Wedding Stationery Trends for 2013

2013 has arrived and with it, come the dreams and aspirations of every bride to have her perfect wedding. So what are the trends for 2013 that will help her create the wedding of her dreams and also one that is a la mode? Below are our thoughts... Glitz, Glamour and the Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby green and black wedding invitation
Great Gatsby green and black wedding invitation
Great Gatsby cream and gold wedding invitation
Great Gatsby cream and gold wedding invitation

With the much-anticipated movie the Great Gatsby finally being launched later this year, the 1920’s fashion has already begun to make an appearance. Translating this retro style into stationery will mean soft and shimmery backgrounds, dreamy and lace-textured looks and floral motifs - all heavily encrusted with crystals. Designs can also be bold and geometric and attention grabbing. Quite simply, a feast for the eyes!

Ombré: Shaded, Faded, Gradient

Ombre shaded wedding invitation
Ombre shaded wedding invitation
Ombré shaded green and brown wedding invitation
Ombré shaded green and brown wedding invitation

The shaded or Ombré look has definitely caught on, and will continue to be favoured in 2013. The dipped and dyed effect gives the look of colour graduations from dark to light. Often based on a monochromatic colour scheme, three different complementary colours can also be combined. The Ombré look has pervaded clothes, fashion accessories and even cosmetics and will be seen in stationery with dramatic effect.

East Meets West

Bespoke paisley lotus wedding invitation
Bespoke paisley lotus wedding invitation
Bandhani Bliss India inspired wedding invitation
Bandhani Bliss India inspired wedding invitation

The enduring allure of India and the East is such that time and again, top fashion and beauty houses such as Chanel and Boucheron have been drawn to its multi-faceted heritage for inspiration. This fascination with the East will continue to play an important part in 2013 because of its undying appeal.

Couples are not shying away from choosing strong, dramatic gemstone colours that are rich and exotic, and tones that spell opulence. The designs create a modern interpretation of traditional images and symbols, skilfully harmonising the East and West. Studded with crystal embellishments, they are Bollywood come alive!

Making a Personal Statement

Monogrammed crystal cake topper
Monogrammed crystal cake topper

Couples will want the stationery to be an expression of who they are. Whether adopting the latest on trend colour or other popular themes, they will want those themes to be intertwined with splashes of their own choosing – wanting the wedding invite to create the right tone – their tone.

Monograms will continue to be highly favoured as a way to express who we are and what we stand for as well as aspects that embrace our cultural heritage. They can also be adapted for use in a variety of ways to suit one’s needs. Monograms can become a work of art when embellished with crystals, adding that special exotic sparkle and shimmer.  It’s no wonder that such gorgeous invitations often become a keepsake – a fabulous souvenir to look back on with pride.

Cool Colour Hot Trend

Mint Modern wedding invitation
Mint Modern wedding invitation
Exotic Emerald wedding invitation by Ananya
Exotic Emerald wedding invitation by Ananya

The soft and soothing colour of mint looks all set to become a hot trend in 2013. After the fiery, passionate, colour palette of 2012’s Tangerine Tango, the cool, crisp and fresh tones of mint will be most refreshing. Emerald, Pantone's Colour for 2013, will also be a very popular choice. Cool and serene or majestic and mesmerising, Emerald can be used as an accent colour to add that all important sparkle or as a predominant colour, as deep and vibrant as the Amazon jungle. The main colour can be carried through the entire suite of stationery with variations on tones.

Fantasy and Fairy Tale

Pink butterfly wedding invitation
Pink butterfly wedding invitation

Given the uncertain and volatile nature of the events of 2012, weddings in 2013 will be a great excuse to escape from the concerns of everyday living. The stationery will reflect a fantasy world full of magic and beauty. Soft colours, birds and butterflies, layering of designs and a touch of sparkle will create romantic and captivating stationery.

Classic and Always in Fashion

Classic monochrome wedding invitation
Classic monochrome wedding invitation

For those of us who like simple and understated chic, the classic look will always be in style - a relaxed feel with timeless designs and quiet luxury that speaks volumes. Soft colours, monochromes, monograms, minimal fuss and beautiful.

What are your favourite trends for 2013? We'd love you to share your ideas with us.

Credits: All invitation designs by Ananya

Championing a worthy cause and an exciting campaign: Changing lives and celebrating Indian Cuisine

The 50 year old charity Find Your Feet that supports poverty stricken families in India, Malawi, Nepal and Zimbabwe recently launched a campaign called Curry for Change to raise awareness of their work with poor, rural families in India and raise vital funds to change lives by celebrating Indian Cuisine. Ananya’s Founder and Managing Director, Vaishali Shah, who has been a keen and active supporter of Find Your Feet for several years, was responsible for designing the logo and creating the branding and marketing material for Curry for Change.

Curry for Change apron
Curry for Change apron
Curry for Change goody bags
Curry for Change goody bags

Acclaimed chef Cyrus Todiwala and his restaurant Cafe Spice Namaste (regularly featured on Saturday Kitchen and Daybreak) held a master class where Nina Wadia (TV soap star) joined the chef in the kitchen at Cafe Spice Namaste on Wednesday 13th June in front of an audience of food fans.

Vaishali Shah with Nina Wadia and Cyrus Todiwala
Vaishali Shah with Nina Wadia and Cyrus Todiwala
Nina Wadia and Cyrus Todiwala cooking up a storm
Nina Wadia and Cyrus Todiwala cooking up a storm

Aprons worn at the master class by Cyrus Todiwala and Nina Wadia bore the Curry for Change logo designed by Ananya, as did the goody bags which contained pretty bookmarks donated by Ananya. We are delighted that Nina Wadia signed one of our new range of greeting cards.

Nina Wadia signed Ananya greeting card
Nina Wadia signed Ananya greeting card
Nina Wadia signed Ananya greeting card
Nina Wadia signed Ananya greeting card

The Curry for Change logo and branding has been used by Find Your Feet in their micro website and promotional material at participating Indian restaurants has also been designed by Ananya.

Curry for Change promotional card
Curry for Change promotional card

As Vaishali Shah, who was recently appointed as Trustee of Find Your Feet says, “Curry for Change is an exciting, innovative and enjoyable way to raise much needed funds for such a worthy cause, while promoting and celebrating the art of Indian Cuisine” For further information, please contact: Find Your Feet Tel: 020 7326 4601