There is something so classic and elegant about an invitation printed with 1-color ink and using all script type. Here are some examples of invitations that we've designed and letterpress printed this year.
Congratulations to Shannon & Sean who were married at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY this weekend! We started working with this family nearly a year ago to design Save the Date announcements for their wedding. The cards featured a vintage map of Long Island with a heart marking the celebration location. The invitations focused on the vineyard theme and we brought back the map as an envelope liner to tie in the save the date card design.
We especially love the illustrated Wedding Weekend card with the bonfire image. This is always a great way to outline the activities planned for wedding guests!
My Dear Mrs. Charlton,
Both Howard and I deeply appreciate the exquisite compote you and Mr. Charlton were good enough to send us. Accept our sincere thanks both for the gift and your generous good wishes.
- from The Etiquette of Letter Writing, copyright 1927, Eaton, Crane and Pike Co.
Social correspondence was much more common in the last century and writing a note to express gratitude was something people did so frequently that it was second nature. This is less of a daily practice now and sitting down now to write a thank you note (or a stack of thank you notes) can be daunting. As in the above note, it only takes a couple sentences to warmly thank someone for a gift or a kind service. Here is a simple formula to help you begin:
- First, mention the specific gift or experience for which you are thankful
- Next, express how you will use the gift or how the experience helped you or made you feel:
- Finally, add a closing sentence that is more personal.
Thank you for the elegant serving tray. We look forward to using it when we entertain in our new home. We hope you and David will visit when you are in town next month.
Thank you for hosting my family last weekend. You made us feel so welcome and it was wonderful to catch up. We look forward to having you stay with us over the holidays!
As also stated well in The Etiquette of Letter Writing, “In our hurried days graciousness is all too rare, but its rarity gives it increased importance and makes it doubly welcome”.
We wanted to wish a belated congratulations to Blair & Stephen on their Lake Tahoe wedding this summer! They're invitations were beautiful and simple in charcoal gray with clean text and some Tahoe inspired imagery. The pine tree and mountain illustrations were perfect for their cards.
Congratulations to Sarah and Dan on their wedding this weekend! We loved working with them on their simple and sweet invitation set. They wanted to add illustrations to each of their cards to show off the theme of the event, like the lobster on the welcome dinner card and coffee on a farewell breakfast card. What a perfect weekend!
We designed and printed these modern invitations for a wedding at the Brooklyn Winery this summer. Annelise and Michael chose our Hudson design, and wanted to add a a touch of bright green for the divider lines, which was perfect for a June event. We love using this design because we feel that it fits a lot of our clients - classic but modern. Congratulations to Annelise and Michael! We hope you had a fantastic wedding!
We printed these beautiful pieces for a wedding reception in the Catskills. They match our Blossoms design with the sweet floral wreaths on the place cards and table numbers. Robyn Wylde, a calligrapher that we often work with did a wonderful job lettering the names and numbers onto these pieces. We love the continuity of these cards that match the invitations at a reception.
Congrats to Ashley and Lindsey on their recent wedding! We really enjoyed working on their invitations, which were a combination of our Vintage NYC and Downtown designs. They were inspired by their venue, Houston Hall, and wanted an old New York feeling. The wine red and black ink, with a black envelope makes a really striking set. We also designed a Save the Date coaster, in the same style as the invitations to make a complete set.
Congratulations Alicia and Jonathan! We worked with them to customize our Hudson design by adding a tinted silhouette of the Statue of Liberty to the background and a sky blue border. The result is subtle and cool - a perfect reflection of their personality.
This Blossoms wedding invitation set is one of our favorites this summer! The color palette is beautiful and perfectly captures the calm of a wedding in the mountains of upstate New York. We used a vintage map of the Catskills area as a liner, inside some deep green envelopes.
Congratulations to Nell and Ryan on their wedding! They were a joy to collaborate with on their gorgeous invitations.
Our congratulations go out to Nicole and Eric for their wedding this weekend! Their invitations are just gorgeous, with subtle hints of blush pink. We worked with them to customize our Hudson design, adding a tinted city skyline silhouette to the invitation and rsvp card.
Here is a close up of one of our favorite color combinations - blush and black. We custom mix all of our ink colors for our letterpress printing. The main ingredients for blush colored ink: white, transparent base and warm red.
All of the suites in our collection are designed to be customized to complement each couple's wedding style. Our Hudson suite has a minimal, sophisticated style that is particularly nice for a wedding in the city. Here are examples of how two couples personalized this design for their weddings this summer.
We used our Roses design for these gorgeous invitations for a wedding at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The all script design in Bickham looks romantic with the subtle rose floral design. One of our favorite cards to design are schedule cards because they always utilize fun icons for the planned events. They're a great addition to a wedding welcome bag. Our congratulations go out to Beth and Ray!
Sometimes the "Day-of" stationery gets lost in the shuffle with wedding planning but a full suite of menus, programs and welcome cards is a great way to carry the style of the invitations through to the actual wedding day celebration.
Congratulations to Nina and Andrew for their Nantucket wedding this weekend! We really enjoyed working with them to come up with this beautifully soft design. The elegant calligraphy for the names and other lines of text was done by Megan Fahy. We then scanned this and added it to our design. The wave and seagulls were printed in a very pale tint of ink to keep the focus on the soft blue text.
We're often asked about printing "blind", which means printing without any ink, so you just see the impression of an image or text. While the subtlety of a blind emboss is nice, we prefer to print a tinted emboss. These photos illustrate the soft quality of an illustration printed with transparent ink, sized with a touch of gray ink. This small amount of ink helps to create a bit of a shadow on the paper, so that the image reads a little better, but doesn't interfere with the text.
Congratulations to Allison and Adam on their wedding last weekend! All black ink always looks sharp, especially with the graphic images they selected to illustrate the cards in the suite.
We've printed some lovely invitations for June weddings this year and are excited to share some of the designs here on the blog. This is our Roses design for a wedding and reception at the boathouse in Central Park, here in NYC. Congratulations to Joanne and Philip on their summer nuptials!
Congrats to Kelley and Phillip for their recent wedding in Napa Valley! We absolutely love this design. It is simple and sweet, printed in a dusty blue with an image of a peach tree highlighting the invitation and detail card. Sometimes a simple design like this is the most striking.