Today’s wedding Wednesday includes some modern takes on tradition, but overall stays with classic design elements like lots of calligraphy, a custom monogram, and a pretty lace pattern. A couple of our favorite elements from the invitation suite included the monogramed emboldened belly band and the reply envelope featuring a letterpressed pattern and a hint of the flourishy calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones… All images courtesy of Liz Banfield. Wedding design by Tara Guerard Soiree.
The save the date featured a metallic fold out with a letterpressed letter from the couple inviting guests to their wedding weekend. Simple and sweet but worked elegantly with the invitations that followed.
Wedding guests were welcomed with canvas totes in the wedding colors filled with lots of snacks and goodies custom packaged and special to the couple. Originally from the NJ and NY area, black and white cookies had to be included but were balanced with Charleston treats as well. And, being that their first date was to see Jersey Boys on Broadway, the soundtrack was given to everyone as well.
We created monograms to use on the ribbons of all of the bouquets… The wedding one was used for the bride’s flowers, and each bridesmaid received a custom one as well. Then, we switched it up a little for the “Mother of the Bride and Groom”.
Pre ceremony, guests were served coupes of champagne… We designed tray liners and matching drink collars to dress them up for the occasion. This also allowed us to do something a little different for the ceremony programs…
We printed ceremony programs on the thick linen like paper napkins… It may seem a little different, but since the bride didn’t want anyone passing out traditional programs, this became a nice decor element and solution to a problem.
The bride knew she wanted chandeliers incorporated into her wedding design and luckily the historic venue had any of them.. But, we made die cut chandelier cards that were used in many different places. Mainly as the escort cards for dinner (which were hung from actual chandeliers), as tags used throughout for signage, and for the send off. Sparklers were secured to the tags along with monogrammed matchbooks.
The custom wedding monogram was also dominated in the design and was used throughout. The ceremony featured a monogramed aisle runner. A big statement piece of the dinner tent was a smaller dance floor with a mongorammed decal, where the couple would do their first dance, along with the special embroidered chair covers for the bride and groom. And, it was even used in the cake design by Jim Smeal.
A way we found to bring back a subtle nod to the invitations was in the menus at dinner. Belly bands out of the metallic paper, hand written with guests’ names, were wrapped around letterpressed menu cards. The menu cards also featured the lace pattern that was featured on the earlier papers.
Of course there were little details throughout- stickers, embroidered pillows in the lounge, printed patterned fabric used throughout… seen here are the late night fries passed out to the dancing guests.
We surprised our bride with her getaway/Just Married signage. It was a tradition in their family for everyone to have vanity plates, the bride’s read MrsCapi2Be. So we took the shortened version of the last name and came up with a funny little take on it for their going away car.