Crests are fast becoming a huge part of wedding invitations and full stationery suites but what actually is a crest and why would you use one?
Crests or Coat of Arms began around the 11th century and were typically used to identify military units. Over time, they began to be used as logos for families of note, towns, universities, and now weddings. When we talk about wedding crests, it typically means a ‘logo’ that incorporates both the couple’s initials and varies from just their first initials, to the initials of all their names. Nowadays, crest designs are being bought up to date and are available in many different styles, from simplistic, modern crests to rustic, boho designs. Many crests incorporate hand-crafted pieces, whether it be calligraphy or watercolour florals.
Whether or not you have a crest for your wedding is completely your choice. Many couples use it as a way of ‘branding’ their wedding and having a consistent theme running through. These days, most couples aren’t tied to a family insignia or crest so have free reign with the design of their own crest. The nice thing about having a crest designed for your wedding, is it is something bespoke just for the two of you. It can incorporate your colour palette, theme and even have little custom bits like flowers to match your bouquet or something a little out-of-the-ordinary to link in to your favourite things. I find antlers are a popular choice as they can be shown in lots of different ways but there’s a plethora of options available in all sorts
...crest designs are being bought up to date and are available in many different styles, from simplistic, modern crests to rustic, boho designs.
So where could you use your wedding crest? I love creating a wedding crest as it is so diverse with its uses. Typically, the crest is shown across your stationery suite, but it can also be used on tags or stickers on wedding favours, on welcome signs, embroidered onto napkins or even as the base for your table plan. It becomes the logo for your wedding, so nicely links any before the date stationery with on the day stationery. You could even have it turned into a framed piece of art to keep as a memory of the day or for simpler crests, have a cake topper created from the design!
If you’re thinking of having a crest run through your entire wedding theme, its important you spend time getting it right, as you don’t want to end up bored of it half way through! Have a think about things that tie you and your partner together, such as where you met, what you bonded over and shared interests and then see how these could fit into a crest design. I’ve created rustic crests with florals but also simpler crests to fit with a 1940’s telegram theme, so the possibilities are numerous. If you’re unsure, drop me a message with a few things you would like incorporated and we can work together on something that’s perfect for you. A quick pinterest search can also be a good place to start!
Have a think about things that tie you and your partner together, such as where you met, what you bonded over and shared interests