5 Reasons to Get Custom Invitations

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

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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.

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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.

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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 – yorkephotography.ca

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My Word on Wedding Seating Cards

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

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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

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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 – yorkephotography.ca

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Meaghan & Ben

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Glam Up Your Wedding Invitations

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Dec 13, 2014

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Here are some great ways to glam up your wedding invitations so they look chic and upscale.

1- Get your invitations printed on a star dream shimmer cardstock. Order matching or colour shimmer envelopes.

2- Add sparkled gems to your invitation design. You don’t need too many just a few here and there. This will give your invites that lovely bling effect.

3- Get custom liners printed… something with a pattern or in one of your wedding colours.

4- Order premium colour envelopes… these will boost up your package giving it a sharper look.

5- Get addresses printed onto your envelopes. I use the same colours, fonts, graphics or monogram from each client’s invitation design.

These 5 tips are easy to achieve. Weather your making your own or having your wedding invitations custom made… all of these are available in Toronto and surrounding areas.

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Top Invitations and Wedding Stationery Tips

Posted by , Owner of Carte Blanche, on Nov 14, 2014

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Here are my top tips that will help you understand how important your wedding invites and stationery is and how the process works…

Why are printed invitations so important when it comes to weddings?
Your wedding is a once in a life time celebration and its announcement should convey all the excitement you feel; the tactile sensation of paper in hand is a big part of it. Putting words on fine paper make a personal connection and it shows how much you value that person. I have to say, I didn’t know how to respond the day I received my first wedding e-vite. Thankfully, most invitations today are still printed on paper despite the immense popularity of electronic communication.

When should you book a stationer?
You want enough time to plan everything from the save-the-des to the menu cards. To make it a fun stress-free experience, sit down with your stationer 8 to 12 months before and describe your wedding – location, time, number of guests, small details about yourself and the groom, and what you want design-wise.

When should you mail invitations?
Remember, the bride and groom aren’t the only ones making plans. You can mail save-the-dates up to a year before your wedding, especially if you’re having a destination wedding; invitation themselves should go out 6 to 8 weeks before the date.

What are some of the other pieces to include in your invitations suite?
Weddings are becoming weekend-long events. Maybe you need a map of the area, a list of weekend activities for guests, or wedding pockets to hold all these pieces. Its not essential to have them match, but it does make a nice statement when they do.

How many extras should I order?
It seems excessive, but ordering 25 extra invitations is very practical. Guests lists change over the course of an engagement, invitations get lost in the mail and you may want to keep some as a mementos. Brides are creating scrapbooks for themselves, their families, or bridesmaids; the invitation is often the first piece within that.

Where should you begin?
Choose a theme that’s iconic or special to you and your husband-to-be, and consistently express it through the quality of the paper, print style, colour of the ink, a unique graphic element, or even a certain typestyle. Cut out things you like from magazine or start a few Pinterest boards.

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Should couples have a specific style in mind when ordering invitations and stationery?
If you do wonderful, if not, start with something concrete, like your colour palette, and go from there. And don’t be afraid to go in one direction for save-the-date and switch it up a little for your invitation. Your save-the-date should be more fun and only reveal a hint of what is coming next. Invitations generally are kept a bit more formal.

There are brides who come in with a very fuzzy idea of what they want. How do I help them hone their vision?
I always start all my client relationships with a “get to know you” chat. I get to hear the story of how they met, fell in love, and became engaged. Subtle details that the couple might not be able to envision as playing a role in their stationery can be some of the best places to start, especially since they tend to be the most personal and most unique. From there, it’s my job to focus on how best to reflect the couple.

And there are the brides who come in with binders of inspiration…
I love when brides bring inspiration to the first meeting. It never hurts to be able to talk about what “rustic”, “vintage”, or “casual elegance” means to them. Words that get used so often in wedding planning sometimes need to be explored visually so that everyone’s on the same page. And sometimes the best hints about what they are looking for can come from the “stuff we don’t want” section of the binder.

My advice when it comes to the wording?
Even if you see the need for more traditional wording, you can always experiment with a bit more playfulness on the RSVP. I love to use “Wouldn’t miss it for the world” and “We’ll be there in spirit” for the accepts/regrets. And there are always ways of adding a short-and-sweet line in unexpected places.

Is it possible to have an invitation that feels contemporary and creative yet formal?
Absolutely! The formal nature of an invitation can be relayed in so many ways-classic tyography, wording choices, using a professional calligrapher, as well as decisions about materials. For example, using a classic white invitation but choosing fluorescent ink can be a great way to mix formal and contemporary.

Best way to cut cost…
One of our favourite cost-cutting ideas that we offer clients is an option to assemble their invitations themselves. It’s a great way for couples to involve their wedding party or family members who really want to help with the planning. You can also save by combining items. For example, assembling your own pocket enclosures or inserting your custom liners.

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