At the Designer Wedding Show in February this year, I spoke to calligrapher Paul Antonio who told me that his clients are moving away from the more traditional designs and opting for bright inks on bold shades of paper such as hot pinks, greens and blues.
A new favourite of mine is California based artist Laura Hooper, creating stunning designs for discerning American couples and many others around the world. Having been in the industry now for some time she has since become one of the most sought after stationers in the U.S producing hand written, letterpressed and offset printed pieces.
Introducing colour through your stationery is a great way for couples opting for a vintage feel to inject a more individual feel. Vintage doesn't necessarily mean soft, muted colours, and these examples work particularly well with a kitsch 1950s theme or monochrome 1920s.
I love to include little surprise extras with invitation inserts-especially cute little memento maps of the area in which you're marrying. A popular choice in the U.S, Laura's maps are completely bespoke and made to compliment the design of your invitations. They can even be given to guests as favours...
My tip for 2008? Don't be afraid to experiment and let your calligrapher run wild with striking colours to make an impact!