Shining the spotlight on silver foil

Silver has been making its mark on all sorts of Bella Figura wedding invitations these days — modern and classic designs alike have been featuring silver foil stamping for an added touch of glamour. Whether you choose matte or shiny silver foil (or both!), adding this classic metallic can up the sophistication factor on any invitation. Check out some of the beautiful invitations we’ve printed with silver foil lately!

Matte and shiny silver foil stamping has been wildly popular for the 2012 wedding season!

[Joie de Vivre wedding invitation featuring silver shine foil stamping paired with amethyst ink on our white cotton paper.]

[Silver matte and silver shine foil look stunning next to our seaside letterpress ink in this customization of our Fugue design.]

[Gramercy wedding invitations printed in lavender letterpress ink with matte silver foil stamping and Copperplate hand calligraphy accents.]

[This customization of our Drawing Room design pairs shiny silver foil with classic black ink.]

[Silver shine foil stamped accents look stunning next to Prussian blue letterpress ink on this Byzantine wedding invitation.]

[Silver shine foil and pewter letterpress inks look dashing together on this customization of our Wisteria design.]

[This customization of our Royal Night design pairs shiny silver foil with navy letterpress ink.]

If silver isn’t your thing, check out some of our other foil stamping colors! With 12 dazzling metallics to choose from, we’ve got foil colors for every type of occasion. Not sure which color foil to choose? Not a problem — after you’ve placed your order, one of our expert designers can help you select the best options for your wedding invitations with a one-on-one design consultation!


by Erica Henriksen on October 29th, 2012. Category: Design Customizations,Wedding Trends | No comments

Trend Watch! Bella Figura designers share their favorite 2012 wedding trends

We have some amazing in-house designers here at Bella Figura who know all about this year’s hottest wedding trends! We asked a few of our designers to share their favorite trends for 2012 weddings and beyond, and they dished on everything from dresses to wedding colors – take a look at the trends our designers are loving!

Sarah Walroth: Couples are making their invitations unique to them, and incorporating special accents that make their invitations pop! Bold color combinations – like geranium + mediterranean or hot pink + silver shine foil; geometric patterns – chevron, stripes, etc.; oversized text, and foil – are all popular options that couples are using to make their design stand out. I also love the hand made details we’ve been seeing in weddings lately. Customized soda bottle labels, chalkboard menus & seating guides, and cards directing guests to different stations that match the rest of the paper goods in the wedding are great personal touches that really make the wedding unique to the couple. I’m happy to see more and more tea-length and knee-length bridesmaids’ dresses, too – they have a fun feel and are definitely practical for summer weddings. And for shoes, I’m thrilled that sparkly platform pumps are in style because they make perfect wedding shoes!

Wedding trend tips from Bella Figura designer Sarah Walroth

Clockwise from top right: Shoes | Chair | Escort Cards | Soda Bottles 

Lindsy Aragona: Coral colors are going to continue to be huge this year and beyond – corals work so well with both warm or cool neutrals like sand or pewter. And the multiple shades of coral, pales to brights, can fit any wedding theme – formal to destination! I love vintage, quirky and rustic looks – and outdoor weddings with personal touches are my favorite. Pale colors, rustic accents, nature and romance are my inspiration! Lindsy Aragona's trend predictions for 2012-2013 weddings

Clockwise from top right: Happy couple | Bouquet | Groomsmen | Centerpieces 

Racheal Decker: I’m predicting that personalized elements will continue to be huge! (monograms, customized & creative wording, pocketfolds, and more). Eye catching colors – from soft and subtle blushes to nautical blues, to anything bold and saturated (hello neons!!) are also popular for weddings right now and will continue to be well through next year. Couples are also choosing themes — everything from fairytales to dreamy destinations and everything in between. Themes are everywhere, and like it or not you probably have one! I’m also loving the rustic weddings we’ve been seeing lately — sweet earth tones with handmade accents simply “woo” your guests with the natural romance of your event.

Rustic, personalized weddings are a trend that Racheal loves and predicts will continue to flourish!

Clockwise from top right: Signs | Suitcase | Flowers | Venue 

Brenda Fox: I think we will continue to see lots of bold oranges & reds coming into play paired with muted, earthy tones. Lots of stripes and more thin, light typefaces. My favorite wedding trend right now is roof top weddings for sure! I imagine a warm summer night with unique, white lights in a chic city space or garden. I think it helps make for an intimate setting with your closest friends and family on your special day. I also really love a really rustic venue, which makes the bride look all the more beautiful (like the movie the Proposal with Sandra Bullock, when she got married in the old wooden church in Alaska!).

Bella Figura designer Brenda Fox shares her predictions for 2012 wedding trends

Clockwise from right: City scene | Sparkler exitOutdoor reception 

by Christie Jones on June 19th, 2012. Category: Wedding Trends | No comments

2012 wedding trends: metallic gold

Metallic gold is showing up everywhere this year, from high-fashion to home decor and especially in weddings. Metallic gold is one of the most glamorous and elegant colors you can add to your wedding to make it an event to remember! We love this trend so much, we’ve incorporated it throughout our new 2012 wedding invitations. This dazzling metallic isn’t just for traditional or formal weddings — it also works perfectly to add a feel of romance to vintage inspired weddings, and an unexpected flare to modern and contemporary weddings. To add this sparkling shade to your invitations, you can mix letterpress and gold foil stamping, or go with all foil printing (think matte gold and shiny gold for a super-stunning effect!).

Photo credits- top row from left: Bella Figura, nbarrett photography via Bows and Arrows, second row: Elouise Loves LovePaige Newton Photography via The Sweetest OccasionBrumley & Wells via Green Wedding Shoes, third row:, PinterestBella Figura

by Jessica Tierney on March 7th, 2012. Category: Wedding Trends | No comments

Unique and Bold color combinations for your wedding

One of this year’s hottest trends in wedding invitations is big, bold color! Think unique and daring combinations that really grab your eye. Since we’re color crazy over here at Bella Figura, this trend brings big smiles to our faces. Bold hues add a huge dose of personality to your invitations and will be sure to wow your guests!

Here are some of our favorite bold color combinations for your wedding invitations that will be sure to leave everybody talking!

Metallic Gold, Bright Red, Soft Pink and Sweet White This modern pairing is bold and graphic with a soft and romantic twist. The shimmering gold accents along with bright pops of radiant red make for a sophisticated and chic event, while the soft pink and white shades add a touch of femininity and grace. Perfect for the contemporary bride looking to add a splash of elegant glamour to her big day!

Garden Greens and Ocean Inspired Aquas This simple and sophisticated palette is such a breathe of fresh air! Clean and calming bright blues pair perfectly with earthy and vibrant shades of green to create an attention grabbing look. What’s wonderful about these shades is they work for every kind of wedding too! From minimalist and modern to chic and casual to even vintage inspired glamour, it all looks gorgeous!

Neon Pink, Orange and Green with Natural Neutrals These hot and trendy hues are sure to add the wow-factor to your big day! Neon Pink and Day-Glo orange pair perfectly together in vibrant harmony. Add a splash of electric Lime-aid to spice things up even more! Neutral Sand helps balance out these big shades to keep things looking chic and contemporary.

Are you using a bold color combination for your wedding invitations? Tell us about your favorite color combinations in the comments section below!

Board#1- top row from left: Bella Figura Fugue design,  Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography via The Wedding Chicks, second row: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography via The Wedding ChicksAdam Barnes via Southern WeddingsLauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography via The Wedding Chicks third row: pinterestMartha Stewart Weddings via Ritzy BeeBella Figura Amor design
Board#2- top row from left: Bella Figura Mitty Calligraphy design, J.Crew Spring 2012 via Glitter Guide, second row: Caught the Light via 100 Layer CakeDave Richards Photography via Style Me Pretty, Cupcake Social, third row: Johnny Miller via Martha Stewart WeddingsCaught the Light via 100 Layer Cake, Bella Figura New Calligraphy design
Board#3- top row from left: Bella Figura Storybook Romance design, 1.Art Beauty Life via Brooklyn Bride, second row: Fancy Girl, Jose Villa via 100 Layer Cake, 1.Art Beauty Life via Brooklyn Bride, third row: Wear Color, Bright Bazaar, Bella Figura


by Jessica Tierney on February 24th, 2012. Category: Wedding Trends | (3) comments

Looking to wow your guests with letterpress wedding menus?

Our stomachs rumble on a daily basis when we read the delicious menus that our lovely clients (you!) choose for their wedding receptions. With choices like organic greens and crabcakes, spicy tuna and beef tenderloin, we see tasty options for everyone. For all the foodies out there, feast your eyes on these gorgeous letterpress wedding menus!

[Make the menu stand out with a bold title. Weber by Jessica Hische.]

letterpress wedding menu

[Our popular Bejeweled design is letterpress printed in 2 colors for a crisp, modern menu. Design by Kamal.]

colorful and modern letterpress menus

[Did you know our menus can be printed in any language? This menu features the Harp design by Tara Hogan.]

[Tie in the details of your invitations and your decor with our free motifs! We love this elegant Walden menu, designed by Beth Ann Seal.]

nature inspired letterpress wedding menus

[ A classic Deveril menu, another popular design suite from Beth Ann Seal.]

soft letterpress wedding menu

[Keep things sweet with our colorful Somersby, a whimsical design by Beth Ann Seal.]

colorful letterpress wedding menus

Our standard menu size is the A6, which measures in at 4.625 x 6.25 inches. We can also print tea-length menus (3.875 x 9.25 inches) for an additional charge.

Wondering about wording? View our menu etiquette and wording or feel free to contact us!

by Christie Jones on January 24th, 2012. Category: Design Customizations,Wedding Trends | No comments

New Year’s Confetti and Sparkle Letterpress Inspiration

We’re excited to start off the new year with a bit of glitz! Our Modern Fete letterpress design is fun and festive with it’s bursts of color reminiscent of confetti and tinsel that just shout a good time! For a touch of sparkle, swap our navy and fuchsia letterpress inks for indigo and purple shine metallic foils.

modern fete customization = inks: navy + fuchsia | fonts: adelais + memphis | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant ombre pattern in fuchsia and pale gray ink | original design by amy graham-stigler | customized by in-house designer: racheal decker

embellishment suggestions: foil edging: indigo shine

Modern Fete Invitation

(Photo Credits: Jill Thomas)

by Racheal Bumbolo on January 2nd, 2012. Category: Wedding Colors,Wedding Trends | No comments

Edge Painting vs. Foil Edging – How to Choose?

Edge painting and foil edging are centuries old, but here at Bella Figura we are keeping this timeless practice alive! We offer both edge painting and foil edging as embellishment options for our letterpress invitations. Want to customize your invitations by adding an edging but not sure which option to choose? We know that the process of choosing embellishments may seem a little overwhelming (especially since we’ve added a lot to our list of options for 2012), so today we’re here to tell you about the differences between edge painting and foil edging, and we’ll help you determine which embellishment will work best for you.

Bella Figura has added foil edging as a new embellishment option for 2012 -- this post will help you figure out how to choose

First here are a few thing to ask yourself:

1. Do you want a sleek, metallic shine or a reflective edge?
2. Are you using foil stamping in your suite?
3. Do you want to use an accent color outside of our letterpress inks?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then foil edging may be the perfect choice!

Foil edging is a fabulous new embellishment option available at Bella Figura, and adds a metallic sheen to the edge of any letterpress invitation

We are completely in love with foil edging, and thrilled that we can offer this option! Shiny metallics will be really popular for weddings in 2012, so if you are looking for a trendy new way to enhance your invitations this may be the perfect fit for you. We have 12 dazzling new foil colors that are all stunning (ranging from more traditional silver, gold & copper colors to more modern teal, fuchsia & indigo). Foil edging leaves a shiny edge that we think is breathtaking. If you can’t fit foil stamped invitations into your budget but still want a special hint of shine, you can add foil edging!


1. Do you want a bright pop of color (think neons), or are you ordering a custom ink* color and want a cohesive suite? *Custom inks are an additional charge.
2. Do you want a matte finish?
3. Are you trying to keep costs down?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then edge painting may be the perfect choice!

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by Christie Jones on December 28th, 2011. Category: Wedding Tips and Advice,Wedding Trends | 1 comment

Top 2012 Wedding Trends: Neon Letterpress

The neon trend will continue to thrive in full force in 2012, so we’ve added some amazing new neon ink colors to our collection! Make a bold statement by printing your letterpress invitations in a vibrant neon color, or consider edge painting on your stationery in a bright color to add an extra wow-factor. Read on to see our favorite new neon inks & designs, and check out our tips for how you can pull in pops of neon throughout your wedding day!

Hot off the press & letterpress printed in hot pink ink (clockwise from top left): New Horizon, a modern new design from Tara Hogan; hot pink edge painting on the trendy New Washi invitation design by Kamal; grand old English styled hand calligraphed lettering is printed in hot pink in the Royal Calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert; the New Washi invitation design from Kamal, letterpress printed in hot pink ink and foil stamped in gold shine.

Hot pink neon ink is a new letterpress ink offering from Bella Figura for 2012

Lime-aid (an electric, lime-colored letterpress ink) adds a gorgeous hint of green to the Tapestry invitation by Tara Hogan (and looks stunning when printed alongside taupe ink); lime-aid ink looks extra-modern when paired with black ink and modern fonts in the Architect design by Erin Jang.

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by Erica Henriksen on December 26th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Tips and Advice,Wedding Trends | (2) comments

Inspired by Ikaty: an Ikat round-up

Our letterpress design of the month for December is the trendy Ikaty design by Kamal, and it’s got us going crazy for everything ikat right now. We found these fun pieces online and just had to share — we guarantee you’ll be inspired!

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration from the web!

1. A sweet raspberry Daphne ikat clutch | 2. The perfect ikat bridesmaid’s dress | 3. Pretty blue ikat dishes | 4. Totally turquoise ikat pillow | 5. Gorgeous red ikat cloth napkins | 6. A vibrant, multi-colored ikat scarf | 7. The prettiest ikat iPhone case | 8. A sophisticated ikat dinner plate | 9. A tropical Ikat cake


In our search for ikat inspiration, we also came across these incredible weddings on Style Me Pretty — our first fabulous find features the most amazing table runners, made with fabric ordered from Usbekistan!  The second wedding had rich blue ikat pieces scattered throughout the reception — a gorgeous board for escort cards, comfy pillows for lounging and sophisticated table runners all added the perfect touch of pattern and color (and we love the way the blue fabric looks next to those vibrant orange flowers!).

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration!

Bella Figura's ikat-inspired letterpress invitation design, Ikaty, is 20% off in the month of December -- here's some inspiration from Style Me Pretty!

Don’t forget – the Ikaty suite is on sale for 20% off through 12/31 (including invitations, thank you notes, programs, save the dates, menus, place cards, and more!)!

by Erica Henriksen on December 15th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Promotions + Giveaways,Wedding Trends | 1 comment

We’ve got your program covers covered – letterpress style!

Thinking about your letterpress reception pieces? Think program covers! To get everyone swooning we’ve pulled together a collection of programs covers we’ve printed recently so you can see a variety of styles, colors and designs. Whether vintage or modern, colorful or classic black – let your feelings shine through your programs! You can include a sweet line of prose, a saying that pulls on your heartstrings, a scripture verse that has held true, or a design element that’s bold and beautiful. Whatever your style, feast your eyes on some of our Client Coordinator’s favs!


[Oh the beauty. Our standard letterpress program cover is 9" x 6" flat, 4.5" x 6" folded.]

letterpress wedding program covers

[Whimsical birds and gorgeous botanicals, behold our Vendage design by Kamal.]

vintage vendage letterpress wedding programs

[Florals + quote + memorial. Sakura design by Maura Gaulthier.]

vibrant floral letterpress program covers

[Allegory Modern, by Bella Figura.]

whimsical and fun lettepress wedding programs

[We love that this couple spelled out the time of their relationship up to the very moment they were wed on the back of their program.]

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by Christie Jones on December 14th, 2011. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Trends | No comments