March 9, 2021

All the Little Extras

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We’ve shown you our save the dates, invitations, and paper pieces that we do like that, but what about all of the other little details you may not even be thinking of?  Many of our clients have us put everything together for them. And, that means so many un thought of places for detail opportunities. One fun extra (think of them as the new koozie) are letterpressed coasters.. They can be a custom monogram, or a cute saying like the one above, or even a cocktail recipe… Any extras are perfect to have in the couples’ new home for entertaining.  Of course, don’t forget the custom cocktail napkins to go with.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Late night food is still in demand!  For this Chicago wedding, of course it had to be late night deep dish pizzas!  Custom pizza boxes could not be cuter!

 

photo by Liz Banfield

Another fun new item that we are adding to the weekend party packs, are outfit/packing tags. Each tag corresponds to a weekend event, so that when guests unpack they can coordinate which outfit for which event.

 

photo by Liz Banfield

For a recent wedding at venue in Charleston that hosts national music acts, conferences, etc. their wedding day couldn’t be overshadowed by some other announcements, so in comes our custom signage.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a cigar station in the after dinner lounge, what better detail than custom cigar bands?

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, you want the food that you are serving to look and taste nice, but what about it’s presented?  Our clients love our custom tray liners- usually a pattern or several from earlier wedding printed pieces, but also what about embroidered aprons featuring your monogram?

photo by Liz Banfield

A new thing we are doing for Tara Guerard’s clients is taking a pattern from the wedding printing and having it printed on fabric to use for custom lampshades in the reception lounge… or on fabric to cover the bars…

photo by Liz Banfield

And, for a big showstopper, we often work with clients to come up with a custom dance floor design that we can scale and print to be put onto the dance floor.

 

photo by Liz Banfield

Another super popular, but classic item requested often are customized matches. These can have a photo of the couple, a custom monogram, wedding locations, you name it. Guests collect them, and the couples like to have them afterwards.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

What about handwritten tags for the flowers? Just a little detail that adds a special touch.

February 23, 2021

Destination Wedding Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Even though traveling right now is on hold, we needed a cure for our wanderlust and decided to take a virtual tour of our some of our past events and dreamy locations. For a fall wedding with Tara Guerard in Aspen, Colorado,  the peaks of the Rockies served as a landscape for the printed pieces… for a more feminine feel on the invitations, a wrap featuring a die cut wildflower field felt more feminine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This winter wedding in Watercolor, Florida had many other weekend events as destination weddings often do. This party pack used a watercolor floral and fauna inspiration.

photo by Anne Rhett

photo by Anne Rhett

Y0u can’t do designs for a wedding in Jamaica without going tropical. But for a couple with London and Manhattan roots, it had to be sophisticated too… Art deco accents combined with chick tropical elements like caning, palms, and hand illustration brought it all together.  We even included packing tags, which guests can use to hang on each outfit as they unpack.

photo by Sylvie Gil

A vintage print and hand drawn map were the focal points for this Hawaii wedding suite.  The color palette inspired by the island chain’s famous sunsets.

photo by Sylvie Gil

photo by Sylvie Gil

When you think of Italy, it’s hard to not think only about the food and wine. But, the patterns used in Italian pottery and design, including of course the olive branch, just had to be included in these Positano printing pieces. A watercolor image of the seaside town also graced the save the dates, which guests could frame and use as a piece of art!

Since guests at destination weddings may not have ever been to the location before, maps are always a big request. Be sure to include all of the wedding weekend locations in relation to the main hotel or wedding location.

February 9, 2021

Die Cut Designs

photo by Liz Banfield

Die cuts are a huge element of design that we are both big fans of and get many requests for, so we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorites today.  The wedding suite above used die cut edges on both the invitation itself and the reply cards.  For a next level element, we also included a laser cut belly band to keep the set in place.

photo by Theo Milo 

This client was having a gorgeous luxury affair with butterfly accents at the Breakers in Palm Beach, so we spared no detail when it came to her invitation suite.  The booklet style featured a gate scroll enclosure with matching pockets to hold the reception and reply cards.  And, for the final touch a die cut butterfly was a pretty final touch.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a feminine New Year’s wedding in Arkansas, we did our own take on a quatrafoil design. And the invitation had a softened edging making it not quite an oval, circle, or rectangle.

photos by Liz Banfield

The wedding invitations for our elegant Charleston wedding, had scalloped edging letterpressed with a pattern to mimic the bride’s lace pattern on her gown.  And with chandeliers as a main decor element, we created die cut chandelier escort cards calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers and hung from chandeliers at cocktail hour.

photos by Squire Fox

For this wedding, upon request, we made a batch of frilled die cut cards that we could have our calligrapher write anything needed on- escort cards, place cards, signage, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

“Save the Weekend” cards had graciously shaped edges outlined in a pattern matching what would be used in the wedding design.   A grand die cut invitation outlined in gold and emblazoned with the couple’s monogram was a perfect follow up.

photos by Liz Banfield

This set had opposing die cut edges that were edge painted in gold… Each was also backed in complimentary patterns to be seen again.

 

 

February 2, 2021

Precious Metals

Another of 2019’s biggest trends in paper design and printing is the use of metal in multiple forms.  It’s not the first thing that comes to mind, but the results can be amazing, so we’re here to show you why you should consider it. Above, we have printed invitations, dinner menus, program covers, and place card tags all using different shades and styles of metal papers.  Photos by Theo Milo.

We did soften a bit of the metal menu/place card combo, by using traditional paper printed with the menu details.

If you aren’t ready to go full heavy metal yet, metallic paper with printing is also a way to go metallic.

One of our favorite ways to use metal lately is with the resurgence of mirror elements.  Etching on mirrored shapes have made some very pretty and unexpected pieces lately. We also love the thought of acrylic coming back into vogue.

Variations of metallic inks and paper accents are also subtle ways to incorporate metal into your designs.  There are so many shades that work with any style or color palette- Copper is the new Rose Gold, and Platinum and Gold aren’t going anywhere.  We have even done some lovely designs with pearlized whites when printing on darker papers.

January 26, 2021

Pattern Play

photo by Theo Milo

Designing papers with some kind of patterns offers us a nice break from the straight and traditional. Sometimes we have clients like find a wallpaper, or fabric, or even a painting that they want us to use as inspiration, while others are wide open to our offerings. A backing is a great place for someone who may be ready to branch out and still likes the idea of tradition… you know, kind of like business in the front, party in the back!!!!

photo by Theo Milo

For this wedding invitation suite, a spring time cherry blossom pattern was prominent on the invitation itself, but a one color complimentary version also worked well as the envelope liner.

photo by Aaron and Jillian and Theo Milo

Our bride brought us the yellow wallpaper on the right as her inspiration to be used throughout the wedding design.  So, to keep in line with the design vibe an element of the paper was used to pattern the back, and a reworked version was created as the envelope liner.

photo by Theo Milo

For a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, coastal tiles were the inspiration for the varying patterns backing the wedding weekend information packet. Placed together they gave a pretty display for guests.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a tropical Florida wedding’s information packet, several patterns were created using a botanical feel. With all of the different layers and elements, they can be compiled into a larger series, that comes together so sweetly.

photo by Liz Banfield 

This Sea Island wedding used a flora and fauna design scheme. So, we created a repeating botanical print that was used to bind the wedding programs, and, also printed as paper tray liners for cocktail hour.

photo by Liz Banfield

Patterns can be elaborate or simple. You can use many or just one, or pick just one element of your printing to include a pattern. But, we are here to convince you not to shy away from them!