Archive for February 12th, 2010

Inside of an invitation that was sent in a beautiful box. Designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed and assembled at Studio Z Mendocino

I just found this latest wedding update on Access Hollywood and thought it was so fabulously trendy that LETTERPRESS invitations are the new IT THING. Read on…

Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt and Kristen Bell are just a few Hollywood celebs who are planning a trip down the aisle. As one of the biggest days for marriage proposals, Valentine’s Day is the official start of wedding season.

“The biggest trend this year is nature-inspired, ethereal feel weddings,” says Wanda Wen, Founder of A Soolip Wedding, L.A.’s annual showcase for modern bridal trends. “Brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings more than ever with bold and individual statements in the ceremony and beyond,” says Wanda, who shares a preview of wedding trends for 2010.

Gowns flow with sleek and sophisticated silhouettes this year, leaving yesteryear’s cake toppers and prom night semblances far behind. We’re seeing pared down, elegant and carefree dresses accented with just the right amount of embellishment, creating the perfect dream dress for the bride to take center stage – not the puffy sleeves.

Hair and makeup are taking cues from the nature-inspired wedding trend this year, with soft, natural, and very personalized styles. According to Yuki Sharoni, A-list hairstylist and owner of Yuki Sharoni: Beauty & Lifestyle Salon in Beverly Hills, soft, flowing curls are the biggest wedding day hair trend for 2010, with the bride’s personality and dress the true inspiration for every look.

Mailing label for an invitation in a box, designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed at our shop in Fort Bragg, California

Invitations set the tone of the entire wedding. This year’s favorites are wood veneer and 100% cotton paper letterpress printed invitations with organic and floral accents. Paper lace envelopes are very of the moment as are the always in vogue classic European calligraphered envelopes featuring rich, deep colored inks.

Invitation designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed at Studio Z Mendocino

Brides are falling in love this season with organic vintage designs that are romantic and earthy, yet sparkle with metallic and glittering elements, such as hand painted sugar magnolias that resemble silvered glass and sparkly brooches, according to Amy Berman, executive chef and owner of Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica, California. The biggest flavor favorite is the “Fleur Del Sel” dark chocolate cake with creamy caramel, dark chocolate buttercream and a dash of French sea salt. It’s a bold choice, and definitely not your grandmother’s wedding cake!

Waltz no more! More than ever, couples want private dance lessons (for themselves as well the entire wedding party) and are requesting their first dance be choreographed. Gina Zamora, of Balliamos Dance Studio in West Hollywood where the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestants rehearse, says that couples are now requesting dance moves or routines they have seen on the show. “The first dance has turned into a featured time piece and guests look forward to the couple’s delivery of either art and grace or fun and outgoing dances.”

So, darlings, after your dancing lesson and trying out those big, loose curls (We have to unearth those old curling irons from the back of the closet), please drop by Studio Z Mendocino to order your trendy letterpress wedding invitations. We have been doing it this way for 25 years, preceded by numerous other years of working for master printer, Al Moise, preceded by 500 years of letterpress trendiness back to Gutenberg’s day. I adore this. You can see a small sampling of our wedding invitation work at www.studio-z.com We routinely use soy inks and recycled and cotton papers and have done several jobs on wood veneer. Letterpress, by definition, uses less ink, fewer toxic chemicals and creates much less wasted paper than any other form of printing. We work with Mary Meermans, the most amazing calligrapher in the known world. And our designs are up to the minute and very beautiful. Call any time to discuss your wedding invitations: 707.964,2522 I love this trend!

Trinidad Tobago destination engagement party invitation designed by Zida and printed and assembled by Studio Z  Mendocino

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