Caroline + Jon


With all the snow and freezing temperatures this month, we have been dreaming of sunshine and outdoor summer weddings. Caroline and Jon's wedding was full of so much warmth  and that's not just because it was on a gorgeous day in August! As we dream about warmer weather + summer nights, we wanted to share about this wonderful couple + their beautiful wedding day!

From the moment we met this wonderful couple, we could tell how much they loved and cared for one another. They wanted to include special touches for their big day from their custom invitations to their reception details. They wanted each detail to share their love story with their guests who traveled near and far to celebrate their Big Day. One of our favorite parts was the signs that hung on the pathway between their ceremony site and reception location. Each was a sketch with a description of a significant place in their relationship. Now those pictures hang up in their house as a reminder of the times + places that have brought them to the place they are today. 

Enjoy all of the gorgeous photos from their special day + shoutout to this incredible vendor team who brought their vision to life! Cheers to more beauty ahead in 2018!

Design + Planning: First Look Events // Photography: Frances Photography // Floral: Plum Sage Flowers // Linens: Linen Hero // Wedding Cake: Intricate Icings //Venue: Denver Country Club


Wax on, Wax off

Wax! Not only is it a cool word, its definitely a cool trend in the wedding industry at present. I've seen a true resurgence of "craftsmanship" in this day and age with young couples bringing back letterpress like it's gold as well as the aforementioned wax seal trend. Now, I'm not as old as I sound, but I do take time to appreciate nostalgia and also to give credit to the sage and true coined phrase "They just don't make them like they used to". However, in this case (and good news for you), they do!

Wax seals are perfect for event stationery for a myriad of reasons. We have used seals to close pocket invitations, to add a finishing touch, to establish a brand or theme, and even to seal an envelope or two. Check out these beautiful photos of some recent wax seal projects.

Lauren & Tino 2013



Now, you can integrate what was once a very vintage thing into a very modern and current piece of stationery giving just a shadow of scrutiny to the old adage "They just don't make them like they used to".

Mailing Mania - Don't Get Stuck on Stamps

So your invites are all designed - you're ready to take them to the post office for drop off. Imagine, you are surprised to pay $.66 per invitation when you thought it would be only $.44 per invite. Your total bill for postage on 200 invitations equals around $220 (for both invite & response card). Unfortunately, I have no need to imagine this scenario as it's what happened to me when I was a bride.

Postage can make or break your invitation budget. Overall, it's suggested that brides spend anywhere from 5 - 10% of their total  budget on their invitations. Assuming that postage falls underneath that category, don't let stamps alone take 1 or 2 percent of that cost. Here are a few tips for mailing your very special invitations for the biggest, baddest, and most beautiful party you'll most likely ever throw. 

The USPS has guidelines for mailing anything. Let's break it down piece by piece.

Shape/Overall Dimension:
1. Anything square is considered extra postage and require additional stamps or more expensive ones than just a standard piece of mail. This is the mistake I personally made as a bride to be. Not having this knowledge can cause you to spill over your invite budget and have to take from somewhere else. If you're carefully minding that bottom line, please consider a different shaped invitation as it will save you. FYI: the most common size is a 5x7".

2. Anything measuring over 5.75 x 8.75 (or an A9 envelope) is considered extra large and requires additional postage.

3. The smallest size considered mail-able is 3.75 x 5.75 (of an A1/ 4Bar envelope). This is the traditional size for response cards, however anything smaller than this, the post office will not mail.



Not only does the post office have strict regulations on size and shape, they consider anything weighing over 1 ounce extra postage as well. The amount of extra depends on the weight of the item. Typically any pocket invitation will be over an ounce. Those with wax seals will most likely be over an ounce. Letterpressed invitations can also possibly be overweight due to the materials (special paper) used in manufacturing.  It is my advice to take your invite, completed and assembled, to the post office to determine the postage before buying all the stamps as soon as you're engaged. 


For those who are considering post cards, the USPS has regulations on those as well.

The minimum size still stays the same at 3.5 x 5" (the enclosure size of an A1/4Bar envelope). The largest size is 4.25 x 6 without extra postage or an envelope.

A post card also needs to be at least 80# cover weight or about 10 point basis weight. However, they cannot be thicker than 1/4". 

Additionally, those beautiful mounted reply cards you've seen will not suffice as post cards. Post cards are required to be a single sheet only, so skip the mounting if taking this route. 




Here's hoping this little post helps you avoid the shock of under-budgeting. Enjoy this process as much as your guests will enjoy receiving your invites. If you have any questions, please give us a shout!


Ben Franklin, Heidelburg, and Konica Minolta walk into a bar...

Ever wondered what the process of print is like? Or why some of it is so inexpensive and other times it gouges you? Let this brief entry enlighten you on the different methods of modern day printing techniques. We're outlining here the 5 main types a person might use for their event invitations. 1. Offset Lithography or Offset Printing An offset press is a huge machine that often times stretches the entire length of a room. It looks like a big flat table with rollers on top. In this process, the image or print you are desiring to be put to paper is created into a plate (sort of like a stamp) and will get rolled onto the paper. The rollers and plate are first dipped in water and then ink. The ink sticks to the areas of the plate that are raised (or what you want to be printed) while the water stays on the white spaces of the layout. The image is then transferred to the rollers and you're ready to begin working. Offset printing produces a very nice print and can be very affordable if you are considering running large quantities. With offset, you can also achieve the raised printing commonly seen in event invitations, called Thermography. However, because a plate has to be made for every image, if your quantities are small, you might consider another method. Keep in mind that once the plate has been created and the rollers are ready to go, changes cannot easily be made. Newspapers, coupons, direct mailing, etc. are all commonly printed on an offset press. offsetpress

2. Letterpress Ever heard the phrase, "they just don't make things the way they used to."? It's true - even in print. There is nothing like letterpress and with it's rise in popularity over the past couple of years, it's making quite the comeback. Letterpress is luxurious, not cheap, but totally beautiful. The paper stocks used on these machines are typically very thick and made of cotton yielding a very soft, and tactile interest. Plates are created based off a design - but only every part of your design gets it's own plate. Letterpress is a great method for simple designs with only 1 or 2 colors. Each color of the design indicates a separate plate, but also a separate run through the machine. Each run is hand placed to ensure accuracy in placement and adequate depth of impression. The final product is truly a piece of art, hand crafted from start to finish - not to mention on some gloriously beautiful paper. Letterpress is expensive, but if it's something important or something to hold onto, it may be worth it. Letterpress

3. Digital Printing Unlike Letterpress or the Offset press, digital printing allows a person to use a rainbow of colors, make changes easily, and offers a very quick turn around time. It's the point and shoot camera in the photography world, only it's click and print in our world. Digital printing offers high quality prints (if on the right machinery) and at rocket speed in comparison to all other types of printing. Plates are not needed on digital printing so it needs lesser man power. This process, however, can be expensive because of the ink and paper used by the printer. Digital technology is either ink based (ink jet printers) or toner based (laser printers) with toner being the preferred method for any serious print shop. Typically larger machines are laser printers with ink jet's being the tiny little cartridges. Toner is a powder that gets transferred and then fused to the paper while ink sits on top of the paper and is susceptible to bleeding and getting smeared by water or dampness. If you're having your wedding invitations printed, please do not use an ink jet machine.

4. Engraving This printing method is virtually obsolete now with just a few major lines, like Crane, still offering it. It is a true art form and the cost associated with it is very high. Each piece is hand engraved or done with precise laser technology to create the print. With the paper chipped away, the depressed images are then filled with ink to show up. Many company letterheads and personalized stationery are still printed using this method. You will only see engraving on smaller jobs, like party invitations or very expensive marketing materials - not massive runs like direct mail because of the cost associated with this printing technique. The process is very strenuous, and although beautiful, more cost effective methods like Thermography (raised printing done on the offset press) have provided an alternate with a similar outcome.

5. Screen-printing Quite ancient, screen-printing dates all the way back to around 1000AD in China where printers used actual silk as the mesh. However, because silk was quite the hot commodity, this process took a while to find it's worth in the rest of the world until a more suitable and affordable mesh was produced. Silk-screen machines look like a big clam with the mesh screen on the top and the plate at the bottom. The item to be printed is laid on the plate and the screen comes down with the pre-made inked stencil attached. The ink is then pressed onto the item being printed. Screen-printing is a good way to get a light ink onto a dark material (ie., whit ink on black paper or a black T-shirt). Artists began to take note of this technique for reproducing fine art prints and continues to be widely popular to this today. You may know it as the method by which you get your favorite vintage T-Shirts. :) silkscreening

Well, that's it! Enjoy the read and now you know a little bit more about my world.