‘Modern wedding invitations’ is a popular search phrase, but what actually makes them modern or contemporary?

We all know modern is the opposite of traditional. Traditional wedding invitations bring to mind a simple invitation card, classic black ink, a standard lettering style and two mailing envelopes. Modern wedding invitations, on the other hand, let you be more creative and unique. This seems to be quite appealing to today’s couples who tend to look for ways to truly personalize their weddings, including their invites.

Here are some trends that you may feature with your modern wedding invitations depending on the design you choose and the options available:

Multiple Lettering Styles – A larger and sometimes fancier font style is used to emphasize the couple’s names on the invitation.

Distinct Ink Colors – A contrasting ink color is typically used to highlight certain items on the wedding invitation such as the names of the couple.

Pockets – Becoming increasingly fashionable, this style has a pocket for holding the wedding invitation and possibly a separate pocket for any enclosure cards, depending on the specific design.

Self-mailing – These invitation styles no longer require a separate mailing envelope since they turn into their own self-mailer piece. Some designs have an envelopment, which may be colored, and which wrap around all the invitation pieces for easy mailing. Another self-mailer design option are seal and send wedding invitations that actually fold and seal up into their own mailing piece.

Bright and Bold Colors – Today it is easier than ever to make a personal statement with your invitation colors either through your paper, design or ink choices. You can also create a unique look by combining colors that you may not normally consider as complementary but really look stunning when paired together.

Distinctive Sizes and Shapes – You can easily select a wedding invitation design which has a unique shape such as being square or is an unusual size such as tea length.

Patterns – As part of the invitation design, patterns are becoming stylish including paisley and retro motifs.
Colored Invitation Papers or Envelopes – Make your wedding invitations eye-catching by choosing a design that has colored paper stock or colored envelopes. Just be sure to choose an ink color that will look good on the colored paper.

Recycled Paper – If you’re trying to be more eco friendly in your planning, have your wedding invitations printed on one of the gorgeous choices now available in recycled papers.

Embellishments – Decorative ribbon adds an extra special touch to wedding invitations with more and more designs using them as part of their ensemble.

Everyone’s idea of what modern wedding invitations are may vary but the above trends are definitely options that will make them look more contemporary. Any of these alternatives will help you make your invitations reflect your own unique personal style.

Sara Haese is the owner of Printed Creations Wedding Store.com where you can find a great online selection of modern wedding invitations. Visitors can also sign up to receive her FREE Wedding Invitation Guide.