I first met Kendra in February 2022, and I loved creating her black and orange wedding invitations. As she lives locally to me in Taffs Well, she came to visit me in my studio to plan her wedding invitations and stationery. The wedding was taking place in the stunning Sant Ffraed House that September. The brief was simple: elegant and sophisticated wedding invitations fitting for both the venue and the black tie celebration she, and husband to be Curtis, had planned. A little twist though, could we include a pop of orange, Kendra’s favourite colour? Here’s how we worked together to create the perfect invitation design.
Pocketfold invitations for a black tie wedding
Whenever I design invitations with a couple, I always try to get an idea of how much information and detail they need to include. This will, to an extent, determine the best style of invitation to go for and in turn, the design. For Kendra, there were details about the venue, accommodation, transport, parking, children, and of course that all-important black tie dress code to include. She also wanted to have a reply card that her guests would return by post. A pocketfold wedding invitation was the perfect way to incorporate all of these pieces.
Design wise, Kendra was after a contemporary, yet elegant look for her invitations. My Modern Monogram collection fitted the bill, with clean lines and beautiful typography. Alongside the classic fonts for the monogram and body text, we chose a slightly quirky, handwriting style font for the names and accents. This helped to give the invitations a more modern edge.
How did we include the pop of orange colour in these elegant black and ivory invitations?
For the colour scheme, we decided that black and white were too harsh a contrast, so we softened the overall look by using a natural ivory instead. This would be the basis for the design, to tie in with that sophisticated, black tie theme. A sleek black pocket containing elegant ivory inserts and crisp black text. A simple ivory bellyband, printed with their personalised monogram completed the package, and everything would be put into a classic ivory envelope to be posted out.
Talking of envelopes:
I printed all of Kendra’s guests’ names and addresses onto the envelopes for her. This not only saved her some time but looked great too. I don’t use sticky labels onto envelopes, I print directly on to them for a beautiful professional finish.
But how would we incorporate the orange element? Such a strong colour can be tricky to include without it looking tacking and garish. Kendra also didn’t want the shade to be immediately obvious, more of a little surprise colour pop that would make people smile when they saw it. So how did we do it? We included a beautiful orange liner inside the classic ivory envelopes for the invitations. We added a matching orange envelope inside the pocket for the reply card. The perfect balance of colour, fun and sophistication. The design for Kendra’s black and orange wedding invitations was complete.
Elegant, coordinating evening reception wedding invitations
As is often the case, Kendra’s evening invitations didn’t need to contain as much detail and replies would be via phone. A simple flat card was perfect, again on the ivory card backed with black. We kept the same Modern Monogram design and combination of classic and contemporary fonts. We stuck with sophisticated ivory envelopes, omitting the orange liners on these to keep with the budget.
So that’s how I created these beautiful black and orange wedding invitations for Kendra & Curtis’s September black tie wedding at Sant Fraedd House in south Wales. For the all day guests, striking black pocketfold wedding invitations with inserts and bellyband printed on natural ivory card. A bright orange envelope liner and matching reply envelope gave the surprise pop of Kendra’s favourite colour, just as she imagined. Simple, coordinating, black and ivory evening invitations completed the suite. The perfect first impression for their guests! By visiting my studio, Kendra was able to see samples of different invitation styles, put together different colour combinations, and get a really good idea of how her invites would look before she placed her order.
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My Modern Monogram wedding stationery collection is hugely popular, and so versatile. The colour combinations are virtually endless, you can mix and match (just as Kendra did) between hundreds of different pocketfolds, inserts, envelopes, and liners. And of course, there is a complete suite of matching on the day stationery too, if you need it.
Pocket fold invitations are an excellent way to include all those extra details for your guests. Especially so if you want to include a reply card.
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