Fresh Colour Combos for your Wedding Invitations

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Sep 23, 2015

When it comes to choosing and mixing colour the possibilities are endless. Whether its bold, soft or states contrast its important to find the right balance. The value of colour plays a big part in all of that. The value is simply how light or how dark each colour can be fine tuned to… so if you’ve chosen a colour palette made up of pastel colours they need to be of the same or similar value meaning the same tone. Other options would be to use all dark or choose dark and light to create contrast. Whatever your final choice is make sure you run this by a few people prior to moving forward. I would also advise bringing your colour palette everywhere you go in order to give all of your vendors a good visual sense of your wedding colours.

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Best Patterns for your Wedding Invitations

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Sep 11, 2015

Adding pattern to your wedding invitations can create depth as well as making your entire package very easy on the eyes. Whether it’s bold, romantic or subtle there are millions of options out there. For starters you should choose something that will best reflect your big day. A great starting point is doing an initial visual search on Google Images and Pinterest. This will get your juices flowing and perhaps give you great inspiration to the perfect pattern. Below are some of the latest trends in patterns for weddings invitations.

Water Colours
For a bolder look, mixing water colours can give your wedding invitation that ultra unique look. Using 1, 2 or even 3 colours this look will give your invites a great pow your guests will remember for years to come.




Lace Laser Cuts
If you’re after something lacy or intricate some companies have taken these to another level by getting all sorts of lovely patterns laser cut. The cut outs add great depth to a classic and timeless design.




Confettis and Glitter
Glam is in… I’m loving gold these days. Confetti is a subtle way of saying “let’s celebrate”. These will give your wedding invitation that glitzy glamourous timeless look.




Hand Painted Florals
This bold vintage illustrative look is very pretty, different and uber fresh. You can attempt these yourself if you’re a creative cat or perhaps your can look into hiring an illustrator to recreate your very own wedding floral pattern.




5 Reasons to Get Custom Invitations

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Jul 29, 2015



No. 1 – Your Wedding Style
Your own personal stationer can help you put together the wedding invitation you’ve been dreaming of down to the smallest details. Whether you’re having a destination wedding, a wedding weekend, different cultures, languages, ceremonies? A very distinct theme? A spectacular location? A designer can keep your wedding stationery unique, uber personal and tasteful.

No. 2 – Service
The level of attention and service you’ll receive is something that those big invitation manufacturing companies cannot offer. Your personal designer is there to get to know you and care about what matters. An expert will help guide you in the right direction as well as help relieve stress.

No. 3 – Expertise
They will help take the stress out of the process, educating you on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to design as well as guiding you through printing processes. This includes the right tips on wedding stationery etiquette, mailing times, who to send what, where, when, how and why.

No. 4 – Details, details!
Since this is a major life event much thought should go into your wedding invitations and day of stationery. Your wedding stationer can recreate a family crest or something inspired by your grandmother’s wedding invites. Colours can be matched exactly to your desired colour palette. From a personal monogram, custom graphics or pattern – the sky’s the limit!

No. 5 – Keep it Local
Hiring a local designer gives you the benefit of being involved in the process from A-Z. For starters you will meet with the designer for a no cost consultation where you can ask any questions you may have. You will also be able to view paper, printed proofs and even attend the final press approval if you’d like. That way you will not have to worry about what the end product will be, as you will view everything before all gets printed.



Jennifer & James Part 2

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Jun 25, 2015

Sharing photos of Jennifer and James’ romantic east coast wedding in New Brunswick. It was a late summer wedding full of beautiful people and great settings with tasteful decor and stationery.






Jennifer kept everything soft and simple. Her wedding invitations were designed in a white, blush and gold. Everything printed in a luxe thermo engraving finish including her reply and return addresses plus belly band. The wedding day stationery was then designed to match with Jennifer’s invites. We custom designed place cards including the blush pink stripes on the back of each card, large table numbers and simple menu card all in the same colours and paper. These clearly added a great final touch to Jennifer and James’ beautiful tables and place settings.

Wedding photos courtesy of Yorke Photography –








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My Word on Wedding Seating Cards

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Jun 15, 2015



Maybe you’re wondering how this whole wedding seating thing works in terms of who sits where and how your guest know where to sit etc… well it’s actually very simple.

First you need to send out wedding invitations…. then you wait until your reply cards come back. Once you have all of your RSVP cards you then know who’s coming. You are now ready to start working on your wedding seating arrangements. But first you need to ask yourself if you’d prefer a large seating chart or mini escort card? You’re probably wondering what the different is between these two options. The seating chart is a large board/poster listing all of your guest’s names with assigned tables. Escort cards serve the same purpose only your guests get to pick them up and take them to their assigned tables.

Once you have made your choice between a seating chart or escort cards you then need to figure out if you’d prefer to have assigned seating for your guests – meaning a name card at each place setting or simply getting your guests to choose a chair once they get to their assigned table. Your choices are based on personal preference, keeping in mind that all options work very well. Whether you choose a seating chart or escort cards… my recommendation is to list last names from A-Z. That way your guests can find their names easily and quickly.






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Jennifer & James Part 1

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Mar 16, 2015


This beautiful east coast wedding was full of soft colours, clean design with a timeless flare. Jennifer and James had a classic wedding day with a few of their very own custom twists. Their full invitation package was printed in a metallic gold thermo engraving (also referred to as raised ink). The back side of each card had soft pink diagonal flat stripes. We kept all pieces consistent from invitation card to belly band to printed addresses. When a couple is after for a simple wedding stationery design I often will suggest using thermo engraving as I find it is the perfect print medium to luxe up a modern or classic design.

Wedding and invitation photos courtesy of Yorke Photography –




Meaghan & Ben

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Feb 1, 2015






Planned with a timeless and classic touch Meaghan and Ben also added a strong Breakfast at Tiffany’s twist to their wedding day. Their invitations were printed on a full champagne shimmer paper ensemble and printed in all black. The entire design was typography based – in other words we had fun with type. I kept Meaghan and Ben’s monogram simple and added a soft champagne watermark pattern throughout the entire stationery package giving it a romantic look and feel. Below you can see more of Meaghan and Ben’s wedding day taking place the the “Old Mill” in Toronto courtesy of Jennifer Moher Photography.










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Hot Colours!

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Jan 10, 2015

I’m loving this year’s colour palette. Can’t wait to apply these to some of my new invitations designs! Love anything nature inspired – definitely the place to get colours. Whether you are a simply bride or have more spunk here are inspiring images that are definitely easy on the eyes.











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Wedding Colours

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Jan 8, 2015

This Spring 2015 – En plein air!
This season, cooler and softer colour choices with subtle warm tones follow a minimalistic “en plein air” theme… nature inspired.


If you’re starting to think about your wedding you may want to think about colours. Weather you choose 1 colour or 4 this new hot colour palette of 2015 might inspire you. Once you’ve made your choice you will want to apply these throughout different aspect of your wedding. From your save the dates, wedding invitations, florals, decor, wedding attire, cake design, menu cards and even ceremony programs.

Printing Styles for your Wedding Invitations

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Dec 18, 2014

Thinking of your wedding invitations? What about print medium? If you didn’t know this digital printing is the most economical form of printing when it comes to your wedding invitations. Especially if you’re having a small wedding. But if you’re in need of 100+ invites you may want to consider the following printing mediums.


1- Off-set printing
This form of printing is very similar to digital printing. Its flat but printed on a high end press. Plates of made of your wedding design and then imprinted onto your wedding cardstock. I usually suggest this form of printing for couples who are after a full dark colour something like black or navy for their wedding invites. A variety of metallic colours are also available – something digital printing cannot achieve.

2- Thermo Engraving
I usually suggest this form or printing when a couple is after a simple classic or modern design for their wedding invitation. Thermo engraving puffs up and is often referred to as raised ink. It is a classic and probably most common form of printing when your parents and grandparents got married. If you’re looking to luxe up your invitations you may want to consider this form of printing.

3- Letterpress
This is the oldest form of printing and one of the most classic. As opposed to thermo (raised ink) letterpress leaves a lovely imprint like effect. If you have the cash and you’re after something timeless and elegant letterpress might be something to consider.

4- Foil Stamping
This is by far my fav if you’re looking to glam up your wedding invitations. Foil stamping is called dry printing because it does not use any sort of ink for printing purposes. It is a dry stamping process where ink, magnetism, or plates are not used to print letters and pictures as is used in traditional printing methods. In place of all these things, foil stamping uses dies or carved metal plates, heat, and foil in the stamping process. A definite classic!

I love printing. It’s a real craft especially if you’re into specialty printing. Over the years I’ve built wonderful relationships with all of my printers. They are passionate, knowledgable, reputable and located in Toronto and surrounding areas.