Using your venue as an inspiration point for your wedding invitations is practical, logical, and offers a great deal of design options. Historic mansions are especially rich with detail (think vintage wallpaper patterns, faience tile work, wall friezes), but it's important to make sure your invite pertains to the same era as your venue.
What do we mean? Using the Federal-era Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany, New York as an example, we think geometric shapes (like those adorning the columns), oriental rug patterns, or an old-fashioned needlepoint design would complement the mid-19th century decorations and furnishings found in the mansion nicely. The estate's breathtaking gardens could also contribute to some spectacular design ideas—a larkspur or bellflower motif would give guests a sneak peak at the surrounding natural scenery. You could also look for inspiration from Hepplewhite or Sheraton antiques, both significant to the Federal period, and use a palette inspired by colors found in the home, like ivory, cranberry, and sage green.
To find out more information about hosting weddings at the Ten Broeck Mansion, call the Albany County Historical Association at 518-436-9826. And to see more ways that your venue can inspire your wedding invite design, pick up the Spring/Summer 2011 editions of Brides Local Magazines. —Mary Beth Somich