Who would have thought a love of creating invitations for friends could grow into this? And by ‘this’ we mean designing invites for Toni Maticevski’s MBFWA show, invites for The Wiggles’ dream wedding and creating stationery for Australian bloggers, Twice Blessed.
Not Jessica Da Silva, the founder of Studio Silva. She’s the girl behind the design studio which specialises in graphic design, wedding and event stationery. She’s also the girl responsible for all of the above.
Aside from having excellent taste, Jessica’s point of difference is that she uses a range of stunning finishes and techniques to deliver something special to every client. Think options like rose-gold foiled hand-lettering, resulting in invitations that are far too pretty to throw away.
Given she’s pretty much the queen of event stationery, we asked Jessica for her five best tips to nailing your invitations.
Give yourself enough time to plan your invites
If you’re having a destination or interstate wedding, you should notify your guests at least a year before with a save the date and accommodation/booking suggestions. If you’re not having a destination wedding, you should start planning 5-6 months prior. Send the invitations at least 2-3 months before your wedding with replies due back a month before the big day.
Research and collect inspiration, or start a Pinboard
This helps the designer visually understand the couple’s needs, to help them bring their vision to life. I also really love when couples have their own quirky ideas to make their invitations unique. It may be a personalised or funny wishing well poem, or even something as simple as a ‘things to do’ list for travelling guests.
Think about the style of wedding/event you want
From invitations to signage, your guest book and table numbers, having a style that blends seamlessly across all elements ensures that everything works together. It’s not always about just picking favourite colours. It’s about finding a style and colour palette that best represents the couple.
Consider current trends
Marble is still having a moment and is very on-trend, but recently couples have been turning more towards dark tones. We’re seeing more copper on black rather than the usual gold, nude, grey, blush and white colour palette, which is refreshing!
It’s all in the detail
At the moment I’m really loving beautiful hand-lettering and modern typography in a simply layout. Foiling has always been a favourite printing technique of mine as it offers so much impact and conveys a sense of luxury.
Photography: Sophie Timothy Photography