{Stationery Thursday} – Silhouettes!


I absolutely adore the recent trend of using silhouettes as design inspiration in weddings.  Whether incorporated as a small design detail or the inspiration for the overall wedding theme, silhouettes can be easily integrated into many wedding details, from the Save the Dates to the favors.  I’ve collected a few of my favorite silhouette designs here to help provide some design inspiration.

Let’s start off with some Save the Date inspiration.  I love the way the Save the Date design below complements the follow-on invitation, both by Posh Paperie:

{Save the Date and invitation design by Posh Paperie via Style Me Pretty}

For an alternative Save the Date idea, you could have prints made featuring custom silhouettes of you and your fiancé, like these from Nella Designs.  The Save the Date prints could be a larger size suitable for framing, or a smaller post card size with your wedding location and date stamped or printed on the back:

{silhouette print via Nella Designs}

I also love that silhouettes can work in any color palette, from a classic and crisp black & white (or even red) to a more muted palette with grays, blues and greens.  Invitation design options range from strinkingly modern to whimsical vintage-inspired to everything in between:

This incredibly sweet silhouette design above from Bird and Banner is one of my favorites!

Though not a traditional silhouette design, paper cut silhouettes, like the invitation above from paper cut artist Rob Ryan, translate into lovely wedding invitations.

The graphic silhouette design above from Lily Darby {via Style Me Pretty} evoke the feeling of a modern wedding with vintage design sensibility.

These silhouette invitations from Mr. Boddington’s Studio would be perfect for a classic wedding.

And the silhouette invitation above from Emily Ink would be fabulous for a vintage-inspired wedding.

You could even use silhouette cards to ask your friends to join your wedding party!

{bridesmaid card via Parcel Post}

For escort cards or place cards, you could have a custom stamp made with your silhouette and work with a calligrapher to inscribe guests’ names each card.  Try modern art stamps or sweet paperie via etsy, or Simon Stamps for custom stamp orders.  Or you could ask your stationer to print escort cards with the silhouette from your invitations and guests’ names at the bottom.

{via this gorgeous wedding featured on Style Me Pretty}

{via Mr. Boddington’s Studio}

For an additional special touch, consider hiring a silhouette artist to provide custom silhouettes as favors (and a lovely keepsake) for your guests…


{photographs via Leigh Miller Photography}

{photograph by Amy Squires via Style Me Pretty}

{Katie and Ian’s wedding via Martha Stewart Weddings}

…or if a silhouette artist isn’t in your budget, silhouette cookies would also make lovely favors:
{photograph by Amy Squires via Style Me Pretty}

That’s it for this week!  I’ll be back next Thursday with more stationery inspiration.  Until then, as always, you can find me over at (Oh So) Beautiful Paper!

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10 comments on “{Stationery Thursday} – Silhouettes!

  1. We **love** this post!!! Silhouettes are darling and have such vintage appeal :) Our faves: ‘Bird and Banner’ and Rob Ryan … great post!!

  2. I am the fastest (and actually most realistic) silhouette artist in the world, and a second generation paper-cutting and portrait artist. I have cut silhouettes over 35 years, all over the world! I am featured as the premier silhouette artist in Papercutters Guild of America. I will also do weddings and events all over the US. and I have silhouette artist friends in Washington, and Florida.

  3. Liz Fleming writes...

    I am looking for a silhouette artist in southern Wisconsin. Do you have any ideas of where I could look? Thanks!

  4. I know quite a few wonderful authentic silhouette artists, as I had the pleasure of working with in the last 35 years, starting with the Walt Disney art lease in California and Florida. What you want to look for– after you type in the words “silhouette artist” is the quality of the work. The way to tell quality is: Is the bustline heavy and thick, do the faces look stylized or real, are there details cut-out, or does it look photoshopped, is the artist fast? Does the paper profilist mention anything about having done portraits? The best silhouette artists, were first portrait artists. The faster artists are the better artists, just like athletes. Is the work real looking? Some artists make everyone look old-fashioned. Does the silhouette artist have style? On some sites, everyone looks like they came from a different century, or a caricature. You want unique silhouettes, and investment silhouettes.
    Check out You Tube, type in silhouette artist and click on the sites, see if the person is smiling as they work. A grumpy artist is not one you want at your event. Your silhouette will be a keepsake for generations to come, a family heriloom. You can also order original silhouettes on-line from Kathryn Flocken, Ruth Monsel, and various others. There are about 8 to 12 incredible silhoeutte artists in the world! Beware of photo shop ones, look for the people who say they just look and cut, with black paper and scissors only.

  5. Gosh, I saw that genius silhouette artist Cindi Rose work at a wedding in Canada, and although she must be 50 (but looks 36), she had the energy of someone 16, and her sihouette artwork is the best there is, tons of details, and she did 300 people in 4 hours, without stopping, no two alike.

  6. I know Kathryn Flocken in Florida as mentioned above. Her silhouette work is amazing! I’ve seen Cindi Rose’s work online and had heard her mentioned before from Kathryn – she is also phenomenal! If you are looking in the SC (my home), NC, top of Georgia, Tennessee area, I am a portrait artist who loves to do silhouettes for wedding receptions. Just scissors and paper…

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