Whether it’s referred to as “setting the tone” or “creating a first impression,” one thing is for sure – the wedding invitation suite is a guest’s first glimpse into a couple’s wedding day. This section is dedicated to wedding invitations and stationery, which is arguably one of the best ways to incorporate a consistent theme throughout the wedding celebration. Traditionally, paper details will include save-the-date cards, a formal wedding invitation suite, wedding ceremony programs, custom cocktail napkins, escort cards, place cards, menus, and thank you cards. It’s the wedding invitation suite, however, that garners the most attention and allows couples and stationery designers to flex their creativity.

For one particular editorial piece about wedding invitations, we interviewed several top designers who are renowned for creating luxury invitations and stationery for high-end weddings. Owner of RedBliss Design, Christine Traulich, mentioned how invitations are more than just a “checklist item” during the wedding planning process – they’re the “first chapter of your love story” and it’s important to infuse an invitation suite with personality. Consider your destination first, and then think of ways to entice guests with what they can expect later.

“Invitations that tell your story beyond the particulars of your wedding date, time and place will always stand out,” says Traulich. “It is the only piece of your wedding that every single guest will experience.”

The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing the aesthetics of a wedding invitation. Unique materials like etched glass, engraved wood, or leather may be used; and embellishments like Swarovski crystals, feathers, and luxurious fabrics are favorites for luxury wedding invitations that stand out among the rest. And, of course, collaborating with the right designer is a surefire way to come up with the perfect invitation suite that reflects a couple’s personality and style to a T.

“We created a custom wood cover storybook invitation, where I had to apprentice with a famous bookbinder in order to train my team,” describes Kristy Rice, owner of Momental Designs. “The covers were carved into cherrywood and hand painted individually with over 40,000 brushstrokes each. Pages inside told an illustrated love story in letterpress, watercolor and gilded edges. Each book was bound with a bronze spine and leather straps and presented in a custom velvet box with a brass closure.”