Whereas you may have been planning the look and feel of your wedding for months, your guests’ first taste of what your day is all about will be when they receive that all-important invitation through the door. I once received a very lovely but plain invitation to a wedding, so had no idea of the colour scheme. I bought a bright red dress, and turned up to the ceremony to discover that the bridesmaids were all in red too! I spent the whole day being mistaken for a member of the wedding party and got nicknamed ‘The Rogue Bridesmaid’. It didn’t help that my dress was a whole lot shorter than theirs, either! So, whatever your theme or colour scheme, give your guests a heads up with the right stationery. Surprises are great, but giving everyone a few hints means they can dress for the occasion. Here’s our rundown of the top 5 wedding themes for the year ahead and the ideal stationery to set the tone…
1. Rustic woodland
This has been a hugely popular look for the past year and it’s set to stay top of the tree for 2015. Think rich shades, hand-drawn flowers and romantic forest creatures.
The venue: Book a barn venue or a country house with wooded grounds (try Haselbury Mill in Somerset). Or, choose somewhere with the option to camp and say your I dos outdoors, such as Fforest in Wales.
The stationery: We love this Hazy Woodland stationery suite from Hollyhock Lane (from £2).
2. Sweet celebration
If ‘pretty’ is your thing, this is the theme for you. Combine soft sorbet colours with a sprinkling of confetti for a modern take on romance.
The venue: This girly look will add a soft touch to industrial venues and look great against modern city settings – check out Sheffield’s The Chimney House or London’s MC Motors.
The stationery: The Confetti range by The Lovely Drawer will have your guests swooning in the aisles! (£50 for customisable, printable full set at Etsy).
3. Music fest
The wedding festival lives on – but who says it has to be Glastonbury-themed? Just don’t forget your VIP pass, or you might not be allowed in…
The venue: Ideal for pubs/clubs, party houses, fields or village halls. Visit the Festival Brides blog for lots of quirky-cool locations.
The stationery: The Oh My Festival of Love range by Whippy Weddings (from £1.20) will set the tone for the party of a lifetime. Oh, and they also do an Oh My Love Rocks range too! Super.
4. Putting on the glitz Art deco has reigned supreme of late, meaning weddings have got a whole lot more glamorous. Not keen on a strong 1920s theme? Go for a striking black colour scheme with accents of gold and silver.
The venue: Perfect for decadent city hotels, country houses, evening events, winter weddings. We love the Malmaison hotels.
The stationery: These bespoke designs by Kate Ruth Romey (prices on request) have super-chic luxe written all over them. Just gorgeous.
5. Moroccan boho Since Poppy Delevingne had her wedding reception in Marrakesh last year, we’ve all gone mad for colourful Moroccan details – think floor cushions, tea glasses and rich shades of teal, fuchsia, purple and coral.
The venue: Bedouin tents, marquees, tipis and outdoor weddings. Check out Arabian Tents for some pretty amazing canvases.
The stationery: Give guests a taste of your exotic nuptials with this brand new Moroccan Patterns invitation from Little Bird Weddings (from £3.25).
What theme or colour scheme are you having? We’d love to know (we’re nosy like that). Tweet us @paperbrideblog, using #paperbridethemes