Dearly Beloved: Graphic Design for Weddings

If you’re getting married, first of all: Yay! Secondly: Ouch! You’re probably hammered by a humongatroid to-do list. Well, here are three tasks you can knock off easily: invitations, save the date cards, and thank you cards. You can make them all with PicMonkey, DIY bride!

Our designers have researched the top wedding design trends for this year and have cooked up some great graphical looks to inspire you. Here are four different designs: photo-based, bold shapes, typographic, and floral.


Photo Classic

design for a photo-based wedding invitationn

Using a photo for your cards and invitations will never go out of style. A photograph sends a meaningful message to friends and loved ones because there’s nothing like seeing the look of joy on the soon-to-be wed couple’s faces. A black and white photo effect lends an artistic feel, and softens skin flaws in one click (think of how perfect stars’ complexions look in old Hollywood films). Using classic typefaces on the photo is a great way to make the card stand the test of time.

Tips: For a rich, black and white look, click the Effects tab and apply the Daguerreotype effect using the “Brady” setting. Adjust the “Brightness” slider in Exposure (Basic Edits tab) to help your text pop. For an elegant message, pair Rokkit and Tall Dark And Handsome fonts.


Modern and Shape-ly

design for a modern saved the date card

This design focuses on bold shapes and bright color. Chevron patterns will continue to be popular this year, paired with minimalistic san-serif typography (think Jonathan Adler). It’s trendy to be adventurous with bright colors combined with subtly muted tones. This card features bright gold, then retains balance by using muted greens, and purple. The bold pattern is stabilized by using a large amount of whitespace around understated typography.

Tips: To get the awesome chevron background in this card, make a collage that has just one cell in it, and fill it with chevron swatch from the Winterland set. Click “Edit” in the top toolbar to bring it into the Editor and experiment with Tint (Effects tab) and Exposure (Basic Edits tab) to get the right color. Layer Geometric circles and Bursting Blossoms (Overlays tab) for whimsical decoration. The fonts Geo Sans Light and Santos Dumont display your message gorgeously.


Type-savvy

graphic design for a type-savvy wedding invitation

Stacking typography makes for a modern, design-savvy look. In this card, typography guides the design, complemented by an uber-stylish paper ephemera background. We’ve used the popular color palette of peachy pink, orange, and mint against light brown, and pair display fonts with softening script typefaces. Birds are very fashionable this year, and continue to be second only to flowers in wedding paperie.

Tips: Add texture to the card with the striped Paper texture from the SchoolU theme. Labels overlays are a great backdrop for your text. The fonts Playball, Ultra, and Ostrich Sans Inline add a light playfulness to this save the date. Combine them with Birds, Hearts, and Arrows overlays for extra punch.


Elegantly Floral

design for a floral save the date card

Floral themes for weddings have been around forever, but continually morph in style, depending on design trends. This year’s trends encourage a dramatic look with elegant florals, and navy blue is a very popular color in wedding decor. The navy in this save the date card, in contrast with the pastel florals, gives the card a rich look that drips with regal drama.

Tips: Use the “Design” button on the homepage to create a dark blue blank canvas — we used hex color code #202e48. Stretch those Vintage Blossoms large! Match a Labels overlay to the background to keep the look cohesive. Make a sophisticated message by pairing the fonts Playfair with Quicksand.

Extending the design

design for a floral wedding invitation

design for a thank you card based on the floral save the date card

Once you have the design for your save the date card or invitation made, it’s easy to translate the same style to other paper goods for your special day. Use the same elements throughout all of your designs, and simply reorganize them to make room for messaging. Take notes while you create, so you can remember which fonts, overlays, and color hex codes you used to keep a uniform look. Magnifique! Now, who’s in charge of licking stamps?

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21 Responses to “Dearly Beloved: Graphic Design for Weddings”

  • I LOVE THESE IDEAS! SUCH GREAT RESOURCES AND INSPIRATION FOR ON THE CHEAP!

  • Love these. I’m curious – what color is the gold?

  • nice ideas keep up the good work thanks for the sharing i like it

  • Thank you so much for leaving seasonal themes available even after the season has passed. There are backgrounds or overlays that from different seasonal themes that I love using throughout the year!

  • crystalpaulphotography

    My above comment still being true, I don’t see the Chevron swatch under the Winterland set anymore… Am I missing it???

  • Hey! You can find the Chevron swatch in Collage. Just go to Swatches once you are in the Collage maker and pick Winterland from the drop-down menu.

  • Wow! Totally had not noticed that drop-down menu – lots of great background swatches there! Thanks for the extra explanation.

  • Sarah Hudson

    Dear pic monkey team. I love your website!!!!! It is fabulous!! But you need to add some more baby shower graphics. Little binkys and bottles and such. I’ve hosted three baby showers in the last year and I’ve used pic monkey every time from the invitations, announcements, seating arrangements signs and thank you cards!!! I love it but would like to see some more baby shower stuff!!

    • Sarah! Fun! Thanks for the feedback!

      • Shelly Tipper

        Sarah- Once you make your design, do you send it to a printing company to be printed on paper? If so, how do you save the file, so it will be compatable for printing (as opposed to printing it as a photo)?

        • Sarah Hudson

          I always just save them as a photo and then when I go to print my system (windows7) let’s me chose how many I want on one page or if I want it full page size

  • Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in
    it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a
    little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog.
    A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

  • Laura E. Gonzalez

    Hi, how can i get the main circle in the chevron save the date?

  • Okay, we’ve got the lovely cards, and so *now*…for the Prince.

  • Priya Tauro

    I love Pic Monkey! It is the best and the most user friendly picture editor! Thanks Pic Monkey!

  • i love the new feature to make a design. i’ve been using picmonkey (formerly picnik) to make invites and such and i had a blank picture saved that i’d add to lol. i love picmonkey!!

  • Michelle Fougerousse

    Where is the best place to have these printed off after creating them? Somewhere where you can also order envelopes to go with them

  • I’d like to find out more? I’d love to find out more details.

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