November 12, 2019

Ceremony Programs

photos by Jose Villa

Ceremony programs are kind of a case of anything goes… Simple or informative- adding to the design or simply serving the purpose of listing the order of service. They can be booklets, single cards, fan shaped, etc so here are many of our recent ones, that will maybe give you some different ideas. The wedding above featured a custom watercolor illustration of the wedding ceremony venue.

photo by Liz Banfield

This double sided single card was simple yet sophisticated. It did have a touch of design, but stayed the course of traditional ceremony program information.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A square card on our rich textured and thick paper featured letterpress floral notes.  Something like this framed after the wedding would make a pretty piece of artwork for the couple’s home.

photo by Tec Petaja

This single card program included a letterpressed belly band with a personal note from the couple. This was a great way to include that addition without taking away from the space needed for the order of service and wedding party information.

photo by Liz Banfield

Some of our favorite programs to date are ones that we created custom paper covers for based on a flora/fauna theme that was used throughout the wedding designs.

November 5, 2019

Holiday Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

If you are starting to think the holidays, we’ve got you covered!  We love working with past and new clients on creating custom cards.  Letterpress or not, or an addition of a photo, the sky is the limit for designs.

photo by Jessica Claire

Also, we are seeing a rising trend in New Year’s cards… Mostly because people get so busy and then they feel as if cards get lost in the shuffle, but whatever it is it works! And, another thought is announcing a new baby in conjunction with the holidays if it works.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another thought is to hostess gifts, with so many parties during the season. We have many small yet thoughtful ideas like our custom printed matchbooks (how cool for a hostess to have their own matches or printed cocktail napkins). Our “surcie” tags are also very popular as a gift on their own, or as a finishing touch on your own gift.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

And of course, weddings around the holidays can be very elegant and a note to the season without being so obvious…
We’d love to create something special for you, so reach out!

October 29, 2019

Pretty Place Cards

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Just like menus, or seating cards, place cards and table top can have a feel for the season of the wedding also. Some of our favorite designs we have created for fall fetes are being shared today.  Like the combination above…With a gold metallic paper menu and white printing, a simple white paper tag with gold ink completed the sophisticated setting. Design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a fall wedding with lots of natural elements, birch slices were hand painted by Claudia Engel and accented with fresh rosemary sprigs. These definitely went home with guests that evening… These could easily double as sweet Christmas ornaments.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding with a mix of chic and rustic, modern and traditional, and warm tones wooden tags painted with metallic ink added depth and interest to this gorgeous tabletop, designed again by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For another tabletop needing a counter balance between feminine and mountain masculine (this was a wedding in Aspen, Colorado), leather bound menu books heavy enough for the fall season sat atop bold florals and pretty china. The leather booklets were imprinted with guests’ names as another take home place card.

photo by Liz Banfield

A palette of champagne and ivory is so seasonal that it could work for any season!  We designed a custom monogram for this couple, to be used in many areas throughout the wedding design. Even though this was a more intimate wedding, we went ahead with letterpressing a bigger amount of monogrammed tags in a larger size, that could then just be used where ever the need popped up, like here with the place tags.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Finally for this fall fete with a layering of textures and colors, leather tags were emblazoned with guests’ names as place cards and tied to the copper printed menu cards. These were substantial leather tags that guests could take home and use for so many things – luggage tags, etc.

October 15, 2019

We Love Working With Wood

photo by Melanie Mauer

We have found ourselves working a lot more with wooden elements lately, especially this time of year…Whether through custom guest boxes, or paper elements that can be incorporated throughout the details. If you have been thinking about using wooden designs in your event, hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you.

photo by KT Merry

For these signature welcome boxes, the top was lined with a custom paper, and tied with embroidered ribbon featuring the couple’s monogram.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Melanie Mauer

We love wooden paper pieces, and they can be used in so many ways from formal to casual.  The first set sees a lighter shade of wood (the wedding took place in spring time)  imprinted with gold foil for a couple’s welcome party.  For a winter wedding rehearsal dinner, different species of wood was coordinated and printed for some of the weekend events.  Finally, for a rehearsal dinner on a farm in Kentucky, wooden envelopes were just the thing for the rustic chic invitations.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a wedding with wooden paper elements peppered throughout, the sparklers to be used for the send off were passed out to guests in custom letterpressed sleeves.

photo by Perry Vaile

For a different twist on dinner menus for a wedding dinner, marble and vellum menu cards were secured using mini wooden clipboards!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

And finally, for a rustic wedding in Aspen, Colorado, laser cut wooden cards were used as table numbers… Love these for the tables b/c they add such a layer and texture on such a simple note.

October 8, 2019

Upping Your Bar Ante

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We have been working with clients and planners for years now, and as we have learned, it’s all in the details.  Every little single detail matters, and makes such a difference to clients and guests alike.  One area that we are still seeing tons of requests for new details in is the bar and or cocktail embellishments.  Above, for passed drinks at cocktail hour, trays decked with our custom printed paper tray liners carry drinks with wooden drink stirrers and custom cocktail napkins.  At the very basic level, these are two thoughtful, affordable, and easy pieces for you to order and have.

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

We love these embellishments and want to see more of them used! These are our custom champagne collars…. They work best on the couple style glasses, but we can design them around any type of stem or flute.

photo by Gayle Brooker

For a wedding serving only beer, wine, and a speciality cocktail, the designer really wanted to make sure that there were plenty of design details for the bar. So, we created custom wine labels for all of the bottles being served and relabeled them ourselves…

photo by Liz Banfield

We have also had many clients who have nice wine collections that they like to serve and display, so even just sweet little handwritten tags provide a handy and pretty detail.

photo by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Our letterpress coasters have been a huge hit! Ways we have designed them in the past is with the couples name or monogram, or cute sayings or phrases like “Please Dont’ Take My Drink, I’m Dancing”… For one wedding, the groom’s grandmother’s Russian Tea Recipe was served in the reception tent, so we printed the recipe on coasters. So many creative options here!

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

Of course, we are big big big on signage.  So many ways you can do this, but some of our favorites we have done in the past… For a vintage styled wedding, antique mirrors were hand painted with the drink options.   For another wedding, acrylic signs are calligraphied with the menu offerings and hung above the bars.

photos (1,2) by Corbin Gurkin

Another big hit are custom matches… Love the throw back to big service restaurants that offered their printed matches on the bar or Maitre ‘d Stations, but brides are going crazy for this, and we are thrilled to accommodate.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, pretty trays still make a great impact, but here we also embroidered aprons for the servers to wear while passing drinks.  A thoughtful detail that guests loved seeing.