27 Whimsical Stationery Ideas

I’ve always been inspired by vintage and whimsical designs, and lately, I’ve been fawning over vintage stationery! It started with old book covers from the 1800s and 1900s (they’re filled with some of the most beautiful botanical designs and calligraphy!), and then I found myself down a rabbit hole—finding other amazing vintage prints, envelopes, monograms and invitations, all with delicate hand-lettering and darling illustrations. So I couldn’t not share what I found! I could easily see any of these designs as a starting point for wedding stationery, or even for an entire wedding theme. Whether inspired by the typography or the color palette, all I know is I wouldn’t mind having a wedding or party that looks like these designs!

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‘Joseph & Charlotte’ whimsical stationery by invitation by LIAM STEVENS via FFFFOUND!

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Vanessa & Virginia book cover designed by Gabriele Wilson.

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Ephemera envelopes and hand-lettering.

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Darling I love You. (I love this so much! Home decor goals?)

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Fabulous French Graphics (and you can download this for free!)

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Romantic filagree envelope (source unknown).

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These next two are from Andy Warhol’s Wild Raspberries Cook Book.  If you love this, check out this article from Vogue that shows many more amazing illustrations. I can’t get over how beautiful his calligraphy is!

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A collection of English and Welsh bills printed in the 1700s & 1800s via Lewis Walpole.

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Joseph Hooker scientific prints via Kew.Org

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A boat, a whale and & a walrus by Renee Erickson.

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Whimsy hand-lettering by Peter Thornton.

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Back of a Victorian photo card. Ellinger Illés ‘My Ellinger’, 1880s. Via Flickr.

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Bookplate from Giovanni de Bizzaro, 1782-1833, writer & scholar. Via Flickr.

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Whimsical wedding invitation by Katt Frank via Larinne.

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How sweet is this? An envelope made from vintage French magazinesOoh la la! (Find magazines just like it RIGHT HERE).

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Hotel des Indes, The Hague, Netherlands: Menu for July 27. From Stephen Exel’s menu collection.

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French art deco inspired folding print with gold foiling by Mother Design for Maison Gerard.

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Vintage Italian monogram from The Book of Embroidered Ciphers via Donna Lucrezia.

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Farm to Fork invitation via Red Onion.

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“Jelly Beans” floral crest design by Toko Ohmori.

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Scientific illustration (artist unknown).

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Photographer T.R. Burnham’s branding stamp and collateral from 1854. (See more inspiration here!)

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Delicate French inspiration. Source unknown

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Whimsical wedding invitation by Katt Frank via Larinne.

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‘Narcisse’ painting by Fabrice de Villeneuve

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La Botanique by Regnault.

So tell me! Do you have any favorites?

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