SNEAK PEAK

It's Fall and I always feel the need for some type of reinvention at this time of year...maybe for fall is the new spring. But I digress. Here's a sneak peak at some new custom invites coming to the website sporting updated styling.

Cheers!

Catherine

HOLIDAY GIVE AWAY!

FREE HOLIDAY CARD GIVE AWAY

You are probably sitting somewhere sweating. I mean seriously, it's September and the heat and humidity here is RIDICULOUS, plain ridiculous. And you probably are getting used to the idea of your kids being back in school and asking yourself why it's this hot in September. And then you go to certain stores and see Halloween and fall decorations and think "Are you kidding me?" while you sip your 1000th iced coffee of the summer. And some stores have Christmas and holiday decorations up and you call your friend and say things like "Can you believe this? How can anyone think about Rudolph and hot chocolate while I'm melting faster than a snowman in hell?"

Brace yourself. I'm going to tell you something that will make you want to throw stuff at me. My holiday cards are already in their envelopes and stamped. Seriously. And you know why? Because we all think we have soooo much time between now and the holidays and then magically it sneaks up on us and we're like "What happened to the last 3 months? And you scramble to find those pics on your iPhone you like or the email from the photographer with photos of your kids sporting toothless grins and hop online in the middle of the night only to fight with a website to get it all done so you can get them in the mail before New Year's Eve.

I'll bet some of you already got your photos taken, so are you waiting for the leaves to change to feel like it's appropriate to get those cards done? You don't have to wait to order your holiday cards (with me or anyone else for the matter.) Do it now and you won't have to think about it then. And because I love getting it done early for you I'm going to offer you free return address labels to match your custom design if you order before September 30th. How awesome am I? That's right...super awesome.

So email me today and let's get the snowball rolling on those cards.

Cheers!

Catherine

FONT FRIDAY: THE ABSOLUTE BEST SERIF FONTS FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS

Classic and legible...serif fonts are often the sidepiece to script or decorative fonts but most are pretty enough to carry your entire invitation suite on it's own. Use a super oversized Didot in all capitals for a chic fashionable look. Try mixing Garamond in all capitals, all lowercase, italic and bold on each line of your invitation for a casual but still sophisticated result. Copperplate looks amazing when all the lines are justified creating a super minimal modern effect. I could literally go on for days...

Best wedding fonts

ENGRAVERS  |  COPPERPLATE  |  DIDOT  |  GARAMOND  |  TRAJAN PRO

Cheers!

Catherine

FONT FRIDAY: THE ABSOLUTE BEST SCRIPT FONTS FOR YOUR WEDDING INVITATION

Welcome to the very first Font Friday! I live for typography and all things type so I've decided to share all of my favorite fonts and font combinations for your wedding or branding projects! This week I'm showing off my go to script typefaces for your wedding.

MEET THE CKV SIGNATURE WEDDING INVITATIONS

Years ago one of my sisters in law asked me to create wedding invitations for her wedding, she wasn't like the typical bride I usually work with....she really left the design up to me as long as it went with her color scheme. The possibilities were endless! I had been itching to do something other than the typical flat card; so I proposed we do a three paneled card where the reply card was the last panel with a perforation so it could be torn off and mailed back by the guests. She was in and the CKV Signature Wedding Invitation was born! I wasn't sure how it would be received by future clients but the brides and grooms continue to fall in love with this style years later. So let's get into why it's so awesome, because really that's what you want to know, right?

PERSONALIZATION

CKV clients are fun and unique individuals looking for invitations that fit their personalities and the CKV Signature Invitation is perfect for that very reason. We have done everything from gritty rock and roll themes to retro tropical to elegant and traditional and anything in between, including a Gothic Halloween themed wedding! This fun and bride and groom opted for a taller version of the CKV Signature Invitation in black and ivory with elegant typefaces and delicate borders. As I always say...the sky is the limit.

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Closures aren't essential but are a fun way to add more personalization to the CKV Signature Invitation as well; belly bands with the couple's names and the date or location are great but we can also customize it with your wedding logo or the location. Ribbons, either knotted or tied in a bow are also a beautiful option and for something rustic we LOVE hemp twine.

LOTS OF REAL ESTATE

If you analyze a typical invitation suite it includes an invitation, reply card and maybe an accommodations or details card, the later both being fairly small cards. But the CKV Signature Invitation has so much more room it's scary! So it's great for a destination wedding or a wedding that will have lots of other events or info you need to relay to guests.

Since the reply card is a full panel of the invitation it's got plenty of room for responding to all of your events or indicating entree choices, requesting specific songs or listing where they plan to stay while in town (helpful if you are including gift bags in guest's hotel rooms.) There's plenty of space to provide directions, accommodation options, dress code and really anything your heart desires.

COST EFFECTIVE

The CKV Signature Invitation can be very cost effective both as it tends to be lighter than most invitation suites since it uses less paper so postage is almost always the same a standard stamp. And postage is a cost most couples don't anticipate but it creeps up on you. And the invitation typically requires fewer passes through the presses which can also drive down the cost, who doesn't love reading that phrase?

So if you are looking for something a little different than the norm but still organized and fun the CKV Signature Invitation might be just the thing you need!

Cheers!

Catherine

BOY'S FIRST COMMUNION VELLUM INVITATION

I always ask my client if there is anything they want to see in their invitations, materials, fonts, etc. but I always ask what they don't want too...because sometimes that can tell me even more. This mom said she wanted the invitation to feel special, she described what her son's baptism invites looked liked and she loved them. So I thought it would be a special touch to design the invitation with the same materials and elegance she so loved...and boom! She did!

Boy's first communion invitaiton with vellum, ribbon and cross

Cheers!

Catherine

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SAVE THE DATES!

Everythin you need to know about Save the Dates

So you're engaged! Congratulations! And you've picked your wedding's date and location and now you're thinking...do I need to send a Save the Date? The answer isn't always yes and spending money on something you don't need is probably not the best idea for your wedding budget so let's explore why you might need a Save the Date.

YOUR HAVING A DESTINATION WEDDING!

Now that sounds like a ton of fun. So if you are boarding a plan or expect a large number of your guests will need to travel and book accommodations you should definitely send a Save the Date. Make sure to include information regarding where to stay and how long people should plan on being there...meaning if you are having a welcome dinner or party, a sending off brunch make sure you indicate that this will be a weekend of events! This will allow all of your friends and family to make plans that suit them. And really the best thing you can do is get a website and put all of that pertinent information there so your guests can refer to it when booking.

IT'S A HOLIDAY OR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Even if it's not Christmas or New Year's Eve you'd be surprised at how many plans people have regularly planned for Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th and Labor Day, giving your guests an early heads up will allow for decisions to be made about those traditional plans!

SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO INCLUDE?

It's a great spot to include your engagement photos if you've taken them, if not you don't need to forgo a photo...the Save the Date below was designed for a destination wedding in Ireland and my friend and favorite photographer had taken this one on a trip to Ireland and it was the perfect color palette and not a literal interpretation of an Irish wedding so we used that as the focal point.

Beyond the design you should include your names, the date and the city and state of your wedding, you don't need the actual location. And of course you want your guests to know they will receive an actual invitation in the future so include a line like "invitation to follow." If you've set a website put on there too! 

Sending Save the Dates at the right time is also important, you can send them up to 6 months in advance and earlier but anything after that will come so close to your wedding invitation that it may be an unnecessary expense.  

 

So if you need it, send it and make sure you have a little fun here, give people an idea of what to expect. Is your wedding going to be the party of the year? Then make it fun. Are you planning a romantic and elegant wedding? Then you should nod to that feeling with your Save the Date too. Consider something different than a card in an envelope...postcards can be cool and cost effective, a letter is also a beautiful way to fill everyone in, magnets are always popular choices too.   

Happy sending! 

Catherine  

A MESSAGE TO YOU IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY

A message to our clients in honor of Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day last Friday I wanted to take a minute to let you know that not only do we care about the quality of our work but also how our work impacts the planet. As much I love my job, I want to minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible so I'd like to share some of the ways we do that.

First and foremost our standard choice of paper for wedding invitations is cotton and we use that wherever applicable. Cotton paper doesn't actually come from the cotton plant but rather the leftovers from the textile industry which are discarded. These fibers would be otherwise discarded but instead the paper industry turns them into the luxurious and rich paper used for the most important of invitations. In that same vein we also utilize soy inks as opposed to their more harmful counterpart, petroleum based inks.

For announcements, invitations and note cards we use bamboo paper, not only is it a renewable resource and doesn't require a lot of water and grows with no pesticides or fertilizer it also produces more oxygen than other trees and grows very rapidly.

Besides our choice of materials we also reuse whenever and wherever possible. We reuse all packaging that our deliveries arrive in...sometimes your order may arrive in a gently used shipping box, that means that perhaps an order of envelopes was shipped to us in that box. The same holds true for the padding materials and air pillows that cushion your order. We in fact have not purchased extra padding for packaging in some years now. And these measures also help reduce your cost as the consumer. So we win, you win and hopefully we are helping future generations in a small way.

Cheers!

Catherine

ICE SKATING PARTY INVITATION WITH GLITTER ACCENTS

When I got the brief on this party I couldn't wait to create a pastel watercolor ice skate and adorn it with glitter!! The color palette reminds me of something from my child hood I can't quite put my finger on but regardless it's giving me all the right feels. 

Ice Skating party invitation with glitter and custom illustration

Cheers!

Catherine

COMING SOON TO THE WEBSITE! FLORAL EQUESTRIAN WEDDING INVITAITONS

The mix of fonts, horses, roses, colors and textures makes this suite so unique. Wood grain envelopes and horses fulfill the Bride's request for rustic, roses in many forms are a nod to the romantic and elegant style we were after and the there is also a small nod to the seaside location with shells and seahorses in the custom made logo.

Rustic Elegant floral equestrian wedding invitation suite with roses and wood grain envelopes by Catherine Kiff-Vozza, Couture Stationer
Rustic Elegant floral equestrian wedding invitation suite with roses and wood grain envelopes by Catherine Kiff-Vozza, Couture Stationer
Rustic Elegant floral equestrian wedding invitation suite with roses and wood grain envelopes by Catherine Kiff-Vozza, Couture Stationer

Coming soon to the website with a few new suites!

Cheers!

Catherine

VACATION NOTICE!

We all need a little time to regroup and relax so we will be closed Friday March 25 thru April 3! All emails will be answered upon our return and should you have any emergencies while we we are out of the studio we will be checking our email periodically. (You're thinking what kind of emergencies does a stationery designer have...you'd be surprised at how many "oops I forgot to order wedding invitations and I'm getting married in 6 weeks" emails we get!)