Earth Day isn’t until April 22nd, but as per usual, Encore Bridal will be celebrating all month long. Expect tips this month on how engaged couples can give back, show love to, and “save” this beautiful planet of ours.
We recently discovered an online stationery shop, Forever Fiances. What we absolutely love about them is that they offer Save The Date cards and invitations made of 100% recycled plantable materials. Send your guests a card and they can grow wildflowers and herbs (like oregano and thyme).
They have several designs to choose from, or you can send them your own custom design and they will print it for you on their papers. As a bonus their paper is made in the USA, 100% recycled, and created with carbon neutral energy (wind energy!) Not only is Forever Fiances eco-friendly, but they also give 1% of its revenues to several non-profit organizations supporting environmental causes, like charitywater.org. Here are some of our favorites from their collection…
Encore Bridal is thrilled to announce that Nicolle, founder of Proskalo Inc., will be the special guest at our Sunday Style Salon September 26, 2010. Looking for special and unique invitations, place cards, or accessories? Well look no more. Proskalo Inc. is the answer to all your needs.
Proskalo Inc. is a full service paper event company who creates exquisite designs just for you! Proskalo specializes in couture invitations with the best and most unique papers, ribbons, fabrics, and prints. Designs are made to your liking and to perfectly portray your event or special occasion. All invitations and event stationary are gorgeously handmade including the paper! Although Proskalo specializes in couture invitations and stationary, they also create customized accessories such as napkins, coasters, stir sticks, and more! You can’t get anything better than this. Proskalo does prints for not just weddings, but also party, holiday, baby, thank you, and business events.
Proskalo Inc. has been featured as Bride's Choice of 2010
Nicolle Jacobs, founder of Proskalo Inc. has said “Custom-designing invitations and event stationery for celebrations of life’s best moments is a job, but it never really quite feels like one. Our company goal is to capture and communicate the joy and sophisication of the event to your guests from the first introduction, the invitation, to the final memories, the favor and thank you card.”
Nicolle- Founder of Proskalo Inc.
To read and see more of Proskalo Inc, visit their website www.proskalo.com
. Do you have questions about invitiations? Visit Encore Bridal on Sunday Sept 26th (11am – 4pm) at our Manhattan Beach showroom to meet Nicolle, try on gorgeous gowns, and find the perfect bridal accessories. A fun-filled day!
See for yourself!
I was so pleased to have Andria from Lilikoi designs as our Sunday Style Salon special guest this past Sunday. Lilikoi Design & Letterpress is a custom design and letterpress printing studio with a true love for working with blushing brides and handsome grooms on their wedding invitations and day of printed materials. Here is a peak at the collection presented on Sunday:
It’s true, letterpress is one of the most expensive printing techniques, but for good reason. Good letterpress printers are artisans and use high quality inks and papers. The printers themselves, are often costly antiques (Lilikoi’s press is 120 years old), that are hand operated (read: very time consuming to use). Items printed on letterpress have textured lettering / design due to the press actually making an imprint in the paper - creating a raised effect on the back side. While letterpress is one of the more costly methods of printing, it can be affordable. To keep your costs down:
*Print using only one color
*Reduce the number of pieces printed with letterpress – consider having your main invitation printed with letterpress and having the other pieces printed with a less expensive printing method (ex. offset printing).
*Use a pre-set design. As type plates have to be custom made for each new design/lettering, using a pre-set design reduces the need to make a new type plate, hence the costs are reduced. Lilikoi has some gorgeous pre-set designs:
Lilikoi Designs "Tropical Getaway"
Note: Andria from Lilikoi hand mixes the inks to perfectly match your wedding colors.
Lilikoi Designs "Pearl Suite"
For more information: Visit lilikoi-design.com to view their custom and semi-custom collections. Beautifully handmade with love and plenty of style in Venice, California.
Calling all DIY-ers: Paper Source is offering 20% off all internet orders this week. If you were planning on designing your own custom invitations, now is the time to purchase your specialty papers for less. Ahhh, doesn’t saving feel so good!
Use Promo Code: 20OFF
Sale ends July 4th
I found this fantastic site with AMAZING invitations – White Aisle. My heart started beating faster when I saw them they are so beautiful. After catching my breath, I delved further into their site and saw these beautiful silk sashes on the “Giving Back” page.
The silk dress sashes are each handmade in Phnom Penh, Cambodia by one of the many young women trying to move their lives forward after being victims of sex trafficking. 100% of the profit for these sashes will go back to the local day center they work with. It will pay the salaries of these girls, and expand the facility to include full time housing so that they no longer have to go to the brothels in the evenings. This program not only provides them with income, but also a new skill and a feeling of empowerment. It’s a first step out of what is an unimaginable life for most of us.
The fabric used is local hand loomed Khmer (Cambodian) silk. They come in 10 different colors and swatches are free of charge. Only $20 each!