The Wedding Co. Show and Magazine Preview

Carte Blanche is super proud to have been showcased at The Wedding Co.'s media day. This day offered Toronto's Media a sneak peak at January's upcoming show as well as the 2nd edition of their annual Wedding Magazine. A new wedding invitation design from our 2013 "hot off the press" collection was featured. Menu and seating cards also designed to match with the event's beautiful table setting.

Custom Wedding Invitations

Why go custom when it comes to your wedding invitations? You only get married once so why not get your invitations custom designed to perfectly reflect your wedding day! It's all about the details... choose colours, style and sleek paper goods to go with your wedding ceremony and reception. Your wedding invitations or save the date cards will be the first glance your guest will get at your wedding day. So make sure you wow and impress!

My custom recommendations... 1- Send out save the date cards. This will give your guests an early head start in order to plan for your wedding day.

2- If your design is classic and simple, invest in high quality printing such as thermo engraving (raised ink) or letterpress

3- Choose colour envelopes. Depending on your design style these will enrich your both your custom design and colours found within your full invitation package.

4- Get your return, reply and guest addresses printed onto you envelopes. What a great way to customize your envelopes. This will add a great finishing touch to each of your invitation packages.

5- Belly bands is a simple way to keep your full set well packaged together and a great way to show off a wedding monogram.

6- Get a custom stamp done and ink the back of your envelope flaps and anything else you'd like to see stamped.

7- Another great alternative to the stamp would be monogram seals which you can also apply to your envelopes. From your save the dates, invitations, wedding day stationery and thank you cards these will represent you as a couple.

8- And lastly having a theme is always fun... so depending on your personality as a couple introducing a theme will bring a certain originality as well as interesting and fun elements to your wedding day.

Baby Announcement

I feel sending out a baby announcement is very special... what a great way to introduce your first, second or even third newborn to your family and friends. Four years ago I custom designed Jennifer and Tim's full wedding stationery for their classy December Toronto wedding. Turns out Jennifer and Tim had a beautiful baby girl this summer and contacted me in order to design a custom announcement that would perfectly represented their little Alexandra.

First off we all agreed that including photos was key. 5ive15ifteen had taken so many great shots of little Alex that we thought a photo series would be fun. Next a Babar theme was decided based on Alex's baby room. The design was then finalized with a colour palette made up of various pinks and light purples. I'm loving these... they're one of a kind, playful and delivery a very sweet message.

New Off the Rack Designs

I have recently expended my Off the Rack collection by adding 6 new designs. Each pre-set design is priced at only $4-$5 per set. This collection now has 30 designs to choose from. Best part - it's quick and easy. Only 5 steps are involved:1- choose a design online or in person 2- choose one, two or three of your favourite colours from our pre-set colour palette 3- choose from our top quality bright white or natural cream cardstock with matching envelopes 4- send in your wording and we'll take care of the rest 5- pick up your invitations within 8-10 business days

Frequently Asked Questions: Q. What is the difference between the $4 and $5 per set? A. $4 is for a single sided printed set and $5 if you'd prefer a pattern on the back side of both the invitation and reply cards.

Q. What does an invitation set include? A. Each set includes an invitation, reply card, outer and reply envelopes.

Q. Does 8-10 business days include design time? A. We need approx. 5 business days for printing. Design only takes 3-5 days if we work very closely together.

Q. What are my paper choices? A. The Off the Rack is printed on a high quality smooth 110lbs thick Sierra cardstock with matching square flap envelopes. Colours offered are bright white or natural cream. Keep in mind that a smooth stock prints best as certain textured paper may interfere with print quality.

Q. Can I use my own colours? A. If our pre-set colour palette is not within your wedding colours we can accommodate. For a small fee we can match any sample.

Q. Can I add a few of my own custom choice elements? A. Yes definitely... feel free to upgrade your package by adding a custom liner, colour envelopes, belly band etc... its a great way to customize without breaking the bank.

Wedding Day Frills

Introducing our most recent collection called “Wedding Day Frills”. Whether you stamp it, bag it, seal it or tag it, these are small touches that can add great spunk to your big day. They don’t cost a lot and say so much. All can be the perfect fit to your cocktail hour, place settings, candy station, late night table or even bridal shower. Check them out...

Find Your Style

When it comes to wedding invites and day of stationery design, I normally start by asking my clients about two major ticket items to come up with the perfect visuals. First the wedding venue or location and second their colour palette. These are great starting points. Your location will say a lot and can often inspire the bulk of the stationery design. You might be into getting a custom monogram designed or even coming up with a personal theme that may bring interesting elements to the overall design. Once these are all established take a closer look at paper goods and various print mediums. Make sure choices suit your taste, vision and budget. I'm posting inspiration boards from snippet & ink which may give you some style ideas. Garden Flare

Less is More

Lush and Ornate

Timeless

Fun Outdoor Fair

Chic Romance

Poppy Field

Urban Simplicity

Tropical Getaway

Citrus Elegance

Classic and Modern

Joseph + Jaime Photography

I recently interviewed Jaime of Joseph + Jaime Photography who discussed her expertise as one of the top wedding photographers in Toronto. 1- What is the story behind Jaime + Joseph Photography? We met at Ryerson while studying photography. After years spent in the darkroom (yes, real darkrooms!) we decided to start shooting together.

2- How do you differ from other wedding photographers? Our approach is very relaxed. This results in images that have a super natural feel. We try to keep our look very classic and timeless.

3- What are your top tips about wedding photography for couples currently seeking a photographer? Couples should have a good relationship with their photographers. Could you brunch with them? Then it’s a good fit!

4- Your work is amazing. Do you have photography secrets you wouldn't mind sharing? We keep things very clean and simple. Light is really important for us. Working near dusk is our favourite time of day.

5- Can you tell us about the weddings that stand out to you most? And why? Farm weddings are our favourite! The fields and open sky is always inspiring. Plus chickens running around are darn cute!

Love & Bikes

This invitation design was made for two avid cyclist who love to travel. When I met with Alexis and Sean they had their colour palette picked out as well as a theme for their wedding day. Colours were lake blue mixed with rich reds and and rusty oranges inspired by The Group of Seven. As for the theme, this was an easy one. Bicycles! As their wedding took place at the Ancaster Mill, most of their guests were coming in from out of town. So naturally more information was needed to be sent off within each invitation package. First came the RSVP card including meal choices and car pooling options. Next we did a map of Ancaster with driving directions. And lastly a detailed overnight stay card with three options accommodating all budgets. A bicycle monogram was designed as well as a seal which was used on envelopes, menu cards, favours and thank you cards. Most of the day took place outdoors with an cozy indoor dinner reception.

The Wedding Co. Magazine

I am currently working on stationery design for an upcoming photo shoot for the second annual The Wedding Co. Magazine. The concept of the photo shoot will display each image with a cake, a floral bouquet, and an invitation package. The design of the image will be stylized and the items will be presented like a sculptural still-life. The inspiration for each image is based on a colour and a word. I was assigned a colour palette which was made up of various soft pinks along with the word "Flirty". I did a bit of research to inspire my new designs. Take a look...

Hot Colours for 2013

The 2012 wedding season will soon be slowing down and all dedicated yet passionate wedding vendors will start getting ready for a new year seeking out new trends, designs, styles and colours. As I have mentioned before colour is one of my favourite elements in graphic design. At the end of each summer/early fall I love to research what’s hot for spring. I usually start by looking to Pantone who are the leaders in colour from fashion, interior design as well as print. I’m listing colours by names along with PMS (Pantone Matching System) numbers - dedicated just for print. You can also view a video made by Pantone discussing the "hot colours" for 2013.

Postcard Thank Yous

I was thinking the other day how it would be neat to have a postcard thank you custom made so its from your honeymoon destination? Whether its a vintage illustration from Hawaii or a beautiful photograph of Paris... these could be pre-designed and sent out while you are on your honeymoon. Each postcard could have a relaxed travel message as well as a lovely thank you message! The overall design could even include certain graphics, fonts and colours from your wedding invitations and stationery. I've gathered a few vintage images that may inspire such project.

Passport Invitation

Melinda & Mark came to see me and told me their rather unique love story. After hearing their story we decided to create a passport style invitation. Here is their story below which was on the first page of their invitation...

This is a love story... A story about a girl and a boy who went to camp together but ignored each other. A story about a mother meeting her future son-in-law on a transatlantic flight and re-introducing him to her daughter. A story about an incredible connection that resulted in flights between dublin and london and across the world. This is our love story.

Their wedding took place in their parent's backyard in the West end of Toronto. It was outdoorsy with a few traditional and elegant twists. It was a day to remember and their guests felt right at home.

Mixing Patterns

I've been finding mixing pattern has become quite a popular like amongst many of my brides. Its a great way to keep things classy and yet not so common. Depending on the style and design you fancy you can take a few patterns and mix them up. Whether its more conservative or more whimsical its important to achieve the perfect mix. This clever mix may also expend your colour palette in more ways then one! Check out part of Heather and Mac's wedding stationery.... their big day was today!

Creative Seating Charts

As opposed to grabbing an escort card you might prefer to get a custom seating chart together for your wedding day. This chart or board would list all of your guest's names with assigned table numbers. I find listing names with last names from A-Z is best. Get creative with your display if you have time. If not you can get the sign designed to match with your wedding stationery and mounted onto a light board or simply inserted into a large frame.

The Word on Seating Cards

When creating wedding stationery for your big day, seating cards are a wonderful place to add a personal touch. There are basically two types: the escort card that leads guest to their table and the place card which is located at the table. These cards should definitely be creative.... weather its tucked or tied to a hand made board or even attached to a cocktail glass. You can hand write them yourself or have them designed to match with your wedding theme, style and colours.