Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas

Any recently engaged couples out there?? Choosing a save the date is probably one of the first decisions you’ll make for your wedding! Save the dates can reveal a lot about your wedding, so it’s important to choose wisely. Will your wedding be casual or formal? Is it in the mountains or by the beach? Your save the dates should reflect the type of wedding you plan to have. And since there aren’t as many rules for save the dates as for the formal invitation, you have more freedom to play around with the design. So have fun and don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Here are a few modern and creative save the date ideas to get you started! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love the bright splash of color in these modern watercolor save the dates! | Photography: Philip Ficks, Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The photo booth strip and handwritten text add a personal touch. | Stationery: Bird and Banner via Brides

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Obsessed with these embroidered vintage postcards! | Embroidery: Sarah West Ervin via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Feel free to play around with unique wording! This infographic save the date makes me wish I was invited. | Stationery: Natalie Grosner via Natalie Grosner

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Feeling inspired by the geographic location of your wedding? Go with a map save the date! I’d hang this map save the date on my wall! | Photography: Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How fun is this pinwheel design?! | Photography: Christa-Taylor, Stationery: Tie That Binds via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

You can never go wrong with gold foil and bold type. | Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography, Stationery: Allison Rhodes Designs via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The combination of wood and gold calligraphy is stunning. | Photography: KT Merry Photography, Stationery: Anticipate Invitations, Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Has anyone ever said no to chocolate? | via Un Beau Jour

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Give your guests a sneak peek at the wedding destination with postcards. You can even order a custom rubber stamp with your details to add all your information on the back. (And you’ll save money on stamps.) | Photography: Patricia Heal via Brides

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

All you need is a Polaroid camera to make these cute DIY save the dates! | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The sheet of vellum adds an elegant touch to an already gorgeous save the date. | Photography: Jose Villa, Stationery: Amber Moon Designs, Calligraphy: Anne Robin via Martha Stewart Weddings

You can find more wedding invitation and save the date inspiration in our real invitations gallery right here!

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Black and white is a classic combination any time of year – but the high contrast feels especially dramatic in the winter, don’t you think? Victoria of Design House of Moira sent over these black and white calligraphy and watercolor wedding invitations, with flourished calligraphy text in stunning platinum foil on vellum, monochromatic watercolor floral details in the envelope liners, and a super dramatic 2 inch black wax seal. Just gorgeous for a black tie winter wedding!

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

From Victoria: Winter weddings are often a palette cleanser after the spring and summer filled with pale blushes and French blues. I loved working with Rebecca on her winter wedding, which was held at the New York City Public Library. With hopes for snow on her wedding day, along with the neutral backdrop of the library, she chose a monochromatic palette of black and white with an accent of platinum foil for her wedding day. A true black tie wedding, her bridesmaids were in black gowns and the groomsmen in custom tuxedos.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

With each bride we work with, the paper selection is such an important step in our creative process. For Rebecca, we suggested using a heavy weight vellum for her main invitation to reflect the semi-transparency of the snow she loves so much and her engagement ring of onyx and diamonds. Her entire suite was hand calligraphed and printed in platinum and black foil with some serious flourishing and formality throughout. All the calligraphy was designed diagonally across each piece.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The bride really loved all the artwork we create here at Design House of Moira, but was concerned that she would have to forgo watercolor details for her suite due to her limited color range. We suggested a monochromatic watercolor piece created entirely in black for her and we lined her mailing envelopes with the pattern. Her reply envelopes were lined with a heavy foil pattern created from the positive and negative space of her floral artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The final suite included her invitation printed on vellum, the reply card printed in black foil on cotton paper, and her small reception card, printed in platinum foil on vellum and tucked into a tiny envelope for an added detail. The smaller pieces of the suite were bound in a remarkably smooth paper in the blackest of blacks, tied with metallic thread, and sealed with a custom 2″ black wax seal.

Her envelopes were all lined in her pattern, the back bore her return address in calligraphy and a wax seal sealed the envelope. Each envelope was hand addressed with matching calligraphy in black ink. The suite was finished off with two custom postage stamps designed with her artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Thanks Victoria!

Design & Calligraphy: Design House of Moira
Foil Printing: Viking Printing 

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

Photo Credits: Design House of Moira

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations

With these beautiful deep blue tones, these stunning Mediterranean-inspired watercolor wedding invitations could be for an al fresco dinner party in Tuscany or an exotic getaway to the Greek Isles! Instead, we’re bringing the Mediterranean a bit closer to home, for a wedding in Houston, Texas! Sarah McKeon of Bluebonnet Press designed these stunning invitations with blue letterpress printed text on white handmade paper. The watercolor tile-inspired envelope liners are the perfect bold touch!

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

From Sarah: This was one of my favorite custom designs! I love that inspiration can come from anywhere and I’m only limited by my imagination. The inspiration for this invitation suite was the beautiful venue, The Gallery in Houston, which has lots of Mediterranean style architecture and Spanish vibes with all the gorgeous terra cotta tiles. I knew I wanted to use blue because there was going to be blue glassware used in the table settings. I painted a watercolor piece mimicking patterns used in old Spanish tiles, which I then digitized and turned into custom liners for the suite.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

I kept the design of the invitations simple with some beautiful typography to not have it compete with the busy liners. To add texture and give the suite that old world feel we were going for, I letterpress printed them on gorgeous handmade paper. The natural feathery edges of handmade paper get my heart every single time! The finishing touches were the blue vintage stamps that pulled everything together.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

To continue the theme, the place cards were brush lettered, with the same blue watercolor used in the liners. To save on cost we ended up digitally printing the menus, but gave them a rough deckled edge along with the place cards to echo that detail used in the invitations suite.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

As a stationer, when designing wedding invitations I am often one of the first pieces of the puzzle and get to brainstorm and create with brides as everything starts to fall in place. However, sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall at the weddings to see how everything came together. Which is why I absolutely love getting photos, it’s such an honor to work with other creative vendors and see how each of our talents play off each other to create a fabulous event!

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Thanks Sarah!

Design: Bluebonnet Press
Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants
Vintage stamps: Verde Studio

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

Photo Credits: Nicole Young

Printable Valentine’s Day Candy Wrappers

Anyone else in need of some quick and easy last minute Valentine’s Day treats? Well, we’ve got you covered with these printable Valentine’s Day candy wrappers created just for us by Kristen of Thimblepress! The wrappers are the perfect size for covering a Hershey’s chocolate bar, but the designs are so flexible that you could wrap them around pretty much any type of treat – or cut them down to use as a cute little card! All you have to do is download, print, cut, and wrap! Use them for your co-workers, as teacher gifts, or even as classroom Valentines!

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kristen of Thimblepress created a total of SIX different designs for us to use! Isn’t she just the sweetest? Thank you Kristen! I absolutely love the illustrated floral XOXO, the designs that look like text made from beautiful ribbons, the conversation hearts, and the sweet smiley face and rainbow! And I love you more than chocolate?? Ooooh, those are some BIG shoes to fill!

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

If you’d like to use these printable Valentine’s Day candy wrappers to help make someone’s day, just download the files through the link at the bottom of the post, print them out on white paper (can be text weight or cover weight!), cut, wrap, and tape in place. And only a couple of the designs are really Valentine’s Day specific, so you could even use these to help spread the love throughout the year! Oh, and Kristen even made a little space to write both your name and the recipient’s name on the back. So cute!

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Valentine's Day Candy Wrappers by Thimblepress for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Download the printable Valentine’s Day Candy Wrappers right here!

p.s. DIY watercolor and gold leaf gift tags and printable Valentine’s Day envelope liners!

All artwork © 2018 Kristen Ley of Thimblepress created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the patterns you agree to the terms of use.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

We’re going to the land down under in our next installment of Behind the Stationery featuring Ellen of Blushing Confetti! Located in Brisbane, Australia, Ellen’s stationery business – full of confetti and foil – started when she was a graphic designer in the publishing industry. Taking us through her team’s daily routine and her design process, here’s Ellen! —Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

From Ellen: Before I entered into the crazy world of stationery, I was a graphic designer working away in the print industry. After studying four years at University across design and advertising, I moved to big old London town and was super lucky to land my dream job at IPC Media (now Time, Inc). For anyone that watched The Devil Wears Prada, it was like a scene out of that – only not as mean. I worked with magazine brands like Marie Claire, InStyle, and Look while simultaneously working for clients like IKEA, Westfield, and Puma. It was probably the coolest job I ever had, aside from running my own business of course. When I came back home I kept on with the publishing work until I found my love for wedding stationery. That’s where it all began! Fast forward through a hell of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and a ready-made line of stationery (and no more bespoke wedding stationery), I slowly reduced my days at the agency until another business and business partner came along. Believe it or not, my jump was made by introducing another business into the mix!

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

Blushing Confetti is a tongue-in-cheek brand that is serious about providing stunning stationery and aspires to deliver the unexpected to our customers. We offer a whole range of cheeky stationery and are increasingly expanding into gifts. Our agendas have been super popular and we can’t wait to reveal next year’s choices (eeeep!). Most of our stationery goods have a foiled element to it because, if you can’t tell, we are into pretty and shiny things! I have always had a passion for beautiful printing techniques and the business started off with a strong focus in foil. I don’t see that going anywhere anytime soon!

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

Our HQ is located in the sunshine state of Australia: Queensland. Tucked away in modest Brisbane, we work away in our warehouse and office right by the river. We really do have it pretty good! You will always find confetti in every nook and cranny and lots of random cat and pug references. We’re all about the animals in our office, and if you don’t already follow us on Instagram stories you’re missing out on all the cute dog and cat pics.

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

A typical day in Blushing HQ always starts with coffee (always!) and music is automatically popped on! #TBT is a popular playlist choice. We generally catch up in the morning and talk through everyone’s priorities and see if anyone needs any help in a certain area. Then we are on our way with our individual tasks, whether that is packing orders, illustrating patterns, designing an e-newsletter…the list goes on! Lots of laughs and food are generally had throughout the day and we don’t take ourselves too seriously unless it’s deadline time!

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

I spend the bulk of my time these days working on product development. Whether that is hand lettering funny words for cards or figuring out what paper stocks we will use, it sure does keep me busy! I think I am pretty lucky in the way of not having many daily business struggles, however come deadline time for a product run or a trade show things can get tough, especially internationally. Lots of planning goes into our yearly activity of traveling across the world to New York, whilst we totally love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. When something goes wrong, it feels a thousand times worse when you are in a place you don’t know. Luckily I get to call on some great local industry friends if I ever am in a bind!

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

Our design process is a little different depending on the product type, but we seem to have it downbeat (albeit somewhat chaotic at times). Our cards are usually thought up anytime throughout the year and have usually come from experiences we have had with a partner, friend or ex-boyfriend. Our experiences come into these card themes and we just start lettering until we have the perfect combination of words. The team normally all have a say in what the end result is.

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

When it comes to designing an agenda for instance, we decide what formats we want to do based on what people previously have ordered from us (big, small, medium sized, spiral, etc). Then we work with both local artists and our internal design team to design some creative based on the theme we have all decided on for that season. After design time and many, many rounds of proofing, our agendas are off to be turned into samples. From there we decide if we want to change anything or sometimes we even scrap that design if we think it turned out differently than we hoped. Once all those decisions have been made we are on our way to final production and everyone’s goodies are shipped across the world (that’s the best part!).

Behind the Stationery: Blushing Confetti

And, finally, a special video from Blushing Confetti: A day in the life of… from Lemon Tree Film House.

All photos courtesy of Blushing Confetti.

Want to be featured in the Behind the Stationery column? Reach out to Megan at megan [at] ohsobeautifulpaper [dot] com for more details.