Squeeze My Hand – Letterpress & Design joins Soiree Philadelphia!

We LOVE letterpress…. there is just something so special about that thick paper – the weight, the feel – you know you are holding something special…

When I first talked with Jessa of Squeeze My Hand, I knew she would be a perfect fit for Soiree Philadelphia!  First of all, her story of where the name comes from is simply magic:

“Squeeze my hand got it’s name from my love story. When we were dating, my now husband used to squeeze my hand three times: one squeeze for each word in “I love you”. The response from me was four squeezes for “I love you too”. He and his mom used to have this code when he was young, and he passed it along to me.”

…and now, we introduce “The Beast” (Jessa’s amazing letterpress machine):

I found Princess Beast in Virginia Beach, VA in February 2011.  Her previous owner had taken her from an old printer and had her sitting in his shop for over 10 years. He thought the press was very unique and did not want to scrap it, thank goodness! My husband and I drove 5 hours south from New Jersey to meet her. It was love at first sight. Princess Beast is a Chandler and Price 12 x 18, and therefore a huge piece of machinery. She weighs 2300 lbs.  I love working with her. She is a beast when she’s printing her heart out and a cast iron princess (nothing really dainty about her), therefore Princess Beast!  We have recently towed her from Texas and she is working hard printing fun things for me and my clients.

“Beast it, Princess”—- motivational speech to my press

Here are just a few examples of Jessa’s amazing work:

 

 

Welcome ALH Designs! Philadelphia Wedding Invitation Designer

We are thrilled to welcome the talents of April Cohen of ALH Designs to the Soiree Philadelphia family!  We are so excited to have such a great selection of invitation designers – our well edited selection of professionals allows brides & grooms to focus on finding the right fit for their event, and invitation are such an important part of setting the style & mood for your wedding!

View more of April’s beautiful work on her page: http://soireephiladelphia.com/alh-designs/

Welcome April and all of our new members!  More announcements coming soon!

Welcome to our newest member: Chick Invitations

Chick Invitations is the newest member of Soiree Philadelphia!

From their site:

They say birds of a feather flock together, right? Well, at Chick Invitations our feather is a common love of exquisite paper, meticulous details and great design. Founders, Ashley Macri and Robyn Platoni met while attending design school in Philadelphia. The duo became great friends and began designing custom invitations when it came time for Ashley’s own wedding. Word spread to family and friends and soon, Chick Invitations was formed to keep up the demands of their growing business. Years later, Chick has grown from wedding invitations to a full service invitation design studio, prepared to add your style to every aspect of your event.

Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming “So Inviting…2012” event – we’ll be focusing on all those questions that everyone has about invitations, design, timelines and more!  Plus you’ll get to meet all of our great invitation designers at once!  More details coming soon…

Welcome again to Chick Invitations!  Thrilled to have you as a part of our collective!

Invitation Timing – Guest blog from Little Woman Design – Philadelphia invitation designers

Well-structured timelines are one of the most important aspects of not only your wedding day, but also the wedding planning process as well. When should you hire your photographer? When should you have your final fitting? And, when exactly should you schedule that all-important cake tasting! Nothing can make your special day become decidedly unspecial than if your musician doesn’t show up on time, or those personalized napkins you ordered aren’t being passed with your hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour!

Little Woman Design takes timelines very seriously! During our initial consultation with a couple, we will work through a checklist of stationery that a couple wants, and then start developing a timeline based on the number of custom designs needed and the quantity of items desired. While it’s great to dream of having a wedding theme that carries through your entire wedding, you may not be able to realize your dream if you wait until the month before your wedding!

We have outlined a sample timeline that a couple can jump into from both a 12-month mark and a 6-month mark. While we certainly do not want to discourage couples who have less than 6 months until their wedding day, we want to offer a realistic approach to planning your custom designed wedding stationery.

12-months/6-months: Interview and hire your wedding stationer/graphic designer. Do you like a certain illustration style that a particular designer has? Are you hoping to carry certain design elements throughout the entire wedding? It’s important to interview and hire your stationer/graphic designer early so that your designer can develop not only a comprehensive proposal to cover your stationery needs, but also a highly detailed timeline which allows you a chance to comment and request changes on proofs of work given to you.

6-12 months: Send out your save the date. While most books and advice columns will advise sending out save the dates only if you have many out-of-town-guests, we advocate for these items for other reasons as well. Are you getting married on a holiday or a holiday weekend? Or, are you getting married in the middle of the summer, when many people will book their vacations sometimes up to a year in advance? If so, you want to send out a save the date sooner rather than later! Outside of timing reasons, couples may consider sending out a save the date to either set the stage for what the theme of their wedding may be, or to depart from the formality of their wedding invitation suite, and do something fun and whimsical!

4-6 months: Design your wedding invitation set. Would you like letterpress or digital printing? Embossed or engraved? 100% recycled or 100% cotton (also eco-friendly) paper? There are so many options to choose from, and it would be best to start early so that you get exactly what you want in a wedding invitation. As an engaged couple, you should be able to let your designer know what you’d like, and let them present to you the best way in keeping with your budget to accomplish it. Let them show you swatch books of papers and review design concepts based upon your ideas.

4-5 months: Calligraphy. You’ve spent thousands of dollars on your fabulous, custom designed letterpess wedding invitations! You picked out a gorgeous pattern for your envelope liner! With all this in mind, should you really be addressing your invitation’s outer envelopes (unless you are a master at hand-lettering!). Wow your guests from the outset and book calligraphy services as well. Trust us, you will have your fill of addressing envelopes over the course of your wedding planning and celebration. Save yourself the time and hassle, and have a professional calligrapher do it!

2-3 months: Send out invitations. Sending out your invitations 2-3 months in advance is important not only to let your guests know the exact details of your wedding, but also so that you may set a realistic RSVP deadline date. There are quite a few details that will hinge upon this all-important final head count—from the size of your wedding cake to the number of centerpieces you’ll be ordering. The earlier you get this information, the quicker you’ll be able to get it to your vendors, and

2-8 weeks: Miscellaneous customizations. Whether you want custom designed seating cards, or hand lettered table numbers, you won’t be able to have them done until after you get your RSVPs as you will need to know both the names of the guests coming as well as the table number they will be sitting. Or, maybe you want tags for your wedding favors, a custom made footer for your photo booth picture, or your own personalized cocktail napkins. While the designs of these items should have been done weeks before the 3-8 week mark, you should be taking delivery of the majority of these items at least one or two weeks prior to the wedding day.

Designing your wedding stationery will be one of the most rewarding and creative aspects of planning your wedding! Allow yourselves enough time for the designing process and you’ll be able to ensure that your vision comes to life!

For more information about Little Woman Design or to request a free consultation, please visit our website at http://littlewomandesign.com/contact or email us at francesca@littlewomandesign.com.

Little Woman Design is a full member of the Soiree Philadelphia collective.  For more information on Soiree Philadelphia, please visit our Contact or About pages.

Soiree Philadelphia’s newest member: Little Woman Design

One of the best parts of establishing this collective has been meeting such creative, artistic people! We are so thrilled to announce that Little Woman Designs has joined Soiree Philadelphia.

As soon as I met Michael & Francesca, I knew they “got” what Soiree is all about – they are enthusiastic, passionate about their work and have such a love for weddings!  The perfect fit for our growing group of professionals!

You can find out more about Little Woman Designs on their page:  http://soireephiladelphia.com/little-woman-design and on their own site:  http://www.littlewomandesign.com

They have lots of exciting plans for couples at the Soiree boutique – keep a look out for information on upcoming events!

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