Quatrefoil Pattern Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Quatrefoil wedding invitations

Watercolor Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Watercolor letterpress invitations

[INFOGRAPHIC] Wedding Invitation Wording and RSVP- 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Since we are halfway through the 2013 wedding season we thought we’d look back at our last 400 wedding invitations and survey the wording of those invites and rsvp cards and break it down in infographic form. Using the latest techniques in social science research methods we know that there is an error rate of +/- Pretty Good for our sample size. Since we are located in Washington, DC (the center of made up facts from surveys) we thought we would help the future brides put to rest any worries they had about what others are doing about wedding invitation etiquette. We also included a little something about what the letter “M” means when it is followed by a long black line on an RSVP card. We had fun crunching the numbers and making this wedding infographic come to life. Please feel free to use the code below on our site to paste it and share it.

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Stationery in 45 Seconds, Fish Not Included

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Studio Within a Studio

After many trips to our local hardware store and an endless stream of package deliveries containing camera parts, editing software and lighting, we were able to set up our own in house stop-motion laboratory. We call it Stationery Cuts. Here is the first installment.


To see the complete photo spread of the set click on the link after the video or check out the Beach Theme Wedding Invitation set on our site.

Next Installment

Our next Stationery Cuts installment will be a water color invitation set that creates itself in stop-motion.

Not So Traditional Beach Theme Wedding Invitations

Friday, August 2, 2013

Cape Cod wedding invitation

Introducing the New Digby & Rose Logo

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Digby Rose silver logo

Working on logos for clients is always fun for us here at Digby & Rose, but somehow we had long avoided upgrading and updating our own logo. There’s just so much more pressure! But at last, we’re pleased to debut the new Digby & Rose logo, which Heather (A/K/A Rose) likes to jokingly say took her one year, one month, one day and five minutes to create.

The Inspiration

DR block type

The main inspiration for the logo of course had to come from the world of letterpress. We were thinking about antique wood type, and how it looks when it’s set up in a tray for printing on an old Vandercook. We wanted to take the “D” and “R” from our name and give it a block print flair, with the “R” of course turned backwards.

As much as we like a vintage look, we also wanted the logo to have clean architectural lines that’s representative of our style and brand. So we made it a sleeker form with straight lines and geometric aspect, and a sans serif font for the company name.

Old and new logo

The New Logo in Action

Now our new logo can be seen in all of our new packaging. Our favorite is our new business card, with a silver foil stamp on one side on Curious Skin black paper, adhered to 220lb Crane Lettra with a black letterpress print. And of course don’t forget the lavender edge painting!

The new logo also makes a great pattern for custom wrapping paper, and on the silver sticker closure for all our outgoing packages. The last thing we couldn’t resist is a new Digby & Rose wax seal. We hope you like the results!

edge painted business card

letterpress business card

gift wrap and sticker

wrap close

silver logo sticker

new packaging

wax seal kit

was seal

wax seal detail

DR invitation binders

letterhead

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And keep an eye out for our new Stationery Cuts videos coming soon, bringing all the gorgeous paper to life, frame by frame in stop motion!

Stationerycuts

5 Creative Ways to Move Your Wedding Party in Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The logistics of moving all your wedding guests from venue to reception is something brides and grooms often forget until the last minute. Here’s a list just for your convenience of creative and fun ways to move your wedding party in Washington, DC.

1) Trolley – Old Town, Alexandria

www.trolleytours.com

www.trolleytours.com

How charming would it be if your whole party climbed into darling little trollies after your grand ceremony and trailed after your limo or private trolley to the reception, waving at passersby and having a jolly good time? Pretty darn charming, if you ask me. Renting a trolley is not only unique, but also totally doable. So it would not only be convenient for your guests, but for you as well!

3) Ferry – Washington, DC

How great would it be if you had your ceremony on one side of the potomac and your

http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/cherry-blossom.php

http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/cherry-blossom.php

reception at another venue on the other? There are so many different kinds of ferries available for renting: The Cherry Blossom (pictured), The Miss Christin, The Admiral Tilp, The Miss Mallory, The Lady Josephine, and The Matthew Hayes. Don’t limit yourself and your party to only one side of the Potomac, explore all of DC, on and off shore!

 

The Potomac River Boat Company owns all of the ferries listed above and are open to private charters – all you have to do is call!

4) DC Ducks – Washington, DC

www.mywedding.com

www.mywedding.com

Quack, quack! Yes, what you’re seeing is not just in your imagination, you can in fact rent a DC Duck Boat for your big day. One thing is required for this to work: a sense of humor! Delight will ensue as your guests leave the ceremony and what do they see? DC Duck Boats as far the eye can see! There are no limitations to where the boats could take them, over the river or through town.

5) Horse Drawn Carriages -Washington, DC

Provided by: http://www.shenandoahcarriage.net/

Provided by: http://www.shenandoahcarriage.net/

Nothing spells out romance better than horse drawn carriages through DC. A fall wedding would be perfected with this little addition. The Shenandoah Carriage Company, LLC have elegant carriages all available for rent that specialize in making your big day into a real-life fairy tale.

Destination Save The Dates

Friday, July 26, 2013

Luggage tag save the date

Looking for the perfect save the dates for your destination wedding? There are different ways to go when it comes to design, but we definitely like the ones that bring your guests a little fun! This luggage tag motif for a Caribbean save the date will get your guests in the mood for a little bit of travel. Save the dates are the first formal introductions to your guests and in the case of destination wedding, may carry some very important information they will need to plan.

Turks and Caicos savet the date

You can also bring in a historical feel to your save the dates, like these great Roman tablet save the dates for your Italy wedding.

Rome letterpress save the dates

Who doesn’t love a good map? These map save the dates both modern and vintage set the scene for your location, like this Africa save the date for a wedding in Ghana.

Africa save the date

A vintage California map is the feature of these great Santa Barbara save the dates.

Santa Barbara save the date

Both Rose and Digby absolutely love Paradise Island, so it was with great jealousy that we prepared these Bahamas save the dates.

Bahamas save the date
Paradise Island design by Spark

Destination save the date

If you’re having a summer wedding in Cape Cod be sure to send out your save the dates well in advance, those hotel rooms book up!

Cape Cod save the date

You can also go classic with your destination, like these stunning gold foil script save the dates for an elegant wedding in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas save the date

When it comes to custom save the dates, our goal is to make them special and meaningful for you. These great quilt save the dates were designed to combine the location feel of Amish country, and the groom’s Persian heritage.

Quilt save the dates

When should you send your destination save the dates? Get them out early! Your guests will need time to book their flights and plan their vacation, so if you want them to be at your special day give them enough time to plan. We recommend eight months in advance for international wedding locations, or more depending on how hard it is to book accommodations at your venue.

Stationery Cuts – A New Way to Look at Fine Stationery

Thursday, July 25, 2013

We decided we wanted a better way to showcase fine stationery designs and printing methods created in our studio and thought stop motion would be a pretty neat way to do that. We carved out a little corner in the studio and with a little craftswomanship(TM) and help from the guys, we set up Dragonframe software, a DSLR camera, a Mac and lights and started taking photos. This is the test to see if we could do it! It’s got a homemade feel and took some time to work out the kinks, all done in our stop motion studio (which doubles as the packing station and mail center). Stay tuned for more updates!

Digby & Rose Logo Update

In a few days you’ll notice a change to our logo. We’ve given you a sneak preview on our FaceBook and will make the official announcement over the weekend. We think it’s an improvement and hope you find that it expresses our style. You’ll also find the new Digby & Rose logo embedded within the “Stationery Cuts(tm)” mark. One final hint is to stay tuned until the end. Like it and share it and we’ll see you next week.

Coming Up on Stationery Cuts

It’s an elegant beach wedding invitation set made for the modern bride, featuring unique ocean waves and a shell card!

Rome Save the Dates

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rome letterpress save the dates

In this Rome Save the Date, it’s like an ancient stone table has been specially carved to announce your wedding! From the strong, bold typefaces to the thick luxurious cotton paper, this two color letterpressed card is sophisticated but fun. Your guests will be ready to book their tickets to your Italy wedding as soon as they receive these fabulous save the dates. Gold edge painting adds some extra flair to typography that already speaks for itself.

This letterpress print was done using gold and silver ink on a soft white, 220 pound cotton paper. The final colors and paper selection are up to you, and can be embellished by a custom monogram or other personal touch.

You’re already planning a destination wedding that encompasses beauty, history and romance! Be sure to send a save the date that is equal to the occasion, and then you can follow up with luxurious Rome wedding invitations. Contact us to get started!

Traditional Wedding Invitations

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gold printing wedding invitations

A classic, traditional wedding invitation in letterpress is always a great choice. Simple writing in script or calligraphy is elegant and timeless, and will still bring a smile to your face when you look at your invitation in its frame in 20, 40 and 60 years. We love an invitation in all script, or the main script embellishment can be saved just for your names, with the rest in a classic text font. What takes these invitations up to a different level is the quality of the printing and the paper. All of these invitations were printed in traditional letterpress printing on an antique press or with hot foil stamping, on thick and beautiful cotton paper. Although the design may be simple, your guests will know it’s still going to be a time to dress up!

Classic wedding invitations

traditional invitation

Traditional wedding invitation

If you don’t want your wedding invitations to be too simple, there are many ways to bring a little bling to your classic style. Gold printing with a gold foil stamp is also an elegant touch. Extra flourishes and swirls in the style of hand calligraphy also give your traditional invitations more pizazz. To really take it up a notch, invitation edging in all gold foil on an oversized invitation is the way to really make a statement!

Gold and purple invitations

Calligraphy wedding invitations

edge painting

A traditional wedding invitation also signals a certain level of formality to your guests, for weddings that are black tie or formal dress. Added embellishments like an envelope liner, belly band, and hand calligraphy mailing addresses create the whole classic look.

So when it comes time to choose a style for your wedding invitations, consider taking a step into the past and let a traditional script define your special day. Contact us to customize your look!

Traditional script invitations

Washington DC map save the dates

Monday, July 8, 2013

Washington DC vintage map save the dates

Modern Black and Blue Bar Mitzvah Invitations

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Blue and black bar mitzvah invitations

Blue and Black Spark Pocketfold Bar Mitzvah Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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Blue Foil Stamp on Black Invitations

There’s nothing more impactful than bright blue foil stamping on a black background. The combination just jumps out and makes a dramatic impression that looks clean, crisp and elegant. This black pocketfold Bar Mitzvah invitation made a statement without needing photos, graphics or even showy designs to liven it up. With just a simple silver border to tie it all together, this invitation used rich texture and great letterpress to make a lasting impression.

Masculine Invitations for the Growing Man!

What better way to represent a young man’s transition into manhood than with a simple masculine Bar Mitzvah invitation? Dylan’s family decided on a clean black pocketfold invitation, complete with a simple gray RSVP card, to send out to guests. No childish bells and whistles. Just a great looking, mature message.

Personalizing Your Event

You can also get a rich textured invitation like this. If you have a simple design in mind, we can transform that into a strong and memorable event invitation. We just need to know your ideal colors, typography design, and paper choice. Want shiny foil stamping? Choose from dozens of colors, from silver and gold to blue and black. Imagine how you want that foil stamping to be laid out and what fonts will look best. Foil stamping looks amazing against a solid matte finish paper, but maybe you want the invitation to really shine – so a metallic finish might be what you have in mind. There are so many design touches that can really help personalize your invitation to capture your tastes and quirks. Give us a call today and let us help you get started on your invitation!

Sample Invitation Wording For A Tropical Wedding

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 1
We’re getting ready to depart
on a romantic trip, which is only the start!Jessica A. Thorn
and
Harris J. Lange
will be married on
Friday, July 21st, 2019
in Turks & Caicos
Please join us for a reception when we return
November 22nd, 2018
at 6:00 p.m.
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 2
Janis B. Ross
and
WIlliam S. Eisen
are joining hearts and
getting married on the tranquil shores of Cancun
July 11th of 2019
Please join them for a
wedding celebration
July 29th of 2019
at 5:00 p.m.
Fairmont Hotel
Washington, DCHosted by the bride’s parents,
Jason and Francis Ross
& by the groom’s parents,
Richard and Jessica Eisen
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 3
Love washes in like the tide
soothing the parched sandSusan Marvin
and
Jacob Butlerinvite you to share in the
happiness as they are united in marriage
on Friday, the ninth of December
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening
Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 4
A perfect shell is a gift from the sea as beautiful and unique as our love is meant to be
Please join us as we,
Sally Erwin
and
Damir Music
join our lives in marriage
on Friday, the twenty-third of April
two thousand nineteen
at sunset
Long Bay, Jamaica
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 5
As eternal as the waves
our love is meant to be
It is with joy that we,
Cassandra Young
and
Marcus Klein
invite you to share in our happiness
on the fifth day of August
two thousand nineteen
at four o’clock in the evening
Blue Lagoon, Jamaica
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 6
Mary Hill
and
Mike Long
will begin their lives together
on November 5, 2019
at Paso, Robles, CA
Please join us in a celebration of our marriage
Friday,November 19, 2019
4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
226 5th St SE
Washington, DCParents of the Bride,
Jason and Jerri Hill
and Parents of the Groom,
Justin and Siri Long
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 7
This day we begin the adventure of a lifetime…
Please join us, along with our parents, as we
Deborah A. Dwyer
and
Robert B. Denton
are united in marriage
at a seaside ceremony
on Sunday, the
eighth of June
two thousand nineteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon
Mauritius, Indian OceanReception immediately
following ceremony
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 8
It all begins at Twilight
but be prepared to stay the night!Alexander Darlney
and
Nate Bendixen
invite you to share
the beginning of their new life together when they exchange marriage vows
on Friday, the third of August
two thousand nineteen
Tandjung Sari Resort
Bali, Indonesai
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 9
Love makes life a paradise…
Whitney Wolfe
and
Carlo Reigel
joined hearts and were married
in Maui, Hawaii
March 24, 2019
join them for a wedding reception
Friday, April 9, 2019
5:30 p.m.
Four Season Hotel
Washington, DC
Tropical Destination Wedding Invitation Wording 10
Margaret and Clayton
are getting married
at a luau by the sea,
so wear your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts
for fun and matrimony!Please join us as we celebrate on Sunday
June 2nd, 2019
the union of our lives together beginning promptly at 6 pmSandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Destin, Florida

Game of Thrones Red Wedding Invitation

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Red Wedding Invitation game of thrones

The “no weapons” really should have tipped them off.

5 Washington, DC Wedding Venues for Art Lovers

Thursday, June 6, 2013

It’s pretty stressful looking for the perfect DC wedding venue that best expresses your relationship as a couple. With all the different options, how is a bride or groom to choose?! Well, I took a few days and went gallivanting through DC to find all the different art galleries and museums that allow weddings – which was a feat in itself, let me tell you.  I had a blast looking at all the best art galleries and museums ranging from traditionally beautiful to uniquely funky in order to find the coolest wedding spots in DC.

Traditionally Beautiful:

The Textile Museum

Textile Museum

French doors open up to the expanding 1920s-esque gardens that look as if Gatsby and Daisy are behind one of the many tall boxwood arbors engaging in secret affairs of the heart. Pebbled pathways weave throughout the formal gardens and around a glorious white tent accented with yellow fairy lights that twinkle from dusk ’til dawn. Your wedding is a complete success as your guests mill and wander about the formal gardens and chat in quiet corners.

Dogwood Flowers and Archway

The two historic houses wherein the Textile Museum lies are the perfect venue for the most sophisticated and stylish of weddings. The entrance, completed with detailed molding and gold lanterns, is the former home of the Museum’s founding family; it was designed in 1913 by John Russell Pope, the famed American architect of the Jefferson Memorial (1943). The Museum was later expanded in 1925 into the adjacent building to hold the Museum’s galleries.

Of course, because the event will be held in a museum, there are certain rules to protect the collections and historic buildings:

• No smoking is permitted within the buildings.
• No food or drink is allowed in the galleries.
• No fresh or dried flowers or plants are allowed in the Museum.
• Only votive candles are permitted, and only in the food-serving areas.
• No red wine or red food is permitted.

Secret Gardens


The Inside Details:

-Primarily an outdoor ceremony-centric venue. Not much indoor activities allowed.
-Wheelchair-accessible
-Exclusive with Windows Catering Company
-Limited on-site street parking (however, only five blocks north from Dupont Circle Metro Station), no valet available
-No on-site overnight accommodations
-Refundable security deposit: $500
-Can accommodate up to 200 people for standing receptions, 125 for seated dinners

Prices:

-Regular Rate: $3,500 for a seven-hour rental, including set-up and clean-up. Additional hours can be rented for $350/per hour.
-501(c)(3) Rate: $3,150 for a seven-hour rental, including set-up and clean-up. Additional hours can be rented for $315/per hour.
-On-site tent available to rent for: $3,500

Update: The Textile Museum will be moving to George Washington University’s campus in 2014, meaning the space will soon have a new owner.

As I toured the museum, I found that this quaint, simple and elegant venue will leave your wedding guests in a state of enchantment.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

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Imagine looking over your delighted guests as you and your love stand on the artfully crafted Mezzanine that frames the marble dance floor below. The band plays a slow ballad beneath you as you make your grand entrance by gliding down the elegantly detailed staircase and onto the dance floor.

Earlier that day, you donned on your wedding dress and sipped champagne as your bridal party got ready in the The Elisabeth Kasser Room which was converted into a bridal suite located on the Mezzanine level. Your hair and makeup PrivateRoomwas done in the strategically placed bathroom directly next door. You took pictures in front of the large window where you can overlook Washington, DC. Located just a few blocks up from the White House, you feel like American royalty. You then got married in the Great Hall with your loved ones surrounding you or gazing upon you theatre-style. Every candle, flower, light, bow and even the arch where you exchanged your vows were exactly as you had imagined it. Dinner was hosted on the Mezzanine level, an open space where a conveniently placed private caterer room was available to prepare all your favorite dishes. Once every plate was thoroughly enjoyed, your party proceeded to the Third Floor Galleries where your guests had cocktails and made toasts to your newly-made union while amongst art made famous by influential and awe-inspiring women. You and your guests moved back down to the Mezzanine and looked over the bannister to marvel over how the Great Hall, where you had just exchanged vows, was now a dance floor completed with lounge chairs around the sides and a simple but sophisticated bar fully stocked with every drink imaginable.

A bride will never be lacking in choices if she decides to host her wedding in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. From lighting, vendors, catering, set up for the ceremony or reception to everything else that’s important, will be available for the bride to have her every wedding wish come true. 

GreatHallThere are a few restrictions practical for every museum (votive candles, please), but the NMWA is definitely among the most accommodating venues in DC. I had the pleasure of meeting with one of the lovely and personable event planners as she showed me around the museum. I left the NMWA knowing that any bride will certainly be taken care of by the wonderful team at the NMWA, because they take customer satisfaction to the next level.

Another perk: the rental fee for the venue is tax deductible! Downside: pretty booked throughout 2013 and most of 2014 – better make that reservation ASAP!

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The Inside Details:
-Primarily an indoor ceremony-centric venue. Not much outdoor activities available.
-Wheelchair accessible
-Exclusive list of 25 caterers, six are open to partnering with chefs. (Also, allowed to have all the red wine your heart desires, just not in the carpeted third floor art galleries)
-On-site parking and valet available
-No on-site overnight accommodations
-For a plated dinner, the Great Hall can accommodate up to 180 guests on the dance floor , the Mezzanine level can fit 250
-Price varies during season. (Note: multiple reviews on different sites have said that it’s worth every penny)

 

 


National Building Museum

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Your wedding will be the event of the season if you choose to have it at the National Building Museum located on G Street. The first thing your guests (which can be as many as 2,000 people) will notice as they enter the breathtaking Great Hall are the eight DSCF5815Corinthian columns reaching 75 feet into the air, each eight feet in diameter. Your wedding will be among the many important events that have been held in the National Building Museum, such as the 1885 Inaugural Ball held for President Grover Cleveland.

Before your party (that must end by 1:00 am, alcohol has to stop being served at 12:00), you can host a more intimate affair with 110 seated guests for an elegant dinner, or 200 standing guests for a chic reception. A caterers kitchen, just off the east court on the lower level, is convenient if you choose to have dinner on the main floor.

Having your special day at the National Building Museum would make a statement about who you are, in a very big way.

The Inside Details:
-Primarily an indoor ceremony-centric venue
-Wheelchair accessible
-Has a set list of preferred caterers and vendors (no on-site caterers or vendors available) 
-On-site parking and valet available
-No on-site overnight accommodations
-Can accommodate up to 2,000 guests
-$$$$ Pricey, pricey, pricey – regardless of season

Uniquely Funky

LongView Gallery
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DSCF5762 This rustic, new age venue with track-lighting, concrete floors and brick walls creates an environment that every wedding guest will always remember. LongView’s expansive space can comfortably fit 400 of your lucky guests who will all be saying that you are, without a doubt, the hippest and coolest bride in town. Flooded with natural light and filled with groovy modern art, you and your guests will be able to dance the night away knowing that you are at the coolest party in all of DC.

Located in NW DC, the gallery is in walking distance of three metro stops, seven different lodgings, and two critically-acclaimed restaurants. It is the perfect venue for the trendiest of brides who just want a wedding where guests can, as the people at LongView gallery say, “p’arty”.


The Inside Details:DSCF5759
-Primarily an indoor ceremony-centric venue with 2,500 square feet outdoor patio available for activities
-Wheelchair accessible
-Has it’s own carefully-picked list available, but open to options. (Allowed to have all the red wine your heart desires)
-On-site parking and valet available
-No on-site overnight accommodations
-Can accommodate up to 300 guests at cocktail capacity
-Unique perks: 20′x11′ wall panel for projections, speakers, iPod and wireless mike hookup, wireless internet access available-Price varies during season
-There is a preferred list of vendors. However, it is more diverse and varied than most lists at other venues
-Monthly exhibitions of unique a new artists
-Reasonably priced

 

Touchstone Gallery

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Simplicity and style is the name of the game if you choose to host your wedding or reception in this intimate and DSCF5752one-of-a-kind art gallery. Although the space is small, there is no doubt that you would have a tasteful event complete with thought-provoking art and stimulating conversation. As you and your guest sip on Pinot Grigio and nibble on slices of baguette and cheese, you’ll be celebrating your union in complete sophistication. You will forever be known as the most creative of brides for being able to convert the space into something that is uniquely you.

 

 

The Inside Details:
-Completely open to any and all caterers or vendors
-1600 square feet flooded with natural light
-15 ft. ceilings lined with track lighting and modern ceiling fans
-Catering prep area, 2 unisex bathrooms
-Handicap accessible
-Onsite parking available
-Capacity: 130-160 standing cocktail reception, 70 sitting
-Perk: art changes monthly

The Pixelated Bride

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Nose Touch

We can all agree that a typical characteristic of a bride-to-be would be “glowing”, but did anybody ever consider that the glow might just come from the Retina screen of her Macbook Pro? Yes, that’s right; today’s bride has gone online.

Pinterest

Let’s play the “how many boards” game. How many boards does it take to plan a wedding? From flowers to bridesmaid dresses, we think between ten to twenty boards is reasonable enough. Through Pinterest, brides can become their own wedding planner. Keep all ideas in one place and when you finally think you’ve reached the permissible amount of pins before you feel like you’ve gone through the entire Internet, congrats! Start planning.

Not only is Pinterest an accessibly large pocket of ideas, but it also lays everything out in front of you and helps you see what direction you’re set out to accomplish. Do you want a rustic touch of antique or a modern affair? Your brain knows, and all the contents of your subconscious have mentally vomited all over your Pinterest boards. Once you’ve grasped what exactly your subconscious wants, anything otherwise has no chance of smuggling its way in.

Facebook

Besides updating your status to “I’M ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” you can also use the many facets of Facebook to not only “promote” your wedding, but to keep family and friends in the loop.

Not to be confused with a club promoter, but as a bride, keeping people interested in the main event is a good thing. What if someone were to choose between your wedding and a weekend getaway to Branson, MO? We’d like to assume they’d avoid the latter at all costs, BUT JIC maybe you should frequently rather than not-so update your wedding peoples that this thing is INDEED still happening.

Pop into the “Check-in” feature and tag your bridesmaids at a dress fitting or create an album containing pictures that lead up to the big day. Take advantage of the pre-set website-feel Facebook profiles consist of. Also, if you have family members who live far away, the “Create Event” feature, which is a creative play on an E-vite, can make things such as an engagement party or photo session easier to plan.  There is a constant flow of communication with every invited guest within it, making organizing effortless.

Photo credit:  Paul Morse, former White House photographer to George W. Bush and veteran wedding photographer.  You can find him here in our studio when he is in DC or at his current home New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Victorian Flourish Wedding Invitations

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Victorian flourish invitations

Vintage Washington DC Wedding Invitations

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Vintage Washington DC invitation

Vintage Washington DC Letterpress Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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There are few cities as iconic as Washington DC. As the capital of the nation, the name itself speaks to the richness of our long heritage of democratic leadership. Weddings set in this historic city can tie into that rich sense of patriotic history with Vintage Washington DC letterpress wedding invitations. The vintage style letterpressed images of the Presidential monuments create a stately landscape of architectural elegance. The vintage Washington DC map printed on the interior envelope liner creates a double emphasis of the theme.

Color Can Change Everything

The understated charcoal gray used in this example adds to the vintage feel of this design. A simple change to the ink color of this print can totally transform the look of these vintage Washington DC wedding invitations. Sharp black on bright white would provide a classic but modern look, while brighter colors would connect with the energetic vibe of Washington DC. In the example above we’ve added a splash of color to the stationery set by printing the reception card on a contrasting stationery color. Color accents can be made with ink choices, stationery colors or subtly with color added to the edges of stationery pieces.

Fonts Make a Statement

Take note of the font used on the vintage DC wedding invitations above. The font is simple in form, but increasing the size and bolding the lettering provides prominence for the names of the bride and groom. Just like color, it is important to choose a font that fits with the style of your event. These choices can be greatly simplified when working with an experienced print designer who can make font and color recommendations based on a short consultation with the bride and groom.

The Importance of Paper

The paper you choose for your Washington DC wedding invitations can make a big difference on the final look that is achieved when the design and font type is applied. It is important to see how the fonts and colors you’ve chosen will appear on various types of letterpress paper. Does the paper truly complement the colors and font types? Should it be smoother or should it have more texture? What will it feel like in the hands of your guests when they open it and read it? Each of these individual choices combine together to create wedding invitations that artistically represent the lifetime commitment that will be honored on your wedding day.

Seattle Bat Mitzvah Invitations

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Seattle mitvah invitations

City Event Bat Mitzvah Invitations

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City Skyline Graphics on Cotton Paper

Do you love your city? Or hometown? Do you stay connected to your Jewish community and get involved in your temple’s events? A Jewish community is a wonderful thing and for any little girl being called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah, it is this group of extended family and friends that will share in the joy and excitement of such a momentous time. For this party, the family decided to go with a Seattle themed invitation to capture their home and community. A classy photo of Seattle’s skyline gave the whole event a big city feel.

Make the Bat Mitzvah the Event of the Year!

Just like an event being held in a city’s entertainment district that draws in tourists and stars, this Bat Mitzvah invitation was designed to give the impression of an A-Lister party that shouldn’t be missed! The invitation package included an RSVP card for guests to choose the events they would be attending. The whole weekend celebration was jam-packed with a Shabbat Dinner, Kiddush Luncheon, the Bat Mitzvah Celebration and a Farewell Brunch.

Personalized Invitations

Want to get started on your next event invitation? Get in touch with us today. No matter what the event – from weddings, corporate parties, and milestone celebrations like this – you can choose your invitation’s typography design, paper texture, and letterpress colors to best fit your celebration theme.  We will work closely with you to design an invitation that truly captures your unique personality and leaves a lasting impression with your guests. So, send us a note and let’s start transforming your design ideas into stunning, personalized invitations.

Selecting Invitations for Your Spring Wedding

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Leaves wedding invitations

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.

Hydrangea luxury wedding invitations

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.

Green invitation edge painting

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.

Luxury Invitation Touches 2013

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.

Green invitation edge paintingWater 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 edge paintingCoral 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 edge paintingGold 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 edge paintingRed 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 edge gildingSilver 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 edge paintingLilac Painted Stationery Edge

Hot pink edge paintingHot 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.

Modern Calligraphy Invitations

Friday, April 19, 2013

Modern script invitations

Modern calligraphy invitations

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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.

Vintage Border Letterpress Invitations

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vintage border invitations

Vintage Border Letterpress Invitations

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Traditional Vintage Elegance

The vintage border on these letterpress invitations creates an antique feel and a beautiful, delicate look. The design itself creates the perfect frame for the wedding invitation text inside. Vintage flourishes and flowers are always a great look for an elegant wedding invitation.

Multiple themes

The design also has both a touch of Spanish, Beaux Arts, as well as Old Hollywood flair, making it perfect for many occasions including a Southwest wedding, Victorian wedding, Southern California wedding, or generally vintage theme wedding. For the pictured invitations the use of wine and sage colors was the perfect look for this wine country wedding.

Letterpress touches

What better way to print your vintage wedding invitation than with vintage letterpress printing? The letterpress texture in the thick cotton paper highlights the delicate flourishes and lines, making it clear this is a quality invitation on quality paper. For this set a letterpress reply card postcard with a picture of the winery venue also adds a vintage monochrome touch. As a final piece, nothing is more fun than a wedding weekend events card with cute icons to build up excitement for the wedding!

Preppy Bat Mitzvah Invitations

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Preppy blue and pink mitzvah invitations

Preppy Bat Mitzvah Invitations

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Preparing for a Bat Mitzvah

Want a great way to show off your scholarly, preppy daughter’s unique personality as she approaches her Bat Mitzvah? These invitations were designed with a fun and super vibrant preppy theme to represent her style. The pink text dominates the design to really make the message pop with bright prep school banner headers to draw attention. These invitations are a class act!

Preparing for Adulthood

When a Jewish girl turns 12, she is honored at a ceremony, called a Bat Mitzvah, that signifies her transition into adulthood. Traditionally, Bat Mitzvah referred to the girl herself, but the term had become more common to define the ceremony and party. As the young lady is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah, she is now ethically responsible for her own actions and decisions and will so forth have the same rights as an adult.

Personalized Invitations

For your next event – whether that be Bat Mitzvah, wedding or birthday party – you can get customized textured invitations just like these ones. It’s so easy to get started, just send us a note and let us know what you’re planning for, then we can help you with the design process. You will be given so many options to choose from, including typography design, paper texture, and letterpress colors to create your completely unique invitation that best represents your personality. If you’re looking to design a custom invitation, contact us today to get started. We will work closely with you help you choose the colors, graphics and paper to make your invitations perfect.

Modern Bar Mitzvah Invitations

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Modern bar mitzvah invitation

Spark Modern Bar Mitzvah Invitations

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Modern Poster Style Invitations

For the young man with a big personality, these poster style letterpress Bar Mitzvah invitations are a great way to get the word out about the upcoming ceremony. The large text is highlighted with bright green lettering mixed in with simple black, against a pristine white background to really make the announcement stand out. A simple crisp and modern black invitation card for the Kiddish Luncheon complements the entire package and makes a bold statement.

It’s Hip to Be Square!

The rich textured cotton paper is cut out in perfect squares to really give the invitations a modern poster style look. A simple thin green border wraps the large fonts and keeps the focus on the message. This party poster grabs the attention of the reader with bright colors, a contemporary layout and a funky, hip design.

Personalized Invitations for Every Event

If you are looking for a great, modern idea for your next event invitation, we can help! Just send us a message and we can start helping you design a completely customized invitation. You probably have an idea in mind that really shows off your personality – we can make it real! You’ll be able to choose the perfect paper, colors, typography and tone. You can even add foil stamping to add a classy shine to the text and graphics. Or choose from poster design, modern fonts and patterns, and letter positioning styles. We’ll work closely with you to make sure your invitations are exactly what you want.

Rome luxury wedding invitations

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Luxury Rome wedding invitations

Rome Luxury Wedding Invitations

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Rome luxury wedding

When your wedding is at Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Rome, just blocks from the Colosseum, it calls for invitations that make a grand entrance! When Jeanette and Manny came to us for a custom letterpress invitation design, we knew it had to be something as impressive as their luxury setting. The end result was an elaborate monogram with laurel wreath and Roman type to give an ancient Roman flavor, paired with a very modern blind debossed pattern background.

The thickest paper

For paper we chose the thickest invitation paper around, very substantial 4-ply museum board. The debossed pattern can really make a deep impression on this quality paper (normally used for fine museum conservation). The thick paper also makes for a dramatically thick edge to the invitation, the better to highlight the gold painted edges.

Copper foil stamping

And last but not least is the copper foil stamping reminiscent of a bronze Roman statue. A shining copper finish to a fabulous announcement of the wedding no-one would want to miss!

Why Letterpress Printing Is Awesome… And Worth the Price

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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When it comes to planning a wedding, budgets can often go from modest to extreme in no time at all. Many brides and grooms keep an eye on the bottom line, even when it comes to the smallest expense. But it’s important not to become ‘pound foolish and penny wise’ when it comes to prioritizing where to spend your wedding budget. Invitations and wedding stationery can be one area which is often seen as an easy way to save a few pennies – but cutting corners on such a fundamental part of your wedding is short-sighted. Your invitations are not only the first view your guests will receive of your wedding style, but besides your photos are your main keepsake that will need to last you a lifetime. 

The Value in Letterpress Invitations

The amount spent on invitations, reply cards and related correspondence or wedding stationery is nothing when compared to how much a wedding party will spend on clothes, drink, decorations, photographs and just about everything else. And while it can be easy to see the value in splashing out a bit more for the best wine or the finest cheesecake, too many wedding parties overlook the role your invitations can play. This is especially true when it comes to springing for letterpress invitations, which do cost more than those printed with laser printers or offset printing methods. But while letterpress may be an older form of printing, more time consuming and expensive than newer technologies, it delivers not only a touch of old world class, but an image of enduring tradition and an instant keepsake for both you and your guests.

An Elegant and Lasting Impression

Letterpress invitations are designed to give an amazing impression – literally. Since they are printed by old world pressing techniques they have indented lettering and a heavier, creamier feel thanks to the ability to print on a wider range of thick cotton and other papers that is not possible with digital printing. The lettering and imagery imprinted on a beautiful and dense paper really stands out and creates an impactful and inspiring message. This makes letterpress invitations a perfect fit for keepsakes in your Wedding Album; it can also give all of your guests the best first impression of your wedding long before the magical day. Letterpress stationery is the little black dress of wedding correspondence – it goes with absolutely everything! No matter if your wedding theme is modern, retro, traditional or bohemian, the high-quality of letterpress stationery complements any style and enhances everything it touches.

The correspondence and stationery you use for your wedding will become a part of your own memories, the memories of your guests and will more than likely become a part of your wedding album. It’s one of the tangible parts of your wedding story – one which includes not only the photographs you’ll take that day, but the keepsakes which become a part of the celebration itself. As one of our clients once remarked, “No-one is throwing this one away!” Using letterpress stationery and invitations will ensure that the memories you make are timeless and will be worth their weight in gold!

Why Letterpress Printing Is So Expensive

Monday, February 18, 2013

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Every detail in a wedding is something people tend to agonize over. Partly, it’s just human nature to want every detail to be perfect and, of course, many people are keeping an eye on the bottom line as well. Although invitations make up a small part of the overall cost of a wedding, many couples are a bit surprised when they learn how much professional, letterpress invitations can cost.

Professional, high-end letterpress invitations have become more popular since the 1990s, when people began to place a higher value in the overall quality of items as opposed to just the final price. Offset and digital printing may have made printing easier and more widely-accessible, but they simply cannot match the quality and craftsmanship of traditional, custom, letterpress printing.

What is Letterpress?

Letterpress is the act of relief printing and, until the later half of the 20th century, it was the leading way everything was printed – from books to invitations. Printing with letterpress means placing individual letters on a press and then pressing the paper against the type. When offset printing was introduced in the 20th century, it made the process quicker thanks to advanced technology. Later, digital printing took it to the next level and made printing accessible to everyone. This meant printing services were able to lower their prices and now it’s possible to get invitations fronted for mere pennies – so why bother with letterpress?

What You’re Paying For with Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing is, quite simply, beautiful. Letterpress printing involves a vast array of equipment – from the individual letters and type blocks to the ink, press and paper stock. What’s more, it involves a level of skill and quite a bit of time both for the printing process itself, as well as the experience needed for someone to become a skilled printer.

Although the rise of digital and offset printing have become popular, traditional letterpress printing has seen a real revival in the United States, UK and Canada since the mid-1990s. Letterpress printing offers a level of quality not matched elsewhere and, perhaps most importantly, it allows for a great degree of control when it comes to fine typography.

Finally, there is the sheer impact of a letterpress invitation. The act of letterpress printing leaves a distinct impression on the paper itself. Often a thicker, creamier paper stock is used for letterpress invitations and, as a result, once printed, people can run their fingertips over the invitation and literally feel the impact of the press. It brings a new tactile dimension to invitations which goes a long way to making them a richer part of the celebration.

Choosing to use letterpress printing for your wedding invitations is a choice of quality and style over bottom line pricing. While it’s possible to make nice invitations using digital or offset printing, letterpress brings an added dimension to the invitations – literally. These hand crafted, unique and tactile invitations can truly set the tone for your entire wedding as the first impression your guests will get of your wedding and the entire celebration.

 

Wedding Stationery – The Definitive List

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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When it comes to planning a wedding, it can be easy to overlook the correspondence angle. This is especially true since so much preparation is done online, over the phone and through texts or emails. But a wedding supported with old school printed correspondence is one that not only becomes a special series of milestones for the happy couple, but for their guests as well.

Save the Date

There was a time when people met locally – in bars, libraries, churches and other places that meant their relationships depended a great deal on their location. Just as internet and long distance dating has expanded people’s options and ability to find the one for them, it has also meant that wedding guest lists now include people from all over the country as well as all over the world. Save the Date cards have become fairly standard practice, often sent out a year or more in advance to let all your guests know the date of your upcoming wedding well before you’ve decided on just about anything else.

Invitations & RSVP Cards

Once the Save the Date cards have been sent out, you now have a chance to begin the long process of ironing out details such as the venue and time, invitations and RSVP cards. These are sent out several months in advance in order to give people – particularly those who will need to travel – plenty of notice. The invitations also set the true tone of the wedding. Your Save the Date cards may have been a bit more informal or reflected the rough ideas you had for color scheme or theme, but the invitations should be a true reflection of how you want to present your wedding. This can mean using traditional or Victorian script and style or updating the look to reflect the modern or artistic wedding you plan to host. RSVP cards should be entirely separate and leave plenty of room for guests to indicate how many are coming as well as any special needs they maybe have, such as dietary restrictions or the need for handicap access.

Guest Book with Memento

Generally, most guests will stop in to sign a guest book at some point during the reception. However, some couples do choose to have the book sitting out before the ceremony as well so that it is seen by all guests, even those who do not stay for the reception afterwards. Guest books are produced in a variety of styles and printing options have expanded to make it fairly easy to print one customized with photos of the couple or in a truly unique style created just for their wedding. A small post card style memento can be placed to one side which guests can take. These usually feature a professional portrait of the couple, the details of their wedding date and some personal touches such as the lyrics to their special song, a poem or even just a personal message from the couple on the back.

Programs, Menus and Keepsakes

Programs of the ceremony and reception activities, as well as menus and printed keepsakes are an excellent way to keep your guests informed of what lies ahead and they compliment the entire day. Special quotes, a story of your first date and other personal touches can be added to a program in order to make it a special keepsake. Menus, too, can get a personal touch if the couple wants to encourage guests to take them away but are useful regardless as they spell out dining options (certain dish options for those who eat Kosher or Vegetarian, for example). Small keepsakes for guests to keep are also a common touch and couples have been choosing everything from retro matchbooks to printed napkins for years. Technology has advanced so printed keepsakes look more professional than ever and can include a surprising variety of items such as:

  • Linen handkerchiefs
  • Small photo books
  • Custom bookmarks
  • Shadow boxes
  • Playing cards

Thank You Cards

Once the ceremony is done, the party cleared away and the honeymoon pictures developed, it’s time to turn your attention to the classic and timeless art of writing Thank You cards. These are the final touch to your wedding and so should be the final bow on the package, so to speak. Your color palette or theme should be incorporated in these final pieces of correspondence and they can be used to not only thank guests for specific gifts but also for anything they may have done to help you prepare in the run up to your wedding. Small acts of kindness which may have been overlooked along the way – the supportive phone calls, the special lunches or helping with picking out dresses, choosing flowers and any sort of help and support can be mentioned in these notes. These will be your last contact with guests as far as your official wedding correspondence goes, so don’t be shy about thanking them for anything that comes to mind. Not only will you make them feel good, it will also give you the chance to reminiscence about your special day while it’s still fresh in your mind!

Filigree Border Luxury Wedding Invitations

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Filigree border luxury wedding invitations

Filigree border invitations

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Traditional Style, Modern Luxury

We love this filigree border luxury wedding invitation when it’s time for a wedding invitation that needs a grand entrance. A letterpress invitation that’s beautiful and elegant, but at the same time an unmistakeable statement that this wedding is fun but formal, and you’d better dress up! From the large Royalty size to the flourishes framing the invitation text, this invitation is all about vintage luxury.

Special Touches

The filigree invitation isn’t just amazing to look at, but also invites you to touch and feel. The “blind” debossed filigree border in letterpress printing creates a gorgeous impression on the super-thick 220lb paper, contrasting with rich burgundy text. The coolest thing of all is the edge painting in a fabulous shade of orange to really take it to the next level.

Vintage invitations

The vintage feel of these invitations comes from the late 1800′s ornaments used to form the filigree border, giving the impression of an ornate frame around the text. A classic feel but with a modern flair, going beyond your everyday engraved invitation! Additional pieces such as the reply card, information card, and oversized envelopes complete the suite.

A Bridal Dozen – 12 Top Wedding Planners in the DC Area

Monday, January 14, 2013

Planning a wedding can be a difficult task – even for those who normally enjoy planning parties. The high level of emotions, energy and pressure can come together to turn almost anyone into an infamous Bridezilla. Luckily, in the DC area, there are several great wedding and event planners to turn to so that you can have your perfect wedding without driving yourself crazy.

Bliss

Owner Emilie Staats Hilsenrath has been planning weddings and events professionally since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. She and her team of experts specialize in walking their clients through the entire planning process before they walk down the aisle. Bliss covers everything from budget planning to design services.

Ultimate Events

Ultimate Events takes on party and wedding planning literally from conception all the way through to completion. Their clients don’t even have to know what they want their wedding to be like. Clients can work directly with the Ultimate Events planning staff to develop a concept for the wedding and then work on how to make it happen. Their unique approach to wedding planning means the possibilities are endless and that Ultimate Events is truly a one stop shop.

True Wedding Events

Aimee Hardenbergh launched True Wedding Events after a successful career as a Special Event Coordinator where she earned the nickname ‘The Idea Girl’ for her brainstorming skills. Today she brings a flair for the creative as well as a strong background in management, organization and professional contacts to her private wedding clients. That creative streak coupled with her eye for detail means she’s able to give her clients the wedding of a lifetime with every detail in place – from the venue selection to reception activities.

Pineapple Productions

Pineapple Productions is based out of Washington DC but their flair for event planning has them frequently working major events in Florida, Cape Cod and California. Pineapple made a name for themselves by planning events at historic properties and exclusive private properties. They tailor each event to their client’s needs so that every detail reflects the life, vision and spirit of their client couple.

Cherry Blossom Events

The Cherry Blossom team of designers and coordinators has been working to deliver memorable weddings and events since 2006. Their award-winning team has established connections with some of the most highly sought-after vendors in the area and has coordinated weddings in truly memorable venues such as art galleries and historic hotels around the DC area.

Junebug Weddings

Junebug co-founders Blair de Laubenfels and Christy Weber first met in photography school. The two have risen through the ranks together working first as wedding photographers and then taking on a more comprehensive role in the entire area of wedding planning. The result is a wedding that is not only one to remember, but one that is literally made to be photographed. Their combined eye for style has ensured artistic and visually striking weddings for all of their clients.

Blue Canary Events

Blue Canary events is made up of planners with plenty of experience who have been featured in The Knot magazine as well as recognized by Bride & Groom, Wedding Wire and So You’re EnGAYged. Their modern and fanciful take on wedding planning means they’re able to deliver stunning weddings that manage to combine timeless class and beauty with a modern twist. Their team has even taken wedding planning to the next level and were contributors on the book ‘The Father of the Bride Wedding Guide’.

Invited Special Events

Invited Special Events bill themselves as a boutique event production firm which means each event is a truly unique experience. Pavaune Pearson began the firm in 2007 after having spent time as both a corporate event coordinator and an interior designer. Her combined skills and years of experience mean that she and her team can deliver a visually stunning event. Invited Special events has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine and has also made waves on nationally associated websites like WeddingBee, BridePOP and Premier Bride magazine.

Event Accomplished

Event Accomplished covers everything from rehearsal dinner venues through to accommodation for out of town guests and the full service wedding package. They go out of their way to focus on every detail so that the happy couple is free to relax and enjoy their special event without having to worry about the minutiae. They’ve been serving clients since 2004 and have been able to coordinate weddings that combine art deco with sports or lend a touch of Carnival to a classic wedding theme.

Elegantly Chic Events

Elegantly Chic prides themselves on reviving the classic images of chic sophistication with a touch of timeless beauty. The result is exactly what you think – part Audrey Hepburn, part Jackie O. They’ve built their reputation on customized weddings that lend this touch of classic elegance to any personality so even if your own style is more bohemian, they’ll be able to ensure your personality shines through.

A. Dominick Events

A. Dominick Events has become synonymous with some of those most visually engaging events in the DC area. Their focus is entirely customer driven and they remain one of the few coordinators who do not work with vendors based on commission. Though this is a fairly common practice in the world of event planning, A. Dominick maintains a detached but professional relationship so that their clients know any vendor they suggest is based on them being a good fit and nothing else. This level of dedication has resulted in their coordinating one of a kind events throughout the DC area as well as Mexico, the Bahamas and southern France. As a result, their events have been featured in Bride & Groom, BizBash, Destination I Do and Style Me Pretty, to name a few.

These are the wedding and event planners making waves and headlines in Washington, DC. So, if you’re still on the fence about creating and designing your own wedding or hiring a serious professional to make your dream come to life, check out the Bridal Dozen, you’ll be amazed and inspired!

How We Started to Save the Date

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Emily Post is unquestionably the Mother of Etiquette and her 1922 book ‘Etiquette’ remains a popular and regularly updated handbook for even the most modern party host. Post (and her successive reigning Guardians of Etiquette) have always suggested giving guests plenty of notice, with the average timed invitation back in her day going out about three weeks before the Big Day. However, as people have become more widely connected, the need to give guests even more notice about a wedding date has become part of the New Normal. It is now more common to send out invitations 3 months in advance if Save The Dates have been sent. Often, the wedding date is determined by the availability of the couple’s chosen venue, which in some cases are booked for years in advance. This kind of planning has made it easier for couples to notify far flung friends and relatives with plenty of time for them to budget for travel expenses, book time off with their employer or make other plans needed for cross country or even international travel plans. And when you only know the date, it’s impossible to send out a real invitation with all the details. Enter the perfect solution – the Save the Date card. Here’s our Save The Date guide for more information on when to send out those save the dates and invitations.

A Classy Heads Up

Save the Date cards became popular in the mid-2000s and have taken off in recent years. The cards do little more than announce the date of the wedding and are used as a way to tell guests simply to keep the date free and more details are on the way. As wedding websites become increasingly popular, it’s also a great way to communicate your website address to your guests at an early time, so they can have easy access to updated wedding details as they become available. This kind of initial notification was once done verbally among family and friends and, as the internet turned us into a global community, notifications were sent via email or even through Facebook or Twitter.

But when planning something like your wedding, many people want to avoid blasting mass emails or sending out electronic notifications on public social media websites. Save the Date cards fill this need perfectly while framing the entire wedding with a bit of class. These custom cards can be fun or formal, and are available in high end formats, including elegant letterpress, which can then be used as a basis for the style and feel of the entire wedding.

Save the Date – From Optional to Required

Save the Date cards are now considered to be pretty standard for any wedding. Even smaller wedding parties should use the cards as a way not only to formally announce the wedding itself, but also to allow guests the greatest chance of being able to attend. Work schedules alone have become more demanding for many people and getting time off to attend a wedding can be difficult. Add to that the expense of travel and the need for families and out of town guests to plan for, budget and shop around for travel options. All of it adds up to a lot of hassle, not to mention the expense. Using a Save the Date card gives your family and friends plenty of time to make their arrangements and is considered good manners. The added bonus to using these cards is that you’re able to blend style, sophistication and old world etiquette into modern life. Emily Post would be proud!

Letterpress Wedding Invitation Designer on NPR

Friday, December 28, 2012

NPR interview wedding invitations Etsy
(Left to right: NPR reporter Elizabeth Blair, Heather Noss, NPR producer Liz Baker)

If you heard a recent interview on NPR with a local wedding invitation designer in DC who got her start on Etsy, it was in fact me, “Rose”, aka Heather Noss! Since I have heard from a lot of friends and clients who heard the story and had other questions, I thought I would expand on the story here!

NPR’s Elizabeth Blair came to the Digby & Rose studio in NW DC recently to talk to me about my experience starting the business, from a the perspective of a seller who successfully grew a business through Etsy. The story focused on Etsy’s growth and how it has changed over the years. Although it’s true that the focus of the site and profile of sellers has changed, when I started my own business at the end of 2008, it was a perfect place for a “micro” business to get a start. (At the time calling it a “small” business would have been too generous!)

I read once that every small business entrepreneur has had a moment of insanity, which strangely enough happens to coincide with the very moment they decide to start the business. My moment came when I decided that October 2008 was the perfect economic climate in which to quit my government job as a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, become a professional artist and inventor, and start my own handcrafted paper business out of my home. The kitchen table became my workspace, and over time every other available space in my apartment became the home of boxes of envelopes, printers, paper cutters, and stacks of paper. Thankfully I had early encouragement, as within 3 weeks of starting the business I had my first sale, a box of 6 handmade thank you cards.

As a generous boss, I gave myself a lot of opportunities to work on all the sections and departments of the business. I was the head of Accounting, Chief Photographer, VP of Customer Service, IT guru, lead consultant for Special Projects, and of course “the one who makes the stuff”. Once I even scored Employee of the Month! For a long time it was on Etsy alone that my sales grew, and at the same time I was able to grow as an artist and a business owner.

At the beginning of 2010 the limit of operational capacity in my apartment was reached, and I was able to move into a first studio space, which is now one of three studio spaces at the current Digby & Rose retail location in NW Washington, DC. The business naturally moved beyond just selling on Etsy, as referrals from previous clients and a local reputation grew. (Also a worldwide reputation, as I’ve now done invitations for clients as far away as Uganda, Switzerland, and Argentina…and we’re really big in Australia!) By now I think we’ve graduated from “micro” to “small” business!

So I now get to work with customers that are at a particularly happy moment in their life, on a very personal item, their wedding invitations. It’s a chance to be creative and indulge a love of letterpress, where every finished order is like a new present. A big thank you goes out to all of my clients who have put their trust in me to make invitations they love. There was a lot of hard work involved with many of the ups and downs you’ll hear from many small businesses, but getting started was really made much more possible by the ability to sell my first items through Etsy. For all it has changed and all of the criticisms mentioned in the NPR piece, for myself I can only say Thanks Etsy for Helping Me Grow a New Life!

Basketball Bat Mitzvah Invitations

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Basketball pocketfold bat mitzvah invitations

Basketball Bat Mitzvah Invitations by Spark

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Game On!

Want a great way to embrace your basketball loving daughter’s unique personality as she approaches her Bat Mitzvah? These letterpress invitations were designed with a fun and vibrant basketball theme to represent her favorite sport. The orange and purple graphics and text were designed and laid out to provide a Sydney-personalized NBA logo, with her nickname where the basketball team’s name would be. These invitations were a slam dunk in setting the tone for a championship night of celebration.

The Significance of a Bat Mitzvah

When a Jewish girl turns 12, she celebrates her coming of age. As she is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah, the little girl is accepting her transformation into a fully responsible young woman. She is now ethically responsible for her own actions and decisions and will so forth have the same rights as an adult. The Bat Mitzvah is also a momentous celebration, complete with a party!

Personalized Invitations

When your little girl celebrates her Bat Mitzvah, she takes her first steps into adulthood, but don’t worry, she still has her childhood dreams! If one of those dreams includes a passion for basketball and hopes of becoming a WNBA star, why not use that passion and dream to best represent her during this significant moment? Personalized basketball Bat Mitzvah invitations are a great way to portray your daughter’s unique character, while at the same time providing an attention-grabbing invitation that won’t be forgotten. If you’re looking to design a custom invitation, contact us today to get started. We’ll help you choose the colors, graphics and paper to make your invitations perfect.

Winter Wedding Wonderland

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elegant winter wedding invitation

Summer has been associated with weddings for years and, in fact, prices and availability for wedding venues, flowers, tuxedos and just about everything else tend to spike, especially during high wedding season in June. As a result, plenty of wedding parties are beginning to look for inspiration in other seasons and winter is quickly becoming the new summer when it comes to a beautiful seasonal backdrop for wedding ceremonies and parties.

Winter and Holiday Themed Weddings

Winter weddings can be a heck of a lot of fun because they often take on a Christmas or festive theme in order to play up to all the aspects of the season. Holiday themed flower arrangements pop with color thanks to the deep red of poinsettias against the vibrant greens and bright whites of other Christmas flowers like holly and mistletoe. The colors for winter and Christmas themed weddings can be anything from the ultra-traditional red and green to more modern takes on the season which incorporate white or silver with a crisp light blue and brown or a deep burgundy against a forest green with gold accents.

Christmas Themed Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations sent out for Christmas-time weddings need to stand out so that they don’t get jumbled up with the usual round of Christmas and Holiday cards that become commonplace after mid-November.  You can make your invitations stand out just by using soft cotton or bamboo envelopes that are addressed by a calligrapher.  Another way not to get lost in the shuffle is to consider a royalty size invite (6 X 9).

  • Sending out Save the Date cards at least 9 months in advance, will put the event on the calendar by April and then send out the invitations by the beginning of November to ensure ample notice and to allow time for an RSVP;
  • Using a unique and memorable, single non-folded card with and elegant script font with simple information of who, what, when and where.  It’s usually-Save The Date-Lisa & Steve-Are Getting Married-December 21st 2013-Washington, DC.  There are no rules to follow for a Save The Date, just have fun with it; they don’t even have to match your invites.  We suggest that they’re interesting and pretty enough to be displayed for the months leading up to the event.  Here’s one we did that features a calligraphy style DC Metro map.

Washington DC metro map save the date invitation

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… And Your Life

Planning a winter wedding can make your special day truly stand out – not only for your guests but also for you and your future husband or wife. So embrace the holiday aspects of the season to make your wedding unforgettable – all the way from your initial Save the Date and Invitation cards through to holiday inspired decorations and the cake. There are plenty of themes to play on through the winter and best of all in cities like Washington, DC the winter months are off season so hotel rates and packages can add up to quite a savings with plenty of things to do including a brand new ice rink in the heart of Georgetown that’s bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center in NYC.

Pop the Question, Then the Champagne

Friday, December 14, 2012

Men (and women) have been getting down on one knee and asking for their girlfriend’s hand in marriage for generations. From the awkward to the sublime, there are thousands, even millions, of different ways for guys to pop the question. And, thanks to the internet, there are now more than a few engagement videos out there which show off some of the more inventive ways people have gotten engaged. To some, these videos, pictures and stories are heartwarming, but for the guy looking for the mind-blowingly unique way to propose they can be pretty intimidating. Luckily, all of these videos work to illustrate the three simple rules to asking the question in the perfect way.

Set the Scene

Remember to choose the setting carefully. If the woman you love is a bit shy, you may not want to ask her in the middle of a crowd or where you’re likely to attract a lot of attention. But, if she loves attention or a certain public event or venue, play to your strengths. There’s a great story about a guy named Matt Still, who used a public place to his advantage when proposing to his girlfriend. Matt had always told his girlfriend, Ginny, that they would make the movies jealous. So, he hired a filmmaker to help him create a movie trailer, rented out a local movie theater and then offered to take Ginny out to the movies. Matt had invited Ginny’s close family and friends as well as some theater employees who were in on the surprise. When his engagement proposal trailer ran, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and, when the lights came up, Ginny accepted and they were able to celebrate with their friends and family, which in retrospect was quite private compared to the attention the proposal would soon receive. The engagement was video-taped and played on YouTube and it wasn’t long before global news channels and talk shows, including Ellen, were picking up the story.

Make it Personal

While Matt’s proposal may have gotten him and his fiance into the national spotlight, the key to a truly memorable proposal is to simply make it personal. Inside jokes and shared passions are the best foundation for proposals that will have her not only saying yes but remembering that special moment each time she glances down at her ring. One of our favorite proposal stories around here is the infamous New York Times crossword puzzle proposal. Back in 1998, Bill Gottlieb actually hired crossword puzzle Guru Will Shortz to sneak in a personal message and proposal to his then girlfriend Emily Mindel in the New York Times crossword. Bill knew Emily was a huge fan of the daily puzzles and he sat quietly and nonchalantly reading the newspaper as she filled out the Wednesday crossword, as he knew she would that morning. Emily begin to take notice of coincidental clues and answers like her’s and Bill’s names, “A Modest Proposal”, “This Diamond Ring”, and then the answer, “Will You Marry Me?” to a clue. The final answer, and the one Bill had been hoping to hear for months, was “Yes” to 57-down.

Just ASK!

Don’t drive yourself crazy – or give yourself a case of cold feet – by over thinking the proposal. While creative proposal stories are fun to read and hear about, at the end of the day it comes down to the two of you. No one knows your girlfriend better than you. Plus, a simple proposal can be the best thing possible. Who needs a giant flash mob when you can propose over Twitter? While some people may say that proposing over the internet is tacky, keep in mind that it worked for Greg Rewis. Greg made it into the history books – and down the aisle – when he popped the first proposal via Twitter in 2008.

When you ask a girl to marry you, you’re giving her more than a ring. You’re literally giving her one of the most memorable moments of her life. No matter if your proposal takes place while curled up in front of a fire, sitting atop a Ferris Wheel or in front of a million football fans through the magic of Jumbotron, just remember to ask from the heart. It’s the only ingredient you need for a truly memorable engagement.

What’s your favorite proposal story? We want to hear about your own crazy proposals. How’d you get your girlfriend to say yes? Or what was it that he did that you just couldn’t resist? Tell us about your unique stories or amazing proposals you’ve heard about that left you laughing, crying or just completely shocked.

We’ll start… here’s a video of our clients, Ben and Kristi. Ben popped the question through chorus, choreographed dance and complete surprise at Disneyland! We’re proud to say we did the wedding invitations (fleur de lis) for this wacky and lucky couple, who even had their wedding at the happiest place on earth. Talk about a fairytale come true!

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Hockey Bar Mitzvah Invitations

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Letterpress hockey bar mitzvah invitations

Hockey Bar Mitzvah Invitations by Spark

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Sports Themed Invitations

For any young man celebrating a significant milestone in his life, he’s going to want to do it in his own style, with his own personality. Pretty pink invitations may not be the way to go, but adding a fun and colorful graphic of his favorite sport to the invitation can give the whole event a personal touch. So for this young hockey lover being called to the Torah, it was time for a unique invitation with a personalized NHL-like emblem that included his initials overlapping two hockey sticks.

The Significance of a Bar Mitzvah

When a Jewish boy turns 13, he’s not just becoming a teenager, he’s becoming a man. While the term Bar Mitzvah has become more commonly used to refer to the rite of passage ceremony, traditionally and technically it defines the boy who is coming of age. In Hebrew, Bar Mitzvah translates to “an agent of the law” or “son of the commandment.” When a young man is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah, he is officially recognized as being accountable for his own actions from then on. A very serious rite, but also a fun and joyous celebration!

Personalized Invitations

Your little boy may be becoming a man, but don’t worry, he still has his little boy charm and childhood dreams! If your son dreams of becoming a hockey star or just loves the sport so much it’s all he talks about, then why not show that side of him through personalized hockey Bar Mitzvah invitations? The first step in finding the perfect custom invitation is to give us a call. We can work with you to design a truly unique and personal Bar Mitzvah invitation that best represents your son. From choosing the right paper, color of the card and lettering, fonts and graphics, we can turn your creative image into a memorable keepsake.

From Norman Rockwell to South Park – How the Holidays Grew Up

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Festivus Air Your Grievances Humorous Holiday Cards

The Christmas holiday season brings with it an amazing combination of tradition, spirituality and consumerism. No other holiday season is embraced by such a diverse cross section of the public and, as a result, controversy surrounding the holiday is bound to make local headlines during the season. Often, the grumbling has to do with how ‘adult’ Christmas has become. Traditionally, Christmas and the entire holiday season has been treated with a kind of childlike wonder. Card companies and retailers would play up the images of the ‘Good Old Days’ and most decorations and themes revolved around a Normal Rockwell kind of Americana. Families gathered around a golden brown turkey, children cuddled on a couch playing with toys, dogs lounging by a fire. But, as society has evolved so, too, has the way we think about these holidays. These views typically poked fun at the traditional scene and instead focused on themes of families fighting over the last drumstick, children wailing because their batteries have worn out already and dogs rifling through the holiday kitchen garbage in the middle of the night.

The Vision vs. The Reality

The truth is that this ability to embrace the holiday season with a ‘warts and all’ attitude can go a long way in making people feel better about their own crazy families. When cards, decorations and the like all focused on the idealized family holiday, it drove some revelers straight over the edge. But the 90s brought with it a relaxation of these ideals, a point driven home every year on the national scale with the popularity of family shows like Married with Children and Roseanne, which featured episodes focused on the family drama and stress associated with the entire holiday season.

The Cards You Might Not Send to Grandma

This relaxed and more open attitude can be seen in a variety of holiday decorations and shows but, by and large, the easiest way to see it is by checking out modern Christmas and Holiday cards. Initially, the market branched out simply to include other religious, spiritual or cultural holidays and, since then, has branched out even further. From Kwanzaa to Festivus, every conceivable holiday is now covered by a selection of greeting cards. On the other end of the spectrum, there are cards featuring rude and crude cartoons, scientific explanations to disprove Santa and, of course, a host of cards which celebrate the FUN in dysfunction.

This progression towards the inclusion of adult themed and more tongue in cheek holiday greetings work not to divide the holidays, but to actually bring them closer together. The winter holiday season appeals to a wide variety of people across social, religious and economic backgrounds. As a result, the things we all use to celebrate the holidays—from home decorations to greeting cards—have expanded to reflect everyone who celebrates the season in their own way. The wide array of new holiday cards also gives people the chance to really customize their own celebration of the holidays. After all, you might not send the South Park Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo card or the Festivus card to your Grandma, but it’ll do nicely for the best friend who sends out a card declaring ‘The Grinch Had it Right the First Time’.

Is it Wrong to Want a Yarmulke for Christmas?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Holiday greeting cards are often most closely associated with Christmas. While this may have been true in decades of the past, the fact is that now holiday cards come for just about any winter holiday or festival you can think of. With a range of options including both religious and pop-culture influence, there’s a holiday card for absolutely everyone.

The Perfect Holiday Card

There’s no denying a certain religious bent to many different holiday cards. From Hanukkah to Christmas with plenty of room for Kwanzaa, Diwali and other winter holidays. Although Christian and Jewish holidays may be well known, other religions hold end of the year celebrations. In order to reflect each of these holidays we offer a wide selection of card and letterpress designs which play on both the religious and cultural themes associated with them. These days of observance stretch beyond traditional organized religion and also play into cultural and even astronomical occurrences. Winter brings with it the Winter Solstice, which has been celebrated by ancient cultures and is still celebrated by people today.

But in order to remain truly modern and relevant, cards have also grown to encompass pop-culture holidays, including the infamous Festivus. Originally introduced on Seinfeld in 1997, the anti-holiday was adopted almost instantly by Seinfeld fans and has since grown into a worldwide movement. Card makers routinely offer special Festivus cards in spite of the holiday’s tongue in cheek rules regarding the trappings of typical holidays.

Show You Care with the Right Holiday Card

Holidays aside, cards have simply opened themselves up as a way to embrace the feeling of the entire holiday season. The holidays have come to mean more than any one specific day. As the calender begins to come to its end, we all get that urge to stop and move a little slower, to be a little nicer and to, in short, get into the holiday spirit, whatever that means to us personally. The holidays have expanded and evolved to be more inclusive and holiday greeting cards have followed suit. Even for those who simply want to celebrate the season as a whole, holiday cards have it covered. Cards that celebrate the season as whole make it even easier for people to stay in touch and the levity they bring to the season adds a bit of humor, which is welcomed anywhere.
Society has embraced Christmas as more than just a religious holiday. No other holiday enjoys the secular crossover Christmas does and, as a result, the entire holiday season takes on a warm and unifying glow. The end of the year brings out a surge of nostalgia in all of us and it’s natural to want to reach out and make contact with our family and friends. Luckily, holiday cards have evolved and adapted to meet the need while lightening the mood. So, get in the spirit and share your love of Yuletide Christmas Festival Sweater Day on December 22nd and Wren Day on the 26th, in addition to the more traditional holidays. (Insert your grandmother’s voice here…) Would it kill you to send a card?

Celebrity Wedding Planners

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanks, in large part, to the Royal Wedding in 2011, wedding trends took a glamorous turn in 2012. With thoughtful themes and extreme attention to detail, there have been some seriously stunning weddings this year. From sparkly accents and faux fur shrugs to chic candle holders and big and lush bouquets, 2012 took back the extravagant wedding. And, it should be taken into consideration the brilliant people and teams who came up with the grandest designs and plans behind this year’s most luxurious weddings.

Designing and Creating a Luxury Wedding

While DIY weddings are quickly becoming a trend of their own, there’s still something amazing to be said for the professionally planned, classic, elegant ceremony and reception. It takes a creative mind to come up with the perfect wedding theme to unite and fit a couple’s specific tastes and needs and on such a special day, quality should not be compromised. But, it may not be so easy to find the perfect wedding planner to create the luxury wedding of your dreams.

It is important to do the research before you set out on the perfect wedding planner search. Hiring a wedding planner with in depth knowledge of the latest luxury wedding styles and trends will help guarantee you get your dream wedding. If it is a luxury wedding you’re after, you will want only the best in the industry; don’t take the chance and settle for an inexperienced wedding planner that promises great things, you may end up disappointed. Be sure to take a look at their portfolio and decide if what they offer is right for you.

The Best Wedding Planners

This year’s most sought after wedding planners have gone above and beyond in uniqueness and creativity, designing and delivering awe inspiring and gorgeous gowns, centerpieces, venues, invitations and events. They are considered among the most up to date on the industry’s latest trends and will no doubt enter 2013 with envelope-pushing wedding ideas that will start new fashion and design trends.

While there are many wedding planners who are making a name for themselves in Washington DC and beyond, there are a handful who excel in the luxury wedding category. Listed below is a short list of some of the most creative and best in the luxury and celebrity wedding and event planning industry. These stylists, designers and party planners offer unique and forward-thinking concepts that will wow guests and make any bride and groom feel like royalty. Each website provides an extensive portfolio or photo gallery displaying the real weddings the planners have pulled off. Their innovation and creativity shows they are not afraid to take risks, which ultimately produces the most stunning and memorable weddings. If you want your wedding to be the event of the year, your first step should be consulting with a luxury wedding planner like the ones listed here.

Colin Cowie Weddings

Todd Events

Marcy Blum

Mindy Weiss

Ed Libby & Company


Sharon Sacks Productions

David Beahm

 

Black Wedding Invitations

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Black and white foil stamp invitation

Black and White Foil Stamp Invitations

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Black Wedding Invitations

Black wedding invitations with white foil stamping feature a poster style layout and a square shape for a cool and modern wedding. For these invitations we used a super-smooth and super-black paper, mounted to a 220lb white cotton backer. An unmistakably elegant and formal look for these black and white invitations. Accessory pieces were letterpress printed in black on white 110lb paper, and mailed in white cotton envelopes.

Unique invitations

Our clients came to us looking for something unique and different for their evening wedding at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. They wanted something formal for their fall wedding but not the usual white invitations. We selected a modern font in a poster-style grid layout, combined with using white printing on black wedding invitations as a twist on wedding invitation tradition. The whole look stayed formal and elegant, especially by making the whole piece very thick with the addition of a 2-ply cotton backer. By using letterpress for the accessory pieces, there was no mistaking this was going to be a formal wedding!

The Beauty of Foil Stamping

Using foil stamping makes possible some effects that are usually not possible with other print methods. It is often not possible to get a light color print on a dark paper, but for these black wedding invitations a fabulous white foil stamp applied to black paper gave a dramatic black and white look. Other color combinations are also deeper and more vibrant, like a true black on silver paper. The most frequent use of foil stamping is to get a shiny metallic look, such as gold or silver printing on wedding invitations.

2013 Luxury Wedding Invitations

Monday, October 29, 2012

2013 Wedding Invitations

We’re looking ahead to some fantastic luxury wedding invitation trends for 2013. Very popular is a large size, with embellishments like super-thick paper, edge painting, foil stamping and laser cutting. So it’s all about a big statement for spring and summer 2013 wedding invitations! Also on the rise is a trend towards traditional with a slight twist in choosing modern fonts and layout grids.

Foil stamping

Gold printing wedding invitation

For the most luxurious of wedding invitations, it’s all about foil stamping! Foil stamping takes wedding invitations to a whole new level for a few reasons. For one, what is more beautiful than your names revealed in shining gold or silver printing? A classic feel, but an upscale statement that your wedding is a special event.

Black and white foil stamp invitation

White foil stamping on super-black paper

The other advantage of foil stamping is that is gives many more possibilities for color combinations than with letterpress alone, but with the same “pressed-in” textured look that we all love about letterpress. The ultra-modern invitation above was printed with a white foil stamp on top of a fantastic super-smooth and super black paper. Any time we want to see a light-colored print on a dark paper, foil stamping is the way to go!

Edge painting

orange edge painting

In 2013 we see many couples opting for the extra color and fantastic look of edge painting, where the sides of the invitation are painted in any color, like the orange edge painting pictured above, or in more shiny metallic looks like silver and gold.

Laser cut wedding invitations

Laser cut wedding invitation pocketfold

We definitely see the growing trend of this year continuing into 2013, the beautiful laser cut wedding invitation, like the intricate laser cut wrap invitation pictured above. Laser cutting can create very intricate designs, and unique accent pieces that really send a luxury invitation suite over the top.

Thick invitation papers

Museum board wedding invitations super thick

The final mark of a luxury wedding invitation for 2013 is the thickest of cotton papers, that can only be used with letterpress and foil stamping. We’ve seen many couples now opting for 4-ply museum board, sometimes with an additional colored paper backer, like the invitation pictured above. Compare it to the already-fabulous 110lb (1-ply) paper used in many of our invitations and you can see that museum board means your wedding invitations have substance!

We’re ready to discuss your own 2013 luxury wedding invitation from our Washington DC studio, contact us now for your own custom creation!

Portland Wedding Invitations – Letterpress Map

Friday, October 19, 2012

Portland map pocketfold letterpress invitation

Portland map letterpress pocketfold invitations

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These unique Portland wedding invitations feature a downtown Portland map in letterpress printing on the back of an invitation pocketfold. The modern invitation is mounted on the inside of the pocketfold, with other pieces tucked into the inside pocket. This set included one of our favorite things, a vintage style postcard with a letterpressed photo, in this case displaying the couple’s venue YU Contemporary. Other vintage maps are available for this great map pocketfold style, contact us to find out what is available for your location!

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Letterpress Invitations by Spark

Saturday, October 13, 2012

gold bar mitzvah invitation

A new line of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah letterpress invitations has created great excitement here at our Washington DC studio, another great success by Spark! What could be more stunning than a gold foil stamping Star of David and custom gold name on this centerpiece bar mitzvah invitation pictured above? The new line is full of options for custom bar mitzvah invitations, including foil stamping, pocketfolds, crystals, and custom colors. The elegant bat mitzvah letterpress invitations pictured below are a grand but feminine announcement for this special event.

elegant bat mitzvah letterpress invitation

What about black paper with shiny blue foil stamping for your bar mitvah invitations? These invitations arrive in a modern black pocketfold with custom name letterpressed on the front.

blue foil stamped bar mitvah invitation

Even more modern mitzvah invitations can come printed on this kraft grocery bag style paper.

modern mitzvah invitation

These Seattle bat mitzvah invitations are available in other city skylines, such as for your New York or Washington, DC bat mitzvah invitations.

seattle bat mitzvah invitation

These letterpressed guitar bar mitzvah invitations are perfect for the guitar hero in your family.

guitar bar mitzvah invitations

For a sports theme check out these basketball bat mitzvah invitations, and hockey bar mitvah invitations below!

basketball bat mitzvah invitation

hockey bar mitzvah letterpress invitation

hockey bar mitzvah invitation

We love the range of styles for these fantastic designs, be sure to contact us for your own custom letterpress bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah invitations!

modern bar mitzvah invitation poster

bat mitvah letterpress invitation

Spanish Tile Save the Dates Letterpress

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Spanish tile save the dates

Spanish Tile letterpress save the dates

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Letterpress save the dates that feature a Spanish Tile pattern, the perfect thing for your California, Southwest, or Mexico wedding! Matching Spanish Tile wedding invitations are also available. This two color pattern is done in the style of talavera tiles, combining letterpress printing with the couple’s photo affixed to the front. The pictured save the date is done in traditional Mexican tile colors, but can be done in any color combination to suit your event! Photo printing and adhering is available for your favorite photo together.

Washington DC skyline save the date

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Washington DC skyline save the date

Washington DC skyline letterpress save the dates

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The perfect letterpress save the date for your upcoming wedding in Washington DC, featuring the skyline of the Jefferson, Washington, and Lincoln memorials and the US Capitol. A classic Washington DC silhouette to set the mood for your DC wedding! These save the dates are printed with letterpress printing on Crane cardstock with a beautiful cotton texture. Be sure to send out your save the dates in plenty of time for your guests to plan for their journey to your fabulous Washington DC wedding!

Simple flourish letterpress wedding invitations

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Silver and blue flourish invitations

Simple Flourish letterpress wedding invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order 50

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A delicate and simple flourish motif grace these silver and blue letterpress wedding invitations. A combination of thick 220lb cotton paper invitations with shiny silver paper for the reply and information cards make this a standout of shimmer and rich blues. Cerulean blue edge painting adds an extra highlight of color, with letterpressed envelopes with flourish design making these the prettiest pieces ever to arrive in your guests’ mailboxes! For a traditional wedding invitation with a slight modern twist, a simple flourish conveys elegance and simplicity. But if you really want to go over the top, add a shiny silver backer to the invitation and everyone will know this is an event not to be missed!

Nautical wedding invitations

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nautical wedding invitations letterpress

Nautical letterpress wedding invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order 50

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A great way to announce your seaside wedding, these nautical wedding invitations feature preppy stripes and a ship’s anchor. Letterpress printing on cotton paper gives an elegant and formal presentation, with green and navy blue nautical colors. Vertical stripes highlight the other pieces in this invitation suite, great for a sailboat and yacht club look. Top it all off with a green inner envelope liner and letterpressed envelopes and your nautical invitations are ready to sail!

French Country Lace Wedding Invitations

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Modern country lace wedding invitations letterpress

French Country Lace Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order 50

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These letterpress wedding invitations were designed as a modern take on antique lace, with a French country feel. They are also the most super-thick invitations you have seen, printed on fabulously thick 4-ply museum board! The deep letterpress texture on thick paper make these luxury wedding invitations a stunning kickoff to any celebration. All orders are considered custom wedding invitations, so these unique invitations can be done in your wedding colors, to make it perfect for your country wedding invitations or French country wedding invitations. Delicate fruit, flower, and leaf motifs make this a sweet and elegant invitation. Pair it with pretty envelope liners and hand calligraphy mailing addresses for a classic and beautiful look.

Washington DC metro map save the date

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Washington DC metro map save the date invitation

Metro map save the dates

  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order 25

Samples $6.75

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What says Washington DC wedding better than the colorful metro map known to Washingtonians one and all? For this custom save the date, the metro was the focus for a May wedding at the W Hotel in the heart of Washington DC, with stops highlighted of significance to the couple’s life together. A fun save the date to get all the guests excited about coming to the Nation’s Capital! A mix of modern text with elegant calligraphy script to set the wedding tone. The multiple colors and deep texture were made possible by custom Letterpress Light printing, with an embossed impression 50% deeper than traditional letterpress. When it’s time for all the out-of-towners to come to this elegant affair downtown, don’t forget to snap a photo of tuxedos, gowns, and metro cars!

Vintage Map Wedding Invitations Pocketfold

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Vintage map wedding invitations

Vintage map pocketfold wedding invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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Letterpress Maps

A vintage map is the highlight of these wedding invitation pocketfolds, a fun retro way to highlight your wedding location! All pieces are printed in traditional letterpress printing, creating a great texture for your vintage map feature. Pocketfolds and invitations are available in other colors, and many maps are available for other cities, states, and countries. The pictured maps feature Portland, California, Cape Cod, and Annapolis, but contact us to find out if we have a great antique map available for your location, to make your letterpress invitations the most unique your guests have seen!

[Infographic] Complete Guide To Choosing The Perfect Wedding Flowers

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Choosing the perfect flowers for your wedding can be difficult. Did you know that choosing flowers that are in season compared to those that are out of season is one of the factors that determines how expensive your flowers will be? Digby & Rose has put together the ultimate flower guide for anyone who will be getting married. The guide includes a checklist of 20 questions to ask your florist to make sure you are choosing the best one, the most popular wedding flowers, and a breakdown of each flower by when it is in season and the colors it comes in. This guide is a follow-up to our previous 3 wedding guides Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer, Guide to Save The Date, and Complete Wedding Checklist.

Guide to choosing the perfect wedding flowers

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Wedding Announcement Sample Wording

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wedding Announcements Wording 1
Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Ara
are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter
Laren Anne
to
Adam Lee
on Sunday, the twentieth of May
two thousand nineteen

Hotel Monaco
Washington, DC

Wedding Announcements Wording 2
You don’t need a ticket or advance reservation
just make waves to our wedding celebration
We will be married
on July 24, 2019
in New York, New York
Please join us at our reception on July 31
at 12 noon

Bride and Groom’s house
3325 Prospect St NW
Washington, DC

Wedding Announcements Wording 3
Alexander Nelson
and
Thomas Kelly
have the honor of announcing
their marriage
on August 31, 2019

The Bernards Inn
Bernardsville, NJ

Wedding Announcements Wording 4
He slipped the ring on her finger, a promise made for life…
Join us as we share their joy now that they’re man and wife!
A party to honor the newly married
Amy and Christopher Busscher
will be held on February 25, 2019
at 6:00 pm

Joyce and Michael

Wedding Announcements Wording 5
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides
-David Viscott

We eloped!

On the 4th of July, 2019
We said “I Do”
Aboard the Queen Elizabeth
in Lincoln Harbor, NJ

Although we couldn’t
have you there in person,
because you have shared in
our lives by your friendship and love, you were with us on
our special day.

Wedding Announcements Wording 6
Because you are good friends
we thought you’d like to know
that we ran off and got married
We did it on the go!
Celia Miller
and
Jeff Baker
tied the knot
on May 25, 2019

at the Estate at Three Village Inn
Stony Brook, New York

Wedding Announcements Wording 7
We went away for a much
needed vacation, and we tied the knot in a tropical destination!

Melissa and Jason were married
February 14th, 2019

Turtle Island, Fiji

Wedding Announcements Wording 8
Come help us celebrate the
night away on the eve of
Brett and Jezebelle’s Wedding Day
Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing
on March 22, 2019
beginning at 5:00 pm
The Central Park Boathouse
East 72nd St and Park Drive North
New York, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Watkin’s
Wedding Announcements Wording 9
As precious as the ocean’s
treasures, too strong for
anyone to measure, two hearts, joined together, sharing their lives forever
Joanna Ugaste
and
Leonard McCluskey
joyfully announce their marriage, which took place
November 29, 2019 in the
Maincy, France

They are now at home at
2410 17th St NW
Washington, DC

Wedding Announcements Wording 10
We announce with joy that on
December 24, 2019
we united our hearts and
joined our families
in Holy Matrimony
in a private ceremony
in Ravello, Italy
As our friend, you were with us in our thoughts and prayers
We look forward to celebrating our happiness with you in the near future

Liam Rosen and Madeline Jennings
Lindsey, Kendra and Paul

Wedding Announcements Wording 11
Brittony, Nicholas and Mitch
are pleased to announce
the marriage of their mother
Linnea Waldman
to
Marcus Dumich
on July 23, 2018
Wedding Announcements Wording 12
We announce with joy that on
June 11, 2019
we united our hearts and
jointed our families
in Holy Matrimony in a
private ceremony
at The Lodge at Vail in
Vail, CO

Mary Trahan-Olson
and
Nate Olson

They are now at home at
1111 23rd NW
Washington, DC

Wedding Announcements Wording 13
Announcing our celebration
of love when we,
Natalie L. Tornatore
and
Miles A. Shultz
pledge our love as one
on Tuesday, the fifth of April
two thousand nineteen
A beachfront wedding

Caesar Park Ipanema Hotel
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A fresh new day, and it’s ours, a day of happy beginnings

Multi Color Letterpress Cards

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Negative Space and Letterpress

To truly understand letterpress card design and how to use color and the paper, you have to know how to use negative space. There is one exercise I remember doing during art class that really drove this point home. The task was to draw the outline of every shape I could see from my vantage point. I drew the outside edges of a plastic plant, the table, the lamp, the window and the chair. All of a sudden it came to me that everything lives in negative space and my world got pretty large. Now when I look at people, things and spaces, I notice that I observe more of the unoccupied space around people and things. It’s that ability to see the negative space that makes for great design in letterpress, because the negative space is that which when printed is what you feel. If a picture is worth a thousand words then the touch is too. These cards were designed and made by Leslie Ross Robertson and printed using soy inks. I really love her work because she understands negative space and has an appreciation for mid-century architecture and design.

Modern Damask Three Color Letterpress Card

Two Color Classic Air Stream Letterpress

Teacher’s Favorite Apple Card Three Color Letterpress

Bonsai Tree Three Color Letterpress

Mid-Century Modern House Letterpress Card

Surfer Card Three Color Letterpress with Fade

Flame On Two Color Letterpress

Chrysanthemums Flower Card in Three Color Letterpress

Ripe Berries Two Color Letterpress

Wild Flowers Card Two Color Letterpress

Fall Card Three Color Letterpress

Mid-Century Modern Connections Card in Three Colors

Retro Record in Two Color Letterpress

Mid-Century Modern Chair and Light in Three Color Letterpress

We hope you enjoyed the photos and if you need to order any of these, get in touch here with your question.

Sample Invitation Wording For A Fall or Autumn Wedding

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 1
The trail winds onward
through the hills from here to prairie’s end;
Will our journey ever last?
as long as you’re my love, my friend

We invite you to be with us as we begin our new life together
on Saturday, the fourth of October
two thousand nineteen
at five o’clock in the evening
Hotel Monaco
700 F. St NW
Washington, DC

Reception following

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 2
As the autumn leaves begin to turn
Two lovers choose to say I do
A promise made and shared with you to love, to laugh, to live, to learn
Lara Jones
and
Richard Tack
invite you to witness the ceremony of their marriage
on Saturday, the first of November
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Jefferson
1200 16th St NW
Washington, DC

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 3
As the trees burst into color
and the autumn season
arrives, we pledge our faith, our love, our lives
We, Rachel Burns
and Timothy Rivi
request the honor of your
presence as we begin a lifetime of love
on Sunday, the eighth of
November
two thousand nineteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Mandarin Oriental
Washington, DC

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 4
A beautiful fall evening has
been chosen to begin our new life together

Kate Vance and Tom Evans

invite you to be with us as we exchange marriage vows and celebrate our love
Please join us on
Friday, September 1, 2019
with ceremony beginning at
6:00 p.m.
and reception following until 12:00 p.m.
at Mansion on O Street
Washington, DC

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 5
Whether yellow, orange, brown or gold, the colors of fall never grow old
This is a reflection of their love ever changing, yet everlasting
Please join
Beth Laird
and
Joseph Yates
as they exchange wedding
vows on
Sunday, the second of
October
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 6
How beautiful is the day
that is touched by love…

Together with our parents, we
Kiley Williams
and
Aidan Sexton
invite you to share in the joy when we exchange marriage vows and begin our new life together
on Friday, the tenth of October
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert St NW
Washington, DC

Fall Wedding Invitation Wording 7
Like the leaves on an autumn breeze, our hearts are uplifted by love…

It is with great joy that we
Alice Kovac
and
Brendan Petrosky
will pledge our love as one
on Saturday, September 14, 2019
at 5:30 p.m.

Park Hyatt Washington
1201 24th St NW
Washington, DC

[Infographic] Complete Wedding Planning Guide and Checklist

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

There are so many things that go into planning for your wedding. Staying organized is key to help your preparation, planning and your special day go as smooth as possible. Digby & Rose has put together a wedding checklist that covers everything you need to be thinking about for the year leading up to your wedding. The checklist is itemized by key monthly, weekly, and daily goals to help make your wedding planning less stressful.

12 month wedding planning checklist

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Sample Bridal Shower Invitation Wording

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 1
A sprinkle of flowers and a couple of kisses,
soon Daniel and Jennifer will be
Mr. and Mrs.
But as we wait for that special hour,
let’s honor Jennifer with a Surprise Bridal Shower!
on Sunday, May 16th
at noon

Holiday Inn Washington Dulles
45425 Holiday Drive
Dulles, VA

Regrets to Lisa (849) 589-6881

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 2
Let’s wrap up our best wishes
and shower the bride with love!
We’re throwing
a Bridal Shower for
Lauren Dearing
on November 14, 2016
at 1:00 p.m.

Jessica’s House
1526 St NE
Washington, DC

We hope you can make it!

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 3
Life is a garden,
and love is in bloom!
The bridesmaids of
Brittony Pears
invite you to join them
in showering the bride-to-be
at a Seaside Luncheon
June 12th at 1 pm

Seaside Crab House
6799 Wilson Blvd
Ste 5
Falls Church, VA

Please bring your favorite flower

Josie, Barb and Tonya

Bridal Shower Invitation Wordingv4
The ingredients for a successful marriage:
a whole lot of love, a dash of spice and lots of answers to “What do you want for dinner?”
Please join us for a Bridal Shower in honor of

Rebecca Jennings
on September 20th at 1 pm
3407 Q St NW
Washington, DC

Please bring your favorite dinner recipe

Regrets only to Tammy 562-4169

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 5
Please join us for a
Lingerie Shower
in honor of
Bridget Flore
on Saturday, April 22, 2019
at 6 o’clock in the evening

Leslie Cole’s Home
5546 5th St NW
Washington, DC

Morgan is a size Medium and 34B

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 6
Like a sudden rain on a garden of flowers,
we want to shower the bride
with expressions of love and good wishes.
Your presence is requested
at a Bridal Shower in honor of
Emma Johnson
on Sunday, May 21st at 5 pm

Bethesda Marriott
5151 Pooks Hill Road
Bethesda, MD

RSVP by May 12th to
Tiffany Dobs at (698) 235-9857

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 7
The time is right to celebrate Patricia’s upcoming wedding date!
Around-the-clock bridal shower honoring
Patricia Lane
Sunday, August 21st at 12 noon

640 Acker Pl NE
Washington, DC

Hosted by
Karen Long and Sharrie Haines

RSVP to Karen at (849) 849-8239

Please bring a gift appropriate for the time: __________

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 8
We would be pleased
to have you join us at a
Bridal Party
honoring
Deanna Wills
fiance of Mannie Correa
on Sunday, July 1st
at 1:00 pm

Michelle’s House
2241 13th NW
Washington, DC

Michelle Jones

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 9
A sunny future
begins with a shower…
Help us start Cassie
off with a soaker
on February 22nd, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The Inn at Brookeville Farms
19501 Georgia Avenue
Brookeville, MD

Mary Yates

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 10
To the blushing bride,
it’s all hearts and flowers!
Bridal Shower
honoring Kendra Simon
on July 19
at 1:00 pm

Mrs. Simon’s home
1125 11th St NW
Washington, DC

Mrs. Simon

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 11
Please join us in showering
April Sheen
with love and best wishes
at a party in her honor
on the fourth of September
at 12:00 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Sheen’s Home
2234 12th Pl
Washington, DC

Mr. and Mrs. Sheen

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording 12
Shauna, Terri and Lacey
cordially invite you to attend a “Blissful Escape at the Spa”
for a Bridal Shower
in honor of
Zoe Moya
on Sunday, January 26th
at 2:00 p.m.

Nusta Spa
1129 20th St NW
Washington, DC

Laser Cut Invitations and By Hand

Monday, June 18, 2012

Why laser cut invitations?

The short answer is that: IT’S AWESOME! The long answer is that a laser cut piece can get you very fine details and add a depth to a piece that goes beyond a single card. A laser cut can be used as a layer over another design which together create some very interesting eye candy. A laser cut piece can also be the invitation itself, which stands on its own. For intricate detailed paper cut work, laser cutting is the way to go. Incorporating laser cut designs into an invitation really adds that unique look and truly creates a luxury invitation.

There are two drawbacks to custom laser cut invitations. The first is the cost. Depending on quantity, you can expect to pay between $8.00-$16.00 per laser cut piece, not counting the rest of the invitation set. For original custom designs you can also plan on an initial $300-$500 for the setup costs. The second is the color alteration (slight scorched paper look) that appears on very light shades of paper, as laser cutting is literally a burn into paper. On darker or black papers you won’t really see it, but it’s something to keep in mind.

The greatest thing about laser cut invitations is their uniqueness. They are definitely unforgettable. If you like laser cut, then I’m sure you’ll love paper cutting designs by hand.

Resources About Laser Cut Invitations

There’s a lot of great resources out on the web the for traditional paper cutting, one of my favorite artists you’ll find at the bottom of this post.

Laser Cut Invitation Images

laser cut custom invitations

custom laser cutting

laser cut paper

laser cut photo

laser cut photo closeup

laser cut cards

Video from Japanese Paper Artist “Mikito Ozeki”

Here’s something fun to watch, although, it has nothing to do with “Laser Cut Invitations”, it has plenty to do with art and paper and those patient enough to sit at a table for 20 hours to create something out of nothing. They’re my favorite types of people.

Video from mikitoozeki on Vimeo.

A video shot is great way to display the extensive hand cut art form created. It was hard to hear what was being said and I suppose it was not as important as the image. I really loved the shadows that appeared on the walls and floors just behind the art. Having the art sandwiched between two pieces of glass really makes them pop out at you. The alien creature holding the belt was the most intricate of the bunch. I’ll be keeping an out for any modern displays of paper cut art happening this summer in DC if we’re lucky enough. If not, New York is only a train ride away. We hope you enjoyed the video as much as us.

Black Foil Silver Wedding Anniversary Invitation

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Black foil stamping silver paper

Silver Anniversary Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • Matching pieces available

Sample $20.00

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Black Foil on Silver Paper

How else would you celebrate a silver wedding anniversary, but with a Black Foil Invitation stamped into silver metallic paper? This party was held at the renowned Speke Resort along the northern shore of Lake Victoria, Uganda. We were told that, as it is a tradition, the invitations were hand delivered.

Why a Silver Anniversary for 25 Years of Marriage?

Answer: Tradition! Some traditional gifts for the wedding anniversaries for the first and second year is paper and then cotton. (You’re covered here if you pick up some personal stationery since we mostly print on cotton paper.) The large milestones afterwards are the 10th Year (Tin/Aluminum), 15th Year (Crystal), 20th Year (China), 25th Year (Silver) and the 30th Year (Pearl). For anything afterward, we believe that it should be a vacation to an exotic destination including and a bottomless margarita. Although the 60th anniversary is a Diamond, it was interesting to discover that the 90th anniversary is a stone!

Invitation Personalization

How do you get rich textured invitation like this? Well that’s easy, you get in touch. You can have one of these in a typography design that fits your celebration theme whether it’s a wedding invitation or a corporate event, all we have to do is change the paper, the color of the foil (it comes in hundreds of colors including silver foil, bronze foil, copper foil, gold foil, white foil, blue foil, etc.), and choose the fonts and lay out the type. For paper selection, it can have a shine to it, or it can be a matte finish. The paper can also have a textured background which looks great when letterpressed. The typography can be traditional, poster design, modern slender fonts, the positioning of the type can be at an angle. All that matters is that the invitation expresses your personal taste and style. Our customers love us for our ability help them pull out their design ideas and translate them into something wonderful. Send us a note and let’s see what we can do together.

Invitation Details

7 X 7 Invitation with silver metallic paper printed with a black foil stamp, mounted on a 220 LB white cotton backer .

7 X 7 Envelope in silver metallic paper

Our customers love us for our ability help them pull out their design ideas and translate them into something wonderful. Send us a note and let’s see what we can do together.

Custom Design Letterpress Business Card (Case Study)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Letterpress business card 110lb paper

Custom business card design

  • Letterpress printing
  • 100% cotton paper
  • 110lb or 220lb stock
  • Contact us for:
    – Custom Design
    – Custom layout

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Something Vintage Rentals

We had the pleasure of meeting Dawn, the owner of Something Vintage Rentals, on the phone one day last month. She has started an antique china, tea cups and décor business on her own and asked if we could letterpress print her business cards. The original design consisted of 4 dots and with the last dot containing a negative space of a tea cup. After talking on the phone for 30 minutes and understanding what she was trying to do with her business and design, she agreed to have us alter the design in order to fit her and the image of her business.

Something vintage rentals
Courtesy of Something Vintage Rentals

Custom Letterpress Business Card

As the inspiration from them comes in part from the background of her company’s website we used the needle point work design on her letterpress business card. This was done for a couple of reasons, but the main reason is that letterpress designs lend itself well to negative space. It is that space that creates the texture and the uniqueness of the cards, plus this card has such fine details, it is our experience to know that the cotton fibers would break down a bit, leaving a softer feel around the edges. Although the client still wanted the four dots to remain on her website, she did fill up that space with the doily pattern and changed out the color to teal.

For Dawn Crothers Cimino of Something Vintage Rentals, they say that she pays attention to detail, that she loves pretty things, that she has a collection of antique china, tea cups and décor for rent for you next engaging affair.

Letterpress Business Card Details

Standard size business card: 2 X 3.5 Inches
Paper: 100% Cotton, White
Ink: 1 Color, Teal
Design by: Digby & Rose

Business cards are like small ambassadors. The question is, “What does yours say about you?” To upgrade your image, get in touch and let’s see what we can do for you.

10 Best Online Wedding Invitation Stores

Friday, June 15, 2012

Best Online Luxury Wedding Invitation Stores

Searching for the best wedding invitation store to design your luxury wedding invitations, wedding stationery, and even your save the date cards can be a challenge, especially if you’re not a graphic artist with an intimate knowledge of letterpress and foil stamp printing processes and limitations. Digby & Rose has put together a list of the top 10 luxury wedding invitation stores to help relieve some of the stress of searching the vast online space for that one perfect place that has all the design, communication, customer service and printing skills necessary to do the job. Whether it’s cotton, bamboo, silk or wood, the feel of the invitation is as important as the look. Bringing a custom wedding invitation to life takes not only design skills, but experience with new and antique printing and finishing methods. Invitations send an important message about the wedding, and that message changes based on the design of the typography, the size and shape, and the finishing details. For those going for elegant simplicity, it can easily be achieved by using a large formal size letterpress invitation with matching letterpress RSVP, reception card and envelopes, all designed around a clean balanced typography. For something more, there’s silk boxes, ribbons, ties, envelope liners, inner and outer envelopes, calligraphy, matching postage stamps, die cut shapes for the invitation and envelopes, pocketfolds, belly bands, faux jewelry clips and custom designed laser cut wraps.

10 Questions to Ask The Online Store Before You Buy

  1. Can you customize any design to fit my style? If so, how much will it cost?
  2. What is the turnaround from print approval to receiving my invitations?
  3. Do you have an in house design staff? What’s the hourly rate?
  4. Can you make the wedding day paper and thank you notes and can I order them after I receive my invites?
  5. How long does it take to get my first proof?
  6. If I need to make changes, how long does it take before I see them?
  7. How many changes can I make to the text before I incur a fee?
  8. Will you be able to help me with the wording on the invitation and reply card?
  9. Can I assemble, tie and/or glue the pieces in order to save money?
  10. What’s your favorite font?

1. Digby & Rose Wedding Invitations

Website: Click Here for Digby & Rose
3711 Macomb St NW
Suite #4
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-652-1556

Digby & Rose is a Washington D.C. luxury wedding invitation company that prides itself in its personal service and a love for typography that is unmatched. Owner Heather Noss began Digby & Rose in 2008 after serving seven years as a U.S. diplomat overseas. She has been nurturing a secret love of paper and fonts since she was 8 years old which led her to invent the company’s own printing process called Letterpress Light. Unique only to Digby & Rose, this process creates deeper impressions in the paper than regular letterpress. Their wide selection of design options can be fitted to each client’s style. Their work has been recognized by the Washingtonian, Style Me Pretty and Brides magazines and was voted by the users of The Knot, The 2012 Best of Weddings Pick. A Digby & Rose invitation have announced some of the best events on the planet and has included Grammy winners, diplomats, and more. Each order is a custom price quote, but the most basic order (one color letterpress invitation and reply card with two flat printed envelopes) for 100 invitations starts at $650. Moving to something more formal in size, RSVP cards and inserts, more letterpress colors, foil stamps and a heavier paper the average cost for 100 luxury wedding invitations is $2800.

2. Lela New York Luxury Invitation and Stationery Design

Website: Click Here for Lela
192 Lexington Avenue, Second Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-802-1438

Lela New York is an award winning design studio that focuses on luxury wedding invitations. They sell boxed invitations that are covered in fabric with unique decorations specifically designed for each client. Their classic stationery invitations are printed on high quality paper and are designed to the client’s specifications. Although every order is custom, prices are based on 100 sets. The classic envelopes range from $13.50 – $28.00 and the fabric and box sets range from $28 – $90. Lela New York is based in New York, but they work with clients worldwide including celebrities and royalty. They have been featured in Brides Magazine, The Knot and the New York Post.

3. Elum Designs

Website: Click Here for Elum Designs
4650 Overland Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123-1259
Phone: 858-650-3586

With high-style modern designs and sumptuous materials, they have revitalized the centuries old art form of letterpress printing. Their collection of letterpress wedding invitations, letterpress invitations, letterpress stationery and designer paper products features custom artwork that reflects the most current trends in the world of design and fashion. They offer the bride to be the ability to order directly from their site or visit one of their resellers to find the perfect wedding invitation. In addition to wedding invitations they also offer special occasion invitations such as bar mitzvah invitations, bat mitzvah invitations, custom party invitations, save the date cards and baby announcements.

4. Hannah Handmade

Website: Click Here for Hannah Handmade
1330 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847-864-8292

Andrea Liss founded Hannah Handmade in 1991, and has grown the company from a small one-woman operation to a trend-setting leader in the stationery industry. They have taken on many types of custom projects ranging from stationery ensembles for weddings and social events to corporate and non-profit invitations. Andrea draws upon her 20-plus years as a professional designer to bring her clients the very best in both style and substance to make that special day something you will remember for a lifetime. Andrea has designed some beautiful invitations for companies such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Auburn University, BP, BizBash Media, Blue Plate Catering, Campbell Soup Company, Catalyst Exhibits, Merrill Lynch, and McDonald’s.

5. Beyond Inviting Couture

Website: Click Here for Beyond Inviting Couture
La Costa, California
Phone: 760-436-5722

Since 2003, Beyond Inviting Couture has been creating custom invitations that epitomize luxury. Created by Karyn Dunn and based in San Diego, Beyond Inviting Couture offers an almost unlimited number of design options from simple to extravagant. Their wedding invitations are made with the highest quality cardstock and textured paper. They can be further decorated with extras such as brooches and ribbons. These special touches are what clients can expect of a Beyond Inviting Couture wedding invitation. They also offer a variety of printing options, such as letterpress, engraving and embossing, which further individualizes the finished product. Prices are based on each order because of their uniqueness, but the minimum order is $2000.

6. Chin Chin Papers

Website: Click Here for Chin Chin Papers
Phone: 1-800-573-0906

Chin Chin Papers will create invitations to match each client’s vision of their event. Started by Renee Rodriguez, this couture invitation company designs romantic cards inspired by fashion, the social life in Paris, historic art and modern design. Chin Chin Papers offers a variety of printing options including letterpress, thermography, calligraphy and digital printing to match the theme of each order. Invitations can be presented in an invitation box and can be decorated with paper flowers, brooches, jewels, and satin ribbons. They have a couture collection for those wanting the extravagant and a signature collection for those with simple and elegant taste.

7. Smock Paper

Website: Click Here for Smock Paper
509 W Fayette St,
Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 800-5949845

Their print shop includes 20 antique presses, 50 tons of equipment, and 17 employees. Their print shop resides west of downtown in the Delavan Center which also houses some of Syracuse’s best painters, photographers, sculptors, and ceramists, as well as Syracuse’s largest art gallery.

Smock’s creative director and designer Amy Graham Stigler’s love for beautiful and beautifully made things, dates back to her childhood in Wisconsin, where she spent her time running from pillar to post, exploring and sketching the minutiae of nature. Her childhood love of art and books eventually turned into a profession: she studied art history while working at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Contemporary Art.

The team at Smock Paper describe themselves as “faithful lovers of historic craft with letterpress ink in our veins.” Their designers and printers believe in the creation of beautiful things.

8. Luxe Expressions

Website: Click Here for Luxe Expressions
Atlanta, Georgia
Phone: 770-424-6192

Debra Saba, the founder of Luxe Expressions, creates designs inspired by her world travels. With a background in graphic design and journalism, each couture invitation makes a statement about who the client is. They are printed on the best cotton paper with letterpress, engraving or lithography. Each invitation can be adorned with decorations, fabric and ribbons. All their materials are eco-friendly. Clients can design a completely unique invitation or they can choose from designs on the website. Each invitation set includes the invitation, mailing envelope, and response card and envelope. They are all made to feel like a gift for the recipient opening it. The minimum order is 50 pieces.

9. Clover Creek

Website: Click Here for Clover Creek
69 Sea Meadow Drive
South Dennis, Massachusetts 02660
Phone: 508-259-0696

Clover Creek can create invitations for all individual tastes. They are an eco-friendly company that uses paper from renewable plants rather than trees. Featured in magazines such as Town & Country, Clover Creek offers unique touches that set them apart. Not only are their invitations decorated with rhinestones, pearls and charms, but clients have the option of natural items such as dried flowers, leaves and seashells. The envelopes are sealed with monogrammed wax as a special finishing touch. With a wide variety of printing methods such as letterpress and copper engraving, clients are ensured a completely individualized wedding invitation.

10. Elegant Custom Invitations

Website: Click Here for ECI
2620 Fountainview Drive
Suite 201
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone: 713-408-9407

Located in Houston, Texas, Elegant Custom Invitations design wedding invitations that meet all the customer’s needs, including style and budget. They make sure that guests have a lasting first impression with their unique invitations. There are two lines of invitations to accommodate all budgets. The custom line includes pocketfold cards, flat cards and folded cards. Invitations in the couture line are presented in silk boxes, folios and box mailers. Clients have a wide assortment of decorations to choose from including satin and silk ribbons, Swarovski crystal and brooches. Lettering can be printed by engraving, flat printing, letterpress or thermography. The minimum order for the custom line is 50 invitations and 25 for the couture line.

Green Apple Martini Party Invitations

Friday, June 15, 2012

Martini party invitations

Green Apple Martini Party Invitations

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Letterpress Party Invitations

Is there another way to celebrate a double digit (33) birthday party other than with apple martinis announced on a custom letterpress invitation and printed pocket fold card? How many of us have been invited to a party with just an email? My grandmother would say that the whole world has gone to hell in a hand basket (I never understood that one). A few weeks ago a very sincere woman from the South called and asked about personal stationery. After a few minutes, she told me the story of how she received an email thank you note from her niece for a wedding gift and attending her wedding. She said, and I quote, “I almost threw up!”

Designing and printing these invites for intimate 50 person gathering really meant a lot to us. It meant that manners did not die with technology at the speed of the Evite. It meant that letterpress lives and will continue. We make many invitations for many people, but it’s rare to have a single guy walk into the studio and hear him say, “I’m celebrating my 33rd birthday and throwing a party, what can you do to help me make the invitation special?” We’re pleased to see a shift coming from the younger set (I think it’s Generation Y?) from taking no time and effort in sending an invitation to taking care and thought in sending out one, which reminds me, I have to send him a thank you note for giving me some inspiration today.

Invitation Details

5 X 7 Letterpress Invitation, letterpress printed on silver paper with an apple green ink in a portrait orientation. The typography and design is based on the poster grid system.

5 X 7 Letterpress Pocketfold, letterpress printed silver ink on green apple paper with silver button and string.

5 X 7 Matching silver envelopes.

Sample invitation Wording For A Winery or Vineyard Wedding

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 1
Please celebrate with us
the freshness of new life
and new love as we,
Jackie Feldman
and
Mike Carlos
exchange wedding vows
on Friday, the second of April
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening
Charles Krug
Napa County, CA

Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres following the ceremony

Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 2
The Helmann
and
The Tomlinson
families cordially invite you to celebrate the marriage of their children
Kristy Helmann
and
Zach Tomlinson
on Saturday, May 22, 2019
at 3 o’clock in the afternoon
Hans Fahden Winery
Napa Valley, CA

Reception to follow

Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 3
Kathleen Capillo
and
Brain Viviano
request the pleasure of your company as they tie the knot
on Saturday, the third of April
two thousand nineteen
at half past four o’clock in the evening
Annadel Winery
Sonoma, California

Dinner and dancing to follow

Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 4
Their love continues to grow
like a well-tended vineyard
growing stronger and more bountiful with time
You are invited to witness the joining in marriage of
Melissa Kane
and
Jim Shultz
on Saturday, October 22th, 2019
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Arista Winery
7015 Westside Rd
Sonoma, California

Reception to follow

Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 5
This day our hearts are joined as one share with us this new beginning the first day of our life together
on Sunday, the tenth of November
two thousand nineteen
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA

Lacey Davis
and
Christopher Jones

Destination Wedding Winery/Vineyard Wording 6
Together with their families
Elissa Bishop
and
Rick Titus
invite you for feast and revelry in celebration of their wedding
on Saturday, the twenty-first of May
two thousand nineteen
at half past four o’clock in the evening
Chateau St. Jean
Sonoma, California

Sample Thank You Card Wording

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Thank You Card Wording 1
We thank you
for your thoughtfulness
and the baby gift.
Edward and Cheryl Shields

Thank You Card Wording 2
Thank you for your shower gift and your thoughtfulness, too. We are so very lucky and blessed
to have a friend like you.

Jay and Heather Mueller

Thank You Card Wording 3
Mom, Dad and I would like
to thank you for the wonderful gift you gave.
My birth was a special event
and your present was just as special.

All of our love,
Lauren and Will

Thank You Card Wording 4
You brought joy to our day,
warmth to our lives,
and happiness to our hearts.

Thank you for your thoughtful gift!

Thank You Card Wording 5
Thank you for adding to
the joyful spirit of our wedding with your presence
and lovely gift.

Laura and Alex

Thank You Card Wording 6
Thank you for adding to
the joyful spirit of our wedding with your presence
and lovely gift.

Amber and Michael

Thank You Card Wording 7
We thank you for your thoughtfulness and the generous wedding gift.

Andrew and Anna

Thank You Card Wording 8
One thank you for the gift,
and another for the thought.
A dozen thank yous couldn’t tell you all the happiness they brought.

Katherine and Andrew

Thank You Card Wording 9
Thank you for your gift of love and for sharing in
our precious joy from above.

Ashley and James

Sample Reception Card Wording

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Reception Card Wording 1
The pleasure of your company
is requested
at the Reception
immediately following the ceremony
The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Reception Card Wording 2
To help us celebrate,
please join us for the Reception
at six o’clock in the evening
Fairmont, Washington, D.C., Georgetown
2401 M Street, Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20037

Reception Card Wording 3
Please join us for
Dinner and Dancing
at six thirty in the evening
Four Season Hotel Washington, DC
2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Reception Card Wording 4
Dinner Reception
to be held following ceremony
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Reception Card Wording 5
Reception immediately following ceremony
The Hay-Adams
800 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reception Card Wording 6
Please join us
as we celebrate the union
of our lives and our families
Reception to follow the ceremony
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Reception Card Wording 7
The celebration continues
with a reception luncheon for
David and Laura
12:45 pm
Hotel Monaco Washington DC
700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Reception Card Wording 8
Reception
following the ceremony
at the home of
Aidan and Elissa
1831 California Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Reception Card Wording 9
Reception
following the ceremony
The Jefferson
1200 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Reception Card Wording 10
The Celebration Continues…
Reception immediately following the ceremony
Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Reception Card Wording 11
Dine . Dance . Celebrate
at 7:00 p.m.
The Mansion on O
2020 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Art Deco Pink Foil Wedding Invitations

Monday, June 4, 2012

pink foil stamp wedding invitations

Art Deco Pink Foil Wedding Invitations

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What could sound more fun and elegant at the same time than a Greek wedding in a gorgeous venue with a California art deco flair? This luxury wedding invitation in pink, white, and black was inspired by the couple’s art deco hotel wedding location, combined with a Greek pattern flair taken from the bride’s Greek heritage. Who can resist a vast expanse of pink foil combined with beautiful black letterpress on thick cotton paper? You certainly could not do so once you saw the additional pink letterpress backer in a coordinating modern pattern in Greek meander style on the reverse side of the invitation. At the same time, tiny pink foil flowers on the invitation and matching pieces give it a delicate touch. Call it Greco-art deco if you will, we just call it a fantastic wedding invitation to go with a fantastic couple! We hope the guests loved the convenience of a luxury accessory sleeve to hold all the pieces together. We loved the texture and feel that only letterpress printing and foil stamping can give to a super thick invitation cardstock in 100% cotton.

Sample Invitation Wording For A Private Ceremony & Reception

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 1
On Sunday, July 1, 2019,
we slipped a ring on each
other’s finger, and made a promise for life…
Join us as we celebrate
now that we’re husband and
wife!

You are invited to attend an
Adult Reception to honor the
newly married
Jessica and Mark Denton

At the home of Ray Croasdell
131 16th St NE
Washington, DC
on Sunday, October 15, 2019
from 3:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 2
Join us in celebrating the
marriage of
Sandra Long
and
Nicholas Preston
with a reception marking the
return from our wedding
ceremony at the
Four Season Hotel
The reception will be held
on Saturday, May 10th, 2019
at 6:00 p.m.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 3
We will be married in a private wedding ceremony on
Friday, the eighth of
November
two thousand nineteen
Please celebrate with us at our reception following the ceremony at seven o’clock
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC

Rebecca Trahan and Jacob Silva

Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 4
Time moves so quickly, and so too does life
Our days were filled, our
schedules too, so we ran off and said our I do’s!

Nichelle Marrs
and
Kyle Mueller
eloped on October 22, 2019
Your presence is requested as we celebrate our beachside vow renewal and reception
on Saturday, October 23, 2019
at 6:30 in the evening
Hay-Adams
Washington, DC

Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 5
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Harbach
have the honour of announcing
the marriage of their daughter,
Molly M.
to
Matt P. Windhorn
on Sunday, November 6th, 2019
The couple was joined in marriage in a private ceremony on the Fiji Islands

Please join them for a reception celebrating their union on November 18th at 5:00 p.m. at the newlywed’s new home

Private Ceremony & Reception Wording 6
Madeline and Jeff Jones
are happy to announce their marriage that took place in a private ceremony
on Friday, July 23rd, 2019
San Cabos, Mexico

Please join them for a reception to celebrate their union
Sunday, August 6th, 2019
4 o’clock in the afternoon
Hilton Washington
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

Sample Invitation Wording For A Las Vegas Wedding

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 1
We invite you to be with us
as we begin our new life together
on Friday, the fourth of December
two thousand nineteen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Jackie May
and
Liam Carbon

Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 2
Together they rolled the dice
taking a gamble on their future
Quickly it became clear
that the dice were right
Now Jill and Michael
are about to unite!

You are invited to attend
the marriage ceremony of
Jill Greene
and
Michael Diesterheft
Sunday, November 1, 2019
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Palms Place Hotel and Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 3
It could have been the time
maybe it was the place,
we thought you should
know in any case!

Our daughter,
Trisha Banks
was married to Aidan Hanson
on Wednesday, the fifth of December
two thousand nineteen
in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Banks

Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 4
We spun the wheel
and took a chance,
we hit the jackpot
with true romance!
Erin Wagner
and
Justin Gavina
are now Mr. and Mrs. Gavina!
They were wed on
February 9, 2019
at the Wedding Chapel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 5
Christian Gurtiz
&
Ryan McDermott
ask you to join them
on their wedding day
as they turn a stroke of luck
into a winning streak!
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
at 5:30 p.m.
The Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas, Nevada

Reception to follow the ceremony

Sample Wording For a Las Vegas Wedding 6
Pack your bags
get out of town,
head to Vegas
and double down!
You have been invited to share our happiness as we,
Carrie McCluskey
and
Dave Snapp
unite in marriage
Sunday, the ninth of April
two thousand nineteen
at 9 o’clock in the evening
Encore Wynn
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sample Invitation Wording For A Commitment Ceremony

Sunday, May 27, 2012

 

Commitment Invitation Verse 1
We,
Michelle and Cassi
invite you to share in our love as we exchange vows
on the 8th of April, 2019
at 6:00 pm
The Plaza
5th Avenue at Central Park South
New York, New YorkPlease join us for a garden reception immediately after the ceremony

Commitment Invitation Verse 2
Love was meant to share
with family and friends
We,
Mitch
and
George
have found love in each other
and invite you to share in our joy as we celebrate our union on July 22, 2019
at 1 o’clock in the afternoon
Broad Street Ballroom
41 Broad St
New York, New York
Commitment Invitation Verse 3
We invite you to join us
in celebration and to share with us the joy of our union
on Sunday, May 21
two thousand nineteen
at 3:00 pm
Landmark on the Park
160 Central Park West
New York, New YorkCindy
and
Mona

Commitment Invitation Verse 4
Happily, we two,
Lisa
and
Nicolette
will pledge our love as one
on Sunday, December 31st
two thousand nineteen
at 3 o’clock in the afternoon
Tavern on the Green
New York, New YorkOur joy will be more complete
if you can share with us
this celebration of love

Commitment Ceremony Verse 5
Lisa Duke
and
Carrie Jones
cordially invite you to celebrate and share their special day as they will formally express their
commitment to each other
with family and friends presentJuly 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm
The Central Park Boathouse
New York, New York

Commitment Ceremony Verse 6
“By the power vested in me by
the state of California…”Mr. Jack Lee Rames
and
Mr. Sean Howard Scott
finally heard those words at their ceremony, a celebration of the legal recognition of their years of love and commitment

Please join them on
Friday, August 3rd, 2019
at 7 o’clock
for a reception at
their home
4200 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC

Commitment Ceremony Verse 7
Lori M. Feldman
and
Elissa L. Harvey
cordially invite you to attend a marriage celebration and joining of families as they exchange vows of commitment and marriage
on Sunday, the sixth of April
two thousand nineteen
at 4 o’clock in the evening
21 Club
New York, New YorkReception immediately following

Commitment Ceremony Verse 8
Because you have shared in
our lives by your friendship and love we,
Jeffrey and Ervin
invite you to share
the beginning of our new life together as we exchange vows
on Sunday, the fifteenth of October
two thousand nineteen
at half past three o’clock in the afternoon
Omni Berkshire Place
New York, New York
Commitment Ceremony Verse 9
We have found love in each other and invite you to share in our joy
Please join us as we,
Kyle Baker
and
Jonathan Goodman
celebrate our union
on Friday, the first of December
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening3 West Club
New York, New York

[Infographic] Guide to Save-The-Date Etiquette, Wording & Ideas

Friday, May 25, 2012

You might know all the ins and outs of sending luxury wedding invitations, but save-the-date etiquette, wording, and even design ideas are sometimes less clear.

Save-the-date cards are sent to your guests 6 to 8 months before your wedding date so that your guests can mark it on their calendars and make travel arrangements. They should be sent out even sooner, up to a year in advance, if you are having a destination wedding or during a high travel season. For instance, Cape Cod in the summer, San Diego during Comic-Con International, Mexico in the winter during peak travel season or perhaps Washington, DC during an inauguration. If you are getting married in a relatively small town, you’ll still have to check, you might end up competing with hotel rooms with the annual Texas Bigfoot abductees support group (you never know). The point of using a Save The Date is to be gracious to your guests by giving them enough time with their busy schedules so that they can make travel arrangements well enough in advance and maybe use those airline and credit card points. Save-the-date notices are also used for non destination weddings if more than 25% of your guests are coming in from out of town and your event coincides with a peak travel season.

Digby & Rose, a leading online resource, designer, and letterpress print shop for wedding invitations & stationery wants to help you with your save-the-date cards. Their first wedding guide covered how to choose a wedding photographer and their second guide below will give you everything you need to know about save-the-date etiquette, wording, and even ideas for custom cards.

Guide to Save-The-Date Cards

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Sample Wedding Invitation Wording For The Bride & Groom’s Parents

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 1
Mr. and Mrs. Aidan Kruse
and
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Long
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their children
Marie Kruse
and
Everett Long
on Saturday, the tenth of May
two thousand nineteen
at one o’clock in the afternoon
Elite Soiree
Miami, FL

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 2
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Andrews
and
Mr. and Mrs. Richard High
invite you to witness the union of their families as
Christy Andrews
and
George High
are married in an
African cultural ceremony of
jubilation
on Saturday, the ninth of April
two thousand nineteen
at four o’clock in the evening
Clear Lake African Methodist Church
16302 Sea Lark Rd
Houston, TX

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 3
God has led two lives
to take one path
The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of
Christine Bong
and
Damir Ara
on Friday, the fourteenth of November
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in the evening
The Biltmore Hotel
Miami, FL

Doctor and Mrs. Tack
&
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Snapp

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 4
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sachs
and
Major General and Mrs. Patrick Shultz
request the honour of your
presence at the marriage of
their children
Nichelle Sachs
and
Noah Shultz
as they happily unite their
hearts, their lives and their cultures through marriage
on Saturday, the sixteenth of September
two thousand nineteen
at seven o’clock in the evening
Viceroy Miami

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 5
The weather outside may be
frightful, but the wedding inside will be delightful
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Dwyer
and
Doctors Marcus and Maureen Olson
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
their children
Cailtin
and
Liam
Friday, the first of July
two thousand nineteen
six o’clock in the evening
Epic Hotel
270 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 6
The Jones and Piunti families invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting
their children
Lindsay
and
Kyle
on Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock in
the evening
Conrad Hotel
Miami, FL

Reception immediately
following ceremony

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 7
In the celebration of love….
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Linton
and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Buster
invite you to share in the joy of the marriage uniting their lovely children
Margaret Elizabeth
and
Clayton Lee
on Saturday, the second of February
two thousand nineteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon
L’Auberge Del Mar
1540 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA

Reception immediately following

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 8
And the two
shall become one…
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gates
and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Malcom
request the honour of your presence at the marriage uniting their children
Kristen Sarah
and
Keith Joseph
as they begin their new life
together
on Sunday, the third
of August
two thousand nineteen
at half past two o’clock in the afternoon
The Westin San Diego
675 L Street
San Diego, CA

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 9
With joyful hearts,
Justin and Kelly Denton
and
Jim and Joyce Sexton
invite you to the
marriage ceremony uniting
Josielyn Denton
and
Jonathon Sexton
on Saturday, July 1, 2019
at 6 o’clock in the evening
The Bristol
1055 First Avenue
San Diego, CA

Bride & Groom’s Parents Invite Wording 10
The families of
Joanna Leigh Roberts
and
Andrew Rex Hargreaves
invite you to join in the celebration of their marriage
Saturday, September 6, 2018
at 6 o’clock in the evening
The Inn at Rancho Sante Fe
5951 Linea De Cielo
Rancho Sante Fe, California

Reception to follow the ceremony

Sample Wording For Eloped Announcements and Invitations

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Eloped Invitation Wording 1
Because you are good friends,
we thought you’d like to know
that we ran off and got married.
We did it on the go!
Jennifer Lang
and
Harry Banks
tied the knot
on April 24th, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
and now reside in their new home:
3222 Woodland Dr NW
Washington, DC

Eloped Invitation Wording 2
We’ve Eloped!
Join us at a
Brunch Reception
on Saturday, April 17, 2019
at 12:00 a.m.
Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York, NY

Tagen and Robert Capone

Eloped Invitation Wording 3
Time moves so quickly and so, too, does life
we were so anxious to be husband and wife
our days were filled, our schedules too
so we ran off and said our I do’s!
Lori Strubbe
and
Timothy Stein
eloped
on May 24, 2019
Napa Valley, CA
and now happily at their home:
1528 Swann St NW
Washington, DC

Eloped Invitation Wording 4
We’ve Eloped!

Please be our guest at a
casual reception in our honor
on Sunday, July 4th, 2019
at 4 o’clock in the afternoon
Our Home
1708 Newton St NW
Washington, DC

Jessica Flores
and
Tony Myers,
the newly
“Mr. and Mrs. Myers”

Eloped Announcement Wording 5
Please join us for
Champagne & Appetizers
in celebration of our marriage
on Saturday, December 1, 2019
at 5 o’clock in the evening
Cafe St. Bart’s at St. Bartholomew’s Church
325 Park Ave
New York, New York

Elissa and Nicholas Carmen

Eloped Announcement Wording 6
Although we couldn’t have
you there in person,
you were with us
on our special day!

We were joined in matrimony on Saturday, April 18th, 2019
Niagara Falls, NY

Our new residence:
Kathi and Travis Ross
3106 N St NW
Washington, DC

Eloped Announcement Wording 7
Making their friendship so true after great times and happiness, they’ve said
“I do!”

Trisha & Jason
were married on
February 9, 2019
Maui, Hawaii

Eloped Announcement Wording 8
We set sail for a much needed vacation, and we tied the knot in a tropical destination!

Whitney Kahn
and
Zach Rutherford
were married
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2019
Compass Point, New Providence

Eloped Announcement Wording 9
We’re hooked on each other…

We cast our lines
into the sea of love,
and we both hooked a keeper!

Susan McDermott
and
Tim Guidry

were married at sunset
June 1st, 2019
Serena Cay, Dominican Republic

Sample Engagement Invitations Wording

Monday, May 21, 2012
Engagement Invitations Wording 1
We would be pleased to have
you join us for a party announcing our engagement
on Friday, the first of May
at six o’clock in the evening

The Plum at Jefferson Hotel
1200 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 2
Introducing the future
Mr. and Mrs. Jones
Please join us for an
engagement party honoring
Clay and Megan
on Sunday, May 20th at 4:30 p.m.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th Street NW
Washington, DC

Regrets only to Michelle
794-533-3654

Engagement Invitations Wording 3
You are cordially invited to
attend an
Engagement Party
given in honor of
Suzanne and Colin
on April 24, 2019
at 4:00 p.m.

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 4
Spring is here
Wedding bells are near…
Please join us to celebrate the engagement of
April & James
at an Outdoor Buffet Dinner
Sunday, July 27th
4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

1449 Q St NW
Washington, DC

Hosted by Margaret and Colin Alderman

Engagement Invitations Wording 5
The honor of your presence is requested at a Dinner Party celebrating
the engagement of
Sharon and Kevin
on April 1st, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Belga Cafe
514 8th St SE
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 6
The most precious moment of
her life…
James asked Kimberly to be his wife!
Please join us in celebrating
the engagement of
Kimberly Lee
and
James Sanders
on Friday, July 22nd at 6 p.m.

Barb and Steven’s Home
3501 Newark St NW
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 7
Please join us for an evening of
Celebration and Dining
in honor of Julie and Jim
on their recent engagement
Sunday, November 8, 2019
at 5 o’clock in the evening

Cafe du Parc
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Mr. and Mrs. Hall

Engagement Invitations Wording 8
We’re bubbling with the news…
Maggie and Colin
are engaged!

Join us for
cocktails, dinner and dancing
March 9th at 12:00 pm

Ceiba
701 14th St. NW
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 9
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hansen request the pleasure of your company at a Dinner to celebrate the engagement of
Gabriel
and
Thomas
on Friday, November 10
at 5 o’clock in the evening

Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

Engagement Invitations Wording 10
Love is here to stay…
let’s celebrate by dancing the night away!
Join us for an
Engagement Party
on June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

CityZen
1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC

Jana Kovac
and
Paul Pigott

Engagement Invitations Wording 11
Join us as we celebrate
The Engagement
of our two
Favorite Lovebirds
Sally & Craig
Saturday, March 19th
5:30 pm

Johnny’s Half Shell
400 N Capitol NW
Washington, DC

Hosted by
Leonard & Kristal

RSVP
628-827-2793

Engagement Invitations Wording 12
After all the planning,
the big day will be here
But first let’s celebrate
with drinks and good cheer

Please join us for an
Engagement Party
honoring
Cori and Lucas

Friday, April 23rd
6:30 pm

Linda Residence
2141 P St NW
Washington, DC

RSVP by April 18th
759-975-9547

Engagement Invitations Wording 13
Cynthia and Darrell will soon have a wedding
Down the aisle is where they are heading
Before they become husband and wife
Let’s celebrate their start of a new life!

Please join us for an
Engagement Party
for
Cynthia and Darrell

Sunday, February 17th
4-7 pm
Kellari Taverna

Regrets only
685-964-8540

Engagement Invitations Wording 14
Let’s celebrate the soon-to-be
husband and wife

Please join us for an
Engagement Party
for Adian and Debbie

Saturday, March 12th
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Minibar

RSVP to 629-946-2794

Sample Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording

Monday, May 21, 2012
Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 1
Andrew popped the question, and Samantha said “Yes”
All the planning is over from the hall to the dress
Only one thing remains for this day to be great
“Practice makes Perfect”
July 25th is the date
We’ll practice the ceremony,
and iron out the kinks
Then it’s off to the Seasons Restaurant for some dinner and drinks!

Please join the bride and groom-to-be
at 5 o’clock, St. Joseph’s Church

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 2
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Meyers
request the pleasure of your
company at the Rehearsal Dinner in honor of
Richard and Connie
on Saturday, the eleventh of January
at six o’clock in the evening

Beacon Bar and Grill
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 3
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Ross
kindly request your company
at a Rehearsal Dinner
on the eve of the marriage of
Jill and Adam
on Friday, the fifth of June
at 6 o’clock in the evening

M Street Bar & Grill
2033 M Street NW
Washington, DC

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 4
Please join us for a
Rehearsal Dinner
in honor of
Celia and Ben
on June 13, 2019
at 5:30 p.m.

Roberts Restaurant at the Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Klein

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 5
REHEARSAL DINNER
Mr. and Mrs. James Whales request the pleasure of your company
for dining and celebration
honoring
Abigail Whales and
Branden Hall
Friday, April tenth
two thousand nineteen
at six o’clock

Cafe Renaissance
163 Glyndon Street, SE
Vienna, VA

Regrets only to Nicole
at 750.279.1693

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 6
Please join us to celebrate with Melissa & Erik
at their Rehearsal Dinner
Friday, March 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

L’Auberge Chez Francois
332 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA

Practice immediately following dinner
at Melissa’s home

R.S.V.P. to Kimberly at
568-269-7304

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 7
Love thrives in a garden
of patience and trust
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes
wish to spice up their home
by inviting the wedding party
to a Rehearsal Dinner
on May 2, 2019
at 3 o’clock in the afternoon

4435 29th St NW
Washington, DC

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 8
Before them lies the open road and a future filled with love and adventure
Please join
Rose and Paul
at their Rehearsal Dinner
on Saturday, the fifth of June
two thousand nineteen
at five o’clock in the evening

The Ashby Inn
Paris, VA

Hosted by:
Mr. David Smith & Ms. Tammy Feder

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 9
A Rehearsal Dinner…

In anticipation of
Beth & Brian’s big day,
we wouldn’t celebrate any other way than in the company of our family and friends!
Please join us
on Friday, May 5th
at 4:30 p.m.
for great food, wine and conversation
Marcel’s
2401 Pennsylvania Ave

Regrets only to Lori
687-279-3790

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 10
The pleasure of your company is requested at a rehearsal dinner as Paula & George
toast to the upcoming unity
of their families
Friday, August 19, 2019
5 o’clock in the evening

Rasika
633 D Street NW
Washington, DC

Rehearsal Dinner Invitation Wording 11
To honor the bride and groom-to-be, Chris and Lauren Bishop request your company at a Rehearsal Dinner
on the eve of the marriage of
Christiana and Colin
at 5:00 p.m.

Volt
228 North Market St
Frederick, MD

Formal Black Damask Wedding Invitation

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Black damask wedding invitations
Formal Black and White Invitation

Limited Samples ($45.00)

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Who needs an Engraved Invitation when there’s This!

Do you really need to say that this wedding invitation is requesting you to attend a formal event requiring a black tie? If pictures speak a 1,000 words, then surely this is 2,000 words. It’s a finely detailed 220 LB 100% cotton behemoth and it beckons your attendance to the formal event of the season. If you’re looking for that “Hollywood” invitation or one that would have been used by The Great Gatsby, here it is. It has a black paper backer designed with the damask pattern, which is to say that, in case you missed the front, the back if fantastic too! The labels on the these elegant scallop edge luxury mailing envelopes are letterpress printed, leaving enough room for your calligrapher to properly address it to your guests.

Accommodation Cards

The bride and groom thought it best to include a travel set with all the necessary accommodation and travel information cards for the out of town visitor so they could easily carry it with them on their journey. And although we live in the computer age, the wedding website is printed on a separate card, not on the invitation so that even “Miss Manners” would approve of its use.

This set is elegant simplicity. Bright white heavy weight cotton paper with black ink. All made in letterpress printing, although, we doubt anything printed was this nice 400 years ago, unless it was by hand. If you need a formal invitation, consider using this larger size piece and make it simple in black and white. Consider variations like black paper with a white foil stamp and silver paper with a black foil stamp. The point is that if you need formality, use black and white, it’s timeless. Change the size and rearrange it a bit and you can add modern sophistication. It looks great as a 6.75 X 6.75 square too.

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording For The Bride’s Parents’ Invitation

Thursday, May 17, 2012

sample invitation wording

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 1
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Diames
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Stephanie Lee
to
James Marrow

son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lauer

Saturday, the tenth of May
Two thousand seventeen
at six o’clock in the evening

Antrim 1844
Taneytown, Maryland

Reception to follow

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 2

With great joy we invite you
to witness the marriage of our daughter

Susan Anne
to
James Allen

Saturday, October 26, 2015
at 4:00 in the afternoon

Holy Trinity Church of Georgetown
3513 N Street NW
Washington, DC

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Halls

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 3

With joyful hearts, we invite you
to be present at the ceremony uniting

Josie Hampton
and
Bill Clark

Saturday, the twenty-fourth of January
Two thousand fifteen
at six o’clock in the evening

National City Christian Church
Washington, DC

Tom and Jill Hampton

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 4
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Linton
request the honor of your presence
in celebration of the holy sacrament
of marriage between their daughter

Sophia Linton
and
Mr. Michael Wells

Sunday, the twenty-fifth of May
Two thousand seventeen
at three o’clock in the afternoon

Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner
McLean, Virginia

Cocktails, dinner, and dancing
to follow

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 5

Love…bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Mr. and Mrs. David Sydneys
request the honor of the presence of
at the marriage of their daughter

Laura Anne
to
Mr. Thomas Nelson
Saturday, the fifteenth of April
Two thousand twelve
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Harbour View
Woodbridge, Virginia

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 6

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Valentine
invite you to share in the joy
and celebration of the Holy Sacrament
of Marriage between their daughter

Mary Valente
and
Mr. James Goldberg

Son on Mr. & Mrs. Robert Goldberg

on the first of December
two thousand sixteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Montgomery Country Club
Laytonsville, Maryland

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 7
As we shall become one
to share all the days of our lives…

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fenwick
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Polly Fenwick
to
Luke Bassett

on the tenth of May
Two thousand seventeen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Ceresville Mansion
8529 Liberty Road
Frederick, Maryland

Reception to follow

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 8

In this season of joy,
we celebrate God’s greatest gift

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sharp
request the honor of your presence
at the ceremony uniting their daughter

Amanda Sharp
and
Andrew Cox

The fifth of October
Two thousand seventeen
at five o’clock in the evening

West Belmont Place
Leesburg, Virginia

Dinner & dancing to follow

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 9

In the spirit of peace and joy this holiday season
Becky and James Rathje
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Maggie LeAnn
to
Andrew White

Sunday, the eighth of December
Two thousand eighteen
at five o’clock in the evening

The Westin Georgetown
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 10
A new life has its start,
we’ll share with each other
one love, one dream, one heart

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Foster
and Mr. Brenden Steck
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Brenda Steck
to
Brett Clark

Sunday, the third of March
Two thousand nineteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon

The Oaks Waterfront Inn
25876 Royal Oak Road
Royal Oak, Maryland

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 11
Life is not measured by
the number of breaths we take,
but by moments that take our breath away
Brock and Meagan Smith
ask you to join them
as their daughter

Morgan Elizabeth
gives her hand in marriage
to
William Steven Jones

Saturday, October 23, 2017
at 6:30 p.m.

Fauquier Springs Country Club
Warrenton, Virginia

Bride’s Parents Invitation Wording 12
We learn to experience love in
our families and our friends…
this unity of new love will not be complete
until you share with us this special day

We request the honor of your
presence at the marriage of our daughter

Audra Marie
to
Christopher Michael

Sunday, January 19, 2019
at 6:00 p.m.

West Belmont Place
18980 Upper Belmont Place
Leesburg, VA

Colin and Cynthia Henrichs

Save-The-Date Sample Wording For A Destination Wedding

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 1
We’re taking a gamble
of a lifetime!
Please reserve the date
7.7.2017
as we are going to tie the knot in
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Invitation to follow

Kyle Gilmore & Kristen Buster

Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 2
A romantic affair…
something special is in the air!
Kindly save the date for
a tropical marriage celebration uniting
Camille Sans
and
Liam Bodes
on March 2, 2016
Great Exuma, Bahamas

Invitation and travel arrangements to follow

Brittany and Martin Sans

Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 3
Save the Date!
Lindsay Selker and Mark Laird
are getting married
on Saturday, December 5, 2019
in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Invitation to follow

Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 4
Ocean waves will do the clapping,
as our vows we will say
The sky will be our canopy,
on this our wedding day

Kindly save the date for
a tropical marriage celebration uniting
Melissa Jones
and
Matthew Leiser
on Sunday, January 28, 2019
Castries, St.Lucia

Formal invitation to follow

Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 5
Save the Date
It’s time to wine and dine
Maureen Fenwick and Michael Hoos
are getting married!

April 9, 2019

Invitation to follow

Save-the-Date Destination Wedding Wording 6
Save the Date

Love on the slopes!

Meagan Hedlund & Richard Guritz
November 20, 2019

Invitation to follow

Beach Destination Wedding Invitation

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tropical luxury wedding invitations

Limited Samples ($45.00)

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  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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Luxury Invitation Occasion

Picture this! You just arrive home and you’re sifting through your mail and you immediately spot a formal size envelope with the rich texture of letterpress. The weight of it surely raises your excitement as you know this is too nice to be an advertisement. This is paper art at its finest. You carefully open the seal. The sound of the cotton paper being coaxed out of the darkness and into the light transports you to a magical place. You pull out this hefty invitation and read that your friends are getting married at a luxury beach resort and they want you to come. You know you will RSVP with a yes, but who is going to be at your side? Who deserves to attend this once in a lifetime all out festive beach front celebration?!

Invitation Details

Invitation: 6 X 9 Formal Size, 220 LB cotton letterpress printed in three inks, mounted on Japanese Cane Paper, mounted on 80lb sunshine paper, tied with a Hemp String and sea shell one color letterpress printed with a circle of Japanese Cane paper. There’s a lot going on with this beach invitation and it can be tailored down to fit your event or budget. Everything pictured here with each piece and depending on the amount ordered ranges from $28.00 to $50.00 per set.
Mailer Envelope: A specialty luxury mailer in 2 color letterpress
RSVP Card: 4.25 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 220 LB Cotton Creme paper, three color letterpress printed, sunshine, copper and coral inks
RSVP Envelope: Fits a 4.25 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 80 LB Paper, 2 color letterpress printed in coral and sunshine inks
RSVP Envelope Liner: Fits a 4.25 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 60 LB Paper in sunshine

Pink Foil Southern Weddings Invitation

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Magnolia luxury wedding invitations
Magnolia Flowers Invitation in Pink Foil

Limited Samples ($45.00)

  • Spark Customization Incl.
  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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A Southern Weddings Invitation

Very few things express the fine luxury of Southern Weddings more than a Magnolia Blossom wedding invitation printed with a delicate pink foil on thick cotton paper. The elegance of using letterpress with a calligraphy font highlights all the exquisite attributes of a southern wedding. When it comes to weddings, it’s all in the details. It’s about sending a message of effortless grace.

Invitation Details

Invitation: 6 X 9 Formal Size, 2 Ply Museum Board, 80 LB Pink Pearlescent one color letterpress printed backer, Pink Foil Stamp, Gray letterpress Ink
Inner Envelope: Fits a Formal Size invitation, Cotton Paper (Left Blank for Calligrapher)
Inner Envelope Liner: 80 LB Pink Pearlescent paper, letterpress printed design with a peach/blush color
Outer Envelope: Used to hold the Formal Size Inner Envelope, Cotton Paper, Pink Foil Magnolia Design, letterpress printed one color Gray letterpress Ink
Reception Card: 4 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 2 Ply Museum Board, Pink Foil Stamp and one color Gray letterpress Ink
RSVP Card: 3.5 X 5 (4 Bar) Size, 80 LB Pink Pearlescent paper, letterpress printed with a one color Gray letterpress Ink
RSVP Envelope: Fits a 3.5 X 5 (4 Bar) Size, Cotton Paper, letterpress printed with a one color Gray letterpress Ink

This is the finest in luxury wedding invitations and perfect for a southern wedding. If you need to announce your wedding and the utmost in style and grace, this is the set for you. Any part of it can be customized and if you have any questions about personalization, pricing or timeline for delivery, contact us. Perfect as an Atlanta, Georgia wedding invitation, but it would also be appropriate for places as far south as Houston, Texas and as west as Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fun Spring Letterpress Invitation

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Leaves wedding invitations
Spring Casual Letterpress Invitation

Limited Samples Available ($20.00)

  • Spark Customization incl.
  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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Invitation Occasion

A fun spring letterpress invitation suite that’s sure to let your guest know that a special event is upcoming. This elegant invitation design can be used as a wedding invitation, a Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitation, a birthday celebration or even a birth announcement. Really anything having to do with the anticipation of arrival whether it’s announcing marriage with your true love, a celebration of coming of age ceremony, a new arrival in the family or just enjoying life for another year on the planet and wanting to let your friends and family how much they mean to you. It all can be accomplished in letterpress style with this vibrant invitation set.

Letterpress Invitation Details

Invitation: 5 X 7 Standard Landscape, 110 LB cotton paper, 2 color letterpress printing with lemon and fresh green inks
Invitation Envelope: Standard size, 80 LB cotton paper, 1 color letterpress printing with green ink
Reception Card: 4.25 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 80 LB lemon paper, 1 color letterpress printing with green ink
RSVP Card: 4.25 X 5.5 (A2) Size, 110 LB cotton paper, 2 color letterpress printing with lemon and green inks
RSVP Envelope: Fits a (A2) Size, Cotton Paper, letterpress printed with a one color green ink

Invitation Personalization

You can turn this design into a more formal invitation simply by changing the size of the paper to a 6 X 9 size and using a thicker cotton stock. If you change the inks to silver and black you are saying that although this is a springtime event, it’s time for a formal affair. Contact us if you’d like to see this in a different arrangement with alternate colors simply by starting your order.

Kind Words:

“I can’t say enough great things about Digby & Rose. My fiance and I used them for our wedding invitations. Digby & Rose allowed full customization of our invitations and even created a custom graphic for us, which turned out even more beautifully than we imagined! When we received everything in the mail, we were delighted by the quality of the paper and letterpress detail. Heather (Rose) was fantastic to work with; she was always responsive, helpful with suggestions, and kept us posted on what she was working on every step of the way. We just sent out our invitations a few days ago, but we’re already getting a lot of compliments on them. I highly recommend Digby & Rose!” -Jane

Modern White Foil Wedding Invitations

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Miami wedding invitations
Modern Letterpress and Foil Invitation

Limited Samples ($45.00)

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
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Modern Invitation

It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding…well, I couldn’t help myself. Wedding invitations this nice deserve a song. I hope Billy Idol will forgive me. You can really turn any invitation into a modern invite just by changing the size of the paper. This one is a 4 X 9 usually reserved for business letter size, but who says you can’t be different.

Invitation Description

Business size invitation letterpress printed on 220 lb paper with a light gray paper affixed to the face. The names and the date, time and location are printed in modern white foil with the middle line in a clear letterpress. Let’s not forget the hand painted edge in pink.

The inserts are a combination of 220 lb paper with clear ink letterpress printed on both sides with matching pink belly band, envelope liner and event calendar.

Luxury Destination Wedding Invitation

This Spark luxury destination wedding invitation is made to invite people to places like Miami, Milan, New York and Dubai. Size does matter when it comes to invitations. I don’t know if this could have looked half as cool had it been in the normal 6 X 9 formal wedding invitation size. It’s all about what you want to say about your day. Do you want a modern invitation? Do you want the flair of foil stamp? Do you need the painted edge? It all depends of the tone of the event and what are you trying to say about your wedding day. This gets the message out that an RSVP is required or you’ll miss out on the event of a lifetime. Contact us for any pricing or customization questions.

Sample Wedding Invitation Wording From The Bride & Groom

Saturday, May 12, 2012

sample invitation wording

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 1

Together with their parents

Julie Lee Summers
and
Nate Scott Demermott

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Friday, the twelfth of November
Two thousand fifteen
at five o’clock in the evening

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 2

Because you have shared in our lives
by your friendship and love, we

Kara Elizabeth Bain
and
Michael Francis Smithe

invite you to share the beginning
of our new life together
when we exchange marriage vows

Saturday, June 8, 2012
at half after six o’clock

YU Contemporary
800 Southeast 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 3

You work, you play and then, one day…
love just happens!

Rebecca Thomson
and
Calvin Stevens

invite you to be a witness
to one of life’s loveliest surprises
as they are joined together in matrimony

Saturday, the fifth of July
Two thousand fourteen
at five o’clock in the evening

The Marine View Banquet Center
Everett, Washington

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 4

Something borrowed and something blue
some things are old, some things are new
Someone to care and share your life
the dream of every husband and wife

Please join us

Marisa Johnson and Ben Ross

as we unite in marriage

Saturday, the ninth of October
Two thousand seventeen
at seven o’clock

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 5

The future seems so bright and clear
when I picture it with you near

Kimberly Morris and Jake Halls

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Sunday, the twelfth of January
Two thousand fifteen
at half after four o’clock

The Grand del Mar
San Diego, California

Reception to follow

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 6

Mary Stolz
and
Martin Hende

have chosen the first day
of their new life together

Saturday, the eighteenth of April
Two thousand fourteen

You are invited to share in their joy
as they exchange marriage vows
at six o’clock in the evening

Four Seasons Hotel
Miami, Florida

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 7

From the first ‘tee’
we knew we ‘wood’ spend
the ‘course’ of our lives together

Michelle Parra and James Maneval

‘wood’ love ‘fore’ you to join us
at our wedding

August 12, 2014
at 6:00 pm

The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, California

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 8

Friends forever we will be
whether walking on the beach
or sailing on the sea…

Please be our guest as we,

Pam Hanson and Greg Dodsworth

join together
on February 28, 2019
at 7:00 pm

Ocean Edge
2907 Main Street
Brewster, Massachusetts

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 9

Just like a page out of a fairy tale
the storybook romance comes true…

Kate Jones
and
Damir Ara

request the honor of your presence
at their marriage

Sunday, the twenty-fourth of October
Two thousand seventeen
at four o’clock in the afternoon

Bacara Resort & Spa
Santa Barbara, California

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 10

He asked, and she said yes…
or was it the other way around?
However it happened

Lori Hammer
and
John Maneval

are getting married
and ask you to join them

on Friday, the tenth of April
Two thousand fifteen
at six o’clock in the evening

St. John’s Church
Washington, DC

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 11

True love lassoed our hearts
and the trail has led us here…

Lindsey Ugaste
and
Tony Jones

invite you to join us
as we get hitched

on March 21, 2015
at 3:30 pm

Beach Club at the Grand Coral
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Bride & Groom Invitation Wording 12

Kids at heart we’ll always be,
as we go through life
you’ll always be my best friend,
when we’re husband and wife

Alexandra Gayle LoPiano
and
Stephen Scott Nelson

invite you to join the celebration
as we are married

on Saturday, the sixteenth of May
two thousand fifteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Wisteria Wedding Gardens
Port Orchard, Washington

Sample Wording For Anniversary Invitations

Thursday, May 10, 2012

happy anniversary

Wedding anniversaries can be one of the best times a couple can have since they got married. Sending out anniversary invitations shouldn’t be stressful, so we have outlined ideas for sample wording for your invites to help make your job a little easier.

Silver Anniversary Wording Verse 1
The honor of your presence is requested as we,
Kerri and Joseph Black celebrate our
50th Wedding Anniversary
and renew our vows on Sunday,
the fifteenth of May two thousand twenty
at four o’clock in the evening

Arctic Club Hotel
Dome Room
Seattle, WA

Anniversary Wording Verse 2
It is truly a test of love when
25 years come and go,
and two people wake each morning as though it were the first
Please be our guest for a
Buffet Style Dinner to celebrate our
25th Wedding Anniversary on
Friday, June 21st 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Willard Intercontinental
Washington, DC

Siri and Sean Prasek

Anniversary Wording Verse 3
Brian and Patricia Jones
request your presence at a ceremony
as we reaffirm the wedding vows
we first took 45 years ago
Sunday,October 12, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Everet Yacht Club
404-14th St
Everett, WA

Anniversary Wording Verse 4
Two flames still aglow after 25 years
Cindy and Matthew Yates will celebrate
the anniversary of their years together on
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Bear Creek Country Club
Woodinville, WA

Your presence is our gift!

Anniversary Wording Verse 5
A lifetime of loving, caring, and sharing…
Please join us, our children and grandchildren
as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary on
Sunday, December 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

The Terrace at 101 Constitution
101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

Your presence will be your gift to us!

Jami and Edward Stolz

Anniversary Wording Verse 6
Marriage is like a garden…
with love and tender attention
it will flourish with abundant beauty
To celebrate our 45 years of marriage
and the love that has continued to blossom,
we invite you to join us for Cocktails,
Dinner and Dancing on
Friday, March 18th at 5 p.m.

Indebleu
707 G St NW
Washington, DC

Erin and Tony Stratton

Anniversary Wording Verse 7
Kimberly & Jason Erving
The same words, the same hearts,
but wiser, somehow
the same vows, the same faith but deeper,
now, as we turn to each other again.
We are sure Love doesn’t wait, it gets better!
We would like you to share
in the renewal of our vows on
Sunday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 noon

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, NW
Washington, DC

Brunch immediately following ceremony

Anniversary Wording Verse 8
In honor of the 25th Wedding Anniversary of
Joe and Brittony Hampson
their children and grandchildren
request the pleasure of your company
at a Cocktail Party on
January the seventeenth two thousand fourteen
at six o’clock in the evening

Rachel Hampson’s Home
1004 48th Street
Washington, DC

Anniversary Wording Verse 9
Rebecca and Dave Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at a Barbeque on the Beach in celebration
of their 10th Wedding Anniversary on
Sunday, May 27th, 2012 at 12:00 noon

Bethany Beach-Fenwick
Route 1
Fenwick Island, DE

Anniversary Wording Verse 10
Please join our family on this joyous occasion when our parents
Christine and Michael Snapp
celebrate 25 years of marriage
at a dinner in their honor on
June twenty-fourth two thousand thirteen
at 5:30 pm

La Tasca
722 7th St NW
Washington, DC

Elizabeth and Becky Snapp

Anniversary Wording Verse 11
The children of Martha and Richard Tomilson
request the pleasure of your company
at a Cocktail Party in honor of
the 10th Wedding Anniversary
of their parents on
December 15th, 2017 at 6 o’clock

Parks House
3400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC

Anniversary Wording Verse 12
Together they have found a friendship,
raised a family, and built a beautiful marriage
You are most warmly invited by the children of
Nichelle and John Schultz to participate
in the joyous celebration of their parents’
50th Wedding Anniversary
A dinner will be held on
Sunday, the eight of July two thousand twelve
at six o’clock in the evening

701 Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC

Anniversary Wording Verse 13
Together they have found a friendship,
raised a family, and built a beautiful marriage
You are most warmly invited by the children of
Susan and Joe Croasdell
to share in the celebration of their
35th Wedding Anniversary
and renewal of their vows
at a backyard barbecue on
Saturday, August 9th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

The Croasdell Residence
1418 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC

Anniversary Wording Verse 14
It is truly a test of love
when 40 years come and go,
and two people wake each morning as though it were the first…
Please be our guest to celebrate
our 40th Anniversary on
April 23, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

1789 Restaurant
1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC

Tony and Sarah Simmons

Anniversary Wording Verse 15
Because you have played such an important
part in their lives, please join us for a
50th Wedding Anniversary in honor
of our parents Julie and Tom Miller on
July 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Adour at St. Regis
923 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Katy and Tim

Anniversary Wording Verse 16
Because you have played
a special part in our lives,
we invite you to celebrate with us 40 years
of sharing, caring and loving each other
Please join us for a Dinner Cruise on
June 8, 2015 Cruise departs at 4:30 p.m.

Gangplank Marina
Port 6
600 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Jessica and James Penny

Anniversary Verse 17
Marriage is like a garden…
with love and tender attention it will flourish with abundant beauty
To celebrate our 25th year of marriage
and the love that has continued to blossom
we invite you to join us for a cocktail reception on
March 26, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca
1100 New York Ave
Washington, DC

Wayne and Marty Hanson

Anniversary Wording Verse 18
A lifetime of loving, caring, and sharing…
Please join us, our children
and grandchildren at a luncheon to
celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary on
June 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Bistro Bistro
1727 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC

Karen and Scott Weber

Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cherry blossom wedding invitations

Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitations

  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 25

Sample $12

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Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation

When the Metro wobbles like a drunk hippo nearing the Smithsonian station, you know it’s April in Washington, DC. Instead of driving you to pay for underground parking, the onslaught of tourists is simply a pleasant reminder of the epic Cherry Blossom blooms opening around the Tidal Basin. Like the Jefferson Memorial and congressional interns, they’re quintessentially DC. Which is precisely why this elegant letterpress Washington DC Wedding Invitation and Save the Date, imprinted with our original spring Cherry Blossom design is your celebration’s perfect running mate.

Whether your invitation and save the date’s blooms echo those along Independence Avenue or the luminous white of Japanese screens is entirely up to you! Plush cotton paper and Letterpress Light’s unique printing process produces a rich, deep impression, enhancing both the suite’s delicate cherry blossom design and luxurious feel. Once in hand, your friends and family will be primed to help you celebrate in capital style!

10 Tips For Having an Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Eco-Friendly Green Wedding

With over two million weddings each year in the United States that produce over sixty tons of carbon dioxide and several hundred pounds of garbage, it is no surprise that many engaged couples are making more eco-friendly choices when planning their wedding. From the choosing the invitations and wedding dress to picking the best flowers and lighting, even the smallest decisions can make a huge difference to the environment that cost less and are equally beautiful. These tips will give you eco-friendly wedding ideas that you can use when planning your dream wedding.

1. Choose an Eco-Friendly Reception Location

There are several things that can be done to make sure the wedding and reception location is eco-friendly. Outdoor weddings are not only beautiful but better for the environment as well because lighting, heating and cooling are provided by the sun and climate. If an indoor venue is preferable, select a location that is LEED certified, or built with health and environmental concerns in mind, and promotes sustainability. To reduce emissions and fossil fuels from transportation needs, consider having the wedding and reception in the same location. If two locations are unavoidable, provide group transportation such as a bus or limo.

2. Choose Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings

The wedding rings symbolize a couple’s love and commitment to each other, but they can also symbolize a commitment to a healthy environment. Jewelers that use recycled metals and antique stores that sell wedding rings lower the need for freshly mined gold. Better yet, a family member’s jewelry that has been passed down from one generation to the next is not only eco-friendly but has sentimental value.

3. Eco-Friendly Photos

Wedding photos should last a lifetime, but there is no need to waste paper or use strong chemicals. More and more wedding photographers are using digital photography which is paperless and chemical free. Many will even display proofs online to save paper and ink. Also, leave out the disposable cameras at the reception. Most guests bring their own cameras anyway, which saves waste. More tips for choosing a wedding photographer can be found here.

4. Find an Eco-Friendly Invitation Company

Some invitations use lots of paper, so if that is the case, make sure they are printed on recycled paper or order from an eco-friendly invitation company that sells a one piece RSVP card in a postcard style. Encouraging guests to recycle their invitations is another way to save paper. This can be done by using paper that has embedded seeds that when planted and watered a small wild flower garden will appear. In this age of computers, many couples are opting to use wedding websites for their information cards, but for this once in a lifetime event, it seems that people need to hold an invitation in their hands.

5. Dining Choices

The dining choices couples make for their wedding can have a huge impact on the environment. Choosing caterers who use seasonal, organic and local ingredients lessen the environmental impact and support the local economy. Buying locally saves the fuel consumption needed to transport food and saves the energy needed to keep the food fresh. Serving local beverages is also a plus. Additionally, replacing disposable dishes and utensils for china and silverware not only reduces waste, but adds elegance.

6. Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a considerate gesture for the guests, and choosing useful and reusable items is kind to the environment also. Homemade edible favors, potted plants and tree saplings are all thoughtful gifts that won’t end up in the trash, and guests can enjoy in their homes. Another idea for eco-friendly wedding favors is to make a donation to a charity in the guests’ names.

7. Your Wedding Dress

For the bride-to-be, the wedding dress is one of the most important purchases for the upcoming nuptials. New wedding gowns are used only once. Brides have many other eco-friendly options that will avoid using up new raw materials. Searching vintage and consignment shops may lead to a unique designer gown that otherwise may not have been affordable. Wearing a family member’s gown, a mother or grandmother for example, would add a personal touch.

8. Choose Local and Organic Flowers

Local, organic and in-season flowers are the most eco-friendly because they don’t have to be shipped from long distances and aren’t treated with chemicals. Flowers are often shipped from other countries which not only require transportation, but they are often treated with pesticides. Additionally, they can be reused for both the wedding and reception and can be donated or given away afterward to get the most use out of them.

9. Conserve Energy With Eco-Friendly Lighting

Lighting should be a consideration when planning an eco-friendly wedding. Especially in large reception halls, a huge amount of electricity is required to fuel lighting. LED lighting reduces energy use dramatically while retaining the full brightness required for the space. Also, candles are a great way to illuminate a room without using any electricity at all. Soy candles are especially good for the environment because they are made from all-natural ingredients.

10. Eco-Friendly Confetti

The custom of tossing confetti over the bride and groom is a delightful gesture, but the remains are harmful to the environment. Eco-friendly confetti won’t harm wildlife and dissolves with rain. Alternatives that are just as environmentally safe are bubbles, rose petals, and bird seed.

In conclusion, a completely eco-friendly wedding is possible with the proper planning.

Hydrangea Flower Wedding Invitation

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hydrangea letterpress invitations

Hydrangea Wedding invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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The Victorians weren’t just about interminable corsets and dirigibles. They also had a preoccupation with weddings. If not for your wedding reception, why else would they have invented cameras, stamps, bicycles, and the language of flowers? We have ladies and gents of the late 1800s to thank for equating hydrangea in a wedding bouquet to a love that lasts forever. Very auspicious, especially on your two color letterpress wedding invitation.

Printed on cotton paper in your choice of colors, Queen Victoria would find this classic Hydrangea letterpress stationery suite suitably luxurious and unique. Your guests, however, will just know they are in for a very gracious summer wedding fete.

Spanish Gate Custom Wedding Invitations in Letterpress

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spanish gate invitation letterpress

Spanish Gate letterpress invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

Sample $15

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Wedding Invitations in Letterpress

Originally designed for Letterpress Light and based on the ornate classic gates of Spain, this piece is a two color letterpress printed wedding invitation that started as a custom design invitation suite. It’s the perfect wedding invitation for venues with that classic Spanish architectural style and those who prefer letterpress to Letterpress Light.

The colors can be modified to match your theme and as always any typography changes are including in the the set fee which includes the wedding invitation, the rsvp card and both envelopes.

How to Pick the Perfect Jewelry for your Wedding

Friday, April 13, 2012

wedding jewelry necklace

On average, a bride will spend 3 months picking out her wedding gown. So much time and detail goes into finding that perfect dress that you may forget to save little thought for your other accessories. However, while your wedding gown is often the first thing your guests will notice, your jewelry can make or break the overall look. Don’t stress, as any bride knows, finding the gown is the hard part. Follow our simple rules, and you are sure to have no trouble selecting the essential wedding accessories for your wedding day.

Selecting the Right Necklace

When selecting the perfect necklace to match your wedding dress, it is best to begin by considering your neckline. Whether your dress has a V-neck, a round neck, or is strapless, will all influence the type of necklace that will look best with your dress. A strapless gown often flatters all type of bodies by showing off your neck and your shoulders. Accent this effect by choosing a necklace that hits you at your collarbone. If your strapless gown is simple and understated do not be afraid to choose a bold, bulky necklace that will catch the eye and draw attention upward. If your wedding dress has a V-neck, or deep V-neck, neckline then a long pendant style necklace often looks best with style of gown. A simple, long chain with a medium-sized pendant or accessory at the end is sure to make a wonderful statement. For highly stylized dresses, such as one shoulder or halter-neck gowns elect for a simple, choker-style necklace and focus more attention on your earrings or bracelet.

Selecting the Right Earrings

Aim to balance your earrings with your necklace. Most often simple diamond earrings look stunning on any bride. Both diamond studs and dangling, just-off-ear diamonds are the two most popular styles worn by brides. If your necklace is simple and you are looking for earrings that pop, consider long, drop earrings that just stop above your shoulder. If you are opting for bold statement earrings be sure they are comfortable and not too heavy on your ears as you will be wearing them for many hours throughout the day. If you have several piercings in your ears, tradition suggests that you only wear earrings in one set of holes; however if you are going for a more funky, individual look do not be afraid to stick with what makes you most comfortable.

Selecting the Right Bracelet

To start off your bracelet search begin by measuring your wrist to find the bracelet that will fit you just right. As you will be shaking a lot of hands, and working your way around the dance floor most of the evening, you will want to find a bracelet that is not too loose or heavy on your hand. Take a piece of string and pull it snug around your wrist, then mark the point where the two ends of the string meet. Then lay the string down against a ruler and note the length. Add an extra inch to the length measured and this is the length of bracelet you are looking for. Thin chain bracelets and strands of pearls are the two most popular styles that brides opt for and match almost any style of necklace or earrings.

Some Rules to Abide by

  • Don’t be afraid of a little color. Many brides are hesitant at introducing any colors other than white and cream into their wedding day ensemble. Ancient tradition has taught us that it is best to stick to a mute pallet on our wedding day, but modern tradition has brides donning bright pops of color along with their white. If you really want to make a statement do not be afraid to wear brightly colored accessories. Earrings in your favorite color, or a bracelet with a flash of bright red, the color of luck, can give any bride that added look of elegance she is looking for.
  • Don’t overdo it. As famous designer Coco Channel once said, “A woman should always remove one piece of jewelry before she leaves the house.” It is easy to wear too much jewelry. Overdoing the jewelry will distract from the dress and leaving looking more gaudy than goddess-like. Select one statement piece. Whether it is your headpiece, your necklace, or a vibrant ring, play up impact of this piece by keeping other accessories simple.
  • If your jewelry is not new, have it cleaned. While your favorite diamond necklace may look great when you wear it to cocktail parties, under the consistent glare of the camera flash and against a white dress, sterling silver and diamond accessories can quickly show their age. If your jewelry was not purchased new for your wedding, take it to a local jewelry cleaner to have tarnishes, smudges and dirt removed. Most all jewelry stores offer jewelry cleaning for as little as $15 and will clean your jewelry for you in as little as an hour.
  • Get your jewelry custom made. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect accessories to match your gown, then consider having your jewelry custom made. If you do your research you can find custom jewelers at highly affordable prices. This may be a nice option if you have family heirlooms or inherited jewelry you would like to wear on your wedding day. Custom jewelers can build upon existing pieces of jewelry of incorporate a variety of different trinkets into your final piece.

Luxury Wedding Hotels in Washington, D.C. For Your Special Day

Friday, April 6, 2012

Whether you have been planning your wedding in your head for years, or didn’t even give it a thought until you said yes, when it actually comes time to plan the big day it can be hard to know where to begin. Well don’t worry, we are here to help make finding a venue a little bit easier. In this part of a three part series, we will show you some of the most luxurious hotels in Washington, D.C., which will make a great venue for any wedding. Whether your wedding is large or small a hotel is a great choice to host your ceremony or reception. With a full staff on hand, spacious banquet halls and years of experience hosting weddings, a hotel can provide you with the flexibility and reliability you need to make sure your wedding day is perfect. If you’re considering getting married in the Washington, D.C. area here are some of our favorite luxury wedding hotels you should consider.

Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Manaco DCLocated right in the heart of Chinatown and Penn Quarter, this stunning boutique hotel has the feel of a quaint French hotel with a modern twist. Every room, from the reception area to the restaurant Poste Moderne Brasserie, is popping with bright, bold color. Located right downtown next to the historic Tarrif Building, and numerous monuments and museums, the exterior of the hotel, as well as the interior, provide a stunning back drop for wedding photos. Guests from out of town will feel right at home staying at the Hotel Monaco. The hotel hosts a complimentary wine tasting every day, and even provides guests who love animals with a guppy in their room for the entirety of their stay. Write to family and friends who couldn’t attend on the specially-designed letterpress stationery left in each room.

The Washington Hilton

Hilton DCIf you plan on having a larger wedding, you may want to consider the beautiful Hilton Washington. The Washington Hilton can accommodate up to 4,000 guests in their largest ballroom and has a romantic garden oasis on the roof of the hotel, which has comfy couches and fire pits to keep guests warm while they enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city. The hotel, which was originally built in 1965, has a timeless feel; but a recent head-to-toe renovation costing $150 million ensures the iconic building still has all the modern luxuries you would expect to find in a brand new hotel.

The Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental DCThis brand new luxury hotel is a five-star hotel and spa that can only be described as elegant. Recently, Institutional Investor Magazine ranked the hotel as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World. The hotel has an understated, classic beauty with lots of creams and deep brown colors throughout the hotel and the ballrooms. The main ballroom can seat up to 625 people and the hotel sits amongst beautiful gardens filled with charming Cherry Blossom Trees. The rooms provide beautiful views of the Potomac River and the city sky line.

The Omni Shoreham

Omni Hotel DCThis large hotel offers one of the widest selections of ballrooms in the city of Washington D.C. With seven uniquely-themed ballrooms you are sure to find one with the ambiance you are looking for. The ballrooms hold between 200 to 1,500 guests. The hotel itself is a historic landmark and has hosted a number of U.S. Presidents and foreign Royalty. The hotel has won numerous awards for hospitality and interior design, and is a AAA four-diamond hotel. For grooms who are looking to pick up a last minute gift for their brides, there is a jewelry and diamond store right in the hotel lobby.

The Willard InterContinental

Willard DCIf you are looking to feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, this hotel neighboring the White House on the infamous Pennsylvania Avenue is the spot for you. Constructed in 1853 the hotel has 19,891 square feet of banquet facilities and boasts rooms that cost up to $4,000 a night. The interior decoration is reminiscent of an earlier era, with large crystal chandeliers, mosaic tile floors and stunning marble accents present in almost every room. The history behind the hotel is vast, and can be felt in every hallway. President Lincoln and his family actually lived in the hotel for a month before they moved into the White House, and Martin Luther King finished writing his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in one of the hotel’s rooms.

The Park Hyatt Washington

Park Hyatt DCThis hotel has a modern feel, and has only been open for six years since its $24 million renovation. The Park Hyatt Washington has a quaint feel, housed on the eastern end of Georgetown. To make sure you won’t soon forget your time at the Park Hyatt Washington, the hotel has its own signature fragrance that they offer to guests. If you would like an out of the ordinary venue, consider getting married in the hotel’s Tea Cellar, a vast room filled with teas from all over the world. The Deluxe guest rooms are the largest hotel rooms in the city and each room comes with antique hardcover books and an assortment of vintage boardgames. The famous restaurant located in the hotel, The Blue Duck Tavern, has private tasting rooms where guests can sample some of the finest wines and liquors.

If you are looking for that extra touch of luxury consider one of these world-class hotels as the perfect venue for your upcoming nuptials. These hotels are built to create unsurpassed, long-lasting memories and will make sure that both you and your guests enjoy one of the most luxurious days of your lives.

Luxury Wedding Bands and Entertainment Ideas

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

luxury wedding entertainmentIf you are looking to add a truly luxurious touch to your wedding consider the type of entertainment you have at your reception. In recent years, going above and beyond the traditional wedding band has become a popular custom. Couples are now offering their guests unique entertainment by including dancers, magicians and eight-piece bands as part of the post-wedding fun. Below are a few popular luxury wedding bands and entertainment that have wowed wedding guests and will make your wedding a truly magical event.

Photographers and Artists

Make your wedding memorable for your guests by giving them party favors they will want to hang onto for years to come. Hire a professional photographer to set up a fun and wacky photo booth for the guests. Have plenty of costumes and fun accessories on hand, such as feather boas, cowboy hats and bow ties. Invite guests to get creative and a little goofy while they pose for pictures from your photographer. Guests can then pick up a set of the photos to take home with them at the end of the night, and you can hold onto to some of the snapshots yourself. Create a scrapbook, or collage with guests’ pictures as a fun keepsake to display around your home. For a truly special touch, take guests’ photos and attach them to your luxury thank you cards you send out after the event. If your guests are a little camera shy consider hiring a sketch artist to create fun party favors. Have a sketch artist draw cartoon caricatures of your guests and their friends.

Dancing Troupes

Whether you are hoping to simply inspire guests to hit the dance floor, or are looking to surprise guests with an exciting performance, dance troupes are becoming a popular staple at many luxury weddings. The type of dancers you can find for your wedding ranges from professional ballroom dancers to exotic belly dancers. Oftentimes, guests may be hesitant to take that first step out onto the dance floor. If you want to make sure your guests are burning up the dance floor by the end of the night, consider hiring professional ballroom dancers. The dancers will take the lead and invite guests out on the dance floor to learn popular dances, such as the waltz, tango and foxtrot. These dancers’ goal is to get guests feeling comfortable out on the dance floor and to encourage guests to have a good time. If you are looking to feature a performance that guests can enjoy from the sidelines consider hiring a more unique dancing troupe. Many couples have chosen to hire everyone from ballerinas to bottle dancers to provide guests with unique entertainment they won’t see anywhere else.

Food and Drink Experts

How often have you gone to a luxury wedding and felt overwhelmed by the wine selection or number of fancy hors d’oeuvres on display? Provide your guests with a unique learning experience by inviting food and drink experts to your reception. You can find experts in wine, cheese, liquor or any number of delicacies, who can teach your guests about proper food and drink pairings, or how to spot a good Cabernet Sauvignon. These experts will educate guests on the food and drink they are sampling, as well as answer guests’ questions. These experts are a fun way to encourage guests to mingle with one another and try appetizers or drinks they normally may not have tasted.

Magicians or Fortunetellers

Create an air or mystery and magic at your wedding reception by inviting a magician or fortuneteller to entertain guests. Magicians are popping up at more and more weddings, and are a fun way to keep guests entertained during a cocktail hour or while you and your partner slip away to take photos with the rest of the wedding party. Magicians can put on a brief performance for guests, or they can walk around the reception hall providing one-on-one entertainment. If you are looking for an even more unique way to mystify guests then hire a fortuneteller to read guests’ fortunes. Many fortunetellers will don costumes and appear in character to further delight curious wedding attendees.

Non-traditional Bands

Embrace your family’s culture or simply spice up your wedding’s soundtrack by hiring a non-traditional wedding band. Forget the standard DJ, or cover band, think about hiring a sting quartet or a Hindi band. After attending so many weddings with the traditional wedding bands, who play 80′s covers or pop music, it is easy to forget that there are a number of different musical groups you can have perform at your ceremony. If your family is Irish, it may be fun to celebrate their heritage by hiring an Irish folk band, or you can have the bagpipes at your wedding to celebrate Scottish roots. When planning your wedding leave yourself plenty of time to audition a variety of different musicians and bands to see who fits your taste better. Couples have even began choreographing a special number of their first dance. If you and your partner want to make a grand entrance after saying ‘I do’, find a band who will work with you to create a special introduction and first dance performance.

These days, weddings are more often becoming entertainment events than your simple wedding. Keep guests entertained and on-the-edge-of-their-seats all night by thinking beyond the standard wedding band and incorporating a number of different wedding bands and entertainment acts. With so many entertainers on the market, it is easy to find affordable performers who can create the special atmosphere you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to surprise guests and set your ceremony apart from other weddings.

Fun and Creative Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding

Monday, April 2, 2012

wedding guest bookWith so much to do on your wedding day, and so many guests to see, many couples often find they don’t have enough time to greet and talk to all their guests. Guest books can help you keep track of all the family and friends who helped you celebrate your big day, as well become a wonderful keepsake where well-wishers can share messages of love and luck with you and your fiance. If you are looking for something a little more creative than the traditional guest book you find at weddings, keep reading. Here we will share some of the most creative, and beautiful wedding guest book ideas we have come across.

Envelope-Filled Guest Book

Instead of simply asking guests to scrawl a message in a book for all to see, encourage more personal, intimate messages by inviting guests to write upon pieces of paper and place them inside individual envelopes glued into a book. Scrapbooks work great for this type of guest book since they have larger pages and provide room for more envelopes. For an extra touch of uniqueness, purchase patterned paper from a craft store. If you look in the scrap booking aisle at most craft stores you will find hundreds of different colors and types of paper, this can brighten up your guest book and encourage guests to have a little fun with the messages they leave. Encourage guests to write their names and addresses on their envelope, so when it comes time to send out your thank you notes you have everyone’s contact information in one place.

Luxury Stationery Cards

If you are looking to incorporate elegance and sophistication into your wedding ceremony, luxury stationery cards are a great option. These cards can be printed on a variety of different types of paper, and can display unique designs created by letterpress printing or embossing. You can either provide several different styles of card, and allow guests to choose their own; or you can also provide one, beautifully designed stationery card if you would like a uniform look.

Polaroid Guest Book

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so fill your guest book up with fun polaroids to capture exactly what each guest looked like, wore and had to say on the day you were married. If you would like guests to have a little fun, consider setting out props for the pictures, such as hats, boas, silly glasses or other costume pieces. Leave out different colored markers so guests can pen their own well wishes on the bottom or back of each Polaroid. Once the day is over tape all the Poloraids into a keepsake book.

Traveling Guest Book

This guest book is great for those couples who like to make a statement. Gather together a list of cities that each wedding guest is traveling from. Paint these city’s names on pieces of wood and include the mileage between your venue and their hometown. Then take these individual pieces of wood and nail them to a small wooden stake so they resemble an old-fashioned road traffic sign. Then have guests sign their names in permanent marker on the city where they came from.

Guest Tree

Turn your family and friends’ beautiful messages into a touching decoration you can display in your home for years to come. Buy a small tree-like ornament. Many craft stores have miniature trees actually crafted from wood, while you can find porcelain and metal tree-like sculptures at many home goods stores. Make sure the tree you choose has plenty of branches from which guests can hang their messages. Depending upon the size of your tree, either have guests sign miniature ornaments, or pieces of paper with loops of ribbon attached to them. Then have guests hang these messages from the tree. For a romantic look, hang small candle valises or twinkle lights from the some of the branches as well.

Postcards and Mailbox

Buy a collection of different postcards, or ask guests to bring one from their hometown. Have guests write their messages on these postcards then place them inside a mailbox. If you are going for a rustic look, a simple metal mailbox can provide a beautiful finish to your guest table. If you would like to get more creative, you can paint and decorate the mailbox with fabric, buttons, shells or any other trinkets that embody the theme of your ceremony. Again, ask guests to leave their names and addresses on their postcards so you are sure to have everyone’s information when it comes time to send out thank you letters.

Quilt-style Guest Book

If you are an avid sewer, or you are looking for a guest book you can display around your house this is the perfect guest book for you. Ask guests to sign and leave their messages on pieces of fabric. If you like you can color coordinate this fabric with the colors of your wedding, your home, or you can simply leave a variety of different colors and see what guests come up with. After the wedding is over, sew these individual pieces of fabric together and you will have a beautiful quilt to display on your walls or place on your bed.

Keys to a Wonderful Marriage

If you would like to add a touch of antique style to your ceremony consider this truly unique guest book. Purchase a bunch of old, Victorian keys. Purchase roughly as many keys as you have guests attending, with a few spares just in case. Don’t worry about matching the metals or style of keys, as the more diverse your collection the more stunning it will look. Provide a trunk, ornamental vase, or other holder for the keys and ask guests to write their messages on slips of paper. These can either be messages of love, or you ask guests what they believe is the ‘key to a wonderful marriage’. Guests will then ties their messages to a key and drop it in the holder.

Guest books are one of the best ways to celebrate family and friends who attended your wedding, and share this special moment with them even if you don’t have time to personally greet everyone. Get inspired by some of these creative guest book designs and you’re sure to throw a wedding everyone will be talking about.

Luxury Wedding Hotels in Maryland For Your Special Day

Monday, April 2, 2012

More and more couples are choosing to host their nuptials in a hotel. The large number of staff members who are constantly on hand to help, and years of wedding planning experience, make hotels sone of the most dependable venues a bride could choose. As part of a three-part series, we are scouting out the most luxurious wedding hotels for those couples who are looking for a truly unique and memorable wedding day. If you are getting married in the beautiful state of Maryland, consider some of these magnificent hotels as the perfect choice for your ceremony or reception.

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa

Chesapeake Beach Resort MDThere is no more romantic backdrop than the beautiful waters of Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa offers couples the chance to say ‘I do’ in one of their large ballrooms overlooking the bay, or right out in the ocean air on their stunning rotunda overlooking a private marina. Photos taken at this venue will look stunning on your custom thank you notes. The Chesapeake Beach Resort will take care of all your wedding needs, offering complete wedding menus, including an open bar, as well as all the banquet accessories and seating you could need. Each couple will have a special Wedding Coordinator who will help plan every last detail of the event.

Pier 5 Hotel

Pier 5 MDThe Pier 5 Hotel gets its name from the private pier it is located on, right next to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. This upscale hotel knows good food and has two of Maryland’s best steakhouses right in the hotel, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood, both of which offering catering options for weddings hosted at Pier 5. The Pier 5 Hotel strives to be one of the most luxurious destinations in Maryland, providing all guests with their choice of Godiva chocolates, Robert Mondavi wine or Haagen-Dazs ice cream upon arrival.

Morningside Inn

Morning Side MDThis charming country inn in Frederick, Maryland is the perfect setting for couples who wish to get married amongst the romantic, sprawling countryside of Maryland. This inn sits on 330 acres of highly manicured, stunning farmland and is the ideal setting for both small and large weddings. Couples can choose between an indoor wedding in the quaint farmhouse, or an outdoor wedding amongst beautiful ponds, willow trees and rolling hills. Morningside Inn boasts one of Maryland’s most acclaimed chefs, Chef Timothy Erfourth, who is known for creating some of the most luxurious wedding menus in the state.

Historic Savage Mill Manor

Savage Mill ManorTucked away in Savage, Maryland this historic landmark built in 1844 will take wedding guests back to another century. This intimate setting is great for smaller weddings, hosting up wedding parties of up to 110 attendants. Savage Mill Manor will wow guests and their taste buds by presenting a delicious menu in artful displays. A tenderloin display, shrimp and lobster bar and seared fish display will delight guests and create that air of extravagance you are looking for. Both the bride and groom can calm their nerves before the big day, and get ready amongst family and friends, in their individual, private suites.

Admiral Fell Inn

Admiral Fell Hotel MDIf you are looking to capture the enchanting feel of historic, downtown Baltimore then Admiral Fell Inn is a wonderful venue for you. The Admiral Fell Inn encompasses hundreds of years of history. Built in the 1700s the inn has previously served as a shipyard, a theater and inn for traveling sailors. The Admiral Fell Inn offers couples an Experience Specialist is at your beck and call and is an expert at creating the exact wedding and atmosphere you are looking for. If you are looking to host the actual ceremony somewhere else in the city, the Admiral Fell Inn offers a shuttle service that will pick up guests and drop them off the inn for the reception.

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel

sheraton MDThe Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel captures the modern side of Baltimore. Located right in the heart of the Towson business district, this hotel is ideal for lager weddings with 282 guest rooms and several large ballrooms perfect for hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. The decor at the Sheraton creates an air of sophistication with lots of dark cherry wood and rich crimson and cream accents. Couples will receive a complimentary overnight stay at the hotel, and guests are offered special discount rates.

Hotel at Arundel Preserve

Hotel Arundel MDIf you have guests traveling from all across Maryland the Hotel at Arundel Preserve is a great place for everyone to meet. Located in-between Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington this modern hotel has stylish, one-of-a-kind decorations in every room. The largest ballroom at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve can comfortably seat up to 500 people and the outdoor terrace is perfect for a cocktail hour, or hors d’oeuvres before the reception.

With so many stunning luxury wedding hotels to choose from in Maryland, you will want to celebrate your big day over and over again. These luxury wedding hotels provide the professional expertise you are looking for and a sophisticated, luxury venue that will leave your guests talking about your wedding for weeks. If you are looking for luxury wedding hotels in Washington, D.C. be sure to check out our previous post, or stay tuned for out next installment: luxury wedding hotels in Virginia.

Essential Wedding Accessories for the Big Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012

wedding accessoriesAs the big day approaches, you will most likely find yourself feeling more frazzled than you were at the beginning of the wedding planning process. As excitement, nerves, and anticipation begin to mount you will probably find yourself daydreaming more about that special moment at the alter, than planning the last details of your reception or mentally writing your letterpress thank you notes. Help banish last-minute panic and chaos by putting some thought into all those essential accessories you will need on your big day. By creating a checklist ahead of time of all the necessary items you will need on your wedding day, and setting these items aside, you will ensure that the morning of your big day you will be free to enjoy the company of family and friends, instead of spending precious time looking for your veil.

Before you hit the hay the night before your wedding day, make sure you’ve assembled these crucial accessories:

Your Shoes, Jewelry and Veil

While these items may seem like the last accessories you would forget to bring with you on your wedding day, you would be surprised to learn how many weddings have been delayed while the mother of the bride ran home to grab the bride’s shoes. As the big day approaches, you may be trying on your altered dress to see how it looks with your shoes, veil and jewelry; or you may be wearing your heels around the house to try and break them in. Whatever the reason, your accessories are often anywhere but their boxes the last couple days before the wedding. Make sure you look out all the accessories needed for your big day the night before; including, your shoes, veil, jewelry, hairpieces, gloves, garter, etc. Make sure these items are properly stored in containers that will keep them clean and safe during transit and easy to access once you get to your venue.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (or any other good luck charms)

Whether or not you are superstitious, many brides enjoy incorporating a little tradition into their big days. You may choose to follow the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” custom, or you may have your own tradition that involves a family artifact, or other meaningful relic. Whatever the custom, make sure you look out these important keepsakes beforehand, and pack them alongside your other accessories. Even the most cool and collected bride can suffer from wedding day jitters. Bringing along with you a good luck charm, or comfort item can help keep you calm as you wait for the ceremony to start. Some religious brides choose to bring a bible with them to read an important passage right before the big moment, while others opt to bring their iPods and play all their favorite songs while they do their hair and makeup. Put some thought into what items you would like to have with you while you prepare to get married and make sure they are ready to go out the door at the last minute.

Gifts for the Day Of

While the bride and groom are usually the ones who receive the gifts on their wedding day, it’s nice for the couple to thank those closest to them who helped prepare for the wedding. Customarily, brides may give their grooms, attendants and maids of honor a small gift before they head down the aisle. While this is not required in most traditional weddings, this is a great a opportunity to share a special moment with those who mean the most to you on your big day. If you plan to hand out gifts on your wedding day, be sure they are wrapped and ready to go before the morning of your wedding.

Disposable Camera

While the majority of brides will have a professional photographer handy on their wedding day, it’s also a good idea to bring a disposable camera for your own use. With so many people involved in a wedding the photographer will follow a tight schedule, and many times may be preoccupied taking photos of different members of the wedding party, or setting up for pictures to be taken later in the day. Make sure you don’t miss a single special moment and have a disposable camera on hand to catch those intimate moments you share while the photographer is away.

Personal Helper

This is not an official title you will find in any wedding preparation guide, but it is important nonetheless. Make sure before the big day arrives that you designate someone as your right-hand-(wo)man to assist you on the big day. Many brides will find their cellphones ringing off the hook the morning of their wedding, with calls from guests who are lost and need directions, a makeup artist who is running late, or the limo driver who is parked in a tow zone. Most likely you will be busy getting yourself ready for the ceremony and will not have time to take all these calls, and provide everyone with last minute instructions. Be sure you have someone to assist you with these tasks so you do not find yourself without a photographer, limo driver, or mother-of-the-groom minutes before the ceremony is set to start.

Emergency Kit

According to Murphy’s Law, “If it can go wrong, it will go wrong.” Hopefully, your big day will go off without a hitch, but it never hurts to be prepared for an emergency just in case. Put together an emergency kit to take with you on the big day. This may include essential items, such as:

  • Breath mints
  • Bobby pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Lipstick
  • Concealer
  • Asprin
  • Band-aids
  • Safety pins
  • Static-cling spray
  • Lint roller

The list is endless. Think about what types of emergency items you may need, whether it’s extra tissues for particularly weepy bridesmaids, or stain-remover for the clumsy mother-in-law. It never hurts to be over-prepared, so put together a list ahead of time and pack these items together in your emergency kit.

There is no doubt that your big day will involve some chaos, but with plenty of preparation and a little creative thinking you can eliminate plenty of unnecessary stress from your preparation. Gather up all the necessary items for your big day ahead of time, and you’re sure to have most everything you need handy before you walk down the aisle.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Complete Guide For Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Much like your luxury wedding invitations, the photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding. The photographer will capture the memories that you and your significant other will cherish and look back on for years to come. Choosing a wedding photographer can be a difficult task for any bride and groom, but knowing which questions to ask when meeting with them will help you choose the best photographer to capture the special moments of your big day.

The infographic below will help guide you in choosing the best photographer for your wedding. This infographic includes: the average cost of a wedding photographer, tips for great poses for your big day, questions to ask your potential photographer to ensure you get the best one, and a checklist for different photography moments from preparing for the wedding day through the ceremony and reception.

Guide to Wedding Photography

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The CIO painted edge letterpress business card

Monday, March 12, 2012

Letterpress business card computer professional

The CIO (Chief Information Officer) painted edge letterpress business card was designed in our studio for a high tech computer engineer with a sense of vintage style. We’d show you the other side, but since he has a security clearance then we’d have to (well, you know the drill). Since our client works in Japan, he is sure to be the envy of every Japanese person with which he meets and goes through the ritual of business card exchange. The soft feel of cotton on 220 LB paper and the crisp letterpress feel that only an antique steel machine can deliver.

Modern Ctrl + Alt + Del keys contrast with a vintage etching style. The sky blue painted edge adds a touch of uniqueness and luxury to these letterpress business cards. Really, if you’re going to have a business card, make it letterpress on 220lb paper with a painted edge! It has the ability to make any ordinary card extraordinary.

Edge painting letterpress business card

IT professional business card letterpress

Unique computer business cards letterpress

Luxury Wedding Invitations Copper Foil Stamp

Friday, March 9, 2012

Copper foil stamping

Copper foil stamping invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order 50

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These 2012 luxury wedding invitations feature letterpress printing and a copper foil stamp in a modern geometric design, another winner from Spark Impress! A simple monogram for the bride and groom decorates both the invitation and the luxury enclosure sleeve.

We can do your own custom luxury wedding invitation in 24 shades of gold and silver and 5 shades of copper metallic foil stamping. A beautiful letterpress wedding invitation with silver, copper, or gold printing will announce to your guests that you are having a wedding not to be missed! Top it off with a luxury copper metallic envelope and you will really stand out from the rest.

Gold Metallic Luxury Wedding Invitations Foil Stamp

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Gold printing wedding invitation

These simple and elegant luxury wedding invitations are printed with shiny metallic gold printing (aka foil stamp) on 220lb cotton paper, made even more striking with a with gold painted edge. Perfect for Ireland destination wedding invitations, featuring a traditional Celtic knot motif taken in a modern direction. There is no better way to turn any invitation into a luxury wedding invitation then by adding a metallic ink foil stamp, we’re ready to work with you on your couture foil stamping project!

Additional elegant touches include an events card with iconic images, great for keeping guests informed about the days leading up to the big day. In letterpress printing, the piece includes a simple timeline that can be carried around with your guests’ passports and other important documents!

Contact us for a consultation on your own customized foil stamping project, it will be a classic wedding invitation no-one will forget!

Customized Winter Wedding Invitations

Monday, February 6, 2012

Elegant winter wedding invitation

Winter wedding invitations letterpress snowflakes

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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Customized winter wedding invitations printed in letterpress on thick cotton paper, personalized with your colors and snowflake size. Beautiful in white, custom printed with silver ink, or your own winter wedding colors. They’re perfect for announcing a winter wedding with a clean, simple, and elegant wedding invitation design ready to be customized into perfect invitations for you!

A perfect choice for a winter Boston wedding or any snowy winter venue! Please contact us for any questions big or small.

Elegant flourish wedding invitations

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Elegant belly band invitations

Elegant flourish letterpress invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order quantity 50

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These beautiful letterpress wedding invitations with an elegant flourish design are a classic and simple invitation design from Spark Impress. These luxury wedding invitations are printed on 4-ply museum board, a super thick paper your guests will love to hold in their hands! The delicate scrollwork and gold accents make for an unmistakable formal wedding invitation, which can be customized to suit your colors and taste. A wonderful monogram belly band brings everything together in this square invitation set.

Hanging Signs of Georgetown

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We’ll be posting photos of some of the Notable Signs and Fonts used in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC in the coming weeks. Today’s post came as a great excuse to get an espresso at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.  Although it’s a few miles from our letterpress invitation design studio in Cleveland Park in NW, its ALWAYS worth the trip to enjoy their goods and support another local business. My criteria for this post is simple: 1) hanging signs 2) affixed to a building on the 3) route from the studio to caffeine.

Baked and Wired Georgetown

Baked & Wired

Cafe La Ruche french bistro

Cafe La Ruche may seem to be the least refined sign in today’s look at signs. But is it really? The sign expresses that fact that inside you’ll be eating at a country French bistro. I love the “accidental” brush stroke of the sign to make it seem even more inviting with a homemade feel.

Cannon's Fish Market

Ristorante Piccolo DC

L Occitane sidewalk view

Potomac Wines Spirits Georgetown

M3 Massage DC

What I like most about this is the early 90s heavy computer font and the fact that it can’t be missed on M Street, right in the middle of Georgetown.

Canale pizza bar DC

Here’s one where you can honestly say, “Design First, Cost Second!” I love people that have their priorities straight in life. I liked the blue track lit and cut brushed aluminum sign so much, here’s a second look.

Canale sidewalk view

The Foundry neat the C and O canal

Mien Yu wide M Street

The restaurant Mien Yu on M Street doesn’t really need the signs as the colors tells us plenty of what’s inside–SPICE from the far east. I do like “packaging” design and this was well thought out if you consider the size of the package being the whole building.

Old Print Gallery NW washington dc

They have what I love…paper, print and design.

Next post on Notable DC Signs and Fonts will be a look at some of the fonts used in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Here’s a peek…

The Cairo Q street NW Washington DC

The Cairo Apartment Dupont Circle

Boarding pass wedding invitations

Friday, January 27, 2012

Boarding pass wedding invitations

Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum quantity 50

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Set the stage for your destination wedding with these boarding pass luxury wedding invitations from Spark Impress. A letterpress ticket holder is decorated with the name of your exotic destination wedding location, and reveals the unique boarding pass invitation inside. Combine these invitations with luggage tag save the dates and your wedding is one that your guests won’t dream of missing! (All colors possible!)

Embossed Valentine heart card 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Embossed valentine heart card

Valentine’s Day Heart Embossed Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® embossed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Box of 3 $18.00

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An embossed Valentine’s Day heart card is the perfect way to say “Be Mine” for 2012! A striking red Valentine for that special someone, a handmade card to express your feelings!

Luggage tag save the date

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Luggage tag save the date invitation

Luggage tag save the dates

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum quantity 50

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This fun luggage tag save the date is a unique way to announce your destination wedding! This elegant save the date from Spark Impress makes sure your guests put your celebration immediately on their calendar. A fun letterpress save the date tells everyone it’s time to travel in style to the most fabulous destination wedding of the year! Get in touch and we’ll customize one that’s perfect for your letterpress wedding invitation stationery.

Laser cut luxury wedding invitations

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Laser cut fold letterpress invitation

Laser cut wrap wedding invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Minimum order 50

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These gorgeous laser cut wrap invitations are the latest luxury wedding invitations from Spark Impress. We will work with you on a truly couture experience for your elegant wedding invitations, from the metallic silver wrap shown here, to metallic gold, vibrant pinks, anything you would like to see! The stunning laser cut wrap is a unique pocket fold that reveals the beautiful letterpress invitation inside, featuring luxury scrollwork and an accent crystal. These couture wedding invitations won’t be forgotten!

Baby Monkey Announcement

Monday, January 23, 2012

Letterpress Cute little Monkey Baby Announcements

Letterpress Monkey Baby Announcement

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order 50

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Could this letterpress baby announcement from Spark be more adorable? A cute little monkey announcing the arrival of baby with the luxury feel of soft thick cotton paper. This letterpress card can be customized just for your boy or girl. These baby announcements have kisses and hugs all around and make the perfect keepsake announcing your new arrival.

Customized Baby Shower Invitation

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Customized Baby Shower Invitation

 

Letterpress Duck Baby Shower Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Green ink letterpress customized duck baby shower invitation or birth announcement printed on earth friendly cotton paper, another beautiful invitation created by Spark that is perfect for any type of baby invitations. All that is needed to make this your own is to use your own text announcing your baby shower or party invite and you’re ready to go! In order to customize any of the invitations you see, just get in touch with us and we’re happy to help create something wonderful. For this letterpress baby shower invitation in one color and this size the cost based on a quantity of 50 is $335, and if you’d like to add that special touch the letterpress return envelopes are $190. (The price per invitation goes down significantly the more you order.)

Contact us today if you’d like to customize this or any baby shower invitation!

Spark Impress Luxury Wedding Invitations

Friday, January 6, 2012

metallic gold wedding invitation

We are extremely excited to be one of the exclusive retailers for the new Spark Impress line of luxury and customized wedding invitations, just arrived for 2012! These letterpress wedding invitations are taken to a whole new level with an amazing range of dazzling embellishments, such as the metallic foil stamping and crystals you see below. What we like the most though is that all of these sets are meant to be true couture wedding invitations, where we will work with you on your own particular combination of design and accessories to create a set of customized wedding invitations unique to you.

Gold metallic wedding invitation

Take a look at this amazing royal purple and metallic gold letterpress invitation set, presented in a custom letterpress pocketfold. This set really defines luxury wedding invitations!

Purple gold wedding invitation

Purple gold metallic wedding invitation

One of the aspects we are most excited about in the Spark Impress line is the option of the thickest paper we have seen so far, a 4-ply museum board. In the picture below you can see the already-fabulous 110lb cotton cover stock we use on many of our invitations, laying on top of the super-thick museum board, made even more striking with the addition of an additional paper duplexing on the back!

Museum board wedding invitations super thick

Gold metallic belly band wedding invitation

Thick letterpress wedding invitation scroll

As if that weren’t enough, take a look at this custom laser cut pocketfold in a folding gate style with metallic silver paper. An outstanding way to present the letterpress invitation with crystal embellishment inside, printed on always beautiful Arturo paper.

Laser cut wedding invitation pocketfold

Formal luxury wedding invitation

These invitations below have to be the most elegant beach wedding invitations we have seen, printed in stunning 3-color letterpress.

Luxury beach wedding invitations

Palm tree wedding invitations

These black and white wedding invitations are perfect for your black tie wedding, arriving in this luxury letterpress damask envelope mailer.

Black tie wedding invitations

Black tie luxury wedding invitations

Need to announce your luxury Miami Beach wedding? These invitations will do the trick, with white foil stamping and hot pink edge painting.

Pink white miami beach wedding invitation

Miami beach wedding invitation

And there is more! Continue to feast your eyes on the wedding invitations below. They include custom die cut heart wedding invitations, boarding pass wedding invitations, and custom laser cut belly bands. And of course, shiny metallic letterpress envelopes!

Heart wedding invitation

Boarding pass wedding invitations

Luxury envelopes wedding invitations

Laser cut custom belly band

Pink metallic envelope wedding invitations

Gold metallic envelopes wedding invitations

Ready for your own couture wedding invitations? Contact us in our Washington, DC design studio today and we’re ready to work with you on stunning customized wedding invitations for your special day.

Facebook birthday card

Friday, December 30, 2011

Facebook birthday cards

Facebook Birthday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® embossed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
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    – Message printing

Box of 3 $18.00

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You’ve wished them a happy birthday on their Facebook wall, and tweeted it to the world. But shouldn’t you make sure the message really got through? The Facebook birthday card is for those who really need to cover all the bases, get one for each of your 1,500 Facebook friends and Twitter followers! When Rose’s grandma saw it, she wondered why we were giving people the finger and the bird. So just keep in mind your demographics!

Fish Scales Beach Wedding Invitations

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fish scales beach wedding invitations

Fish Scales Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

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A fun fish scales design decorates these nautical or beach wedding invitations. Letterpress printing gives them lots of texture. Matching pieces to the wedding invitations can be done with or without kissing fish!

Custom Embossing for Corporate Logos

Monday, December 19, 2011

When it is time for unique business stationery, nothing stands out more than a custom embossed corporate logo! We think nothing surpasses the level of texture achieved by Letterpress Light®.

Embossed WordPress logo

We did this embossed business card as a gift for WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg because we love our fabulous WordPress website!
If you’d like a unique WordPress Logo file embossed to use for your own website, feel free to use this one above!

Embossed logo Matt Mullenweg

Embossed logo SCV Imagery

Embossed logo Women's Center of Jacksonville

Embossed logo Paul Morse Photographs

These custom embossed cards are great for ongoing correspondence with current clients and repeat customers.

Embossed logo Redemption Bible Church

This embossed card for the Redemption Bible Church is really striking, prepared in steel gray paper.

Geraldine R Dodge Foundation logo

Vintage wood type wedding invitations

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Modern wedding invitations letterpress

Vintage wood type wedding invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

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A great font that prints like vintage wood type, paired with a funky border and pattern, creates a striking look for these unique letterpress wedding invitations from Spark. Vintage typography meets modern embellishments, perfect when you want something different for your wedding invitations to make a statement about your big day!

DC letterpress business cards

Friday, December 9, 2011

Letterpress business cards

Here in our Washington, D.C. invitation design and print studio we also love designing and printing letterpress business cards! If you believe that first impressions are lasting, then connect with your clients and contacts with a thick cotton letterpress business card with lots of texture. We’ve seen it ourselves, people can’t stop looking and touching them as soon as they get them in their hands! This selection of letterpress cards are printed on 100% cotton Crane’s Lettra paper, on white and off-white, with one in ocean blue cardstock. Foil stamp, edge painting, embossing and letterpress light printing methods are also available and we’ll post the photos so check back from time to time and get some letterpress business card inspiration here.

Letterpress business cards

Former White House photographer and world traveler, Paul Morse. Rose prefers his wedding photo shoots while Digby likes the inaugural photos on his website.

letterpress 110lb vs 220lb

Some of our favorite business cards are prepared on super-thick 220lb cardstock. It is a little hard to convey the difference between Crane’s Lettra 110lb and 220lb paper online, but this photo gives you some idea of how much thicker the 220lb feels in the hand.

Letterpress card Finnian's moon

Letterpress business cards mobile tag

100 year old printing press meets modern technology with a letterpress mobile tag!

Letterpress business card Ralph Alswang

Ralph Alswang, also a former White House photographer. A native New Yorker, Ralph’s matter of fact style communicates in his photos for public relations and weddings as well as his card which was designed as a nod to the print newspaper photojournalists of the past-produced in 2 colors on 220 LB cotton.

Letterpress business card Heavenly Hydrangeas

Letterpress card Batu Homes

Business cards are like small ambassadors. What does yours say about you?

die cut letterpress cards

Need a special die-cut business card? No problem! Contact us today and we’ll make the impression last with letterpress.

Mid century modern Christmas cards Sputnik Lamp

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mid century modern Christmas card Sputnik lamp

Sputnik Lamp Christmas cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Blank inside
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$18.00 for box of 3 with free US shipping

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These mid century modern Christmas cards feature a Sputnik lamp motif, shining in red and green. Why not have a mid century modern room on this year’s Christmas cards? One of our most unique Christmas cards for 2012, embossed by hand by Letterpress Light®.

Wedding invitation belly bands Rings

Friday, November 25, 2011

Belly bands for wedding invitations

Invitation belly bands with rings and custom monogram

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Minimum order quantity 75
  • Customizable, other designs available

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These custom belly bands for a wedding invitation pocketfold go perfectly with our Rings wedding invitation. Belly bands are made with your custom monogram, which fasten your pocket invitation or can be slipped directly over your custom wedding invitations. A fun wedding invitation embellishment available in a range of colors from the Envelopments line of pocketfolds.

Cherry blossom cards

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cherry blossom cards embossed

Cherry blossom cards pack of 6

  • Box of 6 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Blank inside
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$32 box of 6 with free US shipping

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These beautiful cherry blossom cards are embossed by hand in our own Letterpress Light® print studio. Inspired by Yoshino cherry trees and Japanese ink paintings, perfect for the Washington DC cherry blossom festival or for saying hello at any time of year! Each pack of 6 includes three large blossom and three traditional small cherry blossom cards with matching envelopes.

Fleur de lis wedding invitations in 2012 colors

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fleur-de-lis Wedding Invitation 2012 Colors

Time to show our fleur de lis wedding invitations in the many combinations of colors we want to see in 2012! The fleur de lis (lily flower) design is thought to have originated in France during the Middle Ages. It is associated with monarchy and has a regal look to it. So it’s perfect for your French theme or New Orleans wedding invitations. We have many combinations of colors available, but these wedding theme colors are at the top of our list!

Fleur-de-lis in Many Colors

Fleur de lis wedding invitation colors

The Letterpress Light pressing is so deep it adds such a great feel and texture to the invitations.

Fleur-de-lis in Many Colors

Fleur-de-lis in Many Colors

Mexico Destination Wedding Invitations

Saturday, November 12, 2011

spanish style mexico wedding letterpress wedding invitation

Mexico Destination Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

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These Spain or Mexico theme wedding invitations are perfect for your destination wedding or Southwest wedding. Custom Spanish wedding invitations are also available! Decorative motifs inspired by Mexican talavera tile and Spanish wrought iron look beautiful on these letterpress invitations from Spark.

Belly bands for invitations Custom Names

Friday, November 11, 2011

Belly band invitations wedding custom

Invitation belly bands with custom cut names

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Minimum order quantity 75
  • Customizable, other designs available

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These unique belly bands for invitations or pocketfolds stand out with your own custom cut names. We can work with you on different typography and colors to make it special for your own custom wedding invitations. Contact us at our Washington, DC design studio for your custom design!

Unique Christmas Cards 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

unique christmas cards embossed

Set of 6 Letterpress Light Holiday Cards

  • Box of 6 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Box of 6 $32.00 (Free US Shipping)

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A box of 6 unique Christmas cards for 2011 embossed by hand by Letterpress Light®. Assortment features one card each of Peace Dove, Mini Snowflakes, Chili Pepper Lights, Abstract Christmas Tree, Christmas Ornament, and Embossed Snowflakes.

Also be sure to check out our full holiday card selection!


GROUPON customers — If you purchased a November 2011 Groupon for these cards, you may redeem your coupon(s) in two ways:

I. Studio Pick Up

Pick up in person 3711 Macomb St in DC (next to 2Amys) any time during normal business hours 10-6 M-F and Sat. 11-3 (closed December 22-31).

-As gratitude for your purchase and the chance to meet you in person, pick up an additional card out of the set as our gift to you.

II. Postage Paid Shipping to anywhere in the US

Send us an email to groupon@digbyrose.com, and include all of the following:
a. the Groupon codes from all the vouchers you are redeeming (both the number in the top right corner and the 8-digit bar code)
b. whether you are redeeming for the Cherry Blossom cards or the Holiday assortment
c. name and mailing address for where you would like the cards sent

Cards will be mailed within 3 business days of receiving your complete information.

Ring wedding invitations

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ring wedding invitations washington dc

Ring Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Sample $12.00

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These embossed ring wedding invitations feature deeply pressed circles produced by Letterpress Light®. Fun and modern wedding invitations for a special celebration, they look great when prepared as a pocket wedding invitation!

Custom wedding invitations for couples

Sunday, October 30, 2011

custom wedding invitation design

One of our favorite designers of custom wedding invitations Astrid Mueller recently made a visit to the Digby & Rose studio here in Washington, DC. Astrid specializes in custom couple wedding illustrations for invitations and other wedding stationery.

custom wedding invitation illustration

We have really enjoyed producing custom prints of Astrid’s designs over the past few years, and love working on the fun pieces she produces, like this commemorative illustration of Prince William and Kate Middleton done before the royal wedding:

custom wedding invitation william and kate royal wedding

custom wedding invitation william and kate royal crest

But we’re really excited to be one of the first places to offer the Astrid Mueller Collection, a series of ready-to-wear invitations featuring Astrid’s beautiful illustration style! One of our favorites is this lace wedding dress invitation embossed here at Digby & Rose in Letterpress Light:

custom lace wedding dress invitation

The Collection features a number of fabulous themes, including this classic Old Hollywood wedding invitation ready to be done as a letterpress print in your custom colors:

old hollywood wedding invitation

Astrid’s fun and distinctive style has also been embraced by wedding industry professionals as a way to represent their own fun take on weddings:

custom wedding illustrations

Bridal Tweet; The Broke-Ass Bride; Parisian Events; My Wedding Concierge

Astrid is from Switzerland, but is in the process of moving to the United States, so she’ll be even easier to reach to design the most unique and custom wedding illustrations possible! Thanks Astrid for all the fun projects, and we’re always glad when you can come and visit!

Wedding dress invitations

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Letterpress Light Wedding Dress Formal Invitation

Lace wedding dress invitations

  • Letterpress Light ® printing
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Pocketfolds available

Sample $12.00

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These lovely bride and groom custom wedding dress invitations features a beautiful lace pattern detail embossed by Letterpress Light. This wedding couple invitation can also be used as a save the date to announce your upcoming celebration!

Copyright 2010 by Astrid Mueller
from the Astrid Mueller Collection

Formal Wedding Invitation Letterpress Lace

Friday, October 28, 2011

Formal wedding invitation letterpress lace

Letterpress Lace Formal Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order 50

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This formal wedding invitation from Spark is decorated in fine letterpress lace and filigree designs, perfect for your black tie wedding. Add a pocketfold with formal monogram and your wedding invitations will say that this is an event not to be missed!

Mexico Save the Date

Friday, October 28, 2011

Letterpress Map of Mexico Save the Date Carte du Mexico

Mexico Map Letterpress Save the Date

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order 50

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This Mexico save the date from Spark features a vintage letterpress Mexico map to announce your upcoming wedding! For your classic Mexican wedding in Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca, Cancun, and beyond! The same map theme for your save the date can also be used for your wedding invitations.

Ant Custom Baby Announcement in Letterpress

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Letterpress Custom Ants Baby Announcement

Custom Ant Letterpress Baby Announcement

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order 50

Sample $5.00

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This custom letterpress baby announcement features tiny letterpress ants, to tell the world about your tiny new arrival! Each ant will be placed in a custom arrangement with the baby name. A unisex baby announcement perfect for a boy or girl.

Custom Damask Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Letterpress Damask Traditional Wedding Invitations

Custom Damask Letterpress Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

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A custom damask letterpress wedding invitation from Spark, ready to be changed into your own colors and text for your formal event! Traditional damask and many other designs are available in our Washington DC custom wedding invitation design studio. Whether you are in Northern VA, DC, Maryland, or around the world, we have custom wedding options for you, from custom typography design to multicolor pocketfolds.

Letterpress Hugs Kisses XOXO Baptism or Baby Shower Invitation

Friday, October 21, 2011

Letterpress XO Hugs and Kisses Baptism Invitation

Letterpress Hugs and Kisses Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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This letterpress Hugs and Kisses baptism or baby shower invitation from Spark features a very cute and tiny XOXO pattern. With playful fonts in pink or blue or any color of your choice, it’s the perfect invitation to celebrate your new boy or girl. Make your 2012 baby announcement one to remember!

Letterpress Black Tie Formal Event Invitation

Friday, October 21, 2011

Letterpress Black Tie Formal Wedding Invitations

Letterpress Black Tie Formal Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available
  • 100% cotton paper

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This letterpress black tie formal wedding invitation with rustic leaf and stripes patterns is a beautiful traditional design offering from Spark. Personalize it with a custom monogram or corporate logo for formal evening business events. Choose your pockefold color, paper color and patterns to create something unique for you. Add a belly band, envelope liners, and outer and inner envelopes, and you’re making a statement that this is not an event to be missed!

Letterpress Fawn Baby Announcement

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Letterpress Fawn Baby Announcement

Letterpress Fawn Baby Announcement

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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A delicate fawn in the forest is the highlight of this letterpress baby announcement from the designers at Spark. Leaves and vines surround a new baby deer, also a great way to send invitations to a special baby shower or child’s birthday party.

Letterpress Nest Egg Baby Announcement

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Egg in Nest Baby Announcement Baby Shower Invitations

Letterpress Egg in Nest Baby Announcements

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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The sweetest letterpress baby announcement or baby shower invitation featuring an egg in nest, from the designers at Spark. We will work with you on colors and wording, such as featuring your favorite poem or inspirational quote. A super-elegant way to introduce the arrival of your new baby or set the stage for a stylish baby shower!

LetterMpress Digital Wood Type Save the Date

Sunday, October 16, 2011

How do you experience making a letterpress wood type Save The Date without an 800 pound printing press? With an Ipad, of course! John Bonadies, innovator, designer, and visionary artist along with his programming team started with an idea funded by KickStarter. He wanted everyone to enjoy the rich experience of creating letterpress and his idea lead to the LetterMpress app.

LetterMpress pressed save the date print

The left two iamges are designs created using the app. The right two photos are prints created by Letterpress Light from the LetterMpress files.

Save the Date LetterMpress App for IPad

Scroll word on LetterMpress App for IPad

Save the Date with Scroll LetterMpress App for IPad

Bonadies and his team made scans of real vintage wood type in order to create the type and design options available in the app. You get to pick out and place your wood type on the screen, right on your virtual press bed. The team at LetterMPress designed the layout you see here for us, generating the “print” below (without any ink-stained fingers!). (Check out the cool videos of LetterMpress in action.)

LetterMPress save the date screen shot

We took this high-res image and turned it into these deep embossed Letterpress Light prints.

LetterMpress save the date in brown

LetterMpress save the date in white

LetterMpress save the date blind

And here’s the back:

LetterMPress save the date back

Check out the app, play around, create, have fun! (We did.)

Flowering Vine Baptism Invitation or Baby Announcement

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Letterpress Light Flowering Vine Baptism Invitation or Baby Announcement

Flowering Vine Baptism Invitation or Baby Announcement

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • Letterpress Light®
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Minimum order 25
  • Size 5x7in
  • Includes matching envelope

Sample $6.75

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A beautiful curling flowering vine motif decorates these baptism invitations or baby announcements. They can also be used for a baby shower invitation or any other event! Pressed by hand in Letterpress Light®, the deep texture will stand out and mark your special occasion.

The Colors of a Talavera Wedding Invitation

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mexican Talavera Letterpress Light Wedding Invitations

One of our most popular wedding invitations is our embossed Talavera Mexican Tile design. We thought it was time to show it off in some of the many possible combinations of colors available! The original design uses very traditional Mexican colors of green, yellow, orange, and blue, but we love seeing it in unusual combinations like black, white, gray, and pink. Pair it with a bright pink pocketfold and it’s a whole new theme come to life.

Uriarte Talavera Factory Pueblo, Mexico

Rose used to live next to the Uriarte store in Mexico City, an outlet for their factory in Puebla. Although Talavera-style ceramics began in Spain, the Uriarte Factory in Puebla, Mexico is the largest producer of Talavera pottery in the world. This factory was started in 1824 and has the top artisans in the region.

Mexican Talavera Letterpress Light Wedding Invitations

Mexican Talavera Tile

Talavera Artisan

Artist painting a Talavera tile.

Mexican Talavera Tile Wedding Invitations

The colors can also be customized just for you, including embossing with no color in white. We can also custom design a tile from scratch if you want something just for you!

Mexican Talavera Tile Wedding Invitations

Mehndi Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mehndi Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Mehndi Letterpress Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $15.00

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Intricate henna design mehndi letterpress wedding invitations, perfect for an Indian wedding. Many matching pieces available for the save the date, wedding invitation, reception cards, menus, wedding programs, place cards, and much more. It will look vibrant in many combinations of letterpress colors from neon orange and teal to shades of grey and black. Spark has hit the design mark yet again with great elegance and invitation imagination, ready to be personalized for your perfect celebration.

Abstract Falling Drops Embossed Cards

Friday, September 23, 2011

Abstract Falling Drops Embossed Cards

Abstract Falling Drops Embossed Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® embossed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Box of 3 $18.00

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A simple abstract embossed card that evokes falling drops of rain or paint. A geometric notecard in cool blue and green for sending thanks or a personal note.

Bertoia and Nelson Mid Century Modern Room Letterpress Notecards

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Letterpress Bertoia and Nelson Mid Century Modern Room Notecards

Letterpress Bertoia and Nelson Mid Century Modern Room Notecards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

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Amazing three color letterpress notecards featuring the George Nelson clock, Harry Bertoia chair, and cigar lamps. The perfect mid century modern room! (Cards may feature either a blue rug or orange rug.) Design and print by Leslie Ross-Robertson.

Mid Century Modern Furniture in Letterpress

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nothing screams Mid Century Modernism more than having a look at a George Nelson clock next to a cigar pendant lamp and a Harry Bertoia diamond chair. And nothing is more awesome than seeing them printed on these amazing four color letterpress cards. From the wonderful detail of the shadow reflected beneath the chair to the hint of shadow created behind the clock, designer and printer Leslie Ross-Robertson delivers quality in all of the work featured here.

Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair Card

Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair Card Orange

Have a look at some more treasures!

Surfer In a Tube Card

Yes, that is a color fade in letterpress with soy ink.

Air Stream Camper

Who do you know that could use an Airstream letterpress card? Neither do we, but it’s great!

Vintage Flowers

Vintage Record Player

What was your first record? Digby’s was ELO’s Greatest Hits. Rose’s was Thriller.

Mid Century Design

Design Within Reach

A special thank you to Design Within Reach, our Bethesda neighborhood place to enjoy fine furniture and great conversation on design with their staff.

Mid Century Farnsworth House Card

The Farnsworth House in letterpress.

Palms Springs Mid Century Modern House Card

Palm Springs in letterpress, the height of cool!

Snowflakes Embossed Happy Holidays Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Snowflake Embossed Happy Holidays Cards

Snowflake Embossed Happy Holidays Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® embossed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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Embossed snowflakes stand out in these beautiful Happy Holidays cards. These cards are embossed by hand and are only available here at Digby & Rose. For more card designs please visit our Holiday Page!

Peppermint Candy Letterpress Christmas Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Peppermint Candy Christmas Card

Peppermint Candy Christmas Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Fun peppermint candy ornaments are a vivid splash of red and white for your Christmas greeting! Produced in letterpress printing by the designers at Spark. For more card designs please visit our Holiday Page!

Letterpress Family of Snowbirds Holiday Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letterpress Family of Snowbirds

Letterpress Family of Snowbirds Holiday Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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A family of snowbirds is the focus of this graceful motif from the designers at Spark. The perfect refined letterpress holiday card for your Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Years greeting!

Peace Dove Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Peace Dove Holiday Cards

Peace Dove Holiday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® pressed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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A perfect card for wishing Peace on Earth to your loved ones. A graceful dove is the focus of your greetings for the New Year, brought to life with our hand-pressed cards.

Menorah Hanukkah Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Menorah Hanukkah Holiday Cards

Menorah Hanukkah Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® pressed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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A beautiful lit menorah graces your Hanukkah card. An elegant way to mark the festival of lights.

Letterpress Vintage Happy Holidays Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letterpress Vintage Happy Holidays Card

Letterpress Vintage Happy Holidays Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • Other patterns available
  • 100% cotton paper

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A simple combination of vintage type and framing border pattern in this letterpress card from Spark is a beautiful way to say Happy Holidays or any custom greeting! Printable with your own special message, family names, or company logo.

Custom Embossed Christmas Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Custom Embossed Christmas Cards

Custom Embossed Christmas Cards

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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A very custom Christmas card, we can emboss your family name, your company logo, or any greeting you desire. With the pictured snowflakes or other custom holiday motif! Colors and text your choice.

Letterpress Snowflake Ornaments Christmas Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letterpress Gold Snowflakes Ornament Christmas Card

Letterpress Snowflake Ornaments Christmas Cards

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Delicate snowflake ornaments from Spark are a cheery way to send your annual Christmas greetings. In fine letterpress printing, these cards with texture are the ones that your friends will notice! Also a refined design for a company holiday card, a great way to thank your clients and colleagues for a great year.

Letterpress Photo Christmas Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letterpress Photo Card

Letterpress Photo Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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This unique photo Christmas card has your family photo printed directly with letterpress printing on your card! You provide your digital photo file and this year’s holiday greetings, and we’ll do the rest. A letterpress greeting printed on the inside of the card is also included.

Christmas Ornament Happy Holidays Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Holidays Christmas Ornament Cards

Happy Holidays Christmas Ornament Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® pressed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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A lovely abstract Christmas ornament in red, green and white is the best way to say Happy Holidays in 2011! Pressed by hand in Letterpress Light® printing, your card will stand out from the rest.

Letterpress Christmas Tree Holiday Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whimsical Letterpress Christmas Tree Holiday Card

Letterpress Christmas Tree Holiday Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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One of the most beautiful letterpress Christmas trees we’ve seen comes our way from the designers at Spark. Silver and white snowflakes also grace this folded holiday card, perfect for your company holiday card or family greetings.

Rustic Leaves Letterpress Photo Holiday Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Damask Letterpress Photo Holiday Card

Damask Letterpress Photo Holiday Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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A pattern of rustic leaves frames your family photo in this lovely holiday card from Spark. Letterpress printing in any color combination is an elegant way to convey your Christmas or New Year’s greetings. We can assemble the photos for you if you send us your digital image!

Gold Damask Letterpress Photo Christmas Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gold Damask Letterpress Photo Christmas Card

Gold Damask Letterpress Photo Christmas Card

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Letterpress printing
  • Customizable
  • Prepared with or without photo
  • 100% cotton paper

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Your family photos is framed by this elegant gold damask pattern from Spark. Produced in beautiful letterpress printing, it’s a perfect custom family Christmas card! Available in many other colors, including silver, blue, and red.

Spinning Dreidel Hanukkah Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Spinning Dreidel Hanukkah Cards

Spinning Dreidel Hanukkah Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® pressed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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A fun spinning top dreidel for your Happy Hanukkah cards! A perfect way to announce the festival of lights in blue, white, and green.

Letterpress Winter Cabin Holiday Card

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Letterpress Winter Cabin Holiday Card

Letterpress Winter Cabin Holiday Card

  • Letterpress printing
  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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A Spark letterpress holiday card in a cozy winter scene featuring country cabin, silver snowflakes, and even visiting deer! The fireplace is lit and you’re ready to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from this tranquil winter setting.

Abstract Christmas Tree Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas Tree Holiday Cards

Abstract Christmas Tree Holiday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light® pressed by hand
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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An angular and abstract Christmas tree is perfect for your modern holiday greeting. A bit of a Charlie Brown tree to hold this year’s annual Christmas letter!

Chili Pepper Lights Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chili Pepper Lights Holiday Cards

Chili Pepper Holiday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light®
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Box of 3 $18.00

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Spice up your Christmas and Holiday cards with this string of chili pepper lights. Perfect for your Southwest or Mexican Christmas, with a touch of winter snowflakes!

Festivus for the Rest of Us Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Festivus for the Rest of Us Holiday Cards

Festivus for the Rest of Us Holiday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light®
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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It’s time to gather around the aluminum pole and have a Festivus for the rest of us! Announce your celebration with these funny Festivus holiday cards, and carry on your non-traditional tradition.

Festivus Feats of Strength Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Festivus, Feats of Strength Humorous Holiday Cards

Festivus Feats of Strength Holiday Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light®
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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Nobody leaves the Festivus celebration until somebody challenges the host to Feats of Strength! Throw down your challenge with these very special Festivus holiday cards. You’ll be arm-wrestling your way to another memorable holiday season.

Festivus Airing of Grievances Holiday Cards

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Festivus Air Your Grievances Humorous Holiday Cards

Festivus Air Your Grievances Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • Letterpress Light®
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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The most important moment in your Festivus celebration, the Airing of Grievances. Let your friends and family know how you really feel with these special pressed holiday cards. Get in touch if you would like a specific grievance custom printed on the inside!

Lavender Flowers Thank You Cards

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lavender Flowers Thank You Cards

Lavender Flowers Thank You Cards

  • Box of 3 with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

Set of 3 $18.00

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These handmade French lavender flowers greeting cards make for a perfect note to a friend, another piece of elegant personal stationery from Letterpress Light®. A simple and beautiful way to say thank you!

New Orleans Fleur de Lis Letterpress Light® Invitation

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New Orleans Fleur de Lis Letterpress Light Invitation

Our Fleur de Lis Letterpress Light® invitations were the perfect New Orleans scene-setter for the McDonald’s 365 Black Awards, held during the 2011 Essence Music Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The awards honored black leaders such as NAACP President Ben Jealous, who we were particularly pleased to see as a former middle school classmate of our own Rose (aka Heather Noss), way to go Ben! All pieces popped in McDonald’s red and gold, such as the pocketfold and matching backer card stock. All brought together with the 365 Black Awards logo on translucent vellum.

Ocean Waves Beach Wedding Invitation

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ocean Waves Beach Wedding Invitation

Ocean Waves Beach Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • Letterpress Light® printing
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Sample $12.00

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The blue waters of rolling ocean waves, perfect for your beach wedding invitation! Whether it’s time for your surfer wedding in Hawaii, or your celebration on the coast of Costa Rica, the blue surf will tell your guests it’s going to be fun time. Pair it with an ocean blue pocketfold and the mood is set!

Lemon Burst Custom Letterpress Stationery

Saturday, September 10, 2011

lemon burst letterpress stationery

Custom Letterpress Stationery

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Lemon Burst custom letterpress stationery is the color of sunshine and personality! There is no better way to express yourself than with texture and color in fabulous personal stationery. Cure your paper fetish and correspond in style.

Chateau Lake Louise Vintage Flowers Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chateau Lake Louise Vintage Flowers Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Vintage Flowers Letterpress Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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For Nelina and Vincent’s French country-inspired wedding at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we created a vintage flowers motif for their letterpress wedding invitations. Bold garnet and dark orange colors brought to mind summer fruits for the July celebration. A letterpress photo postcard of the Chateau was the final touch to give guests the first exciting glimpse of this fabulous Canada location!

Fleur de Lis Embossed Thank You Card

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fleur de Lis embossed thank you Card

Fleur de Lis Embossed Card

  • Box of 3 with white envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Custom colors
    – Message printing

$18.00 for Box of 3 with envelopes
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A classic Fleur de Lis card, embossed by Letterpress Light®, is perfect for your personal stationery, wedding thank you notes, or a greeting for any occasion! It is made on thick 100% cotton paper and has a wonderful tactile feel. It can be color matched for your wedding or for any other special moment in life.

Embossed Daisies Card

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daisies Embossed Card Flowers

Embossed Daisies Cards

  • Box of 3 cards with envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Custom colors
    – Message printing

$18.00 (Box of 3 with envelopes)
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The most cheerful falling daisies cascade down this embossed daisies card. Showcasing the beautiful texture of Letterpress Light®, these cards are great for birthday gifts, thank you notes, or just to write a note when you are thinking of someone special! One of our most popular lines of flower cards.

Cape Cod Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cape Cod Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Cape Cod Letterpress Wedding Invitations

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Laura and Matthew came to us for wedding invitations for their elegant Cape Cod celebration. The invitation itself is super clean and simple, an unobtrusive compass accent and border done with delicate silver letterpress ink. The centerpiece pocketfold is the real stand-out, with a letterpress-printed map of Cape Cod, and everything done in bright yellow and silver. A subtle nautical nod all around, ready to announce a fun time to come!

Palin Voldemort 2012 Letterpress Greeting Cards

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Palin Voldemort 2012 Letterpress Greeting Cards

Palin Voldemort 2012 letterpress cards

  • Box of 3 Cards with grocery bag envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$18.00 (Box of 3)

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Palin Voldemort 2012. Vote for them. Or not. But they’ll probably know if you didn’t.

So show you supported them all along with a purchase of these commemorative letterpress greeting cards!

Annie Elliott Custom Embossed Stationery

Friday, August 26, 2011

Annie Elliott Custom Embossed Stationery

Custom Embossed Stationery

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper

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Bright and fun interior designer Annie Elliott needed some bright and fun stationery both for her Bossy Color business, and her personal notecards. We created these custom embossed pieces just for her, which we wanted to match Annie’s great talent and style! Here at Digby & Rose we can create both personal and business stationery that will make you stand out, and convey your own personal style.

Mini Snowflakes Holiday Cards

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mini snowflakes holiday card

Mini Snowflakes Holiday Cards

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  • Pack of 3 cards with white envelopes
  • Card size 4.25×5.5in
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$18.00 (Pack of 3)

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Mini snowflakes embossed by hand on these holiday cards fall in white, with one bright blue snowflake among them. A great holiday card for your Christmas, New Year’s, or winter greeting. Let it snow!

Cameo Baptism Invitations or Baby Announcements

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cameo Baptism Invitations Baby Announcements

Cameo Baptism Invitations or Baby Announcements

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • Minimum order 25
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Size 5x7in
  • Includes matching envelope

Samples $6.75

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This delicate and sweet Cameo baptism announcement can also be used as a beautiful baby announcement. A 4×6 photo can easily be included in the envelope. This piece will be a definite keepsake from your child’s special event.

DC Wedding Invitation Design Studio Open for Business

Thursday, August 25, 2011

DC wedding invitation custom design studio

Hello Washington, DC! We are pleased to announce the debut of Digby & Rose, a new design studio and wedding invitation store located in the heart Cleveland Park. Well, we’re actually not all that new! We started in business in 2008 with our own in-house line of stationery that we design and produce on the premises, Letterpress Light®. The Letterpress Light team is still hard at work producing fabulous pieces for our clients, but we couldn’t resist expanding by offering fabulous letterpress wedding invitations and work by other talented designers from around the country.

So, Digby & Rose is our lovely new space that is the place to go for many options in invitations, stationery, letterpress business cards, and graphic design work for your custom project. We are focused on personal attention and really assisting you directly to find something that you like! We are happy to see our clients in person in the studio, but if you can’t make it here to our cozy spot right next to 2Amys Pizza and Cactus Cantina, please always feel free to get in touch by phone or email!

Monogram Scroll Wedding Invitation

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Monogram Scroll Wedding Invitation

Monogram Scroll wedding invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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This is one the first custom wedding invitations created by the Letterpress Light studio in 2008. The monogram text can be customized for any style function including color choice. It has been a feature on many bridal magazines and blogs and is ranked as a favorite among brides that truly appreciate the deep rich texture of cotton paper.

Flower Vine Wedding Invitation

Monday, August 15, 2011

Flower Vine Wedding Invitation

Flower Vine Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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The Flower Vine wedding invitation exemplifies the Letterpress Light printing process, perfect for a Spring garden wedding. With careful attention to the negative spaces allowing for the holder to enjoy the tactile sensations of 100% cotton paper and the deep rich feel of the unique printing process. The centers of the flower petals jump from the paper. With a change in font selection this would make and excellent announcement for any occasion.

DC Cherry Blossom Festival Letterpress Light® Cards

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DC Cherry Blossom Festival Letterpress Light Card

Cherry Blossom Festival Cards (Pack of 3)

  • Box of 3 cards with white envelopes
  • Free US shipping
  • 100% cotton paper
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    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$18.00 (Box of 3)

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This Cherry Blossom Card is inspired by the DC Cherry Blossom Festival and the Yoshino Cherry Blossom trees that were originally donated to the United States in 1912 by the people of Japan. The process to create this card came about from a series of six hand sketches of different cherry blossom trees from images around the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial. Two of the six concepts were chosen and refined in our studio where the engineering of Letterpress Light was applied to create the embossed accents in the image you see now. The visual effects of the tree branches came out as a complete surprise as the ink appears to be broken along lines of the branches through the cotton paper leaving the look and feel of a heavy bark.

Top Secret Spy Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Top Secret Spy Wedding Invitation

Top Secret Spy Letterpress Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available

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The perfect thing for your top secret celebration is this spy letterpress wedding invitation from the designers at Spark. The perfect wedding invitation for that “agency” (wink, wink) with a sense of humor. This true life manila folder with button clasps is the perfect invitation to announce your event to those with a need to know!

Embossed Gate & Monogram Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Embossed Border Monogram Wedding Invitation

Embossed Gate Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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The color on this embossed monogram wedding invitation fades as it approaches the crisp corner of this Letterpress Light piece. The color around the border of the frame can be changed to match any wedding inspiration. This luxurious invite can also be used as elegant personal stationery with very few modifications.

Custom Embossed Monogram Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Custom Embossed Monogram Wedding Invitation

Custom Embossed Monogram Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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Custom embossed monogram wedding invitations and personal stationery are a great stamp of your individual identity. Everyone will know these pieces were produced specifically for you. A change in script font to a block style will move from a more feminine to a more masculine look, both set against the soft tactile sensation of 100% cotton paper. A memorable piece for your wedding or personal stationery needs.

Art Deco Wedding Invitation (Letterpress Light®)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Art Deco Wedding Invitation

Art Deco Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Letterpress Light®
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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Turn this art deco wedding invitation by Letterpress Light® into a save the date for your wedding or event announcement. It is available in many colors and can uniquely fit your wedding motif by a few customized changes.

Love Birds Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Love Birds Wedding Invitation

Love Birds Letterpress Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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The sweetest love birds sitting in a modern tree grace this beautiful wedding invitation, another fantastic creation from Spark. Beautiful wood grain patterns enhance the nature feel for your event! Love birds, tree, and wood motifs can be arranged as you would like them on any piece.

Talavera Wedding Invitation

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Talavera Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation

Talavera Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Letterpress Light®
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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Heather Noss, the owner of Digby & Rose, lived in Mexico City for several years, just a few blocks from the Uriarte talavera store, an outlet for their production center in the city of Puebla. This take on Mexican tiles is the perfect wedding invitation for your Mexico or Southwest wedding! It can take on very different looks depending on the colors selected, take a look at these examples!

Katie Stoops Wedding Photographer Letterpress Business Card

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Katie Stoops photographer letterpress business card

Letterpress Business Cards

  • Letterpress printing
  • 100% cotton paper
  • 110lb or 220lb stock
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    – Custom Design
    – Custom layout

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World class Washington, DC wedding photographer, Katie Stoops, came to our studio with a request to make a luxurious letterpress business cards. Having a penchant for the soft feel of a heavy weight cotton, she elected for the 220lb white cotton of Crane’s Lettra. She is a complete joy to work with, not only for her tastes in paper and ink, but for the personal connection we made with another artist that we were happy to make.

Custom Typography Pressed Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Custom Lettering Pressed Invitation

Custom Typography Pressed Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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Custom lettering for this pressed invitation are geared towards a modern imagination and an artistic appreciation for typography. Choose your font, or we will help you choose a great one. Choose your color or mix it up with multiple colors and fonts and we can create a modern or traditional piece for any wedding or event.

Snowflakes Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Snowflakes Wedding Invitation

Snowflakes Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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When you need invitations for your winter wedding there is nothing more beautiful than delicate falling snowflakes. In crystal whites and blues, this will get your guests in the mood to party in your winter wonderland!

Passport Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Passport wedding invitation

Passport Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

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This over-the-top destination letterpress wedding invitation comes from the creative imaginations at Spark, one of our favorite and featured designers in our studio. This four page passport invite can be customized with a map to the location of your special day including text for directions and accommodations. There is no need to fumble around looking for what insert card is needed where in this keepsake.

Italian Gate Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Italian Gate Wedding Invitation

Italian Gate Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Letterpress Light®
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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This wedding invitation design is an elegant take on the flourishes of a wrought iron gate. It will give an Italian or Spanish flair to your celebration, and come printed with your own custom monogram.

Fleur de Lis Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fleur de Lis Wedding Invitation

Fleur de Lis Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Letterpress Light®
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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A classic Fleur de Lis wedding invitation is always a statement that you plan to host an elegant affair. The perfect invitation for your New Orleans or French-inspired wedding!

Traditional Cherry Blossom Greeting Card

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Traditional Cherry Blossom Greeting Cards

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  • Pack of 3 with white envelopes
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Contact us for:
    – Larger volumes
    – Message printing

$18.00 (Pack of 3)

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The inspiration for this greeting card came about as a desire to make Spring arrive earlier and in anticipation for the DC Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s based on the traditional style of silk painted privacy screens and one that can be found in the the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Museum. Each one made is unique as the cotton paper reacts differently to the pressure exerted by the handmade printing process that was developed by artist and printer, Heather Noss, in her Letterpress Light studio. These were originally sold in a set of six with 1,000 cards sold within the first nine hours of release.

Colorful Henna Flowers Wedding Invitation

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Henna flowers wedding invitation

Henna Flowers Wedding Invitation

  • Colors & text your choice
  • Customizable
  • 100% cotton paper
  • Matching pieces available
  • Pocketfolds available

Samples $12.00

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Who doesn’t love spring colors? This Henna Flower wedding invitation is printed by Letterpress Light, with the design provided by Jess Volinski, a talented graphic artist, with a penchant for all things pretty. Bringing this design to life to was a collaborative effort of many hours and the results produced the deepest bite available on cotton paper today.