Friday, January 20, 2017

Aquarium wedding invitations are Concertina Press's specialty!

Aquarium Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press

If you're having your wedding at the aquarium, you've already chosen one of my favorite wedding venues of all time! I love the aquarium - the closest big one to me is the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. I absolutely love the jellyfish exhibit and the giant grouper fish. I get so much inspiration for my nautical designs, and I have many that are popular for weddings at the aquarium.

Having your wedding at the aquarium is awesome because your guests will have beautiful exhibits to look at, and the ambiance will already be there, without the need for fancy lighting. Many aquariums also have an outdoor deck, so you can get married outside, and then have your reception indoors by the big tank. Here's an example of a wedding program I designed that includes a map of the Monterey Bay Aquarium (here's a link if you want to host an event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium):
Aquarium Wedding Programs from Concertina Press
Here's a stunning photo of the reception area of the Monterey Bay Aquarium - imagine your wedding guests dining surrounded by fish!
Aquarium Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
Aquarium Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
Aquarium Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press

If you're interested in ordering any of these wedding invitations, you can follow the links in this blog post, or you can contact me if you have any questions at all!

Here's a lovely review from a customer who had her 20th anniversary vow renewal at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and I designed a special invitation for her based on my Coral Reef design, printed on 100% recycled card stock!

I was so thrilled to find Ruth's beautiful designs when we were looking for invitations for our 20th vow renewal ceremony, to be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My husband is an environmental scientist, so it was important to us to find invites on recycled and FSC certified paper. Ruth was more than willing to work with us to find paper stock that met our needs--and then we had to choose from all her designs, which was hard! 
Ruth worked with us to choose a few different designs to use on the invite, RSVP, and additional info cards, so we really got to use quite a few. Her communication and professionalism was outstanding, and the entire process was so easy. When the invites arrived, they exceeded my expectations. The packaging was gorgeous, the colors and quality are fabulous, and we were so excited to find the designs extending onto the back side of each piece. Ruth even printed the addresses for us in a lovely matching script. I literally cannot wait to get these into our guests' hands. Thank you Ruth, you're the best!

You can read more reviews on my Testimonials Page

Last but not least - here's a picture of me at the aquarium!

Aquarium Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

9 Beautiful Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas

Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas from Concertina Press

If you're getting married on the beach, you are probably looking for the perfect invite - one that's not too formal, but not too casual. You can make it easy for your guests to picture your wedding with their toes in the sand with these pretty beach wedding invites that I designed here in Florida - beach wedding capital of the USA!
Above: Seabird Wedding Invitation, Seashell Beach Wedding Invitation, Sea Turtle Wedding Invitation
What makes my invitations specials that they're all designed by me from old scientific illustrations - not some template that I got free with a stationery program. You can see below what the 200 year old French science illustration of this seahorse used to look like - what a difference! I take a lot of pride in making unique and unusual beach wedding invites that you won't find anywhere else:

Above: Seahorse Wedding Invitations

Another thing that makes my Concertina Press wedding invitations different from the rest is that when you email "the company" you'll be dealing directly with me, Ruth, the lady who designed all of these awesome invites! That makes my design process fairly flexible, if you'd like to add or remove wording, change the font color or other tweaks to make my beach wedding invites perfect for your wedding in the sand.

If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact me directly (the link is for my email contact form, but don't worry, it goes straight to my email and I'll get back to you within 1 business day): Contact Ruth at Concertina Press

Here are some more lovely beach wedding invitations that you and your guests are sure to love - you can find them all on my website or on Etsy:

Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas from Concertina Press
Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas from Concertina Press
Beach Wedding Invitation Ideas from Concertina Press - Jellyfish

Friday, December 16, 2016

Custom Cape Cod Wedding Invitations with Map and Adorable Tiny Heart

I designed these customizable Cape Cod Map wedding invitations when I was living in Falmouth year-round just after college. The map of Cape Cod I used was originally drawn in 1891, and features the founding dates of each of the towns on the Cape. You can customize this wedding invitation by putting a tiny red heart over the town where you're getting married, making a lovely keepsake for years to come! It also helps your guests who might not be familiar with the Cape figure out where to stay - sometimes when I mention, "I used to live on the Cape", I get questions like, "oh my friend lived on Cape Cod too, did you know them?" - not realizing it takes nearly two hours to drive from the bridge all the way to Provincetown!
These Cape Cod invitations are perfect for any wedding on the Cape, whether you're getting married in Harwich at Wequassett Resort, or Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, or your wedding is at Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port. You can visit my website to purchase a full order of invitations, or you can buy just a sample by scrolling to the bottom of the drop down menu for "quantity" : Cape Cod Wedding Invitations. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

 My husband (then fiance) and I moved down to the charming seaside town of Woods Hole in 2006 and were married in Falmouth on 7-7-7 at the Knob , an adorable tiny nature preserve with a peninsula where you can see stunning views of Buzzards Bay and Quissett Harbor. We moved away from the Cape in 2013 down to sunny Florida to be closer to my family, but we still love to visit our old stomping grounds! Here's a picture I took of Quissett Harbor in Falmouth on a recent visit a few weeks ago in December.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Gorgeous Christmas Card Calligraphy White Ink on Red Envelopes

White Calligraphy on Red Envelopes by Letter Be On Etsy
These days receiving mail is relatively rare, unless you mean email, so what could make it even more special? Gorgeous Calligraphy! I sent out thank you cards to my vendors and hired the services of Lesley at Letter Be On Etsy  to add that totally amazing touch of class that comes with handwritten calligraphy addressing. Sshe did gorgeous white addressing on red envelopes (supplied by me) with opaque white ink. I especially love how the address goes off the edge of the envelope!
White Calligraphy on Red Envelopes by Letter Be On Etsy Closeup
Red envelopes look amazing for Christmas Cards - you can find them on Amazon - I recommend 70lb paper because it's thicker and feels more luxurious - like these: 100 Red A2 Envelopes - at the time of this writing they're around $10 for 100 which is a great deal!
Combine them with some cool stamps, and your letter recipients will be in love! I wrote a post a couple years ago about where to find great postage: Where to buy Vintage Stamps Online
Gorgeous Christmas Card Calligraphy on Red Envelopes by Letter Be On Etsy
Gorgeous New Years Card Calligraphy on Red Envelopes by Letter Be On Etsy

Friday, November 18, 2016

Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates with Map and Tiny Heart

Martha's Vineyard Save the Date for Edgartown Wedding

These Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates feature an antique map of the Vineyard that I discovered in a stockpile of decades-old maps - this one was drawn for automobile tourists back when driving was a total novelty in the early 20's. These days you need to make reservations weeks, if not months in advance to bring your car over on the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, I don't know how they did it back then! Maybe they had open top cars to rent?

The original colors for this save the date are slightly different, as shown below, but you can also request a save the date with your own customizations - for instance, we changed the map color to navy, we added a pink heart and did white envelopes instead of navy - they came out beautifully!

Anyway, enough about cars! This lovely wedding took place in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard - one of the most charming towns in New England, with a reception at the gorgeous Harbor View Hotel - so perfect!:
Marthas Vineyard Map Save the Dates from Concertina Press
If you're interested in ordering Martha's Vineyard Save the Dates, feel free to order a sample or contact me with any questions!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Beautiful Sand Dollar Save the Dates

Sand Dollar Save the Dates from Concertina Press

These Sand Dollar Save the Dates were the perfect fit for this couple's oceanside wedding at the stunning Seascape Resort in Aptos, California. What a great venue! The weddings at Seascape take place on a bluff overlooking the ocean - one of the wonderful things about getting married by the sea is that every time you look at the ocean, it reminds you of the wonderful day you got married. PLUS you have a nice anniversary destination!

If you're interested in ordering Sand Dollar Save the Dates for your beach wedding, feel free to order a sample on my website, or contact me if you have any questions.
Sand Dollar Save the Dates from Concertina Press
Sand Dollar Save the Dates for a California Beach Wedding

Friday, November 4, 2016

Classic Anchor Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

If you're looking for some classic nautical Rehearsal Dinner invitations, look no further! I designed these Anchor rehearsal dinner invitations working from my Anchor Save the Date at a special request for a couple holding their rehearsal dinner at the Barley Neck Inn in Orleans on Cape Cod.

The thing I love about this design is that it goes with several of my nautical wedding invitation designs, including the Compass Wedding Invitations and Cape Cod Wedding Invitations.

I can modify the colors to suit your wedding too, from aqua to light blue - even purple!
If you're interested in ordering some anchor rehearsal dinner invitations or even modifying any of my existing Save the Dates to be your perfect Rehearsal Dinner invitation, please contact me.

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