Today is John and my 14th wedding anniversary! To celebrate we’re offering 14 percent off our Meeting Street design — it was inspired by the street where we were married right here in Charleston, South Carolina. It feels great to be back in the city that we love on this special day. Cheers to love! xoxo, Erika.Pin It
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Wonderland has been one of our most popular designs lately. I was inspired by Alice in Wonderland when I designed it … a little bit whimsical, a little bit Victorian, a lot charming. This example is shown letterpressed in coral and noisette (nut brown) inks on bright white 100 percent cotton paper, with antique gold envelope liners.Pin It
Dear Delphine, I’m confused about how I should order my parents’ names on the invitation. When listing my parents’ names, who comes first? Mom or Dad?
Thanks, Perplexed Bride-to-be
Dear Perplexed, It’s a common question (and the most common error we see when people place orders). Proper etiquette is to list a woman’s name first, man’s second. A simple way to remember this is that a man’s first and last name should never be separated. Each of these examples follow proper etiquette rules:
Anne and Bradley Cline • Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Cline • Mrs. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline • Dr. Anne and Mr. Bradley Cline • Mrs. Anne and Dr. Bradley Cline
This same rule applies when addressing all your envelopes.
Is it proper for the groom’s parents to announce their son’s engagement to their friends?
My husband and I have lived in several places over the years and we have friends that would like to know about our son’s engagement but won’t be invited to the wedding. They have known him his entire life and would feel left out if we do not notify them.
I would like to include a photograph of the couple, but what would I say? I would like to add no gifts expected.
Thanks for your input,
Dear Mrs. F.,
How delightful! The best way to share the wonderful news about your son’s engagement is with a handwritten note to your friends. Jot a quick, personal hello and tell your friends how thrilled you are. It’s perfectly acceptable to include a photograph of the couple.
It is unnecessary to write “no gifts expected” in a personal note (information about gifts is best left to shower invitations or word of mouth).
Traditionally, the “official” engagement notice is published in the bride’s local newspaper by the bride’s parents. If the bride’s family plans to do this you may include a photocopy of the notice in your note to friends
The bride’s family (or the couple) may choose to send engagement notice or a “save the date” card to guests who will be invited to the wedding.
If you have any burning wedding invitation questions, shoot them our way; we’re happy to help!
Did you know The Ritz-Carlton has its own wedding magazine? It’s beautiful (and no, I’m not just saying that because our monogram wedding invitation was featured in the latest issue). If you’re planning a wedding on the formal side, Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton is full of fabulous, elegant ideas.
I really have warm fuzzy feelings for The Ritz-Carlton, because John and I stayed at their hotel in Palm Springs once (in the middle of summer — HOT!!!) and it was there that I realized I was sharing a fancy umbrella drink with the man I would marry.
Merci beaucoup to everyone at the Ritz for including Delphine in Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton magazine! (issue: January – June 2011).
Photos: Erika Firm
Brides on a budget everywhere, rejoice. Vera Wang has just launched a stunning collection of gowns with David’s Bridal. How romantic is that blush pink gown? Bravo, Vera and David!
photos from David’s Bridal website
I’m feeling inspired by these ethereal looks by John Galliano for Christian Dior (from the Spring 2011 couture runway show). I love the pretty forties vibe, and think these gowns would make amazing wedding dresses. I can totally see the third one (far right) at a fancy, formal winter wedding in Aspen — perhaps with some leather boots (for the outdoor ceremony, and a sexy pair of nude sandals for the reception), a bouquet of lily-of-the valley, and an uber-handsome royal groom (tall, dark, handsome, foreign). I see a horse drawn sled ride to the ceremony, and lots and lots of champagne cocktails.
Photo by Ryan Ray Photography
Here’s a peek at one of our newest wedding invitation designs, ROSE. It’s not yet live on the site, but you can order it by request. Shown here in jet black, sand and cantaloupe ink. We printed these for Janelle and Scott’s wedding, which was featured today on The Wedding Chicks. J’adore the black and coral color scheme at the wedding, so we used a jet black background on the invitations.
Many thanks to B&K Designs, Krista Jon Couture Designs and Archive Vintage Rentals for asking me to be a part of this fantastic day. And special thanks to For Your Party for printing all the fab party goodies for us! Please visit The Wedding Chicks to see more of this gorgeous wedding!
These lovely dresses are all from Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring 2011 collection. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a romantic garden wedding? I just love the muted color palette. Ladies, don’t be afraid of a little print. Too much and it becomes sort of matchy matchy tea cozy feeling, but a bit here and there is lovely. Lhuillier even showed a wedding gown with a floral print like the short bm dress above. You can see the gowns that Lhuillier sent down the catwalk at fashion week here.
REMINDER: for a better view, click on image to see larger. This works on most images on this blog : )
photos from official Mercedes-Benz Fashion week website.
I am so so so (soooooo) happy (insert squeal) to share that Delphine was featured in the beautiful Fall 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. It should be hitting news stands any minute now, so I can finally share my preview copy with you:
Here’s our page. We created our “Charleston Stitch” wedding invitation for this issue. It was a lot of fun working with the editorial team at the magazine. Kind of like a dream come true. I really love how the letterpress turned out. We also adapted the same design for flat printing, which is really affordable. The design was inspired by hand stitched couture wedding gowns. I think it’s a lovely invitation choice for a modern and chic wedding. I’d love to see it printed in navy and hot pink (like anemones), or in two shades of ocean blue. This design is brand new on the site, so nobody has ordered it just yet. Can’t wait to see what the first order looks like!
All photos in this post by Erika Firm.
Bonjour, lovely readers. Thought you’d like to see what has been rolling off our letterpress lately: lots of bold color. Brides, if you see your invitation here we’d love to hear from you (and see wedding pics).
Many thanks to sweet Cyd for posting all about the classic tea party bridal shower that Adrianne Smith and I designed (beautifully shot by Jennifer Dery Photography). Please pop over to The Sweetest Occasion to read about our little adventure.
I used our new Charleston Stitch design for the invitations in our mai tai and dull silver inks.
Our sweet stir sticks add a pop of color to the table. And mmmm, those Cupcake Love cupcakes were so pretty and delicious.
I love the sweet tendrils in the centerpiece Adrianne Smith designed. So romantic, the dahlias and roses mixed together!
You can see loads more photos and read all about the inspiration on The Sweetest Occasion.
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this shoot possible. Especially Jennifer Dery, who was able to capture the romantic spirit so perfectly with her amazing eye.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Dery, www.jenniferdery.com
CUPCAKES: Cupcake Love, www.cupcake-love.com
FLOWERS: Adrianne Smith Floral Design, www.asmithfloral.com
GIFTS: Dreamy, www.shopdreamy.com
INVITATIONS and PAPER GOODS: Delphine, www.delphinepress.com
PARTY FAVORS: Delphine, www.delphinepress.com
VINTAGE PROPS: Sainte Béatrice, www.etsy.com/shop/saintebeatrice
+++ POP QUIZ +++
Q: What do these flowers have in common?
a. they bloom in time for late summer and fall weddings
b. they are grown in the usa
c. they are all the same genus
d. all of the above
These are some seriously gorgeous flowers. The answer is d: all of the above. They are all Dahlias, and they’re grown in Portland, Oregon by one guy, Mark Harvey, of Old House Dahlias. In fact, he grows more than 175 different types of them. Who says Spring brides have to get all the nice flowers? Dahlias are an absolutely gorgeous choice for wedding flowers in late summer and fall. They can get quite large and are pretty sturdy (they are tuberous), so they are a great choice for the heat of late summer and early fall weddings. Just a few stems can really add some delicious color to your wedding table.
Many many thanks to Krystel Tien of Couture Events for asking me to be a part of her amazing Alice in Wonderland wedding shoot. I had such a great time designing the paper goods that they have inspired a new wedding suite (coming soon: Wonderland).
Extra special thanks to the sweet ladies at The Wedding Chicks for posting our little adventure on their delicious blog today. Please visit The Wedding Chicks to see more photos of the Alice in Wonderland adventure that Krystel created.
Coordination: Couture Events
Photography: Joielala Photography
Florist: The Floral Department
Cupcakes: Cupcake Love
Make up Artist: Think Pink, Dana Marie
Hair: Shawna Messner- firstname.lastname@example.org
Gowns: M Bride
Cake: The French Gourmet
Linens: The Floral Department for La Tavola Linen
Bracelets and paper florals: The Vintage Rabbit
Hair Accessories: Radokri
Model: Ari Cover
Bunnies: Ashli Hurst – email@example.com
Creative Director: Krystel Tien
Read the inside scoop on these fun mimosa yellow and blue letterpress Hibiscus invitations we printed for Jennie and Jeremy on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Jennie and Jeremy were contest winners about a year ago; their wedding is in a few days and I’m so excited for them!