Made In New York

The exhibition “Made In New York: The Business Of Folk Art,” curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York dives into the rich history of folk art in New York City. With works ranging from portraiture to shop signs, this exhibition highlights the fact that folk art was not just happening in small rural areas, but that there was a flourishing community of painters, printers, potters, and other artisans working in the five boroughs of New York. Many of these artists were self-taught or learn their trade through traditional apprenticeships or family businesses. The exhibition includes works created from 1760 to 1915 including a beautiful Optician’s trade sign from the E.G. Washburne & Co., a painting of the Flushing, a paddle wheeler, by James Bard, and a variety of embroidery samplers, among many other amazing objects. Laura Beach in her review of the exhibition for Antiques and the Arts Weekly states, “its true beauty lies in its meticulous reconstruction of a place and its people.” The exhibitions runs through July 28, 2019. 

For more information about the exhibition, visit the American Folk Art Museum’s site here.

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English Country Estate Wedding

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.

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English Country House Wedding

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.

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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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Ferns and Fronds Wedding

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.

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Response Cards with Event Information

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!

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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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Wording Guide - RSVP Edition #2

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.

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Wording Guide - RSVP Edition #1

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

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Wording Guide - Who is Hosting?

All suites are personal and need different wording to convey the feeling and details of the event. One of the most important details to note is the first line that indicates who is hosting the wedding. Tradition states that the parents of the bride would do the honors, but that is not always the case these days! Often, weddings are jointly hosted by the bride and groom’s parents, or even by the couple themselves. Below are a few ways to word the first lines of text on your card.

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If the bride’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter

If the bride and groom’s parents are hosting a traditional wedding together:
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
and
Mr. and Mrs. David Jones
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children

If the couple is hosting with their parents:
Together with their families
Holly and Jacob
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their marriage

For the parents hosting a more informal wedding, you can forgo the titles (Mr. and Mrs.):
Katherine and John Smith
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

If both sets of parents are hosting an informal wedding:
With great joy
Katherine and John Smith
together with
Sally and David Jones
invite you to celebrate the marriage of
Holly and Jacob

One last tip!
If  your ceremony is in a place of worship: request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
If your ceremony is in a secular location: request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter

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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Brooklyn Bridge Invitations

A big congratulations to a Melissa and Kevin, who were recently married in Brooklyn! Their invitations are classic, with a subtle nod to Brooklyn. We printed their invitations in a combination of dusty blue, charcoal and a pale tint for the image of the Brooklyn Bridge. The overall effect is romantic and formal, perfectly fitting their winter wedding.

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