Wedding stationery. It may seem like a minuscule detail in the grand scheme of wedding planning when you're faced with elements that are physically larger like your venues, the floral and decor, your lengha, the cake, the list goes on. However, these little (and sometimes not so little) paper products are basically the first tangible expression of your shaadi style that your guests will get to experience, which makes them one of the most important decisions you'll be making. The flowers you pick out will wither and die and the cake you choose will be consumed, but your wedding stationery is definitely going to be a treasured keepsake that reminds you of the beginning of your journey into Happily Ever After, and so much goes into the creation of these incredibly pretty packets of celebratory info! While we love DIY videos as much as the next person, this is one of those details we'd only trust the pros with, and so we reached out to some of the Sout Asian Wedding industries best and brightest stationery designers to help inspire us with some of their favorite and most current collections! Check out what they shared with us for some fabulous ideas for your own wedding invitations!
A Royal Impression
We love the mix of traditional and modern elements in this divine design by the fabulous folks at A Royal Impression. Purple and red are a huge trend in South Asian wedding stationery (as you'll soon see), and the three dimensional details of this particular creation are a real interest piquer! Sparkly, red rhinestones and a raised Ganesh are always a great way to greet those guests you're inviting! The inserts each feature a unique design that, together, create an elegant collection!
We love the quatrefold design of this beautiful, laser-cut creation by Aayan Creations. It's stunning and contemporary qualities are perfect for modern Maharanis. These would be great for brides looking to send out single invites to guests who they'd like to attend a particular event if they're not able to invite them to all. Imagine something like this for a pre-wedding with bold and bright papers that pop! How gorgeous would that be?
Andaleeb Firdosy of Atelier Azure is a Southern California favorite for South Asian brides, and we turned to her for some insight in this interview in 2014, so it's no surprise we reached out to her to see what was happening in her corner of the wedding world — and she wowed us with a peek into her new boutique brand, Love On Paper (below)! We also had to include one of our favorites from Atelier Azure, the Lotus design (above). We adore the ombre effects on both of these creations, and that's definitely a trending detail we've been seeing a lot in weddings. From lenghas and saris to cakes, ombre is still huge — and we want to keep seeing more of it in the stationery category! Don't you?
We picked this gorgeous design from Customizing Creativity because it's the perfect example of traditional colors and graphics combined with a non-traditional orientation, which equals the perfect marriage for Maharanis in search of a bit of both! Tradition and culture will always be a huge part of South Asian weddings, and we know a lot of brides also want to mix in a bit of modern flare to their shaadi details. Sometimes, something as simple as the orientation or shape of your invites is enough to do just that and make a world of impression on your soon-to-be guests!
The Royal Collection
Finally, we wanted to include something that was sure to make a royal impression for the Maharanis after an unmistakably luxurious style, and this elegant design by The Royal Collection totally did it for us! A solid, satiny finish with a beautifully decorated monogram is a sure fire way to make a sophisticated impression if that's what you're after. Trim it with a bit of gold (because, of course, it's not a true shaadi until there's gold!), and it's Maharani-approved!
Join us later today for an unforgettably breathtaking, Bay Area shaadi!