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Something Old, Something New: Invitations + Paper Goods

Happy Friday, friends!

We’re wrapping up our “Something Old, Something New” week by spotlighting new trends for wedding invitations and paper goods (plus a few outdated ideas to avoid–you can thank us later). Inviations are one of my favorite aspects of planning an event–I’m a total paper geek. So I was excited to chat with three of Salt Lake City’s most stellar stationers and get the 411 on what’s new in the world of special occasion papers and printing. Here’s what they had to say…

From Megan Bailey, PINK PIGGY DESIGN:

Something Old Last year we saw a lot of invitations that had a very DIY, handcrafted feel to them. The days of handmade invitations from the craft store are out! It’s all about professional attention to detail, quality products, and an overall polished and refined look.

Printed materials by Pink Piggy Design; Image by Jacque Lynn Photography; Styled by Events By LMG

Something New With the DIY vintage trend quickly fading out, we are seeing more bright colors, unique shapes, and bold patterns emerging as the hot trends this year. We also anticipate that we will see more of the informal text and scripts being used to really create a customized and personable invitation–we are obsessed with this trend and love that couples are starting to really think outside the box and move away from the boring traditional verbiage.


Something Old In 2011, brides were not focusing too much on envelope details. But envelopes are the new hot spot for embellishing your wedding invitation.

Envelopes by Ann Elizabeth

Something New For 2012, I predict that the invitation itself will become simpler, allowing brides to spend more of their budget on detailed envelopes. Think richly colored invitation envelopes, and liners for the RSVP envelopes. These small details offer a big bang for your buck.


Something Old I hope the beautiful floral illustration trend from 2011 stays with invitations this year.

Wedding branding by The Spark Collective

Something New In 2012, I hope to see weddings that feature graphic details that are “branded:” the wedding style begins with the invitation, and the style is carried through all other elements, including the wedding website, menus, table numbers, signage, paper decor, favor packaging, banners, etc.


Thank you Pink Piggy Design, Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design & Printing Studio, and The Spark Collective for sharing your in-the-know info about wedding invitations and paper goods for 2012!

A BIG thank you to all the local vendors who participated in our “Something Old, Something New” feature this week! Cheers to a year full of fresh, inspiring, and gorgeous weddings!

Have a great weekend everyone!