NYC Skyline Wedding

We printed these beautiful invitations for a New York City wedding last year. The cards were all a classic design, printed in rich, black ink, and then we added a surprise element in the form of a bold envelope liner. The NYC skyline printed on the liner was the perfect imagery for this rooftop wedding!

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Wording Guide - RSVP Edition #2

When it comes to response cards, you need to determine how much information you need from your guests. Often this depends on the type of meal you’re serving (if you need them to choose an entree), or if you are having multiple events and need a headcount. If you want to keep things really simple, you can have an open response card with just the reply by date. This is a nice way to encourage your guests to write you a fun note prior to your nuptials.

An rsvp card should always include:
Reply by Date (shown clearly at the top or bottom of the card)
A space to write your guest’s name(s)
A space for the guest to reply with Accepts or Regrets (unless you are doing an open response card)

Additional information you might include:
Entrée selection - Please initial an entrée selection for each guest
Headcount for events - Please indicate the number of guests attending each event
Accommodations - Please help us welcome you to New York City. Where do you plan to stay?
Transportation - Please indicate the number of guests requiring a shuttle to the reception
A fun question - I’ll dance if you play


You may also provide a space for guests to let you know of any dietary restrictions at the bottom of the card.

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Wording Guide - RSVP Edition #1

There are many different ways to word your reply by date on your response card. Typically you would request an RSVP about 4 weeks in advance of the wedding, but check with your venue and caterer in case they need more notice. Here are a few suggestions we have for wording:

The favor of a response is requested by the First of July (most formal)
The favor of your reply is requested by the First of July
Kindly reply before the First of July
Please respond by the July 1, 2019
RSVP by the 1st of July, 2019

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Wording Guide - Who is Hosting?

All suites are personal and need different wording to convey the feeling and details of the event. One of the most important details to note is the first line that indicates who is hosting the wedding. Tradition states that the parents of the bride would do the honors, but that is not always the case these days! Often, weddings are jointly hosted by the bride and groom’s parents, or even by the couple themselves. Below are a few ways to word the first lines of text on your card.

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If the bride’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

If the bride and groom’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding together:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. David Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children

If the couple is hosting with their parents:
Together with their families
Holly and Jacob
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage

For the parents hosting a more informal wedding, you can forgo the titles (Mr. and Mrs.):
Katherine and John Smith
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

If both sets of parents are hosting an informal wedding:
With great joy
Katherine and John Smith
together with
Sally and David Jones
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

One last tip!
If  your ceremony is in a place of worship: request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
If your ceremony is in a secular location: request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

Formal Holiday Wedding

Congratulations to Liz and Thomas on their wedding this weekend! We love these classic and romantic invitations with a custom monogrammed wreath. They wanted to embrace the festive spirit of NYC during the holiday season, so the additional elements like the taxi carrying a Christmas tree are just right. The details in the schedule of events and map were fun to design and added a nice, personal touch.

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Brooklyn Bridge Invitations

A big congratulations to a Melissa and Kevin, who were recently married in Brooklyn! Their invitations are classic, with a subtle nod to Brooklyn. We printed their invitations in a combination of dusty blue, charcoal and a pale tint for the image of the Brooklyn Bridge. The overall effect is romantic and formal, perfectly fitting their winter wedding.

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Modern Love in Mexico

Congratulations to Zack & Corey on their recent destination wedding in Mexico! We feel that the the design provided great insight into the fun that this wedding promised. They chose to work with our Modern Love design, in charcoal and coral ink, with some vintage illustrations to top the cards. The matador on the Celebration Guide is so sweet! They also wanted to line their envelopes in a fun pattern, so we sourced this parrot patterned paper from Rifle Paper Co. They make the whole design a real standout!

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Newport, Rhode Island Save the Date

We printed these beautiful sea-inspired Save the Date cards for Valery and Chris for their summer wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. They opted for a bright, nautical blue paired with charcoal ink and a great wave illustration. They had the great idea to include an enclosure card to encourage guests to book their rooms early. These cards can be especially helpful for a wedding taking place in a popular location, like Newport in the summer.

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What the World Needs Now...

According to an article in the New York Times this week, what the world needs now is more handwritten cards and letters: We Could All Use a Little Snail Mail Right Now

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The article expresses everything we feel as stationers! Handwriting is such a physical reminder of a person and email just can’t capture this. The average American household receives just 10 pieces of personal mail per year. This makes getting a note in the mail even more meaningful and taking the time to write and send a note feels good too.

The Times article also notes that David Sedaris, one of our favorite writers, sends handwritten thank you notes.

“I just feel like it’s classy to do it with real mail,” he said. “It’s too easy to do it on email. And it also doesn’t mean as much.” Not to mention, he added, “It’s nice to be thought of as classy.”

Our feelings exactly!

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Floral Hamptons Wedding

Congratulations to Brooke and Paulo on their Hamptons wedding this past weekend! We loved working on their design so much, that it inspired us to create a new template based on it. The tinted floral pattern on the invitation is subtle and allows the text to read clearly. The Information card and Welcome Cocktails card both featured Hamptons inspired illustrations in complementary colors. It is a beautiful and unique invitation suite.

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