February 19, 2019

2019 Wedding Paper Trends

Now that 2019 is in full swing, we wanted to let you in on all of the major design trends we are seeing for this year.  Of course, now that Pantone has announced “Living Coral” as it’s color for 2019, we aren’t seeing anyones favorite punchy palette going anywhere.  Thank you to Theo Milo for all of the pretty pics.

Most of our designs still maintain a modern element, but some include a vintage twist like deckled edging.  This is one of those trends that we see come back around every several years, but we are really digging it right now. And it’s not just on the invitation paper, we’re seeing it on envelopes, reply cards, etc.

Foil printing is definitely having a moment also.  This is a great way to bring in a little something different if you are looking to do so.  It can be used subtly like on a backing or envelope liner, or in a pattern or text as the main focus. And, every color is popular (gold, silver, copper, rose gold), so find one that compliments your palette.

Watercolor weddings aren’t going anywhere. Almost every wedding we are designing for includes an watercolor illustration or color palette. It’s definitely something that will make a lasting impression on your guests.

The metal medium is very hot right now. Lucite, mirror, and metal “papers” are making a strong appearance all around.

And, believe it or not, vellum is making a strong comeback.  We are finding lots of new and pretty ways to use vellum in wedding paper designs again.

Are there any trends you are happy to see or would like to go away quickly? What are you using in your wedding papers?

February 12, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day

Pink roses, paper pieces, details, and printing… these are a few of our favorite things.  With Valentine’s Day this week, why not think about gifting something different. We think custom designed personal stationary, or printed cocktail napkins for the home are two fun ideas.

Thank you to Liz Banfield and Corbin Gurkin for all of the photos.

January 29, 2019

Nautical Nights

photos by Liz Banfield

photo by Corbin Gurkin

As a counterpart to our post on beach wedding printing, we also get lots of requests for nautical styled events also… There are many stylish ways to do “nautical” without being too themey, so we’re sharing today, let us know if we can help you with any upcoming parties! These escort cards were made to look like flags on a “watercolor” board paying homage to the yacht club wedding location for the next day.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

With subtle nods to nautical, reversing the somewhat obvious and printing the white text on navy paper gives an upscale result.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this yacht club rehearsal dinner, we created a custom illustration that was used to line the envelopes, back the invitations, and also printed on fabric to use as table runners. We also created a logo featuring a crest atop crossing oars with an anchor representing two people joining together and anchoring each other in marriage. And, sweet flag place cards were tied with hemp twine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Of course no nautical party is complete without the traditional look of stripes. To jazz up passing trays, we created simple red, white, and blue nautical striped papers.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

And for dressing up the dessert plates, we made custom printed “doilies” using a rope and knot striped design.

January 23, 2019

Elegant Escort Cards


photos by Corbin Gurkin

Escort card displays have come a long way from the days of white printed cards set out on a table in alphabetical order. Many brides (and their wedding designers) are choosing to make these a focal point or another place to pack a design punch. Since this is an area that guests are guaranteed to see and experience, it’s a great place to get creative.  For a floral themed Colorado wedding, a simple chandelier in the foyer leading into dinner was covered in greenery and used to hang die cut flower seating cards from ribbon. The flowers were calligraphied in different shades matching the color palette…


photos by Corbin Gurkin

For a recent traditional wedding at home, an arched doorway leading outside to the dinner tent was covered in garland, and the escort cards were alphabetically woven into the greens. Simplicity ruled best here, but with a hint of whimsy, guests noted the thoughtful touch. Design by Tara Guerard Soiree.


photos by Liz Banfield

If you want to stick with a more traditional route, ways you can dress that up or give a new look to it are by using different holders, or placing them on a topper with pretty color or pattern giving it some depth. For a wedding down in Georgia, native granite rocks were weighty card holders for simply handwritten cards.


photos by Corbin Gurkin

At this wedding with lots of blue pattern play, white glass subway tiles were caligraphied with varying shades of blue just to add some dimension. It was so tailored and lovely atop a blue patterned linen.


photo by Elizabeth Messina

At this outdoor tented affair, a sailcloth tent awaited guests on the adjacent lawn. A moss covered board was adorned with flower buds, and vintage keys and metal tags embossed with guests’ names. The paper tags attached let guests know which table to find, and the tags doubled as little keepsakes! Similar adornments were included in their vintage themed invitations, so it was nice to revisit this idea at the actual wedding.

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…