This week, Pinterest was brimming with beautiful invitations and save-the-dates – which as you might guess, got my typography-loving heart beating rather fast. So I thought I’d focus this week’s Pinterest Pic(k)s on selections from our type board. If you’re not following us already, why not go to the Love Letters Pinterest page right now and click “follow.” Happy pinning!
We’re opening strong with pretty-in-pink chevrons, grounded in earthy kraft paper. What’s not to love about this stylish invite, especially the chevron-ed envelope! Pinned from Style Me Pretty, image by Jessica Burke Photography.
Next up is a whimsical watercolor floral save the date, pinned from The Wedding Chicks. This beauty was part of an “heirloom wedding” inspiration shoot produced by Kristy Rice at Momental Designs. The whole gorgeous thing was captured by photographer Katie Stoops and featured in Magnolia Rouge magazine. Be sure to check out the bridal gown, hand-painted by Kristy – wowee.
This charming mini-magazine featured on Martha Stewart Weddings was designed by the bride, who happens to be a graphic designer. Included were “special photos, beloved quotes from Walt Whitman and Mark Twain, artwork, and a short interview in which both the bride and groom answered the questions ‘I am,’ ‘you are,’ and ‘we are.’
Is all this yummy type making you hungry? How about this “save the date au chocolat” idea from un Beau Jour? Click through for the DIY directions but you’ll have to parlez-vous Francais to understand them.
I just love bold, saturated graphics. Here’s a great example from Minted.
And here’s how two of those bold colors can take off on their own in two fabulous invitation suites. The big-bold-yellow is from Oh So Beautiful Paper, designed by Leslie Lewis Sigler of Lilly & Louise. The rock-out-pink was also featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper, designed by bride Lauren Cunningham of The Creative Parasol.
Wrapping things up is our Love Letters shot of the week. Here’s one of my favorite typefaces ever, featured in our Saissant Collection. Style your next event with reception stationery that’s uber-sophisticated with a touch of edge: table cards, seating cards, menus, signs, and thank you cards. Go check them out!
Have a love-filled weekend! See you next week.
Well, just back from an amazing trip to my former stomping grounds in upstate New York. Five towns, a family wedding, breakfasts-lunches-dinners-and-drinks with oldest, dearest, bestest friends. Here's the overwhelmingly predominant sentiment. Happy Thursday!
As we close out another week, here are our favorite Pinterest Pic(k)s from the last seven days. If you’re not following us already, why not go to the Love Letters Pinterest page right now and click “follow.” Happy pinning!
First up from our threads&kicks board, let’s hear it for grooms and groomsmen! Especially when they are this stylish. Via Design Sponge, image by Scott Clark Photo. And the second shot from Ruffled Blog, image by Shari+Mike Photographers.
On our eats board is this beauty. I think that I may never tire of chevrons. Especially in one of my favorite colors. And on a cake. What’s not to love? Seen via Cake Central, photo by Brooke Allison Photo.
And a centerpiece to match.
Finally, here’s our Love Letters shot of the week, from the new products board: Introducing reception signs to keep your guests in the know. This one is from our Luxe collection. Designed to go perfectly with Love Letters table cards, seating cards, menus, and thank you cards. Everything comes in all four type styles: Classic, Luxe, Whimsy, and Saissant. Go check them out!
Have a love-filled weekend! See you next week.
Can it really be Friday again already? Time for the second installment of Love Letters’ end-of-week Pinterest Pic(k)s. P.S. You don’t have to wait for Friday: If you’re not following us already, just go to the Love Letters Pinterest page and click “follow.” Happy pinning!
First up, from our misc fabness board: I do not know for sure what these are (wrapped soaps?) but they sure are gorgeous. I tracked down this eye-candy photo and it’s by very talented professional photographer Nicole Franzen.
From eats: I might be the only one on the planet, but true confessions, I don’t go gaga for ombre anything. Or blue cakes. However. This confection with its unusually designed layer decoration, sweet hues, and whimsical crown-like topper had me at hello. Seen on the Ruffled blog, image by Jaylena Photography.
And taking home the prize for florals that aren’t floral…is this interesting and surprisingly beautiful bouquet made from the pages of a (presumably favorite) book. Coincidentally from the same wedding as the blue ombre cake.
In the fashion department, from our threads&kicks board, I must say I am loving the look of these maids for a fall/winter wedding – scarves, cardigans, tights, suede booties, and all. Oh, and I hear the dresses have pockets! Seen on Wedding Chicks, image by Kristina Curtis Photography.
And let’s not forget bride fashion. I am also loving this tea-length option from Marchesa Spring 2014, seen over at InStyle.
Rounding out the roundup, here’s our Love Letters shot of the week, from the Love Letters new products board: I am so excited to add thank you cards to complement our day-of stationery line. Available with adorable pop-of-color or simple white envelopes, these fun cards come in four type styles to match our Classic, Luxe, Whimsy, and Saissant collections. And they’re not just for weddings. Gratitude is good any old time, so consider these for yourself (or as gifts) for all your grateful occasions.
Wishing you a sunny weekend in every sense of the word! See you next week.
Introducing Love Letters' end-of-week Pinterest Pic(k)s. Every Friday here on the blog, we’ll bring you an eclectic mix of faves from our boards. If you’re not following us already, there’s an easy fix: Go to the Love Letters Pinterest page and click “follow.” Happy pinning!
First up, from our blooms board... Oh the sweetness of this bouquet captured as part of a shoot featuring gorgeously lush Claire Pettibone dresses set on the gorgeously lush Folly Estate. Seen on the Style Unveiled blog, image via This Modern Romance.
Speaking of dresses... Vera Wang is going black and white. Would you wear it? Here’s a walk-through of the 2014 collection.
From our eats board... How chic is this striped cake with just the right touch of glittery glitz in modern metallic? Brought to you by the Aussie-with-a-French-twist brilliance of The Cake That Ate Paris.
And another from the eats department... These fun cake toppers are made from water balloons. I never knew there were specially sized balloons for this purpose, but according to this post from Martha Stewart Weddings, you can find them at most supermarkets and party supply stores. Inflate the balloons and tie them to wooden coffee stirrers. Brilliant!
To round out this week’s Pic(k)s, here’s one from our tabletops board... This shot combines two of my personal favorites: orange and tulips. What a dramatic yet simple setting! Pinned from Moments of Magic via Style Me Pretty, floral design by Erica Rose.
And last but certainly not least, here’s our Love Letters shot of the week... Since it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, I thought I’d share this one of Lucy hanging at the home office with one of her favorite letters.
Happy weekend! See you next week.
Confused about seating cards? You are not alone! Here's a quick reference guide to the most common types, along with some etiquette tips and display ideas.
SEATING CARDS: This is the overall name for the category. Both escort cards and place cards are types of seating cards.
ESCORT CARDS: These cards tell your guests which table to sit at. They include guest name and table number/name. You can have a card for each guest or include couples on the same card. They can also indicate entree choice for the catering staff (if that's the case, you'll need one card for each guest). Escort cards are usually displayed at the entrance to the reception. Styles range from simple flat or tented cards to luggage tags, rocks or leaves, miniature chairs, fruit, flowers, and the list goes on. It's nice if they coordinate with your reception colors and theme. Some couples personalize their favors to double as escort cards.
ESCORT CARD DISPLAYS: Beautifully printed escort cards laid out simply on a table look great, especially if you add some flowers or other decor items. But if you want to jazz it up a little, there are tons of creative ideas out there. Tack down rows of ribbon on a table or an upright board and slip your cards underneath. You can use wooden shutters, boxes of beads or grass, string them on a line with clothespins, cut slits in corks or pine cones, use a magnetic board, or hang them on streamers from a tree branch. Whatever display you choose, keep guest convenience top of mind: make sure the cards are in alphabetical order and easy to get to without bottlenecks. If you are displaying them outside or in a doorway, don't forget to secure them from wind gusts!
PLACE CARDS: These cards tell your guests which seat to take at the table and can also be used to indicate entree choice for the catering staff. You'll need one for each guest. Place cards are displayed on or near the plate at each setting. If you're using place cards, you can choose to also have escort cards - or you can direct your guests to their tables with a seating chart at the reception entrance. The use of place cards can signal a more formal reception - but they can also be used for more casual receptions that are small enough that guests don't need escort cards or a seating chart to find their tables.
SEATING CHARTS: A seating chart can be used instead of escort cards to tell guests where to sit. It can be a list of guest names, grouped by table number/name. It can also be a diagram, indicating seating assignments plus table locations, which can be helpful at large receptions. Some couples opt for seating charts as an eco-friendly alternative to paper escort cards. Your chart can be printed, handwritten on glass or chalkboard, calligraphed, framed - as simple or elaborate as you like. Just make sure it's guest-friendly, in other words easy to read.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? As with most modern wedding etiquette, yesteryear's wording "rules" are optional. How you format guests' names on your seating cards is really a matter of personal taste, although most couples like to have their formality or informality match the overall style of the wedding. Typically, the use of titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss) signals a more formal wedding style. But first and last names only is perfectly acceptable for any style if that's what you prefer. Be sure to get the names of all the "plus-ones" on your list - it's a generally agreed no-no to say "and guest."
IS ASSIGNED SEATING REALLY NECESSARY? Yes (in my humble opinion and that of most wedding professionals). When you're stressing out at the eleventh hour trying to put the delicate seating puzzle together, you might be tempted to give up and let everyone wing it. While this might work for some people, it is guaranteed to be uncomfortable for many. Hang in there. Not only will you save your guests from school cafeteria awkwardness, but by intentionally grouping people based on knowing them, you just might spark new friendships - and who knows, even new romance (that said, please forgo the dreaded "singles" table!). One exception: if your reception is tiny and everyone truly knows (and loves) everyone, let them mingle and mix and sit where they will.