As the first substantial peak into your big day, your wedding invitation is one the most important elements in your wedding planning process. In addition to important event details, an invitation also reveals wedding style and theme. It is a visual cue that says formal, playful, ethnic, romantic, modern, and it immediately brands your celebration.
These days, more and more couples are incorporating tradition and culture into their invitations with a creative blend of design, language, and color. This choice is a meaningful gesture that conveys honor and respect to family heritage and sets the tone for the celebration to come. Remember, wedding invitations can have a strong impact; they create emotional connections with guests, and become keepsakes for proud mothers. When they reflect your unique story, your background and ethnicity, they truly represent who you are and will be as a couple.
Here are four tips for infusing culture and diversity into your wedding invitations.
1. Color – Choose a color palette traditionally associated with a culture, such as red and gold common in Chinese culture, white and blue in Greek tradition, for instant recognition.
2. Pattern/Texture – Traditional Scottish tartan is a perfect example of how a pattern can be used to evoke a strong cultural connection. Italian baroque patterns, Japanese rice paper, even materials such as silk or bamboo, all achieve the same effect.
Canadian-Scottish-Chinese wedding invitation – notice the small Chinese character in the bottom corner.
3. Language – With one or both families possibly speaking a different language, designing a bi-lingual invitation prevents one tradition from appearing more dominant than another. Plus, everyone will be able to read it. This invitation from design company Regas New York is a perfect example; its red belly band is engraved with Chinese characters and opens to reveal another design in English.
4. Imagery – Traditional imagery is very specific and differs greatly from one country, one culture to another. When you see a shamrock, you think Irish, a lotus flower or cherry blossom, Japanese or Asian culture comes to mind, and Day of the Dead images, as below, are very specific to Mexican culture. Find a way to fuse imagery from both cultures for a fully representative invitation.
I love all the little images that make up this skull. Can you find the Mickey Mouse? Abalone buttons for eyes…inspired!
Every culture is unique and there are so many ways to represent the traditions of both families. Using any one of these four tips will ensure your wedding invitations are culturally inclusive, make a strong statement, and create a lasting impression.