Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Shark Invitations for a Monterey Bay Aquarium Wedding

Ocean Wedding Invitation Set featuring a shark and a coral reef from Florida designer Concertina Press
I created these shark wedding invitations specially for a wedding at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Having your wedding at an aquarium is great because you and your guests will have an unforgettable experience tying the knot with a gorgeous backdrop of sea life. Most aquariums have an event planner who can help you  - couples I've worked with have gotten married at the Florida Aquarium, The Georgia Aquarium, New England Aquarium, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll,  Birch Aquarium in San Diego, California and the Seattle Aquarium in Washington.

These shark wedding invitations are the perfect fit for an under the sea wedding, and they have fully illustrated backs. Your guests will love how unique they are, with schools of fish swimming across a bright coral reef. I was inspired to create these by the time I spent working a the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. I worked at a science library there scanning old illustrations to be part of the public domain. I absolutely loved the antique illustrations, and brought them back to life by digitally restoring them on the computer to have new life as wedding invitations!

Shark Wedding Invitation Set featuring under the sea illustrations perfect for your aquarium wedding
This shark wedding invitation set includes:
•  5x7 double sided invitation + envelope
• 3.5x5 double sided RSVP + envelope
• 2.5x3.5 double sided website card

optional envelope liners, envelope addressing and larger insert cards are also available

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:

(great if you have an etsy account)
(you don't need to sign up for an account for this one)

Read about the experiences of real couples who have worked with me in the past: Wedding Wire,  The Knot.
Underwater wedding in Mexico
An underwater wedding would be amazing too! This beautiful photo was taken by Lands End Films during a scuba wedding in Cabos, Mexico.
I also absolutely love snorkeling, and I'm also dive certified (although honestly I think I still love snorkeling the most because you don't need so much equipment) so being underwater gives me so many great ideas for my invitations. Sharks might seem scary, but they're an important part of the ocean's eco system as apex predators, and they're more scared of you than you are of them...usually.  

Under the Sea Wedding Invitations featuring sharks and fish from Concertina Press
Georgia Aquarium Engagement Session Enmuse Art Photography

stunning engagement photo session at Georgia Aquarium by Enmuse Art Photography

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Oyster Watercolor Beach Wedding Invitations for a Wedding in Harwich Port Cape Cod

Oyster Watercolor Wedding invitations for a Wychmere Beach Club Cape Cod Wedding from Concertina Press

These oyster shell wedding invitations are the perfect fit for a New England beach wedding. I designed the fronts and backs of the invitation and RSVP with beautiful watercolor painted oyster shells in blue, purple and gray. The illustrations decorate the backs of each piece of stationery too, for a beautiful and unusual touch that your guests will love. The free website card has a light blue watercolor wash. 

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:

(great if you have an etsy account)
(you don't need to sign up for an account for this one)

Read about the experiences of real couples who have worked with me in the past: Wedding Wire,  The Knot.

Oyster Beach Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press
Oyster Beach Wedding Invitation RSVP and Website Card from Concertina Press

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding Harwich Port Cape Cod

(photo via Wychmere Beach Club)
I'm pleased to share this great review from one of my customers who was married at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port, Cape Cod: 

I received the invitations and am absolutely thrilled. Not only is the printing gorgeous, but your customer service is impeccable. It was so exciting to get that neat little package with each group of pieces wrapped in attractive paper. And the thank you note is a wonderful touch. Working with you has been an altogether enjoyable experience, and I look forward to using your services again! Thanks for taking such great care to deliver a beautiful product.  - Carol Anne W.
Addressed Envelopes from Concertina Press



Matching envelope addressing is also available! If you have any questions, please contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hi there!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waves Beach Wedding Invitations - Simple and Modern with RSVPs and Website Cards included

Waves Beach Wedding Invitations with RSVP and Website Card from Concertina Press
These Waves Invitations are a new and fresh take on an old woodcut illustration I came across while I worked at a marine science library after college. I digitally restored the black and white image of beautiful waves crashing in the sea, and made them different shades of blue to create this simple, modern and fresh beach wedding invitation. This clean blue and white waves invite is perfect for your wedding at the Beach, whether you live in California, New England or Florida (like me!). I was married on the beach, too, up in Falmouth, Massachusetts, a charming small town on Cape Cod. As the sun rose over the water, we said our vows and it made for a memorable and beautiful ceremony. Now that I live in Florida, I still think these are the perfect sophisticated but playful beach wedding invites.

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:

(great if you have an etsy account)
(you don't need to sign up for an account for this one)

Read about the experiences of real couples who have worked with me in the past: Wedding Wire,  The Knot.

Beach Waves Wedding Invitations with RSVP and Website Card from Concertina Press

Seacoast Science Center Wedding in Rye New Hampshire

I'm thrilled to share this lovely review from one of my customers who was married at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire: 

My invitations from Concertina Press came out just stunning. The colors are elegant and the style is the perfect mix of classic and whimsical. One of the things that I really love about the invitations (I got the waves) is that even though I have the pattern on 3 different cards (invite, RSVP, rehearsal dinner invite), they are all slightly different - so it's a less manufactured looked. Additionally it was really a pleasure to work with Ruth, who was very responsive and really took the time to make sure that I felt good about everything. She has a great eye for design too and made my invitations look fantastic despite my not-always-entirely-coherent ideas. Thank you! - Stephanie G.


Beach Waves Wedding Invitations with RSVP and Website Card from Concertina Press

Addressed  Envelopes for Waves Beach Wedding Invitation from Concertina Press
Matching envelope addressing is also available! If you have any questions, please contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hi there!)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Shrimp Christmas Cards for When You Shrimply Want to Say Happy Holidays

Shrimp Christmas Cards from Concertina Press Made in Florida
These shrimp Christmas cards are perfect for a beach Christmas in Florida. I designed them with an antique science illustration of a shrimp. Anyone who has ever prepared fresh shrimp or seen them in an aquarium knows what long antennae they have. When I was brainstorming ideas for a new Florida-themed shrimp Christmas card my friend Ellen was the one who came up with the idea of decking the halls...er...antennae with colorful Christmas lights! "Maybe that's too hard", she commented. Well, I'm always up for a challenge! I digitally restored a beautiful antique shrimp illustration collected in 1908 by a scientific expedition and added in the colorful lights one by one.

Each folded 4.25"x5.5" card in this set of 8 says "I shrimply wanted to say Happy Holidays!" inside and is sure to put a smile on the face of whoever you send it to! They are printed in the USA and come with red envelopes (also made in the USA!)

You can find these on my website and also in my etsy shop:



Shrimp Holiday Cards from Concertina Press made in Florida


Friday, November 23, 2018

Merry Fishmas - Funny Nautical Christmas Cards Made in Florida

Funny Beach Christmas Cards made in the USA
Fish Christmas Cards for a Beach Christmas made in the USA
The Christmas cards are piling up here in my sunny studio, I'm gearing up to sell at the Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2018 in Sarasota this year for the first time and I'm sure my funny nautical cards are going to be a hit! Who doesn't love a good pun? You can find these "Merry Fishmas" cards in my online shop here: Funny Fish Christmas Cards Set of 8 or on etsy here: Nautical Christmas Cards Merry Fishmas Set of 8

I work with a printer here in Florida to do all of the printing for me using eco friendly soy-based ink, and the envelopes are made in New York. I'm proud to offer Christmas cards that are made in the USA! The fish design wraps around to the back of the card - the original illustration came from a scientific journal from the late 1800's that I digitally restored and added a Santa Hat to:
Funny Fish Christmas Cards Made in the USA
Fish Christmas Cards for a Beach Christmas made in the USA

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Updated Compass Nautical Wedding Invitations Now With Free Website Card

Nautical Wedding Invitation Set from Concertina Press with Compass in Navy Blue
I'm delighted to introduce my freshly-updated Nautical Compass Wedding Invitation that now includes a free website card! This navy blue and white design is fresh and classic, perfect for a yacht club wedding or wedding with a nautical theme.

When I first started creating nautical wedding invitations in 2011 when I lived in Cape Cod, wedding websites were not very common. Now most of my couples have websites they'd like to include, but not on the more formal wedding invitation. That's why I've created this beautiful small insert card that says "For more additional information, please visit our wedding website". You can have it say other things, for instance if you're having your guests RSVP online it can say something like "Please RSVP by January 1st on our website:". The size is 2.5"x3.5", half the size of the RSVP card, so if you need to include more information, I also offer an add-on insert card that's larger. 

Concertina Press is a small independently owned stationery company located in Cocoa Beach, Florida (formerly in Falmouth, Massachusetts) that specializes in nautical wedding invitations, beach wedding invitations and aquarium wedding invitations.

I take great pride in helping my clients have an effortless wedding invitation ordering experience. When you work with Concertina Press you're really working with one person, (that would be me, Ruth) and so I have the flexibility to customize designs to fit your needs that other big companies don't. Also you can feel confident ordering online knowing that you have a second pair of eyes on your invites, from design to shipping. Lastly, who doesn't love to support small businesses these days? I do all of my printing and envelope sourcing right here in the US. If you're interested in these wedding invites for your nautical wedding I invite you to check out these links:

You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:

(great if you have an etsy account)
(you don't need to sign up for an account for this one)

Read about the experiences of real couples who have worked with me in the past: Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

If you have any questions, please contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hi there!)

Nautical Compass Wedding Invitations from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Wedding Invitations with Compass from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Wedding Invitations with Compass from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Nautical Compass Wedding RSVP and website card from Concertina Press in Navy Blue and White
Wedding Aboard a Windjammer Invitation Ideas
Nautical Wedding Invitations with website card and RSVP card

Friday, October 5, 2018

These Cape Cod save the dates are the real deal

Cape Cod Save the Date personalized with a heart from Concertina Press
When I designed these Cape Cod Map save the dates, I was thinking about the type of save the date that I would have sent to my wedding guests when I was married in Falmouth on 7-7-7 (I can hardly believe it's been so long, it feels like yesterday!). I loved the look of this gorgeous antique map, and using the computer I digitally restored it, and combined it with a timeless script font for the names and "Save the Date" and all-caps font for the crucial information like date, location and website.  

Full disclosure: when my husband and I were married I was not a stationery designer at all, I was a librarian! We lived close to the Marine Biological Laboratory where he worked as a computer programmer, and I worked at the MBLWHOI science library. While I was there I worked on a big project to archive all of the old collections that were no longer copyrighted, scan them, and make them available to the public. That's where I found most of the beautiful illustrations you see on my invitations. 

Fast forward a few years and I had a dream job at a cute stationery store in the Queen's Buyway next to Coffee O putting my art degree to work designing wedding invites and stationery for Cape Cod clients. When that shop closed, I finally had my chance to start Concertina Press, and a chance to use the gorgeous illustrations I'd had on my mind for years, and I've been at it ever since. I love what I do!

A few years ago I moved down to Florida to be closer to my folks, but my Cape Cod save the dates, Cape Cod wedding invitations, and wedding day stationery are still very popular, and I love making them because each order reminds me of my own wedding on the Cape.

Cape Cod Wedding Invitations with Map and website card from Concertina Press


You can see pricing or purchase samples on my website or in my etsy shop here:


I also encourage you to read the great reviews from previous couples I've worked with on Wedding Lovely BlogWedding Wire, or The Knot.

It's my pleasure to help you figure out the ins and outs of wedding stationery - and I have lots of experience, I'm proud to say I've been running Concertina Press since 2011, so if you have any questions at all contact me! (and by me I mean, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press - hello!)
Cape Cod Photo Save the Date from Concertina Press
Simple Elegant Cape Cod monogram invitations from Concertina Press
Cape Cod Photo and Map Save the Date from Concertina Press Easy Order Online
(that's me and my husband in all the sample photos!)



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