Behind the design: Ellie Snow’s Inspiration for Byzantine

Our Byzantine suite by Ellie Snow is the September design of the month, and we can’t get enough of this design! Ellie shared her inspiration behind the design with us — you can see even more inspiration + ideas from Ellie on this special Byzantine Pinterest board! And don’t forget – you can save up to 20% on everything in the Byzantine suite when you order this month!

Check out the inspiration behind Ellie Snow's Byzantine invitation suite for Bella Figura - on sale now!

Clockwise from top: Groomsmen | Byzantine Invitation | Tablescape | Ring | Lantern| Shoes 

by Erica Henriksen on September 25th, 2013. Category: Inspiration | No comments

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Byzantine letterpress invitations on sale through September!

We’re excited to announce that our September design of the month is Ellie Snow’s Byzantine invitation suite! On sale now through September 30, this design is sure to make a statement for any modern wedding celebration. The entire suite is on sale for 10%  when you order during the month of September, and you can save 20% if you order 6 printed pieces or more. The original design looks bold and beautiful in navy blue, but we love the different neutral looks our design team dreamed up when creating the customization ideas below!

Bella Figura's Byzantine letterpress wedding invitation suite is on sale now through September 30

This vintage customization is subtle and elegant in sand and desert inks — and we love the way the design motif was used to create an eye-catching visual for the top half of the invitation.

Bella Figura's Byzantine letterpress wedding invitation suite is on sale through September 30

This more formal customization of Byzantine pairs desert ink with regalia for a rich look, and traditional fonts make this appropriate for a more sophisticated affair.

Byzantine letterpress wedding invitations on sale through September

This modern take on Byzantine takes a more clean, minimalist approach, incorporating the original design elements and a monogram at the top with clean typefaces and a chic color palette of French vanilla and charcoal.

Bella Figura's letterpress Byzantine suite is on sale through September 30, 2013

You can customize this design however you’d like — change the fonts, inks, layout and more to make it your own! Need more ideas on how to customize? Have questions? Please be in touch – we’d love to work with you!

The fine print: promotion is exclusive to the Byzantine design suite and does not apply to the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm EST on September 30, 2013 in order to receive the promotion.


by Erica Henriksen on August 30th, 2013. Category: Promotions + Giveaways | No comments

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

Bella Figura Design Contest Honoree – True Vintage + Byzantine Duo with Swedish touches by Urbanic

This design contest honoree features not one, but two of our letterpress invitation designs! The couple worked with Elizabeth from Urbanic (one of our amazing West-coast retailers) to create a double-sided invitation that featured our True Vintage design for their wedding ceremony invitation, and on the reverse side used our Byzantine design to invite guests to the party back at home in California!  Elizabeth gave us the scoop on this pretty set:

The couple wanted to do a double-sided design because they are having two events — the wedding ceremony & celebration in Sweden, and then a reception back here in California. They knew not everyone would be able to attend both, but still wanted them to know they were included!

Since the wedding is in Sweden, there was no question on the use of blue and yellow, along with the crown motif, to pay homage to the country’s history. For the front side (the formal ceremony) they wanted something classic but not too old-fashioned.  When they saw True Vintage they knew it was the one! They came to Urbanic knowing they wanted to include the Byzantine border on the backside to add something a little more fun and “beachy” for the California party. We think the combo came out great! 

This customization of our Byzantine + True Vintage designs was selected as a Bella Figura design contest honoree for 2012

We couldn’t agree more! We loved the way the designs worked together (both original designs were created by Ellie Snow) and the pairing of our navy and champagne inks created a distinct look with a rich, royal feel. The crown motif was repeated on the information card and on the envelopes, and matched the look of both designs perfectly! Kudos to Urbanic for creating such a fabulous customization, and best wishes to Molly and Aaron for their upcoming wedding!

inks: navy + champagne | fonts: strana & streamline | paper: 2-ply white | invite size: F8

This design won an honorable mention in our Bella Figura design competition for 2012. This annual competition recognizes outstanding and inspired designs submitted to us by our beloved dealers.

by Erica Henriksen on July 5th, 2012. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Modern Letterpress Wedding Invitations: What’s big for 2012

Our latest letterpress wedding invitation release was full of many modern gems, but today we’re sharing the top 6 modern invitations so far from 2012. We’ve noticed neon shows its pretty little head in a sophisticated way (or think about neon edge painting on a very formal invite!). Black ink on a modern letterpress design keeps things formal while still feeling new. Foil, of course, is on the list — we are especially loving double foil (think matte silver and shiny silver, or silver paired with gold). You’ll find names in oversized fonts, along with slightly untraditional text layout and minimal design. Want to see more? Check out all of our modern wedding invitations here.

What are your favorite colors, fonts, and invitation designs for a modern wedding? Tell us in the comments section below!

The top 6 modern letterpress and foil stamped designs for Bella Figura in 2012

1. New Horizon | 2. Gotham | 3. Dash | 4. Byzantine | 5. Fugue | 6. La Salle

by Erica Henriksen on January 27th, 2012. Category: Uncategorized | (4) comments