[custom design] Destination Fiesta! Create a Stationery Suite Unique to Your Wedding

papel picado themed wedding

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A custom designed papel picado wedding invitation suite; 2-layer card, 2 personalized enclosure cards + monogram tag & twine [white texture + mandarin matte]
Starting from your event’s theme — like the Mexican destination wedding shown here — is an ideal way to begin the creative process for your invitations and stationery. This is exactly what we did to create Liz’s wedding package after she Googled around & found Papercake’s “Papel Picado” themed design via Etsy! (Papel picado is a Mexican style of art that features tissue paper cut-outs.)

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A destination wedding save-the-date with envelope; includes papel-picado graphic + photograph 

After the initial email inquiry & discussion on papers, colors, etc., I began the process with the design of their monogram, a papel picado flag with initials. (The monogram will set the tone for the special day & can be used throughout the wedding stationery, on the cake, favors, or even lighting at the reception! e.g. check out the postage stamp above – ordered via zazzle). I placed their monogram onto the banner illustration along with an engagement photo for their save the date cards. She had the guest & return addresses printed directly onto the envelopes by cards & pockets; (on their site, select the envelope color & size, choose your fonts, then pick guest only -or- guest + return address printing).

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Behind the scenes! After custom designing & printing the invite and enclosure cards, the assembly can begin: layering cards together, twine embellishment cut to size, monogram tags punched, tie all together & insert face-up in outer envelope!

We had a little fun with the papel picado invitations & switched up some of the paper & ink colors. Liz also had the addresses printed on pink, watermelon envelopes (not shown). Finally, I printed the custom monogram onto a tag that we tied with twine around the 2-layer invite & enclosure cards. I cannot wait to see what we do for the reception stationery! 😉

You can do the very same to create your custom wedding suite by first working with me to develop a monogram or graphic, then adding this design to the save the dates, and finally styling the invitations to match!  fyi: If you would like to print & assemble your own stationery, I also offer DIY design assistance where I layout and provide high-resolution pdf’s ready for print!

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[wedding design] custom invitation process

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I can’t believe it’s almost March… it’s been a busy beginning of the year producing spring & summer wedding invites, which unfortunately makes it difficult to keep up with blog posts. So, I utilize social media whenever possible [especially Papercake’s Instagram page]. This keeps my business up to date, showcasing new designs as I create them (with a few lifestyle shots in between 😉).

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I love that Instagram just added a new feature [share multiple photos and videos in one post]. Since I was actually in production on an order, I decided I would share my custom design process in one post. I then realized I should share these photos here, as well, to give a visual of how it all works.

note > I have many local clients that I’m able to sit down & meet with, but I mostly work with clients nationwide (and international – many thanks to Etsy)!

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> After the initial inquiry, design inspiration emails and quote approval, a mock-up PDF is started via email. I can also mail paper color swatches to choose from, based on the events theme.

> Once revisions are made and design is finalized, I can then order supplies and make an actual sample invitation for approval… print production & assembly can start after that! 

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> these photos show an example of my pocket-on-the-back invitation suite.

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A 2-layer pocket-on-the-back invite with details & Rsvp enclosure cards, response & outer envelopes [papers: white matte + cool grey & real grey matte]

[Real Wedding] San Francisco Skyline Custom Stationery

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Congrats to Kate & TJ, married May 7th 2016 at the University Club of San Francisco!
I designed their full stationery suite from the save the dates to invites, and finally reception cards. I’m so thrilled that they sent me a few gorgeous photos from their big day to showcase!

2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]
2-layer san francisco skyline invite card [beige + navy metallic]

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After their save the dates were sent out [see below], Kate & TJ wanted to customize my SF city skyline wedding invitation suite. We changed the paper colors and fonts, and moved the skyline to the top of the 5×7 invite card.

We also carried on this design style & paper color combo for their reception stationery; table signs, large format program, and 2-layer escort tent cards!

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reception stationery *photography by quincy cardinale

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save the date card with envelope; fonts were chosen for this piece first then picked up for the rest of the invitation & reception suite 

[save the date] custom design wedding inspiration

Need a custom Wedding Save the Date? See below for some design inspiration and ideas on what we can create for you (paper, ink & fonts can change based on your theme):

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Custom Nautical Wedding  / 2-layer card with envelope
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Engagement Photography / flat card printed front & back with envelope
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Vintage Cinema Ticket / card with envelope (optional guest/return address label wrap)
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San Francisco Skyline / card with envelope
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Eye Chart design for an ophthalmologist couple / Postcard
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Full frame photo/ postcard
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Filigree / 2-layer card w/envelope (custom guest address labels)
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2-layer card w/envelope (magnet strips added to the back)

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[update] We’re Honored: The Knot Dream Wedding

The Oscars may be this coming weekend, but we’re already celebrating our own award: this year’s bride in The Knot Dream Wedding, Asha Joyce, chose Papercake Designs to create her darling football-themed save the dates (she’s marrying NFL player Devon Still).

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Photo by Sarah Love Photography

Read about Asha’s design on The Knot blog, then head to Etsy to create your own sports ticket save the date or invite  — Papercake has two options for custom designed tickets, printed for you (with envelopes) and digital DIY (you can print at home or local printer).

Thanks Etsy and The Knot, and Asha for picking Papercake Designs! 😉

[Wedding Monograms] Custom Print Options

What else can you do with your custom designed digital monogram once it’s created? Make notebooks, of course. Really cute notebooks. Maybe for all the members of your wedding party, or everyone who survived your bachelorette?

With a minimum order of 10, you’ll have enough of these darling custom journals from May Designs for at least those occasions. Or go big, and give them to the whole dang guest list (just budget accordingly, as they’re $10 each for 200). They’re totally custom, so you pick your pattern and inside pages, in addition to exploiting that excellent custom wedding logo one more time! 

PS We also love their photo books, set up to connect right to Instagram to pull in everyone’s images from your special day. #ourwedding, anyone?

[custom wedding invitation] trilingual pochette Fold out invite

Showcasing Jennifer’s personalized beach theme wedding invitation suite!
*design, ink & paper colors can change to match your theme; choose Custom options here

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A trilingual wedding invitation with rsvp & dinner enclosure cards printed on ‘natural white’ smooth matte cardstock; tri fold paper adhered to a ‘lemon’ yellow textured pointed pochette. Response & outer #10 envelopes in metallic ‘lagoon’  = $7.25 each *etsy listing
optional: ‘lemon’ all-in-one guest/return address label wraps = $1.25 each

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*redesign based on rosa’s peacock feather trilingual invitation suite

[design] magazine for your wedding

[a fellow art director brought this fun concept to my attention…and since I love magazine design + custom weddings, I was inspired to share]

Twenty Pages wants to help make your celebration more special, and much more personal. Choose the magazine that best suits your style, upload your content and photos you want to use and the designers will take it from there! super easy & fun! You can use your magazine however you wish; wedding program, invitation, table decoration or inside the welcome bags!

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what do you think of this idea? I’m thinking I would love to design a save the date as a subscription card…preparing the guest for the surprise!! fun!

[real outdoor wedding] destinee & seth

Congrats to Destinee & Seth, married October 6, 2012 at Villa Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara, California! *shot by Wendy K Yalom photography

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We created various reception stationery pieces for their big day; table & dessert tents, cocktail & dinner menus for frames, escort tents + seating cards for the place settings, along with welcome cards & thank you tags… all customized to match their invitation design. I really enjoy seeing that it all came together beautifully! (with thanks to their inventive event planner, Freida, too).

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*thanks wendy for uploading these stunning photos via two bright lights