Dusty Sage Tree Wedding

We worked with Alessandra and John earlier this summer to design this beautiful wedding suite, consisting of Save the Dates, Invitations and Thank You Cards. All the pieces were adorned with this gorgeous tree illustration, provided by the couple. The dusty green and charcoal ink with a simple border make this design feel sophisticated and special.

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Downtown NYC Wedding

We send our congrats out to Elaine and Phillip for their wedding this weekend! They chose our Downtown design for their NYC wedding and we printed it in rich black ink. Their save the date cards are in the same style of design as the wedding suite for a complete look. We love printing this simply cool design for city weddings.

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NYC Chrysler Wedding

Congratulations Maura & Glenn, who were recently married in our fair city! We love the classic feeling invitations, with some of NYC’s finest landmarks printed on them. The invitations feature the Chrysler Building on top of the card, surrounded by a simple border. All the cards were printed in black ink on warm white paper.

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Simi Valley Wedding

A big congrats to Emily & Ian on their wedding in sunny, Southern California! They loved our Hudson design, in the original blush and black inks, with a pale pink lined envelope. They wanted traditional rsvp cards for some guests, as well as response tags for their tech-friendly invitees. The rsvp cards featured pink illustrations for the wedding events and a space to request a song for the reception.

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Inky Fingers Calligraphy

We love working with calligraphy artists to finalize our letterpress wedding suites. These escort cards and menus were both beautifully written by Brooke McDonald of Inky Fingers Calligraphy. She is an NYC local who does custom calligraphy for invitations, envelopes and day of stationery, like these red rose escort cards. We love the combination of the impression of letterpress printing with the sharp lines of a pen. Check our her website to see more of her gorgeous work!

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San Francisco Palms Wedding

A big congrats to Desiree and David on their recent wedding in San Francisco! We love the full set that we printed for them, based on our Palms design. They completed the set with a Rehearsal Dinner card, Welcome Party card, and Accommodations card - all with sweet detailed images of palm tress and cute coconut cocktails. The set is really pulled together by a black invitation envelope, which makes the suite feel very luxurious.

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Bowery Hotel Wedding

A big congratulations to Jamie & Bobby on their Bowery Hotel wedding this weekend! The Bowery Hotel is such a romantic setting for an NYC wedding, and we think the invitations set the tone. Jamie & Bobby used our Elegant Monogram design, minus the monogram, making it a classic design with a double border. The navy ink with navy envelope liners is very striking on warm white paper. And we always love printing custom thank you notes for after the wedding. These are so sweet, with a vintage illustration of a writing hand.

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Italian Villa Wedding

Congratulazioni to Allison and Tyler for their destination wedding at an Italian villa! What a dream wedding! Based on our Pictorial design, these invitations were printed in a bright orange and green ink, with a pair of cypress trees on the invitation to represent their union at a Mediterranean villa. For their wedding attire note, they included a peacock to represent the “black tie with flair.”

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Gatsby-Inspired NYC Wedding

Congrats to Jensen and Andrew on their recent wedding! We used our Art Deco inspired Gatsby design for their invitations in navy and light gray ink on warm white paper. For a fun element, we printed vintage NYC maps for custom envelope liners. We love the little detail of the clinking champagne glasses on the bottom of the invitation, to note the wedding attire.

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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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Monograms

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

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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. 

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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!

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NYC Skyline Wedding

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!

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Formal Holiday 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.

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Newport, Rhode Island Save the Date

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.

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