Hello Tenfold Wedding Invitations

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Lily & Jonny's L.A. Wedding

Our Work, Inspiration and TrendsEllieComment

Lily's requests for her custom save the dates and invitations included "chic, elegant, timeless, a sense of humor, and a sense of whimsy." She and Jonny, along with planner Twofold LA, drew inspiration from the 70's, Boogie Nights, and star print textiles from Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana. I couldn't resist the project!

Though we explored many options for their save the dates, Lily and Jonny wanted to reference the exploding Dirk Diggler sign from Boogie Nights, their favorite movie (with the addition of purple foil, of course!). We created a double-sided card with the couple's names illustrated like a neon sign on one side, with save the date information on the other.

For their invitations, we had a disco ball illustration drawn by the bride's sister embossed up top with letterpress text below. Reply and detail cards were printed in holographic foil.

For her veil, Lily used purple ombré lace fabric, an homage to Prince. Tables were set with mirrors and silver and white china and glassware. Table flowers included rare blooms like spider lilies in a variety of colors. Fish bowl vases were filled with hot pink rocks, and candles were dipped in silver glitter. As seen in Vogue!

Non-paper photos by For the Love of It

Helen and Dustin's Conservatory Wedding

Our Work, Inspiration and TrendsEllieComment

I don't think Helen and Dustin's wedding, designed by VLD events, could have been more beautiful! Hello Tenfold designed custom escort cards, table numbers, and menus under the direction of "simple, and modern, with rosemary and light grey type." We love how it all came together. Stunning images by Blaine Siesser.

As seen on Grey Likes Weddings!

Photographer:  Blaine Siesser Photographer // Event Designer:  VLD Events // Day-Of Stationery Designer:  Hello Tenfold // Event Venue: Planterra Conservatory // Jewelry: Adriana Orsini // DJ: DJ Mary Ann Ross // Equipment Rentals: Event Source // Cinema and Video: Hwu Studios // Dress Designer:  Jenny Packham // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Fine Linen // Beauty: Posh Studio // Photo Booth Equipment:  Rock the Booth // Bakery:  Sweet Heather Anne // Lighting:  The Lighting Guy // Transportation: Trinity Transportation

how to edit your pinterest boards for easy wedding planning

Inspiration and Trends, Tips and AdviceEllieComment

Anyone who has ever opened Pinterest knows it can be completely overwhelming. Maybe you started a wedding invitation board years ago, and now that you're engaged you have hundreds of pins that don't give you clear direction. Or maybe you're just getting started, but your board feels scattered.

For many years, and before Pinterest came along, I had a design blog. (It still exists — you can check it out)! On a weekly basis, I was creating inspiration boards to share, and it taught me a lot about creating a cohesive look for a project. It's time consuming, like a puzzle, and it takes practice. But if you follow these basic steps, in no time you should have a board that effectively communicates to your wedding planner (or just to yourself) what you envision for your wedding day. A cohesive Pinterest board can help make all of your wedding decisions easier. You'll be able to pull up an invitation design, for example, next to your Pinterest board and immediately know if it's a good fit for your wedding. Here's how:

Make a new board. Make a secret board, if you like!

Go back to your old board(s) and pin ONLY your very favorite images onto the new board. Be practical, too. Consider the time of year you're getting married, your venue, and whether it's a morning, afternoon, or evening event (for level of formality). You won't be copying these pins exactly — so go ahead and pin that expensive embroidered dress — this is just to establish some inspiration.

Open up the new board and see what themes emerge. Is it dark and moody? Light and airy? Is there a definite color palette? Start deleting images that don't fit the overall look. If the board as a whole feels "wrong" but you can't tell why, use your thumb or a slip of paper to cover up an image or two. Does it feel more cohesive once that image is "gone?"

Start deleting. You'll want to reduce your board to a small number of inspiration images (less than 20). Each one should fit with the others in style, color, and feel.

Once you have your edited inspiration board of 10-20 images, create separate boards for things like dresses, hair, flowers, etc. Now that you have one cohesive inspiration board, you'll have a better sense of which dresses go with your overall theme, and which don't (and then you'll start editing your dress board down, too!).

For inspiration, follow me on Pinterest! If you would like help deciding which invitation from the Hello Tenfold collection works best with your boards, I'd love to help.


how to make your invitations more formal (or more casual)

Tips and Advice, Inspiration and TrendsEllieComment

Say you've fallen in love with an invitation design, but it's not quite right for the event you're planning. Don't despair! Often this has to do with the level of formality of the invitation. Maybe it's photographed in blue and lavender like our Fern Suite, but for your event, it might be better in gold foil and blind deboss on double-thick paper. Here are ways to customize your invitation to make it more or less formal:

Make it more formal:

• If it's a design with a lot of colors, paring it down to 2-3 colors can give it a more refined, elegant look. Instead of an accent color, have design elements printed in a pale neutral color or blind deboss (letterpress with no ink).

• Speaking of color... For formal invitations, stick with metallic foils or dark, desaturated ink colors, like black, navy, or dark gray. Pair dark colors with neutrals like white, cream, taupe, or gold.

• Consider printing method. Switching from flat printing to letterpress or metallic foil can make an invitation feel more formal.

• Change the fonts! Instead of sans serifs, pick an elegant script and pair it with a classic serif. Limit the number of fonts used throughout the design.

• Use neutral texture. Instead of design elements and motifs, keep things simple and classic with blind deboss printing, white-on-white textured papers, or handmade papers.

• Paper says a lot. Instead of standard weight cotton paper, switch to double-thick. Also, be sure to consider colored papers! A black, navy, or dark grey paper with metallic foil can add a sense of drama for an evening wedding.

• Up the embellishments. Add an envelope liner, ribbon wrap, or wax seal.

Make it less formal:

• Add color. Instead of black ink, consider printing your design in a color like blue-gray, or adding some colored papers into the mix. You could even choose a different colored paper for each card in your suite... maybe recycled papers in a variety of shades.

• Avoid metallics. If you like the look of foil, stick with matte white or matte black. Letterpress or flat printing are good choices for informal invitations.

• Change the fonts! Pick a casual script font, a sans serif, typewriter font, or slab serif. Casual suites can get away with using more fonts — three or even four different choices, if well designed.

• Consider more casual textures, like splashes of watercolor, or hand-painted elements.

• If you want your suite to have some embellishments, choose things like cotton ribbon or twine wraps, hang tags, or casual envelope liner patterns or solid colors.

One of the best parts of my job is seeing how a different color palette or set of fonts can completely change the look of a suite. Each order that leaves our shop is a little different from the last. I'd love to turn your favorite invitation design into something perfect, or work with you to create a custom suite from scratch, tailored to you and your event.

how to get a custom look without the custom fees

Inspiration and TrendsEllieComment

While I love to work on custom projects, I am especially intrigued by the ways Hello Tenfold bride and grooms customize the suites we already have designed. If you're ordering printed paper from us, we'll change fonts, colors, patterns, and wording with no additional fee.

The table numbers in the photo above are from our Winslow suite, but bride Carré chose one of our envelope liner patterns (Floral Pattern #4) for the background instead of the Winslow pattern. Don't they look amazing?