Custom 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!

Hot Colours of 2018

We are soon coming to another year's end with memories of many beautiful weddings for 2017. When December rolls around I'm always keen to find out what new colours fresh crop of colours  will  be for the upcoming year. 

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About the 2018 Colour Palette: “The colour palette showcases an appreciation for the complexity and distinctiveness of colour and the expression of it, which is something that evolves and can be played with. Consumers need more variety, and this expanded palette embraces the lack of gender and seasonal borders we are seeing within the wedding industry.

Meadowlark
The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.

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Cherry Tomato
Impulsive Cherry Tomato is a tempestuous orangey red that exudes heat and energy. Demanding attention, this courageous, never to be ignored shade is viscerally alive.

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Little Boy Blue
With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day.

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Chili Oil

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette.

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Pink Lavender
Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.

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Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.

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Arcadia
Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green; its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

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Ultra Violet
Conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.

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Emperador
The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.

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Almost Mauve
With its gentle petal like touch, delicate and ephemeral. Almost Mauve adds a sense of nostalgia to the spring 2018 palette.

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Spring Crocus
Witty and expressive, Spring Crocus is a flamboyant and tantalizing fuchsia shade that summons you in with its beguiling charm.

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Lime Punch
Sharp and pungent, Lime Punch hits a chord with its strident and striking citrus like presence in the spring 2018 color palette.

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The Classics of 2018: Everyone relates to classic colours. These are usually known as neutrals, timeless and tasteful. These often time play a critical role in many weddings.

Sailor Blue
The navy like Sailor Blue anchors the palette.

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Harbor Mist
A mid-tone dove gray, Harbor Mist solidifies the spring 2018 palette.

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Warm Sand
Warm Sand is a comforting neutral shade that effortlessly connects the seasons.

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Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk represents the classic mainstay of a white and/or off-white for the spring 2018 season.

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5 Influential Patterns for Wedding Invitations

Depending on what I'm working on I often find adding a pattern or two to my custom invitations personalizes and finesses the overall look of each package. I love mixing organic and symmetrical patterns together as it creates a great contrast. I recently did a search for new and interesting patterns for 2017 and I was happy to find new innovative patterns. I'm personally finding those trendy water colours and certain painted florals are started to look dated. The patterns below I find are fresher and different then what's out there. Have a look it may influence you to add something similar throughout your wedding invitations and stationery design.

Meadow

Great combination of wild floral mixing, botanical studies, minute flowers, floral bouquets and romantic styling. 

 

Jungle 

Beautiful trendy seamless  jungle patterns. Colourful  tropics, palm leaves, plants, hibiscus in bouquet and exotic print.

Tibetan

From Tibetan rugs and fabric, large variety of patterns and symbols. Iconographic design patterns and rules, weaves, florals, elements of nature and strong geometrics.

Geometric

Balancing colours, prints, and textures in a seamless manner. The bold pattern creating a minimal unique modern look. 

Vintage Outlines

Often seen in wallpapers and clothing from the 60's. This pattern brings back the past with funk. The outline creates a bolder pattern with definition. 

Discover more at Pattern Bank a website featuring hundreds great pattern of all styles and colours.

Choosing Your Wedding Colours

Often the bride and or groom will choose the colours that they like best for their wedding day. But choosing a colour isn’t about what you like, it’s about what your stand for as a couple. Colours carry incredible psychological power. You probably know that celebrities sit in a green room before performances and that McDonald’s uses orange to stimulate your appetite.

Therefore, instead of choosing your favourites, choose colours that will suit the style of wedding you will be having mixed with your personality as a couple. For example, if you stand for innovation, choose red, orange or yellow — don’t use a traditional colour like navy or a simple colour like brown. Seem obvious? It will become more obvious once you have your venue picked out along with decor, floral etc... Using multiple colours can get tricky, make sure there is a nice tasteful balance throughout? Colour is most powerful in large doses; however, sometimes using neutral with a splash of one colour can also do the trick! 

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Understand the Psychological Impact When You Choose Your Colours

Here are some traditional meanings of popular colours:

Navy – Conveys importance, confidence, power and authority, as well as intelligence, stability, unity and conservatism. Like black, it carries a sense of elegance and sophistication.

Blue – Associated with tranquility and calmness. The colour of the sky and water, it
symbolizes sincerity, trust, wisdom and truth.

Green – The colour of nature. It symbolizes harmony, safety, growth, freshness, and fertility. It’s a restful colour that suggests stability and endurance.

Red – An emotionally intense colour. It’s associated with energy, strength, power, danger, and passion. It’s highly visible and enhances human metabolism, increases respiration, and raises blood pressure.

Orange – Combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It’s associated with enthusiasm, joy, stimulation, attraction, creativity and health. It’s considered a sporty colour.

Yellow – The colour of sunshine, yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. It’s associated with joy, happiness, vibrancy, intellect and energy.

Purple – A unique colour that combines the stability of blue and energy of red. Generally associated with royalty, purple symbolizes luxury, wealth, power, and dignity.

Brown – The colour of earth. It’s associated with genuineness, simplicity, dependability, and friendliness.

Black – Associated with power, mystery, elegance, strength and formality. Black can be very formal, elegant and prestigious; it adds depth when combined with other colours.

Grey/silver – Has similar connotations to black, evoking dignity, wisdom, and responsibility.

Gold – Associated with success, money and wealth; it can evoke comfort and quality.

Once you’ve selected your colour theme, you’ll need to choose PMS, CMYK, RGB and HEX colour formulas:

PMS = Pantone Matching System: Ink colours. If you’re printing only two colours on your business cards, your printer will probably use your two PMS colour inks.

CMYK is the formula for creating the colour using a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink during four-colour printing.

RGB is this formula is used in electronic documents – it’s the amount of red, green and blue used to create the colour.

HEX is a colour code used in HTML programming for your website.

It can be difficult to match your chosen look in different printing & electronic mediums, but a professional designer can help you choose the closest formulas.

Hot Colours of 2017

The collection this year is quite a vibrant one but has been cleverly mixed with some more relaxing colour that give designers and stylists a great range of colours to choose from. 

Primrose Yellow
y contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

Pale Dogwood
ontinuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

Hazelnut
Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.

Island Paradise
Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.

Greenery
Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Flame
A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

Pink Yarrow
Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

Niagara
Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

Kale
Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

Lapis Blue
Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

 

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Melissa & Jeremy's Wedding Invitations

Chic, ornate and classic... is what Melissa and Jeremy's wedding invitations were designed to say as this is what their big day was all about. We started with the development of a personalized monogram. A wedding monogram is a great way to make your mark as a couple. Looking at their monogram design they went with an ornate script with a lovely old fashion illustrative ornament. Together these elements create depth and a great sense of style. The entire invitation package and wedding day stationery was composed of a classic frame along with a bold french toile pattern. This unique design was printed on a silver card stock and addresses printed on matching envelopes. I really like how this couple chose a bold rich red and a bold charcoal mixed with silver given they had a winter wedding. Heavier colours I find work well during cold seasons. 

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Top 5 Wedding Colour Mistakes to Avoid

My Job is to assure my brides are suggesting tasteful and timeless colour palettes from the get go. When it comes to colour there are the classics and there are the trends. Possibilities can be endless and overwhelming… its all about finding the right balance and what is appropriate for your big day.

No. 1 Consider Your Venue Colours
Take a look at your reception space. For instance, if you’ve chosen a reception area with burgundy and gold carpets, a color scheme of lime green and fuchsia will surely clash, and there’s really no way around it. 

Tip - Use the venue’s decor to help guide your color palette choices. Or, you could simply choose a space that lacks a lot of color so that you don't have to worry about a potential clash.

No. 2 Printed Proofs
Make sure your stationer offers you printed proofs prior to getting all of your invitations printed. Colours you see on your computer screen are often very different then what your final invitation are set to look like printed.

Tip - If you stationer does not offer printed proofs make sure you ask them and pay offer to pay that extra fee. This could save you time and money in the end.

No. 3 Wait Too Long to Make a Decision
In my opinion, selecting your wedding colours is one of the most important element of wedding planning as they set the tone for your big day. However, if you don't decide in a timely manner, be prepared to potentially find yourself scurrying around in a desperate attempt to find items that will match or coordinate. This can be especially true if you've chosen a more unique color palette.

Tip - Give yourself a deadline! Maybe check out Pinterest or Google Images for inspiration.

No. 4 Consider Contrast
Contrast is important to many aspects of your wedding day. If you have too much of the same colour you may end up with a flat uninteresting look and feel. Go for a more subtle contrast or perhaps bolder look depending on your personality and wedding style.

Tip - Keep contrast in mind when selecting your attire, invitations, table linens and more. Think about the big picture and note that each of these layers should not all be the Same. Exact. Color. A few varying shades will go a long way!

No. 5 Bridesmaids Dress Colour
Sadly, this happens a lot! The truth is that not every color is a great pick when it comes to dressing your bridal party. Some hues wash some people out while others simply aren't flattering on anyone.

Tip - When selecting a bridesmaid dress, consider the varying skin tones and body shapes of your favorite ladies. For instance, not everyone is going to be able to rock a cocktail-length dress in chartreuse. Take your girls to the bridal shop and narrow down a color that complements the majority of your attendants.

Addressing your Wedding Invitations

The basic rule of thumb, the outer envelope of your wedding invitation should be addressed in a more formal manner, with titles and full names. Whether you are addressing them yourself with a fancy pen, having a calligrapher do their magic or having them printed to match with your invitation design they should look fabulous, be accurate and legible. See examples below...

To a Married Couple
Mr. John and Mrs. Samantha Holt
or
Mr. and Mrs. John Holt

To a Married Couple Who Uses Different Last Names
List the person you're closest with first. If you're similarly acquainted with both, list them in alphabetical order.

Mr. John Holt and Mrs. Samantha Thuente

To an Unmarried Couple Living Together
Mr. Joseph Hirsch and Ms. Rebecca Strecker

Same Sex Couples
Ms. Celine Elgin and Ms. Jacqueline Purcell

Or list their full names without titles
Joseph Hirsch and Rebecca Strecker
Celine Elgin and Jacqueline Purcell

To a Married Woman Doctor or Two Married Doctors
If a woman uses her maiden name professionally and socially, the envelopes should read... Dr. Anne Barker and Mr. Peter Underwood

If she uses her husband's name socially...
Dr. Anne and Mr. Peter Underwood

If both parties are doctors, you can address the outer envelope...
Doctors Anne and Peter Underwood

To Those With Other Distinguished Titles

Apply the same rules for military personnel, judges, reverends, and so forth that you
use for doctors. If both titles don't fit on one line, indent the second line.

The Honorable Jane Kelly and Lieutenant Jonathan Kelly, U.S. Navy
or
Captains Jane and Jonathan Kelly,
U.S. Navy

To Children and Families
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Abraham
Daniel, Jeffrey, Miss Brittany and Miss Kelly

To Children 18 and Older
They should receive their own invitations (unless they live at home with mom and dad).

Ms. Audrey Abraham
or
Mr. Jack Abraham

Note: If you don't include each child's name, you're implying that children are not invited. 
That said, don't be surprised if some guests still mistakenly assume their children are
welcome. If you're concerned this will happen with your guests, ask your immediate family
and bridal party to help spread the word that the wedding will be adults only. In the end, 
you may have to follow up with guests who don't get the message via phone to gently
explain the situation.

 

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Jennifer & Tim's Wedding Invitations

Living an urban life in Toronto Jennifer and Tim wanted their wedding to be casual and outdoorsy. Sharing their engagement in Niagara on the Lake they decided to have their big day at the beautiful Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. Jennifer was an easy going bride with great ideas and good taste. Together we came up with the following design. My creative process usually includes 5 steps... take a look below:

No. 1 - COLOUR 

Jennifer & Tim's colour palette was composed of soft champagnes, blush pinks with greys. Soft colours were found in the floral pattern with a bold charcoal when it came to fonts.

No. 2 - STYLE / THEME

Jennifer and I discussed a more casual look with a vintage flare since their big day was to take place at a vineyard. We kept the overall style simple, classic and whimsical.

No. 3 - DESIGN

Jennifer had a specific look in mind… she wanted to have a certain amount of floral without making to much of a bold statement as well as keeping the overall look light and casual. Once she found the perfect pattern she sent it my way so I could redraw it to fit within her custom package and convert to her unique colour palette. I really like the fonts found in this invitation design. Jennifer purchased a font she fell in love with… a lovely calligraphy font full of personality.

No. 4 - PAPER GOODS

Being from the US Jennifer had plenty of guests coming from a far. That said we had lots of info to include in this invitation package such as invitation and reply cards, map cards as well as accommodations. Once I made sure the over design flowed nicely from one card to another these were all assembled and inserted into soft champagne pocket enclosures. 

No. 5 - SPECIALTY FRILLS

A simple craft colour twine was tied to the exterior of the pocket enclosures in order to keep each package nicely sealed. Craft paper outer envelopes were ordered keeping the over all look on the more casual side. Blush pink reply envelopes where also ordered. I love mixing two different colour envelopes when it comes to the outer and reply envelopes. I find it adds a little more depth and fun.