We were recently approached by Queensland Brides Magazine to offer our stationery and design expertise on current wedding trends for 2015. The theme 'Return to Romance’, which is an increasingly popular wedding style, features in their latest edition and it was a huge honour (and a lot of fun!) being able to offer advice and tips on how to incorporate modern and timeless romantic elements into your Wedding Stationery suite.
If you’re not able to get your hands on a copy of the latest glorious edition of Queensland Brides (Autumn 2015), we have the interview for you to peruse below between our Creative Director, Rebecca, and the QB editorial staff. Alternatively you can purchase a copy of the latest edition here.
“As the movement moves towards dreamy,
feminine and utterly whimsical wedding details
gathers momentum, the focus turns to stationery
and the profound sense of style which can
be created using some humble pieces of card”
The all-important first impression of your big day – your wedding invitation. A carefully designed combination of typography, stock, colours and details, your wedding invitation is not only a visual masterpiece which communicates the definitive mood of your big day, but the source of all your vital logistical information – a pretty important element for guests! The ‘new romance’ movement is one that has extended to a raft of wedding elements including stationery, which is seeing a return to traditional prettiness like lace, calligraphy, foil and monograms as well as the modern interpretation – florals, pearlised touches and illustrations are equally as enamouring.
It seems weddings have taken a particularly romantic turn – which utterly romantic details are we seeing appear on stationery of late?
Effortless elegance seems to be just the inspiration that the modern bride desires. She wants their wedding stationery to look amazing, but without it becoming intrinsically complicated! Soft and flowing flourishes, subtle sparkles and shimmers composed with carefully-crafted typography are imperative for setting a romantic mood in your wedding stationery.
Handwritten calligraphy is big – what are your favourite stationery items to see it incorporated into?
There are community classes everywhere at the moment for learning the (not-so-lost) art of handwritten calligraphy. By personalising each of your guests' names onto their envelopes with hand-written calligraphy you really set the scene for traditional romance and elegance. Remember that you can experiment with colour too, gold calligraphy especially exudes elegance.
Are there any tactile romantic elements which are trending at the moment? (i.e. lace, tulle, rope, etc.)
Gold spray paint is your new best friend! Acquire yourself a couple of bottles, summons the inner-artist within and start experimenting! A really cool technique to apply to your wedding stationery is to stack all your invitations together tightly, and lightly spray the edges for a subtle but unmissable finishing touch.
What's a really simple, cost-effective way for a couple to add some romance to their stationery?
A unique way to add your own unique touch is by wrapping simple features like twine or lace to your wedding stationery. This little bit of extra effort is inexpensive and not too complex, which will instantly create a tactile & memorable experience for your invitees. Feathers are a very wistful touch – especially if you have spent time with your fiancé gathering them from around your local area!
What's your 2015 trend forecast for wedding stationery?
Aside from seeing so many modern-day romantics, we are also loving our bold brides! These unique women (and their partners) are re-defining the romantic style of yesteryear. Think gold flourishes, magenta pops and accents of living green!