Lace Wedding Ideas

Lace is luxury. It's said to have originated in 16th century Venice, from where it swept the world as a status symbol. The labour and the expense involved were extraordinary - all those stiff collars you see in Medieval royal portraits, the ugly ones that looks like vet-inflicted Cones of Shame, each took a thousand hours of expert labour. Just one square cm could take five hours. Lace is luxury. 

And you deserve luxury. Now, thinking beyond the wedding dress, what are some creative ways of working lace into your wedding?

Jewelery

It's not just for the runway. Lace can be worn as a stunning accessory, in ways only limited by your imagination. Even better, we've found a nifty DIY guide so these beauties don't have to break your bank.

 

 

Fencing

Architectural lace is a Dutch innovation that could revolutionize our urban areas. For now, it's a rare sight! 

 

 

 

Stationery

Lace-inspired stationery is somewhat of a speciality here at Anista Designs! Pictured on the right are our signature lace envelopes.

 

 

 

Bouqet

Baby's Breath flowers are widely regarded as nature's lace. They can be incorporated in weddings as bouquets, table pieces, wreaths, or even bridal arches.

Peter Rabbit Party Theme

The charming story of Peter Rabbit and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail has delighted children for over a century. What better way to set the mood for a birthday party or baby shower than with Peter-themed invitations? Hand-dyed doilies provide a faux-lettuce wrap for the invitations, which are tied shut with a carrot tie and baker's twine. Gift tags featuring Beatrix Potter illustrations are perfect for tying off favour bags, and the same stamp is shown on our vintage Thank You cards, creating a cohesive look from start to finish. 

How to Address Invitations

General Tips

  •  Use the guest list to ensure proper spelling
  • Ensure you understand the relationships of the guests you invite (are they married? Do they live together?)
  • Determine which guests have titles (ex. Police officer, doctor, clergy)
  • Write the name of married couples on the same line. If they are unmarried, you may choose to write them on separate lines
  • Platonic roommates traditionally receive separate invitations

Inside Envelopes

Inside envelopes are a wedding tradition from back in the day, when primitive post offices systematically sullied all that passed through them.

The inside envelope isn’t vestigial – it’s still a useful way of letting people know who is and isn’t invited, and whether they’re free to bring guest. 

Without further adieu:

  • Write the names in the middle of the envelope
  •  Last names only, with formal titles
  • Reference list for how to address those with titles
  • Only use titles if it is comfortable for the recipient – if they have a PhD, but do not use the title Doctor, than do not address them as such.
  •  If one person has a title (ex. Doctor), it is customary to list them first
  • If both people in a couple have titles, then it’s customary to list the women first (for example, Officer and Mr. Sarah and John Smith). For same sex couples, the order can simply be alphabetical.
  • For unmarried couples living in the same home, or for couples with different last names, it is considered correct to order them alphabetically
  • Children’s names go below their parent’s.
  • For multiple children, order them by age, with the youngest last and the oldest first
  • Children under the age of 18 may be addressed as Master and Miss
  • Children over the age of 18 merit their own individual invitations.
  • If guests are acceptable, simply add “and guest” after the primary invitee’s name
  • For example, if you want to invite a couple and their kids, plus a guest, it could read Mr. and Mrs. Johnson / Sara and Ross/ and Guest
  • If you’d like to specify the guest invited, either issue a separate invitation to the guest (if they live separately) or send the primary invitee the invitation, with the secondary person’s name following theirs (if they live together). For example, Ms. Cane and Mr. Lane

Outside Envelopes

  • This is where you put the mailing address and full names
  • As with normal letters, the address goes below the names.
  •  Include your return address 
  • Full formal names and titles, with no abbreviations or nicknames (Jr. and Sr. are an exception to this)
  • You do not need to include “and guest” or list the children– that is for the inside envelope. 
  • No abbreviations in the street address. For instance, write Street instead of st., Boulevard instead of blvd, and Post Office Box instead of PO box.
  • Write the street number in figures (i.e. 345 Rock Road), rather than spelling it out
  • zip codes go on the same line with the city and province/state
  • Do not abbreviate province or state names
  • Do not use symbols (i.e. no ampersands – spell out the word ‘and’)

Lucy Invitations  - from $7

Lucy Save the Date - from $3:50



When To Send Wedding Invitations

SAVE THE DATES

You can send Save the Dates  at 4-8 months before the wedding. The general rule is the sooner you can send them, the better. Save the Dates are a considerate touch if you're planning a destination wedding.

 

 

 

 

BRIDAL SHOWER INVITES

The maid of honour is responsible in this case, as they're hosting the event - even still, it's good to ensure that everyone is informed 6-8 weeks before the shower.

 

 

 

 

 

STAG/HEN PARTY INVITES

It's considered polite to give a month's heads up before throwing a stag or hen party.

 

 

 

 

 

REHEARSAL DINNER INVITES

3-6 weeks notice should give people time to clear their schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

WEDDING INVITATIONS

Etiquette dictates that you send wedding invitations at least 6-8 weeks prior. Be considerate - those who live out-of-town may need to make travel arrangements. If yours is a destination wedding, then be sure to send the invitations at least 3 months in advance.

 

 

 

 

RSVPS

The sooner you send out the invitations, the sooner you get your RSVPs. It's useful to set a deadline for RSVPS - you should have all the responses collected 2-3 weeks before the Big Day. Caterers generally require a finalized headcount a week before the wedding, and stationery providers require finalized names for the place cards. Collecting responses early alleviates stress for all involved.

 

 

THANK YOU CARDS

The general rule is to send these as soon as possible, but sending gratitude cards within 2-3 weeks is considered polite.

How to word Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more than curly script and fancy paper - they're a tool for efficiently delivering information to your guests. Therefore, the challenge is to keep your wording elegant, while still efficient and informative- and luckily, there are formulas already in place for you.

slim modern invite

1. HOST LINE

A description of who is hosting the event (ex. Together with their families)

2. NAMES

The names of the couple (ex. Jane Does & John Smith)

3. INVITATION

The action line (ex. Invite you to celebrate their marriage)

4. INFORMATION

The time of wedding, the date, the location's name, and the city and state/province, with each of these on a different line and fully spelled out - for instance, instead of 2, write two.

(ex. Saturday June 6th, 2015/ At  Eight O'Clock in the evening/ St Michael's Cathedral/ 200 Church street/ Toronto, Ontario)

5. RECEPTION

A description of the after-party (ex. Dinner and dancing to follow)

Isabelle Collection - Anista Designs

Natalie Collection  - Anista Designs

Natalie Collection - Anista Designs

traditional invite

1. NAMES

Proper names of those hosting the wedding (ex. Mr. and Mrs. Jones)

2. INVITATION

Request line (ex. request the honour of your presence)

3. EVENT

Description of the event taking place (ex. at the marriage of their daughter)

4. BRIDE NAME

The bride's full name (ex. Jane Anne Doe)

5. GROOM NAME

To the groom's full name (ex. to Jone Sam Smith)

6. INFORMATION

The time of wedding, the date, the location's name, and the city and state/province, with each of these on a different line and fully spelled out - for instance, instead of 2, write two. 

(ex. at 11 o'clock in the morning/ St. Michael's Cathedral/ 200 Church street/ Toronto, Ontario)

7. RECEPTION

A description of the after-party (ex. Reception to follow)

Simone Collection - Anista Designs

Sarah Collection - Anista Designs

Etiquette for traditional invitations can be elaborate - examples of traditional wording for all situations can be found here.

This guide is also helpful if you'd like traditional wording but find yourself in a non-traditional situation (i.e. divorced or re-married parents).

Tiffany Invitations

Romantic luxury has a colour, and it's Tiffany Blue. Nearly two centuries ago the Tiffany & Co. founder, Charles Lewis, carefully chose the hue - some say inspiration came from robin eggs, or forget-me-nots, while others claimed he was riding the popularity of turquoise jewellery favoured by Victorian brides. In any case, that tone paired with white satin ribbon and faux-diamonds instantly sets the heart a-flutter, and thus serves as the perfect way to set the mood for your wedding. Another fun addition to our Tiffany suite of invitations is our vintage-inspired favour tags, pictured below, which reflect the strong history and tradition of the brand.

Rococo Inspired Invitations

When King Louis XV ruled France, his playfulness and grandiosity was reflected in the passionately ornate art of his people. The Rococo style, delicate and full of whimsy, stayed popular throughout the 18th century - its elegance, however, is timeless.

Today we take inspiration from Rococo when designing vintage wedding invitations. Below you will find examples of our invites, and the frilly french architecture that influenced them.

Grisaille

Classic paintings are often done in Grisaille, or grey monochrome, with only sparse sections of colour. After Grisaille was popularized by painting masters like Rembrandt, it began bleeding into sculpture and architecture - Rococo artists particularly favoured this style, as it was more cost-effective and made a striking contrast against gold ornamentation. To replicate this in our Tea Party Collection, we embossed our demure stationery with gold foil.

Pastel

Lilian Collection - Anista Designs

Pastel palettes were a reaction to the harsh lighting and stiff, sharp contours of the preceding Baroque period. Shrugging off the bleak Baroque drama, Rococo artists instead experimented with subdued tints of creamy colour, creating an atmosphere of sensual lighthearted whimsy. These soft, dreamy colour are particularly reflected in our Lilian collection.

ROCAILLE

Ava Collection - Anista Designs

Rocaille, a combination of the french words for "Rock" and "Shell", was the backbone of the Rococo style. Sweeping asymmetric shapes, often abstract and floral, framed or adorned most Rococo work. Even in figurative paintings, you will find Rocaille influences in the fluid curls of trees and clouds. In the Ava Collection (shown above), you'll see the "S" and "C" shaped scrolls typical of Rocaille.

Holiday Cards

This winter, there's a multitude of reasons to send holiday cards. Perhaps you wish to express gratitude for a good deed or positive presence in your life, or renew connections with old colleagues and friends. If you're more tactical, this could be an opportunity to network, building relationships with clients or forming business connections with peers. Most importantly, you can use festive handwritten cards to keep in touch with, and show appreciation for, family members. In every case, these cards are incredibly useful for showing folk that you're thinking of them.

Wishing you Joys - $50 for a set of 10

Rustic Christmas - $50 for a set of 10

Merry Little Christmas - $50 for a set of 10

Season's Greetings - $60 for a set of 10

Peace on Earth - $50 for a set of 10

Happy Holidays - $50 for a set of 10

Merry and Bright - from $2.25

Holiday Cheer - from $2.25

Marie Antoinette Stationery

Though Marie Antoinette had a rather unfortunate end, her legacy as a fashionista continues to inspire us! We like to think she'd find some joy in that. This Wedluxe photoshoot certainly made us happy - it isn't often we get to pair our stationery with such delicious treats!

Photographed by Edison Photography

2015 Stationery Trends

Darcy Collection - Anista Designs

1. Faux Watercolour

Translucent bleeds of colour, especially when paired with florals, are hot right now. Free flowing pastels are a fun, modern way to keep your elegant script from appearing stiff and dusty.

 

 

 

Hadly Collection - Anista Designs

2. Marbled paper

One of the biggest trends of the year is rippling faux-stone. The style varies, with some stationery trying it's darndest to mimic real stone, and others using the faint patterning as a stylish accent.

 

 

 

 

Jade Collection - Anista Designs

3. Rustic homespun

You've heard of faux-watercolour, now how about faux-wood? Theses invitations are a perfect compliment to a rustic outdoors wedding. When photographed, they can also be unbelievably realistic.

 

 

 

Amanda Collection - Anista Designs

4. Foil EMBELLISHMENT

Gold is a timeless accent. Including splashes of it in the form of foil accents is a perfect way to get your glitz on without overwhelming guests.