Morning Crossword Puzzle Theme for a Brunch Wedding Reception

Modern rustic kraft, black and red invitation by Real Card Studio
Modern rustic invitation on kraft with black and red with ikat native diamond patterned envelope liner.

Kraft with black grosgrain placecards by Real Card Studio
Kraft placecards with black grosgrain bows topped mini stacks of pancakes at each seat.

Crossword puzzle themed table signs for wedding breakfast reception by Real Card Studio
Crossword puzzle table signs with table numbers spelled out in red on grocery bag kraft paper.


Crossword themed invitation and seating cards by Real Card Studio
Crossword puzzle themed kraft, black and red invitations, table signs and place cards by Real Card Studio.
Crossword themed invitation and seating cards by Real Card Studio
Crossword puzzle themed invitations and table signs for a breakfast wedding reception and Bloody Mary bar.
Seattle Met Bride & Groom magazine

Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom "Day Into Night" featuring table cards by Real Card Studio
Axis Pioneer Square venue in Seattle hosted Seattle Met Bride & Groom magazine's "Day Into Night" feature, with invitations and table signage by Real Card Studio

Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom "Day Into Night" featuring table cards by Real Card Studio
Custom crossword puzzles and puzzle themed table signs at a breakfast wedding reception and bloody mary bar.
Sometimes, the things I become most obsessed with I first resisted. (Don't tell my husband I just admitted that.) So when I started working on the paper pieces for Seattle Met Bride & Groom's magazine feature "Night Into Day" with Carna Lapping, Very Important Events, it took longer for me to embrace Editorial Director Laura Cassidy's vision for a morning crossword puzzle theme than I care to admit. I adored the burlap bags-as-table-runners and the antique coffee cans for the floral centerpieces... I wanted to work with every element of this styled photo shoot but the crossword puzzle. Once I yielded, the result was captivating. Typical.

Kraft and burlap seemed natural choices for the texture and paper for this wedding brunch reception's invitations and table cards. Taking cues from the screen printed coffee bean bags for the invitation design, Real Card Studio used bold black typesetting offset with red for drama and to tie in the prominent Bloody Mary bar. Table signs were filled-in crossword puzzles spelling out the table number across or down. Placecards attached to toothpicks and tied with tidy black grosgrain bows accented a small stack of mini pancakes at each plate. Each plate had a real crossword puzzle with pencils for guests to work out answers to questions about the newlywed couple. And the highlight of any brunch – caterer Lisa Dupar's Bloody Mary Bar, with it's own crossword puzzle sign on burlap textured background.

Real Card Studio created invitations, place cards, crossword puzzles and a Bloody Mary bar sign for the "Day Into Night" feature in Seattle Met Bride & Groom magazine's Winter/Spring 2014 issue. Magazine photography by Dennis Wise. Portfolio photography by Fresh Outtakes. Venue, Axis Pioneer Square. For more credits, see the magazine image above.