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.

 

September 24, 2019

Seasonal Seating Cards

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding design often considers the season, so why shouldn’t printed pieces? Here are just a few ways we have designed printing elements according to the weather outside. For a glamorous winter wedding in Charleston with a simple black and white theme- clear acrylic cards were etched with the custom monogram, and then calligraphied with guests’ seating assignments. Like little snowflakes falling from the sky.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We think it’s safe to say that Spring and Flowers go hand in hand. So, a pretty palette of pastels die cut in complimentary floral shapes made for springy seating cards.

photo by Liz Banfield

We love using different or unexpected items for seating cards… Tara Guerard often uses this area as a design moment, as she did here.  Copper garden tags were hand written (by Elizabeth Jones) and “planted” in rye grass garden boxes. Perfect for a wedding with a summer feel.

photo by Melanie Mauer 

Fall inspiration typically brings different materials, textures, and colors. We foil printed this dinner menu with metallic copper ink.  Leather tags imprinted with guests’ names were tied off with twine and a little hint of guinea feather.

September 17, 2019

Fall Printing Inspiration

photo by Melanie Mauer

Fall wedding season is officially here!  At least, in the printing world it is.  One of the main trends we are seeing for fall is the new metallic- Copper. For this wedding wedding, metallic copper was foil printed onto textured paper with guinea feather backing.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Colors that are interchangeable throughout the year can be more pertinent to the season based on material… Green is perfect for spring in a grosgrain or linen, but in velvet its perfect for the fall.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, fall themes lend themselves to more natural notes, wooden paper, fern frond postage find themselves in perfect placement.

photo by Elizabeth Messina

Of course tradition works all year round, but with a tiny twist like chocolate brown instead of black ink, it becomes seasonal.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this twist on tradition, we designed a fall specific foliage envelope liner.

 

photo by Liz Banfield

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…