May 19, 2020

Beach Wedding Inspiration

Well, since larger weddings on seemingly on hold right now, we thought we could at least get some inspiration. And, maybe folks are planning on having a few small beach weddings this summer.  We wanted to share many of the ways we have designed seaside save the dates, invitations, or accessories for beach-y weddings.  The above save the date doesn’t feature obvious seaside touches, but a nod to a sandy beach in the coloring, and a natural seagrass string ties a note to guests.

photo by Captured by Kate

For this seaside affair, a simple shell motif is paired with a flourishy touch to add some formality to it.  The palette features a sand and water vibe. For the menu, we switched up the shell motif for the dinner menus and used a sand dollar illustration.

photo by Jessica Claire 

Not all beachside fetes have to include “shells”… A save the date for a wedding in Santa Barbara, CA features a watercolor illustration of palm trees and coastline.

photo by Sylvie Gil 

Just making mention of a known beach location like Hawaii, can be the right design for a beachside wedding. Here, a vintage style illustration of surfers makes the printing perfectly on point.

photo by Liz Banfield

photos by Liz Banfield

The ocean notes continue throughout the rest of the wedding printing here… The dinner escort cards featured a mix of actual shells attached and displayed in bed of sand. Dinner menus are simple so that the real sanddollars are the stars, and for take home cake boxes, starfish faintly appear in the background.

photos by Stephen Karlisch

For another Sea Island, GA wedding, guests received embroidered beach totes with a sand dollar design… Inside were take home beach towels also embroidered!  And, cocktail hour drinks were adorned with stir sticks with tiny shells.

May 12, 2020

Party Packs

photo by Corbin Gurkin

One of our signature items that we started creating for Tara Guerard’s clients are our weekend party packs. She wanted to streamline the RSVP process for guests and make headcounts, etc on her end, so our Party Packs were born! These are a collection of invitations for weekend events (outside of the formal wedding invitation), to include things like the welcome party, rehearsal dinner, and farewell brunches.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course they can be edited or organized by list so that guests may get an invite to every additional event, or only a welcome party or brunch if the rehearsal dinner will include wedding party and family only.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This is the perfect place to create a cohesive but fun package for guests to receive in the mail after the invitations have gone out, lots of areas for design moments here!

photo by Liz Banfield

This can also be a place for bridal luncheon invitations, and our accommodation cards.  Accommodation cards were created by Tara, to help better distribute the wedding welcome bags.  It was so difficult and not always reliable to just drop a ton of beautifully packaged gifts at the front desk of a hotel. And with the days of AirBnB how they are, some guests could get missed all together.  Accommodation cards ask guests to let you know where they are staying (by name or address), how many people are attending, when they will be arriving, and then we also put a rundown of the other events included in the pack where guests can RSVP.  It’s a wonderful cross checking tool!

photo by Theo Milo 

photo by Liz Banfield

This was one of our favorite new additions to the party packs- dress code tags. When guests unpack their suitcases, tags corresponding to each of the events can be hung on the hangers for quick dressing and organizing.

April 28, 2020

Punchy Palettes

photo by Theo Milo

A popular trend in wedding printing we have been working with over the past several years are punchier palettes featuring bright and cheerful colors like sunshine yellows, ocean blues and greens, and sealike corals (which with coral being named Pantone’s color of the year, it’s place in design for years to come has been sealed). Some of the spots our clients have wanted to see it placed are rehearsal dinner invitations, weekend welcome books, and even wedding invitations.

photo by Theo Milo 

For this engagement fiesta, a bright otomi palette paired perfectly for the party theme.

An unexpected way to incorporate a brighter look is with paper… We loved how the white foil print design turned out on the coral paper.  Then, keeping in line with the theme on the invitation the colors were flipped… seeing coral ink on white paper.

If you are drawn to a brighter color but worry about the impact, pairing it with a nice neutral can always tone it down a bit.

Some may be nervous at the sound of pairing pink and orange, but they blended so sweetly here in a sherbert like invitation suite.

April 21, 2020

Venue Inspiration

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

When designing for our clients, there are obvious things that contribute to the concept- color palette, formality of the event, and of course the location… Today, we are sharing how an event’s location has inspired the design of their paper suites.  For a wedding overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado, the scenery clearly laid the ground work for the save the dates.  We especially love how the mountain range worked on the outer envelopes. And to keep an element of the scenery on the more formal invitations, die cut wildflower belly bands were created.

For this couple, marrying on their private home, a watercolor rendering of the barn that would be the ceremony backdrop seemed like such a pretty picture for the save the dates. And, for the invitation outer envelope’s, a collection of vintage stamps from the state represented…

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

This couple’s save the date featured the lush tree lined grand lawn where the ceremony was to be held… We think that save the dates should get your guests really excited about the big day, and after getting these in the mail, everyone wanted to see this site!

photo by Jessica Claire

The reception card in this invitation suite featured a slight image of the reception location giving it some interest instead of a plain white background.

photo by Perry Vaile 

For this wedding at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC, the historic chapel where many of the weddings take place was hand illustrated… the save the dates became more like artworks posted up on the fridge…

Photo by Sylvie Gil

For a wedding on Hawaii’s big island, a vintage surf illustration and hand drawn map of the local added whimsical touches.

Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

For this couple marrying in Dallas, Texas, a watercolor rendering of the city’s skyline perfectly represented their downtown venue…

photo by Liz Banfield

April 14, 2020

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 run the full gamet for them and there are 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

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.

we think of course pretty paper is everything, but it’s also all in the details!