Category Archive ‘Wedding Invitations‘

10 Most Popular Wedding Invitations of 2012

It’s time to reveal our 10 most popular invitations for 2012. This list is based on total website views, ratings and inquires.

2012 saw letterpress still on top of couples’ wish lists for their wedding invitations. Other things couples have taken a liking to are bold patterns, rich colors and quirky design elements. Read more about it in our post about invitation trends in 2013.

Here they are. Tell us which of them is your favorite.

Designing an invitation that is almost nothing is no easy task but something the bride, Jackie Mitra-Bailon, pulled off perfectly. The invitation’s timeless appeal and charming personality has brought it to the top of the list for two consecutive years. The smart use of white space and font weights with the quaint bird illustration makes it hard for anyone to take their eyes off this beauty.

We are happy to announce that Jackie will be collaborating with Printsonalities as a guest designer.

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What makes it for this letterpress invitation is the lush damask background with just the right amount of pattern in a color that doesn’t take away form the main focus of the invite–the couple’s wedding. An invitation that exudes luxuriousness from the impressive size of the cards (8″x8″) to the metallic gold ink the details are printed with.

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What this invitation set lacks in number of cards, it makes up with immense personality. It effortlessly merges vintage and contemporary in one beautifully letterpressed card. Fall in love with the volutes and ornaments–little details that accent the already beautiful typography.

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A modern take on Art Nouveau. The overflowing swirls are broken with patches of white space that contain the details of the event. The tiered cards are belted neatly and placed in a pochette.

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Opening this invitation set will be in your memory for a long time just with the number of things to see alone: the rounded frame, soft cherry blossom pattern, colored envelope and intricate die cut belt that all complement each other to give something classy without being uptight.

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So what’s so special about a block of text? Sometimes less is more; you don’t have to go overboard to show elegance and style. Here, the playful use of font weights and the pop of color to emphasize details go a long way to tell your guests what a wonderful event you are going to have.

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Maybe it’s the hand drawn botanical patterns or the lovely frame or the banner ribbon or the adorable fonts or perhaps all of them? Whatever it is, this invitation will charm anyone who sees it

It was exclusively designed for the couple by an artist we love to collaborate with, Fozzy Castro-Dayrit. She will be collaborating with Printsonalities as a guest designer starting in 2013.

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Reserved and sophisticated with a filipiniana flair. This invitation lovingly speaks to guests in Filipino, a theme is seen from the neutral color scheme, subtly textured fabric that houses the cards embossed with a lace design to the faux-pearl string that fastens the pocket folder.

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When you’re as in the public eye as this couple you don’t really need to show off. This invite is so clean and simple it is what makes it so unique and likable. An ornate crest embossed on the outside entices you to open it and see the main invite layered on metallic paper inside. The entire suite was done in letterpress with paper in varying shades of light beige.

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Black isn’t a color associated with weddings but this all-black invitation could change that. It is daring and edgy. It might not be for everyone but it is certainly a dapper looking invitation. Silver foil was used to print the text and the monogram (an ambigram of the couples’ initials). The different textures and layers of black add depth that will draw you in and capture your imagination.

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What Defines Indian Wedding Invitations

Indian weddings are known to be the most extravagant, most opulent weddings in the world. Their weddings are regarded as not just the union of two souls, but also of two families, and deemed as one of the most ritualistic affairs in Indian traditions.

And likewise, this kind of opulence and grandness are very well displayed in their wedding invites – the very first visible mark of the celebration.

Let’s take a look at the qualities and characteristics that make up an Indian wedding invitation.

Bright, radiant colors

Indian wedding ceremonies are usually very colorful. They choose bright colors to signify the tradition, festivity and liveliness of the occasion. In traditional Indian wedding invitations, bright vivid colors are a staple element.

This gleaming pocketfold invitation we made for Kunal and Michelle is comprised of four colors for the four events of their week-long celebration. In this design, beautiful paisley patterns and an icon representing Hindu god Ganesh were excellently used.

A stunningly magical look

Their deep respect for tradition, cultural heritage and national symbols deserve beautiful patterns, icons and details that can represent who they are as a people.

Take a look at the mystifying round icon we designed for Avani and Simha’s plyke brown pocketfold invitation. It provided a magnificent aura that brings you closer to the captivating culture of India.

A lavish ensemble

Because of the different kinds of celebrations that last at least three days to up to three weeks, sets of Indian wedding invitations often come in pocketfold or customized boxes.

Ordered with an itinerary card, welcome kit and menu, this pocketfold invitation set we crafted for Krishnan and Anita invited guests for a fun destination wedding in the Cayman Islands.

Classy, sophisticated appeal

Some Indian couples prefer their weddings in quite formal settings. In such cases, the wedding invitations can adopt the same traditional vibes, but executed in a classy, sophisticated approach.

This horizontal pocketfold invitation of Dhruva and Namita is an example. All white paper with abstracted paisley prints on the pouch and on the envelope lining – a little bit minimalist, but with the same opulence befitting a splendid occasion.

Indian weddings are predominantly defined by Hindu rituals and traditions, but since there are also seven other religions with each of their own wedding practices, the overall tone, style and celebration of Indian weddings may vary depending on the couple’s backgrounds and preferences.

Nonetheless, one thing remains distinctive of an Indian wedding invite: the suite is always a delightful display of love, commitment and national identity. And with Printsonalities’ full customization prowess, almost everything is possible for a grandiose Indian wedding.

Top 3 Out-of-the-Box Wedding Invitations

Most wedding invitations in our collection represent the elegance and tradition that Printsonalities has been proud to espouse. Having been trusted most recently by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo and Valenzuela City Coun. Shalani Soledad with their full classic wedding invitation suite, we are very proud that the brand has, through the years, championed the taste and sophistication that most soon-to-wed couples are looking for.

In fact, our most popular designs belong to our classic, letterpress and luxe collections. Some of these include John & Jackie’s, Alvin & Genevieve’s, Himer & Pinky’s, Jayson & Joyce, among other designs. This only tells us that the classic wedding invitations are here to stay, appealing even to this generation’s young and modern couples.

But do soon-to-wed couples ever ponder, “What might be the invitation designs that are not yet done? Not yet seen?”

We now present to you three of the very few couples who braved to be different, who dared to change the rules to follow their own, who come-what-may achieved what they wanted for their own invitations, producing never-been-done and never-been-seen wedding invitations that people have come to love.

They gave not only a touch of themselves in these invitations, but their own uniqueness as a couple, and these wedding invitations are what we now call as out-of-the-box, out-of-this-world unique invitations creatively and imaginatively conceptualized and executed.

Never mind it was difficult (since it was our job to make it happen), never mind it was laborious, never mind it was non-traditional. What matters is that:

They had it their way.

Let’s one by one take a look at our all-time top 3 most unique wedding invitations:

1. Ryan & Judy Ann

It’s not just the native raffia shoebox that makes this wedding invitation out-of-the-box, but also the witty, casual Filipino wordings and the right pair of slipper that went with the main invites.

“The artistic and rather unorthodox side of the couple became very evident in their wedding invitation. Their concept was very non-traditional and non-conformist. How often would you receive an invitation bearing a slipper which you would be asked to bring to the reception for you to wear? Also, since they wanted a secret, private wedding, they wanted their invite to sound like how they talk, so even without their names on the cards, the guests knew it was their wedding,” shared Printsonalities co-owner and managing director Chiw Bailon.

“Eto na ‘to.. Inuman na! Punta kang nakaputi.”

Who puts a line like that in a wedding invitation?

2. Mark & Jolina

It’s not everyday that we design an invitation in the form of a 28-page scrapbook. Mark and Jolina’s scrapbook wedding invitation put together their love story through their personal mementos replicated in its pages. Although Jolina has also been known for her adorable penchant for arts and crafts, Mark also had his remarkable share of creative and hands-on involvement.

Mark and Jolina Scrapbook Wedding Invitation

“Right from the start, they knew what they wanted. And initially, they asked us if we could make a scrapbook. And I thought, ‘we haven’t done it before’, but we agreed. Mark and Jolina were very relaxed, personal and hands-on, and throughout the whole process, it was like a team effort,” narrated Printsonalities client service director Noky Gatmaitan.

Every font, every color, every detail – everything was a product of their keen artistic predilections, and with us, they were able to make it happen.

3. Jayson & Elaine

They could have just asked for a design with a cherry blossoms pattern and it would already be fit for a Japanese zen-themed wedding. But Jayson and Elaine had something better in mind. They had an origami wedding invitation.

“When you think of an origami invitation, what comes to mind is that there might be an origami embellishment or origami add-on that goes with the main invite. But for Jayson and Elaine, the invite itself was an origami”, related Noky.

What we came up with was an origami lotus flower. What’s interesting about this was the guests must be able to solve the puzzle to see the RSVP and location map page in the petals’ front and back panels. It did come with instructions though

“They wanted it to be interactive. They wanted their guests to have fun with it, to play with it.”

Couples like them, who have the wildest, out-of-this-world and never-heard-of ideas for their wedding invitations are assured that their dream wedding invitation can come true with Printsonalities’ full customization prowess.

For more invitation samples, please click HERE.

The Roman Romulo-Shalani Soledad Crest

A Swiss author once said, “Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”

But what then can be a perfect emblem of love? A fitting insignia for a perfect match? These were the questions we had in mind when conceptualizing for the crest of the politician couple Rep. Roman Romulo and Coun. Shalani Soledad, and we’re glad it became utterly evident in the final crest they chose.
The simplicity and elegance of the full classic wedding invitation suite of Roman and Shalani wouldn’t have been complete without this elegant crest that gave it a regal and stately appeal. It was the centerpiece of the invitation that now serves as a seal of their love and commitment to each other.

“My first peg for their crest was like a family’s coat of arms, with elements and symbolisms that could define them as a couple. We have identified different elements based on Greek and Latin heraldry. From there, we’ve designed various studies for the couple to choose from,” shared Rodelio Santos, Chief Graphic Designer of Printsonalities.

These were the initial sketches of the crest’s elements. We incorporated royal symbols to signify their distinction as distinguished public servants of the country. In these early sketches you can see the couple’s initials (RS), a crown, a knight’s helmet, a sword, a shield, swirls of Acanthus leaves, and a cross, among others.

We played around with these elements, combining one to another, experimenting with shapes, sizes, fonts, and orientation. Then after much thought, we presented these six studies to the couple.

“They did not like the royal icons, which were the crown, the helmet, and armor. What they wanted to stand out was their initials in a Medieval font and the surrounding swirls of vine and Acanthus leaves. With these elements alone, we knew that a simple yet striking RS crest was yet to unfold,” explained Ms. Noky Gatmaitan, Printsonalities’ Client Service Director. After the revisions, a meaningful and unified crest indeed took shape.

The prominent RS initials enclosed in the shape of a military girdle, they say, represent readiness to serve the public and their commitment to protect each other. The vine surrounding the crest means a strong and lasting friendship, peace and plenty, luck and determination. And the Acanthus swirls bolstered in the outlines speak of their undying love for knowledge and wisdom. A couple whose love and connection we regard as evident and true. A few elements with so much to say. All these, we’ve combined, to draw a simple and honest emblem for the couple that is Roman and Shalani.

Another proud work of Printsonalities – your personal wedding invitation stylist.

A Full Classic Wedding Invitation Suite

Cong. Roman Romulo & Shalani Soledad Wedding Invitation

“Demure, simple and elegant – suggestive of her personality.”

This was how renowned fashion designer Inno Sotto described the wedding gown he designed for Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad, who’s going to tie the knot with Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo this Sunday at the St. Benedict Church, Ayala Westgrove in Laguna.

Likewise, these words perfectly describe the full classic invitation suite we crafted for the couple, which bespeaks simplicity, tradition and elegance altogether. “The couple were very hands-on in the entire process of crafting their invites, and initially, what they really wanted was a very classic invitation, particularly with a monogram and a map [since they opted for an out-of-town wedding],” shared Ms. Noky Gatmaitan, client service director of Printsonalities.

To fulfill the couple’s wish that their wedding be the quintessential classic, we made it a point that their wedding trousseau would be able to reflect the simplicity of the couple’s personalities, without compromising elegance that befits their distinction as distinguished public servants. As our meetings with them progressed, more elements have been added, and the whole concept led us to have one of the best classic wedding invitations we’ve done to date.

A complete wedding invitation suite

The overall wedding stationery set ordered from us by the couple was composed of a layered and folded main invite in letterpress, bridal entourage, an RSVP card, a missalette, a wedding favor card, an invitation to a pre-wedding party, two thank-you cards, a menu card, table names, IDs for their wedding suppliers, and gift tags.

All these components followed the same soft design that excellently reflected the personality of Shalani, known to the public as a demure, conservative and traditional Filipina.

A timeless design for a lasting marriage

More than the all-premium ecru paper, double envelopes, embossed borders, black fonts, letterpress printing, and folded orientation that make up this elegant set of wedding stationeries, what we’ve rigorously worked on was the customized crest and monogram for Cong. Roman and Shalani.

 “A series of sketches and revisions have been done to provide them with a crest and a monogram, something like a clan’s coat of arms, that would serve as the seal of their love and commitment to each other. RR and SS [Roman Romulo and Shalani Soledad], so that’s why the monogram is RS,” said Ms. Noky.

Roman & Shalani Classic Wedding Invitation Suite
Classic wedding invitation at its finest

Printsonalities sees the couple’s wedding invitation suite as a perfect example of a complete classic wedding invitation. The minimalist design, veering away from vibrant colors and flashy patterns, was consistent in all stationery, bringing to life a traditional classic wedding invitation package suitable for weddings worthy of note. Designs like this, according to Ms. Noky, will never go out of style and would always be loved and sought after. Classic is here to stay.

Clean, minimalist layout, stark texts, simple embossed borders, layers of premium paper, personalized monograms. Who wouldn’t be inspired to adopt the same class, taste and sophistication?

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