Monograms Part II

Sticking with the monograms theme this month, we wanted to share some options for incorporating these on wedding stationery. Monograms are one of our favorite design elements to print. They add a decorative detail and a sophisticated elegance to wedding invitations. Plus, the design can be carried through all of the wedding stationery, from thank you note cards to programs and menus.

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We recommend couples adhere to traditional etiquette, noting that the bride’s initials come first on the stationery until the wedding has taken place. After the ceremony, the groom’s initials may come first (on the menu, escort cards and thank you notes) and/or the couple can use their shared last name, if relevant.

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Even simple initials like this L + A (below) can elevate items like escort cards or menus and give the stationery a personal feel.

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This couple opted for the nautical flags in lieu of letters.

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New Design! Tropical Destination Wedding

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!

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.

Say thanks with bespoke letterpress stationery

We print many custom stationery sets during the holiday. They make wonderful gifts, perfect for sending out thank you notes, post-holiday. Here are a few we particularly enjoyed designing and printing in 2014. custom-classic-monogram-stationery-sesame-letterpress

These notecards feature an assortment of blues and grays, perfectly matching the cloudy January sky.

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Initials always look great in letterpress, whether they are small and sleek or larger and more decorative. Adding an image is a great idea, especially if it's as cute as this carefree rabbit taking a leap over such a fancy monogram.

 

Chalk Business Cards

We've been working with Chalk, a marketing and branding firm here in NYC for a couple of years. They recently asked us to print some of their redesigned business cards and we were impressed by how well they turned out. The bold indigo banner contrasts the bright white paper, making their logo quite striking.

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It's always fun to bring another designer's vision to life, especially when it is as eye-catching as this. These letterpress business cards were a challenge to print, but will certainly make a good impression on their clients.

Eye Love You!

We're debuting a couple new greeting cards this year, in celebration of Valentine's Day! We love this playful card with a striking blue and gray eye. The message is simple and sweet. eye_love_valentine_card_sesame_letterpress

Nothing says I love you like a sweet, hand-written note and a really good box of chocolates. We've designed these red and gray cards with that thought in mind. The inspiration for this card, the Whitman's Sampler box, has been a Valentine's Day staple since 1912.

love_sweet_chocolate_box_valentine_card_sesame_letterpressWe encourage sending handwritten love notes all year long, but if there's one day a year to write to your paramour, this is it. These and more Valentine's Day cards are available on our website now!

Seeing green: A winter California wedding

This fall we designed and printed a beautiful set of art nouveau inspired wedding invitations for a couple in southern California. They started things off sweet with a bookmark sized Save the Date, printed in a warm gold and green combination. gold-green-letterpress-save-the-date-bookmark-sesame

The invitation features a delicate border of dark green vines that accent the fine lines in the type. A wreath-decorated home was the perfect image for their intimate reception.

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The gold ribbon woven through the wreath is a sweet, little detail that makes this response card stand out. The simplicity of this letterpress wedding suite is what makes it such a nice sight. It's all in the details!

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An elegant border

It's probably clear by now that we are big fans of designs that incorporate both elegance and a certain informality. Walker and Billy went for wedding invitations that perfectly melded these two approaches: letterpress-wedding-invite-border-blind

We really love these designs. The border is beautifully rendered in pale tinted ink and the different thicknesses set each separate card apart from the next. We also love how some of the pieces feature handwritten details that were provided by a family member: another great way to add some originality to your invitations. Neutra Caps font for the rest of the text adds a pleasant retro feel that complements the style of the border too.

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Altogether, a really gorgeous invitation set! Congratulations, Walker and Billy!

Meadow-themed wedding invitations

Lauren and Tyler approached us with a really beautiful layout that they had designed themselves. It features a freeform border consisting of all sorts of seasonal flowers and herbs. meadow-blue-floral-letterpress-wedding-invite

The simplicity of the font allows the fine illustrations to really shine through. We also adore the subtle ampersand behind the couple's names.

When it came to laying out the RSVP card, they replicated a single element of the design and used the same fonts and pale blue ink to create a unified look. Just so pretty!

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Tangerine ink and blind embossing

We have been printing loads of wedding invitations from designer-supplied files lately. We love seeing all the different styles and ideas that graphic designers come up with. It's wonderful to work closely with other artists and craftspeople to collaborate on their designs. Here's a recent invitation we printed:

The design features a blind-embossed background pattern overlaid with bold, chunky text in a gorgeous pale apricot color. We love how tactile this card is and how it plays with traditional notions of wedding invitations.

The design is by the very talented Tim Geesman and his Thank You card layout is no less awesome.

Again, the design is really clever: we love the subtle customization of the initials in the heart. Thanks Tim and Kate for working with us on your printing!