Kathleen loves the possibilities for Wedding Invitations from Envelopments

The whole idea behind working with a designer to create a custom wedding invitation is to put some of your personality in it, to convey some of your own unique style, or to preview what will be the celebration of the year by incorporating elements of the venue.  Not only does the Envelopments® line we carry have everything you’ll need to make your wedding invitations exactly the way you want them, but we are ready, willing and able to help you create an invitation that is a keepsake.

Here are some stand-out design inspirations from Envelopments:

The Sarah & Edwynn ensemble plays on the popular vintage theme, using unique artwork, graphic elements, and  an unconventional layout using five different fonts. Because there is so much visual interest in the graphic design elements, you can be low-key with the paper goods. Using Envelopmentsstocks in a restricted palette of tone-on-tone blues (Navajo, Indigo and Aruba) and whites (Dove and White Micah) allows for the organized chaos in the layout.

A summer wedding calls for a fresh palette like the Karina & Jordan design. A light feeling of airiness with minimal type design was the goal by accenting the ensemble with curvy calligraphic elements. Keeping the color story in soft greens and ivories, and combining a variety of matte and metallic stocks, creates a subtle balance of visual highs and lows. Because texture is huge in 2011, try the fabric-like weave of a Magnolia Pocket Fold® enclosure.

Yellow has been a vital color for the past few months. Envelopments recently unveiled Soleil, a vibrant matte stock that guarantees sunshine on your special day.  In the Carolyn & William invitation, the perfect contrast was created using a bright Soleil Pocket Fold® enclosure against various black and white Envelopments patterns.

The Jocelyn & Holden ensemble features a preppy palette of green and blue. A combination of stripes, banners and calligraphy ornaments creates a visual theme for the event. Check out the tattoo-inspired script font. The dynamic shape of the Twist Card is perfect to display a photograph of the couple on the front and a handwritten note on the back.

The marriage of neutral and bright colors plays well off each other in the Bethany & Douglas featured sample. Imagine the groom wearing a crisp khaki suit with a bold orange tie. You can see the love of paper unfold in this gorgeous wedding invitation.

Is it wrong to fall in love with a font? The Lizette & Anthony featured sample has typography with intricate details in each character that demand to be oversized. The monochromatic palette of crèmes and soft blues can stand up to the visual impact of the bold graphic design without edging over the top.

The Angelique & Bradley featured sample is a tight representation of a wedding invitation. This custom scored Z-card has the invitation printed on the left panel, the reception information in the center and the response set mounted onto the right panel. A simple panel card has a great impact using graphics on a Save the Date announcement. A soft set of Dove-SWI96 and Magnolia-REP96 Favor Containers add that darling touch to an elegant event.

This one is for those adventurous couples who aren’t afraid of color. The Darla & Kevin featured sample incorporates the brightness of Magnolia-BLO17 and Reef, which are carried through the printed panels as typography.

Whether you’re looking for something simply chic or over-the-top, whether your aesthetic is minimalistic or you’re a die-hard maximalist, if you prefer a restricted palette or defy all rules of color theory, Envelopments has a solution for your wedding ensemble.

You can see more of this fabulous line of Envelopments card stocks, pocket folds, envelopes and more to create your custom invitations and define your moment by visiting Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers in Santa Barbara, California.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Envelopments | Photos © Envelopments}

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William Arthur — The Wedding Collection

A wedding invitation from William Arthur makes a lasting impression when it’s received in the mail. The substantial weight and creamy smooth texture of the signature papers; the sophistication and artistry of design; and the exquisite quality and fine craftsmanship of the printing combine for a beautiful finished product, the perfect way to announce to the world the details of your very special celebration.

The Maine-based company is world-renowned for exceptional quality printing and stationery design, with a wide variety of styles, wedding invitation formats and price points to satisfy the tastes and expectations of today’s brides.

From formal to casual styles, from gala events to smaller, intimate celebrations, William Arthur’s wedding invitation collection captures the heart of every wedding. The wedding invitation line features classic, heavyweight papers and elegant, richly embossed border designs. Some of the newer designs include creamy smooth, substantial letterpress papers; elegant, generously proportioned fold-over invitations; scalloped edge papers; embossed pocket folders; and graceful French flap envelopes.

You can see more of this premiere line of wedding invitations by visiting Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers in Santa Barbara, California.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | William Arthur | Photos © William Arthur}

Wedding Questions – Kathleen’s advice

Q: Help! I registered for some really cool stuff, but now I’m not sure where to put that information on our invitations. Where do I list the stores where we’re registered?
A: Honestly? You don’t. While it has become somewhat commonplace to see this as part of the invitation package, etiquette says it is not acceptable. It may seem as though it is helpful info, but it appears as though you are saying, “Come to my wedding, bring a gift, and, oh, by the way, here’s where you can get it.” Keep the focus on what this day is all about: your wedding, not the gifts.

Instead, you could build a wedding website and include that sort of info there. Also, make sure your close family members (who will be asked) know where you are registered. They can tactfully pass along the info to those who request it.

What about the shower invitation, you ask? Well, that’s a different story. The purpose of that particular event is to “shower you with gifts,” so by all means, include all of that information in the shower invitation.

Q: My wedding is six or so months away. How soon do we need to order invitations? And when do I send them?
A: It’s important to plan ahead here. It takes 4-6 weeks to complete a custom invitation order. The process can be expedited if necessary for an additional fee. You should aim to send your invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. And don’t forget time to assemble and address them. So our best advice? Get your invites ordered at least 3 months before the big day.

Q: Should I really send my invites just 6-8 weeks before the event? What if Uncle Harry needs to make travel plans?
A: We recommend save-the-date cards. These can be sent as early as 9-12 months before you walk down the aisle.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Meagan of Defining Motherhood | Photos © Green Tree Photography}

Gratitude 101

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While the thought of writing thank-you notes can be daunting in this age of email, it is much easier than you think and so much more appreciated than an email.  Without further ado, sit down with some beautiful stationery and show your gratitude.  Here’s a quick how-to to get you started. . . .

1.  Greet the Giver ~ although an obvious one, the “Dear Aunt Jane” line is often overlooked.

2.  Express your Gratitude ~ without any unnecessary lead-ins, simply say “Thank you so much for the fill in the blank.”  If the gift was money, thank them for their generosity but do not directly mention money.

3.  Discuss Use ~ say something nice about the gift and how you will use it.

4.  Mention the Past, Allude to the Future ~ let the giver know how they fit into your life.  {“It was great to see you at Jenny’s birthday party, and I hope to see you soon.”}

5.  Grace ~ express your thanks one more time.

6.  Regards ~ Simply wrap up the note using whatever sign-off feels right to you (love, yours truly, etc.).

7.  Get it in the Mail ~ address the envelope, stick a great stamp on it, and post it.

Think of the sense of accomplishment you will feel, how appreciated the giver will feel, and the continued stream of gifts you will receive from a happy giver!

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Holly of Salutations | Photo © Ceressa Bateman}

Dauphine Press Wedding Invitations – A Profile

Dauphine Press delights in every detail of creating beautiful and memorable invitations and stationery. Just as no two occasions are alike, the same is true of their invitations. For over a decade, Dauphine Press has earned a reputation for excellence and a passion for creating award-winning bespoke wedding stationery. The Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolios enable a bride’s personality to shine through with sophistication, distinction and wit by creating invitations that are truly unique.

Custom Design

In true Dauphine Press style, each design is made to order. While you may select an invitation directly from the 80+ designs in the Custom Wedding Portfolios, you may also choose to create a stationery suite that is unique to you. Dauphine Press has made the process simple and enjoyable so your inspiration can guide you in creating a perfectly personalized design.

Expansive Design Library

The Dauphine Press Design Library encompasses a carefully curated assortment of design elements chosen by their award-winning designers so you can create your dream wedding stationery. The Design Library is a tool for inspiration, presenting countless options for ink colors, motifs and embellishments. From your choices, the Dauphine Press designers will create a peerless invitation unique to your vision.

Enjoy Every Nuance

A letterpress-printed invitation is a delight to have and to hold – the tactile appeal of letterpress stands out on luxurious paper. Made from 100% pure cotton, their premium letterpress paper marries old world elegance with modern sophistication, making it the perfect choice for your wedding suite. Its sumptuous, elegant look and feel is developed exclusively for letterpress printing, foiling and hand calligraphy. In keeping with their long-standing commitment to sustainability, their archival paper is tree-free and elemental chlorine free.

You can see more of this premiere line of letterpressed wedding invitations, event invitations and stationery by visiting Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers in Santa Barbara, California.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Dauphine Press | Photos © Dauphine Press}

Dauphine Press delights in every detail of creating beautiful and memorable invitations and stationery. Just as no two occasions are alike, the same is true of their invitations. For over a decade, Dauphine Press has earned a reputation for excellence and a passion for creating award-winning bespoke wedding stationery. The Dauphine Press Custom Wedding Portfolios enable a bride’s personality to shine through with sophistication, distinction and wit by creating invitations that are truly unique.

Custom Design

In true Dauphine Press style, each design is made to order. While you may select an invitation directly from the 80+ designs in the Custom Wedding Portfolios, you may also choose to create a stationery suite that is unique to you. Dauphine Press has made the process simple and enjoyable so your inspiration can guide you in creating a perfectly personalized design.

Expansive Design Library

The Dauphine Press Design Library encompasses a carefully curated assortment of design elements chosen by their award-winning designers so you can create your dream wedding stationery. The Design Library is a tool for inspiration, presenting countless options for ink colors, motifs and embellishments. From your choices, the Dauphine Press designers will create a peerless invitation unique to your vision.

Enjoy Every Nuance

A letterpress-printed invitation is a delight to have and to hold – the tactile appeal of letterpress stands out on luxurious paper. Made from 100% pure cotton, their premium letterpress paper marries old world elegance with modern sophistication, making it the perfect choice for your wedding suite. Its sumptuous, elegant look and feel is developed exclusively for letterpress printing, foiling and hand calligraphy. In keeping with their long-standing commitment to sustainability, their archival paper is tree-free and elemental chlorine free.

You can see more of this premiere line of letterpressed wedding invitations, event invitations and stationery by visiting Kathleen Cooper Fine Papers in Santa Barbara, California.

{© 2011 Blog Boutique | Dauphine Press | Photos © Dauphine Press}