Give guests a preview of what's to come with your invitations. Suites or cards that come with little touches of gold or customised monograms suggest an elegant and sophisticated celebration.

Rich With Romance
Invites with ornate gold details suggest opulent or lavish wedding celebrations. Little touches of gold, on the other hand, make a simple card look extra-special.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Gold, chandelier slide-in card, $3,800 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from KARTOE. Ribbon-bound booklet invite, $1,000 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from PAPYPRESS. Cream card with gold stamping, Z-fold programme and gold belly band, $1,350 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from NINETEEN DESIGN STUDIO. Baroque-style tri-fold card with belt, price unavailable, from PAPYPRESS. Mandarin duck invitation, $27 for one piece with envelope, from KARTOE. Gold leaf-bordered card, $700 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from PAPYPRESS. Ceramic heart jewellery box, $48.50, from THE COTTAGE CRAFTS. Swarovski pearl and crystal feather brooch, $160, from GIOIELLI. 

Linked In Love
Use your initials to customise a monogrammed invitation to a posh party. Keep the theme going by applying the same monogram to your decor and cake.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: gold-bordered purple crest suite (matching invitation, response, reception and menu cards with envelopes, as well as window envelopes for photo favours), $2,200 for 100 sets, from PAPYPRESS. Gold and peach suite (custom folder with inserts for invitation and response cards as well as envelopes, plus other information), $2,950 for 100 sets, orange-bordered invitation and response cards with envelopes, $1,150 for 100 sets, as well as 1920s art deco-inspired black and white card with gold foil embossing, $1,500 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from NINETEEN DESIGN STUDIO. Die-cut folded card with silver foil stamping, $850 for 100 pieces with envelopes, from PAPYPRESS.

Time To Shine
Opt for cards with a lovely sheen in muted hues that exude modern elegance.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Purple-trimmed card, $9.50 for one piece with envelope, silver card, $6.20 for one piece with envelope, monogrammed invitation and response cards with circles, $12.30 for one set with envelopes, tall card with illustrations, $2.50 for one piece with envelope, crystal-embellished silver card, $11 for one piece with envelope, and card with heart illustration, $2 for one piece with envelope, from THE CARD ROOM. Glass jewellery box, $69.90, from THE COTTAGE CRAFTS. Crystal necklace, $280 and brooches, $65 each, as well as silk flower brooch, $90, from GIOIELLI. 

This article was first published in Her World Brides Dec 2013 - Feb 2014.

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