We worked with a wonderful couple to create these elegant invitations for their wedding this summer. The beautiful swashes of the script font, paired with a sweet dotted border is simply beautiful! We found a vintage map of Long Island that worked perfectly as an envelope liner. The whole set was letterpress printed in a lovely dusty blue, custom matched to the bridesmaids' dresses.
We designed and printed a new set of NYC themed stationery to celebrate Earth Day this year. These notecards are bright and cheerful with iconic bits of our fair city as the inspiration. Pink pigeons, blue bikes and a perfectly green Statue of Liberty shine bright on brilliant white paper. Each set comes with one of each five cards and a matching blank envelope. Pick one up in our online shop here!
If you're struggling to find a gift for the dad who has it all, we have you covered! Show your father your appreciation for those driving lessons, pre-interview pep talks and so much more with some custom note cards. We have gift certificates available, so he can pick out his own cards later and you get the credit for giving a gift on time! Letterpress stationery doesn't have to be serious, either! Take a look at these cool dad-friendly cards, with a salmon printed in rich black ink.
We love vintage maps, for their hand drawn detail and classic look, so its no surprise that we're really into these Cape Cod Save the Date cards! The cape is such a beautiful destination for a summertime wedding. These letterpress cards give a nod to the nautical, without going over the top with the theme. The map is printed in a dusty blue, with navy text on top for some interesting layering. A navy heart marks the spot of the nuptials in Harwich, Massachusetts.
With the end of school here, letterpress stationery is a must have for graduates. A cute monogram or a fun illustration is a great way to say thanks with a bit of style. We're loving these yellow sunglasses notecards because they're bright and cheerful, and have us looking forward to some fun in the sun. Nothing cooler than some shades to say thanks!
Blue Hill at Stone Barns is such a beautiful venue outside of New York. Surrounded by a farm and fresh country air, it feels much further than 30 miles from NYC. This lovely couple wanted to reference the farm and barn of the venue in their Save the Dates, so we printed a gorgeous illustration of a dairy cow in the background of their card. We layered a dusty blue ink on top for the text, resulting in a very soft effect. A barn was the perfect accent to the envelope.
We've added a few new designs to our wedding collection this year, and we're so excited about them! Wildflowers is a letterpress invitation set inspired by a lush flower garden, full of all sorts of floral beauties. The invitation card has a gorgeous floral border that we printed in black ink, so you can really see all of the details. The text is printed in a pale pink for a nice contrast and to soften the look.
We added a really pretty rose to the envelope liner, and printed it in a tint of pink on some pale pink paper. Its such a nice surprise when you open the envelope! Another detail is the belly band, adorned with daisies and the wedding website information. These pieces really complete the set for a luxe invitation experience.
We've expanded upon our wording etiquette guide and added a section to our website to make it easier for you while making decisions about your invitations. Additionally, there are website and information card options to peruse. We hope these guidelines are helpful, as we want to make sure every detail is covered in your invitation process. Feel free to reach out to us if you have more questions!
Here is a link to the expanded wording guide: www.sesameletterpress.com/wording-help
We often get questions about how to choose the right wording for wedding invitations. It can be a little confusing trying to figure out how to clearly communicate the details and the style of your event. Most importantly, remember that the wording should reflect the overall style of your special day. Whether you're having a formal affair or a backyard shindig, we have a simple guide to help you navigate wedding wording etiquette.
Below are some examples of wedding invitations we have printed recently with different wording variations, as well as some other tips.
For the bride and groom's names, if you're having a traditional wedding, use full names: Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Adam Thomas Brown
If you're having a more casual wedding, you can use just your first names: Sarah and Adam
For the parents hosting a traditional wedding: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
For the parents hosting a more informal wedding: John and Rachel Smith
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
If the ceremony and reception take place in the same venue: Cocktails, dinner and dancing to follow
If the ceremony and reception are at different locations: Reception immediately following, Countryside Hotel
Or you can use a totally different separate reception card, but make sure to mention the time if the reception does not immediately follow.
Response cards should always have a respond by date, shown clearly at the top or bottom of the card. You can opt for a simple design, with a blank space for your guests to write a note, or spell everything out for them to make sure they provide with all the pertinent information.
Sometimes, you will need your guests to choose an entree option. In this case, you can use wording such as: Please initial an entree option for each guest
If you have many events, and need to know how many of your guests will be attending each, you can add a space that says: Number Attending
You may also provide a space for guests to let you know of any dietary restrictions by noting it and leaving a space at the bottom of the card.
We recently added a couple of new letterpress greeting cards to our collection. We debuted a new card for Valentine's Day Card with a classic love poem; Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Sugar is Sweet and so are You. The bright rose and violet really spell it all out for the recipient! We also designed a new birthday card with a cute kitten wearing a bright pink bow - a nice card for a granddaughter, niece or any cat lover. You can purchase them in our online shop now.
In anticipation of summer, we were itching to design something new for our wedding collection. We were inspired by some beautiful illustrations of green palm trees and leaves. This letterpress suite is perfect for a destination wedding on a lush island (even better if you're lucky enough to live somewhere tropical!) The envelopes are a lined with giant green palm printed liners, and we added a pink flamingo belly band for a bright contrast of color. Its a fun design that also works well for a formal wedding. Take a look below to see a bit of the letterpress printing process.
Check out more of our new wedding designs on our website!
Karen from Smashing the Glass featured the gorgeous wedding of Natalie & Alex recently. We worked with them on their wedding invitations and just loved the whole suite! Its so nice to get a glimpse of the wedding, after working with a couple and we were so excited to see some of their beautiful photos. It was such a romantic wedding, and the bride and groom looked so wonderfully happy!
The winter blues are real, so we're thinking of sunny days in Mexico to pass the time. Last year, we designed these invitations for a lovely couple having a destination wedding. They wanted to incorporate the symbol of a zia sun into the design, as well as a nod to the beach with a wave illustration. We created a custom monogram featuring the sun and their initials. We letterpress printed the suite in gold and a subtle tint, including a custom envelope liner. Overall, it had an elegant, but laid back vibe, much like a destination wedding in Mexico!
We loved working on these invitations for Elaine and Euan for their destination wedding in Scotland last year. They wanted invitations that were modern, yet formal and our Hudson design fit the bill. For a more personal touch, we added an image of the castle they were married in to the top of the invite, and a floral image that they supplied to the information card. The whole set was letterpress printed in charcoal gray and bright red ink on warm white paper.
Fun fact: Wedding Breakfast is a term used by our friends across the pond in the UK. Traditionally, the bride and groom are fasting prior to the prior to their wedding, and would thus be breaking their fast at the reception.
We designed and printed these pale green wedding invitations for a sweet couple getting married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns this Spring. The invitation set is based on our Pale Floral design, but with a minty green twist. Each card features a different floral arrangement in green with charcoal gray text which looks lovely on a soft white paper. These letterpress invitations feel like a breath of fresh, spring air and are helping us get through the winter blues.
Here's a sneak peek of a wedding suite we worked on this winter. We're in love with the bright yellow painted edges on the invitation cards! It's such an unique wedding color, that catches your eye right away. Stay tuned for more shots of this Park City letterpress suite...
Here are some great detail shots of a wedding suite we designed for an upcoming wedding here in New York City. The bride and groom loved our Pale Floral set and Vintage NYC set, so we merged the two for a bespoke letterpress suite. The rose illustration looks wonderful and soft when printed in just a tint of gray ink. The text is all printed in matte gold ink and we think the combination is both classic and modern.
Valentine's Day is almost upon us once again! This year, we gathered a few of our favorite floral greeting cards and are selling them as a set. You'll receive 8 cards (2 of each design) as well as blank envelopes. Its a unique take on that Valentine's Day floral bouquet - and one that is great gift for your letter writing sweetheart. Pick one up exclusively in our online shop!
Last year, we worked with a wonderful couple who was planning a romantic wedding in the French countryside. What a dream! Ven and Adrian came to us with some lovely floral illustrations, so we designed the text around them and letterpress printed Save the Date cards and invitations. Eventually they hand painted elements of the floral drawings, so each card was truly unique. The couple's wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty and we are swooning over the beautiful details and scenery. You can read more and check out a gallery of their gorgeous wedding here.
Photos by 2 Brides Photography, featured on Style Me Pretty
We worked with a lovely couple last year to create letterpress invitations for their wedding at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. They were drawn to a couple of our wedding designs (Hudson and Vintage NYC), so we combined elements from both to come up with a unique set of invitations. We used a vintage image of the estate on the top of the navy and gold card. The set has a very regal feeling, fitting their beautiful venue.