January 15, 2019

Wedding Printing A-Z

It’s a new year here at the Paper Fig!  We thought it would be nice to pick some of our favorite pretty wedding printings and walk you through the pieces starting with the Save the Dates all the way to the Send Off or Just Married signs… The first one we are starting with is a wedding at Sea island on the coast of Georgia. The bride was on the more traditional side, but wanted botanical notes brought into the design. The save the dates started with a watercolor look incorporating a custom monogram and flora & fauna notes… We loved the envelope liner with a whimsical scale pattern and the turquoise ink color.

We kept it classic on the invitations with simple black calligraphy, but a custom designed botanical paper liner added a gorgeous glimpse as guests opened the envelopes. Also, botanical stamps added attention to detail, and the black and white elvis rsvp envelope stamp was a fun touch.

The party pack, which guests, receive as they are rsvp’ing to the wedding “married” all of the looks together… We decomposed each design and took a smaller element from each in order to create a packet of different invitations and information that coordinated together and set the tone for the weekend.

Packaging on the wedding welcome bags brought back the whimsical look of the save the dates, since this is a place to play and have fun with the design and pieces.

Again, brining back a more formal feel with the ceremony programs. The custom botanical pattern lined the cover of the booklets which were bound with gold cording and a lettpressed gold cross.

Tara Guerard, the designer for this event, loves the details and special touches, so our calligrapher often makes handwritten tags for the boutonierres and the bouquets…

A great way to bring details into your food elements (like here at this cocktail hour) is with custom designed cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, and tray liners for the food passing trays. We took several complimentary patterns from the designs and printed them big enough for trays, the caterer then cut and fit them to the trays…

For the formal sit down dinner, the menus took homage to the traditional style of the invitations. Place cards were wooden tags tied to each napkin for a nice detail, and wooden pieces were hand painted for table numbers.

We have done all kinds of Just Married signs as you saw from our earlier post, but we really feel like you just can’t leave that detail out… Even something simple is sweet for the photo opp!

Thank you to Liz Banfield for sharing these images with us…

December 11, 2018

Wedding Welcomes of the Year

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

On the note of our yearly recaps, today we are sharing some of our favorite wedding welcome gifts from this past year… Like the one above for our Southern Christmas wedding.  Canvas dopp kits were filled with Christmas plaid koozies, snacks, and waters, all with a letterpressed booklet detailing the weekend events.

photo by Christian Oth Studio 

For an early Fall wedding at the Breakers in Palm Beach, woven beach bags were filled with Turkish towels, Saltwater Taffy and custom painted cookies, and chips and salsa from Texas, where the couple live.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

A custom map hand drawn map was printed on these baskets filled with local treats and goodies. We printed a similar map on puzzles that were also included, and used to print the water bottle labels…

photo by Tec Petaja

Sweet treats and locally made spicy Pork Skins helped round out the goodies filling this woven tote. A recovery kit full of necessities like hangover remedies, band aids, heartburn treatments, help make guests stay more comfortable.

photos by Liz Banfield

This couple married at a yacht club, so we sourced sail cloth bags and filled them with lots of different snacks and treats. A letterpressed envelope included removable cards for guests to keep handy to reference details of the weekend.

photo by Tec Petaja

These tote bags featured a custom printed box containing a “mini bar”… guests were beyond over these. Custom printed cups, and hangover kits rounded out this party bag.

photo by Sarah Kate Photo 

December 4, 2018

2018 in Invitations

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We had such a pretty year designing invitations for our clients. This recap has us excited for what’s to come next year as well… Do you have a favorite or something you’d like to see in the next year?  Hit us up and let us know…

photo by Liz Banfield

photo by Sarah Kate Photo 

photo by Tec Petaja

photo by Lauren Bailey 

photo by Tec Petaja

November 20, 2018

Winter Wedding Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Seasons change, and so do wedding paper stylings in accordance… Winter is a lovely one and we couldn’t be happier to have more folks taking the plunge this season.  Here are some of our favorite winter wedding styles… This classic invitation suite starts with the thickest of paper letterpressed with hand written calligraphy. Then a velvet embossed ribbon is used for a belly band.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, for the same wedding’s save the dates, we embraced the color of the season and went with emerald envelopes written with white ink, such a lovely pop of color to receive in the mail.

A more modern take on the green and white brings in black and geometric patterns.. This would work for a Christmas seasonal wedding, but not so obvious that it borders on kitschy…

photo by Sylvie Gil

For those entertaining at home or at an event, the tablescapes and place settings can also be a place where people show their Holiday style.  If you are going big with the place setting, a more simple hand written menu or place cards can be a nice purposeful touch.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We also like to bring in seasonal elements this time of year.  Birch wood slices caligraphied with guests’ names and a sprig of Rosemary give a chic winter feel to the table, and easy to do at home… Birch slices are available on Jamaligarden.com.  And a metallic paint pen would be a pretty way to write the names… Some other greenery great for this time of year to consider – eucalyptus, pine, cypress, and holly would all be lovely. Design here by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We loved designing this Christmas wedding welcome bag. Tartan plaid koozies and seasonal snacks were a perfect treat for guests coming to Palmetto Bluff for the weekend.

November 13, 2018

Holiday Shopping


Of course, we find ourselves working on plenty of letterpressed holiday cards this time of year, but we also offer several fun gifting items for those that are letterpressed obsessed or paper fans.


Surcies (a little surprise gift just because) a staple in the South, but of course a Surcie needs to be beautifully presented as well.  So, we created our surcie tag set (available on letteredolive.com), which are perfect to dress up Secret Santa/office gifts, hostess gifts, and other surcies of the season.  Who doesn’t feel even more special when they receive something, no matter how small, when it’s beautifully packaged?


Our oyster salt and pepper cellars are a must for any hostess… super chic and unexpected..


Another popular item that we were printing often for our weddings were matchbooks. We thought it could be a great addition to homes around the holidays having their own custom matchbooks for the hearth or candles, parties, etc.

Lettered Olive cocktail napkins

Of course, there are your must haves for entertaining year round… Linen cocktail napkins would be a perfect surcie to gift, and a perfect companion for any hostess’ collection.  I have an affinity for cocktail napkins, so I have a wide variety of different designs, colors, etc.  You can definitely mix them up at your parties, put fun different colored ones at the bar or with the drinks, and mix complimentary ones throughout the food set ups.

Lettered Olive drink stirrers

A fun addition that you may not think about but will sure make a difference to your guests are cocktail stirrers (can also be used as food picks). Definitely a nice little touch, and the good thing is that they last forever, so you can stock up and not worry…