September 10, 2019

Custom Crests

photo by Jessica Claire

For the classic bride, modern couple, or even nature lover, there is a design element that is the perfect touch for any of them… a custom designed crest. They can include the initials if going the monogram route, or elements that will be seen in the event design, or even a nod to the location.  Something that we’re seeing clients ask more and more of, so we wanted to share some to make a case of considering one.

photo by Liz Banfield

This watercolor monogrammed crest included not only the couple’s initials but elements from the flora and fauna feel that the wedding design was based upon… Different pieces of this crest were incorporated into other aspects of the wedding design from cocktail napkins to water bottles (see below), etc.

photo by Tec Petaja

These clients had a very modern affair planed, so a contrasting color scheme and architectural elements kept with the modern look.

photo by Studio Nouveau

This glam bride incorporated elements of where they live as a couple, where they would be marrying, and where they grew up.  Crests like this can be used for items like thank you notes after the wedding.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For our classic bride with a farmhouse floral feel, just a simple feeling crest with initials fit right in…

September 3, 2019

Guest Book Ideas that Aren’t Books

photo by Adrienne Page

Guest registries are still a popular item that we work on for our clients, but we are seeing more and more requests for something different or interesting.  Here are some of our favorite ideas from recent clients that we hope can inspire some new ideas for you… This bride worked as an interior designer, so she selected several of her favorite coffee table books that guests wrote little notes in, and the couple could have in their home.  We created little signage for the display just to tailor the look.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this couple who loved and collected wine, a special bottle was brought in for guests to sign and save in their home for the right time to enjoy.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a couple with a Nautical themed wedding, large wooden oars were displayed for guests to sign.  The plan for the oars was to be hung on the walls in the couple’s new home.

photo by Liz Banfield

Different displays of photos and artwork has also become increasingly popular. Couples have guests sign the mat of a photo, or their favorite painting. We had an artist created an oak tree illustration and guests stamped their thumbprints as leaves and signed their names on the back side… The couple married under and oak tree so this was a lovely and different touch.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Finally, here we created cards for guests to sign along with attaching a polaroid picture of them attending the wedding. This is so fun, because the guests can also take a polaroid of them selves with matching cards printed with the names and date of the wedding as a take home!

August 27, 2019

Packaging Pieces

photo by Ryan Ray

Packaging details have become an integral part of wedding printing and branding details.  We are always trying to keep it fresh and creative when it comes to packaging details.. For this client’s welcome bags, all of the goodies inside needed custom packaging. So, we ordered the cheese wafers in bulk and repackaged them in matching boxes with custom stickers. A monogrammed sticker topped the locally made Candlefish candles, custom printed matches accompanied of course.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this wedding welcome which started as a plain white box.. gets a laser printed acrylic tag and a pretty designed and printed with info to match. Simple muslin pouches for the ER Kits are printed, and local candy treats are packaged in boxes with printed paper bands.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For clients having a destination wedding at Palmetto Bluff, little goodies were sent to the guests’ rooms first thing in the a.m on the wedding day.  Freshly baked biscuits and home made jam received custom labels.  Letterpressed tags thanked guests for being there, for a special touch.

photo by Liz Banfield

This bride gifted each of her guests monogrammed wine tools.  She wanted to incorporate them into the decor as place cards, so we printed custom paper in her design theme to wrap them.

photo by Liz Banfield

We always try to produce new labels for the water bottles used at the wedding, or in the welcome bags, etc.  Sometimes, they are pretty or sweet and match the wedding theme, and sometimes they have more personality. These featured charactures of the couple… too cute!

August 20, 2019

Cheers and Celebrations

photo by Elizabeth Messina

Drinks aren’t really cocktails or set for a celebration until they are doodled, right? One of the things we find ourselves being asked to include in wedding printing are all of the add ons like custom cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, etc. So today, we are sharing some of our favorites in hopes to inspire your drink design- or just ask us and we can do it for you! Above, for this Tara Guerard wedding’s signature cocktail, printed bands with the couple’s information were fixed to the glasses and secured with custom waxed seals.. Something new and different that guests hadn’t seen before.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding weekend welcome party, fruity drinks were finished off with umbrellas and tropical cocktail napkins.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

These pastel printed napkins completed a pretty presentation…

photo by Liz Banfield and Corbin Gurkin 

Of course, the emphasis doesn’t need to be on adult beverages, water can be just as chic… Served on trays with custom paper tray liners, or printed coasters, or even custom colored straws.

photos by Elizabeth Messina and Gayle Brooker

Sometimes it’s in the set up or display… we have embroidered linens, as well as simple hand written bottle “tags” which give an upscale feel to these Southern bourbon bars.

photo by Liz Banfield

Custom printed wooden stirrers added a little “sparkle” to these cocktails finished off with gold printed cocktail napkins.  Cheers!

August 13, 2019

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We often talk a lot about the pretty package on the inside of a wedding or special event mailing… or even the color and calligraphy on the outside, but stamps are also an important piece of the pretty puzzle.  So, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to use stamps and where to get them. Sometimes  you get lucky and the post office has pretty options available , or sometimes you have to source them- we’ll share some of our favorite spots with you. Calligraphy above by Claudia Engle.

photo by Corbin Gurbin

We have really loved the iconic tributes that the USPS has been doing lately.. like the Audrey Hepburn stamps, or recently Oscar de la Renta was featured…

photo by Liz Banfield

Sometimes there are ways to utilize stamps to add a personal touch. This wedding had a flora/fauna theme throughout the design, and the post office happen to have a series of fern frond stamps.. Paired together they were a perfect fit for the outer envelope. And, since the bride was originally from Memphis, we sourced stamps featuring Elvis for the reply envelopes. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle 

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding was taking place at historic yacht club, so finding vintage stamps featuring ships was such a score. Oh, and green was one of the main colors in the wedding palette, so perfect, right?  Envelope Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones; Invitations engraved by Reaves Engraving

photo by Jessica Claire

For a bride having a fall wedding in Kentucky, finding a eclectic mix of color and composition was a challenge that paid off. We find that Etsy usually has a great selection of vintage stamps. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, for some clients custom stamps are the way to go. We often use a monogram or emblem we have designed for these. Zazzle.com is our favorite spots for printing custom stamps. Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.