Destination I Do
Monday, September 19, 2011

Destination Wedding Stationary: Infuse Your Invitations with Destination Charm

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words & Photos courtesy of Margot with Atelier Isabey Stationary

Destination weddings are such a wonderful way to create unbelievable new
experiences for the couple getting married as well as for all of their
guests. Whether you're getting married somewhere in the U.S. or on a beach
in a far away tropical destination, there are great ways to incorporate
local culture, art and themes. Invitations and “save the dates” are no doubt
the first elements that will set the tone for your wedding so, just like
your floral centerpieces or your dress, they speak volumes to your sense
of style and the overall look you are going with.

Having had the pleasure of designing a number of destination
invitations, I have to admit, they happen to be some of the most
fun suites to design! I'm a huge fan of designing unique motifs or
sourcing special materials, textures or papers to breathe life into the
particular destination the couple has chosen. The result is not only an
exciting invitation that will delight and make your guests look forward to
their travels, but a personalized work of art that can be kept for
generations. So with that said, I'm thrilled to share some of my designs
as well as some tips on how to personalize your own
destination wedding invitations.


It's wonderful to embrace the local colors and motifs whenever
possible, but if you still want your invitation card to have a classic
look, you can certainly do so as well! A great way to do this is to keep
the invitation simple and bring in all the fun motifs and
textures on the other cards. This invitation suite perfectly
marries a timeless look with the fun and adventurous spirit of the
Bahamas: We chose a timeless and sophisticated engraved navy
invitation with coral painted edges and paired that with bursts of
colorful coral motifs on all the rest of the cards!


This next Montana ranch destination invitation has both personality and
tons of meaningful details! I custom illustrated the mountain view of the
couple's new Montana home and infused local details such as pine trees,
pine cones, moose and wood etched typography (reminiscent of local wooden
ranch signs!). Another good tip for creating a fun experience for your
guests is by incorporating tactile details. Think of textures like
embossed wood, linen, leather or soft cotton papers to perfectly accent
the look you are going with.

South Africa

Just because you've chosen to get married in an exotic destination,
doesn't mean you need to walk away from your own background or story. On
the contrary, a good design can weave both stories together into a
harmonious design! For this wedding in South Africa, we commemorated this
couple's New York meets Africa backgrounds by celebrating both! It's hard
to believe that iconic New York monuments and African
wildlife can live side by side on paper, but they do!


Last but not least, an invitation does not necessarily need to be
comprised of individual rectangular cards. You can use an interesting
format or construction to set yourself apart or to embrace the spirit of
the local culture! For this Florence destination wedding, we created an
accordion fold invitation complete with hand-marbled papers and silk
ribbons in the Florentine bookbinding tradition. The accordion invitation
was also perfect for creating multiple areas for the different languages
of the bride and groom.

So there you have it - a few fun and innovative ways to add personal
details and “wow-factor” to your destination wedding invitations. For more
information on Atelier Isabey and our destination wedding invitations

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