Once wedding invitations are signed, sealed, and delivered, the tone of your big day debuts. That's why it's important to make sure yours perfectly reflect you and your fiancé's wedding-day style. Depending on whether you're a simplistic, modern bride or all about the elaborate, romantic details, there's a stationery company for you. Read on to find our picks for the best paper goods for every type of Chicago bride.
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Classic: Elizabeth Grace
Thanks to beautiful typography, luxurious papers, and hand-engraved details, each invite from Elizabeth Grace stands as a work of art. Beyond invitations, lean on the paperie to carry your style through every aspect of the elegant affair, from welcome bag inserts and ceremony programs to reception menus. Stop by the Lincoln Park boutique with your fiancé and chat with a designer directly so they can get a sense of your style as a couple. As an added service, Elizabeth Grace offers to stuff and address each invitation, so all you need to do is enjoy the planning process stress free. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Graphic: Spilled Ink Press
What happens when a husband-and-wife team of former architects opens up shop as "invitation architects?" The modern bride's dreams come true, that's what. Spilled Ink Press creates everything from witty greeting cards to wedding invitations — including contemporary invites featuring clean lines and modern typefaces custom-designed by Amanda, the wife of the duo. These amazing paper fanatics are dedicated to the environment, too: each piece of paper offered at Spilled Ink Press features a minimum of 30 percent recycled materials, and many come straight from suppliers who value sustainable foresting practices. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Romantic: Sarah Drake Design
From ready-made to custom invites, Sarah Drake has handled a wide range of styles since launching her business over 10 years ago. It's the romantic invitations, however, that continuously catch our eye. Think of invitations adorned with delicately painted edges, romantic calligraphy, or floral designs — reminiscent of a traditional English garden. Or, go the custom route and ask Drake to create a crest for you and your fiancé — the personalized design can be used in the short term on your invitations and then throughout your life together, adorning cloth napkins and custom-made china. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Glam: Magnificent Milestones
Never has there been a gold-foil invitation that we didn't fall head over heels for. If your heart speeds up after eyeing sparkly glam and gold fonts, Magnificent Milestones is the invitation company for you. The River North shop specializes in boxed sets and custom invites featuring gorgeous textures and finishing details that set your invite apart from the rest. But, they don't stop there: menus, table numbers, sweet table signage, and even cute straw décor carry the charming details through every aspect of the day. Read real brides' reviews here!
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Rustic: Beacon Lane
Invites wrapped with burlap, lace, or baker's twine are just one specialty of suburban-based Beacon Lane. The invitation and stationery company launched in 2011 after its founder discovered firsthand how tough it is to track down vintage-inspired wedding goods. Now, with their team of eight ready to create custom designs — complete with wildflower graphics or natural, cardboard-like paper — your rustic wedding invitations are within reach. Read real brides' reviews here!