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Destination Wedding, Part III: Programs and Menus
Petite square program, letterpress printed on cotton paper, tied with a satin knot. Wedding program booklet by Real Card Studio ...
Petite square program, letterpress printed on cotton paper, tied with a satin knot.
Wedding program booklet by Real Card Studio
Menu personalized by a calligrapher doubles as a placecard at each plate.
Keepsake letterpress printed coasters with couple's monogram on front and the weekend's signature drink recipe on the backside.
Guests have all arrived at the Aspen destination, and it's finally time to celebrate! Everyone will recognize the program with the leaf motif that was introduced on their
, in the same papers, typestyles and ink colors that were introduced back when they first mailed their
save the dates
4 to 6 months before the event. Natural like the outdoor mountain venue, yet elegant and classic like the couple and the tone of their wedding.
Programs are like the playbill for your event, listing at the very least, the order of service so that your guests know what to expect. More detailed programs will include details such as what music was played, the artist that created it, and if performed live, the musician playing at the ceremony. Weddings that have a wedding party, from a witness or two to a team of bridesmaids, maids and matrons of honor, flower girls, ring bearers, best men (and best women) groomsmen and the like. When there are people front and center that are not the obvious players (bride and groom), it's nice to tell the audience, your guests, who these other people are. Its here that your friends connect the dots, putting names to faces and vice versa.
In religious ceremonies, when you have guests that may not be familiar with the various traditions, it's nice to give brief descriptions and explanations of the events they will witness. To someone who has never been to a Jewish wedding, they might be surprised by the breaking of wine glasses. It's nice to give them a heads up that the ceremony has not just taken a turn for the worse. Likewise, some may wonder why in a Catholic wedding, somebody is tying a rope around the couple. Knowledge is good-- share it!
When the ceremony is over, the reception begins! Menus are a nice touch, because like the program, your guests want to know what's coming. These gorgeous menus are working twice as hard, having been personalized by a calligrapher to also serve as the place card. And anything with your name on it you're much more likely to keep. And the coasters? Well, these come with a recipe for the couple's signature cocktail the "Mountain Do"... who's not going to want to hang on to that?
Natural Elegance color palette in Gold and Moss
Real Card Studio created this custom wedding program, menu and coaster for Eventiste
Marcy Blum Associates
in New York City.
Destination Wedding, Part II: Invitation
Four luxurious layers of cotton and metallic paper, letterpress printed invitation and custom monogram wrap attaches the invite to the rem...
Four luxurious layers of cotton and metallic paper, letterpress printed invitation
and custom monogram wrap attaches the invite to the removable pocketed backer.
Individual insert cards inviting guests to each separate wedding weekend event.
Destination weddings tend to have a lot of extra activities to keep guests occupied while they're away from home. This couple kept their guests busy, offering activities from morning yoga and spa sessions to rafting and mountain hikes, not to mention of course the brunches, cocktail hours and rehearsal dinner. To make sure everyone knew what was going on, this invitation included invitations to each event, plus an activity schedule to keep track of it all.
In my last post about the
Save the Date
for this event, I mentioned that you want to brand your event by keeping a cohesive visual them throughout the pieces. This invitation repeats the color scheme of the save the date, and introduces their monogram, or wedding logo with elements that will show up on all the pieces to follow. The A's being the bride's and groom's initials with the aspen leaf of course representing their location. The leaf motif was repeated in a casual, natural arrangement on the insert cards, while the text was typeset in a traditional manner to match the invitation.
One stipulation the bride had for this project was that despite needing a pocket to keep all the inserts together, she wanted the invitation to be able to stand alone. So we designed an additional layer with a pocket that when separated from the wrap, left the four-layer invitation intact.
Color palette of Moss and Gold
Real Card Studio
created this custom invitation order for Eventiste
Marcy Blum Associates
in New York City.
Color - Brown
Modern Monogram Stationery
Monogram letterpress printed in gray Shadow + Cocoa ink on heavy coaster paper Wardrobe of stationery by Real Card Studio includes squa...
Monogram letterpress printed in gray Shadow + Cocoa ink on heavy coaster paper
Wardrobe of stationery by Real Card Studio includes square notecards, notesheets and gift enclosures.
For many, the word "monogram" conjures up images of fancy initials in a
. Now, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with that of course, there is something quite special about letterpress printed ornate letters. But script isn't for everyone.
This customer, of
, sought the class and elegance of monogrammed stationery in a style more suited to her modern preference. She found what she was looking for in
Real Card Studio's
stationery album with our "Pamela" style monogram. Her selection of these contemporary ink colors in a natural palette of light shadow gray and cocoa brown were the perfect match with the gray envelopes and looked just delectable letterpress printed on this very heavy textured Anisette stock. (It didn't hurt that her last name, and thus the most prominent letter in her monogram, was an "O", such a beautiful letter form to work with.)
Color palette: Gray and Brown
Real Card Studio created this custom stationery order for
in Wayzata, MN.
Coaster Paper Notecard with Rounded Corners
Real Card Studio's Diecut Notecard on Anisette stock, letterpress printed in Cocoa ink Last week I came across a nice article in ...
Real Card Studio's
Diecut Notecard on Anisette stock, letterpress printed in Cocoa ink
Last week I came across a nice article in the
New York Times
covering the stationery wardrobe (obsession?) of one woman in New York City. It's a fun read that paper lovers can relate to. After reading the article and passing it on to some friends, I finally studied the first photograph in the article and was so pleased to see that
Real Card Studio's
Anisette notecard was very proudly displayed. It's a bummer (for me) that they didn't credit the design, but I am happy that I eventually noticed anyway. (You can't accuse me of just looking at the pictures!)
One of the readers of the article left a
(#64) that I truly agree with:
"Though handwritten notes and letters might indeed be tossed away, there is value in saving them. When a friend dies, young or old, the letter or note might be the most intimate piece of memory left. Whether on dime-store stationary or terribly expensive notepaper, it could matter very much over time."
Real Card Studio created this stationery order for
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Invitation Wording + Etiquette
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