11 Watercolor Wedding Invitations That Are Too Pretty for Words

Your elementary school art teacher knew a thing or two about the beauty of watercolors: Not only do they add a pop of color to any canvas, but their dreamy look is also totally romantic. So it's no surprise that this lovely, soft painting style translates perfectly into watercolor wedding invitations.

Over the past few years, this painting style has become a go-to choice for brides-to-be when selecting their wedding invitation[1] style. For one reason, watercolor wedding invitations are perfect for a variety of wedding themes[2]. Whimsical brides will love how well the playful, flowing style fits in with their carefree aesthetic. Beachy brides[3] can opt for a blue-green watercolor hue that will fit their venue's natural color palette. And brides throwing rustic[4], boho, nautical[5], tropical, or romantic weddings will also have no trouble finding watercolor wedding invitations that perfectly complement their wedding style.

Additionally, there's more to watercolor wedding invitations than simple ombré washes of color. Couples can customize their stationery with painterly illustrations of themselves, their wedding venue[6], or the florals they'll be showcasing on the big day. But even if you decide to stick with solid colors, you still find countless pretty painted works of art, from feminine pinks and purples to deep navy blues and greens, that you and your partner are bound to fall for.

Below, take a look at 11 of our favorite watercolor wedding invitations you can buy on Etsy.

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See more: 21 Wedding Invitation Wording Examples to Make Your Own[7]

References

  1. ^ wedding invitation (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding themes (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Beachy brides (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ rustic (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ nautical (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ wedding venue (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ 21 Wedding Invitation Wording Examples to Make Your Own (www.brides.com)

Shop The Top 2019 Save the Date Trends from Minted

Choosing a save the date[1] is one of the first big style decisions you'll make as an engaged couple. Whether you're hoping to tie in their design with the rest of your wedding theme[2], or have them as a one-off expression of a totally different aesthetic, we know you want them to look really, really good. That's where Minted Weddings[3] comes in! Their new 2019 Save the Date Collection[4] is here and cute as hell, y'all. Sourced from independent artists[5] all around the world, the designs vary from classic and formal to modern filtered beauties straight out of the Instagram[6] age. Still, three stand-out trends have emerged in 2019: simple and minimalist[7], dusty peach, and, finally, the above mentioned filter effect.

See more: When to Send Save the Dates: Every Question Answered[8]

See some popular examples of the three styles below, and shop the rest of the collection here[9]. Remember, too, that Minted now offers an address collection function to keep your guests' details all in one place, and patented guest addressing and custom envelopes are F-R-E-E! So go forth — and good luck choosing only one from these gorgeous designs!

All products featured on Brides are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

References

  1. ^ save the date (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding theme (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Minted Weddings (www.minted.com)
  4. ^ 2019 Save the Date Collection (www.minted.com)
  5. ^ artists (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ Instagram (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ minimalist (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ When to Send Save the Dates: Every Question Answered (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ here (www.minted.com)

Reese Witherspoon Launches Draper James Wedding Stationery With Zola

Southern brides[1], meet your perfect wedding invitations! Reese Witherspoon's[2] lifestyle brand, Draper James, recently launched a pretty paper goods collaboration[3] with Zola[4], and this sweet-as-tea wedding stationery collection includes everything a bride and groom could ever need in their invitation suite. From save the dates[5] to invitations, enclosure cards, menus, programs, and thank-you cards[6], the Draper James x Zola wedding stationery collection has it all!

The gorgeous collection, which was inspired by Witherspoon's southern roots, features plenty of your favorite styles and designs including gingham prints, magnolia flowers, and minimalist, calligraphy-focused designs[7]. The collection, which boasts over 40 different products, also offers the option for brides and grooms to feature their chosen Draper James stationery design on their wedding website[8], which can also be created through Zola.

Courtesy of Zola

“Every element was considered while designing this collection—the placement of the magnolia detail, the scale of the gingham, and each font and color pairing,” Kathryn Sukey, Draper James’s head of design, told People[9]. “To all of the brides out there: come and find yourself in our line!”

Courtesy of Zola

Sukey told the outlet that the line was inspired by three types of brides—the classic bride, the modern bride[10], and the Nashville bride. It's a collaboration that's a match made in heaven with longtime bridal favorite Zola.

Courtesy of Zola

"We’re thrilled to announce that our first ever wedding paper collab is with Draper James," Zola’s director of brand Jennifer Spector said in a statement. "Our couples continue to ask for more and more invite designs, and these elegant suites add some charming Southern flair to our already robust collection. No matter your location on the map, we really do have something for every couple.”

The best part of it all? The entire Draper James x Zola collection is super affordable: The cards start at just $1.18 each!

See more: News Flash! Zola Just Launched Wedding Invitation Suites[11]

References

  1. ^ Southern brides (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ Reese Witherspoon's (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ pretty paper goods collaboration (www.zola.com)
  4. ^ Zola (www.zola.com)
  5. ^ save the dates (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ thank-you cards (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ calligraphy-focused designs (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ wedding website (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ People (people.com)
  10. ^ modern bride (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ News Flash! Zola Just Launched Wedding Invitation Suites (www.brides.com)

Wedding Invitation Upgrades: Which Ones Are Really Worth It?

As any bride will tell you, there are countless wedding invitation[1] upgrades out there. But which ones are worth it?

Let's begin with quick little anecdote about my dear Zola[2] coworker, Melissa. When she was planning her wedding[3], she became fixated on the idea of procuring different vintage stamps for all of her cards. She spent tons of time (like, many hours) hunting them down, and more money than she’d ever spend on plain old floral stamps from the post office. Now, in hindsight, she tells me “I literally don’t know what I was thinking!”

I, on the other hand, spent a good amount of cash on festive gold envelope liners for my own New Year’s Eve wedding[4]—and to this day, they still make me smile. Moral of the story: some invitation upgrades are worth it, and some just plain aren’t.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Budget

When you’re in the early stages of planning, connect with your partner and decide what parts of your wedding are most important to you. If having insanely-gorgeous invitations is a high priority, allot more of your budget[5] to those invites (and all the fancy accoutrements that come with ‘em). And if paper isn’t your priority, that’s cool too—you’ve got tons of lower-cost, just-as-gorgeous options[6]!

Courtesy of Zola

Paper Types

We’re talking different textures (like eggshell and smooth), and different card stock thickness (measured in points). If you’re going for a formal look, I love an eggshell finish, which skews more matte and classic. A smooth finish is great for highlighting anything with shine, like photos. While swapping paper texture usually doesn't come at a high cost know that the thicker the card stock, the higher the price. Use caution!

Fun Foils

For a very-luxe look, you can’t go wrong with foil accents[7] on invites and in envelope liners. Not only does a little twinkle of metallic go a long way, but also, there’s no risk of that gorgeous foil getting damaged in the mailing process when it’s all safely tucked inside. I always vote in favor of foil! (Am I biased? Yes.)

Courtesy of Zola

Calligraphy

Here’s my personal hot take: Skip custom calligraphy[8] because people WILL throw away your envelope. If it’s something you really want, consider teaching yourself and DIY-ing (Meghan Markle used to have a calligraphy side hustle[9], after all). Just keep in mind that time is money, too.

Belly Band

These paper bands are worth it if you’re bundling lots of different cards together in your invitations pack, like RSVP cards[10], custom maps, directions cards, hotel info cards, etc. However, if you want to lighten up your envelopes and avoid the belly band cost, you CAN just include all of that info on your wedding website[11]. For free.

Courtesy of Zola

See more: 21 Wedding Invitation Wording Examples to Make Your Own[12]

Back Printing

Nothing gets guests happier and more in the wedding spirit than cute couple pics. So I say, go crazy and print on the back of every card you can. Get your money’s worth out of those beautiful engagement photos[13]! You can even skip physical RSVP cards and include your wedding website URL on the back of the card, too (where you’ll have online RSVP waiting and ready to go).

P.S. you can shop all of Zola’s beautiful wedding invitation designs here[14]!

References

  1. ^ wedding invitation (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ Zola (www.zola.com)
  3. ^ planning her wedding (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ New Year’s Eve wedding (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ your budget (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ lower-cost, just-as-gorgeous options (www.zola.com)
  7. ^ foil accents (www.zola.com)
  8. ^ calligraphy (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ Meghan Markle used to have a calligraphy side hustle (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ RSVP cards (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ wedding website (www.zola.com)
  12. ^ 21 Wedding Invitation Wording Examples to Make Your Own (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ engagement photos (www.brides.com)
  14. ^ here (www.zola.com)

How to Decide Between Paper or Digital RSVPs

A few years back, my friend from college told me that she was was forgoing RSVP cards[1] altogether and having her wedding guests[2] do it all online. Suffice it to say, my mind was fully blown. How many trees was she saving? Was she worried about her grandma’s ability to navigate the online form? What if no one responded and she had to chase everyone down? Since her wedding, I’ve seen a surge in online RSVPs—and then, upon popular demand, Zola[3] started offering FREE online RSVP (as well as traditional print RSVP cards) as part of our new Invites + Paper[4] business. When it comes to digital versus print RSVPs, there’s honestly no right or wrong answer—just different things to consider. Here’s what I recommend keeping in mind when deciding between paper or digital RSVP cards.

Take note of ALL your wedding events

Remember that RSVPs aren’t limited to just your wedding day, but are crucial to showers, bachelorette parties[5], rehearsal dinners, even morning-after brunches[6]. The faster you get head counts, the easier it is to share info with vendors. If you’re getting RSVPs for many events, digital tends to be the faster, easier way to get details you need.

And consider the formality of those events

While online RSVP is more common than ever, maybe consider going with print if your wedding reception[7] is of the black tie ballroom variety. Until the royals go digital, I think I’d follow in their footsteps for any event that’s equally fancy.

Are your guests tech-savvy? And are you good on the phone?

While I usually deem online RSVP easier than snail mail, digital won’t mean easier if everyone is having IT drama. Take stock of how many guests are of a different generation, and mentally prepare to (a) get phone numbers of everyone who doesn’t respond, and (b) call them to get their official answers.

See more: How to Handle an Upsetting, Unexpected "No" RSVP Response[8]

The environment. Period.

The higher number of printed cards, the larger your carbon footprint (aka the amount of CO2 generated). Digital reduces that footprint by a whole lot. If you DO decide to go the printed route, you may find that cotton tree-free paper costs a lot more than your typical eggshell or satin-finish paper. To mitigate the amount of paper used for any wedding, I love the idea of sending video thank you notes, keepsake table numbers (ie: a fun keychain or flask), and a charity fund to the environmental org of choice. All for Mother Earth[9]!

References

  1. ^ RSVP cards (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding guests (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Zola (www.zola.com)
  4. ^ Invites + Paper (www.zola.com)
  5. ^ bachelorette parties (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ morning-after brunches (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding reception (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ How to Handle an Upsetting, Unexpected "No" RSVP Response (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ All for Mother Earth (www.brides.com)

10 Tweets That Sum Up What It’s Like to Be Someone’s Plus One

When you’re asked to be someone’s plus one at a wedding[1], you might feel overwhelmed with emotions, questions, and items on your to-do list, things like what should you wear? Should you bring a gift? Does this mean you have to be on your best behavior or can you get a little wild?

As a wedding date, you might find yourself spending the night at a party with a room full of strangers that somehow become your best friends, or you might find yourself hanging, awkwardly, in the corner, wondering when the cake will be served and you can finally get out of there and go home.

Either way, read on for four tweets that perfectly sum up what being someone’s plus one can be like, depending on the wedding and the crowd.

1. It Can Be a Snooze Fest

If the energy at the wedding feels low and the people there aren’t too friendly, you might find yourself glued to your assigned seat, scrolling on your phone, reading an e-book, or having a staring contest with your date, who has to be there because they are related or friends with the couple whose wedding it is. If you find yourself in that position, turn to your date and make a game plan for how to squeeze some fun out of the night ahead.

2. You Have to Dress Up

Depending on the dress code[3] of the wedding, you might have to go out and rent a suit or a dress, find a specific outfit (if the wedding is themed), or watch a couple of video tutorials on how to tie a bow tie or what black tie really means, if that’s what you’re asked to wear. If you’re a wedding date where there is a strict dress code, plan ahead and plan early so that you’re not stuck scrambling for the right outfit the day of the wedding.

3. You May Meet a Lot of New People

If you know absolutely nobody at the wedding, at least be familiar with the bride and groom and ask your date to introduce you to them ASAP. That way, you won’t find yourself talking to the groom thinking he’s just another wedding guest. Either way, get ready to meet and greet quite a few people[5] that day as it’ll be jam-packed with new faces and plenty of handshakes.

4. You Might Have to Rise to the Occasion Last-Minute

Sometimes as a plus one, you’re asked to be a person’s wedding date the same day as the wedding. If that’s the case, act fast. Try to find a place where you can get the most appropriate thing to wear, even if that means borrowing it from someone else’s closet, and make sure you have enough time to get ready and get there on time. You don’t want to be the person who arrives midceremony and causes a ruckus as the couple is reading their vows.

On the other side of the coin, if you’re invited to a wedding and want to bring a plus one, you’ll have your own set of feelings that run through your head. Maybe you’ll feel more confident because you’ll be able to spend your evening with a partner in crime. With someone by your side, you can bust out your best dance moves on the dance floor beside them, cheers with glasses of champagne, and have someone to taste-test desserts with you as the night comes to an end.

Here are five tweets that truly sum up what bringing a plus one to a wedding is really like.

1. You Have a Dance Partner the Entire Time

A big plus of having a plus one is that you have someone to get down with you on the dance floor all night. Which means you don’t have to worry about people judging you for busting out your finest dance moves, solo, you now have a partner in crime to share the dance floor with you until the very last moment of the party.

2. You Have a Drinking Buddy

One of the biggest wedding perks for any guest is the open bar[9], which can serve up your favorite beverages all night long. That’s why when you have a plus one, you can have someone accompany you to the bar, cheers to a fun night with a glass of champagne or mixed drink.

3. You Can Share a Really Fun Date Night

Consider a wedding with a plus one a really nice date night where you can spend the night together dancing, chomping down on good food, indulging in yummy dessert[11], and having a great time, while surrounded by a hundred people who are also having a good time. Whether you bring someone you met recently as your plus one or you head to the wedding with someone you’ve been with for many years (or are married to) weddings can feel like the ultimate night out with your partner.

4. You Have Someone to Share With

With a plus one, you now have someone you can split things with at the wedding, whether that’s a selection of desserts from the dessert buffet to the chicken and the steak dishes you each order during the reception, you have a person you can share with to get the most out of the wedding and also to fill your plate up with even more of the things you like.

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets About Being a Wedding Guest[14]

5. Sometimes You Want a Plus One for Fun

If you’re always the solo wedding guest[15], sometimes you just want to be allowed to bring a plus one so that you have the option to bring someone, even if that means you have to search high and low to find someone to bring. But sometimes you just want a plus one for a little fun (not as fun as this person in the tweet because that can make the couple stressed out to have to pay for a person who doesn’t show up).


19 Engagement Congratulations Cards for All Your To-Be-Wed Friends

So, yet another one of your friends or relatives recently got engaged[1], huh? ('Tis the season, after all.) Instead of making a present for the newly betrothed an addendum to your already-miles-long upcoming holiday shopping list[2], celebrate with something simple (and just as sentimental)—an engagement congratulations card.

Yes, you're not obligated to buy an engagement gift[3] for the latest to-be-wed in your life (praise). However, if you still want to send your best wishes in the form of a few post-engagement goodies[4], go the extra mile and toss in a curated card with your own personal message scribbled inside. And, for those who scoff at snail mail[5], wait until you see the engagement card ideas we have in store that rival any present, hands down.

Just in time for the holidays (read: engagement season[6]), we come bearing 19 pre-wedding celebratory notes that both the sending and receiving ends will love. There's no shortage of punny picks, perfect for the humorous couple[7]. Take Party Mountain Paper's note, adorned with a drawing of love-song extraordinaire Adele[8] and lyrics from "Someone Like You" for the congratulatory message. Or, channel millennial-speak[9] through La Croix-inspired stationery from Paper Source. If you're close with the soon-to-be-bride, play up her new sparkler[10] via Idlewild Co.'s fitting "OMG" card. Seen this engagement coming for ages? Poke fun at the pair with a pretty-in-pink "At last" congrats note. And, finally, for those who just want the most straightforward route, merely opt for a money card with "Congratulations" plastered across the front.

The proof is in the stationery[11]—keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite engagement congratulations cards, all priced at $7 or less. Pro tip: keep this page bookmarked in preparation for an explosion of social media ring selfies[12] this winter (don't say we didn't warn you).

References

  1. ^ recently got engaged (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ holiday shopping list (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ engagement gift (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ post-engagement goodies (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ scoff at snail mail (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ engagement season (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ the humorous couple (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ Adele (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ millennial-speak (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ new sparkler (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ the stationery (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ social media ring selfies (www.brides.com)

14 Save the Dates From Etsy for Every Wedding Style

This is it—the official start of your wedding stationery[1] moment (#PaperPower)! Your save the dates[2] not only inform potential guests of when to mark their calendars, but they also set the tone for the style of your upcoming nuptials. Essentially, think of these cards as your wedding's first impression. We'd be lying if we said there's no pressure, but that's where Etsy comes in to be your save the date saving grace.

In addition to offering quite possibly anything wedding-related you could ever need (invites[3]! photo props[4]! wedding menus[5]!), the online craft haven has no shortage of elegant save the date cards, fit to match your big day's vibe[6]. Requesting your guests to venture to a tropical locale for your destination ceremony[7]? Set the tone with Seahorse Bend Press' pineapple card. Planning to go the minimal route[8]? Cocoa and Mint Studio's black and white initial stationery couldn't be more perfect. If traditional save the date cards don't seem up your alley, mix it up with a glamorous magnet, courtesy of Oak Street Press. You can even pay homage to your venue's geographic location with a custom map design from Sterling Stripes. Feeling inspired yet?

Get a move on your wedding cards[9] and check out our roundup of 15 save the dates from Etsy. You may even find a viable vendor for your actual invites[10], as well.

References

  1. ^ wedding stationery (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ save the dates (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ invites (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ photo props (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ wedding menus (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ big day's vibe (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ destination ceremony (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ minimal route (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ wedding cards (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ actual invites (www.brides.com)

16 Wedding Thank You Notes You Can Buy Right Now

Post-wedding[1], your home is probably the most well-stocked it's ever been, thanks to a brand new blender from Aunt Peggy, sheets from your in-laws, and that dinnerware set[2] you've been fawning over from mom and dad. So, you know what that means—it's officially wedding gift thank you note time (cue involuntary cringe).

Wedding thank you etiquette[3] (yes, this is a thing) decrees that one to three months after the ceremony is the proper timeline to have them mailed and ready to go. So, to prevent you from procrastinating any further (we know this is the last thing on your mind amid your newlywed bliss[4]), we're here to assure you that writing cards to your friends and family doesn't have to be a chore, as long as you have the right stationery. Sure, repeating "Thank you so much for the ____" over and over is going to lead to a hand cramp and a glass of wine regardless, but it's not so bad when you're putting pen to paper that's actually, dare we say it, pretty cute.

Whether you prefer the personalized route[5] or simply just a standard "Thank You" card, we've got the stationery for you with our roundup of 16 thank you notes. There's no shortage of cool, customized cards with yours and your spouse's names, like Bailey and Beau Paper Co.'s pretty vintage-inspired stationery. If you fancy yourself a photo-infused card to flaunt those wedding pics, there's a modern template that's perfect for your favorite black and white snapshot[6] from Blanche Paperie. Or, if "Thank You" just seems too passé, switch up the wordage with Paper Refinery's elegant "Love & Gratitude" card. You can even match your wedding color scheme[7] to your notes thanks to JP Stationery's watercolor paper products. Either way, you can't go wrong with a decorative (or simple!) thank you card that speaks to yours and your partner's styles.

References

  1. ^ Post-wedding (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dinnerware set (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ thank you etiquette (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ newlywed bliss (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ personalized route (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ favorite black and white snapshot (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ wedding color scheme (www.brides.com)