Destination: Fun in the Sun! {Vibrant stationery for destination/beach weddings}

We’ve recently had the pleasure of creating a few custom stationery pieces for a destination wedding taking place in Samoa as well as some “on the day” stationery for a fun beach wedding to be held in Sydney. With both designs, we had the opportunity to experiment with COLOUR, which was great fun! Injecting vibrant colours into your stationery is definitely one way to  set a fun and playful tone for the big event!

Here’s a pic of our coral ‘Save the Dates’ cards and our textured sand -coloured tent cards (see below). We think that they would be perfect for a destination or beach wedding. What do you think?

Destination Beach Wedding collage- B Studio Wedding Invitations


Are handmade wedding invitatons right for you?

There are so many invitation options out there these days, and despite having a business primarily focused on handmade invites, I do have a deep love and appreciation for many other types of invitations other than handmade ones. It’s truly a wonderful thing that brides and grooms of today have such an abundance of choice!

So let’s get down to the question at hand…

Are handmade invitations the right choice for you?

Handmade stationery may not be for everyone, but it may be the right choice for you if:

– You are looking to personalize every aspect of your invitations:

A good thing about handmade invitations is that they allow couples to personalize each and every aspect of their invite- from the style and texture of the card and paper to be used, the colours to be featured, right down to the type of embellishments to be applied.

There is quite a bit of flexibility involved as the majority of handmade stationery is made-to-order (not mass-produced), thus a variety of changes can be accommodated.  Some stationers (us included) may also be able to accommodate special wording and printing requirements. For example, if you are looking to have half of your stationery printed with different wording to the other half, this is something which could be arranged for you.

– You are looking for something unique and just a bit different:

You have endless opportunities to have an invitation that’s completely unique and so…YOU…with a handmade card!

As mentioned above, with so many options available at every level of the design process,  it’s rather unlikely that you will end up with the exact same invite as your neighbour or friend from work  (unless of course you all have the same (magnificent) taste)!!!  =)

– You want more than just a flat piece of card:

You might have seen handmade invitations out there which are adorned with beautiful lace fabrics, dazzling diamante clusters, pretty feathers, pearls and other gorgeous embellishments. If you are looking for an invitation which has a bit more to it than just cardboard and ink, a handmade card may be the right choice for you.

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Choosing the Right Invite for you!

Wedding Invitations…So many different designs, colours, shapes, sizes! How can one possibly choose?! Where do we actually start? Ahhhhhh!

Yes, I hear you. I’ve been there before!

Sure,  some may argue that an invitation is only a piece of card letting your family and friends know of your special day, however it’s just not any day…its your WEDDING day after all…and I know you want that something special. A wedding invitation is the first glimpse your guests will have of your upcoming day, so it’s no wonder you want to make a good impression.

Record wedding research/plans in a diary!

Here are my tips for those who are stuck on how to select the right invitation design for you:

  1. Think about your wedding theme– Do you already have a particular theme in mind? If so, think about how you can carry this theme across to your invitations. For example, if you’re having a beach themed wedding and have already chosen a gorgeous beach to hold your wedding ceremony at, why not use some “beach” elements (such as starfish, shells, buckets) in your invitations to let guests know what they’re in for.
  2. Think about you and your fiance’s favourite colours– Choosing a few fave colours of yours is an excellent way to begin when you’re not sure exactly what invitation you want. Once you’ve got a colour palette selected, then go out and research invitations with those colours. The most simple way is to perhaps google “Black wedding Invitations” for example and see what image results they bring.
  3. Choose invitation styles which reflect both you and your partner’s personalities/interests– Perhaps you both love jazz music or maybe you’re more into the rock scene …try to find invitations which reflect you and your partner’s personalities and interests. If you and your partner are known to be a bit of a wild and daring couple, choose some funky invitations which just scream YOU. You don’t have to go for dainty white invitations with doilies just because it’s a “wedding”. It’s your day after all, and you can choose how traditional or untraditional you want your event to be.
  4. Choose invitation styles that reflect the style and formality of your wedding– If you have decided on how formal (or informal) your wedding is going to be, this shouldn’t be too hard. A casual or small wedding can do with a simple invitation with less formal wording, while an extravagant black tie wedding would command that more formal sophisticated invitations are chosen.
  5. Think about your stationery budget– Set aside a portion of your wedding budget for your wedding invitations and other stationery items you are planning to order. Stationery typically comprises around 4-6% of a couples total wedding budget. Divide the total allocated stationery budget by your number of guests and you will find out how much you can spend on each invitation and then research designs what are within that price range.
  6. Think about postage costs– Postage costs are often forgotten when couples plan their stationery budgets, however they can quickly add up. Keep in mind that large and bulky invitations are more expensive to send, so factor that into your budget if you decide to choose such invitations.


These are the main factors to consider when you’re deciding on a design. Hope they have helped! Once you decide on your wedding invitations, it will be easy to co-ordinate the rest of your wedding stationery, including your RSVP cards, wishing well cards, order of service books, place cards and thank you cards.

If you have any other tips I haven’t included, please feel free to comment below to help other brides and grooms.