February 21, 2018

Pretty Pastels

Today, we have a bit of spring fever, so we’re sharing one of our favorite pretty pastel weddings from last year. All of the images are courtesy of Corbin Gurkin and Tara Guerard, so we hope you think it’s as pretty as we do… For this small spin on a traditional invite, green ink replaces black, and we used a custom toile envelope liner- which you will see again… Calligraphy by Claudia Engle.

Since this wedding was a seaside affair in Newport, Rhode Island, of a couple who lives in NYC, the wedding welcome gifts were a full of details pertaining to both locations. We created a whimsical fish and floral pattern that was embroidered onto the travel laundry bags… of course, the big hit were the custom printed matches.

Something we started doing for Tara Guerard’s clients in the early years of Lettered Olive, that have since become a must are our accommodation packets.  These are mailers that we send out as close to the wedding RSVP date as possible (since these pertain to attending guests).  They can be a simple self addressed and pre stamped (usually back to the wedding planner) 1 card/postcard that ask guests to give their hotel or accommodation location, date they will be arriving, how many in their party, etc so that they receive their wedding welcome gifts.  But, for some clients, we also include other invitations such as a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, or a farewell brunch as seen here… And, in which case we can also ask for the rsvp to these events on the accommodation cards. 

Of course, cocktail hour was just a little bit prettier with custom printed tray liners and cocktail napkins.

Tara Guerard designed the escort card station to be like a French market stand. We printed our custom toile pattern on paper that was calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers, and made into cones holding fresh lavender. What a statement for guests to receive while finding their table!

The custom toile pattern was also used to print custom toppers for the table linens. A simple calligraphied menu in gold ink coordinated with the place cards.

Ribbons embroidered with each table number were tied to the chairs.

 These custom place cards were packets of lavender seeds for guests to go home with, which was just perfect with the cones of fresh lavender!

February 20, 2018

Save the Date Do’s and Dont’s

photo by Liz Banfield

Today, we are chatting save the dates and the Do’s and Dont’s… Surprisingly we get lots of questions about the rules of save the dates.  So, we’re sharing some of our top tips today, and if you are just starting to think about save the dates, we can of course help and take care of all of this for you!

photo by Liz Banfield

First off, timing… We recommend that you send them out 6-8 months in advance of the wedding. If your wedding will be planned in a shorter period of time, as much advance notice as possible is the mark.  Also, DO remember that these are your guests first impression of your wedding feel, make them pretty- even if you are doing a simple version. And, DO make sure you include first and last names of all of the guests that you are inviting.

photo by Liz Banfield 

If your wedding is a destination wedding, DO give accommodation information, and if you have a wedding website or are planning to DO make sure to include the URL. Which brings us to another DO- DO make sure to send a save the date to everyone you are planning to invite, but most especially your out of town guests who will need to plan on travel.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Now for some dont’s, DON’T think of Save the Dates as replacements for invitations, you still need to send out invites, and you can certainly mention that a formal invitation will be coming.  (This is a personal preference), but we still say DON’T send out electronic save the dates, we love getting these in the mail. DON’T worry about dress code information on the save the dates, the wedding website is a great place for that kind of information.  Feel free to leave any other questions you may have for us below…

February 19, 2018

Please Take Your Seat

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love to see how the wedding designers we work with get creative with our escort cards and their displays. Cocktail hour can often be an area that is hard to do a lot of decor, so these are ways to add something of interest. Maybe some of ours will inspire yours!  Above, for our Newport, RI wedding full of Francophilia, a French market stand display was set up- we filled printed paper cones with lavender and caligraphied guests names and table numbers on them. A sweet touch for guests to take with them to their table.  These weddings were all designed by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a garden inspired wedding, metal plant tags were handwritten with names and table numbers and planted in moss covered garden boxes.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Sometimes there is an empty space or something you’d like to cover up… For a late summer wedding in Aspen, CO bringing in some softer colors to the darker masculine space was needed. A large chandelier was covered with natural greenery, and die cut floral cards were hung at eye level creating a gorge “floral” centerpiece.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

At a nautical themed rehearsal dinner, flags were pinned to a watercolored painted board just for fun!

photo by Adrienne Page

We had a lot of fun designing details for a wedding we recently featured for a golf loving couple… their escort cards were embroidered golf towels .. guests were blown away by this detail.

photo by Liz Banfield 

Sometimes something more simple or traditional is more fitting. Thoughtful details can go far in making a lasting impression. For a Georgia wedding, the traditional escort cards were displayed using granite rocks (native to the state). Think about local resources or surroundings that you can bring into the design. A gorgeous floral arrangement and linen finishes the look.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a wedding using varying shades of blue, we found a pretty patterned fabric that we used throughout the wedding decor, and then had our calligrapher using complimentary shades of blue ink for a layered look. Oh, and we used white subway tiles instead of paper just for something fun and unexpected.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We needed to incorporate animals into the decor for a “party animal” wedding… Animal busts are having a moment so finding affordable ones to use wasn’t too hard- lay out perfectly simple cards on a moss covered shelf and you have a keen little vignette.

February 14, 2018

Wooden Whimsical Wedding Wednesday

This wedding printing is just too pretty not to share, between the letterpress wood grain paper, the Oak tree emblem (a copy of the tree the couple would marry under), and the custom wedding monogram, this is the perfect ensemble not only for wedding Wednesday but for Valentine’s Day as well!

The couple really wanted a way to incorporate their two Australian Shepherds somehow into the wedding, so we thought the save the dates would a great way. We had a photo shoot with them in a local park using a chalkboard we could change wording on when needed. Backed the image with balsam paper and created a custom patterned envelope liner. We love how this translated into a sophisticated but fun save the date for guests which truly reflected the couple’s personality.

For the more formal wedding invitations, the Oak tree emblem was the design element to shine on a custom wood grain booklet. The invitation itself had a deckled edge as a nod to the natural element of the location. The reply envelope was also doted with the Oak tree emblem, and the suite was finished off with a monogramed wax seal. Elizabeth Jones’ provided the lovely calligraphy strokes.

For the canvas beach bag welcome gifts, several varying patterns that would also be seen in the wedding design were used on the custom packaging.  A special touch was custom designed Charleston postcard pre stamped and addressed for guests to sign well wishes and then mail to the couple in lieu of a guest booklet. And, not to forget the wooden paper element, custom printed wooden tags were used.

As a nod to the typically formal wedding ceremony, but taking liberties with this one taking place outdoors under an ancient Oak tree, miniature wood grain booklets were letterpressed with the couple’s custom monogram.

There were many other personal touches used in small ways throughout the wedding design… Here, for cocktail hour Lowcountry Lemonade is served in bottles with custom printed stickers.

The dinner set up was spectacular.  Since this was an early spring wedding with a natural color palette, velvet bound menu booklets  (from Velvet Raptor) in varying shades received custom copper name plates for place cards. Table numbers were hand painted agate slices.

This had to be one of our  (as well as guests’) favorite elements from this wedding. Remember the photo shoot with the couple’s dogs?  Well, with custom take home cake “doggie bags” they made an appearance at the wedding.

Other personal touches were seen on cocktail napkins- served with the late night food of passed sliders and a hot dog cart, as well as with the tray liners serving dance floor milk shakes.

And, for the send off, of course we had to do something spectacular for the sparklers… Sparklers were served up to guests in wood grain and letterpressed sparkler sleeves and custom oak tree printed lighters.

Congratulations to this “just married” couple! Thank you to Liz Banfield for all of the lovely imagery.

February 13, 2018

Pepped Up Passing Trays

photo by Liz Banfield

One of the easiest ways we’ve seen paper pieces incorporated into weddings that offer an upgrade in details, are our custom tray liners. We’ve all been to weddings with lovely cocktail and food offerings, glorious displays, lovely place settings,  etc but sometimes some of the smaller details are what can make the most lasting impressions.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

If there is a custom monogram or emblem that has been used elsewhere in the printing pieces, this is a good start for considering a design.  One of our other favorites here is if there are multiple varying patterns used throughout that can come together here- all of these little moments come through for the guests.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this food display created by designer, Tara Guerard, our paper liners created a palette for the perfect dishes (created by Cru Catering), and truly tailored it… If you weren’t able to have us create custom pieces for you- other ideas would be to use some of your favorite found wallpaper, or wrapping paper…