We have added a new design to our family of wedding invitations! Inspired by the Jazz Age, this set looks just right printed in gold ink, with Art Deco details looking just right on warm white paper.
Congratulations to Sarah & Adam on their wedding in NYC this past weekend! We’ve collaborated with them over the past few months to create their a suite of wedding cards based on our Cities design. We began with a Save the Date card, featuring a tinted image of a vintage NYC map in the background, and used this map on envelope liners for the invitations and thank you notes as well. All of their pieces (including table numbers, escort cards, programs and menus!) were printed in Navy ink and were inspired by New York’s iconic landmarks.
We designed these invitations for a wedding at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard last year, and they have us dreaming of sipping some rosé in the summer sun. We used our Vineyard invitation template and added some extra details, like green painted leaves on the invitation, and an envelope liner featuring the same vintage map of Long Island that we used on the Save the Dates. The dusty blue and soft green inks look beautiful together on warm white paper.
We printed these wedding invitations last year for a lovely couple getting married in Northern California. They chose our Chatham template, but wanted to keep it classic by printing everything in black ink. The cocktail illustrations on the card for their Mexican Fiesta keep this simple set festive.
Congratulations to Brittany & Brad for their wedding in Maui this weekend! We would have loved to jet off to a tropical destination after this rainy May. We love how fun and bright these cards are, with Hawaiian accents of flowers, palms, pineapples, and an adorable hula dancer.
Congrats to Courtney and Nicholas for their wedding this weekend! They our Vintage NYC design for their lovely city wedding, featuring some city icons and a vintage map for the envelope liner. Black and gold ink were the perfect combination for a black tie wedding.
These invitations for Alina and Shawn’s wedding are so soft and beautiful. They loved our Magnolia design, and wanted to print in a soft sage green with dark text on top. Rounding the corners of the cards adds another level of delicacy to these lovely invitations.
Congratulations to Jungjoo and Jarrett for their recent wedding in upstate New York! We love that they chose a bold design, using a variation of our Wildflowers template. The black floral frame is striking and modern, with pale pink elements, like the envelope liner and belly band to soften the invitation set.
Here are some pictures of a beautiful set of wedding invitations we designed last year for Hilary and Chris. They chose the Laurel Wreath design in a bright summer green with their monogram as the main imagery. Its hard to believe their wedding was last summer!
Congratulations to Anjuli & Charles for their wedding in the English countryside! We are enamored of this set with its combination of bold lines and soft florals, printed in a deep green ink. We did a full set of cards for their wedding, including a card for their Hindu wedding ceremony in a coral pink, and a very fun weekend timeline. We think the design is elegant and befitting a wedding at an English estate.
Congratulations to Angela and Samuel who were married by the sea in Florida this weekend! We love their seaside themed wedding, complete with soaring seagulls, a roaring wave and a custom monogram.
Congratulations to Lorien & John for their wedding across the pond this week! This lovely couple chose to use our Pictorial design with imagery to match their wedding at a beautiful country home. The soft blue-green and gray colors of this design have us dreaming of the English countryside in the spring.
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.
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.
Even simple initials like this L + A (below) can elevate items like escort cards or menus and give the stationery a personal feel.
This couple opted for the nautical flags in lieu of letters.
Sticking with our “March Monogram” theme, we’ve added a couple new note card designs to our collection. We always love an elegant script monogram but for many people, this may feel too formal for their style of letter writing. A card with custom printed initials is going to get much more use.
If you’re inspired to order some monogramed stationery of your own, visit our note card collection here: Sesame Note Card Collection
The simplicity of crisp, letterpressed initials always looks elegant. Monograms have been used for centuries from Roman era coins to modern era royal wedding invitations. We started looking into the history of monograms and here are some of the interesting things we learned:
Initials/monograms symbols have been used for centuries, dating back to 350 BC.
Currency during Roman times featured the initials of the Greek and Roman rulers to mark their reign
In the Middle ages, artisans used initials to sign or brand their work
Early monograms consisted of just two initials. Around the 17th Century, it became more common to use the three letters. In the early 1600’s, Rembrandt signed his early paintings with “R” or “RH” but later added a third initial (and eventually moved on to signing his name).
British Royals use the 2 letters and these are intertwined to form a cipher, which is a monogram design for the reigning sovereign.
In the Victorian era, monograms were associated with the aristocracy and therefore, were perceived as a sign of prestige.
If initials feel too minimalist, a small illustration can be added to personalize the stationery a bit more. Here are a couple we’ve printed and love this month!
Congratulations to Laura and Daniel on their wedding this beautiful, spring weekend! So often we use beautiful floral illustrations on wedding invitations, but this couple wanted something a little different. These ferns and fronds, printed in a mix of black ink and a blind emboss, are a nice alternative for an early Spring wedding.
These cards are an example of a way to convey the wedding weekend details to your guests and help them easily indicate which events they will attend. The info card is an information source for guests and the response card is the information source for the family handling the planning. If you have many events for your wedding weekend, it may be most helpful to you to have your guests rsvp for each event, as exemplified on this response card. It will make counting heads for each event much easier!
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!
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.
Wedding website cards are a great way to remind your guest of your website. We often print these as mini cards with a little bit of wording above the url, like this example. This card can have formal or more fun wording, and maybe an image to illustrate the style of your event. If you have a password, make sure to include that, also.
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