Super-talented designer and owner of Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design, Nichole Michel, knows pretty much everything there is to know about creating unique and gorgeous wedding invitations. After building her business from the ground up, she’s learned from experience what makes for the most beautiful paper suites. So when she doles out invite advice we’re more than ready to listen, with pen and paper in hand of course.
- Be ahead of the trends: While some of these ideas have been on-trend for a while, they’re still going strong. Everyone loves blush! Blush envelopes seem to be especially huge, and I find myself incorporating them quite a bit says Nichole. Also, gold is still big and I’m starting to see a little bit of silver creep in as well. There’s more interest in laser cutting, while foil stamping remains popular. Rustic is being replaced with a more natural look. So while burlap and twine were really popular, now it’s more organic. The paper is looking textural, without screaming I came from a tree.
- Tradition is in. Lately, Nichole has been seeing brides embracing the formality of the wedding invitation, but then adding an unexpected detail. So the actual invitation is formal and a little extra personality is added in other pieces of the paper suite.
- You gotta prioritize. Nichole urges that brides should know what details of their wedding are most important to them and the same goes for their invitations. If you’re dying for a touch of metallic or you must have a custom designed monogram, these are things you need to know towards the beginning. You also need to know what your budget looks like, that way you can achieve the look you want for what you’re willing to spend.
- Planning ahead makes the process more fun! Don’t wait till the last minute, it will mean more stress for you. Being as organized as you can be is also helpful. You end up giving yourself the time you need to get exactly what you want and you’ll look back fondly on planning your wedding. Plus, the day goes by so fast, it’s so important to enjoy the process.
- Don’t be afraid to self-educate. There are some really amazing resources out there if you’re interested in paper or design. Nichole recommends a design blog called Beast Pieces. Based out of Minneapolis, they design in house and print for designers. From a technical standpoint, it’s very informative. They talk about foil stamping and letterpress printing or what paper they use, effects etc. For design inspiration, she also likes Oh So Beautiful Paper it’s a huge resource for wedding invites and it features a wide variety of work, it’s amazing eye candy.