Submissions

Oh So Beautiful Paper accepts submissions from independent artists, graphic designers, calligraphers, stationers and invitation studios, photographers, and brides. I also welcome DIY submissions! Please read the full submission guidelines below before submitting your product or invitations for editorial consideration. Any submission that incorrectly spells the word stationery will be automatically rejected. All submissions must be sent to our submissions email address – submissions sent to any other email address will be deleted.

IMPORTANT: Due to the high volume of submissions, we are currently unable to respond with regrets for general submissions (greeting cards, shop updates, etc.). For custom design or exclusive submissions, we will notify you of our decision at our earliest opportunity. Due to the high volume of email and submissions, we ask that you please do not send follow-up emails regarding the status of your submission. If necessary, we will contact you for additional information regarding your submission. Please limit custom project submissions to one (1) project per email and a total of three (3) submissions at any one time.

Oh So Beautiful Paper warmly welcomes submissions in the following areas:

  • Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates
  • Party Invitations (birthdays, showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.)
  • Baby Announcements
  • Moving Announcements
  • Business Cards
  • General Stationery, Artwork, and Greeting Cards
  • Holiday Cards + Calendars (please see below for our holiday editorial calendar)

Oh So Beautiful Paper respectfully does not accept the following for editorial consideration:

  • Press Releases
  • PDFs or digital mock ups
  • Kickstarter campaigns

Exclusivity Requirements: Oh So Beautiful Paper is dedicated to showcasing fresh and original content, particularly features on custom design projects and real wedding invitations. Editorial priority will be given to products or designs submitted exclusively to Oh So Beautiful Paper. Please indicate in your email if your submission is currently awaiting decision from another blog or media outlet. Oh So Beautiful Paper reserves the right to reject submissions that have already been submitted or featured elsewhere. If your submission is accepted for publication, please allow a minimum of one week after publication before submitting your design for publication on another blog. Exclusivity requirements do not apply to seasonal stationery products such as holiday cards and calendars.

If you think your product or service would suit the Oh So Beautiful Paper audience, please email me with the information and images requested below.

General Submission Guidelines

  • A minimum of 5-8 attached images. Please do not send links to Google drive, dropbox folders, or online shops or galleries.
  • All images should be 640 pixels wide and 150 dpi, less than 1MB per image.
  • Please include a link to your website/shop, as well as a short description of your company.

Custom Design Submissions (Wedding/Party Invitations, Save the Dates, Baby Announcements, etc.)

  • Please submit ONE custom design project per email. We regret that we are unable to “preview” submissions to Oh So Beautiful Paper. Any incomplete submissions may be bounced for any missing information or rejected completely.
  • 8-10 attached images of a specific project, including at least one photo of the entire invitation suite or project assembled together and detail shots of unique design elements. Please do not send links to Google drive, dropbox folders, or online galleries.
  • All images should 640 pixels wide, 150 dpi. Strong preference for vertical images for custom design submissions. We recommend cropping images to a 4:5 ratio for horizontal images and 3:4 ratio for vertical images.
  • Submissions should include the following images: 1) at least one image of the full invitation suite or announcement with all enclosures, envelopes, etc.; 2) detail (close up) photos of any enclosures, including RSVP cards, reception cards, maps, etc.; 3) detail (close up) photos of any envelopes (including postage stamps), envelope liners, especially if calligraphy or special seals are used in the suite; 4) detail photos showcasing any special printing or production techniques, including edge painting, foil stamping, etc.
  • Photos should be taken from a straight-on perspective, with photos taken from an angle only to showcase edge painting details, letterpress printing impressions, foil stamping details, or other special embellishments.
  • Submissions must include the name and website of any design or print studios, calligraphers, illustrators, etc. that you worked with during the production process, if applicable.
  • A description (minimum of 250 words) of the inspiration behind the design and any relevant information about the production process.
  • Important: Photos must be of good quality and should be taken using natural or professional light to allow for the best possible photographs. Any blurry, out of focus, or grainy photos will be rejected. We strongly recommend styling your photos to showcase the design in the best possible way. Oh So Beautiful Paper reserves the right to request photo re-shoots if necessary prior to any editorial features. We do not accept watermarked images.
  • If submitting photos taken by a professional photographer, please confirm in your e-mail that you have approval from the photographer (as the copyright holder for the images) to submit the photographs for blog publication.

Designer Rolodex Submissions

The Designer Rolodex is a curated, invitation-only directory of wedding invitation designers.  You can find more information and an application link right here.

Holiday Editorial Calendar

Oh So Beautiful Paper currently does seasonal features on the following products: calendars and planners, holiday and new year cards, valentine’s day cards, easter cards, mother’s day cards, father’s day cards, and halloween cards. Designers are welcome to submit their products for consideration in these round-ups. Normal image guidelines apply; please submit one photo of each holiday card.

Please submit cards 1-2 months prior to the actual holiday (e.g. Valentine’s Day cards should be submitted no later than early January). I accept Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year’s card submissions beginning in mid-October. I accept calendar submissions for the following year beginning in August.

Please note, you MUST have an online shop where my readers can purchase your cards. If you are a wholesale-only company, please provide a link to an online retailer where your products may be purchased.

For our full editorial policy, please visit my policies page. If you are interested in advertising on Oh So Beautiful Paper, please click here to request a copy of our ad rates.

Note: Oh So Beautiful Paper reserves the right to edit any photos submitted for editorial consideration, including but not limited to: cropping, re-sizing, brightening, and hue/saturation adjustments. Oh So Beautiful Paper also reserves the right to edit descriptive text submitted for editorial consideration, including but not limited to spelling and grammar corrections.

Thank you!

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Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Um, how gorgeous are these pink floral watercolor wedding invitations from Kim of Bright Room Studio?? I just returned to DC from a week in the Catskills in Upstate New York, and while the cherry blossoms are mostly a thing of the past (sigh…), we came home to FULL FORCE SPRING and flowers galore. So what better way to start the week than with these pretty pink floral invitations?!

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Kim: I loved working with Taylor and Bobby and getting to go full on girly with their invitation suite. Their Carmel Valley wedding was going to be dripping with flowers and they wanted their invitations the same way. So we went for it with hand-painted watercolor flowers in shades of pink and peach with sweet leafy details. The florals paired perfectly with the hand-painted script names and the variation in the watercolor gave it so much life and personality.

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The map was a fun accent with the painted watercolor background. It gave the suite a little bit of contrast while still being feminine and perfect for their early summer wedding.

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

One of my favorite details was the envelope. I hand painted each envelope with a swash of pink and then addressed it on top with white hand lettering. They were so unique and gave the whole suite a little bit of edge. We then carried the swash of pink watercolor in to their day-of with fun place cards and other watercolor details. I had so much fun painting all the elements for their big day and love how this pretty-in-pink-flowers invitation came together.

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pink Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Kim!

Design: Bright Room Studio

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bright Room Studio

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Spring is most definitely in the air here in DC. We’ve had several warm days, and I’m starting to see spring blossoms out in my neighborhood! I’m always a fan of botanical design motifs, but even more so for spring and summer weddings. Becca from Suite Paperie sent over these beautiful spring botanical letterpress wedding invitations that she created for a late spring wedding at the New York Botanical Garden. Such a dreamy venue for a May wedding!

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Becca: For this fun couple, we went with a design that felt like a breath of fresh, late spring / early summer air. Letterpress printed with thin lines in a delicate gray, this design paired clean and simple fonts with natural touches. We carried the playful font into a monogram that is centered inside a hand-drawn wreath, and sprigs of that same wreath are present throughout the invitation suite.

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The letterpress printed invitation is complemented by matching inserts digitally printed on soft white stock. As for the blue floral touches? The dinner party card is framed by a pretty collage, which was dreamed up and sketched in our studio in the same style as the monogram wreath, and the RSVP card features small floral touches in the same blue as the liner. The airy feel of the invitation suite shined through in finishing touches, like a tied raffia belly band. Cornflower blue edge painting on the double-thick invitation added an irresistible touch.

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Spring Botanical Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Becca!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save The Dates

Well, these save the dates are quite romantic! Created for her own upcoming wedding by Erin of Grace + Ardor Co., these illustrated European-inspired watercolor save the dates feature a gorgeous custom watercolor illustration of the reception venue, hand-torn deckle edges, and a gorgeous wax seal. And I love that Erin chose to go with a large scale format for her save the dates – all the better to show off that beautiful illustration!

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Erin: My fiancé, John, and I are getting married this September, and planning and designing a wedding has been something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was a little girl. I spent the first few months of our engagement really researching and refining my aesthetic. Once I had that in place, I decided to collaborate with a fellow designer (and one of my bridesmaids), Tracey, to create my Save the Dates.

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Our wedding is going to be very soft, romantic, and European-inspired. Blush pinks and neutrals, lots of foliage, some deep merlot tones, and mixed metals are in the palette. The ceremony will be held at Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania: a gorgeous Early Gothic style structure set amongst beautiful gardens. Located next to that is the stunning Cairnwood Estate, in which our reception will take place.

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I also collaborated with an illustrator, Cheryl Geiger Sheeler, for the beautiful watercolor painting of Cairnwood Estate. This was scanned in to the computer and printed on Epson Watercolor Paper. We tore the edges of the paper by hand to give it a deckled edge, and the illustration bled off the edge to add to the natural, handmade feel.

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For impact, the scale was larger than a traditional Save the Date at 8.75 x 15 inches, folding down into a Crane Lettra A9 envelope. The fold was secured with an antique gold olive branch wax seal. I wanted to save the beautiful impression that calligraphy gives for our main wedding stationery, so I decided to create address labels that wrapped around the side of the envelope as an elegant alternative. Everything came together so wonderfully, and I especially love the handcrafted details. I cannot wait until our big day in September to celebrate our love for each other!

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated European-Inspired Watercolor Save the Dates by Grace + Ardor / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Erin!

Design: Grace + Ardor Co.

Watercolor Illustration: Cheryl Geiger Sheeler

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Erin Doyle, Grace + Ardor Co.

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations

Ooooh, I am LOVING the dove gray and oxblood color combination in these romantic botanical winter wedding invitations from Britt of Swell Press Paper Co.! Gray and white is absolutely classic for late fall and winter wedding invitations, but the addition of moody oxblood is just so perfect. Britt incorporated floral illustrations inspired by vintage botany books throughout the invitation suite (complete with the Latin plant names!), along with oxblood edge painting and kraft paper envelopes with a wax seal – not to mention beautiful envelope calligraphy by Olive Branch & Co. So pretty!

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Britt: When Laura and John came to me to design and print their wedding invitation suite, they knew they wanted something traditional and romantic, with a subtle hint of winter for their late November wedding in Baltimore. Laura’s Pinterest board was filled with pages from vintage botany books, so I took it from there, incorporating vintage floral and botanical elements throughout the suite.

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The back of the RSVP card is a throwback to the old botany indexes, with the Latin names for the plants listed under the figure key. Another floral element was printed on the back of the invitation to tie it all together.

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation suite was printed on 220lb Crane’s Pearl White Lettra with medium grey ink, with oxblood edge painting and custom-sourced oxblood linen paper for the details card to give a pop of autumnal color.

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We then tied everything together in a natural kraft inner envelope, topped off with a custom wax seal made from one of the floral elements.

Romantic Botanical Winter Wedding Invitations by Swell Press Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Britt!

Invitation Design and Printing: Swell Press Paper Co.

Envelope Calligraphy: Olive Branch & Co.

Photo Styling: Erin McDonald

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credit: Gregory Ross