Press'd

the wedding stationery timeline: save the dates

The ring is on your finger, the date is set, what is the next step? Sending out save the dates. These type of announcements set the tone for the big day to come. It’s important that the aesthetic of the save the date reflects that of the wedding. Whether it be a beautiful photograph or simple yet enticing typography on the page, a save the date speaks volumes! We sat down with our consultants at our Bella Figura Manhattan store to get their expert opinion on all things save the date related:

Q: When should a couple send out their save the dates?

A: They should consider sending out their save the dates six to twelve months prior to their wedding. Twelve months for destination weddings and for the majority of guests traveling from out of town so that everyone gets a more than fair heads-up! 

save the date
save the date

Q: When should a couple place their save the date order?

A: Think about placing a save the date order a month and a half before the desired mail date. Keep in mind — calligraphy, custom artwork, beveling, and engraving print methods add time to the turnaround that is important to factor in. It’s always better to order sooner rather than later to avoid any added stressors as well. We want this to be an enjoyable, seamless experience for everyone involved!

save the date

Q: What kind of save the dates typically come through the shop?

 A: We are seeing a lot of typography based save the dates as well as hand-drawn venue motifs. We are seeing fewer save the dates featuring photos than we used to, but remember, it’s completely up to you and your desired aesthetic. Trends come and go!

Q: What should a couple keep in mind when they are dreaming up their vision for save the dates? 

A:  As mentioned, save the dates are the first impression your guests will see of your wedding. You want it to set the tone whether it be formal, elegant, fun, or casual. It is the prologue of a beautiful story that will be written.

Q: Any helpful hints/tricks you would like to share for couples creating save the dates? 

A: When sending out save the dates, a helpful trick would be to make sure the website has room blocks listed, travel and registry information. In additional start getting guest addresses early as that seems to be the hardest part of the process!

Stay tuned for the continuation of this series as we will move onto the timeline of the invitation suite next!

gray watercolor wedding invitations with gold matte foil

Smudge Designs worked with Lisa and Benjamin to create these gray watercolor wedding invitations with gold matte foil. They married at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto this past August. A modern venue such as this requires an equally modern design aesthetic for their wedding invitations.

Inspired by our Wythe design, they opted for a cool color palette with a cloudlike watercolor background texture. A different watercolor pattern created a different tone for each card within the set as well. All of these cards kept the same color theme with moody gray tones throughout. This allows the invitation to stand out from the rest of the suite. A thick yet fun brushstroke font gives the gold matte foil a chance to shine brightly overtop due to the gray watercolor. Finally, an envelope liner mimicked the pattern from the Saturday Dinner as well as Monday Brunch cards. This easily ties everything together without being too overwhelming to the rest of the suite. Thanks again to Smudge Designs for helping us bring this set to life!

Watercolor wedding invitations
Watercolor wedding invitations
Watercolor wedding invitations

Gray watercolor wedding invitations: Foil: Gold Matte | Digital: CMYK | Fonts: Supplied | Design: Wythe | Paper: 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton | Size: F8 | Customization: 43803 | Smudge Designs

gold save the date tri-folds

Stefanie and Michael worked with Bella Figura – Manhattan to create these gold save the date tri-folds. The photo in the middle panel sweetly highlighted the bride as well as groom to be who will marry in the big apple this summer. Inspired by our American Beauty design, they used a thin border that mimics the invitation design with a letterpress border. They opted for a single rule rather than the double as per the sample to keep the design a bit more simple as well as clean. Black ink acted as a neutral shade to the overall color palette. Touches of gold matte foil act as a classic accent to an otherwise neutral color theme. Finally, wedding details on the right panel allow the guests a sneak peek into the wedding to come.

Gold save the date tri-folds
Gold save the date tri-folds
Gold save the date tri-foldsi-folds

Gold save the date tri-folds: Letterpress color: Black | Foil stamping color: Gold Matte | Digital printing: CMYK |  Fonts: Aster + Baskerville | Design: American Beauty | Paper: 1 ply Bella Smooth Cotton | Size: A5-T | Customization: 40709 | Bella Figura NYC – Manhattan

silver shine foil invitations with blind deboss accents

Union Street Papery helped us bring these silver shine foil invitations with blind deboss accents to life. The typography in silver shine foil framed the blind debossed quarter. Bembo kept everything legible while a script font added a softer touch to this otherwise clean design. The Bella Black paper allowed the foil to pop and shine brightly. Whereas the Blind Deboss captured the intricacies within the quarter design. The envelope liner used a supplied pattern to add some color to these silver shine foil invitations. Finally, a vellum gatefold also uses the pattern from the envelope liner to tie the set together.

Silver shine foil invitations with blind deboss
Silver shine foil invitations with blind deboss
Silver shine foil invitations with blind deboss

Blind Deboss | Foil stamping color: Silver Shine | Fonts: Bembo + Lile Dahliya | Design: Custom Library | Paper: 2 ply Black | Size: F8 | Customization: 47719 | Union Street Papery

foil welcome booklets for fete collection

One of the loveliest stationers we work with became a bride herself this past December. We created these foil welcome booklets for Julie of Fete Collection’s Delaware affair. She opted for a Tawny Matte foil hexagon pattern as well as a calligraphy monogram. Charcoal letterpress used throughout maintained as the neutral color. Finally, we have no doubt Julie’s wedding was equally as lovely as she is!

Foil welcome booklets
Foil welcome booklets

Foil stamping color: Tawny Matte | Letterpress: Charcoal | Fonts: Mrs. Eaves + Supplied Calligraphy | Design: Custom Library | Paper: 1 ply Bella Smooth Cotton | Size: Custom Cut | Customization: 46571 | Fete Collection

deep blue letterpress wedding invitations

Jane and Williams worked with our Manhattan store to create these deep blue letterpress wedding invitations. They opted for a free-flowing script font that highlighted their names across the invitation. A serif font beneath kept the details of the day legible due to its traditional nature. This let the names stand out as the main design element. Finally, a supplied envelope liner brought a punch of pink as well as cascading florals to this otherwise minimalistic invitation.

Deep blue letterpress wedding invitations
Deep blue letterpress wedding invitations
Deep blue letterpress wedding invitations

Letterpress colors: Deep Blue |  Fonts: Melvin and Emily Script and Adobe Garamond | Design: Custom Created | Paper: 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton | Size: F-8 | Customization: 47985 | Bella Figura – Manhattan

navy letterpress bar mitzvah invitations with platinum shine accents

Pen and Paper helped us create these navy letterpress Bar Mitzvah invitations with platinum shine accents. They went ahead with a unique square shape to make the invitation stand out from the rest. The Platinum Shine foil popped due to the Navy letterpress ink surrounding Ethan’s name. A supplied blue envelope kept the color consistent from the invitation to the envelope. Finally, a vintage Philadelphia map added a graphic element to this more typography-based design.

Navy letterpress Bar Mitzvah invitations
Navy letterpress Bar Mitzvah invitations
Navy letterpress Bar Mitzvah invitations

Letterpress ink: Navy | Foil color: Platinum Shine | Fonts: Brandon + Gotham Ultra | Design: Custom Created | Paper: 2 ply Bella Cotton | Size: 7.25 x 7.25 | Liner: Vintage Philadelphia in Navy | Customization: 47513 | Pen and Paper

bella figura real wedding: alder inspired wedding invitations fit for a rustic chic affair

Alder inspired wedding invitations

Dolyn and Zachary envisioned a wedding filled with love and celebration in a rustic chic setting. To set the tone for their day, the couple worked with our Brooklyn store to create their Alder inspired wedding invitations. Botanical elements throughout the suite nodded towards their Stonover Farm venue. They opted for a monochromatic color palette in Vine letterpress ink which kept all pieces consistent as well as clean. They freed their set of any script accents by using a serif font throughout instead. After the invitations are sealed and delivered, it’s time for the party to begin! Finally, we will let the couple take it from here to tell us more about their big day:

Alder inspired wedding invitations

Q: HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR INVITATION DESIGN & INK COLORS?

A: I knew that I wanted our wedding to have green and white florals early on. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors and I wanted to compliment the beauty of our Berkshires venue. At our first invitation meeting, I instantly fell in love with a design that was similar to our website, then we just made a few edits to fit our aesthetic. One of our favorite elements was our details card. It felt super unique and was such a fun way to include all the information for our events (welcome reception, wedding, and brunch) in one place. Our suite really spoke to our whole “rustic chic” aesthetic. It wasn’t too formal, but still had a simple elegance to it and felt like it really fit our venue. 

Alder inspired wedding invitations
Alder inspired wedding invitations

Q: CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING AND YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE EVENT?

A: The most important thing to us is that our wedding is fun and filled with love. My husband and I went to college together and still have a tight-knit group of friends from school who all love to party together. So we set out to make a weekend-long celebration with that in mind. We had a welcome cocktail party with lobster rolls, tacos, sushi, and old-school ice cream cups. It was a casual vibe filled with tons of hilarious speeches and great mingling to kick off the weekend. On Saturday we didn’t want anything to feel too formal. We had energetic music as we walked down the aisle – everyone was cheering and having fun. Our band kept everyone on the dance floor – where we did the limbo, my husband crowd-surfed, and the barn floor shook. The aesthetic was “rustic chic” – which, to us, meant a combination of casual and elegant. Even though our main goal was to have fun, we still wanted it to feel like a wedding and have some of that traditional decor.

Alder inspired wedding invitations
Alder inspired wedding invitations
Q: CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A BIT ABOUT YOUR WEDDING AND YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE EVENT?

Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES CURRENTLY PLANNING A WEDDING? 

A: Use Instagram as inspiration! I found almost all of my vendors (and even my venue) there…including Bella Figura. Give yourself plenty of time to search around and allow yourself to go down a rabbit hole. Maybe find a venue you like and figure out which florists, photographers, or planners created the content you love. Collect photos of weddings you love so that you can present them to your vendors and are able to clearly define the vibe you’re going for. If you start thinking about what’s important to you and what aesthetics you respond to early (even before you get engaged) – then you won’t feel rushed into making decisions.

Alder inspired wedding invitations
Alder inspired wedding invitations

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT?

A: We had two very clear favorite moments: our ceremony and our first dance. Our rabbi was a long-standing friend of my family who went to great lengths to personalize our ceremony. The nuptials included details of our love story, hand-picked blessings, and our own vows. It really felt like a celebration of our relationship. I was hesitant about writing my own vows because I hate public speaking, but couldn’t have been happier that we did. Our first dance song was You’re The One by Greta Van Fleet. We agonized for months to find the perfect song and then randomly stumbled upon You’re The One a few days before the deadline to finalize the music. It felt so right for us and was the perfect romantic way to kick off the party.  

Alder inspired wedding invitations

Q:  WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR WEDDING? 

A: I was most surprised by the fact that the little things that went wrong didn’t really matter in the moment. No matter how much you plan, something unexpected is bound to happen. But we included so many of our favorite things throughout our wedding weekend that it felt like a fool-proof way to be super happy throughout. It’s easy to get carried away with the planning process – but, in the moment, all I cared about was celebrating with my new husband and our friends and family. 

Alder inspired wedding invitation

Venue: Stonover Farm | Catering & Event Management: Mezze Catering & Events | Lighting: Encore Audio | Florist: Crocus Hale | Photography: Mark Spooner | Videography: Kiss the Bride | Dress: Liz Martinez | Tuxedo: Suit Supply | Hair: Nikki Avanzino | Makeup: Josephine Kong | Rentals: Classical Tents | Band: Atomic Funk Project

bella figura featured in modern luxury weddings chicago

We are so happy to spot Bella Figura customizations in the latest issue of Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago. This particular feature is all about trending envelope liner styles! And who better to go to than Smitten Boutique and Pulp and Ink for a little insight on all things wedding stationery. Erin Quinn from Smitten Boutique talks about how important an envelope liner can be when it comes to expressing a couple’s personality and style. While Colin Falco is all about the pop of a foil stamped envelope liner as shown in his skyline customization. We’re also happy to spot Elizabeth Grace as one of the professionals on this page! We can’t wait to see what envelope customizations might come through our shop next. Thanks again to Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago for the feature!

Bella Figura customizations

bright pink birthday invitations with gold matte foil

A 30th birthday requires a celebratory invitation to match. Bright Pink birthday invitations with Gold Matte foil kicked off the affair held in Virginia. Inspired by our Lucent save the date design, they made this invitation their own. Our Bella Bright Pink paper helped the design pop off the page. A mix of serif and script fonts added a touch of elegance to this vibrant layout. Finally, a big thanks to Preppy Pink Pony for helping us bring this design together!

Bright Pink birthday invitations
Bright Pink birthday invitations
Bright Pink birthday invitations

Foil color: Gold Matte | Fonts: Aiden Stripes + Natura + Avera | Design: Lucent | Paper: 2 ply Bright Pink | Size: No. 10 | Customization: 48921 | Preppy Pink Pony

gold foil and pale gray letterpress invitations

Alisan and Mark worked with Invitations & Company to help us create these gold foil and pale gray letterpress invitations. The set contains reply, event, as well as thank you cards that mimic the invitation design. A modern monogram intertwined with a floral ampersand kept the set unique. They used the monogram throughout the suite kept everything cohesive. Finally, a solid foil envelope liner added a metallic touch to this invitation suite.

Gold foil and pale gray letterpress invitations
Gold foil and pale gray letterpress invitations
Gold foil and pale gray letterpress invitations

Foil: Gold Shine | Letterpress: Pale Gray | Fonts: Supplied | Design: Customer Supplied | Paper: 2 ply Bella Regular Cotton | Size: F8 | Customization: 45713 | Invitations & Company

silver shine foil stamped bat mitzvah invitations

EAF Fine Papers helped bring Caroline’s silver shine foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations to life. The design supplied to us fit our SQ-7 size card with clean foil typography. Edging in Fuchsia added a pop of color to the sides of the invitation. They kept the reply card simple in Silver Shine foil to coordinate with the invitation. Finally, a watercolor envelope liner pattern brought a colorful twist to an otherwise metallic forward set.

Silver shine foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations
Silver shine foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations
Silver shine foil stamped Bat Mitzvah invitations

Foil color: Silver Shine | Fonts: Submitted | Design: Customer Supplied | Paper: 2 ply Bella Smooth Cotton White | Size: SQ-7 | Customization: 47988 | EAF Fine Papers

More Posts