Sunday, April 28, 2013
Whether your wedding will be a formal affair with a classic, elegant style or something a bit more whimsical and light-hearted, tailoring the invitations to reflect the theme of the event can set the tone for your event long before it actually arrives. Remember, the invitations will give your guests their first impression of your big day weeks or even months before they witness it.
Springtime and weddings seem to go hand in hand. After all, what’s a wedding without flowers? Since these natural beauties make their first appearance of the year during the spring months, nature’s bounty can almost seem like an extension of the arrangements and bouquets that adorn your ceremony space.
Integrating natural elements like floral and botanical themes into your wedding invitation design is a great way to reflect both the season and your own personal style. Couples planning an elegant, black tie event may want to keep more formal invitation design in mind to reflect the tone of their event. Clean lines, understated colors, engraving and classic script or calligraphy are the hallmarks of a traditional wedding. Copperplate fonts are also a common choice for classic wedding invitations, as is a mixture of copperplate and script. When sophistication is the name of the game, let your crisp colors and iconic floral themes speak for themselves.
Some weddings are less formal, which gives you more leeway when it comes to appropriate invitation design. Vintage elements and bohemian touches can lend an incredibly romantic air to a spring wedding, while fun embellishments in preppy hues create a fresh finish for invitations to a relatively casual event. Whimsical splashes of riotous color and flower prints are also appropriate for springtime events. Weddings with a sleek, modern theme may not typically include floral elements, but you can still bring in spring-like elements with your color choices. Typography will generally take center stage on modern invitations, with fewer illustrative touches.
Remember that your wedding is a day that celebrates the beginning of your life as a married couple, and should be a reflection of your personalities. Your wedding invitations will set the stage for your big day and the expectations that your guests have regarding the type of ceremony to expect, so you’ll also want to keep the theme of those invitations in keeping with the theme of the ceremony itself. Whether you’re married to tradition or a couple of quirky free spirits taking the plunge into matrimony in your own unique way, make sure that your wedding invitations are both a preview of the event to come and a celebration of your personal tastes.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Painted Edges, Thick Soft Paper and Letterpress
When you’re searching for luxury invitations and just haven’t found one with the right touch of color, consider painting the edges of the paper. It’s done by hand by people who love stationery and creating those unique touches. The process is simple, but tricky. All you need is an ink roller and a steady hand. No machinery required. Although, if you want silver or gold foil leaf on your edges, it may get a little more complicated.
Water Color Technique with Letterpress Text and Green Painted Edge
Creating water color designs on thick cotton paper has improved thanks to innovations in digital printing on thicker papers. These invitations were printed digitally from the original design, with the addition of letterpressed text and a dark green paper backer. The painted edge in a fresh spring green was the final touch. The goal was to create a whimsical water color invitation based on a children’s book set in a garden.
Coral Painted Edge Stationery
A wedding invitation created with antique gold ink script font and a touch of color added to the edge. When you want a hint of pink but not too much!
Gold Painted Edge Stationery
For this luxury wedding invitation we created for a ceremony held in Rome, Italy, the couple wanted something as lavish as their event. We used museum board (4-ply museum board-it’s twice as thick as the 220LB paper) and created a dimpled texture with a letterpress. The invitation was topped off with a copper foil stamp with a custom crest with the couple’s initials.
Red Ink Stationery Edge
This invitation was inspired by a wine bottle and a red, white and black wedding theme. The red painted edge gave it the touch it needed to pull the invitation set together, and was tied together in the end with a deep red belly band.
Silver Foil Gilded Edge
Why stop at a regular painted edge when you can have actual shiny foil gleaming at the edge of your invitation? This beauty was done in shiny silver foil, but foil options come in many colors, from gold to blue to fuschia!
Lilac Painted Stationery Edge
Hot Pink Stationery Edge
Painted edges can add $175+ to the price of average wedding invitation set per piece. For a perfectly elegant luxury wedding invitation, consider using a nice calligraphy font printed in letterpress on a formal size invitation of (6X9) and for a touch of color, paint the edges. For something truly special, carry that theme throughout the set and paint the edges of the RSVP card and all the other inserts. To go over the top, you can use the painted edge color as the envelope liner or use the same color as the RSVP return envelope.
To create your own painted edge invitation set, contact us and one of our designers will be happy to discuss a project with you.
Friday, April 19, 2013
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Modern calligraphy invitations
- Colors & text your choice
- 100% cotton paper
- Matching pieces available
- Minimum order quantity 50
Modern Calligraphy Style
As time passes by and trends change with every season, one thing remains true… the beauty and charm that calligraphy can add to your invitation set. The stroke of a quill spelling out the day you marry your best friend can represent so much. Isn’t calligraphy too traditional or stuffy for my new age wedding, you may ask. Not with our Modern Calligraphy Style! We have captured the essence of calligraphy but with a whimsical, modern typeface. This style can fit a broad range of wedding themes from a super modern chic wedding to a formal black tie affair.
Shiny Gold Foil
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. but who doesn’t find shiny gold foil printing beautiful!? The gold gilding on this particular set has added so much personality. The navy blue text alongside the sparkle of a foil stamped name is beyond chic. Let us show you what the world of foil and letterpress has to offer!
Thick Letterpress Paper
Do you ever wonder what your guests will do with the invitation AFTER the event? Well no one will want to part with this gorgeous artifact once they fall in love at first feel. The texture and weight of this paper is shockingly beautiful. You will appreciate the cotton texture and deep imprint that any design will have on this 220lb stock.