It’s not uncommon for our clients to request that the address for their wedding website be included on their invitation. However, I always like to find a more discreet place for it whenever possible – as opposed to including it on the wedding invitation itself. In the case of a project I worked on earlier this year, I was also looking for a way to avoid the cost of adding an additional card to the set. On a whim, I suggested adding a little extra length to the reply postcard and perforating it so as to create a detachable website card. Fortunately, the bride and groom loved the idea as much as I did!
I made sure to design the website portion of the card so that it would work as a card on its own once separated from the reply card. The first line announces the marriage of the couple, followed by the URL for their wedding website and directions that remind you to tear along the perforated line before placing the reply card in the mail. Once the card is separated, it’s perfect for hanging on the refrigerator, attaching to a bulletin board, or can even be used as a bookmark!
If you have an idea for incorporating something a little bit different into your invitation set, or think you might be interested in some perforated letterpress cards, please let us know!
As usual, we try to keep addresses private – so please excuse the lack of photos showing the full set in its entirety.
We recently added a new script to our typeface collection. Hiatus, designed by Stephen Rapp, is a connecting script that has a less formal feel than many of the scripts in our collection. It has a slightly casual, hand-lettered feel to it, while still maintaining a bit of elegance and readability. It can easily be dressed up or down – since it comes with numerous alternative letters and ligatures. It even comes with a handful of coordinating ornamental flourishes – perfect for adding a decorative touch to your wedding invitation, baby announcement, or calling card. Though we haven’t had a chance to add Hiatus to the list on our website quite yet, you are more than welcome to request it for your project! Below, you will find an example of Hiatus in use. Enjoy!
For the most part, the envelopes you see on our website are shown in various shades of white or cream. Please don’t let this fool you though – we gladly offer colored envelopes as well. We have several favorite manufacturers that we like to use, so please let us know if there is a color you are interested in and we will let you know what is available. Typically when working with a client, we will send them samples of the color they are looking for. This enables them to see their color options as well as feel the paper. If requested, we will custom mix the ink so that it matches the selected envelopes.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if interested in using colored envelopes:
- Currently we only offer letterpress printing. Letterpress is well-suited to printing dark colors on light paper. However, dark paper colors can have the tendency to show through the printed ink a little bit. We can still print a light color on dark paper, but keep in mind that letterpress printing white ink onto dark paper may not produce as crisp of a white as other printing methods.
- The US Postal Service prefers the use of white or pastel colored envelopes. Using a dark ink on light paper insures optimum contrast which is ideal for use with their optical readers/scanners. Basically, sticking to lighter colors makes their jobs a little easier.
- Consider using labels to dress up your dark envelopes. Labels don’t have to be boring or ugly – we can design and print them for you so that they will coordinate with the rest of your stationery.
- Some envelope manufacturers offer different flap designs. You may or may not have a choice with a particular color, but we will certainly let you know what the options are.
Need more information on available envelopes or recommended ink colors? Please don’t hesitate to ask!
What you see: butterfly reply card in pearl white cotton paper, chocolate and lilac ink, lilac envelope
Last summer, we had a couple come to us and request that their invitations reflect the scenery of their wedding location by including a single large pine tree. Always happy to take on the challenge of a custom job, I was eager to accommodate their wishes. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that this was the first time a pine tree had been requested by a client (you know, given all that wood you see on our website!).
Before I began working on the new illustration, I searched around a little bit online in order to study photos of actual pine trees. It wasn’t long before I realized I didn’t have to look very hard at all though. Here in North Carolina, there never seems to be a lack of pine trees. Just a quick glance out of a window around here will reveal quite a few nearby. Really, they are everywhere and so are their needles; but it’s okay because their silhouettes against the setting sun are quite a lovely sight.
To further enhance the woodsy feel of the invitation set, the couple chose to use walnut wood for the invite. A warm chocolate brown ink was used for the text and a pop of color was added by the use of olive ink. To wrap it all up and create a cohesive feel, ecru cotton paper was selected for the paper elements.
Curious about our custom design process? Just send us an e-mail or visit our process page for more details.
We are happy to announce that we have recently added a new typeface to our collection. It’s not up on the site just yet, but here is a little demonstration:
This calligraphy inspired typeface designed by Ale Paul, is full of flourishes and possibilities. Like what you see but not sure it is the right fit for your invite? That’s what we’re here for. When working together to create your stationery, you will always have the opportunity to see several different typefaces in action. Burgues, as well as some of the other scripts in our collection, can be dressed up a bit for more flair, or can be left simple and clean. We are more than happy to show you the different looks that can be achieved with each one. All you have to do is ask…
Green is a favorite color around here and is a common request when it comes to ink selection. While my personal favorites tend to be greens with more yellow in them, I fell in love when this color came off the press. And what color might this new love be? That would be Pantone 363. The bride and groom selected this custom blended green ink along with bright white cotton paper and cherry wood invites. A perfect combination, in my opinion.