// 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

IMG_4078.jpeg

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

image3 (2).jpeg

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!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Margaret Cheatham + Frank

7037.jpg

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.

7704.jpg

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.

7699.jpg
7705.jpg

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.

7606.jpg
7697.jpg

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.

7670.jpg

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.

7711.jpg

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.

7701.jpg
7702.jpg

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


7541.jpg
7549.jpg

// REAL WEDDINGS // Rawlings + Tommy

IMG_1862.jpg

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

D75_0690.jpeg

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

D75_0681.jpeg

Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party

One color letterpress on #7 size card

D75_0704.jpeg

Weekend Festivities invitations

Par 3 Luncheon

Flat print on square white deckled edge paper

Food Truck Lunch

Flat print on 100# white felt paper

0006tomrawlings.jpeg

Programs

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

D75_0701.jpeg

Menus

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

D75_062.jpeg

Cups

Printed in gold ink on frosted cups

0008tomrawlings.jpeg

IMG_5906.jpg

// REAL WEDDINGS // Jenna + Patrick

Jenna discovered us after she had already ordered her wedding invitations. She was hoping to have someone local guide her through the final details of the wedding. We were able to take the tone of the invitations, and incorporate her vision for the wedding to create her day-of pieces.

From the place cards tucked into the hand-tied napkins, to the candlelit table for two reserved for the bride and groom, this wedding was all about the details. Cool grey tones were sprinkled throughout the evening and played beautifully against the gold details.

For the programs, we incorporated the grey and white floral motif from the invitation envelope liner. Carrying the same fonts and colors from the programs to the menus helped create a cohesive look between the ceremony and reception. These pieces matched others signage used at the wedding.

You can’t help but feel the love as shown through all of the little details at the wedding. We can help you finalize the details of your wedding, no matter where in the process we meet!

// 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.

IMG_2522.jpeg

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.

DSC_4215.jpg

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.

helm-wilkinson-life-with-emily-wedding-14-1.jpg
Menu_Close.jpg

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.”





// REAL WEDDINGS // Blair + Mike

MikeBlair1.jpg

We just loved being a part of Blair and Mike’s classic, southern wedding. The Barn at Chapel Hill was the perfect backdrop to showcase their love for one another, and the thought they put into every detail. Originally from Burlington, North Carolina, Blair now lives in Washington, DC. As a sign of the times, we worked with her remotely on almost all aspects of the wedding. Between emails, texts, and long distance phone calls, we crafted a cohesive feel for all of her day-of paper needs. The personalized paper elements coordinated with the heartfelt touches the bride included, such as framed photographs of their parents and grandparents on their wedding day. Scroll through the photos below and get a glimpse of this timeless affair.


Invitation

One color letterpress from our friends at Bella Figura printed on 2 ply cotton paper. Hand calligraphy by Sarah Hanna. The classic calligraphy, juxtaposed against a more modern square size, work beautifully together.

Invite_1.jpg

Envelopes

Hand addressed by Calligraphy by Carole. The collection of vintage stamps on each envelope convey the timeless feel the bride incorporated into so many details.

Invite_2.jpg

Wedding Programs,

Menus and Placecards

The couple debuted their custom duogram and carried it through multiple pieces. The programs, menu, and placecards were printed digitally on 100# white felt stock.

Program_Close.jpg
Program_Back.jpg
Placecards.jpg
Our_Placecards.jpg
TableSetting_1.jpg
Menu_Close.jpg

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

Menus, programs and place cards (lions, tigers and bears, oh my!)
IMG_6338.jpg

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!

Sunday Rein

Sunday Rein

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!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Emily & Nick

helm-wilkinson-life-with-emily-wedding-11-1.jpg

We had the immense pleasure of working with a local Greensboro blogger, Emily Helm Wilkinson, on all her wedding day-of details last Fall. From custom welcome booklets, tags, programs, menus and place cards to printed napkins and cups, Emily & Nick's special day was filled with personal touches that made the day unforgettable.

So for today's post, we are leaving the blogging up to the professional, and just giving you a glimpse of the details we created below. Head on over to Emily's blog to check out all the other goodness from her beautiful wedding.

what-to-include-in-wedding-welcome-bags-3-1.jpg
what-to-include-in-wedding-welcome-bags-26-1.jpg
what-to-include-in-wedding-welcome-bags-37-1.jpg
wedding-1-2.jpg
wedding-6-2.jpg
helm-wilkinson-life-with-emily-wedding-14-1.jpg
Wilkinson_0696.jpg
Wilkinson_0728.jpg
helm-wilkinson-life-with-emily-wedding-35-1.jpg
All photographs by Alexa's Photography

// REAL WEDDINGS // Mica & Daniel

One of our favorite things is when we have the opportunity to work with a bride from start to finish, helping her turn her vision into a reality… and it’s made even better when the bride is a childhood friend! We had just this opportunity with Mica Medoff for her June 2017 wedding. Mica, originally from Greensboro, now lives in New York City. The summer wedding affair took place in the mountains of North Carolina, and we were honored to be a part of her entire wedding journey.


Wedding Invitation

These beauties were printed by our partners at Bella Figura. Mica used vine green letterpress on two-ply cotton paper featuring custom calligraphy from Sarah Hanna and floral lined envelopes. Her suite included a weekend events card and a response set, and once we held it in our hands, it's hand-crafted charm made it hard to put down.


Wedding Program

A digitally printed folded program featuring a beautiful custom duogram by Sarah Hanna.


Escort Cards


Cocktail Napkins

These simple, yet oh-so-elegant cocktail napkins featured the couple's new married monogram in a moss green matte foil.


Menu


Signage


We were honored to be a part of Mica and Daniel's picturesque NC wedding. All the best wishes to this happy couple!