Anna Griffin and Her Brand of Wedding Invitations

Darling of the paper craft industry, graphic designer Anna Griffin comes by her love of art and design naturally, she grew up in a family of artists. It is also not surprising that her love of art brought her to wedding invitations – one of her first jobs out of college was working with famed wedding designer Vera Wang. In 1994, Griffin set out on her own, launching a line of custom designed, hand-crafted wedding invitations that borrow heavily from beautiful traditional botanical prints and Victoriana.

In the years since, the name Anna Griffin has become synonymous with high quality paper crafting designs. Her company released the first line of imprintable wedding invitations for the home crafter, do-it-yourself bride who wanted a hand in making her own invitations without sacrificing a professional quality wedding invitation. Anna Griffin invokes vellum and ribbon, elegant traditional patterns and all the details that make wedding finery, well, fine.

While the Anna Griffin line now encompasses craft papers of all kinds for home scrap-bookers and textile patterns, wedding invitations are still at the foundation of her success. Anna Griffin wedding invitations are among the most beautiful and sought after of all the major design lines.

The Anna Griffin Wedding Album line of wedding invitations is the epitome of the Griffin style. Resplendent in ribbons, decorated with touches of platinum and silver, they are elegant and stylish in a classic and traditional way. The Anna Griffin Celadon Repousse wedding invitations are an example of Griffin’s ability to combine modern ideas with traditional patterns and present a wedding invitation that is as timeless as it is modern. The conventional is in the feeling, stately and elegant, but the color, a subtle jade, and the square shape are definitely taken from the modern book of weddings. The sage patterned background panel is set off by the sage ribbon corners that hold the custom created Oyster white printed panel against the delicate floral pattern.

Another traditional, but not conventional, design offered in the Anna Griffin Wedding Album collection is the Platinum Swirls wedding invitation. The invitation consists of four separate layers, in the tradition of the most romantic and elegant of handmade invitations and Victorian cards. The backing layer is a heavyweight ecru with a fine platinum border, in the tradition of wedding invitations throughout the generations. A delicate paper patterned with platinum swirls forms a middle layer between the ecru backing and the elegantly bordered wording panel. Between the swirls and your wording, a satin platinum ribbon lends an additional touch of elegance.

The Anna Griffin Floral Wedding Invitations collection is pure romance personified. These floral-patterned papers are the designs on which Anna Griffin has built her reputation and on which her personal style is based, and they are nowhere more at home than they are in wedding invitations. Floral patterns embellish envelope linings and decorate wedding invitations. Floral prints lend a romantic touch to all of the accessories and elements of wedding stationery, including save the date cards, enclosure cards and thank you cards. As pretty and traditional as the patterns are, though, the wedding invitations bring a modern aesthetic to patterns taken from antique botanical prints.

The modern touch is evident in the styling of the Floral Roses Matchbook Invitation, which includes a printed or printable panel and a floral jacket that can be tied together with an elegant satin ribbon, included with the invitation. The Matchbook style is a delightful nod to modern paper crafters, who routinely fasten papers together with buttons, ribbons and bows. The rose pattern on the matchbook is reminiscent of the most romantic of Victorian prints.

Another delightfully romantic Anna Griffin design combines tradition and modern style with lovely roses in a completely different and unusual wedding invitation. The wedding invitation includes a printed or printable panel on which you can print the wording of your invitation. The heavy ecru paper is embellished with a subtly embossed border that is designed to peek at the sides of the scalloped, rose-patterned vellum wrapper. The entire wrap is tied with a delicate satin ribbon and bow to complete a wedding invitation that evokes the romance of the Victorian era.

One of the most innovative and bold of the Anna Griffin wedding invitation designs, though, is the button pocket invitation style. The Black and White Floral Button Pocket Invitation is part of the Anna Griffin printable wedding invitation collection. Each wedding invitation set includes an ecru invitation panel with a beveled border, a button pocket with a diagonal slash design and matching envelopes. Other printable wedding invitations in the Anna Griffin line include floral vellum side panels, buttons and ribbons.

Tips For Choosing Unique Wedding Invitations

Choosing unique wedding invitations can be a daunting task when it comes to planning your big day. For many couples, wedding invitations are selected before the details of the event itself are finalized. Picking wedding invitations that you love is a great way to start the process of planning a wedding. Beautiful and unique invitations can be the icing on the cake to an already perfect day. The wedding invitation also sets the tone for your day, by offering clues to the kind of wedding your guests will attend; so it is important that you choose a wedding invitation that speaks to your unique style and complements the style of your wedding.

There are thousands of different types of wedding invitations available, from classic and traditional to modern and funky. The choices are wide and far reaching. Choosing that one invitation style that is perfect for the two of you can be a long and intimidating task. You know that you want a unique invitation that begins to tell the tale of the life you are creating as a couple, not an easy task, but it can be done! Finding a unique wedding invitation starts with a conversation.

The decision you and your fiancé have is only one of many when it comes to planning your wedding day. If you have planned a themed wedding, then a unique wedding invitation can be a little easier to come up with. Let your imagination go with the theme of your wedding and do not be afraid to step out of the box. If you are having a Hawaiian themed wedding, you could send out invitations to your guests that have images of luaus and Hawaiian flower leis.

If you and your fiancé would prefer an oriental theme, you can choose to send intricate oriental invitations. If something more offbeat appeals to you both, send an anchor or pirate hat shaped invitation for a pirate themed wedding, or an old-world style invitation on parchment paper that looks like they have been hand written for a very traditionally themed wedding.

Barring a themed wedding, chances are there is something unique about it, perhaps your wedding color. You can bring the colors of your wedding party into your invitations, although you do not want to just send out white and teal green invitations. Choose an interesting designed or textured paper in teal green and off set it with a sheer cover in cream. The best thing to do when using wedding colors for your invitations is to step out of the box and use your imagination.

Perhaps there is a hobby that both of you love to do. You can use this ‘theme’ in your wedding invitations as well. If you both love to fish, you could use fishing line and lures for your invitations, or a hobby of wood-working could provide you with a way to expand your hobby into creating some special invitations. Regardless, if there is a hobby that the two of you share that helps to define you as a couple, don’t be afraid to use it to your advantage and choose the best part of your hobby to direct your unique wedding invitation choices.

There are many choices when it comes to wedding invitations that are pre-made. While you may not want to choose a pre-made pack of wedding invitations, you can mix and match from a variety of sets to create a wedding invitation set that is totally unique to you and your spouse to be. Really love that Vera Wang paper but dig the Anna Griffin envelopes? Well, order them both and put them together. As long as you both like it – there’s nothing wrong with mixing up a few different sets to create your own unique wedding invitations. Remember, this day is all about the two of you and your choices and individuality should ring through the entire event, starting with the invitations.

There are also many options for mix and match wedding invitations. These are often sets of invitations that have many different options available for each of the pieces of your invitation set, from invitation paper to envelopes, fonts and scripts and more. By hand selecting these choices, you can create an individualized look to your invitations that speaks of the two of you as a couple without having identical invites that someone else has.

Being unique in all your wedding choices is what many couples are looking for. Most do not want to have a wedding that is almost the same as the wedding you and your friends attended last summer. Select want a fresh, new look that will be unique to you and be different from everyone else. This is your special day and it should be all about you two as a couple, and you can begin this tradition with unique and individualized wedding invitations. Check out the variety of invitations that are available and start choosing your own personal style.