Botanical Invitations

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Our inspiration stemmed from the muted tones in vintage botanical illustrations. Now, we find delight in the colour that our timeless stationery found itself paired with in this recent Wedluxe photoshoot. We hope you enjoy this contrast of life and antiquity in the images below. The last photo in particular looks remarkably like an Impressionist painting.


Featured in Wedluxe - Photography by Krista Fox

Making a Seating Chart

Seating chart by Anista Designs

When guests arrive at the reception dinner, this is their process: they glance at a seating chart or grab an escort card, then make their way to a table.

 Your process is significantly more complex. 

You can start planning the second your RSVPS are in. One of the first decisions should be specific seats vs. table numbers. If your meal is a buffet, then a large seating chart (a board showing people's names and table numbers) should do the trick. However, for a formal multi-course meal with individualized meal selections, assigned seating may be the only way to fight back chaos. In this case, escort cards (cards with someone's name, table number, and seat number) can be helpful. 

Escort Cards by Anista Designs

When planning, keep table size in mind. For 60” round tables, the ideal is 6-8 people seated, while for a 6’ by 30” rectangular table, the ideal is 6-8 (depending on whether you seats people at the endcaps – the head and foot of the table). It’s also important to make sure you have the right amount of tables in the room, and that people have enough space to move between them comfortably. The ideal is at least 60” away from each other, and at least 30" from the wall.

Once that's figured out, it becomes a matter of matching personalities. You know the character of your family and friends, so there’s nobody better suited to pairing people up at tables. However, it’s not a bad idea to ask for suggestions - you might be surprised at your friend's seating preference!

As the lucky couple, you may choose to sit at a sweetheart table – a table isolated from the rest, where you can have your first meal as a wedded couple. You can also sit with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, you can sit with parents, with direct family, or you could sit with coworkers if you like.  Traditionally, your parent’s sit with your sweetheart’s parents, but here's the most important thing to remember: it’s your wedding, and your decision.

As for the aesthetics of your escort cards of seating chart - that you can leave to a friendly stationery business!

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?


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.




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





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





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.

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


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.






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.







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







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







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.






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.




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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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.

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

Girly Stationery Shoot

Pink is feminine, sweet and cheery. It can evokes Valentines romance or childish charm, making it the perfect versatile tool for any wedding. That's why we found it such a treat, designing stationery for this Perfect Pink Wedluxe photoshoot! Pictured below is our Adelaide line of stationery, shot by tenoversix photography - the pink garnishes it in floral swirls, overlaid by embossed gold wreaths. 

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


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.




Mulberry Blooms in Wedluxe

Renata De Thomasis wanted to create a "playful, whimsical, and fairytale-like atmosphere with a twist", and we love how Anista Designs stationery has featured in her dream. Below you'll see our handmade wedding invitations, placecards, and menus alongside luxurious Ines Di Santo gowns and lush, pastel flowers. You'll find even more dreamy photos on the Wedluxe article.

Anista Designs' Vivienne Collection featured in the new WedLuxe!

All sorts of beautiful happening in the Winter/Spring 2015 edition of WedLuxe.  We are quite excited to see our new Vivienne Collection featured in the 'Fleur Blanche' Style Shoot! Check out pages 146-151 to see our gorgeous invitation suite, thank you cards, wallpaper, signage and soap wrappers our anista designs team created! We worked very hard in collaboration with many talented people to bring together this beautiful  floral style shoot! Take a look and let us know what you think!