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 …

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 …

BellaFigura, Brushwork Invitation with Foil Liner

Adding an Envelope Liner: Round 1

One of our favorite ways to spice up a classic invitation is to add a beautiful envelope liner. There are so many styles and options to choose from… patterned or solid, shimmer or matte, classic or whimsical. This week and next I’m going to show off some of our favorites starting with FOIL liners! We began offering foil liners a couple years ago and haven’t turned back. They add an extra special shimmering touch to classic and whimsical invitations alike. Next up we have brushstroke and watercolor liners. These artistic envelope liners add a sense of whimsy and are perfect for everything from wedding invitations to baby announcements. Today we’ll end with photographs and maps. These details really add a personal …

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. …

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 …

Bridal Party Photo

Real Wedding: Elena and John

Designing the paper elements for Elena and John’s dream wedding was an absolute joy. Their style was classic and elegant with a hint of Gatsby inspired, art deco flair. In our first appointment, Elena’s sketch of a ribbon and wax seal evolved into a beautiful foil and letterpress invitation. Once they were designed and printed, we carefully wrapped each one with a ribbon and added a shimmery wax seal. We’re still so in love with the finished suite. Once the invitations were in the mail, we created monogrammed wedding programs and champagne flute escort cards. Festive gold menus sat at each place setting to compliment the beautiful table numbers that Elena stitched by hand. Here are some of our favorite …

Chatsworth by Bella Figura, 2017 Calligraphy Trend, Letterpress and Foil Invitation with Floral Liner

2017: New Year, New Trends

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for all the great things ahead in 2017. With a new year comes new trends and we’re so excited to dive into them in this week’s blog post…. Pops of Color In 2017 we expect to see classic invitations with unexpected pops of color. This can be achieved by adding a purple edge paint to Smock’s “Avella” suite or a vibrant envelope liner as shown in “Ellory.” Greenery We love that we continue to see garlands and other greenery used as table runners and centerpieces. Organic, “fresh-picked” style bouquets are taking place of traditional blooms. This invitation by B.T.Elements uses kraft paper and hints of greenery, perfect for an …