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.
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!
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!
Congratulations to Liz and Thomas on their wedding this weekend! We love these classic and romantic invitations with a custom monogrammed wreath. They wanted to embrace the festive spirit of NYC during the holiday season, so the additional elements like the taxi carrying a Christmas tree are just right. The details in the schedule of events and map were fun to design and added a nice, personal touch.
Our Roses design translates well to any number of pieces of stationery, like this wedding program. The script font, paired with these beautiful flowers is formal and romantic. A wedding program is a great keepsake, and the perfect way to guide your guests through the ins and outs of your ceremony.
Here is a nice detail shot of our Roses wedding invitation design, printed in a pale tint and matte gold ink. The line work of the rose illustration is still clear, even in a subtle color. We love this warm color combination and it works for weddings at any time of the year.
We printed these beautiful sea-inspired Save the Date cards for Valery and Chris for their summer wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. They opted for a bright, nautical blue paired with charcoal ink and a great wave illustration. They had the great idea to include an enclosure card to encourage guests to book their rooms early. These cards can be especially helpful for a wedding taking place in a popular location, like Newport in the summer.
A big congratulations to Sarah and Sam on their recent wedding! They provided so much inspiration just from their venue alone - the family apple farm. They wanted a classic design with some nods to the location, so we added some accents of apples, wheat and ferns for a fall harvest feeling.
Congratulations to Brooke and Paulo on their Hamptons wedding this past weekend! We loved working on their design so much, that it inspired us to create a new template based on it. The tinted floral pattern on the invitation is subtle and allows the text to read clearly. The Information card and Welcome Cocktails card both featured Hamptons inspired illustrations in complementary colors. It is a beautiful and unique invitation suite.
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.
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.
These invitations for a wedding of two University of Virginia grads are timeless! The charcoal ink on natural white paper creates a beautifully soft effect. And the illustrations are a great addition to the simple design.
How cute are these custom notecards? Its never too early to get your children started with hadn't written thank you notes. We love the bright pink ink paired with adorable imagery of a kitten and girl with a rabbit.
These custom note cards were a wonderful gift for a chic lady! We love the simplicity of the monogram printed in rich black ink.
Congratulations to Karina and Alejandro on their wedding this weekend! Their wedding invitations are unique and modern, just like their wedding venue, an industrial artist studio and gallery space in Brooklyn.
If you're looking for a subtle image to accent your custom stationery, we recommend printing in a blind emboss like these images illustrate. Generally, we use a touch of pigment in a clear ink to help give the image a bit of shadow on the paper. The result is a beautiful bit of texture that allows your text to stand out, while giving the design a bit more depth. We don't recommend doing a blind or tinted emboss for text, as it is not reliably legible.
Congratulations to Rachel and Brian on their wedding this weekend. We loved customizing our Vintage NYC design for their wedding at the Liberty Warehouse here in Brooklyn.
Congratulations to Lisa and William who were just married this weekend! We loved working on their Gatsby inspired invitations, and all the fun details that were included. The California themed favor tags are so sweet!