October 9, 2018

Seating Charts Instead of Stations?

photo by A Bryan Photo

We are loving this new trend that clients are game for which is using seating charts to direct guests to their seats vs. escort card stations.  If you are thinking about this idea, here are a few different ways we have done these, which may help provide a solution for you! For a bride who married in the yard at her parent’s home, the designer (Tara Guerard) set four large family style tables.  We created a lovely watercolor painting of the set up and house backdrop and had our calligrapher, Hatch Cove Designs, write everyone’s names in… The best part about this, is that it doubled as a lovely piece of artwork from the wedding day for the couple to have in their new home.

For this rehearsal dinner which had a modern greenery feel, names were written on actual leaves and pinned around the table where the guests would sit… Hatch Cove Designs did the calligraphy for these.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For another rehearsal dinner at a venue with a mirror in just the right spot, water based paint was used to depict where guests were placed at the family style table.  A perfect way for an already existing element to become part of the decor.

photo by Adrienne Page

For clients that celebrated their wedding with a brunch reception on the grounds at the Ford Plantation, we printed a replica of the table- we even used the toile pattern on the table’s linen… Each guests’ name was placed at their position at the table… Again, another piece for the couple to take home.

October 2, 2018

Guest Book Ideas that Aren’t Books

photo by Adrienne Page

Guest registries are still a popular item that we work on for our clients, but we are seeing more and more requests for something different or interesting.  Here are some of our favorite ideas from recent clients that we hope can inspire some new ideas for you… This bride worked as an interior designer, so she selected several of her favorite coffee table books that guests wrote little notes in, and the couple could have in their home.  We created little signage for the display just to tailor the look.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this couple who loved and collected wine, a special bottle was brought in for guests to sign and save in their home for the right time to enjoy.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a couple with a Nautical themed wedding, large wooden oars were displayed for guests to sign.  The plan for the oars was to be hung on the walls in the couple’s new home.

photo by Liz Banfield

Different displays of photos and artwork has also become increasingly popular. Couples have guests sign the mat of a photo, or their favorite painting. We had an artist created an oak tree illustration and guests stamped their thumbprints as leaves and signed their names on the back side… The couple married under and oak tree so this was a lovely and different touch.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Finally, here we created cards for guests to sign along with attaching a polaroid picture of them attending the wedding. This is so fun, because the guests can also take a polaroid of them selves with matching cards printed with the names and date of the wedding as a take home!

September 25, 2018

Pretty Place Cards

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Just like menus, or seating cards, place cards and table top can have a feel for the season of the wedding also. Some of our favorite designs we have created for fall fetes are being shared today.  Like the combination above…With a gold metallic paper menu and white printing, a simple white paper tag with gold ink completed the sophisticated setting. Design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a fall wedding with lots of natural elements, birch slices were hand painted by Claudia Engel and accented with fresh rosemary sprigs. These definitely went home with guests that evening… These could easily double as sweet Christmas ornaments.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding with a mix of chic and rustic, modern and traditional, and warm tones wooden tags painted with metallic ink added depth and interest to this gorgeous tabletop, designed again by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For another tabletop needing a counter balance between feminine and mountain masculine (this was a wedding in Aspen, Colorado), leather bound menu books heavy enough for the fall season sat atop bold florals and pretty china. The leather booklets were imprinted with guests’ names as another take home place card.

photo by Liz Banfield

A palette of champagne and ivory is so seasonal that it could work for any season!  We designed a custom monogram for this couple, to be used in many areas throughout the wedding design. Even though this was a more intimate wedding, we went ahead with letterpressing a bigger amount of monogrammed tags in a larger size, that could then just be used where ever the need popped up, like here with the place tags.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Finally for this fall fete with a layering of textures and colors, leather tags were emblazoned with guests’ names as place cards and tied to the copper printed menu cards. These were substantial leather tags that guests could take home and use for so many things – luggage tags, etc.

September 18, 2018

Cake Inspiration

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We find in many ways what we create for our clients is often used throughout the wedding design elements.  Several times one of those main areas is in the wedding cake design.  We love what our cake bakers have incorporated from our printed pieces into the cake design. The metallic gold and peach stripes from the invitation backing added depth to the cake with floral separation layers.  Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Adrienne Page

For this printed suite, we created a custom monogram that was sprinkled throughout. One place in particular was the focal point on the wedding cake.. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Pink and florals was the name of the game for this bride. Our floral pattern was letterpressed into the corners of the invites to look like they were growing.. But, they were also perfect en masse covering the layers of this oversized cake by Jay Qualls.

photos by Liz Banfield

Here another monogram was designed and used as early as the save the dates, and then seen again as floral pieces on the church doors, a large decal, on the dance floor, and here incorporated along with the custom floral pattern onto the cake. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Another custom monogram we designed was featured over the entire cake… On some layers in a larger format, while on others in smaller form en masse.

September 11, 2018

Crazy for Collaborations

photo by Liz Banfield

Some of our clients have had their eyes on favorite designs or graphic designers for a while and then also want us to create some pieces for them. We love collaborating… really every time we are collaborating it’s just either with clients, an event designer, or another graphic designer. Her are just a few ways we have made it work in the past.

photos by Liz Banfield

For this wedding in the Hamptons, we collaborated with Happy Menocal. Known for whimsical illustrations, our bride worked with Happy to create save the dates, invitations, and dinner menus with hand drawn icons. we completed the wedding printing with signage, escort cards, and place cards to coordinate with the suite. Calligraphy by Hatch Cove Designs.

photo by Caitlin Ann

This bride worked with Ragan House to create a custom hand lettered crest and design, which we worked off of to create the illustrated map of the wedding location for the wedding welcome bags.

photos by Liz Banfield

One of our favorite collaborations was with Ceci New York. Our bride was planning a very design heavy affair with vintage birdcages, branches, and vibrant colors. So, we started this theme on the save the dates, and Ceci carried it through and beyond on the invitations… Die cut folds and enclosures, and belly bands were just some of the features on this upscale printing.