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Getting married now and celebrating later? Announce and invite with Bella Figura

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many couples to rethink their wedding plans, postponing their weddings into 2021 or opting for smaller, more intimate ceremonies with larger celebrations to follow.

Using our 2020 wedding collection as inspiration, we’ve reimagined some of our most popular designs as wedding announcements and paired them with coordinating invitations for receptions to follow at a later date.

Order wedding announcements from Bella Figura and receive 20% off the subsequent printing of the reception invitation. We are here to answer any questions and to help you navigate these uncertain times.

personalized circular menus on bella gray

We worked with Magnificent Milestones to create these personalized circular menus. The couple opted for our Bella Gray paper with typography in white digital ink. A clean sans serif font made this menu easy to read. Each guest received a menu with their name situated at the top for an extra special touch. They decided to go against the grain with a modern circular shape rather than using a traditional square. Finally, thanks to the help of Magnificent Milestones for helping us bring this together!

Personalized circular menus
Personalized circular menus

Digital ink color: White | Fonts: Brandon & Gotham | Design: Custom Created | Paper: Gray 1-ply | Size: 7” circle | Customization: 50704 | Magnificent Milestones

gold monogrammed wedding invitations

We worked with Smitten Boutique to create these gold monogrammed wedding invitations for Nicole and Aaron. They opted for an ornate, flourished script font that pairs with the equally ornate monogram. They added a splash of color with our Prussian Blue letterpress ink on the reply card that coordinates with the envelopes as well. Our Old Rose paper also makes an appearance in this suite printed in Gold Matte foil to keep everything cohesive. Both the envelope liner and belly-band appear in our Gold Leaf metallic stock as the finishing touch to the set.

Gold monogrammed wedding invitations
Gold monogrammed wedding invitations
Gold monogrammed wedding invitations

Letterpress: Prussian Blue | Foil color: Gold Matte | Fonts: Chevalier, AT Sackers & Parfumerie | Design: Vickers | Paper: Smooth Cotton White | Size: F8 | Customization: 50771 | Smitten Boutique

white matte foil bar mitzvah invitations

We worked with Ethan Niles to create these white matte foil bar mitzvah invitations for Jared. They supplied Basis Gray paper to create this typographical inspired set. They put the emphasis on Jared’s name with a larger font size. The reply card and place-card printed in Charcoal letterpress matched the color of the paper for consistency. Finally, the envelope liner ties everything together using Jared’s initials in white digital ink.

White matte foil bar mitzvah invitations
White matte foil bar mitzvah invitations
White matte foil bar mitzvah invitations

Letterpress: Charcoal | Foil color: White Matte | Fonts: ITC Avant Garde Gothic | Design: Custom Created | Paper: Supplied Basis Gray | Size: 6 x 8 | Customization: 50618 | Ethan Niles

townsend inspired wedding invitations

Victoria and Chris worked with RSVP Today to create these Townsend inspired wedding invitations. They opted to keep it similar to the original design using Pale Gray letterpress, Charcoal letterpress and Rose Gold Shine foil. Their save the date mimicked this look as well adding a die-cut shape to make it even more unique. Overall, the aesthetic of their wedding stationery matches the look of the wedding in a subtle and classic way. We will let Victoria and Chris take it from here to share more about their day:

townsend inspired wedding invitations
townsend inspired wedding invitations

Q: Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and your inspiration for the event?

A: Our June 2019 wedding in New York City was a uniquely special and memorable day. We were married in the same church where we first met, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on the Upper East Side. Our reception was held at the iconic Gotham Hall on Broadway. When we got engaged ten months prior, we both envisioned a Manhattan wedding with a classic, elegant, and traditional focus reflecting facets of our Greek American heritage and history. We also wanted a modern feel with some “wow factor.” A live Greek band was a must, in addition to an American band. Our venue offered a majestic and historic backdrop. Our guests were offered the feel of a private concert with a grand stage and modern dance floor for them to be entertained throughout the evening. In our vision, we wanted our invitation to reflect all of this, so we went with an elegant design and logo that was consistently used throughout the day in our venues.

Townsend inspired wedding invitations

Q: Q: How did you choose your invitation design & ink colors?

A: It was fairly seamless for us when selecting our wedding invitation design and overall aesthetic. We both gravitated towards designs that were classic, traditional, yet modern – something timeless and would still be in style many years from now. Ultimately, we ended up merging two invitation designs to make the invitation unique.  We spent the most time designing our monogram and we incorporated this element within various items on our wedding day – from the ceremony programs to our exquisite Ron-Ben Israel cake. We were stunned with the amount of compliments we received on our invitations.

Townsend inspired wedding invitations

Q: What surprised you most about your wedding?

A: How much love and support, from all over the world, you receive. This is your day, and everyone is there to shower you with love and admiration.  The world is on your side on your wedding weekend, and all the stresses of the wedding planning just melt away. There were torrential downpours for five straight days the week of our wedding, but somehow the rain and clouds parted on Friday afternoon just before our rehearsal, providing for the most perfect weekend of weather  – sun and blue skies! Everyone is there cheering you on, even complete strangers. We received so many well wishes from complete strangers as we took photos in Central Park, and as we made our way through Manhattan in a vintage Rolls-Royce from the Cathedral to Gotham Hall. 

Townsend inspired wedding invitations

Q: What was your favorite moment?

A: There were so many. The ‘coolest’ one was entering the grandeur of the Gotham Hall ballroom for the first time as husband and wife.  We were able to choreograph a uniquely timed grand entrance. With the bronze gates to the hall opening up as the lights shined on us, we walked into the song that reminded us of the beginning of our relationship, “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers.  The Groom had surprised his guests (and Bride) with a quick wardrobe change — an ivory white dinner jacket — to distinguish himself for the rest of the evening. All of our 260 guests were on their feet in anticipation and it was such an incredible moment and feeling we will cherish forever.

Townsend inspired wedding invitations

Q: Favorite design element of your big day?

A: We loved being able to weave in the design thematic of our invitations and monogram into our wedding programs.  They were striking, neat, and easy to handle and read. Providing programs to our guests were important to us as we had a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony.  We also wanted to utilize the programs as a way to pay tribute to our loved ones who had passed away and to thank our parents. We received many compliments on our programs, and some guests even commented it was the best one they’ve ever seen.

Townsend inspired wedding invitations

Vendors: Photographer: Anee Atelier | Cake: Ron Ben-Israel | Venue: Gotham Hall | Florist: Cress Floral Decorators | American Band: Atomic Funk Project (Live Music Pros| Greek Band: Power Station | Videographer: Design Films | Hair: Styles on B |Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings |
Dance Floor: Portadecor

vintage floral wedding invitations

Jennifer and Michael worked with our Bella Figura NYC – Brooklyn store to create these vintage floral wedding invitations. Inspired by our Ninette design, they changed the florals to a purple color palette. They opted to keep the typography clean and in Gold Matte foil. A corresponding details card also used florals in a different way to change it up. Finally, the envelope liner used the same floral pattern from the invitation for overall cohesiveness.

Vintage floral wedding invitations
Vintage floral wedding invitations
Vintage floral wedding invitations

Foil: Gold Matte | Digital: CMYK | Fonts: Avenir | Design: Ninette | Paper: 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton | Size: F8 | Customization: 48339 | Bella Figura NYC – Brooklyn

gold foil bridal shower invitations with polka dot envelope liner

We worked with AGI Events to create these gold foil bridal shower invitations for Dina. They used our Fedora design as inspiration for the layout.“Girls Night Out” reversed out in Gold Matte foil set the tone for the event to come. They opted for black letterpress as the secondary color for legibility. Finally, the envelope liner in our petite dot pattern added a feminine touch to the set.

Gold foil bridal shower invitations
Gold foil bridal shower invitations

Letterpress color: Black | Foil: Gold Matte | Fonts: ITC Franklin Gothic Demi | Design: Fedora | 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton White | Size: F8 | Customization: 50182 | AGI Events

purple letterpress invitations with foil accents

Abby and Casey work with us directly to create these purple letterpress invitations with foil accents. They opted for Blackberry letterpress ink and used this throughout the set. To add a pop of shine, they used Maple Shine foil on their names and botanical motif. The insert cards also used Blackberry ink and the same motif from the invitation for cohesiveness. The reply card mimicked this look as well. Finally, the diego pattern used on the envelope liner added a geometric flair to this traditional overall look.

Purple letterpress invitations
Purple letterpress invitations
Purple letterpress invitations

Letterpress color: Blackberry | Foil: Maple Shine | Fonts: Citadel Script & Moravia | Design: Custom Library | Paper: 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton White | Size: F8 | Customization: 48471

bronze baby shower invitations with vintage print envelope liner

We worked with Smitten Boutique to create these bronze baby shower invitations. They opted for our sweet and petite A6 size card for this design. A small dragonfly motif nodded to the vintage print envelope liner. The envelope itself in Old Rose complimented the colors found in the envelope liner. Caterpillars, as well as dragonflies alike, made up this vintage print that works harmoniously with the invitation design. 

Bronze baby shower invitations
Bronze baby shower invitations

Foil: Bronze Shine | Fonts: Bellissima + Aire Bold Pro + Poetica | Design: Emmeline | Paper: 2 ply Bella Cotton | Size: A6 | Customization: 50875 | Smitten Boutique

letterpress invitations in navy and gold matte foil

We were excited to spot Sara and Ryan’s wedding featured in the Weddings section within the Washingtonian! The couple married at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown. We printed their letterpress invitations in Navy and Gold Matte foil as an accent color. The belly-band, envelope liner, and details card insert all printed on Light Gray paper added another color to this set without having to add another ink. This subtle color palette mimicked the sweet setting of their wedding with pops of blue throughout. Be sure to head on over to Washingtonian to see even more pictures from their big day!

letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy
letterpress invitations in navy

Photographer: Lissa Ryan Photography | Planning & Design: Pamela Barefoot Events & Design | Florist: Sweet Root Village | Invitations: Bella Figura; Pretty Mail Calligraphy | Caterer: Well Dunn Catering | Cake: Catherine George Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | Attire: Rosa Clara (bride); Indochino (groom) | Drapery: Fabrication Events | Rentals: White Glove Rentals and Party Rental Ltd. | Originally posted on Washingtonian

modern gold foil invitations with matching envelope liner

Viviane and Brian worked with Sweet Paper to create these modern gold foil invitations. The monogram carrying the initials of the bride and groom set the tone of the suite. To add a touch of shimmer, they opted for a rehearsal dinner invitation on our metallic buff paper. They carried this same paper onto the envelope liner as well. This also features the monogram from the invitation in gold foil to keep the overall design consistent.

Modern gold foil invitations
Modern gold foil invitations
Modern gold foil invitations

Foil color: Gold Matte | Fonts: Maison de Fleur + Garamond | Design: Elton | Paper: Bella Cotton 2-ply | Size: F8 | Customization: 50083 | Sweet Paper

a peek into bespoke designs

We are so excited to share this glimpse into the creative world of Bespoke Designs! They call home Westport, Connecticut. There, they dream-up luxurious invitations designs and pour passion into everything they touch. A second studio is coming soon so be sure to find out where below – it could be near you! Visit the Westport location to experience all their creativity in person and be eligible for a trunk-show promotion (buy 75 or more invitations and get 25 free) through February 24th! We will let Shari from Bespoke Designs take it from here:

bespoke designs

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your studio came to be? What was your inspiration?

A: Sometimes ideas come from passion, others come from a need. My idea for Bespoke came from both. Four years ago, I went looking for a company to help me design my wedding invitations. Seriously disappointed in not being able to find an amazing design studio locally, I just decided to open one myself.

bespoke designs

Q: How would you describe your space to somebody that has never visited before? We want to hear all the details!

A: We have an upstairs location in a charming little retail area in coastal Connecticut. The skylights and lots of windows make it always feel airy and bright. We are constantly installing our latest work, together with the work of local artists and objects that inspire us: shells, always fresh flowers, flea market finds, design books. It’s my happiest of happy places, a little haven; I even love it when it’s dark and quiet.

Q: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your job? What do you find the most challenging?

A: Without a doubt, the most rewarding part is the couples that we meet and the stories that we are a part of sharing. The most challenging: Instagram visions that are disconnected from the reality of budgets.

Q: What are your hopes for the future of your shop?

A: Our future is really beginning to happen now: we are working with couples not just in our tri-state area, but now nationally and internationally. I am in Manhattan every Wednesday to meet with couples from all over the world. And, of course, technology enables us to meet with people virtually everywhere. Additionally, we are opening a second studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stay tuned for details!

bespoke designs

Q: What do you think your clients enjoy most about working with Bespoke Designs?

A: Unbridled creativity coupled with impeccable delivery.

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