Invitations DO set the tone!

Oh come on, Lisa...

Hello everyone, it's Carrie. I know I haven't checked in for a while. Lisa will tell you I am a Luddite (look it up!) and thus afraid of the computer.

But today, here I am at home, surfing the web for party supplies. "Why?" you ask — because the Save the Dates that are featured below are for my parents, Barbara and Bob. Yes, it's been 50 years and we are having a big picnic/barbeque at a local park.

Lisa will also tell you that I GET IT. Invitations set the tone. I started thinking about these soon after starting at Bella Carta Studio, because I saw the potential of the paper (and the ribbon and the color envelopes and the fonts...!)

Part of being a Luddite is that I am terribly old fashioned about such things as BIG family events. I knew we were having a picnic, BUT it is a 50th anniversary, so how do you convey casual yet formal? This is a big event, but there will be barbeque sauce EVERYWHERE!

I think the Save the Date starts the general VIBE, if you will. The formality of gorgeous red textured card stock of the Envelopfold® contrasted with the fun red picnic cloth background pattern. The formal script contrasted with a great sans serif in the panel.

I GET IT! Wait until you see the invitations — like the Save the Dates, people are gonna PLOTZ!

Lisa was taking pictures of the invitations as I was out the door yesterday. Perhaps they are up NOW on the new bellacartastudio.com. CHECK IT OUT!

I'll tell you how it goes.


50th Anniversary...picnic style!

Just a quick post tonight to show you some fun Save the Dates for an upcoming 50th Anniversary party. We're producing the invitations this week so these are a couple months old, but I just posted them to the website and am newly enamored with them!
They're a treat compared to most formal 50th Anniversary parties. Inspired by the red and white checkered tablecloths that will be used at the big event, we created a fun and funky Envelopfold(r) Save the Date with an iconic 50th graphic that will also be used on the stamps for the invitation!
As a nod to tradition, we just added a TOUCH of gold (for the golden anniversary!) with an intermediate metallic gold layer...fun!


A Charcoal and Candlelight boxed invitation...don't you LOVE them?

I'm in LOVE with our newest invitation set. When this bride approached us with her 'charcoal & candlelight' color scheme I thought it would be beautiful, but perhaps a bit neutral. BOY WAS I WRONG! I'm just so tickled with the way these turned out--obviously this bride had impeccable taste...they're dramatic, stunning and opulent, but not pretentious. Seriously, I'm in love with these invitations! The box, oh, the box...a GORGEOUS sueded charcoal with a beautiful candlelight wrap with a custom pattern. The delicate floral rondelle adds such a sweet accent to the piece. I hope you love them as much as we do!

So what do YOU think? We'd love to hear from you!


Can't forget the babies....

Not to be outdone by our wedding invitations, we've also been busy with birth announcements!

Here are a few we've done in the last year....so FUN! I love it when our brides come back to us to design the introduction of their newest family addition. I can't think of better feedback than return customers!

We have lots more to post soon...both wedding and baby. We've been BUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSYYYYYYYYYY!!!

And the website is c o m i n g a l o n g s l o w l y but coming along. Soon, soon, I just keep telling myself that. I think it's true...that's what they tell me. :-)