Deciduous Press

Selecting Colours for your Wedding Invitations

Some tips on picking the perfect shade

Selecting the perfect ink colour for your invitation design can be a daunting task. There are so many colours to choose from, and it can be difficult to pick your favourite! We've put together some tips on how to pick the perfect ink shades for your design.

Refine your Wedding Colours

The first step in picking the ink colours for your stationery designs should always be to look at your wedding palette. Your palette is your curated set of three to five colours that you are featuring in your wedding.

Here are some example palettes:

blue colour palette

merlot colour palette

bisque colour palette

To put together your colours, pick a selection of shades that you are planning on incorporating into your wedding day. Here are some examples of points of inspiration:

Your Wedding Dress shade

This could include shades such as white, ivory, cream, silver or gold. We recommend you use this shade as the inspiration for your paper shade, setting the underlying tone of your stationery.

The Groom's Suit colour

This could include black, navy, taupe or brown, charcoal or grey. Often this can be a great starting point for your invitation design as the darker suit shade is usually perfect for your invitation text colour.

Colours from your Venue or Wedding Setting

It can be nice to pick out 1 or 2 colours that are a feature of your wedding setting, especially if your wedding is in an interesting location. Often your venue will form the inspiration for your wedding theme. Choose shades that speak to both your wedding style (vintage, modern, classic) and the location.

Your Bridesmaid Gown shade

This varies according to your wedding style and the colour can be light, dark or anything in between! Regardless of the shade you choose, this can be a great colour to repeat somewhere in your wedding stationery to tie your wedding together.

Your Bouquet shades

Your bouquet can often be perfect inspiration for you invitations, especially if it is featuring a particular flower or colour. For example if you having dusty pink roses in your bouquet why not feature these in your invitation design!

Choose colours that compliment your Design

Now that you have selected a number of colours as your palette you can use this as a basis for your stationery ink colours. Simply match your favourite shades to our letterpress house inks. If you can't find the perfect match, we suggest picking a complimentary ink colour with a similar tone and hue. If you have your heart set on a certain colour, you can request a custom ink shade and we'll mix the perfect ink to match.

Next you'll need to choose which colours you want to incorporate into your stationery. Your invitations might feature 1, 2 or 3 different colours. As a general rule, for your text it is ideal to choose an ink shade that has contrast on the page and so will be easier to read. Mid to dark shades are perfect for this. For illustrations anything goes! If the illustration in your design will be overprinted by text (overlapping) we recommend choosing a light illustration shade so that it doesn't compete with your text. This will ensure your wording is still legible.

Consider adding extra colour and life to your design in your envelope liner or envelope. You can add coloured envelope or liner in one of your shades to further tie into your wedding day colours.

This is just a general guide to help you towards choosing your perfect ink shades. To see some palette examples, see our further information on Colour Combinations.

To help you choose your colours, we recommend ordering a free sample pack. When you are ready to order, you can submit a quote and request our free Ordering Pack, which contains swatches of all of our Letterpress House inks, as well as our Envelope liner paper shades. Of course if you need more information or recommendations just get in touch, our design experts are more than happy to help!

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What our clients say...

Andrea, thank you for the absolutely wonderful job you did with our invitations. You really went above and beyond to help us with our vision. They're just gorgeous and have everyone gushing. You've really helped to make everything come together.
- Sarah & John (QLD Australia)
The invitations are lovely. Thank you so much. We are both very happy. It has been such a pleasant experience working with you, thank you again.
- Rebecca & Alban (NSW Australia)
I just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU! Our invitations are absolutely beautiful. So elegant. We absolutely love them. Your service has been impeccable and we couldn't ask for a better product. Thank you so much, it's been an absolute pleasure dealing with you.
- Olivia & George (VIC Australia)