June 11, 2019

Wedding Welcome Gifts

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

What better way to thank guests for  traveling to coming to your wedding than by making their stay comfortable with treats, goodies, or local items maybe they didn’t think to pack? our wedding welcome gifts have earned a reputation for being a sought after take home.  For a recent wedding (all gifts featured were from Tara Guerard designed weddings) in Watercolor, Florida, many guests were staying in rental homes or AirBnB’s. Basic items like bottled waters, and snacks, and a kit including drug store items that could save guests a trip…

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a home wedding in Augusta, GA, it was all about pretty packaging. The water bottles featured custom printed labels with a watercolor illustration of the home.. pretty handmade cookies in acrylic boxes, and a lovely letterpress welcome tag.  The reusable bags were easy for guests to pack and take home for grocery or shopping trips.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a New York based couple marrying seaside in Newport, RI, sophisticated water elements set the theme for the welcome bag.  We also created a whimsical water design that we had embroidered onto cotton drawstring bags.  Guests could use them as laundry bags while traveling.

photos by Tec Petaja

This couple wanted to include their sweet French Bulldog puppy somehow, so we created an illustration to be used on the water bottle labels.  We have also been including our ER Kits in the bags… These are little pouches or containers that include individual items like advil, eye drops, tums, band aids, hangover patches, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Tara and her clients are always looking for new containers… Here we used canvas baskets that we had printed with our hand illustrated map of Charleston (where the wedding weekend took place).

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

June 4, 2019

Please Take Your Seat

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love to see how the wedding designers we work with get creative with our escort cards and their displays. Cocktail hour can often be an area that is hard to do a lot of decor, so these are ways to add something of interest. Maybe some of ours will inspire yours!  Above, for our Newport, RI wedding full of Francophilia, a French market stand display was set up- we filled printed paper cones with lavender and caligraphied guests names and table numbers on them. A sweet touch for guests to take with them to their table.  These weddings were all designed by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a garden inspired wedding, metal plant tags were handwritten with names and table numbers and planted in moss covered garden boxes.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Sometimes there is an empty space or something you’d like to cover up… For a late summer wedding in Aspen, CO bringing in some softer colors to the darker masculine space was needed. A large chandelier was covered with natural greenery, and die cut floral cards were hung at eye level creating a gorge “floral” centerpiece.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

At a nautical themed rehearsal dinner, flags were pinned to a watercolored painted board just for fun!

photo by Adrienne Page

We had a lot of fun designing details for a wedding we recently featured for a golf loving couple… their escort cards were embroidered golf towels .. guests were blown away by this detail.

photo by Liz Banfield 

Sometimes something more simple or traditional is more fitting. Thoughtful details can go far in making a lasting impression. For a Georgia wedding, the traditional escort cards were displayed using granite rocks (native to the state). Think about local resources or surroundings that you can bring into the design. A gorgeous floral arrangement and linen finishes the look.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a wedding using varying shades of blue, we found a pretty patterned fabric that we used throughout the wedding decor, and then had our calligrapher using complimentary shades of blue ink for a layered look. Oh, and we used white subway tiles instead of paper just for something fun and unexpected.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We needed to incorporate animals into the decor for a “party animal” wedding… Animal busts are having a moment so finding affordable ones to use wasn’t too hard- lay out perfectly simple cards on a moss covered shelf and you have a keen little vignette.

May 28, 2019

The Night Before

photo by Jessica Claire

While working with clients on their wedding invitations and printing, we love the chance to switch it up and design something fun and lowkey for their rehearsal dinners or party packs. Here are just a few invites that we’ve done and wanted to share. For a waterside welcome party with a navy, white, and coral palette, cabana stripes set the tone.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a different Friday nautical night, traditional red, white, and blue was just right.

photo by Melanie Mauer

For a rehearsal dinner BBQ held on the couple’s farm, a fun nod to farm life was created.

photo by Liz Banfield

The wedding printing for this Sea Island, GA weekend featured a custom flora and fauna theme we designed… So, keeping in line with the same look, a more casual floral look was featured for the rehearsal night. Palms were a perfect choice for a seaside party on the Georgia coast.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

The rehearsal dinner invitation was part of a party pack guests received for this Newport, RI wedding weekend. All of the additional parties throughout the weekend – a welcome party, nautical rehearsal dinner, and send off brunch were all coordinated and packaged together.

May 21, 2019

Pretty Pastels

Today, we have a bit of spring fever, so we’re sharing one of our favorite pretty pastel weddings from last year. All of the images are courtesy of Corbin Gurkin and Tara Guerard, so we hope you think it’s as pretty as we do… For this small spin on a traditional invite, green ink replaces black, and we used a custom toile envelope liner- which you will see again… Calligraphy by Claudia Engle.

Since this wedding was a seaside affair in Newport, Rhode Island, of a couple who lives in NYC, the wedding welcome gifts were a full of details pertaining to both locations. We created a whimsical fish and floral pattern that was embroidered onto the travel laundry bags… of course, the big hit were the custom printed matches.

Something we started doing for Tara Guerard’s clients in the early years of Lettered Olive, that have since become a must are our accommodation packets.  These are mailers that we send out as close to the wedding RSVP date as possible (since these pertain to attending guests).  They can be a simple self addressed and pre stamped (usually back to the wedding planner) 1 card/postcard that ask guests to give their hotel or accommodation location, date they will be arriving, how many in their party, etc so that they receive their wedding welcome gifts.  But, for some clients, we also include other invitations such as a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, or a farewell brunch as seen here… And, in which case we can also ask for the rsvp to these events on the accommodation cards. 

Of course, cocktail hour was just a little bit prettier with custom printed tray liners and cocktail napkins.

Tara Guerard designed the escort card station to be like a French market stand. We printed our custom toile pattern on paper that was calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers, and made into cones holding fresh lavender. What a statement for guests to receive while finding their table!

The custom toile pattern was also used to print custom toppers for the table linens. A simple calligraphied menu in gold ink coordinated with the place cards.

Ribbons embroidered with each table number were tied to the chairs.

 These custom place cards were packets of lavender seeds for guests to go home with, which was just perfect with the cones of fresh lavender!

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.