// REAL WEDDINGS // Elizabeth + Michael

Elizabeth and Michael were married back in April, with the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as the beautiful backdrop for their wedding. Elizabeth envisioned all of the details for her special day, putting her personal touch on everything. This included all of her paper pretties starting with her save-the-date cards and carried all the way through her menus.

In fact, through her inspiration research, she found our blog! Although we never met face to face, I felt like we were still able to cultivate a personal relationship. Phone calls followed, and of course, many emails, and together we created a beautiful paper trousseau. A firm believer that touching and feeling paper makes all the difference, I sent her samples of different stock. Even though If It’s Paper has a burgeoning online presence, all of our brides receive our personalized attention.

Elizabeth had seen a duogram on our blog that she liked, and our in-house graphic designer used it as the building block for her Save the Dates. She softened the look using a light grey ink. We love it when one of our brides, as Elizabeth did, comes back to us to say her friends said their Save the Dates were “so her.” Mission accomplished.


Save the Date

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Designed and printed in-house on 100# white felt paper

The invitations used a combination of script and block fonts and a  similar shade of grey ink. I love the petite size they were printed on. Although more formal than the save-the-date, the effect is soft and subtle, as only a letterpress invitation can give. The grey envelopes are the perfect contrast.


Invitations

One color letterpress ink printed on two ply Bella smooth paper, featuring grey envelopes printed with white ink. Reception card and rsvp card printed in one color letterpress on one ply Bella smooth paper.


Details

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Rehearsal Dinner menus: flat print designed and printed in-house on 100# whip cream stock

Crane and Co. Table numbers and place cards, personalized in-house.

We know this blog post will surely inspire many brides-to-be. Elizabeth will have returned the favor!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Cups and Koozies

Maybe it’s the heat, but an ice cold drink sounds really good right about now! We decided to collect some of our favorite photos of cups and koozies to give you a little inspiration of how to inject some fun into your wedding festivities. 

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Go old school with a traditional foam koozie. Margaret Cheatham and Frank celebrated their engagement in Linville, NC with this coordinating set. 

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Stewart and William had different frosted cups for different events throughout their wedding weekend. The same sage green color was used on both designs.

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Koozies are a great way to add a little color to your reception. We created this custom illustration of the wedding venue for Kasey and Grover. They had the koozies printed in two different colors- one for the guys and one for the girls!

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Or keep things neutral like Rawlings and Tommy. 

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Incorporate your wedding duogram, add a hashtag, or favorite motif. But most importantly, have fun! By the time the reception rolls around, you will be ready for that first sip!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Margaret Cheatham + Frank

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It was our immense pleasure to work with Margaret Cheatham and her husband, Frank, on their wedding invitations. Margaret Cheatham, with a background in photography, used her keen eye to create a minimalist, and yet formal, paper trousseau. From the Save the Dates to the menu cards, a cohesive look helped tie together elements throughout the wedding. And we couldn’t be happier with how the ever-so-talented Julia Wade, of Julia Wade Photography, captured these paper pretties. Her beautiful photographs showcase the engraving and letterpress. Read on for more details about each piece.


Save the Dates

The Save the Dates featured a sans serif font and a minimalist design to announce the date.

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Platinum engraving on 260# grey Colorplan card stock


Invitations

Engraved in grey and  featuring a blind embossed family crest, the invitations were simplistic perfection. A shaded roman font for the bride and groom’s name contrasted well with the serif block used for the rest of the text.

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White 330# white Arzberger stock engraved in charcoal, blind embossed family crest, beveled and painted edge in silver


Programs

Designed and printed in-house, the petite bi-fold program used the same fonts as the wedding invitation.

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100# smooth finish paper printed in flat digital ink


Menus

Instead of using place cards, each guest’s name adorned the top of the menu.

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Platinum engraving on 165# white paper


Welcome Cards

Guests were welcomed to Charlotte with a bag of treats showcasing some North Carolina and New York goodies. The weekend itinerary was included along with the treats.

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White ink printed on grey paper


Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

In keeping with the “something blue” tradition, the Bridesmaids’ Luncheon invitations were printed in two shades of blue and highlighted with a painted edge. Although they included a floral motif, the chosen botanicals were still simplistic in nature.

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Two color letterpress on duplexed lettra paper with a custom painted blue edge


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// REAL WEDDINGS // Rachel + Joel

Our magnolia trees have started blooming here in the South and we are reminiscing back to a Fall wedding last year with so many sweet southern touches. Rachel and Joel got married this past October. From the magnolia leaves in the bride’s bouquet to the country club reception, this was a southern wedding through and through. And although we southerners love our etiquette, traditions, and sweet tea, we also know how to kick back and celebrate. This wedding embodied both notions.


Save the Dates

Artwork provided from an etsy artist

Artwork provided from an etsy artist

The Save the Dates included a painted portrait of the church where Rachel and Joel would stand before their loved ones and take their vows. Classic and elegant, the text was kept minimal.

Printed In-House on 100# white felt paper


Wedding Invitations

Rachel chose a beautiful classic script for her wedding invitations printed in graphite thermography by our friends at Crane & Co. We think it set the stage perfectly for an elegant affair.

Graphite Thermography on 96# pearl white paper


Program, menu & map

We had the pleasure of working closely with Rachel to design a custom monogram for her to use throughout her wedding day papers. It was debuted on the wedding programs and then continued on the menus, napkins and koozies.

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Rachel wanted to continue the elegant simplicity of the watercolor drawing from her save the dates to greet her guests as they came into town. An artist from Etsy created a custom map of all wedding festivities that we printed in-house on felt paper.


Cups and Koozies

Rachel and Joel chose to add a festive touch to all the beverages served at their reception with personalized cups and koozies. We love that they even continued the celebration on their honeymoon by taking their koozies along.

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Holiday Cards

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One of our favorite things is when a bride comes back after all the wedding celebrations are over to order stationery with their new name or debut their beautiful wedding photos on a holiday card. We absolutely loved working with Rachel and Joel throughout all the phases of their wedding and wish them the best in their marriage!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Rawlings + Tommy

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It’s been almost a year since Rawlings and Tommy tied the knot on Figure Eight Island. Carolina blue skies hung overhead and full hearts celebrated the happy couple. Rawlings’ paper trousseau used a beautiful shade of blue to echo the coastal backdrop. From the Save the Dates to the menus, a cohesive looks was created that tied all elements of the wedding weekend together. No detail was left undone. We just love how all of the paper pretties enhanced the festivities. Read on to see all the details.


Save the Dates

One color letterpress on 220# Pearl White Lettra paper featuring a custom map of Figure Eight Island

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Wedding Invitations

Featured custom calligraphy from Laurie Harper engraved in a custom made blue ink

Invitation suite included the Invitation, Weekend Events card, and Reply Set all engraved on 330# white stock with a painted edge

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Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party

One color letterpress on #7 size card

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Weekend Festivities invitations

Par 3 Luncheon

Flat print on square white deckled edge paper

Food Truck Lunch

Flat print on 100# white felt paper

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Programs

Featuring a hand drawing of Saint James Parish printed on 100# white felt paper

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Menus

One color letterpress on Pearl White Lettra paper featuring the couples new custom duogram

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Cups

Printed in gold ink on frosted cups

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// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // A Tale of Two Invitations

Spring is in the air and we are kicking into high gear with wedding season. Wedding invitations picked out months prior to the wedding are being stuffed, stamped and delivered. Every invitation has its own story behind it. Even a very traditional bride can put her own individual style on a classic invitation suite.

For something to become a classic it must stand the test of time, and quality craftsmanship is a must. There is no doubt that the William Arthur beaded border card fits the bill. Available in both ecru and white, the invitation features a delicate beaded border that has been blind embossed on the paper. Blind embossing is actually the same process as engraving, but no ink is used. Instead a beautiful pattern or texture is etched into the paper.

We had two March brides each choose the beaded border invitation suite for their wedding. But the invitations themselves are actually very different from one another. Using the paper as a springboard for their own unique look, they chose ink colors and fonts to create two totally different feels. Read below to see the specifics on these invitations:


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-White William Arthur Beaded Border Invitation Suite
-Printed in Slate blue thermography
-Velvet Hammer font used throughout the entire suite

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Turning the orientation of the card to horizontal creates a fresh take on a classic. Katie did not include any motifs on her invitation since she used all script lettering.


Paige

-Ecru William Arthur Beaded Border Invitation Suite
-Charcoal thermography
-Combination of Burgues script and a serif block font

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The flourish used on the invitation was later carried into other pieces at the wedding including the personalized cocktail napkins as well as signage.


There are so many options when it comes to creating your own unique look. Another bride opted for more modern fonts, and a scalloped envelope with a bold liner. The same beaded border card is also available in a square size. A classic layout on a square card is an unexpected detail.

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So tryout different fonts, change up the ink color, pick an envelope liner that matches other colors in your wedding. Have fun! You can be traditional and unique all at the same time.

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Unexpected Anniversary Gifts

A year full of firsts have come and gone… from the first time you used your new married name to your first holiday season as a married couple. And now it’s time to celebrate your first anniversary. Paper is the traditional first anniversary gift, and it’s a time-honored tradition we can get behind!

Personalized stationery will never go out of style. And this is a great time to replenish your partner’s paper wardrobe after having written all those thank you notes! Lettersheets, foldover or flat notes, and calling cards are great to keep on hand. These Silk Stationery Boxes from Haute Papier are perfect for couples since you can include up to 4 different combinations of names in the set.

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Do you like to honor tradition but with a 2019 vibe? Check out these unexpected paper gifts that fit the bill!

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Personalize a set of coasters with your last name, street address, or a fun duogram. Traditionally barware has a gentleman’s monogram and linens have a woman’s. But you can certainly have fun with whatever you choose.

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Heading out of town for your anniversary? Give your hubby or wife some new traveling accessories from Uashmama. Made in Italy, these bags are made of washable paper. And we have traveled with them and can attest to their versatility. Practical and chic, yes please!

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Or what about a new cookbook or coffee table book? Mark the inside with the date of your first anniversary.


Whatever you give, be sure to include a heartfelt note. This past year is sure to have been filled with ups and downs, laughter and tears. But don’t worry, the best is yet to come!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Hannah + Todd

We are always excited to share in the planning and joy surrounding each of our clients’ “big day” and feel especially spoiled when that client is an old friend. Hannah and I trace our friendship to our middle school days and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Lucky me. It was the most special honor to stand by her side while she and Todd exchanged vows in January, 2018. Their ceremony was at White Memorial Presbyterian Church and the reception followed at The Merrimon-Wynne House.

Hannah combined classic elegance with a touch of modernity, and the outcome was perfection. Keep scrolling for all of the lovely details. All of the photos were taken by the incredibly talented Julia Wade. We adore her work over here.


Save the Dates

Gold Engraving on 165# White Card engraved by our friends at Arzberger Stationers.
Envelopes were lined with their Neutral Marble liner.


Wedding Invitations

Hannah’s classic wedding invitation suite featured the invitation, reply set and a reception card. All pieces were engraved with grey suede ink on the 165# white paper. The inner envelope was lined with gold tissue, echoing the Save the Date. (Arzberger Stationers)


Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Flat Print on layered green and opal shimmer cards designed and printed in-house.


Day-of Paper Details

Wedding Programs, Table Assignments, Thank You sentiment, and reception signage all designed and printed in-house on white, felt textured 100# paper.


I am in a state of disbelief that just three days ago the Morecrafts celebrated their first anniversary. Anyone else trying to figure out where 2018 went?? A sucker for tradition, I can’t help but take the opportunity to mention the traditional first anniversary gift: paper. Check back next week for our favorite first anniversary gift ideas.

// REAL WEDDINGS // Seely + Bo

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Sometimes the backdrop of a wedding is just as important as the people gathered for the celebration. Especially if that location has a personal significance. Seely Stephenson and Bo Nicholson tied the knot in Roaring Gap, North Carolina this past September. The bride’s grandparents were married in the same spot many years ago. In fact, they were gifted with a painting of the wedding site, the Greystone Inn, for their wedding. Seely wanted to incorporate that piece of family history into her paper trousseau.


Save the Dates

The painting was used as the building block for the Save the Date design. The information was kept minimal and the colorful painting set the stage for the wonderful weekend in the mountains.

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Designed and printed in-house- Flat print on 100 lb white felt paper


Invitations

The wedding invitations, printed by our friends at Arzberger, also incorporated the same image, but we softened the edges of the painting. The deep green ink stands out beautifully on the crisp white paper. Using the same fonts from the Save the Dates helped create a cohesive feel for the wedding. These invitations had two press runs, one for the digital image at the top, and a second for the raised text.

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Thermography and flat print on 165 lb white paper printed by Arzberger Stationers


Welcome Party

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Designed and printed in-house- Flat print on 100lb white felt paper with kraft paper envelopes

Cocktail Napkins

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While the Welcome Dinner Invitations echoed the mountains with the kraft colored envelopes and motif of greenery, the personalized coral napkins gave a pop of color. Seely and Bo’s fun-loving personalities shined throughout the weekend. And that joyous spirit was included in all of the wedding details. They built new memories on the shoulders of cherished family ones.

How lucky are we to be a part of it all?

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // A thank you to our brides...

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I have a little secret for y’all… I love my job. I had a bride come in the other day to pick up a sample of her wedding invitations. The bulk of the invites were being shipped to her mom’s house for addressing. But she wanted to see one in person. She came in, dressed in her business attire, super professional. I grabbed the invitation and handed it over to her. As she opened it, revealed the gorgeous envelope liner, and pulled out the invitation, she starting crying. It was such a sweet moment. I remember when she and her fiance had first come in to discuss Save the Dates. They are clearly smitten with one another. And we get to be a part of the day they join together for the long haul.


It is our immense pleasure to work with you during life’s most important moments. Although our blog is focused mostly on weddings, there are many other moments we are thankful to share. We get to celebrate babies with birth announcements. Help you put your best foot forward with new business cards. Stand by you during a vulnerable time when crafting the sentiment for sympathy acknowledgement cards.


If It’s Paper could be just another party store. A place to pick up some funny napkins, or grab a birthday card. But instead, you share your life with us. During this season of Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you.


// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Menus

Ok, I admit it. I can recite the Father of the Bride movie almost word for word. Steve Martin as George Banks and his perfect one-liners.

“You know, that's not a bad idea. Who else can we ask not to eat?
My parents- your mother.”

or

“A cake, Franck, is made of flour and water. My first car didn’t cost $1200.”

And that brings us to Franck Eggelhoffer, the wedding planner extraordinaire. Who can forget the hilarious back and forth between George and Franck debating the menu (of course said in accent!)-

“No Franck. Tell Hanck it's not okay. If I have to move out all the furniture and add amps and repaint the walls and get a new tux and pay for swans, then I'd like the cheaper chicken. Is that clear?”

While there are many factors that go into selecting the menu, by the time the wedding day rolls around, your guests aren’t privy to all the back and forth. Do we go with the filet or the cheaper chicken? They just get to enjoy a wonderful meal. Having a menu at the wedding allows your guests to know what type of food is being served and allows the chef to showcase the hand-picked ingredients. It is especially helpful if you have many out of town guests who may not have eaten traditional local fare.

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If your guests have a choice of entrees at the wedding, the menu will explain the options. If your caterers need the selection prior to the big day, you can ask your guests to pre-select an entree. Typically this option is given on the RSVP card, and guests are asked to initial a choice for each guest. You can be specific with the description, or more generic. I love the use of small icons.

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When designing the menu, tie in colors or use a motif that was carried from the programs or napkins.  Be sure to think about the table linens and place setting. You will want the menus to complement everything since they will be front and center on the platesYou could say that watching and re-watching Father of the Bride in college did give me job preparation! I love all of the details, and helping our brides pull everything together. Because after all, it’s the little details that add up making your wedding unforgettable.

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I think George Banks said it best after all…

“Well that’s the thing about life, is the surprises, the little things that sneak up on you and grab hold of you.”





// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Edge Treatments

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Beveled Edge... Painted Edge... Deckled Edge... Rounded Corners. We are huge fans of them all. When it comes to customizing your paper trousseau, the options are immense. And adding an edge treatment can really make your invitation unique. Painting a gold beveled edge ups the formality of any invite. Try pairing a neon color painted edge against a stark white card- everything pops! Two invitations, side by side, with the exact same font, text, and layout can feel completely different when one card has rounded corners and the other does not.

Edge treatments tend to be more noticeable on thicker card stock. But it is certainly not exclusive. Sometimes subtle is best.  And the romantic deckled edge paper is usually thinner. The torn edges are better seen that way.

There is a lot of lingo in the stationery world. Don’t let it scare you. If you can describe your idea, we can figure out the technical term to use to turn your visions into a reality. Read on for a brief description of some different edge treatments, and then start dreaming away.


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A painted edge is the addition of color on the actual sides of the paper. Once the stationery or invitations have been printed, the card stock is stacked and the edges of the paper are painted using a wide paint breyer. Every company has a different set of their own paint colors to choose from, but you can also mix custom colors. You can opt to paint the edge of each piece of your wedding suite, or just the main invitation.

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Check out this video showing how a craftsman at Crane and Co. apply a painted edge. The shade of blue is so lovely against their Pearl White paper. Imagine how different this same invitation would appear with a red painted edge? Or perhaps in a foil? The edge treatment totally transforms the suite.


Foil Edge

Similar to a painted edge, foil can be added to the sides of paper. Thin sheets of foil or gilded leaf are applied to the stacked paper. It is shinier than doing a traditional painted edge and really pops.

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Beveled Edge

Beveling is the process of cutting the edges of the paper on the diagonal (approximately a 45 degree angle). Doing so exposes another edge of the paper. It makes a painted edge stand out more. Beveling can be added to square corners or to rounded ones.

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Rounded Corners

Corner rounding is just what the name implies- instead of a traditional 90 degree angle, the paper is cut (often using a die) so the corners are rounded. It can be applied to rectangular or square cards. We usually recommend that you round the corners of each piece in your ensemble.

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Deckled Edge

The deckled edge refers to the hand-torn appearance of the edge of a piece of paper. It is a soft edge, appearing almost feather-like. A deckled edge can be hand torn, which is often used in books, scrapbooks, or water color paper. The edge is quite thin and delicate. Deckled edge paper used for wedding invitations and stationery is often created using a machine. It still gives the same appearance, but is a little stronger.

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So many options. One of each, please!








// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // First Anniversary - The Gift of Paper

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September marks the anniversary month for our Raleigh store, and always gets us to reflecting. It has been our immense pleasure to work with so many brides (and grooms too!). Now we get to see many of our couples coming into the store to pick out their anniversary cards and gifts.

The history of anniversary gifts harkens back to the Roman empire when husbands would crown their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th wedding anniversary, and a golden wreath on their fiftieth. It was during the Victorian era that the tradition of giving paper on the first anniversary evolved. Another reason for us to thank the royals!

Of course a new stationery suite is the perfect way to embrace this tradition! It’s a great time to get a set of stationery with your new married monogram. We love all of the fresh takes on classic monograms that Arzberger Stationers have. You can carry the monogram onto multiple pieces like flat cards, calling cards, half sheets and more. Stationery can have an individual’s initials, a duogram, or the first and last name.

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Another great gift are the Silk Stationery Boxes from Haute Papier. The boxes include 100 notecards, but you can select 4 different names and styles to go on the cards. The entire set will have one unifying liner (we just love the wide variety Haute Papier has) and the same letterpress ink color. You can choose four different types: perhaps the wife’s name on one, husband’s on a second, a monogram on the third, and a joint card with both names on the fourth. There are just so many great combinations! These also make great wedding gifts (or Christmas, birthday…)

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Although stationery is the most popular way to incorporate paper into an anniversary gift, you aren’t limited to it. Why not get personalized coasters, notepads, or even cocktail napkins for your at-home bar. Stop by to grab a card and let us help you pick out that perfect first anniversary gift!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Napkins and Coasters

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Napkins and coasters are more than just a place to put your drink. Sure, they are practical. But like all details at the wedding, they can add to the festivities by reflecting your personality. What could be an overlooked square piece of paper, can be an invitation for your guests to let loose and have fun!

Many of our brides include their wedding hashtag on their napkins. Others like to carry the motif from programs or menus. It is a great way to pull together a cohesive look without being to theme-y. Cocktails napkins are a great place to use your married monogram or to introduce the new Mr. and Mrs.

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Personalized cocktail napkins and koozies are often used at the bar or during the cocktail hour. If your cake will be passed and served to your guests, ask the servers to pass out a napkin with each piece, or arrange a set for the cake table. Don’t forget the powder room- adding personalized guest towels is a nice touch to remind your guests that you thought of everything!

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And you can't forget about engagement parties and the rehearsal dinner. Each event can have its own personality (and therefore its own unique design) or you can order in bulk to use throughout the wedding weekend. We suggest a minimum of 3-4 napkins per person for the wedding day. That number can be adjusted if your venue will be supplementing with their own stock.

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Any leftovers can be used afterwards. Set them up on your bar or coffee table. Those personal touches will make your first house a home!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Asking your Bridal Party

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Groom? Check. Ring? Check. Wedding Date? Check. Bridal Party????

Now it’s time to choose the people who will stand beside you on your special day. What used to be an ordinary question, is now an event all in itself. We are amazed at the creativity our brides and grooms have when it comes to asking their future bridesmaids, flower girls, ring bearers and groomsmen.

Some do it with a simple card and a bottle of champagne or box of cigars. Can’t go wrong with classic.

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But it’s not uncommon for a bride to swoop in asking for gift boxes, crinkle paper and other gift wrapping supplies. Candles, champagne glasses, or personalized jewelry are popular enclosures, tied up with a beautiful bow and of course, a handwritten note.

We have even had the pleasure of helping create custom cards like the ones below for the occasion.

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Admit it, we all have our pinterest boards! And we would love to be a part of it all. Start the wedding planning season off right, asking your friends to be a part of your special day in your own unique way.

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Stamp of Approval

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We’re pretty obsessed with snail mail (in case you haven’t noticed). And there can’t be snail mail without postage. Your postage stamp has a very practical job; it covers the cost of getting your invitation across town, or across the country. And yet, even though practical, it can still convey a sense of style. Is love in the air? Obsessing over that “something old”? Have a destination wedding? Why not let the first impression on your envelope tie in to the overall feel of your event?

You will need stamps for the outer envelope, but don’t forget to put another stamp on the smaller envelope for the reply set. It will help ensure that the rsvp comes back to you.

One of the most common questions we get from our brides is how much postage will their invitation require. We always recommend taking your entire suite to the post office to get it officially weighed. The cost will be determined by the stuffed envelope. But below are the current prices from the United States Postal Service:

1 ounce “forever” stamp envelope  |  .50
(should cover most response card envelopes or standard size Save the Dates)

1 ounce square or odd size envelope  |  .71

2 ounce envelopes  |  .71
(for many invitation suites on standard paper including the invite and reply set)

2 ounce odd size  |  .92

3 ounce envelopes  |  .92
(may be required for invitations with multiple inserts, heavier lined envelopes, or on double-thick card stock)

The USPS offers several different wedding themed stamps, including some by our friends at Rifle Paper. You can create personalized stamps sanction by the post office. Adding a collection of vintage stamps to your invitation is another trend we happily stand beside. There are stamps for every occasion. It makes running to the mailbox that much more fun!

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// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Thank You Notes

Merci Beaucoup! Grazie! Thanks!
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One of the most popular weekly segments on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon are his Thank You Notes. Saying thanks to everything from hard taco shells, to yoga, to thanking fellow late night host James Corden from going by the name Jimmy, Fallon writes his notes on classic Crane stationery.

Although we may not have an audience like Jimmy Fallon, getting in the habit of writing thank you notes is just as important. Especially after a big occasion like a wedding.

During this exciting time  you will be showered with well wishes, gifts, and festivities. And each and every one one should be met with a heartfelt thank you. As Margaret Shepherd says in her book The Art of the Handwritten Note, “Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts that really matter, on the occasions that really count. And sometimes it’s the only way; your words will carry sympathy and gratitude with a special kind of sincerity when the reader sees them on paper in your writing.”

In general, gifts received before the wedding should be followed by a thank you within two weeks. According to Emily Post, couples have three months post wedding to get the task done. Especially since the gift giver was not there to see you receive all of the gifts at the wedding, it is important to make sure and let them know you received the gift and, of course, loved it.

Late is always better than never. So don’t hesitate to send one past the three month mark.

So what do you say? Shepherd gives 5 characteristics of a well-written note.

  1. Be generous

  2. Be specific

  3. Be prompt

  4. Be succinct

  5. Be personal

Be generous in thanking the giver in writing, even if you thanked them in person. Mention the gift specifically. Send the thank you notes out in a timely manner. Keep the topic of this note to the occasion and the gift. Hand writing the note, especially on your own stationery, keeps it personal. Don’t use pre-printed cards without your own hand-written sentiment.

Picking out some personal stationery makes the process a little more fun! And with a great sale from Crane & Co. right now, you can get 50 personalized cards for only $99. Add a fun stamp and you will be sending some paper love in the mail!

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// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Bridal Showers

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Bridal showers are a time-honored tradition, especially in the South. Cucumber sandwiches, a bouquet made of ribbons and bows, and the oohing and ahhing after each beautifully wrapped gift is opened. A place setting of china? Useful cooking utensils? Monogrammed linens?

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Along with the traditional shower, today’s brides are sometimes showered around a theme- Stock the Bar, Lingerie, Round the Clock, or His and Hers. Some brides opt for one larger shower, while others have multiple smaller gatherings. The invitation sets the theme right from the start!

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We have an extensive selection of imprintables in the store to give you an idea for shower themes. And of course, the custom options are limitless! On the invitation, be sure and tell your guests whom the shower is for, location, time, as well as rsvp information. A list of hosts is often included, as is registry information, but it is not necessary.

It is always a nice gesture to give the hosts of the shower a small hostess gift, of course accompanied by a handwritten note. It will get you warmed up for all of those thank you notes you will be writing in the weeks ahead!

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// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Menus, Programs & Place Cards

Menus, programs and place cards (lions, tigers and bears, oh my!)
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Although you’re not likely to encounter lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) when planning your wedding, sometimes all of the emerging details are just as scary! Do we want programs? Are place cards necessary? What about weekend itineraries?

Programs are often handed out at the wedding ceremony. They include information such as the order of the service, readings, song titles etc. Additionally, couples use the programs to introduce the wedding party to their guests and as an opportunity to say a special thank you, or greeting. Sometimes pertinent reception information (such as directions or transportation information) is written on the back side.

Lots of options exist for program formatting: long and skinny, foldover booklet, tri-folds or even fans for those hot summer weddings!

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Place cards and table numbers are used for seated dinners. We have a large selection of place cards and table numbers in stock that can be personalized. At If It’s paper, we are able to print the names of all of your guests on placecards ahead of time. Or we can add a custom motif to a place card, and then the names can later be added by a calligrapher.

Other components for the wedding weekend we have created include welcome booklets, city guides, gift tags, favor tags, signage and more! Using the same font, color, or monogram throughout your pieces gives a cohesive flow. It adds a personal touch without getting too theme-y.

We typically work on programs about 3-4 weeks before the wedding. If you have all of your information nailed down, you can certainly start earlier. Often, though, the details don’t come together much sooner. If you can dream it, we can make it! And we promise it won’t be scary!

// WEDDING WEDNESDAY // Calligraphy

A pen, some ink, and a piece of paper. Those are the tools of a calligrapher. But somehow, when they do what they do, simple ink on paper transforms the words on the page.

Handwritten calligraphy can be used in various parts of your wedding stationery. Calligraphers can draft the text of your invitation and create artwork that is then used in other methods of production (engraving, letterpress, or thermography). Some brides opt to have just the names of the bride and groom, or other key pieces of information, done in calligraphy, and typeset the rest of the invitation. Typically, calligraphers charge per line when creating the artwork for your invite.

Having the envelopes hand-addressed by a calligrapher is another way to enhance the presentation of your wedding invitations. Try as we might, our handwriting just doesn’t compare! You can pick the calligraphy to match the tone of your wedding weekend; whimsical, formal, modern. More styles of calligraphy exist today than ever before.

We have a list of calligraphers that we recommend to our brides for their invitation and envelope needs. Each calligrapher does have their own booking requirements and other requests, such as timeline, additional envelopes needed etc.

If you have a custom monogram or other motif created by a calligrapher, you can incorporate it on napkins, programs, gift tags and more. The possibilities that a pen and a piece of paper give you are endless!