I saw some amazing wedding invitations this year, so narrowing them down to my top five was no small task. But here they are—my favorite invitations of 2011. Let me know what you think in the comments!
This Viewmaster wedding invite (above)—remember those as a kid?—took the wedding blogosphere by storm and seriously blew me away. Designed by Melangerie Inc., each Viewmaster is loaded with a custom reel of photos—for example, engagement photos of you and your groom displayed with wedding information text on each slide. While pricey, they're incredibly creative and nostalgic, and will definitely make an impression on your guests.
See the rest of my favorite wedding invitations of the year after the jump.
This year, I saw more and more interesting die-cut shapes and even pop-up designs, like this invitation (above). For a wedding held in the woods, the bride and groom created this intricate invitation featuring laser cutouts and pop-up trees.
Watercolor was another big trend in 2011, and this beautiful invitation suite (above) by blogger and party planner Jordan Ferney was one that I made sure to save and bookmark. Each stationery piece was watercolored by hand before being letterpress-printed in grey ink; each invitation suite wound up being entirely unique.
Neon was huge this year—and it's a trend I hope holds strong through 2012. This invitation (above) by Ladyfingers Letterpress is a fine example: the poster-style design combines playful hand-lettering and bold, exuberant neon colors—so cool and full of personality.
And, finally, a film canister invitation for the wedding of a pair of photographers, Trevor Little and Larissa Issler of Ambient Studios. Guests pulled on the "film" tab to reveal all of the wedding details; the film canister invitations were mailed to guests in kraft pouches.
What do you think of my year-end invitation picks? Let me know in the comments, and clue me in to your favorites so I can see what I missed. Also, check out our gallery for more great wedding invitation ideas or visit our local listings to find your stationer.