This time in color! I’ll try and post some photos of this particular job next week.
Clockwise from top left: close-up of aluminum furniture used to fill in the empty areas between the base and chase, gripper arm releasing a printed sheet of paper onto the out-feed table of a Heidelberg Windmill, close-up of a photopolymer plate on an aluminum base
Wondering whether or not you need to include a reception card with your invitations? Well, in general, if your reception will be held at a different location than the ceremony, then it is a good idea to include a reception card. This way, you will have plenty of room to list the significant details without overloading the invitation with too much information.
Once you have decided to include a reception card, make sure you include the proper details. First, announce the occasion. Simply stating “reception” at the top of the card will work, or you can be more specific with something like “cocktail reception” or “black tie reception” or simply “dinner and dancing.” Such details will clue your guests in as to what to wear or what to plan on for food that day. Secondly, state when the reception is being held. Something like “immediately following ceremony” will work if there will not be a break between the two events. If there will be a long break after the ceremony, make sure to list what time cocktails or dinner are to begin. Lastly, don’t forget to include the name and location of the reception site.
A few things to remember:
- There is no need to send the reception card separately. Simply include it with the invitation.
- You don’t need a separate reply card for the reception card. Unless you are told otherwise, if someone lets you know they will be coming to the wedding, you should assume they will be at the reception. If it is crucial that you get a head count for the reception, then you can leave a designated space on the invitation reply card for the reception.
- Make your invitation suite consistent. If your invitation wording is formal, then keep the same level of formality for the reception card.
So, what if your reception is being held at the same location as the ceremony? In this case, you can mention the reception on the invitation. Just include a line near the bottom that states something like “reception to follow” or as seen in the above photo, “dinner and dancing to follow.”
With all this said, whether or not to include a reception card is ultimately up to you. If your reception and ceremony will be at two different locations, you can still list this information on the invite instead of using a separate card. This is a good way to save on both material and cost. Of course, the reverse is true as well – you can certainly use a reception card even if both the ceremony and reception will be in the same location.
As mentioned in the previous post, we had snow for the first time this winter. It’s a rare occurrence in this part of North Carolina; and while some may dislike it, I always welcome it. Unlike a rainy day where things are constantly in flux from all the rushing water, snow brings a stillness along with it. Even if just for a moment, there is always that sense of things being at rest as the white blankets the ground. Once the clouds have passed, the fallen snow boldly brightens up a winter day – the sun reflecting off of its surface, the partially browned grass and decaying leaves briefly hidden from view. For this reason, snow will always be a favorite of mine.
I’m happy to say we officially took some time off in honor of the snow. When you run your own business, taking a break does not always feel like an option. So, we enjoyed a day off. We shared a couch with sleeping cats and warm blankets while remembering to enjoy the view. It was very needed, much deserved, and most definitely appreciated.
A bit late in posting today – but I’m totally blaming it on the weather. Snow has arrived and since we rarely get any here it’s all I can think about at the moment. I can’t wait to get outside with the camera tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone!
Left to Right: stacks of cotton paper, large roll of Geami paper – our preferred packaging material, stack of cardboard shipping boxes
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.
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Happy Monday everyone! As part of keeping this blog regularly updated (yes, really, multiple posts in a month – let alone a week), I will be posting more inspiration boards like this one on a monthly basis. Enjoy!
Clockwise from top left: 1. silver vine earrings from MD Sparks – I love the little hint of texture and the asymmetrical placement of the leaves. 2. Diana wedding gown by Vera Wang - It’s not very often that I stumble across a wedding dress that I absolutely adore, but this one has definitely tugged on my heartstrings. 3. silk bouqet sash from J. Crew – Feminine yet not too frilly. 4. photo titled “Softly” by Lori H. – Nice dreamy atmosphere… 5. satin stack rings from Stormy Sky – I’ve always had a soft spot for hammered silver. 6. painting titled “The White Calico Flower” by Georgia O’Keeffe, as seen here – I’m nearing the end of a biography on O’Keeffe that I have been reading, so it’s only natural that she is on my mind.