Category Archives: wedding invitations

Monogram Wedding Invitation: designed for eco-sustainability.

I recently was asked to design an invitation that was as stylish as it is eco-friendly. So I set out to design an invitation with that in mind and this is what I came up with!  Mission accomplished!

When it comes to planning a wedding that is “Green” the invitations and stationery are often one of the least eco-friendly components of the wedding.  They are made from paper, they are used once, they are shipped, mailed and delivered which leaves a carbon footprint, so for all these reasons they are often not something that is viewed as eco-conscious.  BUT I can assure you that this design helps to reduce the impact of each of those points!  First the paper and envelopes selected are made from partially recycled content and the raw material in the paper is FSC certified. The FSC trademark identifies products which contain wood from well-managed forests certified under the rules of the FSC, ensuring that people, wildlife and the environment benefit from the forestry practices.  Next, The Classic Invitation seeks out and purchases our paper goods through a supplier that operates with 100% wind energy and offsets 100% of the carbon dioxide produced from outbound shipping through the purchase of renewable energy credits.  In our studio, The Classic Invitation buys our electricity from a wind farm, so the carbon footprint of each invitation our studio produces is further reduced throughout every stage (from design to printing) of production in our studio.  And though these wedding invitations are designed to be used once, and though we hope they will be saved and treasured as a keepsake, they are fully recyclable!  Which makes them even more stylish than they would be otherwise.  Our motto at The Classic Invitation is eco-friendly design with style in mind!    Interested in eco-friendly wedding invitation design?  Contact us at

By: Sheila Elizabeth


Fabulous New Monogram Design!

This monogram is chic and modern and available in any color combination!  It would be perfect for save the date cards, wedding invitations, programs, table number cards and more!  And for only $10.00 its a steal!  Pre-designed monograms include up to two changes in color or size.  Simply provide your personal information and color scheme and we will do the rest.  With in 48 hours you will receive an email with a png. and jpeg. file containing your monogram.  Need a different file format?  Just ask!  We are happy to assist you and look forward to meeting your needs.

By: Sheila Elizabeth

New Aqua, Black and White Layered Wedding Invitation: Ashley and Jeffery!

I’ve been working with Ashley and Jeffery on a custom designed wedding invitation set for their spring wedding.  They came to me with a very specific vision in mind and I was so happy to bring their vision to fruition!  And what a lovely design.  They were looking for a layered invitation in aqua, black and white.  I choose a combination of linen and metallic stock papers, along with double-faced satin ribbon to compliment the upscale look and create a rich feel for their invitation sets.  Mission accomplished!  They love it!  And I am so glad. 

Our company, The Classic Invitation, based in Connecticut, had a horrendous winter! We had record-setting snow and had to close our studio on multiple occasions due to the extreme amount of snow fall.  January marked the most snow ever on record in Connecticut.  My new favorite saying is that Connecticut is the new Canada (LOL).  So needless to say I worried that I would be unable to finish Ashley and Jeffery’s invitation design in a timely manner.  Many of the building’s in my city shut down or evacuated because roofs were collapsing from the weight of the snow.  125 year old buildings just up the street from our studio completely caved in and just crashed (our studio is housed in a building built-in 1890)!  But despite the weather and with a very understanding bride I was able to complete the design and finish the invitation.  Whew!  I hope you enjoy the result.  Looking for invitations?  Visit


By: Sheila Elizabeth

Beautiful Snowflake Wedding Invitation

Set the theme for your winter wedding with a custom designed snowflake wedding invitation.  This design features  beautiful snowflakes that are accented with coordinating rhinestones for an elegant look.  The invitation is printed in blue, grey and black ink on a white metallic stock paper and layered on top of a heavy weight textured black stock paper.  A silver metallic invitation pocket completes the look.

By: Sheila Elizabeth

Exlusive Blog Offer

Now through December 31, 2010 all new invitation orders over $100.00 will receive Free Shipping!  Simply use the code FreeShip when placing your order.

2010 Wedding Style Alert…Vintage Wedding Theme!

Style Alert!!  One of the hottest wedding trends for 2010 is a vintage themed wedding.  Big bands, pearls and diamonds, antique cars, top hats, bird-cage veils, brooches and lockets, hair and make up, vintage style dresses and tuxedos create the look.  Vintage weddings are all about glamour and elegance.  I love the 1940’s wedding cake featured in the picture in the third row below, simply stunning.  Looking for vintage jewelry?  Dig into your Grandma’s jewelry drawer, you may just find the perfect vintage items that you are seeking!  For the groom, think Fred Astaire with a classic black pinstripe tuxedo with black and white wing tip shoes.  For the bride, a simple red lip makes a grand statement when pared with a vintage style wedding dress.  And don’t forget the bridesmaids!  A vintage locket makes a great gift idea for your girls and will look beautiful with vintage style bridesmaid dresses. 






By: Sheila Elizabeth


2010 Wedding Style: Tips and Trends

Green Weddings:  Going green for your wedding is not only trendy it is environmentally responsible!  Planning a green wedding doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style!  Easy ways to make eco-chic decisions for your wedding include: Organic food:  Plan an dinner menu that features 100% organic foods.  Hire a cater or chef that can create a delicious organic dinner for your guests.  Green stationery: Choose recycled or cotton paper for your wedding invitations.  Add natural embellishments such as dried flowers or natural fiber (cotton, silk ) ribbon instead of synthetic materials such as satin ribbon or rhinestones.  The Classic Invitation offers a variety of options for eco friendly wedding stationery.  We also are proud to offer beautiful recyled and FSC certified papers and are happy to say that we have our paper delivered to our studio using carbon neutral shipping!  Visit to request more details on “green” wedding invitations.  Center pieces: Use potted plants such as seasonal flowers, sculpted bushes or herbs that can be replanted by your guests after the wedding is over.  Favors: A great favor are small trees that can be planted by your guests to help reduce the planets carbon load.  Visit the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website to order bulk trees and support a great non-profit organization. also offers a great selection of eco wedding favors.  Gift Ideas: A great idea is adopting an Olive tree in the name of the couple, they get a bottle of olive oil from the orchard and your gift supports an olive orchard  Create a wedding registry for organic linens and household goods that are made from bamboo and other sustainable materials.




Furniture for your Wedding Reception: Comfortable gathering areas for wedding pictures and lounging during the reception have become very trendy for 2009 weddings and is sure to be hot look for 2010 weddings…couches, chaise lounges, pillows, ottomans and even beds create a chic, relaxed environment for your reception.  Canopies help to create an intimate setting for an outdoor wedding reception. They also help to provide relief from the sun during a daytime reception.




Purple!!  This wedding season Purple is sure to be the “it” color!  It is after all the color of royalty and what bride doesn’t want to feel like a Queen on her wedding day!  The most fabulous find this season is the absolutely gorgeous purple Vera Wang wedding dress featured in the picture below.  It is a great alternative to the traditional white or ivory wedding gown and is sure to be a show stopper!  Or if the purple wedding dress is too bold for your taste, why not try purple bridal shoes?  When choosing flowers for your wedding purple roses are my absolute favorite!  If you have never smelled a purple rose it has a fragrance like no other rose.  Choosing purple roses for your wedding is truly a decision that you will never regret. 

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All White Wedding:  An all white wedding is a chic theme for 2010.  In your wedding invitations ask guests to wear all white attire to the wedding.  Request formal or informal attire based on the type of wedding you have chosen to have.  Select white flowers, white linens, white center pieces, white isle runners and even white stationery to complete the look.



 Colorful Bridal Shoes!  A trend that we are really digging for the 2010 wedding season are colorful shoes!  Instead of the traditional white or ivory bridal shoes to match the wedding dress, colorful shoes are making a big statement this season.  Express your personality with colorful heels while still honoring tradition in a classic wedding dress.  My favorite heels are the Zebra print Manolo Blahnik’s.  The best reason for selecting a non-white bridal shoe is that because it is your wedding shoe you can splurge a little more than you would on a normal pair of shoes and with fabulous heels like these you can actually wear them again!


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By: Sheila Elizabeth