Monday

Vintage Wedding Design Ideas

Lilacs + Invitaiton close up
Custom hand lettered names and monogram on an elegant vintage wedding invitation.
Invitation suite
Invitation with lined envelopes, save the date, response set and matching personal stationery by Real Card Studio.
stamps duo
vintage case
vases + tray

invite duo
Edge painting in platinum to match the custom foil printing.
chips

scissors
Dusty rose, pewter, nude metallic and antique wood details tied together the elegant vintage element to the event. Real Card Studio's invitations foil printed in a platinum-rose foil with matching metallic edge paint were just the right pairing for this decor. With organic flourished hand lettering by Karen Chan, the monogram and bride and groom names stand out exceptionally well.  

We were delighted to participate in an open house event for Cameron Catering at the beautiful industrial event space Fremont Foundry in Seattle. The theme of the event was "Around the World in 180 Minutes", playing off of the novel by Jules Verne, "Around the World in 80 Days", regaling the golden age of travel. Design elements of vintage travel and eras were everywhere.

The vintage travel theme gave Cameron Catering many options to show off a variety of cuisine, as well as event set decoration provided by Pedersen's, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens and Lola Event Florals and Design, and photographed by Alante Photography. Real Card Studio custom designed menu cards for the different travel themes to identify buffet menu items.


Real Card Studio created this invitation suite for L. S. Amster Company in Scarsdale, NY. Photography by Alante Photography and Fresh Outtakes. Calligraphy by Karen Yee Chan.

Friday

Northwest Rustic Chic Wedding Ideas

Regatta with glass pen
Regatta invitations by Real Card Studio with peek-a-boo anniversary monogram letterpress printed on cherry wood card.
Chair with fur throw
Elegant decor in natural, rustic material for a northwest themed celebration with invitations by Real Card Studio.

We were delighted to participate in an open house event for Cameron Catering at the beautiful industrial event space Fremont Foundry in Seattle. The theme of the event was "Around the World in 180 Minutes", playing off of the novel by Jules Verne, "Around the World in 80 Days", regaling the golden age of travel. 

The travel theme gave Cameron Catering many options to show off a variety of cuisine, as well as event set decoration provided by Pedersen's, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens and Lola Event Florals and Design, and photographed by Alante Photography. Real Card Studio custom designed menu cards for the different travel themes to identify buffet menu items.

The furniture and decor in the Northwest section of this event was breathtaking. The image above with the faux-fur throw on the suede chair makes me want to move in to this little scene, it's so impossibly chic. Every event begins with the invitation, so for this rustic chic theme we recommend Real Card Studio's "Regatta" invitations, letterpress printed on cherry wood card with navy blue diecut peek-a-boo layer mounted on top framing the custom monogram. With matching menus, this event will be naturally polished from start to finish.


nw sitting area
Elegant and cozy seating in an urban setting for a northwest-chic themed event at Fremont Foundry in Seattle.
regatta + stump table
Natural floral details by Lola Creative

sliders
Pulled pork sliders by Cameron Catering
regatta w/ string
Regatta invitation and menu with slide-in placecard hand lettered on cherry wood card.
string beans
Farm-to-table organic string beans and lettuce in wood crates make for unique decor at the buffet, by Cameron Catering
bellini
Bellini wedding program with lettuce green satin ribbon and letterpress printing on cotton paper by Real Card Studio
pickles
Bread and Butter Pickles in mason jars make great decoration at the buffet for rustic northwest feast.
Natural elements beautifully contrast with the industrial space at Fremont Foundry in Seattle.




Regatta invitations are available at Landis Gifts and Stationery in Los Angeles. For more stores, please visit our website. Event photography by Alante Photography. Hand lettering by Karen Yee Chan.  Invitation photos by Fresh Outtakes. Bamboo Beats, Green Light Events, Fun Frames also participated, and Youth Care raised funds for their non-profit to help homeless teens.

Wednesday

Exotic Moroccan Themed Wedding Invitations and Decor

Chai placecard
Gold placecards with crystal rhinestones and hand lettering in majestic purple.
menu / buffet duo
Moroccan buffet by Cameron Catering / Chai Menu by Real Card Studio.
spice bar
Moroccan spice bar by Cameron Catering.
Cardamom spread
"Cardamom" pocket folder wedding invitation in gold, magenta, teal, apricot and lime leaf.
savory/bagel necklace
chai
"Chai" diecut save the date in eggplant and marigold by Real Card Studio
chaise
samosa duo
henna
Custom illustrated wedding party by Juli Douglas. "Henna" program by Real Card Studio.
Real Card Studio was honored to participate in a sensational open house event for Cameron Catering at the beautiful industrial event space, Fremont Foundry in Seattle. The theme of the event was "Around the World in 180 Minutes", playing off of the novel by Jules Verne, "Around the World in 80 Days", regaling the golden age of travel. 

The travel theme gave them lots of room to show off a variety of cuisine, as well as event decoration that was provided by Pedersen's, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens and Lola Event Florals and Design, and photographed by Alante Photography. For our part, Real Card Studio provided custom menu cards to identify the different dishes at each buffet, as well as hand lettered signs (that we'll share in another post).

Real Card Studio's "Cardamom" invitations, "Chai" save the dates and menus, and "Henna" program with custom illustrated wedding party in their cultural wedding attire, make alluring papery for a cultural wedding celebration. Vibrant colors and textures and befitting a wedding feast incorporating chickpeas, couscous, tagine, saffron, and apricots.

Cardamom invitations are available at Therese Saint Clair in Greenwich and have been featured in South Asian Bride magazine. For more stores, please visit our website. Event photography by Alante Photography. Wedding Party Illustrations by Juli Douglas Illustration.  Invitation photos by Fresh Outtakes. Bamboo Beats, Green Light Events, Fun Frames also participated, and Youth Care raised funds for their non-profit to help homeless teens.

Monday

Personal Stationery with Lava Envelope Liners

Lava Liners + Pantone Chips
Personal Stationery by Real Card Studio

two envelopes with liners + notecard

Close up liner with pantone chips
Pantone color chips to match ink to the envelope liners.

Duo Adair
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Personal stationery is all about the envelope liners. This simple notecard, letterpress printed in volcanic ash grey ink, erupts with style when paired with these stunning one-of-a-kind envelope liners that are marbled in colors that resemble molten lava.

Real Card Studio created this personal stationery for Union Street Papery in San Francisco. Photographed by Fresh Outtakes in Seattle.

Parisian Themed Event and Sugar Mill Wedding Invitations

Sugar Mill reply set
Sweet flourished invitations in navy blue ink on pink by Real Card Studio
Floral against cement wall
Modern romantic floral arrangement in an industrial venue.
crepes and chandelier duo
Savory crêpes served up on black and ivory french toile with modern romantic chandelier of hanging light bulbs.
Tiramisu
duo with macarons
Vintage blush glassware and a tower of macarons in pink, yellow, brown, chartreuse and ivory colors.
passport stamp
Passport stamp for a travel themed event gets guests to make sure and hit all the hot spots.

Sugar Mill suite
Sugar Mill invitations by Real Card Studio
Eiffe tower chocolates
French pastries and Eiffel Tower molded chocolates.
ribbon
duo with invite and trunk

Last week, Real Card Studio was honored to participate in a beautiful open house event for Cameron Catering at the beautiful industrial event space, Fremont Foundry in Seattle. The theme of the event was "Around the World in 180 Minutes", playing off of the novel by Jules Verne, "Around the World in 80 Days" regaling the golden age of travel. 

The travel theme gave them lots of room to show off a variety of food styles, as well as event decoration that was provided by Pedersen's, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens and Lola Event Florals and Design, and photographed by Alante Photography. For our part, we provided custom tent cards to call out the different dishes at each buffet, as well as hand lettered signs (that we'll share in another post).

Real Card Studio's "Sugar Mill" invitations, letterpress printed in navy blue on soft pink card stock–with flourishes befitting a French pâtisserie–would make a smashing start to a Paris-themed wedding or engagement party. Hopelessly romantic, and a really good excuse to decorate with pink and serve champagne, caviar and savory crêpes and a multitude of desserts from éclairs, chaussons aux pommes, macarons in every color and Eiffel Tower shaped chocolates.

Sugar Mill invitations are available at Union Street Papery in San Francisco. For more stores, please visit our website. Photography by Alante Photography. Sugar Mill photos by Fresh Outtakes. Bamboo Beats, Green Light Events, Fun Frames also participated, and Youth Care raised funds for their non-profit to help homeless teens.

Friday

Tropical Princeville Destination Wedding Engraved Invitation

We are excited to announce that industry professionals are now able to vote for four Real Card Studio wedding invitations in Stationery Trends Magazine's 2015 Trendy Awards. Voting runs March 2-16, so stationery industry professionals may register and vote for us today!

For the Bridal category, we have entered our Princeville invitation, for the luxury tropical destination wedding, at Princeville St. Regis resort in Kauai, that is elegant but not stuffy. Engraved in chocolate Bark brown ink on classic ecru cream cotton double-thick stock and edge painted in neon yellow, hinting at the fun your guests will have at this beach wedding.

One of my favorite details of this invitation is the outline of the Hawaiian islands engraved in brown ink on the rehearsal dinner card. We can do the outline of any state (or country, for that matter) to bring a little location love to your event invitation. I also love the detail that engraving yields on the hibiscus flower printed on the invitation.

The tropical Hawaiian print envelope liner is screen printed with hibiscus flowers in lime and shades of pink on handmade recycled paper.

Princeville engraved suite
Real Card Studio's Princeville engraved tropical destination beach wedding invitation.
From the Trendy Awards website:

The Trendy Awards recognize the latest trends and the best in the industry in greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. Retailers and others involved in the industry are invited to vote on each of the entries, using either a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" vote. At the end of a two-week window, March 2-16, the votes are tallied, with the top 10 entries in each category being selected as finalists. At that point, the panel of industry judges will be invited to vote on the finalists. Judge votes will be tallied, and a winner named in each category. Winners will receive editorial recognition in an issue of Stationery Trends magazine, as well as an award to display in their offices.

The Trendys are sponsored and managed by Stationery Trends, the resource for greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. Stationery Trends magazine is published quarterly by Great American Media Services. Stationery Trends magazine seeks to guide members of the stationery industry in their quest to offer the latest designs and trends to their customers - including everything from stationery and greeting cards to gifts. The design-focused trade magazine provides retailers with a peek at some of the industry's hottest designers and most sought-after products. Stationery Trends reports on upcoming trends before they hit the mainstream, ensuring its audience of diverse retailers is always ahead of the curve.

Hunter engraved wedding invitation by Real Card Studio is available at Dear John Fine Stationers in Aspen, Colorado and other select stationers nationwide. Trendy Awards are sponsored by Stationery Trends Magazine. Photography by Fresh Outtakes.

Tuesday

Eco-Friendly Engraved Wedding Invitation on Raw Kraft Cardstock

We are excited to announce that industry professionals will be able to vote for four Real Card Studio wedding invitations in Stationery Trends Magazine's 2015 Trendy Awards.

Our first entry, Hunter, is in the Green category. Engraved in Dandelion-yellow ink, this invitation to Seattle's scenic Columbia Tower Club, Hunt and Gather room is not just printed on recycled paper but also reduces paper by combining the invitation, reception card and response all-in-one. Neenah's Environment Grocer Kraft paper and envelopes, a premium recycled paper, is made with 30% post-consumer waste and raw wind power. The envelope liner is screen printed on handmade recycled paper.

From the Trendy Awards website:

The Trendy Awards recognize the latest trends and the best in the industry in greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. Retailers and others involved in the industry are invited to vote on each of the entries, using either a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" vote. At the end of a two-week window, March 2-16, the votes are tallied, with the top 10 entries in each category being selected as finalists. At that point, the panel of industry judges will be invited to vote on the finalists. Judge votes will be tallied, and a winner named in each category. Winners will receive editorial recognition in an issue of Stationery Trends magazine, as well as an award to display in their offices.

The Trendys are sponsored and managed by Stationery Trends, the resource for greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. Stationery Trends magazine is published quarterly by Great American Media Services. Stationery Trends magazine seeks to guide members of the stationery industry in their quest to offer the latest designs and trends to their customers - including everything from stationery and greeting cards to gifts. The design-focused trade magazine provides retailers with a peek at some of the industry's hottest designers and most sought-after products. Stationery Trends reports on upcoming trends before they hit the mainstream, ensuring its audience of diverse retailers is always ahead of the curve.

Hunter engraved wedding invitation by Real Card Studio is available at Union Street Papery in San Francisco, and other select stationers nationwide. Trendy Awards are sponsored by Stationery Trends Magazine. Photography by Fresh Outtakes.

Friday

Split-fountain Letterpress Valentine Poster

Boy holiding Love Boldly Valentine poster by Real Card Studio




Love boldly.

8.5x11" Reich Paper Savoy cotton card stock letterpress printed split-fountain of neon pink to Pantone yellow with foil printing in gold, by Real Card Studio. Photographed by Fresh Outtakes.

Stunning Black on Black Modern Bar Mitzvah Invitation


Duplexed invitation in black and antique gold
Custom duplexed black and gold stock for double thickness and gold edge view

invitation suite in black and antique gold
Bar Mitzvah invitation with black on front and gold on back features black gloss printing on both sides

celebration card black gloss printed in black on black
Black on black party card

What a stunning, elegant and modern bar mitzvah invitation. We custom duplexed smooth black stock to metallic gold and foil printed in black gloss pigment on both sides. This type treatment is very modern and the varying point sizes makes it more legible than just spreading small type out across the line. This works for a traditional synagogue ceremony as well as a night on the town party. Elegance is always in style.

Custom invitation by Real Card Studio. Available by special order from our retail partners nationwide that carry our Mitzvah and Party Collections. Photographed by Fresh Outtakes.

Modern Save the Date Engraved in Navy ink with Lilac Edge Paint

Engraved Save the Date card by Real Card Studio. #wedding #invitations #navy #lavender #realcardstudio
Engraving is a printing process where the ink fills and engraved void in a copper plate and is transferred to paper leaving a raised image that you can feel. It is very crisp and particularly good with very thin lines.
Save the Date card by Real Card Studio. #wedding #invitations #engraving #savethedate #realcardstudio
"Berry" tall save the date card engraved in dark blue ink and edge-painted in light purple by Real Card Studio.

Get engaged over the holidays? Once you've secured your wedding venue and date–particularly if you're marrying on a popular weekend (holiday weekend) or inviting guests to join you on vacation at some romantic destination–it's time to send out Save the Date cards.

Sending save the date cards lets you out of some of the anxiety around planning your wedding. It gets the basic information to your guests so they know what they need in order to plan to attend: when and where. And where doesn't have to be specific venue, it can be the city they need to travel to, the details can come later when you're ready to send out your invitations. Leave some of the exciting details for the big reveal when your invitations go out.

Another nice thing about doing save the dates is that it forces you to get that guest list together sooner than later; It's more work than you might think. You may have your holiday card address list in a spreadsheet, but remember, you need to gather names and address from your betrothed, your parents and his or her parents too. Get that pulled together early in the game and your save the date will pay for itself in avoided-stress down the road.

When should save the dates be mailed? You can mail a save the date as soon as your event date and location is set. Six months is pretty typical. The more planning your guests will need to do, the more notice you should give them. Once you've mailed save the dates, you can wait until 8 weeks before the wedding to send out the full-details invitation.

Does your save the date have to match your invitations? Well, sort of. It should definitely coordinate. You'll know how formal, traditional, modern, romantic, rustic or casual your event will be by the time you set to work on your save the dates, so choose something that reflects that. If you've decided on colors, save the date is a great way to introduce them. Choose fonts that you could see yourself using on your invitation, because the more coordinated your wedding stationery is, the more pulled together your event will feel.


Real Card Studio's "Berry" save the date card is engraved on super-thick ivory cotton paper and edge painted in lavendar ink. Available at The Wedding Library in NYC and other fine stationers.

Thursday

Engraved Invitation in Pantone's Color of the Year, Marsala

Marsala is the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. Shown here on Sangria duplexed stock engraved in blush pink by Real Card Studio.
Nothing makes me happier than when Pantone chooses a color of the year that lines up nicely with a design I've just launched. They call it Marsala, we call it Sangria.

"Callan" engraved invitation by Real Card Studio is available at JAM/Mindy Weiss in Beverly Hills.