February 11, 2020

Pattern Play

Designing papers with some kind of patterns offers us a nice break from the straight and traditional. Sometimes we have clients like find a wallpaper, or fabric, or even a painting that they want us to use as inspiration, while others are wide open to our offerings. A backing is a great place for someone who may be ready to branch out and still likes the idea of tradition… you know, kind of like business in the front, party in the back!!!!

For this wedding invitation suite, a spring time cherry blossom pattern was prominent on the invitation itself, but a one color complimentary version also worked well as the envelope liner.

photo by Aaron and Jillian and Theo Milo

Our bride brought us the yellow wallpaper on the right as her inspiration that would be used throughout the wedding design.  So to keep in line with the design vibe an element of the paper was used to pattern the back, and a reworked version was created as the envelope liner.

For a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, coastal tiles were the inspiration for the varying patterns backing the wedding weekend information packet. Placed together they gave a pretty display for guests.

photo by Liz Banfield 

We created a repeating botanical print that was used to bind the wedding programs and printed as paper tray liners for the cocktail hour.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this same wedding’s information packet, several patterns were created around a watercolor monogram crest we designed or taken from the botanical print, then decomposed to use on many different pieces, like the party pack and rehearsal dinner invites.

February 4, 2020

Save the Date Do’s and Dont’s

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today, we are chatting save the dates and the Do’s and Dont’s… Surprisingly we get lots of questions about the rules of save the dates.  So, we’re sharing some of our top tips today, and if you are just starting to think about save the dates, we can of course help and take care of all of this for you!

photo by Liz Banfield

First off, timing… We recommend that you send them out 6-8 months in advance of the wedding. If your wedding will be planned in a shorter period of time, as much advance notice as possible is the mark.  Also, DO remember that these are your guests first impression of your wedding feel, make them pretty- even if you are doing a simple version. And, DO make sure you include first and last names of all of the guests that you are inviting.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

If your wedding is a destination wedding, DO give accommodation information, and if you have a wedding website or are planning to DO make sure to include the URL. Which brings us to another DO- DO make sure to send a save the date to everyone you are planning to invite, but most especially your out of town guests who will need to plan on travel.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Now for some dont’s, DON’T think of Save the Dates as replacements for invitations, you still need to send out invites, and you can certainly mention that a formal invitation will be coming.  (This is a personal preference), but we still say DON’T send out electronic save the dates, we love getting these in the mail. DON’T worry about dress code information on the save the dates, the wedding website is a great place for that kind of information.  Feel free to leave any other questions you may have for us below…

January 28, 2020

Meet Annie

photo by Tim Willoughby 

Meet Annie Allodi, our new hire for Lettered Olive.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Annie on our team!  We always like to do a little profile on our new hires, so here is all about Annie!

“I’m from Cincinnati, OH and went to the  College of Charleston for undergrad studying international business and French. After graduation, I moved to Chicago and worked for a tech startup for 2 years before studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

After 5 years of subzero winters, I made the decision to move back to Charleston and my love affair with wedding stationery and design only grew from there! I’ve worked with various companies where I designed packaging, logos, custom stationery and nearly any type of wedding day collateral. I eventually had the wonderful opportunity to design all the paper for my own wedding last November!

I’m happiest and most fulfilled when I’m working with my hands, designing, cooking and have an addition to chocolate like no other.

I’ve always admired Tara and her team for their incredible work and I’m so honored to join their crew!”

January 21, 2020

Finding Your Way

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Maps are definitely having a moment. We are getting tons of requests and are finding new ways to use them as well.  This illustrated version we designed with Elizabeth Jones was included in the wedding welcome guest booklet.  Each location where a party was taking place over the weekend was indicated on the map.

photo by Sylvie Gil

We loved this Hawaii suite we did for Morgan Events, the big Island was featured on this map with all of the details and sweet illustrations coordinating with each party.

photo by Liz Banfield

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another perfect place for featuring maps are on the wedding welcome guest bags… Especially for fun destination weddings, guests leave with a surcie that they will be thrilled to carry when they get home.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this wedding at a Lowcountry waterfront venue, a map of the coastal area was then callgraphied with the area where the wedding took place… It was used in lieu of a traditional sign in book, so guests signed it and then our couple framed it and hung it in their new home.

photo by Squire Fox

Here, a colorful map postcard made for a simple but impactful save the date.. We’d love to design a custom map for you!

January 10, 2020

Dreaming of the Tropics

photos by Anne Rhett Photography

We are dreaming of warm sunny places to inspire our designs right now.  From our recent wedding in Jamaica super chic elements appeared in our designs from the save the dates to the green and white cabana stripes that lined the invitation envelopes.  The weekend welcome booklet included wardrobe tags..we started adding these for our destination weddings so that guests could unpack and have each outfit ready for the weekend’s festivities.  A custom illustration including the palm treed landscape from the property provided guests a “map” of all of the party locations.

photo by Anne Rhett Photography

Something much more simple and easy to DIY are these tropical leaf table numbers. If you are far away from a coastal environment and can’t source actual leaves, you can order an assortment from your local florist. Using a paint pen to paint on the numbers is an easy way to bring a beachy look anywhere.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For another wedding in Florida, our client wanted more of the natural elements native to a coastal or tropical environment… animals, florals, and tropical greens. A different variation from what you would normally expect from a tropical design but still works in such a chic way.

photo by Liz Banfield

Here, for a fall wedding on the coast of Georgia… exotic leaves were the main focus of the paper design.  Since they were to be the main decor at the rehearsal dinner, the invitation for that party featured a letterpress leaf pattern.

photo by Theo Milo

Sometimes a design inspired simply by the location or style of party is enough to feel like a getaway.  For a margaritas in Mexico inspired rehearsal dinner, this invite design makes you feel like you are going to a street party in Cabo!