Rebecca + Dale’s Traditional Honeysuckle + Gray Wedding Invitations

I was excited when Honeysuckle – the bright and bold shade of pink below – was named Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen it used in a wedding invitation!  For Rebecca and Dale’s wedding invitations, Kathleen from & Kathleen Design blended traditional design with modern pops of color, as well as multiple printing methods, with stunning results!


From Kathleen:  When Rebecca saw some of my work on Oh So Beautiful Paper, and then found out that I live in the same city as her and her fiance, she knew I was the designer for them. When Rebecca and I met face-to-face I learned that she wanted a traditional design with clean lines for her wedding invitations. Because my work is usually a little more quirky and non-traditional I was excited to try something a little more classic.  However, Rebecca was open to a few modern twists – like bold color and sleek typography.



I used a combination of lithography and letterpress printing on a thick bright white letterpress paper.  Full floods of honeysuckle complemented gray accents and letterpress detail on the invitation.  Modern sans-serif typefaces and dotted lines were contrasted with a bold script and fun flourishes.  Overall, I think this invitation was a great blend of the classic meets modern look Rebecca was wanting to achieve.



Gorgeous as always – thanks so much Kathleen!

{image credits: kathleen shannon}

  1. I love the color and the invite. I do think however, the trend to use a the “soon to be” last name initial or new monogram on the invitation is in poor form. This is best reserved for the thank you notes and subsequent personal stationery. Having been a stationery designer for many years at a very high end social stationery firm, we would never promote this. I might put it on a reception card but never the invite. Just my two cents…

  2. Hi Andrea,
    I’m actually inclined to agree with you – unless the bride and groom have a last name that starts with the same letter I avoid using a monogrammed approach on invitations. I don’t necessarily think it’s in poor form but the feminist in me avoids it. However, including a “B” monogram on the invitation was the ONLY request this bride had for the direction of her invitations and I had to honor that. As always, my ultimate goal is to create a beautiful design that not only reflects my personal aesthetic but makes the couple proud.

    Thanks for your feedback!

  3. I absolutely agree- making the client happy is the most important! It is a lovely invitation.

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