Much to my pleasure, my brother and sister-in-law gave me carte blanche when designing the invitation suite for their Cape Cod wedding. They didn’t have any specifications other than the colour palette and that they didn’t want a typical nautical “Cape” style. I knew I wanted to create a design that was very much focused on illustration, so came up with this toile pattern that included a gristmill and a windmill (the venue had a water wheel outside), with some fall foliage thrown in because it was a fall wedding and fully illustrated type. Everything in this suite was hand drawn, including every letter. All pieces were then letterpress printed (also by me) except for the envelope, which was digitally-printed.
I’m so happy with how this invitation turned out. It’s great when clients let you do your thing and have fun with a job. Fun wedding too!
Specs: Design Papillon Press (Chantal Bennett) | Paper Crane Lettra, 600 & 300 gsm, flo white | Size 5×7″ double-sided, 3.5×5″ reply card | Ink Colour Cobalt Blue & Silver | Extras custom digitally-printed envelope
People often ask us if we can print in languages other than English. The answer is a resounding “YES”, as you can see with this English/Arabic wedding invitation. I love the choice of colour and the lovely artwork on this letterpress invitation. We don’t print many folded wedding announcements any more, but this is a fantastic example of what it can look like.
Specs: Design Sam Weber | Paper Crane Lettra, 300 gsm, pearl white | Size 5×7″ (folded) | Ink Colour custom mixed PMS swatches
Here is a fun letterpress wedding suite we printed for Brooklyn couple Matthew and Krista. This is a pretty full suite, including thank you card and favour tag, all in a coordinating red and rust ink.
Specs: Paper Crane Lettra, 300 gsm, pearl white | Size A7 announcement and envelope (5×7″) 4 bar (3.5×5″) reply card & envelope, 4 bar Thank you card & envelope, 1.5×3″ favour tag with coordinating baker’s twine | Ink Colours custom Pantone swatches | Vintage stamps sendmoremail.com
Here is an elegant wedding invitation we printed for Melissa and Richard. The calligraphy was created by Allison at Allison R. Banks Designs. If you love the look of calligraphy, a great idea is to hire a calligrapher to design your invitation suite and then convert it to a digital format so it can be printed in whatever method you want. In this case, Melissa wanted calligraphy AND letterpress printing, so we worked with Allison to convert the calligraphy artwork to a letterpress-ready format. The result is the best of both worlds!
Specs: Paper Crane Lettra, 300 gsm, pearl white | Size Oversize announcement and envelope (6×9″) and 4 bar reply card & envelope | Calligraphy Allison R. Banks Design | Ink Colour Gunmetal Grey
This has to be one of our favourite customizations of our invitations yet. Working with our Regency invitation, Leslie choose to have it printed in Pewter and Overcast Blue and also took advantage of the cameo customization that comes with this invitation. We work from photos of the bride and groom and illustrated their cameos, fitting them into the invitation. The result is absolutely fabulous.
Specs: Regency invitation printed in Pewter & Overcast Blue on Crane Lettra, 300 gsm pearl white with customized cameos.