4 the Love: Stand Out Invitations from the Last Year

Welcome to the first of four posts in which we’ll feature wedding invitations from the last year. We’re calling this series 4 the Love partly because weddings are, you know, all about the L-word, and because we genuinely love these four very different invitation suites. We’ll see a modern invitation for a couple getting married at the Columbus Museum of Art, a thoroughly sweet and sophisticated design for an outdoor ceremony and reception, and one that breaks mold for a ballet-infused gothic Halloween wedding (you read that right, and it was even more amazing than it sounds).

We’re going to start with a golden example of timeless elegance for a cathedral ceremony and Ohio State House reception. It also represents a wonderful collaboration between a bride with a vision, hands-on wedding planner Jennifer Kontomerkos of The Finer Things Event Planning, and the On Paper custom department director, Michelle.

Sophistication and elegance in gold

The crest was custom designed to incorporate an elegant, flourished script and a tailored typographic bar. This crest becomes a motif when woven throughout the entire invitation suite and select “day of” pieces. We love the juxtaposition of traditional script and an architectural design element. It’s preppy perfection. You’ll notice that the script of the initials (or duogram), is the same used for the couple’s names. Thoughtful design strikes again!

Etiquette 101: a duogram is the  appropriate way to incorporate initials on printed pieces before you're married; the monogram reflects a shared last name (which you won't have until you've said "I Do")

What makes this suite a sophisticated showstopper is the middle layer. It’s got shimmer and shine for days and days. And, for glitzy good measure, it also appears around the reception card. While we haven’t met a shiny we don't like, we think this suite is the perfect example of “less is more.” Just a sliver of the mirror-like paper frames the printed layers so the tone of the invitation and the wedding to follow is elegance through and through.

The gold standard for tasteful glitz

For the Big Day, we incorporated navy blue, the couple’s accent color. Place cards, programs, and menu were printed in this classic (and bonus: super legible) color. The typestyles and custom crest motif from the invitation make a reappearance adding continuity to the entire suite.

Blue-tiful placecard featuring the crest motif

Thank you Lauren and Kevin (and Jennifer), for including us in the wedding planning. We had a fantastic time and wish the new Mr. and Mrs. B our very best.


Stay tuned for a modern invitation, just perfect for an art museum wedding. Copper foil, wood grain, and edge painting create a true masterpiece.

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