Wedding Invitations

Corinna & Matt's Wedding

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This past year I worked on designing wedding invitations and stationery for a winter wedding that took place in Stowe, Vermont. Corinna's love of reading the Old English classics such as Charles Dickens and her love of Christmas were two themes that would easily gel together. Corinna and Matt went all out in preparing for their big day. From having their dog Pericles as the ring bearer, a scavenger hunt after the ceremony to reindeers by the festive fireside patio these guys made sure their wedding was going to be remarkable and fun!

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We designed a slew of stationery for Corinna and Matt. Starting with beautiful save the dates magnets as seen in our last blog post. Corinna & Matt's invitations were elaborate and detailed geared with the perfect amount of information for their guest including map and event's card.

The design process for the invitations reflected an Old English vibe starting with fonts and style. We then brought in great colourful vintage Christmas illustrations. The search for these illustrations were so fun, we even managed to find these cute Christmas bunny illustrations which fulfilled Corinna's love for rabbits.

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Save the Dates!

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If you're getting married this year or next you might want to start thinking about your wedding invitations. But foremost you may also want to consider getting save the date cards mailed out. These don't have to be too elaborate if you don't want them to be. They can be simple with maybe a few of your own personal custom twists.

Save the dates will simply tell all of your family and friends to book the date for your big day. That way if other events pop up at their end your wedding date will be saved in their books!

Last spring I met with Corinna and Matt to discuss their big day. Corinna was very much into the ideas of getting magnets custom designed for her save the dates. We soon established that we needed to stay away from the cheesy promo fridge magnet companies. Corinna's musts for the magnets were a larger size and good quality. We chose to work closely with New and Blue and developed great looking sparkly magnets. The design included a lovely photo of Corinna and Matt showing off the picturesque mountains of Stowe, Vermont where the wedding took place.

Please stay tuned to view Corinna and Matt's wedding coming up in our next blog post!

Tracy & Rob's Invitations

This past weekend Tracy and Rob got married! They had a 4 day event at Deerhurst Resort up in Muskoka with a ceremony at Hillside Farms. Since this was an out of town event their invitation package was sent out mid March. For out of town weddings, invitations are generally sent out 3-4 months before the wedding date. This gives guests plenty of time to plan.

A personal monogram was initially designed making this invitation design uniquely for Tracy and Rob. At our first design consultation Tracy and I established a pocket enclosure was a must. Since these guys had lots of info to deliver to all of their friends and family. A pocket enclosure is a great way to display and well package your wedding invitations. This piece usually works best when a couple needs to include 3 cards or more. So that said along with their invitation card Tracy and Rob had a reply card, detailed map card and an events card.

These guys really went all out... they had a "welcome dinner" the first night, a golf tournament with beach party and lobster cook out on day 2 along with their big day followed by a "goodbye brunch" on the last day. 

Their design theme was very Muskoka... I found an old fashioned map of the Muskoka region with lovely graphics and illustrations that suited their outdoorsy theme. Blues were used a favourite colour of the couple followed by browns to keep everything nice and casual.

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Reply Card Wording

When it come to your reply cards there are many wording options. Best to choose wording that will work well with the type of wedding you will be having. That said maybe your choice is more traditional or maybe fun and casual?

There are four critical elements when it comes to your RSVP's:

No. 1 - Reply Date

Ask your guest to reply by a certain date. The norm is to choose a date one month before your wedding date. I usually suggest choosing a weekday since Canada Post only operates from Monday to Friday.

No. 2 - Guest Names

Its important to know who the RSVP is from when you receive it. This way you can build a solid guest list. Traditionally your guests will enter their names after the "M". This "M" stands for the first letter of Mr., Mrs., or Miss.

No. 3 - Accepts or Declines?

Another important part of the RSVP card is knowing who is coming and who isn't? Depending on the type of event you are having you may also want to include other associated events such as rehearsal dinner or next day brunch?

No. 4 - Meal Selection

This section will depend on what you're serving at the reception. If you're opting for a buffet, chances you can leave this section off altogether. If you have multiple entrée options, list the options, and ask your guests to tally the entrée preferences.

Meal selections can be written out with a line beside each option or graphic icons can be inserted to make the overall look more fun. Here is a visual example below...

Wording for the ‘RSVP By Date’ Section

There’s a handful of ways to word your call to action asking guests to RSVP by a certain date:

The Favour of Your Reply is Requested by May First
Please Reply By 05.01.2107
Kindly Reply by May First
Reply by 05.01.2017
Kindly Let Us Know By 05.01.2017
RSVP By 05/01/2017
Please Respond By May First

Accept/Decline Wording

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Accepts with Pleasure
Declines with Regrets

Delighted to Attend
Regretfully Cannot Join You

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Can’t Wait!
Sorry, Wish I Could Be There 

We Will See You There!
Sorry To Miss Out

Let the Good Times Roll!
You’re Going to Have to Carry On Without Me

Bags Packed, Ready to Go!
Hate to Say Can’t Make It

Deal Me In!
Sitting This One Out

Excited to Celebrate with You!
Sad to Miss All Fun

Fun Text

Fun text options can also be added near the bottom of your RSVP cards. A common one is "Can't wait to Celebrate with You!" or "Please Request Your Favourite Song Below" or even "Words of Wisdom to the Future Married Couple". These make a great keepsakes.

Email or Website Replies

If you are thinking of doing a wedding website these often have on online reply option which can also include a meal choice. In the past few years I've been doing a bit more of these types of reply cards. And for the couples who don't have a wedding website email replies are sometimes requested. But overall the traditional send back by post is the most popular as it is the most traditional way to use RSVP cards. Hey after all you only get married once!

Kasia & Chadi's Wedding Invitations

Kasia and Chadi were very open in creating something fresh, classic and tasteful when it came to their invitation design. My creative process usually includes 5 steps...

No. 1 - COLOUR 

Kasia and Chadi's colour palette was composed of soft champagnes, blush pink and creams contrasting with a bold navy and a rich gold. I really enjoyed working with these colours because of the contrast between the soft and the bold.

No. 2 - STYLE / THEME

Kasia and Chadi described their big day as fun, romantic with traditions. Chad told me the story of how they met and how he proposed. They showed me their wedding venue and examples of invitations they liked which was enough to give me a good direction. With no particular theme in mind we came up with a classic and sleek invitation design.

No. 3 - DESIGN

Kasia and Chad were very open to suggestions and recommendations I had when it came to the design of their wedding invitations. The one element they really wanted to include were florals and having their very own wedding monogram designed. We decided to mix soft organic floral pattern with a bold navy stripe. After seeing various design options Kasia and Chad fell for the design shown in photos. The fonts and monogram design were kept classic and timeless when patterns were found to be a bit more playful and bold.

No. 4 - PAPER GOODS

I usually like to keep items in the invitation package such as invitation, reply, map card etc.. to softer cardstock colours. When printing on darker papers print colours tend to change quite a bit. Lighter papers keep colours pure and more accurate. So that said we kept Kasia and Chad's invitation package to a classic light cream colour but added a few blush pink cards in the mix. I love to do this I find it adds more variety to the overall invitation package.

No. 5 - SPECIALTY FRILLS

Gold envelopes were added and tied in well with the all printed pieces... matching navy addresses were printed onto each envelope. We also had monogram seals printed which Kasia and Chad applied to the back of their outer envelopes. Monogram seals were also added to thank you cards and to the packaging of bombonieres. If your budget permits adding a few wedding frills always adds a nice finishing touch. From save the dates, invitations and day of stationery each wedding frill can be match up to your wedding design.

Kasia & Chadi's wedding Invitations and stationery by Carte Blanche Design in Toronto

Beautiful photography by Karissa Sargent 

 

 

 

Clever Copy for your Wedding Invitations, Menus and Programs

I've designed all sorts of wedding invitations over the years for many weddings each having their very own personality. What I think is the ultimate is when you have well designed wedding invitations with awesome copy... funny, clever, something out of the ordinary. So that said here are some examples...

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David's humorous personality was behind his and Jen's wedding invitations and day of stationery. It was clearly written with the perfect amount of humour.

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Jennifer & David request your presence as they get married, since they could never get married without you please do them the honour of being present on May 7, 2016 at 7pm. The Fermenting Cellar 26 Distillery Lane, Toronto, Ontario. Black tie optional but dancing shoes required.

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Special thanks cards - found at each guest’s table setting

Most wonderful friends & family... it absolutely means the world to us that you are sharing in the paramount event of our lives. We have been entirely overwhelmed with all of your support, generosity, calm, food, ideas, ear-lending, hand holding and overall awesomeness. We wouldn’t be here without you both literally and figuratively and we are both better people for having known and grown with you. We apologize sincerely for any bursting bellies, swollen feet or hora induced infirmity. Enjoy the party! Love Jen & David

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Menu - Side one

Lets Eat! Everything you need to know about food stations. There will be 1, 2, 3, 4, dinner food stations and one dessert station spread out through the room. The stations will be open for business for two hours so make sure you pace yourself if you plan on indulging at all four. Buon Appetito!

Menu - Side two

Japanses Sushi Station  - A variety of hand rolled sushi served with traditional garnishes.

Pasta Bar Station - Spinach agnolotti served with zesty tomato basil sauce smoked chicken, orecchiette, spinach ribbons oyster mushrooms, basil pesto sauce, grilled vegetable platter.

Mini Burger & Poutine Station - Lamb, cherry chutney, frisée salmon, spiced guacamole, tomato jam, short rib, crisp, onion, grainy mustard, crisp Chick pea and vegetable, matboucha, pickle straws, hand cut yukon fries with cheese curds dark chicken gravy.

Carving Station - Herb roasted AAA beef strip loin served with mini sourdough buns, red wine thyme jus horseradish and dijon mustard.

Gourmet Belgian Waffle Station & Cheese - Served with northern Ontario maple syrup fruit compotes, chocolate sauce and powdered sugar, chef’s selection cheeses along with sliced fresh fruit, selection of biscotti, coffee & tea

Fiona & Keith's Wedding - Royal Ontario Museum Toronto

I have to mention Fiona and Keith's wedding programs as they were so creative and super clever. Fiona had this ideas of putting together this newspaper type program including wedding details such as a true or false questionnaire, crossword puzzle, a gossip girl column and a monthly horoscope.

Page one... Today's News

It wasn’t a dark and stormy night, and it wasn’t the best of times or the worst of times, but it will definitely go down in history as a great beginning to a great story. When Fiona and Keith met, they were both dating other people, but a magnetic force drew them together, and
together they have remained for more than four years. Their lust for travel and new adventures has taken them to strange and wonderful places. The recently adopted motherland (Paris, France) calls their names in the night, softly, almost a whisper. But Toronto remains home, a treasure trove of family, friends and memories, and a constantly meowing cat. good food, good laughs, and the occasional (usually) friendly slander are what guests to their home are greeted with, along with a glass of wine. Where they'll stop, nobody knows but they’ll have fun getting there. 

Page two... Local News

The Marriage of Fiona Haig to Keith Mill w/ wedding ceremony info

Calendar of Evening Events w/ info

Pages three and four... Society

The Who’s Who of the Haig-Mills Merger w/ parent's names, bridesmaids, Groosman and Scenesters

Page five... Funnies

True or False Questionnaire, Crossword Puzzle and Answers

Pages six and seven...Gossip Girl Column

Pages eight and nine... Horoscopes

Page ten... Travel

Paris, New York, Kuwait, Rome, Florida, Mexico, Grand Cayman... the list of places to which we have traveled runs long; the only hope is that the list of places to which we will travel runs longer. Next up: Bali, September 28 to October 9. While Fiona visits the monkey forest, rides elephants and experiences local culture, Keith will be experiencing local culture... on the beach. We will wrap up our trip in a hut on the beach in the Gilles Islands (Bali), though something tells me Fiona will still be able to find an outlet for her rowenta beauty hair straightener.

Back Cover... Thank You

Fiona and Keith, as well as the Haig and Mills families, want to thank everyone for coming. 
We hope you enjoy the evening... and we hope you brought your dancing shoes! 

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Erin and Jamie's Wedding - Airship 37 Toronto

Erin and Jamie's wedding invitations and day of stationery we composed of this unique super rustic pattern with a tattoo like design. Jamie being a tattoo artist picked it out and Erin got me to manipulate colours so the eggplant and golds really pop.

Their invitations were well packaged inside a pocket enclosure wrapped with a belly band. This beautiful invitation package included rsvp cards and envelopes, map and accommodations cards. 

Erin and Jamie kept their invitation wording simple but really pumped things up with the wording of their wedding programs. 

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Erin & Jamie are getting Married Today! You’ve probably figured that out by now, but if this is news to you, then you’re probably in the wrong place. Here is how its going to go....You will hear songs chosen by Erin&Jamie while you wait. (Okay, probably a bit worried, no heavy metal today… the music is fabulous.) Feel free to mingle & relax as you listen to the music.

Our ushers will help find you a seat. When the music stops, be sure you take your seat. Shortly after, you will hear the string quartet start to play and that’s when you know it’s about to start.

Then finally, when you hear the song Iris by Goo Good Dolls, this will be your cue to stand up because…. here comes the beautiful bride Erin! She will be escorted by her handsome dad, Thomas Haig. 

During the ceremony... Welcome - Vows – Rings – Music- Married! Erin&Jamie will be declared Mr. & Mrs. and you will see a “happily ever after” Kiss! Feel free to hoot, holler, and clap at this point if you want too. Then all of the gorgeous people standing at the front will follow the newlyweds down the aisle to the song "Don’t You" by Simple Minds.

And at last....we can all eat, drink and be married!

Head over to the Fermenting Cellar for the cocktail hour. This is where you get to have a bit of nosh, a glass of vino to celebrate and mingle, while we finish taking pictures. Then comes the dinner and dancing.

To keep that party going there will be a late night snack, a truly Canadian classic and one of Erin&Jamie’s favourites.

To make sure everyone gets home safely there will be a late night bus shuttle service running from 11:30pm to 1am. The shuttle will be making its rounds between Fermenting Cellar – One King West – Fairmount Royal York.

People credits... we would like to thank our amazing parents for all the love and support you have given us throughout our lives and during this wonderful time. To all of our friends and family here today, we are honoured that you have come from far and near to celebrate our love. You each mean so much to us and we are beyond thankful to have you in our lives. And finally to all those who have given us their time and helping hands with planning this event, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We could not have done this without you. Love Erin&Jamie.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer & Tim's Wedding Invitations

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When it comes to wedding invitations and wedding stationery the key is to be right on mark with what your big day will look and feel like. Jennifer had a great vision meaning that her final invitation package flowed oh so well with her wedding day. Being from the US Jennifer had lots of information she needed to include with her invitation package since many of her invitees were not from the Toronto area. So that said a pocket enclosure was a must! Aside from the invitation and reply cards we also included a detailed map card with accommodations on the backside and a reception card.

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Fresh Colour Combos for your Wedding Invitations

When it comes to choosing and mixing colour the possibilities are endless. Whether its bold, soft or states contrast its important to find the right balance. The value of colour plays a big part in all of that. The value is simply how light or how dark each colour can be fine tuned to... so if you've chosen a colour palette made up of pastel colours they need to be of the same or similar value meaning the same tone. Other options would be to use all dark or choose dark and light to create contrast. Whatever your final choice is make sure you run this by a few people prior to moving forward. I would also advise bringing your colour palette everywhere you go in order to give all of your vendors a good visual sense of your wedding colours. Check out a more detailed version of each of colour palettes below at onefabday.com

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Best Patterns for your Wedding Invitations

Adding pattern to your wedding invitations can create depth as well as making your entire package very easy on the eyes. Whether it's bold, romantic or subtle there are millions of options out there. For starters you should choose something that will best reflect your big day. A great starting point is doing an initial visual search on Google Images and Pinterest. This will get your juices flowing and perhaps give you great inspiration to the perfect pattern. Below are some of the latest trends in patterns for weddings invitations. Water Colours For a bolder look, mixing water colours can give your wedding invitation that ultra unique look. Using 1, 2 or even 3 colours this look will give your invites a great pow your guests will remember for years to come.

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Lace Laser Cuts If you're after something lacy or intricate some companies have taken these to another level by getting all sorts of lovely patterns laser cut. The cut outs add great depth to a classic and timeless design.

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Confettis and Glitter Glam is in... I'm loving gold these days. Confetti is a subtle way of saying "let's celebrate". These will give your wedding invitation that glitzy glamourous timeless look.

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Hand Painted Florals This bold vintage illustrative look is very pretty, different and uber fresh. You can attempt these yourself if you're a creative cat or perhaps your can look into hiring an illustrator to recreate your very own wedding floral pattern.

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5 Reasons to Get Custom Invitations

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No. 1 - Your Wedding Style Your own personal stationer can help you put together the wedding invitation you've been dreaming of down to the smallest details. Whether you're having a destination wedding, a wedding weekend, different cultures, languages, ceremonies? A very distinct theme? A spectacular location? A designer can keep your wedding stationery unique, uber personal and tasteful.

No. 2 - Service The level of attention and service you'll receive is something that those big invitation manufacturing companies cannot offer. Your personal designer is there to get to know you and care about what matters. An expert will help guide you in the right direction as well as help relieve stress.

No. 3 - Expertise They will help take the stress out of the process, educating you on what works and what doesn't when it comes to design as well as guiding you through printing processes. This includes the right tips on wedding stationery etiquette, mailing times, who to send what, where, when, how and why.

No. 4 - Details, details! Since this is a major life event much thought should go into your wedding invitations and day of stationery. Your wedding stationer can recreate a family crest or something inspired by your grandmother's wedding invites. Colours can be matched exactly to your desired colour palette. From a personal monogram, custom graphics or pattern - the sky's the limit!

No. 5 - Keep it Local Hiring a local designer gives you the benefit of being involved in the process from A-Z. For starters you will meet with the designer for a no cost consultation where you can ask any questions you may have. You will also be able to view paper, printed proofs and even attend the final press approval if you'd like. That way you will not have to worry about what the end product will be, as you will view everything before all gets printed.

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Jennifer & James Part 1

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This beautiful east coast wedding was full of soft colours, clean design with a timeless flare. Jennifer and James had a classic wedding day with a few of their very own custom twists. Their full invitation package was printed in a metallic gold thermo engraving (also referred to as raised ink). The back side of each card had soft pink diagonal flat stripes. We kept all pieces consistent from invitation card to belly band to printed addresses. When a couple is after for a simple wedding stationery design I often will suggest using thermo engraving as I find it is the perfect print medium to luxe up a modern or classic design.

Wedding and invitation photos courtesy of Yorke Photography - yorkephotography.ca

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Hot Colours!

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I'm loving this year's colour palette. Can't wait to apply these to some of my new invitations designs! Love anything nature inspired - definitely the place to get colours. Whether you are a simply bride or have more spunk here are inspiring images that are definitely easy on the eyes.

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