Letterpress Invitation, Traditional Wedding, Blush and Gray, Formal, Pink Rose Envelope Liner, Bamboo Paper, Pretty script font

Invitation Printing 101 – Letterpress

Welcome back to Invitation Printing 101. Today we’re discussing my personal favorite — letterpress! The Basics First Look: • Indented impression • Matte ink • Usually printed on a textured cotton paper It’s great for: • Everything from classic to whimsical styles • Weddings, holiday cards, baby announcements, the list goes on…. • Designs with one, two or three ink colors It’s often combined with: • Foil details • Thick paper • Envelope liners Details There’s something about this antique printing process that I just adore. Letterpress printing uses plates to create an indented impression, leaving you with a beautifully textured surface on your invitation. The inks are translucent and soak into the paper so we recommend working with light-colored papers like …

Invitation Printing 101 Graphic, Chalkboard style with illustrated floral details and calligraphy style font

Invitation Printing 101 – An overview of the processes, timing and cost

Welcome to Invitation Printing 101! We know it’s not every day that you shop for fancy invitations so over the next few weeks I’m going to guide you through the various printing processes to help you choose the technique that works best for your style and budget. The invitation is your guests’ first impression of the event so it’s best to choose a design and printing technique that accurately conveys the tone and formality of your day. After all, your guests would most likely be horribly embarrassed if they showed up to your very formal big day in khakis and a blazer because the invitation implied a casual, rustic party instead of an elaborate, Gatsby-inspired affair. To start here’s a pretty …

Letterpress, black and white pocket invitation with bellyband, formal style

Part 2: Keeping It All Together – Pockets and Bellybands

Welcome to Part 2: Keeping it all together. Today we’re going to focus on a couple more Fat Cat favorites — pockets and bellybands. But before we dive in, if you missed last week’s post make sure to catch up here. Bellybands This is another personal favorite. A bellyband is a piece of paper that wraps around the invitation. The rest of the suite (reply set, reception card and detail card) can be tucked under the bellyband either in front of or behind the invitation. Bellybands can be printed or unprinted on either textured or smooth paper. They can even be layered with twine or a ribbon. Pockets Pockets come is so many shapes and sizes (some of which we discussed …

Samantha Bridal Shower, Calipsofold Invitation, Keeping it all together

Part 1: Keeping It All Together – Pockets, Ribbon and Twine

Welcome to the first of two posts explaining how to “keep it all together” — and no, I’m not referring to the emotional stress of planning a wedding ? I’m talking about the many ways to package your invitation suite together to create a beautiful presentation for your guests. Remember, you only have one chance to make a first impression so it’s important to put some extra thought and care into your invitation suite. For many of our clients, a beautifully printed invitation with complimentary envelope liner is the perfect presentation. But what about the rest of our brides? We often hear, “I want something that will continue to hold all the pieces together after my guests open the envelope.” This …

Thank You, Thank You

Eeks we’re so excited! We want to shout out a big THANK YOU because earlier this year, we were honored with Borrowed & Blue’s Gold Award for the second year in a row. This particular award is voted on by industry professionals, reminding us how grateful we are to be surrounded by such a wonderful and supportive network of local vendors. Today, we’re showing off a few of our favorite B&B Real Weddings. These North Fork weddings sure know how to show off some sweet and romantic style. Deanna + Jason We loved being a part of this happy couple’s dreamy barn wedding at Hallockville Museum Farm. Every detail was planned to perfection from the vibrant bouquets by Jenny at Wildflower to …

Bella Figura, Garnet, Navy invitation with Copper Shimmer Envelope Liner and Copper Foil

We Love Envelope Liners: Round 2

Envelope liners certainly aren’t an afterthought. They add another layer of depth to your beautiful suite and are the first thing your guests will notice when they open your invitation. When choosing a liner, think about the impression that you would like to leave with your guests. A solid envelope liner tends to have a more classic and traditional tone while floral illustrations add a romantic touch. Whatever you choose should reflect the taste and personality of yourself and your venue. This will help your guests understand the tone of your wedding. Today we’re starting with vintage illustrations. They’re charming to say the least and are a great way to incorporate flowers or greenery into your invitation suite. Specialty paper can mean …

Lucie by B.T.Elements, Invitation with fun typesetting and twine and tag detail

Invitations by BT Elements

Today we’re featuring invitations by B.T. Elements. We’ve been carrying their lovely invitation line for a few years now and we can’t seem to get enough of it. B.T.Elements has two distinct but complimenting styles and our brides have fallen in love with both of them. Both albums carry a sense of rustic charm with laurels, arrows and kraft paper. Their “Ashton” album is quirky and whimsical. It’s perfect for non-traditional couples who love color and playful typography. Their “Marlow” album is refined and romantic. This charming album uses letterpress and foil stamping to compliment designs rich in floral and watercolor details. As invitation specialists, we’re so inspired by their fun font combinations. We love mixing and matching their papers, …

Boutonniere by BellaFigura, Letterpress Invitation with Red Floral Liner

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s that sentimental time of year again. We hope you’re enjoying the day whether you’re going out for date night with your sweetie or catching up with some friends. In honor of cupid, we’re celebrating with some romantic red and pretty in pink invitations. Boutonniere by Bella Figura This invitation has it all — a vibrant floral liner, eye-catching fonts and a kraft paper envelope. We love it just the way it is but keep in mind, if red isn’t your color we’ll help you find an alternative floral or patterned liner to match this beautiful invitation.   Galena by Smock Pearl foil is a great way to add a little shimmer without being over the top. …

Rifle Paper Vintage Postcard Valentines

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re going out for date night or just getting through the holiday, here are some Fat Cat approved Valentine’s Day essentials. You’re never too old to send valentines. These clever vintage postcard valentines by Rifle Paper Co. are the perfect way to send your love. How adorable is this Rambling Roses Crossbody Bag from Kate Spade? The perfect size for date night. We love ombre everything and these cherries are no exception! You can still order these Shari’s Berries chocolate covered cherries in time for Valentine’s Day. And for those of you boycotting Valentine’s Day, this beanie from Nylon is certainly Fat Cat approved. xoxo,

Chilmark by BellaFigura, watercolor floral save the date, reds, pinks, oranges

What does floral mean to you?

With the planning for spring and summer weddings well underway, lately many of our brides have arrived at our studio with florals in mind. The wide array of styles for choose from has prompted us to ask… “What does floral mean to you?”   It can show up as beautiful WATERCOLOR ARTWORK like the new “Chilmark” Save the Date, the chic indigo “Cora” floral frame or the pretty pastel “English Garden” invitation. All designed and printed by Bella Figura. Or as DELICATE LETTERPRESS DETAILS as shown in “Jorie” and “Belsay” by Bella Figura. These two darling invitations are quickly becoming favorites in our studios. They feature a combination of letterpress ink and foil stamping and are printed on luxurious textured cotton paper. These rustic …