Happy New Year!

January can be cold and bleak outside, but this month in the studio we're thinking of spring and summer as we're in the thick of the "Save the Date" printing season.

These cards can be lighthearted and more casual than the formal invitation, printing in brighter colors or creative formats (like bookmarks or coasters) or they can match the design closely so the guests have a sense of the celebration to come. 

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Regardless of the design, the text for these is usually very minimal. It typically includes the names of the couple, the date, the city of the wedding and often a website address for guests to refer to for details on travel, accommodations, wedding registries etc... For more samples of Save the Date wording, please visit our website where we've added sample text for all the cards in a suite.

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Black Tie Winter Wedding

Congratulations to Katy and William on their wedding today! We have loved working with this family over the course of a year to design and letterpress print their wedding stationery. This is a perfect example of a traditional invitation design with a bit of humor. The invitation card is very classic in design but the addition of the sweet fox on the save the date card and website card adds a bit of levity to the suite. 

We wish them all the best on this happy day!

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Vintage Map Save the Dates

Here's a roundup of a few of our favorite vintage map save the dates! We love combining a map of the wedding location with some classic type. Sometimes we print these as post cards, which adds a layer of fun to the mailing process. Contrasting colors always look great, especially when there is a bright pop of orange or red like this Bethany Beach, Delaware save the date!

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If you're having a wedding in the summer of 2018, now is a good time to start thinking about your save the dates and invitations. Contact us at info@sesameletterpress if you would like to work on your project with us!

Floral Save the Date Postcard

Here's a peek into the process of printing some floral save the dates for a fall wedding. These save the dates were printed as postcards, with a beautiful large floral image on the front and the necessary information on the back. We printed the text in a wine red as, and a warm tint of gray for the large flower. It feels like the perfect color comination for an end of summer wedding at a vineyard.

Cape Cod Map Save the Date

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.

Vintage Cow Save the Date

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.

Nautical Bookmark Save the Date

We are in love with Save the Dates that double as bookmarks. Not only are they a unique design, but they're useful, too! If you're planning on a more formal invitation, the Save the Date is a great opportunity to have a little fun. Show off your personality with brighter colors, or a fun image that reflects the feeling of the venue.

We love these bookmark Save the Dates for a summertime wedding in Maine. The bright red and navy blue along with the vintage ship illustration ink feel perfectly nautical. The rope knot on the bottom is such a sweet detail, too.

A Birthday to Go Down in History

We designed and printed these Save the Dates for a birthday party at the American Museum of Natural History, here in NYC. The design was inspired by vintage circus posters, complete with a banner carrying elephant. The elephant was letterpress printed in silver, and has a bit of shine that plays well with the bright red of the text. We can just imagine how fun a night at the museum would be - hopefully without any dinosaurs or elephants springing to life.

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Rose & Gold Locket Wedding Suite

We recently designed a letterpress wedding suite for a couple getting married in Southern California. They had a beautiful color theme of dusty rose with gold accents, and loved the vintage heart locket illustration in our collection. A custom script monogram sets off their simply classic wedding invitations.

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Custom Letterpress Coasters

Letterpress coasters are such a fun way to commemorate an important event. They're great for any celebration, whether it be a 60th birthday party or an announcement for a wedding yet to come. They can be used as a cute keepsake for guests, as well as a nice way to  protect your coffee table. custom-gold-letterpress-coasters

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Email info@sesameletterpress.com for a quote for your next letterpress coaster project.

Coastal wedding Save the Dates

We are big fans of nautical and maritime imagery and it features on so many of our printed items. From our octopus coasters to our deluxe anchor notecard sets, we love finding ways to reference the sea in our work. So obviously, we adore working with couples to incorporate their vision of the coast into their printed stationery. We've recently worked with two lovely couples on their Save the Date cards.

Meaghan and Andre fell for our ship in a bottle illustration and it just looks so pretty at the top of their card:

We're always happy to include a small motif above the return address on the envelope too. Continuing the seaside theme, Meaghan and Andre opted for a little clam shell:

We love how this Save the Date looks and we can't wait to share photos of their actual wedding invitations!

Erin and Owen also used a dark blue ink for their design (does anything signify the ocean more than a nice, rich, saturated blue?). But they decided to create a truly bespoke card with hand drawn illustrations and handwritten lettering. They also included pops of vivid red:

The little seagull perched on the map in the lower left corner just makes us feel so happy! Here's a close up of part of the map to show the intricacy of the illustrations and the letterpress impression:

We're so excited to hear all about both of these weddings!

Celebratory Save the Dates!

We are working with a delightful couple at the moment to design their wedding invitations. A few months ago, they approached us to work on Save the Date cards and so it's lovely to be following the progress of their wedding plans. The bride had a nice clear idea about the design she was looking for: something informal yet elegant.

The colors pop and we like how the champagne bottle motif anticipates a really fun wedding! We also customized the design a little more by adding Sabrina and Nick's initials and wedding date to the champagne bottle label!

Kiawah Island Wedding: Part 2!

Our second Save the Date for a Kiawah Island wedding is totally different. This is one of the nicest things about working with couples on their wedding stationery: no two couples come up with the same idea. This Save the Date is simpler and completely text-based. The couple wanted the beauty of Betsy Dunlap's calligraphy to shine through.

This is such a wonderful way to really customize your wedding stationery: hire a calligrapher to render your names in a unique, one-of-a-kind font and then build the rest of the design around those words.

Here's a more detailed image of the letterpress impression of Betsy's calligraphy:

It fun for us to try out different fonts to work alongside this handwritten cursive. We opted for Neutra Caps which has a clean, contemporary feel. And that blue is marvellous!

Kiawah Island Wedding: Part 1!

Kiawah Island in South Carolina is a pretty magical place. Which could explain why we had a few couples work with us this season on Save the Dates for their 2014 weddings on the island. So first of all, feast your eyes on this really lovely Save the Date which features a map of the area and a teeny tiny heart to mark the spot:

We love the unusual colors used here: two shades of green and that little flourescent pop of pink to catch your eye!

Here's a close up which shows the detail and impression:

This is a great design for a Save the Date and we can customize the map to suit the location of any wedding.

International Save the Date!

Following on from our previous post, which highlighted our banner design, we wanted to show you another variation. We printed this Save the Date for a lovely couple with links to America and England! The bride had a mug which featured little flags from both countries so we used that as a starting point for the design!

The colors also pick up on the flag colors. We are so proud of how nicely this printed: the teeny tiny stars on the American flags are all perfectly defined!