February 25, 2020

Making a Monogram

photo by Theo Milo Photogprahy

You are either a monogram person or you’re not, right? But, we think that those that aren’t may have the wrong idea about monograms.  That they are too formal, or old fashioned, or frankly not very interesting.  Well, we are big fans of monograms and coming up with custom ones to match our clients personality or style and know there are so many fun ways to use them throughout your printing pieces. A monogram can be two letters entwined somehow, one letter with an added design element, or more of a crest style.

photo by Theo Milo

We have clients who have used monograms on save the dates, invitations (like this custom belly band monogram for an oversized invitation), dinner menus, coasters, etc.

photo by Theo Milo

Using a custom monogram can go a long way in little places. A cocktail napkin at the bars or with passed cocktails, or matchbooks that are placed on the bars or restrooms are some of our favorite places that make a big impact. And, these are great items for couples to have in their new homes after the wedding!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A wedding we did with Tara Guerard had a strong focus on a custom monogram we designed. It was used on linens at the reception, napkins, wooden food picks adding a design moment to the late night snacks, and even on a flag adorning the exterior of the reception venue.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding welcome gift branding is another perfect place for a monogram.

photo by Theo Milo

We have also received many requests to create monograms for newly married couples, namely for personal stationary used for writing thank you notes after the wedding.

February 18, 2020

Black and White Beauties

photo by Aaron and Jillian

Don’t get us wrong, we love designing with color as much as the next person, but it’s hard to forget how lovely the impact of black and white can be on its own. We have found ourselves with many recent clients requesting the palette so we pulled out the stops for this bold combination.

photo by Aaron and Jillian

The velvet backing to these winter wedding invitations featured an embossed monogram, while the RSVP card also featured an added embossing.

photo by Theo Milo

Black and white is often paired with gold or other metallics in our designs, and the versatility of it can’t be beaten… It works for modern events, and traditional ones at the same time.

photo by Sylvie Gil

A  hand lettered invitation (calligraphy by Penned by Palmer) was created for this Italian destination wedding.  The contrast really lends to the formality the bride was going for.

photo by Theo Milo

Still one of our favorite designs of all time, the whole inspiration started with the black and white feathers and drew from there. Even with a twist (like the copper ink and feathered backing), this design will stand the test of time.

February 11, 2020

Pattern Play

Designing papers with some kind of patterns offers us a nice break from the straight and traditional. Sometimes we have clients like find a wallpaper, or fabric, or even a painting that they want us to use as inspiration, while others are wide open to our offerings. A backing is a great place for someone who may be ready to branch out and still likes the idea of tradition… you know, kind of like business in the front, party in the back!!!!

For this wedding invitation suite, a spring time cherry blossom pattern was prominent on the invitation itself, but a one color complimentary version also worked well as the envelope liner.

photo by Aaron and Jillian and Theo Milo

Our bride brought us the yellow wallpaper on the right as her inspiration that would be used throughout the wedding design.  So to keep in line with the design vibe an element of the paper was used to pattern the back, and a reworked version was created as the envelope liner.

For a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, coastal tiles were the inspiration for the varying patterns backing the wedding weekend information packet. Placed together they gave a pretty display for guests.

photo by Liz Banfield 

We created a repeating botanical print that was used to bind the wedding programs and printed as paper tray liners for the cocktail hour.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this same wedding’s information packet, several patterns were created around a watercolor monogram crest we designed or taken from the botanical print, then decomposed to use on many different pieces, like the party pack and rehearsal dinner invites.

February 4, 2020

Save the Date Do’s and Dont’s

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today, we are chatting save the dates and the Do’s and Dont’s… Surprisingly we get lots of questions about the rules of save the dates.  So, we’re sharing some of our top tips today, and if you are just starting to think about save the dates, we can of course help and take care of all of this for you!

photo by Liz Banfield

First off, timing… We recommend that you send them out 6-8 months in advance of the wedding. If your wedding will be planned in a shorter period of time, as much advance notice as possible is the mark.  Also, DO remember that these are your guests first impression of your wedding feel, make them pretty- even if you are doing a simple version. And, DO make sure you include first and last names of all of the guests that you are inviting.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

If your wedding is a destination wedding, DO give accommodation information, and if you have a wedding website or are planning to DO make sure to include the URL. Which brings us to another DO- DO make sure to send a save the date to everyone you are planning to invite, but most especially your out of town guests who will need to plan on travel.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Now for some dont’s, DON’T think of Save the Dates as replacements for invitations, you still need to send out invites, and you can certainly mention that a formal invitation will be coming.  (This is a personal preference), but we still say DON’T send out electronic save the dates, we love getting these in the mail. DON’T worry about dress code information on the save the dates, the wedding website is a great place for that kind of information.  Feel free to leave any other questions you may have for us below…

January 28, 2020

Meet Annie

photo by Tim Willoughby 

Meet Annie Allodi, our new hire for Lettered Olive.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Annie on our team!  We always like to do a little profile on our new hires, so here is all about Annie!

“I’m from Cincinnati, OH and went to the  College of Charleston for undergrad studying international business and French. After graduation, I moved to Chicago and worked for a tech startup for 2 years before studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

After 5 years of subzero winters, I made the decision to move back to Charleston and my love affair with wedding stationery and design only grew from there! I’ve worked with various companies where I designed packaging, logos, custom stationery and nearly any type of wedding day collateral. I eventually had the wonderful opportunity to design all the paper for my own wedding last November!

I’m happiest and most fulfilled when I’m working with my hands, designing, cooking and have an addition to chocolate like no other.

I’ve always admired Tara and her team for their incredible work and I’m so honored to join their crew!”