If you’re planning a wedding, there’s no better way to give guests a hint of the tone of your big day than with the invitations (and the save the dates). Rock Paper Scissors’ owners Dani Antol and Heather McNulty Haynie say that when they meet with clients, they take into account every detail: flowers, table settings, linens, lighting and even attire—anything that can serve as design inspiration for the invites.
“If someone wants to go bold either with color or typography, I would hope it would not only marry with the personal style of the couple, but also with the venue and the look and feel for the event,” Antol says.
It can be a bit of a disconnect, the shop owners say, if the invitations are bold and daring and the actual wedding is traditional—or even rustic. But there are ways to fuse the two visions.
“Oftentimes we’ll find ways to tease the senses with a mostly traditional invitation but add pops of color or surprise in an envelope liner or edge stain color,” says Antol. Our pick for going graphic? Geometric designs incorporate clean lines with a bit of visual interest and style. Here are a few ways to do it right.