It’s that time of the year again — our Do Good promotion is back! We want to see what good means to you: is it planting trees or helping with neighborhood clean-up? Volunteering at your local soup kitchen, or helping communities rebuild after devastating storms? Whatever your good deed is, we want to hear about it! Show us on Pinterest what you’re doing to make a difference, and we’ll give you 25 free additional invitation sets just for your good deed! And if your good deed is really great, you may even win our grand prize: $1,000 from Bella Figura! No purchase is necessary to enter, and the contest is open to entrants worldwide!
Rules and details:
Entry period: Your good deed must happen between April 1 – April 30, 2013. Good deed submissions must be uploaded to the Bella Figura Do Good 2013 Pinterest board by 6pm EST on Tuesday, April 30 to be eligible. Participation: Please allow 1 business day to be added to our “Do Good: 2013″ board.
Prizes: Everyone who follows the guidelines above and uploads a photo or video of their good deed to Pinterest will be eligible for 25 free additional invitation sets with the purchase of 50 or more [you must purchase at least 50 invitation sets]. We will email you a coupon with a unique code for your free invitation sets after we have received your entry. This promotional offer is valid on orders placed through July 31, 2013. “Invitation sets” includes the invitation, reply card + envelope or reply postcards, invitation envelopes, and any coordinating embellishments (this includes envelope liners, pocketfolds, edge painting, etc.). One lucky winner will receive $1,000 that can be used towards their next order at bellafigura.com. The $1,000 grand prize must be redeemed by October 31, 2013. The grand prize winner will be announced by May 10, 2013.
Criteria: We’re letting you determine the definition of “good.” For the free 25 invitation sets, anything you consider good will work. For the grand prize, we’re looking for inspiring actions that bring us hope; that demonstrate the power of an individual to do good; and that show us how the world can be a caring and beautiful place. In either case, please be sure to get a photo or video of yourself in action.
Judging: The team at Bella Figura will vote to select one winner for the grand prize based on the criteria listed above. The winner will be contacted by email and will be announced by May 10, 2013.
The April design of the month is Tara Hogan’s Modern Garden design! Everything in the Modern Garden letterpress invitation suite is on sale for 10% this month (or 20% off when you order 6 printed pieces or more!). That means anything you order from this suite — including invitations, save the dates, menus, programs, coasters, and more — is on sale now. This design features a fun, modern pattern and sweet lovebirds — perfect for a garden wedding or springtime celebration.
Our design team dreamed up new ways to customize this design to give you some inspiration — remember, you can customize everything about our designs (change the inks, fonts, layout, and more!), to truly make a design your own. Check out our vintage, formal and modern customizations of this unique design to get some ideas:
The fine print: promotion is exclusive to the Modern Garden design suite and does not apply to the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on April 30, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.
From now through March 18, our Trendsetter Sample Packs are on sale for just $5 each (regularly $12)! We worked with an exclusive group of wedding industry experts (including top wedding bloggers, magazine editors, florists, designers and even an etiquette expert from The Emily Post Institute!) to create our Trendsetter Sample Packs, which are based on some of today’s hottest wedding trends. Each of our letterpress trendsetters has curated a stylish sample pack with five of their favorite letterpress wedding invitations, and 100% of the costs from each sample pack will be donated to an environmental nonprofit. So whether you’re planning an urban wedding, a vintage celebration, or a glamorous, Gatsby-inspired affair, you’re sure to find a sample pack that fits your wedding style. Check out the different Trendsetter Packs that we have available to find the ones that best fit your wedding vision, then purchase your favorites and help us help the planet!
**The fine print: samples ship without keepsake packaging. Trendsetter sample packs are not eligible for a sample refund when stationery order is placed (but your purchase will help some really great causes!). Please allow 2 business days for turn-around. Sale ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 18, 2013.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already March, but that means it’s time for a new design of the month! This month’s featured design is Antique Luck, and the entire suite is on sale now for 10% off (or 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more!). Aimee O’Boyle, the designer behind Antique Luck, gave us some insight on the design (and some special inspiration on Pinterest, too!).
I am really quite fond of the idea of using old traditions in a wedding. While most people think of things like wearing a white wedding dress, not seeing the groom before the ceremony or having something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new, I like the idea of taking it a step further and including some lucky symbolism on the paper goods. Did you know that the four leaf clover petals represent faith, hope, love, and luck? And did you also know that if you found an old horseshoe with nails still in it, the number of nails determines how many years of prosperous luck you will have? I think its really very sweet to add some “lucky” touches to the big day like this. I just adore the symbolism behind the four leaf clover and horseshoe and knew that I had to use those images in my design. To give it an authentic vintage vibe, I incorporated hand drawn illustrative elements, like the ribbon banner, and paired it with a really clean stripe, which can be found on some of the coordinating pieces for this design. The combination of fonts really speaks to vintage playbills and posters and I think it adds the perfect touch to the overall design. — Aimee
Now that we’ve got the back-story on this amazing design, we’ve got ideas for you to make it your own! Check out the customization ideas below to see how our team of designers reimagined this invitation.
The fine print: promotion is exclusive to the Antique Luck design suite and does not apply to the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.
Ian Koenig’s Neo Luna design is the February design of the month! This charming design features cool fonts, a touch of modern whimsy, and is on sale through February 28. Save 10% on any Neo Luna piece that you order this month: letterpress wedding invitations, save the dates, programs, coasters, menus, calling cards, and anything else you can think of. Save even more when you order your entire suite at the same time — you can get an additional 10% off when you order 6 printed pieces or more, or get free favor cards to match your invitations when you spend $500 or more! Everything about the Neo Luna design (and all of our designs!) is completely customizable — change the fonts, colors, layout and more to make it your own.
Throughout the rest of the month, we’ll be featuring an interview with Ian Koenig, the designer behind Neo Luna, along with customization ideas and other bits of inspiration to show ways this design can work for you. Have questions? Please be in touch!
The fine print: promotion is exclusive to the Neo Luna design and does not apply to the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on February 28, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.
Our design of the month promotion is back! Order anything — wedding invitations, save the dates, social notes, menus, programs, and more – from our Boardwalk suite during the month of January and save 10% on your entire order. This promotion can be used in combination with our other ongoing discounts — so you can save even more if you order your entire suite at the same time (get an extra 10% off when you order 6 printed pieces or more), or get free favor cards to match your invitations when you spend $500 or more!
Everything about this design (and all of our designs!) is completely customizable — change the colors, fonts, layout, and more to make it your own. We’ll be featuring customizations of our Boardwalk design throughout the month of January, along with other bits of inspiration to show ways this design can work for you! Have questions? Please be in touch!
The fine print: promotion is exclusive to the Boardwalk design and does not apply to the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.
Election Day is November 6, so you know what that means — it’s time for our annual Election Day Sale! Head to the polls on November 6 and take a photo of yourself voting (or afterwards, with your “I voted” sticker!). Include your photo as an attachment with your online invitation order, and we’ll give you an additional 25 free invitation sets when you order 75 or more. Or, if you plan to work with one of our dealers, provide your dealer with your photo when placing your order. Every vote makes a difference, so be sure to cast your ballot on November 6!
The fine print: A photo is required to take advantage of this offer. Photos may be shared with Bella Figura via email, Facebook, or Twitter. “Invitation sets” can include an invitation, reply card or reply postcard, reception card, and coordinating envelopes, or any combination of the above — sorry, no substitutions. Additional insert cards, such as direction cards or accommodation cards, do not qualify. Limit one promotion per order please. Orders must be placed no later than 6pm EST on Friday, November 30, 2012. Please let us know if you do not want your photograph to be shared online.
Our annual sample sale has arrived! Now through September 24, all of our letterpress invitation samples are on sale for just $1 each. Browse our collection of 300+ invitation designs – we’ve got styles for every type of occasion (including traditional, modern, vintage, destination, rustic, retro, minimal, and more!). All of our invitations are completely customizable and can be letterpress printed or foil stamped for your next special occasion. The best part? We’ll plant 2 trees with American Forests for every sample purchased during the sale!
To purchase your samples, simply view your favorite designs, then click the “order a sample” button on the right side of the page. After you’ve selected all of the samples you’d like to purchase, visit the cart in the upper right side of your screen and “proceed to checkout”. If you’d like to see even more trees planted during our sale, select the “plant a tree” option during checkout and we’ll match you!
**The fine print: supplies may be limited. Samples ship in standard packaging without keepsake boxes. Samples purchased during sale period are not eligible for a sample refund when stationery order is placed (but your donation is going to a really great cause!). Please allow 2 business days for turn-around. Sale ends at 11:59pm on Monday, September 24.
We had so much fun creating our two new Pinterest inspired designs that we’re having another Pinterest contest and giving you the chance to inspire a new design for our 2013 collection! Plus, you’ll have the chance to win 100 letterpress party invitations that you could use for save the dates, a birthday party, baby announcements, or even a backyard BBQ!
Here’s how it’s going to work: we’re looking for inspiration from a place that you love. It could be anywhere: your favorite vacation spot, where you got engaged (or married!), a pretty spot in the woods, or even your own backyard. Create a board on Pinterest and name it My Favorite Place, then upload an inspiring photo of your special place to the board to get started. In the caption, tell us why it holds an important place in your heart. Don’t spare any details – we want to hear your stories!
Then, fill your board with at least 20 other pins that match the look and feel of your initial pin. What we’re looking for: a cohesive board overflowing with beauty! Pin images that mimic the feeling and match the style of your original photo. Feel free to continue telling your story in the captions of the other pins! Check out our sample board for ideas to get you started.
In addition to the 20 pins, you must pin the image below to your board, as well as your favorite Bella Figura envelope liner. To pin your favorite liner pattern, just use the handy tool on our website to customize an envelope liner with a pattern and colors that match your style, and in the caption, include the name of the pattern (like this!).
Our lead designer Jessica Tierney will be judging the contest and one of our talented designers will be creating an invitation suite based on the winning board. Judging will begin on July 23, and the winner will be announced on July 27. The new Pinterest-inspired design will be released with our new collection in January 2013.
Entry deadline: The contest runs from July 16, 2012 through 12pm EST on July 23, 2012. To enter, follow the instructions above and submit the URL of your Pinterest board to the comments section below.
The grand prize: The person with the winning board will receive 100 free letterpress party invitations printed on our A6 sized cards in two inks on our 1-ply cotton paper with 1-color letterpress printed envelopes. Choose from any of our 300+ invitation designs and create the perfect piece for your next event! Be sure to take a look at our Social Album for inspiration.
*The fine print: additional invitations, custom design fees, additional ink colors, double-sided printing, added embellishments or rush orders will incur charges.
Need an invitation to join Pinterest? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you one right away! We can’t wait to see your entries — good luck!
Today we are excited to announce the top 5 finalists for our Do Good in March promotion! We were thrilled to see all of the good deeds that were submitted on Pinterest throughout the month of March, and we had a really tough time narrowing down to just 5 people. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!
The finalists: For the next round of the contest, we’re letting you decide who should win the grand prize! To help you decide who to vote for, we talked to each of the finalists to find out more about their good deeds and ways you can get involved, too. You can read each of their stories below.
To vote: Visit the finalist’s board that we’ve set up on Pinterest and “like” your favorite finalist in order to give them your vote. The finalist with the most likes by noon on Wednesday, April 11 (Eastern Standard Time) will win a set of 100 1-ply, 1-color letterpressed wedding invitations, reply cards, and envelopes! If you need an invitation to join Pinterest, email DoGood@bellafigura.com and we’ll send you an invitation right away (be sure to start following our boards, too!). The grand prize winner will be announced by April 16, 2012.
Meet Brittney Aldous - she volunteers once a month and creates extra-special meals for the less fortunate at her local food kitchen.
The wedding: We’re getting married September 28, 2012 at the Slivertip Gold Resort in Canmore, Alberta. It’s such a picturesque setting and the venue goes perfectly with our ‘rustic chic’ theme! We’re also tying in the theme with burlap table runners, lantern centerpieces and little tree seedlings as our favors. After 7 years, we’re both very excited to finally tie the knot!
Where she started: I first worked in the food kitchen with my group at work and since then I have been hooked. Just knowing I was able to add something positive to someone’s day definitely brightened mine. And now I try to go once a month and cook up something absolutely delicious – something that you wouldn’t normally find served!
Why you should do it, too: A lot of people do not realize how fortunate they are. Taking time out of your day to be able to give back (to any cause) is so worthwhile. Even if it just brings a smile to someone’s face, you know you’ve made some sort of a difference to that person, and it can just take off from there! Helping the less fortunate enjoy a nice meal once in a while is the least I can do.
Brittney’s inspiration: My boss is actually the person who inspired me to get started in this cause. He made an effort to get our group out helping others, which took out of his overall budget (seeing as we charge by 15-minute intervals!). He also takes time out of his personal life, and the dedication and enthusiasm he regularly put forth was the inspiration I needed to continue with this cause on my own.
Favorite Bella design: Janelle Elegance – I love the design. To me it definitely has its traditional side, but the ‘bubbles’ add some extra flair and softness without being over the top!
Meet Beth D’Angelo – she recently traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care to the less fortunate in Haitian migrant villages.
The wedding: I am the very happy and proud mother of the groom! Bill and Elizabeth will be married on September 1, 2012, less than 5 months away! They are now living in Seattle, but will be moving back to Western New York in July, and they are right now working on the details of their wedding celebration. The wedding will be in the late afternoon, in a small church near the shore of Lake Erie, with dinner and dancing to follow in an evening reception nearby.
The story behind the good deed: My trip to Dominican Republic in March was my fourth one to serve the Haitian people living and working seasonally in the sugar cane fields near La Romana. My husband and I saw a website from a hospital near the area that was built by volunteers asking for help and contacted them. We bring down a group of volunteers annually to travel to the villages and treat as many patients as possible by extracting teeth, treating infections, doing fillings, cleaning teeth, giving oral hygiene education, flouride treatments and sealants. Bill and Elizabeth were able to participate last year, and will again next year. We are inspired to continue with this work because we see how our actions help the people we serve, not only in treating their disease, but in showing them that others care and treat them with the respect and concern that all people deserve.
What you can do: I hope that others who read this are inspired to use their talents to reach out to others who are in need of assistance, no matter how small it may seem. By everyone doing a little, a lot can be accomplished!
Beth’s inspiration: My husband is my inspiration — he is a man of boundless energy and good will. He finds ways to make the impossible possible! My hope is that Bill and Elizabeth find the same passion in their marriage that we have.
Favorite Bella invitations: The wedding will be a traditional affair, with a splash of modern merriment thrown in. That’s why we love the Loretta Formal invitations — traditional elegance with modern touch.
Meet Mayra Gomez – she provides Spanish translations that help make the transition to American society an easier one for newcomers.
The big day: My partner Candace and I are having a destination wedding (commitment ceremony since we can’t get married yet in California) in Puerto Vallarta on May 26, 2013. It will be a true blending of both of us. I am originally from Jalisco, Mexico (same state where Puerto Vallarta is located) so it will be nice to get married there. The ceremony will have some Mexican and African American traditions to represent both of us – papel picado, bright colors, jumping the broom – and the reception will be a blend of romantic, classic, and modern touches.
Mayra’s role: As a member of the LGBT community, I am constantly trying to play a role in the fight for equality. Volunteering, however small my role, was a way for me to help transgender individuals go through an important step in their transition, and to let them know that there are people out there who care.
Why you should support this cause, too: Transgender individuals continue to be one of the most marginalized people in society, even within the LGBT community. If we hope that one day all individuals are treated with respect, dignity, and equality, then every minority group should be included.
Mayra’s role model: My mother has been an inspiration for why I try and do good. She is one of the most generous individuals I know, and has always instilled in me that it is our responsibility to help out those who need it. I have taken that and expanded this to include every facet in my life, whether it’s helping out a friend, donating money, or speaking up for those of us who are, at times, voiceless.
Favorite Bella design: Barcelona
Meet Carol McDermott – she uses her professional skills to help military veterans re-enter the workforce by leading or volunteering at interviewing and resume skills workshops.
The wedding: Our wedding will be taking place at the Palace Church in the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, Denmark on June 23rd. This location is very special to us because it is where Henrik was baptized and also where he proposed to me in October on a bended knee in the castle gardens on the one year anniversary of our first date. Our reception will take place in Copenhagen and will incorporate both Danish and American wedding traditions.
What inspired your good deed? Over the years, I’ve led or participated in many volunteer training seminars focused on computer/ resume and interviewing skills with organizations such as iPrep, Harlem Project Hope and Dress for Success to help Americans struggling to re-enter the workforce. It’s great to know that I am having a positive impact on participants and their families. While watching the Today Show on March 27th, I learned about the “Hiring Our Heroes” Job Fair taking place in New York on the USS Intrepid Aircraft Carrier the following day. I immediately contacted the organizers from General Electric and offered my services to lead a volunteer seminar similar to ones I have led in the past.
Why should other people support this cause? Military veterans have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country and I feel that it is our obligation to do what we can to help them in return. I consider myself fortunate to know something about resumes and interviewing and am very grateful to have the opportunity to pass my skills along. Veterans bring tremendous skills to employers such as leadership, teamwork, reliability and poise under pressure, and many of these skills simply cannot be attained through on the job training or seminars. So whether you are an employer considering hiring military veterans or a volunteer considering helping with a resume/ interview skills workshop, I can guarantee that you will get much more out of the experience than you put in.
Carol’s inspiration: I have friends and family members who are either active or retired from military service and this has undoubtedly influenced my support of programs like “Hire Our Heroes”. I am also very proud of my mom, who has spent her entire career working in early childhood development and intervention helping families diagnose disabilities and developmental delays in children ages 1-3 and intervening to help them reach their full potential. This is not a high-paying career, but my mom does it for the fulfillment she gets from helping children and parents, really changing lives.
Meet Katie Parker – she supports the All-American Mutt Rescue, an organization that helps dogs find loving homes.
The big day: Our wedding will be held on July 28, 2012 in my hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. We have planned a Southern style wedding filled with good music, great company, and delicious food. My fiancé and I have decided that in lieu of favors we would like to give a donation to the All-American Mutt Rescue to support their wonderful cause.
Katie’s inspiration: My family adopted two dogs from All-American Mutt Rescue about three and a half years ago, and we’ve kept in close contact with them ever since. The passion that the founders of All-American Mutt Rescue have for animals truly inspires me, and their motto of “Rescue…rehome…real love” is a wonderful representation of this organization. As an animal-lover, I would love to see every animal have a forever home, and by supporting this organization I can help make that become a reality.
Why you should help: The All-American Mutt Rescue is a wonderful organization. It was founded by a couple from Huddleston, Virginia who decided to dedicate their lives to helping animals find a loving home. While they have volunteers that come to help out, they do the majority of the work themselves and keep all of the animals at their house. They make sure that each is well cared for until they can find their forever home. Many of these dogs are pulled from the pound where they would otherwise be put down and not given a chance. In these tough economic times, animals are being abused, neglected, and dumped more than ever. It is our job to help these innocent animals and support organizations like this one.
Katie’s role models: My parents have always inspired me to do good things. Growing up in a loving, Christian home I was taught that you help others in any way you can. It could be anywhere from helping to feed the hungry or opening the door for a stranger. My parents have always spent a great amount of time volunteering for various things from coaching my softball teams to working with the youth group at church. I feel very blessed to have such wonderful parents that were not only great role models but that also filled me with strong morals and values.
Katie’s favorite invitation: My favorite Bella Figura invitation design is String Calligraphy - I fell in love with it the first time I saw it!