{Real Palettes} Natalie’s Modern and Bold Asian Wedding Invitations

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Natalie is a bride with a clear design vision. And when she came to me for her wedding invitations she knew it had to be bold, it had to be cultural and it had to be navy and fuchsia.

She even blended two of our invitations designs into one…adding a wrap and tag to a layered Asian print invite. And she blended an Asian-inspired print with colors she fell in love with in Guatemala.

But that’s just perfect for the blended wedding style Natalie wants for when she walks down the aisle this fall.

{Designer Tip} Mixing Traditional Culture with Modern Style

The key to pulling off Natalie’s East-meets-West style is taking the traditional print and detailed shapes from Japanese and Chinese design and pairing them with a bold modern color palette.

Color is an great way to liven up more traditional designs!

 In Natalie’s Words:

If you look at traditional weddings around the world, they are extremely colorful! From Asia and India, to South America and Africa, you see lots of colors on our most joyous days. Although I consider myself very “westernized” (U.S. born and raised), my ethnic background is Chinese, and I have always loved the colorful silks and embroidery of traditional Chinese weddings.

Although I will be wearing my white gown all day, there will be nothing pale or pastel about my wedding day! Red and gold, of course are the most traditional, but as a melting pot American, I take inspiration from other cultures as well.

On a recent vacation with my fiancé to Guatemala, a country known for its colorful woven textiles, I bought a traditional belt which is basically a strip of fabric woven with many colors. The primary colors were dark blue and pink. It is one of my favorite accessories and souvenirs!

On a visit to the fabric store there was bolt of hot fuchsia dupioni silk displayed right next to a deep royal blue silk and I fell in love. The colors are so contrasting and bright. I especially love the fuchsia.

(In fact if I could have a second dream dress, it would be made of yards and yards of fuchsia dupioni silk!)

For my wedding and reception dark royal blue will be the base color, which is appropriate for an elegant evening affair. Hot pink will be the accent, like little fireworks of color. My maid of honor will be in a hot pink dress, and my other 2 bridesmaids in royal blue. Flowers will be colorful and bold, bright yellows, pinks, and oranges.

 

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