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WHEN YOU SHOULD GO WITH SEMI-CUSTOM PAPER GOODS
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If you haven't already heard, we'll be launching our semi-custom shop on September 27th. We decided to create semi-custom suites for brides with certain circumstances who want beautiful paper goods for their special day. We're going to outline three good reasons why semi-custom might be right for you!

WHAT ARE SEMI-CUSTOM SUITES?

Semi-custom suites vary from stationer to stationer, as well as the options that come with them. Our suites are all 5-pieces (invite, rsvp, rsvp envelope, detail card, & outer envelope), with the ability to add embellishments & day-of goods. Each piece is customizable to your names, information, wording style, as well as printing process, ink color, calligraphy style, paper color, and envelope color.

BUDGET

We've said it before, but we were recently brides, and we understand the stress of budgeting for a wedding. The initial concept for a semi-custom line popped into our heads when we realized what other brides were going through, and we wanted to have a solution. We'll be the first to admit that we have expensive taste. But why shouldn't you have your dreamy wedding?

When it comes to budget, semi-custom suites allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck. You still get a beautiful design, but for a lower price than custom work. These suites require you to save on design time, due to the fact that the suite is pre-designed, all that needs to happen is editing the information and colors that you choose. Semi-custom can save you up to $500, which in wedding world, is a whole cake!

Maybe you have a decent budget for wedding stationery, but you really want a lot of paper goods incorporated into your day? This is where that extra ~$500 can get you some menus or place cards.

TIMING

We often get requests from couples that are either running a bit behind on their wedding stationery and don't have time to design something custom, or they have a short engagement and they desire a unique and organic aesthetic.

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend our clients reach out 3-6 months prior to their wedding. Once you've reached the 8 week mark, we recommend that you choose a semi-custom suite, or if you still desire a completely custom design, there's usually a rush fee that goes along with that. This fee varies based on your stationer, but generally hovers around 20% of your total.

SIMPLICITY

Maybe you're just a busy gal and you don't have time to go through the process of designing custom wedding paper goods. We get it, planning is not a walk in the park, and coordinating with another vendor could put your inbox over the edge. Our shop will be simple and easy to go through, and you could be checked out within 15 minutes. On top of that, we handle everything behind the scenes, so all you have to do is click purchase, approve, and wait for the arrival of your beautiful paper goods.


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SOFIA

FLOURISH

Adore

Here's a sneak peek of what you will find in our shop!


This all being said, semi-custom is not for everyone. If you're looking for something personalized to you, your venue, or your wedding theme, we do not recommend that you settle for anything less than custom. The impact that comes with custom paper goods is worth every penny, as well as the memories that your heirloom suite brings back for years to come.

Along with custom design, comes a lifelong friendship from yours truly. We aspire for our custom clients to feel like more than just a client, but like family.

So which is the perfect route for you?

Xo,
C+A

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A GUIDE TO HANDMADE PAPER
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One of the many reasons we love wedding paper design is because of the textural elements we can infuse into a design to create a tactile experience for the beholder. We've made it our mission to find the perfect raw materials to add to our designs, including handmade papers. Their beautiful raw edges and individuality are characterized by the hands by which they were made. Each blemish and imperfection reflects the inevitable flaws of human nature, and in our opinion, there's nothing more incredible. See our list of our favorite handmade paper vendors, as well as a comparison of each of their papers below!


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OUR FAVORITES

silk & willow

Silk & Willow's handmade papers are the most textured and durable of the bunch. Their durability comes from the strength of the 100% recycled cotton rag fibers from t-shirt cuttings (how cool is that?). None of their papers are bleached or dyed and carry their own unique qualities as most handmade papers do. We have not personally tried this on an inkjet printer, but due to the thickness and texture, we don't believe it would be a good candidate. Silk & Willow paper is ethically made in India.

ARPA

Arpa's papers are the most readily-available papers we've found. They're also the most keen to printing at home, due to their subtle texture and deckling. These papers come in a variety of colors, including grey, ivory, lavender, pale blue, pale pink, sage, and salmon, as well as a variety of European sizing (which is slightly unusual). Arpa's pulp mixture includes pure cotton and linen fibers that create such a soft, subtle texture and slight deckling. These papers are our go-to for larger quantities!

FABULOUS FANCY PANTS

Fabulous Fancy Pants handmade paper was one of the first we ever bought, and we've been in love ever since. Their paper is made of 100% cotton rag using cotton textile remnants. Each piece is handmade on an individual screen and carries the natural color and qualities that comes with the hand making process, including varying speckles from the fibers. Their paper carries a slight linen-like texture that is a design element in itself. We have been able to inkjet print on these papers, but only a few at a time before you have to clean the heads again. These are ideal for letterpress and calligraphy. Fabulous Fancy Pants does not offer dyed handmade papers.

OWL POST CALLIGRAPHY

When we first got our hands on Owl Post Calligraphy's handmade paper, we were in love. The deckled edging is to die for. Along with that, she creates a selection of beautiful colors that creates a uniqueness in itself. Owl Post's papers are also made of 100% cotton rag, and the texture is perfectly-subtle. We also must note that her envelopes come in a straight flap, which is unique from most other handmade envelopes. Owl Post will forever be one of our favorite vendors for beautiful colors, however stock is usually limited, so you have to be quick to purchase!

IDYLL PAPER

When we heard Tara Spencer would be creating her own line of handmade papers, we almost fell out of our chairs. We've followed Tara for quite some time and we've always been mesmerized by not only her designs, but her custom paper, and now it's available to the public! Each piece is so perfectly incredible with the delicate and wild deckled edges and a super soft and smooth texture. The best of all, her papers work well in almost any situation. Right now she carries mostly neutral colors, including off-white, sand, and black, and limited sizing options. Idyll Paper is handmade in Canada.

 

ON OUR RADAR

FARMETTE PRESS

Farmette Press has been taking the fine art stationery world by storm since she announced her launch this past summer and she's sparked quite the conversation about her beautiful papers and letterpress services. Their wide variety of naturally dyed and perfectly imperfect papers look sooo dreamy! We haven't yet had the chance to get our hands on her papers, but we're looking for any good reason to!

SHARE STUDIOS

We've been following Share Studios for quite some time, and we must say, her Instagram Stories are mesmerizing as she shows certain parts of the paper-making process, along with cute snaps of her two puppies! Stephanie creates many different kinds of papers with different fibers and dyes, and she even incorporates different elements such as gold leaf and feathers to make her paper even more beautiful and unique! We can't wait for the chance to order some of her gorgeous papers!


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We hope this helps any of you in search of the perfect handmade paper for your project. If you'd like to know more about handmade paper, or any other wedding stationery related topic, feel free to reach out!

Xo,
C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!

WEDDING WEBSITES

While we're paper lovers ourselves, we've experienced first hand how difficult it is to include every little detail your guests should know within your invitation suite, while still maintaining an elegantly simple balance. We've found that the cure for this dilemma is to create an equally as elegant wedding website via Squarespace to include those not-so-adorable, but ever-so-important details, and avoid any day of calls and texts from your guests and insure pure bridal bliss on your big day. See below for a list of items to be sure to include!

Your Story

Your guests will LOVE getting to know you two as a couple prior to your big day! Give them the nitty-gritty details of how you met, your first date, and how he asked and your guests will arrive feeling even more emotionally connected than before!

Your Ceremony & Reception Venue Details

Addresses can be unnecessary and inconvenient to a bride & groom who likes the light and airy feel for their wedding invitations. Point them to your website for these unattractive details!

Accommodations

Include hotel information, as well as a link to make reservations for your guests convenience!

Attire

Make some clothing suggestions to your guests so that they don't have to wonder what the appropriate attire is for your shindig. It's also a good idea to point out if the ceremony will be on grass, and suggest ladies don't wear stilettos!

Registry

Something you should never include enclosed in your invitation is your registry information. Wedding etiquette says to only give out registry information on a bridal shower invitation, wedding website, or when asked directly from your guests. With the registry industry going more online nowadays, this is an easy way for your guests to shop and to avoid the awkward gift conversation.

Song Requests

This is a fun way to get your guests involved in the wedding planning process, as well as take some pressure off of picking the perfect playlist for the dance floor!

Explore Page

Invite your guests to explore your city by hand picking your favorite spots to grab coffee, drinks, or a bite to eat. Even include a little map, pointing out each of these spots in relation to your host hotel, venue, and local airport.

 

Overall, there are endless options on what you could include on your wedding website and we'd love to help you create this one of a kind paper & web experience for your guests prior to their arrival to your wedding.

Xo,
C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!

SOFIA SUITE

This timeless suite stole our hearts with its letterpress impressions and delicate use of typography. Sometimes we like to take the simple route and let the paper shine through, and our Sofia suite did just that! Foggy grey envelopes paired with soft ivory and deckled paper gives our sweet Sofia a touch of vintage elegance.

Stay tuned for more images of this suite (taken by Ivory + Bliss) to be featured in Smitten Magazine for their Issue 17, Intrinsic Issue, coming out in August!

Xo,
C+A

photography and styling by Cassandra Monroe
letterpress by Iron Leaf Press

LAUREL SUITE

When dreaming up the Laurel Suite, we knew we wanted to use a transparent overlay somehow. The combination of minimal aesthetics with the delicate pencil floral illustrations made a dreamy wedding suite with plenty of character to go around. While the majority of the papers were neutral in color, including white, ivory, and grey, we introduced color into the suite with a soft blue save the date that incorporated the floral illustrations perfectly. Tied up with a delicate gold thread for just a touch of elegance, this suite will always have our hearts!

Xo,
C+A

photography by Cassandra Monroe

IVY SUITE

Hey friend!

Today we're featuring our Ivy suite, created as a handmade paper study that we have fallen in love with. We hope you'll adore it too!

This suite is printed on handmade ivory paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants, and paired with a beautiful mauve handmade paper envelope from Owl Post Calligraphy. We kept the design minimal and delicate to let the texture of the paper shine through. Adorned with a hand debossed line on each piece, the tactile elements of this suite create an impactful experience for each guest who receives it.

We look forward to using these handmade paper vendors and continuing with this aesthetic for future projects!

Xo,
C+A

photography by Cassandra Monroe

A CRASH COURSE ON WEDDING STATIONERY PRINTING PROCESSES

Hey there! If you're just joining us, we're doing a crash course on wedding stationery! Last week we covered the basics of creating your stationery timeline. This week we're talking about printing methods! 

One of the most difficult decisions to make when deciding on your wedding stationery is the printing method to use. There is a wide variety of options out there and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the technicalities! Ultimately the printing method you go with will depend on a few things such as your design style, budget, and your stationer. The selection of print methods available varies from stationer to stationer, but we're going to cover the majority of print methods that we personally have available to us, including: digital, letterpress, foil stamp, screen print, blind emboss/deboss, and thermography!

DIGITAL

We personally are lucky enough to have access to digital white, gold, silver, and CMYK (color) printing! This is the most economical option to obtain a classy look and works with almost any design.

  • Works great with photos, watercolor elements, and several color printing

  • Able to easily print front and back

  • Gold, silver, and white options give off a more custom look with only minimally higher printing costs

  • Quicker production time

LETTERPRESS

Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing that uses a printing press. A custom die is made with your design on it. It is then inked and the paper is pressed against it to transfer the ink and create a tactile effect with the slight indentation made from the die. 

  • Gives a beautiful added depth and texture that creates a luxurious effect

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

  • More costly than digital printing methods. It is best when you use one or two colors, as unique dies are required per color and will increase costs

  • Not able to print photographs or large solid areas

  • Because of the indentation on the back created by the die, we recommend only doing single-sided designs

If you're contemplating using letterpress printing for your invitations, we encourage you to  have your invitation piece letter-pressed with the rest of your suite in digital printing as a great way to save money & allow your invitation to stand out!

FOIL STAMP

Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil, most often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper surface. This printing process is trending right now as many couples are incorporating metallics into their wedding and it is a great way of enhancing the formality of an invitation.

  • Great way to bring a metallic "color" to your overall color scheme

  • Gives every piece a little extra "wow-factor"

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Requires a longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

SCREEN PRINT

Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to create a unique effect. One color is printed at a time and several screens can be used to create a multi-colored design. However, each color used in your designs requires the creation of a unique screen, therefore it can add to the overall cost of the piece. Because the inks are opaque, screen printing can be an excellent choice for creating vibrant colors with light inks on darker papers.

  • Unlike digital printing, ink sits right on the surface of the paper creating a textured, vibrant look!

  • Fine details or delicate text can be lost or broken up. Likewise, large blocks of text can be difficult to print consistently

  • Unable to print on textured or thin papers

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

BLIND EMBOSS/DEBOSS

Embossing and debossing alters the surface of the paper to create a 3D effect in the form of raised (emboss) or recessed (deboss) areas. This process requires two heated dies, one with your raised design and another with the same design indented. These two dies sandwich the paper to create the impression without ink.

  • Since this process does not use ink you're able to create a clean, modern look with a unique textured effect

  • Using fine details or large blocks of text is not recommended

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

THERMOGRAPHY

Thermography is a print process that relies on heat to create raised ink that results in an elegant, tactile effect. This process applies a resin powder to the paper to adhere to the ink. After removing the excess powder the piece is heated and dried to create this unique raised effect.

  • You can use most colors as well as gold and silver

  • Cost-effective way to achieve a textured look without the added costs of plate-making

  • best to avoid large, solid areas of color as well as small or thin typography

  • Can be double-sided with only one side thermographed

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

Goodness, that's a lot of information! However, we believe it's important to understand your options to allow you to make the right decision for your design style and budgetary needs! If you'd like to see more examples of these options, pop over to our Pinterest board! Happy planning!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!