Watercolor, watercolor, watercolor! Our couples can’t get enough of this painting technique–it's soft, dreamy and romantic which makes it the perfect medium for wedding stationery. There are many different watercolor styles, from an extremely saturated color to a loose wash. So, where do you begin? What are your options for creating custom watercolor wedding invitations that showcase your story?
We checked in with one of our CBP in-house watercolorists, Taylor Crossland, to learn more about her methods and the trends she’s noticing for nuptials. Here are her answers to our most frequently asked questions!
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What are the most popular ways to incorporate watercolor in we...
The design! The timeline! There’s a lot to consider when creating a save the date and invitation for your destination wedding. We’re here with answers!
“I don’t want our save the date and invitation for our beach wedding to look too beach-y.”
We’re always glad when our clients say this, because we feel the same way! Leave the classic look of ocean waves cresting on the sand to websites for beach resorts! Our goal is to not totally ignore your setting—it is important after all!—but your paper should look and feel like the two of you. It should tell your story with your personalities shining through. Going this route will make your paper timeless, so that 10 years from now, you’ll look at i...
A good question we get asked a lot is “What’s cardstock?” Cardstock refers to the thickness of paper. Think of it like thread count in bedding!
1. One-ply cardstock is like basic bedding thread count. If you buy a box of notecards from a retailer, it’s probably 1-ply. Our lunch notes and camp notes (see below) are also 1-ply.
2. Two-ply cardstock is the equivalent of luxury bed sheets! It’s twice as thick as 1-ply and feels substantial and special in your hands. It’s what we use for all of our personalized stationery and for invitations to weddings and big events.
3. With 2-ply cardstock, a painted edge on the side is our favorite touch, like on the stationery below! While you can paint t...
The reason you may love one wedding invite over another may come down to one thing: The font! About 90 percent of our wedding invitations use script for either all or some of the wording. Script means the letters are connected, like cursive, and it says to the world, “I’m not junk mail—I’m special!”
It’s all about a feeling. Couples don’t say to us, “We want the Adelicia script for our invite.” (That's Adelicia script in the above set!) But they often do know how they want their invitation to feel. They’ll say, “I want something that feels formal.” Or “I want something more modern.” Then it’s up to us to find the perfect wedding font that matches what they describe.
Fonts are l...
“Ladies First” is often heard around the CBP studio. Seems old-fashioned, but there are a lot of traditions when it comes to invitations and related wedding occasions. We want to share some here, but at the same time we say, “Rules are meant to be broken." We’re following the ways of yesteryear. For those individuals who want a more modern spin, we love crafting just-right wording solutions. The following is compiled from various sources. We often turn to “Crane’s Wedding Blue Book” and we toast Emily Post and all the calligraphers who have helped police our etiquette.
When addressing envelopes:
For an unmarried couple, living together:
The lady’s name goes first. And don’t connect them w...
Be it Bridget Jones or Legally Blonde with an outfit gone wrong, we want to promote clarity when it comes to fashion and occasions. Invitations are filled with details and when in doubt we say add WEAR to the five Ws: Who, What, When, Why, Where and WEAR!
Most folks know what to wear to a wedding, but when it has to be formal, it’s best to make it clear. Here are some of the most common types of attire and their dress codes explained!
Most Formal: White Tie
For men, this includes a black tailcoat and matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid, white suspenders, white piqué wing-collared shirt with stiff front, white bow tie, white waistcoat, and white gloves...