05/18

Prince Harry + Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Inspiration


With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding coming up, we can’t help but talk about their elegant and timeless wedding invitation.

It was no surprise that the Royal Invitation would be very formal and very classy. The elegant scrip, gilded edges, thick paper stock, and the Royal tradition of incorporating the family’s coat of arms in gold foil came together in the epitome of elegance.

If you want a suite like Harry and Meghan’s, here’s a little insight on how you can do just that.

Step 1

Check out one of the designs featured in our Design Bar! For a Royal-inspired invitation suite, we would recommend these designs: Audry, Hepburn, Hollis, Monticello, Signature, or Royal.

Step 2

Customize! You’ll definitely take your invitation suite to royal level with these pretty script fonts: Bickham, Bodega, Milton, Copperlove or Parfumeria.

Step 3

Printing methods make all the difference! Letterpress printing with some foil touches is the way to go, but if foil isn’t for you, then letterpress printing will do just fine.

Step 4

Accessorize! Here’s where things get really fun. Add on a custom crest, monogram, or even your own coat of arms. You can also add inner & outer envelopes, envelope liners, gilded edges (or deckled edges), and even wax seals to close the envelopes. And of course, you can never go wrong with hand calligraphy!

Step 5

Postage! Add on custom postage with your new crest design, or go the retro route and buy some beautiful vintage postage that coordinates with your theme and colors.

Now mail those beauties out, pop some Rosé, and wait for your phone to ring off the hook with all your friends & family telling you how amazing your invitations are and how they can’t wait to celebrate with you!

05/18

The Definitive Timeline For Ordering and Mailing Your Wedding Paper Goods


Wondering when is the proper time to order and mail your wedding paper goods? We’ve put together a brief timeline to help you get an idea of when you should be ordering your Save-the-Date cards, wedding invitations, and Day-Of paper goods

Save the Dates 

When to order my Save-the-Date?

START THE PROCESS: 7-12 MONTHS before the wedding

MAIL OUT – 6-12 MONTHS OUT before the wedding

**For destination weddings is recommended to mail out the Save-the-Date cards no later than 8 months before the wedding. This will give your guests extra time to make traveling arrangements

Invitation Suite

When to Order My Wedding Invitations

START THE PROCESS: 4 months before the wedding

MAIL OUT: 2 months before the wedding

For Custom Designs

START THE PROCESS: 5-6 months before the wedding

MAIL OUT: 2 months before the wedding

** For destination weddings, invitations are typically mailed out 3 months before the wedding

Day of Paper Goods

Designing and Ordering Wedding Invitations

START THE PROCESS: 1-2 months before the wedding

The order date is the date you approve the final the final proof and are ready to go to print! Proofing time varies with each order

 

05/15

Things When Building Your Wedding Stationery Stationery Budget


 

Yay! You’re engaged! Now it’s time to get into planning mode and make your big day unforgettable. You’ve probably been thinking for months (or years!) about all the pretty stuff you want for your wedding, and now that it’s official, it’s time to get into the details. With that in mind, take a look at our comprehensive guide to building your stationery budget.

First Things First

First figure out what you’ll be needing and also what you want. For example…

  • Which specific paper pieces do you need?
  • What’s the quantity you’re looking for?
  • What’s your preferred printing method?
  • Do you want to personalize an existing design, or do you want a bespoke design created specifically for you?
  • Do you want to accessorize your invitation suite?

To help you with the process we created a detailed list of every paper piece and accessory you should consider as you’re building your stationery budget:

Pre-Wedding Pieces

  •  Engagement party invitations
  • Save the date cards
  • Bridal shower invitations
  • Bridal shower thank you cards
  • Rehearsal dinner invitations

Wedding Invitation Suite

  • Main invite
  • Response cards (rsvp)
  • Information cards (accommodation/transportation card, reception card, website card, welcome dinner card, etc.)
  • Outer envelopes
  • Envelope liners
  • Inner envelopes
  • Ribbons or Belly bands
  • Wax seals
  • Addressing (hand calligraphy or digital calligraphy)
  • Pocket and pocket-folds (we also offer custom made pockets like laser-cut)
  • Postage (standard or custom)

Day-Of Paper Goods

  • Programs
  • Menu cards
  • Escort cards (or seating chart)
  • Place cards
  • Welcome letter (for welcome bags)
  • Table numbers
  • Weekend itinerary card
  • Signage (reserved seating, guest book signing, gifts, social media hashtags, etc.)

After the Big Day

  • Thank you cards

Quantity Formula

 

Remember, you don’t need an invitation for every person. So, here’s an easy way to figure out how many invitations you’ll need to order:

1 invitation suite per household

+

1 invitation for children over the age of 18 living in the same household as invited parents

+

1 invitation per single guest

+

1 invitation per couple in a serious relationship

+

15-25% extra of each piece

Print Methods

 

 

As we mentioned above, your printing method is another important element to consider when building your invitation budget. We offer three of the most popular print methods: letterpress, foil stamping, and digital print.

Letterpress

What began with hand-set wood and metal type has given way to polymer plates that allow complex modern fonts and designs to be suitable for letterpress printing. Once the plates are made, the printing is done in our antique printing press, fed by hand one piece at a time and one color at a time. This results in a beautiful, deep impression that created the ultimate textural experience.

Letterpress printing looks great on thicker cardstocks and almost always utilizes 100% cotton paper stock (cotton gives the best impression and holds the ink nicely). Due to the translucent nature of the inks, letterpress does have limitations with very dark cardstocks.

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is somewhat similar to letterpress in that the color is applied to paper with pressure. However, instead of the polymer plates used above, metal dies are created. The dies are heated and then stamped with enough pressure to seal a thin layer of foil to the paper.

Foil can be used to create a variety of finishes (i.e. metallic foils have a shiny, lustrous finish with a big visual impact). Since foil stamping is opaque, the foil color does not change based on the color of paper on which it is printed. This makes metallic or lighter-colored foils an excellent choice for darker-colored papers. 

Digital Printing

Digitally printed invitations are printed directly from a digital file on a computer. Digital printers transfer four colors of ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) to the paper simultaneously, producing a full-color image after only one pass through the printer – meaning that each invitation takes less time to produce. Unlike letterpress, which leaves a relief impression, digital printing produces a flat image without any texture.

Digital printing does have limits. Papers must be able to withstand heat and travel through an often curved path in the printer, which means that the variety of paper stock that can be used with this method is more limited than for letterpress and foil.

All of these print methods can be interwoven to create the perfect suite. Depending on the look and overall feel you are going for, we can advise you on what will look the best with your invitation suite.

Design

The final thing to consider when building your paper budget is the design. You can personalize a pre-existing template from our Design Bar Collection, or you can choose to go with a bespoke design created just for you. You can read more about both of our amazing options here!

05/11

Design Bar Collection vs. Custom Design


Design Bar vs Custom Invitations

As a custom invitation studio, we can create anything you envision for your event! Whether you are having a traditional, modern, or destination wedding, our creative team has got you covered! If you aren’t interested in a custom design, check out our Design Bar Collection, and affordable, fully customizable set of invitation templates that offer quick turn-around times.

Not sure which direction you want to go? Here’s the breakdown of each option. We’re confident that one of these designs will be the perfect one for you!

DESIGN BAR COLLECTION

With the Design Bar Collection, you’ll find ready-made designs that you can fully personalize to your taste! We like to think of this collection as the “little black dress” of invitations – classy, timeless, and suitable for a variety of wedding styles with the right accessories.

 

ORDERING

We start working on your design as soon as you fill out your order form with your wording & wedding details and make your deposit. We’ll guide you through the design process, bringing your vision to life by tying all your favorite elements together for a cohesive and beautiful look. We’ll also help you select the perfect ink & font options that fit your wedding style and advise you on all the best practices for wedding etiquette.

MATERIALS

Each invitation is printed on luxurious cotton paper stock. You can choose from our standard one-ply paper or upgrade to a thicker two-ply option, and you can select colored paper & envelopes, as well.

PRINTING METHODS

We offer three printing options to suit every style and budget: letterpress, foil stamp, and digital print. We’ll walk you through each option and help you decide which one is right for you.

DESIGNS

Feel free to personalize any of our designs to fit your wedding style. Pick your favorite ink colors, fonts, print methods, paper weights, paper sizes, envelopes, and liners. You can further customize your invitation suite by combining elements from multiple designs or by adding other design details like a monogram or custom map. Our collection is designed to give you the freedom and flexibility to personalize your invitation suite any way you want!

ACCESSORIES

Add some beautiful accessories to take your invitation suite to the next level! Get creative with wax seals, silk ribbons, bellybands, pocket folds, calligraphy, custom postage, and much more! Check out our Accessories page for more ideas.

TIMELINE

Design Bar options offer the quickest turnaround time (4-6 weeks from concept to final delivery). We’ll send you the first digital proof of your invitation suite 3-5 business days after receiving your deposit and wording details, and we’ll go to print after receiving your final approval on the design. It takes 10-15 business days (2-3 weeks) for printing to be completed.

COST

The cost for Design Bar invitations varies based on the printing method you select and your desired quantity.

For letterpress, the typical invitation suite* starts at $635 (qty of 50).

For foil stamping, the typical invitation suite* starts at $1,050 (qty of 50).

For digital printing, the typical invitation suite* starts at $331 (qty of 50).

*Invitation suite include main invite, rsvp, outer envelope, and rsvp envelope.

 

CUSTOM DESIGN

 

Do you want a one-of-a-kind invitation suite that brings the “Wow!” factor to a whole new level? Then our custom design process might be the right one for you!

 

STARTING THE PROCESS

After receiving your initial inquiry, we’ll begin the conversation via email and set up a phone or in-studio consultation to learn more about you, your love story, and the specific details of your big day. All of this will help us guide you in creating the perfect invitations that truly reflect your unique style, personality, and vision for your wedding. 

MATERIALS

In addition to our standard stock of luxurious cotton papers, we have a wide variety of uniquely-textured papers and hand-crafted artistic elements that give you even more options for creating bespoke invitations.

PRINTING

Our custom designs can incorporate a variety of production methods, including letterpress, foil stamping, digital printing, embossing, and laser cutting. We’ll walk you through the options and help you decide which one is perfect for you.

DESIGNS

We’ll create your bespoke design based on your story and tailored to your specific wants and needs. From creating an impactful first impression with your envelopes to developing a one-of a kind design, we’ll walk you through every step of the process with professionalism and expertise.

Want an even higher level of personalization? We’ll create one-of-a-kind hand-drawn and watercolor elements that will make your invitation suite truly unforgettable!

ACCESSORIES

Accessories take your invitation suite to the next level. Laser cut pockets, custom foiled pockets, textured lace elements, silk ribbons, transparent vellum overlays, wax seals, hand calligraphy…the list goes on! If you can dream it, we can create it.

TIMELINE

For bespoke invitations, the turn-around time from concept to delivery can take anywhere between 7-10 weeks.

Your initial design will take about two weeks to create. From there, we’ll work together on revisions until you’re completely thrilled with the final result. Once everything is approved, we’ll move into the actual printing process. This phase will typically take anywhere between 15-20 business days (3-4 weeks), depending on the intricacy of your final design.

COST

Once we have a clear vision of what you are looking for, we’ll provide you with a detailed, à la carte quote. This will allow you to see what each item costs so you can select your favorite items that work best with your budget.

Whether you decide to personalize an invitation from our Design Bar Collection or create a Custom Design, we guarantee you’ll be thrilled with the final result!

11/27

Cyber Monday Wedding Stationery Sale


If you didn’t do any shopping for wedding stuff this past Black Friday or you still needed more time…don’t fret! Today we are having our CYBER MONDAY! So sit back, relax, get your fingers ready to point, click, and check out because today we are offering $100 OFF all your DAY-OF STATIONERY order with the purchase of ANY invitation suite available in our  Website Collection! To take advantage of this sweet deal, simply click HERE  (a $100 deposit is required to secure your sale). Lastly, for this promotion, order processing will begin WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, so be expecting a follow-up call or e-mail from us! You can also contact us if you have any questions.

Happy cyber-shopping!!!

11/24

BLACK FRIDAY Wedding Invitation Sale!


Black Friday Sale - Wedding Invitations

Black Friday Madness is here!!! I hope that after a nice Thanksgiving meal and a great time with family and friends, you are back in gear and ready to do some holiday shopping, because our Black Friday Wedding Invitation Sale in full swing! Today we We are offering 20% OFF ANY Letterpress invitation suite from our Website Collection on our website. So go and browse through our Website Collection (if you haven’t yet!) and see all the invitations we have available and ready to be customized. Once you’ve chosen your favorite invitation design, click HERE to place your order through our shop. Also, a $100 security deposit is required to place your order. This deposit will go towards your order total after we receive your final approval on the design. Lastly, for this promotion, order processing will begin TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, so be expecting a follow-up call or e-mail from us! You can also contact us if you have any questions.

We are so excited to create your invitation suite, so have fun picking your design and personalizing your invite to fit your wedding style and colors!

P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t have all your wedding invitations details yet! You can still make your deposit today and we’ll begin working on your invitations whenever you are ready

Happy Holiday Shopping!

11/21

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Wedding Stationery Deals!!!


Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Wedding Stationery Deals

It’s that time of the year again!! I can’t believe Thanksgiving day is just two days from today!! We are super grateful that we have the opportunity to do what we love! So, the spirit of giving, we are super excited to roll out our  annual Black Friday + Cyber Monday Wedding Stationery 2017 Deals for all our budget savvy brides looking for awesome deals this holiday season!!

So, Black Friday brides, here are the details for our Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday sale!!

Black Friday Sale – 20% off our Letterpress Website Collection

Check out our Website Collection to view all the different designs. Available ONLY on Friday, November 24th.  In order to secure the 20% off discount, the $100 deposit must be placed through our SHOP that day!! This sale is only valid for new customers

Cyber Monday Sale -$100 OFF all your Day-Of Stationery Orders.

In need of programs, menus, escort cards, welcome letters, etc.? We got you cover on all your wedding day paper goods too! In order to secure the Cyber Monday Day-Of Stationery discount, the $100 deposit must be placed through our SHOP on November 27th!! This sale is valid for new and current customer.

Have a yummy Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy trample-free shopping in the comforts of your home! 🙂

10/07

Elegant, Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitations


We are beyond excited to showcase these elegant, floral letterpress wedding invitations! This bride + groom tied the knot at the Vanderbilt Mansion, a luxurious 1930s Mediterranean-style venue located in Fisher Island, Florida, and they wanted their invitations to evoke a sense of romantic, old-world charm. The bride loves floral designs and blind letterpress, so we created an elaborate floral motif and displayed it throughout the invitation suite. For a regal look, we printed the invitation on paper stocks that were larger and thicker than regular invitations. To maintain an elegant, clean appeal, we blind-pressed the floral designs and letterpress printed the wording in black ink.  As a finishing touch, we carried the floral designs onto the envelope liners and wrapped each invitation suite in a simple blush bellyband. We love the romantic and timeless look of these letterpress invitations!

Elegant, Floral Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Elegant Floral Wedding Invitations

09/01

Floral Watercolor Crest Invitations


Watercolor motifs are some of our favorite designs to create, and floral crests are the very top of our list! Needless to say, we are in love with these romantic, floral watercolor crest invitations we created for Jessica. She wanted a timeless, romantic design with lots of organic, floral touches. To bring her vision to life, we created a custom floral wreath displaying a simple monogram in the center. Her wedding palette was blush with gray tones, and we incorporated those colors throughout the invitation and envelopes. The font and letterpress printing added an elegant and timeless touch to the suite. As a final detail, we embellished each envelope with a custom, floral watercolor liner and wrapped each invitation suite with a beautiful bellyband. We absolutely love the final result!

Floral Watercolor Crest Invitations

Monogram Floral Watercolor Crest Invitations

Romantic, Floral Watercolor Crest Invitations

Blush Watercolor Crest Wedding Invitations

Romantic Floral Letterpress Invitations

Romantic, Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitations

Romantic, Letterpress Wedding Invitations

 

07/31

Industrial Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot


This post has been long overdue, but it would have been so selfish of me not to show you these amazing photos of this stunning industrial wedding styled shoot created by Chantilly Chic Celebrations. We are super excited to see this pink-and-red industrial wedding inspiration feature in The Every Last Detail blog!! It is always a pleasure working with so many amazing local vendors in the area and seeing their talents shine through to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience for brides.

The rich colors and bold elements are some of my favorite details! Not to mention, this is the perfect combination for a romantic, fall wedding!

Wanna see more?? Head over to The ELD blog for more gorgeous details 🙂

Photos by: Tiffani Jones Photography