Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Indian Wedding Stationary Inspiration with Invitations by Ajalon

Now that the summer wedding season is winding down, it's likely that a lot of you readers are in the earlier stages of wedding planning. What an exciting time! One of my favorite To Do items on a wedding planning checklist is arranging and designing wedding stationary. There are so many great options for all budgets in terms of wedding invitations these days, but it can be a little tricky to find the styles and patterns that best represent South Asian culture in a high quality product state side. However, as the wedding industry has become more diverse, more and more vendors are able to provide some really gorgeous cultural designs.

One of my favorite designers of cultural wedding stationary has always been Invitations by Ajalon based in Santa Rosa, California (but who ship world wide). They have so many gorgeous Indian and Asian designs that in my opinion they should definitely be on your list of potential vendors. And their products are so customizable it's kind of mind boggling. They do letterpress, they do foil, they do digital printing, they do multi-color invites, and of course they've got coordinating day of paper products (like menus, place cards, programs, etc.) The sky is pretty much the limit with these guys.

Here's a look at some of my favorite invitation designs and formats that Ajalon offers.


This first invitation suite is a classic Indian wedding design and color scheme. What I really like about these pieces is the look of the gold foil print (just look at that shine) and the completeness of the invitation suite. Something like this is perfect for a very traditional style wedding. 

style: hima | elements: invitation envelope, belly band, invitation, enclosure card, and response card | ink: gold foil 121 | print method: foil | papers: carnival red and gold metallic


This is another suite that I think is pure stationary beauty, this time in a bit more of a modern, creative design. The letter press printing is rich and gorgeous, and the bright colors bring out a fun and vibrant emotion that is sure to be a theme throughout the wedding event. 

style: saikirthi | elements: invitation, save the date, insert card, and rsvp postcard | ink: blue 311 and orange 157 | print method: letterpress | paper: white 100% cotton

This is another creative design that I love. The look of the two inks on the main invite is super pretty and unique (plus you can also do foil and plain ink as well). The overall suite is simple but effective, personalized, and downright adorable.

style: gopi | elements: invitation and insert card | ink: peacock blue 3025 and fiesta 173  | print method: letterpress | paper: pearl 100% cotton

Here's another pretty Indian style suite with a great example of an information card, dual tone color scheme and traditional design. 

style: jasmin | elements: invitation, enclosure card, rsvp card, and small enclosure card | ink: orange 021 and purple 2627 | print method: letterpress | paper: ecru 100% cotton

This set is a simple but beautiful invitation and rsvp enclosure. I wanted to show these two in particular because it shows the difference between letterpress (on the left) and digital printing (on the right). While they both look stunning, you can really see the depth that is added with the letterpress.

style: malika | elements: invitation and insert card | ink: raspberry 234 and celosia orange 152  | print method: letterpress and digital | paper: pearl 100% cotton and pearl digital stock

And lastly, this is a similar version of the malika design above, but in a subtle watercolor style color scheme which is achieved through a customized request for screening of the ink making it lighter in comparison. So pretty.

style: malika | elements: invitation and rsvp card | ink: comfrey 7483 | print method: letterpress | paper: ecru 100% cotton

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