Ten Awesome Engagement Cards

Anyone have a friend or family member that recently became engaged? If so, this round up is for you! Before your friend kicks into high gear on planning the wedding, sit down with a pen and one of these ten awesome engagement cards, and write a note telling your friend just how happy you are for her (or him!). The cards below are all on the sweet and sentimental side – so you really can’t go wrong with any of the cards below! – and I’m thinking we’ll do a round up of funny and snarky engagement cards for our next round up!

Ten Awesome Engagement Cards

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1. Any Bachelor/Bachelorette fans out there?? Celebrate a recent engagement with this red rose card with gold foil text by illustrator Danielle Kroll for Red Cap Cards

2. The cutest illustrated engagement card with a pop of holographic foil for the engagement ring from Idlewild Co. !

3. A modern, colorblocked watercolor engagement card with playful gold foil dots from Antiquaria

4. Vibrant pink watercolor and a dash of gold foil for this sweet lobster engagement card by E. Frances Paper

5. Mint green and gold are a perfect combination! Loving the painterly design with gold foil text from Ramona & Ruth 

6. So stoked! Truer words have never been spoken in this multi-purpose congratulations card from Australian duo Fox & Fallow 

7. How cute is this pear shaped pop-up honeycomb engagement card from Inklings Paperie??

8. The perfect engagement congratulations card to send to the happy lovebirds from Our Heiday 

9. The sweetest message in beautiful calligraphy text from new stationer Little Well Paper Co. 

10.  I absolutely love the collage vibe of this modern abstract engagement card by Moglea

 

p.s. Ten more engagement congratulations cards and wedding congratulations cards

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

Inspiring Calligraphers: Bien Fait Calligraphy

Hey everyone! If you’re someone who pores over the little details, (like I do), I think you’re in for a real treat today. When I was choosing images for this post, spotlighting calligrapher Joi Hunt, I just couldn’t narrow down all the images of oh-so-pretty envelopes. Because when you think about it, an envelope is often the very first impression of the big event. Let’s go look at some beautiful lettering work! Here’s a peek at Bien Fait Calligraphy. Jen

Deckle Edge Calligraphy Wedding Invitations / Bien Fait Calligraphy

Calligraphy RSVP Card / Bien Fait Calligraphy

What’s in a name? Bien Fait is a French phrase that means “made well”, which is a nod to the way Joi approaches calligraphy — made well and made with love. Joi specializes in pointed pen calligraphy styles. Favorite projects? Says Joi: “My favorite projects are collaborations between other creatives, like stationery designers and watercolor artists. All our strengths come together to create something more beautiful than each individual element.”

Black Envelope with Pink Calligraphy / Bien Fait Calligraphy

Calligraphy Wedding Invitations / Bien Fait Calligraphy

Joi considers herself a classically trained calligrapher, but that doesn’t mean she’s a perfectionist. “The beauty of handwritten script is the variation, the personality and emotion that comes through mind, heart, and hand, onto paper,” says Joi.

Calligraphy Save the Date / Bien Fait Calligraphy

Gray Envelopes with Gold Calligraphy / Bien Fait Calligraphy

On envelopes, Joi says, “I love to address envelopes! Each one is a little piece of art, totally unique and a labor of love. A client that gives me the freedom to flourish a name or address is a bonus.” And of course, it’s so special to see a name beautifully penned.

Menu Calligraphy / Bien Fait Calligraphy

Joi finds inspiration for her lettering work from historical examples. “I love to study calligraphy books and I am lucky to own quite a few vintage books. I could spend hours with my nib, dipping it into ink, and listening to the sound of that nib on paper,” she shares.

Sending a big thanks to Joi of Bien Fait Calligraphy for sharing a look into her fanciful, beautiful lettering work!

p.s. Even more inspiration from more inspiring calligraphers right here!

All photos via Bien Fait Calligraphy

Watercolor Floral Baptism Invitations

These charming watercolor floral baptism invitations are so sweet! Megan of Honeybee Paper Co. created these invitations for her daughter Elora’s baptism – drawing inspiration from the peace, joy, and serenity that Megan feels as Elora’s mother. We love the cheerful color palette, bespoke calligraphy, and well balanced white space that make the watercolor floral illustrations truly shine. What a beautiful and symbolic suite!

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

From Megan: When it came time to have my daughter, and first child, baptized we really wanted the invitation suite to reflect the feelings she gave us — serenity, peace, and joy. We wanted a soft color palette to represent the beautiful sacrament she would receive.

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

She was baptized in the same gown I wore when I was christened as a baby, so I wanted to pull inspiration from the delicate lace that trimmed the gown. I chose to use crochet ribbon to wrap the invitation and enclosure as a gentle nod to the gown, which threaded through the matching “You’re Invited” tags. The cards were printed on white cotton paper to add an additional layer of texture.

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

All the watercolor flowers were placed individually to create the shape of the cross, and I wanted to keep a lot of white space to let them shine. For the enclosure, we wanted to use her initial in the design, as my husband and I love her rarely heard name, Elora.

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

The backs of both the invitation and enclosure card featured the same florals enlarged, to create a nice contrast to all the white on the front. The light blue envelopes turned out to be a wonderful choice and were selected to complement the colors in the suite. The names and addresses of our friends and families were each calligraphed by myself in white ink.

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

This invitation was such a joy for me to design as it was meant to celebrate such an important little person. Each detail was delicately selected. I loved these watercolor botanicals so much I even had a custom cake topper ordered to match! These invitations set the tone for what turned out to be a wonderful day with friends and family to celebrate a truly wonderful little girl. 

Floral Baptism Invitations by Honeybee Paper Co.

Thanks Megan!

Design: Honeybee Paper Co. 
Printing: StationeryHQ

Photo Credits: Megan Veliz