Moody wedding stationery perfect for a high end, black tie French destination wedding at Le Meurice

Moody French Style Invitations – Winter Wedding Inspiration

Chosen a dramatic colour scheme? Pick moody French style invitations to match


One of the first (and most exciting) parts of planning a big event is choosing your wedding design concept. Perhaps you’ll choose black tie optional, a country boho theme, a western/cowboy concept or a high end glamorous affair. The possibilities are endless but once you’ve chosen a design concept you can confidently move onto select the perfect colour scheme to match. If you’re hosting a black tie event in France or it’s a French-inspired soiree, you might want to consider a dramatic colour scheme that can perfectly capture the style of this charming nation. And why not kickstart the celebrations with moody French style invitations.

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Moody French style invitation with black, gold and hand painted details

Photography by Auras Studios


But what events calls for such extravagance? Perhaps a wedding at the Four Seasons George V, or a black tie event for at Le Meurice, in Paris. Whatever the case, moody French style invitations could be the ideal way to set the tone for your event and give guests an idea of what to expect on the day.

To help get you inspired, I have put together this guide showcasing my top three moody French style invitations. You can check these out below, along with some more details about the colours and techniques I used to create these dramatic and captivating moody invitation suites.


Here is one of my first most favourite, moody designs.


Black tie winter wedding inspiration with moody Italian style invitations suite

Hand Painted fine art wedding stationery for an Italian style wedding

Moody wedding stationery perfect for a high end, black tie destination wedding at Le Meurice


Moody striking black and gold ornate baroque style French wedding invitations, perfect for a French destination wedding in Paris or the south of France

Black and gold save the date card for French style wedding stationery copy
Above Photography Taken by Sarah


Here’s how I go about creating some of the hand painted details that I focus on to create these moody French style invitations.




Getting married? Choose dark moody wedding invitations


The second French themed invitations we’re going to look at are perfect for a destination wedding or a French-inspired wedding day. Whether you’ve chosen a dreamy chateau with rustic interiors, a contemporary art gallery or a five-star hotel, you can use your venue to inspire your dark moody wedding invitations. These custom-designed, hand-painted invitations will be unique to you as a couple and are something you can cherish for years to come.

The use of the sultry black, plum, gold and yellow colour schemes were perfect for creating a moody invitation suite with a regal feel. I also ensure I use captivating brush strokes, elegant calligraphy and impeccable attention to detail in all my designs to create dramatic artwork, as I have done in this invitation suite.


Moody Italian wedding stationery for a high end, black tie wedding in Lake Como

Moody French themed weding stationery for high end events

Italian style moody wedding invitations

Black and gold wedding stationery with gold calligraphy for a moody Italian themed wedding
Above Photography by Carlos Hernandez


Black tie themed event? Choose a dramatic moody invitation suite

It’s not just weddings that require memorable invitation suites, if you’re hosting a black tie event for a big milestone such as a 60th birthday or a more serious affair like a client dinner, you can make a real statement with some hand-painted French themed invitations. Below are some shots from a second moody suite I created, this time styled with a beautiful antique tray, black berries and some gentle green blossoms and focusing on using solely a black and gold colour palette.

Moody wedding stationery

Black and moody wedding invitations for a high end event

Photography by Auras Studios


Chosen a dark and moody colour scheme? Complement this with calligraphy invitations


Nothing offsets a dark and moody colour scheme quite like some elegant calligraphy. Not only this but for a French-inspired event, calligraphy can help to further capture all the charm and grandeur of the nation. In one of my more recent suites (featured below), you can see how the gold writing marries perfectly with the dark black background to create a sultry but luxurious vibe.

As you can see, this moody invitation suite uses a combination of calligraphy, florals, bold colours, regal-looking monograms and wax seals. When used together these create the perfect moody French style invitations ideal for a French-inspired event. This suite uses fewer colours, mainly black, gold, purple and pinks, but the bold contrast between the pink and the black papers creates a bold and beautiful finish.

Moody French stationery for a small intimate high end wedding in Paris, the south of France or Lake Como in Italy

Striking and dramatic black and gold classical and moody wedding stationery for hihg end events and weddings in the south of France or Lake Como

French style wedding invitations with classical modern calligraphy

Photography by Mouna Tahar



Want to work with me?


Whether you’re planning a destination wedding or a black tie event that would rival the Cannes Film Festival, I put together this article to help inspire you to choose moody French style invitations for your big event. That’s because at Crimson Letters I love creating this truly unique, intricate artwork that will take your breath away.
So if you’re ready to get started on your hand-painted, moody invitation suite I’d love to hear from you. But please be aware that these designs take some time to prepare, so if you’d like to work with me don’t delay! Email me at or get in touch here. Hop over to connect with me on Instagram or Pinterest!



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