Spread a Little Love with World-Minded Letterpress Favor Cards

Over the past couple of years, we’ve found ourselves completely blown away by the thoughtfulness and generous spirits of the couples we’re honored to call Bella Figura brides and grooms.  We think it’s so cool when a couple opts to forgo the traditional guest favors and instead makes a donation to a worthy nonprofit. To encourage this large-hearted trend, in early 2011 we started offering free letterpress favor cards to those couples making a donation to nonprofit organization doing good for the world. Here are just a handful of the many favor cards we’ve printed for couples worldwide this year…

Our Deveril design; donation benefiting The Humane Society of the United States.

Our Tara design; donation benefiting Clean Ocean Action.

Our Nautilus design; donation benefiting the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Our Florian Script design; donation benefiting CHU St-Justine. From the couple, “The CHU St-Justine is a well renowned children’s hospital in Montreal and our donation will be given toward funding R&D activities. We both believe that children should be allowed to enjoy their young lives and play outside with their friends rather to be stuck in a hospital room. We hope that our donation will help the team of doctors find a cure to many of today’s illnesses that primarily attack young children.”

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by Cynthia Converse on May 25th, 2011. Category: Green Wedding Ideas,Promotions + Giveaways | No comments

Calligraphy Elegance

An especially elegant customization of our ever popular (and completely timeless) Deveril letterpress invitations, these elegant wedding invitations were printed in taupe and dusty pink and feature coordinating envelopes lined in dusty pink. Sweet calligraphy details along with hand calligraphy accents and a custom monogram from calligrapher Debi Zeinert make these letterpress invitations one of a kind.

by Cynthia Converse on February 22nd, 2011. Category: Design Customizations | (2) comments

Letterpress Directions + Accommodations Cards

We thought we’d share a fun round up of some of the awesome letterpress directions and accommodations cards we’ve printed in recent months. Some of them include maps and other details and some of them simply refer guests to a website with lots of extra information to make their travel easier. Accommodations cards are especially helpful if you’ve negotiated group rates at local hotels so guests know where to book their room. Check out these ideas for tons of great letterpress inspiration!

{Letterpress directions card in Flourish.}

{Tara accommodations + directions website card.}

{Tennyson letterpress directions card.}

{Directions card in Tuileries.}


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by Cynthia Converse on November 30th, 2010. Category: Design Customizations,Inspiration | No comments

Wedding Color Palettes – Chic Deveril + Fuchsia

Inspired by chic black tie weddings with a touch of feminine glamor, wedding colors of fuchsia, cardinal, antique gold, pewter and black showcasing our ever popular Deveril letterpress wedding invitations. (Photo credits: wedding invitations + centerpieces + wedding shoes.)

by Cynthia Converse on November 14th, 2010. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Colors | No comments

Deveril Letterpress Wedding Invitations

These gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations feature our classic Deveril design in a custom navy ink on 2-ply paper. A cute reply card directing guests to respond on the web is a great way to keep letterpress both budget and eco friendly. (Saves on postage and paper!) The set showcases a gorgeous custom patterned liner that adds a modern touch of color to this sophisticated suite.

by Erica Henriksen on October 14th, 2010. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Deveril Letterpress Invitations with DIY Liners

We recently printed letterpress wedding invitations for Cydney and Patrick in our Deveril design, a perennial Bella Figura favorite. It’s classic, traditional and timeless in black ink on white paper. We were thrilled to have Cydney send us a sample of her finished invitations. After receiving them from us, they finished off the look with DIY striped liners and gorgeous hand calligraphy addressing. Aren’t these just stunning? Thanks so much for sharing, Cydney!

by Cynthia Converse on September 14th, 2010. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Custom Deveril Letterpress Save the Date

Our Deveril design has long been one of our most popular and we love how this couple transformed it for their letterpress save the dates. The type is printed in black ink, as in the original design, but they customized the design with the addition of a classic border printed in blush ink. We love how one simple change so dramatically changes the look and feel of this letterpress save the date, making it a unique reflection of Lindsey, Andrew and their upcoming Philadelphia wedding.

Deveril Letterpress Save the Date

Custom Letterpress Save the Date

by Cynthia Converse on March 10th, 2010. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Deveril Letterpress Ceremony Program

The classic beauty of our Deveril design has long made it a favorite, and we loved the opportunity to print this version in vibrant fuchsia ink. This is a letterpress ceremony program in a tea length size, featuring all of the applicable ceremony details from order of events to wedding party information.

Deveril Letterpress Wedding Ceremony Program by Bella Figura

by Cynthia Converse on December 3rd, 2009. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Custom Deveril Letterpress Wedding Invitation

The classic beauty of our Deveril letterpress wedding invitation has long made it a favorite with couples and it’s easy to see why. It’s elegant, chic and its effortless simplicity really allows the beauty of letterpress to shine. This version of Deveril put a modern twist on a classic favorite by opting for our bright red cardinal ink and our 7″ square size. In this instance, the bride wanted something with a bit of an edge and the groom wanted something traditional so this take on Deveril was their compromise. We think it’s fabulous!

Deveril Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Deveril Letterpress Wedding Invitation

You can see other great Deveril letterpress invitation customizations we’ve previously featured on the blog here and here, as well as fabulous Deveril letterpress save the dates here and here.

by Cynthia Converse on July 9th, 2009. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

Choosing Letterpress Wedding Invitation Pieces

Deciding which pieces to include when deciding on your letterpress wedding invitations can be a bit confusing if you’re just starting to research so we thought it would be helpful to share some of the pieces we print most often and how you might use them. The great thing about all of these pieces is that you can pick and choose just those elements that are relevant to your event and fit comfortably within your budget, lending a lot of flexibility as you decide on your invitation suite.

Letterpress save the date

{Save the Dates}
While not especially traditional, Save the Dates are becomingly increasing popular. Initially, Save the Dates {Cartoccio design featured above} were used almost exclusively for destination weddings, but we’re seeing a growing number of couples opting to send letterpress Save the Dates in advance of the wedding invitation to give guests a heads up on the upcoming event. Some simply list a date and location, while others might note a wedding website or specific venue. Usually couples send Save the Dates anywhere from six months to a year in advance, depending on the length of their engagement. Save the Dates are especially helpful when you are expecting a lot of out of town guests, but are by no means a requirement.

Letterpress Invitation

Your invitation card {Mimosa is shown above} is arguably the most important element among all others and even despite the dawn of the e-card age, most couples still have a preference for traditional invitations, letterpress invitations being among the favorites. A general rule of thumb is that invitations include the date, time and location of the festivities and are sent to guests six to eight weeks in advance. Etiquette has long dictated the wording of invitations, although these days there is an increasing flexibility in how you word your invitation to guests. While we love printing traditional invitations, we also love to see how our brides and grooms get creative with language as they welcome guests to celebrate their union. With our wide range of letterpress invitation designs, there is truly something for every couple.

Letterpress reception cards

{Reception Cards}
Traditionally, reception cards {Deveril reception card above} were enclosed along with the main invitation and listed the time and place of the wedding reception only, while the invitation card itself was reserved exclusively for ceremony details. Reception information can easily be included on the bottom of the invitation, though some couples prefer to have a separate letterpress reception card if their reception is being held at a different location later in the evening, or if there are separate guest lists for each events. One great way to save money is to forgo the reception card, which is not only budget friendly, but also eco friendly too as it saves on paper. What’s not to love?

Letterpress reply card

{Reply Cards/Postcards}
Reply cards {Lovebirds letterpress design above} as we know them are actually a modern custom, as traditionally invitations did not include RSVP information. Rather, it was customary for guests to reply with a hand written note on their own stationery. How sweet is that? While this particular practice is largely a thing of the past, we do see a number of couples printing requests for replies directly on the invitation and forgoing a reply card altogether, sometimes directing guests to a website or email address. Another common option is the choice of a letterpress reply postcard in lieu of a reply card with envelope. Again there are is a lot of flexibility with what information is included on a reply card and these days it might include not only the names and number of guests, but also meal selections and where the guests might be lodging for the weekend.

Letterpress website card

{Website Cards}
Website cards are another modern evolution in wedding stationery and are often just small cards printed with a website address providing information on events, accommodations, directions, local attractions, and miscellaneous information that might be useful to guests. While not a traditional element, letterpress website cards are very useful for spreading the word that you have a wedding website and that you’d like guests to visit. Some couples even opt to print extras so they can keep them on hand to give out when friends and family ask wedding-related questions. What a great idea!

Letterpress directions card

{Directions/Accommodation Cards}
An increasing number of couples are opting to include direction and/or accommodations cards these days, especially as more couples plan destination or weekend-long events. We’re printing a growing number of directions cards and accommodations cards, sometimes one and the same, providing an abundance of really useful information for guests looking to make travel arrangements. It’s an extra element of hospitality that never goes overlooked by guests as anyone can appreciate not having to take extra time to research the best places to stay or how to get to the ceremony. It’s also possible to print directions on one side of a card and accommodation information on the other, even with letterpress, which is another great way to save money and save paper while still providing guests with great information.

{Tips for Deciding Which Pieces to Include}

- Determine the information that would be most useful to your guests given the details of your particular event and make that your focus

- Combine pieces where possible to help accommodate your budget

- Get creative! Don’t be afraid to include something totally unique or nontraditional, especially if you think it might be helpful for your guests

- Make it your own – letting your personalities shine through will always guarantee a beautiful letterpress invitation suite

We are always willing to answer questions and help you decide what invitation elements are perfect for you and your event. If you’re considering letterpress wedding invitations and wondering what pieces to include, let us know and we’re happy to help with ideas!

by Cynthia Converse on April 1st, 2009. Category: Inspiration,Wedding Trends | (2) comments