May 14, 2019

Tropical Vibes

Photos by Liz Banfield, Corbin Gurkin, Liz Banfield

One of our favorite new design trends in wedding papers are the vacation vibes we’re seeing, especially for our destination weddings. Above you see examples of our party packs (see last week’s blog post), all with different weekend party invitations featuring our take on tropical environments.  A focus on traditional watercolor palettes are also a smaller way to bring in a beachy feel.

photo by Liz Banfield

photo by Liz Banfield

The misconception that the tropical designs are reserved for more casual affairs is all wrong. Here, for formal wedding invitations, this sophisticated tropical pattern was created for the envelope liner as a compliment to the simplicity of the calligraphy. 

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding on Sea Island, GA, which lends itself to a more formal and elegant vibe, subtle hints of tropical was used throughout, like here on the tray liners for serving during cocktail hour.

For this beach wedding in Naples, Florida, a tropical scene depicting the wedding venue was perfect for the invitation backing.  Wedding design by Anna Lucia Events.

photo by Sylvie Gil

For a wedding in one of the most well regarded “tropical” locations, a vintage nod to vacation vibes was a fun cover to the wedding welcome guide. Wedding design by Morgan Events.  A sunset color palette helps drive home the design details.

May 7, 2019

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 30, 2019

Beach Wedding Inspiration

With summer right around the corner, we immediately start thinking of destination weddings, namely beach weddings!  We wanted to share many of the ways we have designed seaside save the dates, invitations, or accessories for beachy 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.

April 23, 2019

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. 23

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 15, 2019

Die Cut Designs

photo by Liz Banfield

Die cuts are a huge element of design that we are both big fans of and get many requests for, so we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorites today.  The wedding suite above used die cut edges on both the invitation itself and the reply cards.  For a next level element, we also included a laser cut belly band to keep the set in place.

photo by Theo Milo 

This client was having a gorgeous luxury affair with butterfly accents at the Breakers in Palm Beach, so we spared no detail when it came to her invitation suite.  The booklet style featured a gate scroll enclosure with matching pockets to hold the reception and reply cards.  And, for the final touch a die cut butterfly was a pretty final touch.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a feminine New Year’s wedding in Arkansas, we did our own take on a quatrafoil design. And the invitation had a softened edging making it not quite an oval, circle, or rectangle.

photos by Liz Banfield

The wedding invitations for our elegant Charleston wedding, had scalloped edging letterpressed with a pattern to mimic the bride’s lace pattern on her gown.  And with chandeliers as a main decor element, we created die cut chandelier escort cards calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers and hung from chandeliers at cocktail hour.

photos by Squire Fox

For this wedding, upon request, we made a batch of frilled die cut cards that we could have our calligrapher write anything needed on- escort cards, place cards, signage, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

“Save the Weekend” cards had graciously shaped edges outlined in a pattern matching what would be used in the wedding design.   A grand die cut invitation outlined in gold and emblazoned with the couple’s monogram was a perfect follow up.

photos by Liz Banfield

This set had opposing die cut edges that were edge painted in gold… Each was also backed in complimentary patterns to be seen again.