You and your fiancee have finally picked a date for the big day, and you’re pumped about your lakeside wedding at beautiful Lake Lanier! You have a hundred things to accomplish from your list, and one of those is sending out invitations for all your friends and family. You want something beautiful, but not over the top; something vintage-looking, but modern. Something that looks artistic and unique, but that can be sent to two hundred people. It’s not crazy, you’re trying to accomplish something that every bride ever has wanted to accomplish: breathing originality and creativity into your wedding while maintaining a sense of the traditional class that wedding ceremonies demand. Or to put it succinctly, you just want nice invitations that reflect who you are. In that vein, we’re going to hopefully send some inspirational vibes your way with these eight styles of lake-themed wedding invitations!
First up, the minimalist look of simple beauty. This invitation says “This is a lakeside wedding, but it’s not going to be over-the-top with ropes and anchors and old wood and all that jazz.” It’s charm is in its simplicity – by only using three blocks of color, the invitation leaves plenty of neat space for the actual information on the invite.
Next we have the letter-pressed style with charming, elegant patterns. Letter-pressing is opposite to embossing in that it pushes down a defined space on an invitation instead of raising it. Both are stunning when used correctly, and the letter-pressing here is certainly used to an intelligent advantage in this invitation. By pressing the lake portion of a map, it feels topographically more real, and focuses attention on the fact that the lake is the theme. It’s an understated way of emphasizing one of the defining atmosphere features of the wedding. In addition, the simple thinly-drawn patterns in blue add a special pop to the invites that just can’t be matched. By repeating these patterns throughout all the stationary, this bride created a classy invite that her guests won’t soon forget. This is easily one of our favorites.
Our next invite is a bold vintage travel poster theme. Brides and grooms frequently put their pictures on invites in some variation, but this couple took the next step and created graphic, posterized versions of themselves, trusting that (in addition to the obvious names flying behind the plane) their quirky clothing styles would be instantly recognizable to anyone receiving an invite. This attention to detail is really what makes this invite so beautiful. The groom’s Chuck Taylors, rolled sleeves, and lopsided grin, and the bride’s green flip flops, capri jeans, and white-rimmed sunglasses are almost captivating at the front center of the page. Then the boldness of the orange, and the contrast between greens in the trees and the snow and shadows in the mountains only serve to enhance the two of them!
Our fourth style is kind of a very pleasant combination between the retro 60′s advertisement look and the more modern trend of ribbons, thin lines, and what we will call “artful text arrangement.” The varying shades of turquoise blend really well with the cream background, and the careful limitation of the orangey yellow makes it really pop off the page. The graphic designer in you might think the couple used a wide variety of fonts, but in fact, they stuck with only two, and just used variations on those two (like bold or italic). Some font-loving designers tend to go overboard with every word in a different font, but, as this invitation proves, there really is so much that can be done with simply sticking to two or three, and it really makes a huge difference! When you want your invitation to be trendy and text heavy, just remember that there is such a thing as too many fonts.
The next style is particularly popular with lakeside destination weddings. Watercolor paintings suit water subjects extraordinarily well, and lakes obviously have tons of water. The two go hand in hand. Trees also come out really beautifully in watercolor, and Lake Lanier has plenty of those, too. For a gorgeous touch of pure elegance, go with the watercolor style, and if you’re really into doing things up right, find a local artist nearby the lake (perhaps in downtown Buford) to commission an original painting of your venue. Now that’s a keepsake!
Next, this is a style that’s making a strong comeback lately, especially in this age where brides are attempting to keep the cost of their weddings down with DIY projects, recyclables, and bargain finds. This invite is actually a postcard from the venue! We love this idea so much because postcards are such an easy way to send out invites, plus, each guest could potentially receive a completely unique card. For a place like Lake Lanier, the resort itself offers six or seven different cards, downtown Buford hosts several antique stores that might carry old postcards, or you could travel around the state itself and gather postcards from all over Georgia! Finally, you could easily run your postcards through a professional printing service and print your wedding information on the back, or pre-stamp them as RSVP cards for display at your reception!
So that’s all for today, thank you for joining us as we discussed clever lake-themed wedding invitations! If your wedding was lake-themed, tell us about your invitations in the comments section!