September 29, 2020

Pretty Place Cards

photo by KT Merry

Just like menus, or seating cards, place cards and table top details can also have a feel for the season of the wedding. Some of our favorite designs we have created for fall fetes are being shared today. For something different, we embroidered ribbons with each guests’ name, adding a lovely finishing touch to the place setting. Wedding design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this Italian inspired wedding, vellum paper is wrapped around fresh bread. Each paper is hand lettered with guests’ names. Also, side note, the napkins at the head table were embroidered with a custom monogram. They are cleaned and gifted to the couple after the wedding. Design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Stone coasters are hand painted with guests’ names as a new twist on place cards. And, for another fun design requested by Tara Guerard, menus were hand written and then printed on the napkins.

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.

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.

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.

September 22, 2020

Fall Printing Inspo

photo by Melanie Mauer

Fall wedding season is officially here!  At least, in the printing world it is.  Mixed materials and mediums still trends. For example, this invitation suite features copper foil ink, printed on a textured paper with guinea feather backing, and vellum paper wraps. Fall is really a time we like to play with texture and hues.

photo by Corbin Gurkin
photo by Melanie Mauer

Wooden paper pieces has long been a popular look in event printing. Fall is also when oyster roasts kick into high gear (here in the South), so using a wood grain theme for an oyster party is pretty perfect for the season. But, we can also use it in smaller ways like with envelopes. Here, for the “southern supper” rehearsal dinner invites are paired with fun and colorful vintage stamps.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here we can show the flow of the printed pieces by party. The deeper hued evergreen card, letterpressed with a custom illustration of the wedding site, was the save the date. Then, the formal invitation featured a classic formal gold metallic ink, die cut belly wrap, and finally a copper wax seal. Finally, the rehearsal invitation featured wood grain paper backed with a wooden grain pattern.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Green is easily one of the most versatile hues. And, for fall and even winter weddings it almost becomes a neutral as it balances with everything from beige, to metallics, to even brown and blacks. There is something about receiving a colored envelope in the mail that automatically makes it feel seasonal.

photo by Liz Banfield

The seasonal touches can also be subtle yet impactful. For this twist on tradition, we designed a fall foliage envelope liner .

September 15, 2020

Fall Flora and Fauna

photo by Corbin Gurkin

One of our most requested design motifs are patterns including natural elements. Fruits, plants, animals, reminiscent of vintage French prints or Audubon artwork. We love getting into this and making it wedding friendly. And, in the Fall, there is a whole new world that opens up with colors, textures, and seasonal elements. The above party pack (for a Tara Guerard client) featured a luxe fall palette with some of our favorite fall blooms.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

To feature a floral or fauna pattern in a more sophisticated or subtle way, think about accessories like an envelope liner or stamps. The wedding would have an Italian feel, so olive branches were an unexpected nod to this.

photos by Jose Villa

The paper for this wedding included so many yummy pieces. Wood grain paper, actual cane paper, and hearty fruit, vine, and floral patterns.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a very simple and traditional invitation suite, we created a leafy paper pattern based on a mural at the bride’s favorite NYC spot. It was used later for tray liners, and on fabric to cover a bar.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another fall feel at a Tara Guerard Soiree wedding. Copper garden tags were “planted” in mini herb pots and displayed as an escort card table. We also designed the custom monogram that was embroidered on the table runner (which will be used in the couple’s new home), as well as the head table napkins… also a gift to the couple after the wedding.

photo by Liz Banfield

From the same wedding above, our floral pattern was also used in a mirror image as the ceremony program cover.

September 1, 2020

Seeing Stripes

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We are making a case for our love of stripes today. They can be soft and sensible or bold and bright. But for someone who is wanting to incorporate some design elements without something too risky, we think you should consider stripes! For the invitation suite above, the stripes were such a nice balance with a more intricate trellis pattern.

photo 2 (Corbin Gurkin), photo 3 (liz Banfield)

Another easy and fun way to use stripes is on your envelope liner. A subtle seersucker liner was perfect for a summer wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. For another party pack suite using many complimentary patterns, we used a calming watercolor stripe. And, for an etched acrylic invite, a bright pop when you opened the envelope was necessary for a bit of depth and dimension.

photo by Sylvie Gil

Here, stripes and an unexpected shape came together for a Hamptons beach wedding.

photo by Ryan Ray

A more modern stripe pattern was used as backing on these place cards. With vellum tags, the pattern helped make the names more visible for guests trying to find their seats.

photo by Liz Banfield

We lucked out finding these bold striped wet bags that we filled with goodies for a destination beach wedding. Are you as into the stripes with us now?

August 4, 2020

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.