the focus points of your wedding as well – for example the bar, the disco cellar, the video guestbook, the rum and cigar bar, the doughnut wall, or the photobooth! Letting your guests know that you have some exciting entertainment or surprises in store for them is a great way of directing them towards areas where they can mingle and regroup, and also to make sure they don’t miss any of these lovely elements you’ve invested in to make their experience extra special. If you have special cocktails available, a grazing menu to choose from, or different flavours on your dessert display, you can use signs to let your guests know what’s what.
Signage can also be a lovely way to incorporate quotes, lyrics, or poems that are meaningful to you – or even to let guests know whether there is open seating for the ceremony, or mischievous rules for the dance floor. You just need to look at Instagram to see the popularity of quotes. Using them tactically can also mean giving your guests useful information, such as letting them know there are flip-flops, glow sticks, sparklers, or blankets to help themselves to – or maybe there’s a hashtag for sharing images on social media! If there are any areas of your venue that are a little empty, why not commission fun signage backdrops for some great photo opportunities and adding that extra personal touch.
Here are some examples for some fun wording you could use around your wedding:
- “Let love sparkle” – near your sparkler containers
- “Love is sweet” – near your doughnut bar or dessert table
- “To have and to hold, in case you get cold” – near your crate of blankets
- “Oh Snap!” – near your guestbook or wedding hashtag
- “Choose a seat, not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied” – near your ceremony seating
- “All you need is love”
- “Welcome to our beginning”
- “Be our guest”
- “Better together”
- “Best day ever”
- “And so the adventure begins”