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Jul 20, 2018


photos by Liz Banfield

The client’s demand for beautifully designed and printed wedding paper materials led me to start our printing company, Lettered Olive. Not only are all of the wedding details important to nail, but giving a good first impression with the save the date or invitation sets the guests’ tone for the entire event.  Many times our clients want all of the weekend’s events to compliment each other with the wedding of course being the big night. This gives us a chance to create “party packs”. For a wedding weekend in Oklahoma, a cut out skyline  of the city is the centerpiece of the pack, with all of the invitations surrounding it. Then, a reply card with each event listed in order of when they are happening allows guests a quick and easy response and the bride and groom can know what to prepare for in plenty of time.


photos by Liz Banfield

For this client, having an elegantly rustic weekend with a ceremony under a live oak tree overlooking the Ashley River along with several other events, wood grain paper was used as a common design element. That paper was used to back the save the dates, used as a folder for the wedding invitations, and letterpressed upon for the wedding day BBQ brunch. Lettered Olive designed a pattern that was subtly brought in throughout the designs as well, which is another good way to create cohesiveness. The pattern was used in the wedding colors as the save the date envelope liner,  then the colors were flipped in the pattern for the welcome party invite.


photos by Liz Banfield

For our bride wanting to incorporate natural flora and fauna elements into all aspects of her wedding design, a lush landscape reminiscent of designer wallpaper was created to use throughout. A custom “watercolor” monogram also gave a personal touch. Then, to create a complimentary flow throughout all of the papers, elements were broken out to head up the designs of individual party invitations, menu cards, ceremony programs, and welcome guest booklets.

We often take a monogram we design and create personal stationary like thank you notes or notecards for our brides to use after the wedding.

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 20, 2018


Happy Monday!  Here is a roundup for some upcoming events in Charleston and nearby that we are excited about!  First up is the Party for the Parks. This is always a good time! This circus-sized event features a live auction, open bars and cocktail stations, circus treats provided by top local restaurants, thrilling performances, live music–including local band, Sol Driven Train, a menagerie of eccentric entertainers, and much, much more! All proceeds from this event directly benefit the mission of the Charleston Parks Conservancy in over 25 public parks. Click here for tickets.


The Preservation Society’s annual Fall Home Tours start Oct 6th – 30th.  You can learn more and purchase tickets through their website.


Charleston’s thriving artist community is producing so much young talent, which means there are so many shows and galleries popping up… Here is one we’re excited to check out.


Speaking of Art, our local  Gibbes Musuem of Art has reopened after a rennovation with new collections, and a fresh new event space. Perfect little garden and courtyard for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, etc.


We’re beyond thrilled to be heading to Nashville to participate in Antiques and Garden show… There is an amazing speaker and event line up, so head over to their website for all of the details.

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 20, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today, we wanted to share some easy basic guidelines on what you need on your bridal registry. There are many options out there, and luckily a wealth of information on what to register for and where. Here is a mere overview along with clickable shopping suggestions…


Glassware is a biggie! Depending on your kitchen or storage space, start with the basics- rocks & highboys. You can use both of these for everyday water type glasses, but also for serving cocktails while entertaining. Another basic that is somewhat overlooked is a coffee service. Of course that collection of mugs gathered over the years is fine for your favorite morning brew, but if you forsee hosting guests for any number of reasons over the years, a lovely coffee service set is a must. You can either do something neutral that works for any event, or ones that match your china set (which is nice if you like to serve coffee after dinner).


photos by Corbin Gurkin

Don’t forget your champagne glasses- if room allows, a set of 10-12 is great. It allows enough for a good basis for entertaining, but remember it’s likely that a couple may break over time, so if they are very special ones, you may want to go up on that. There are so many options these days, are you a coupe or a flute person? My favorite universal wine glasses are here



photos by Corbin Gurkin

China is such a broad subject it can overwhelming and hard to drill down on.. Many of our brides tend to inherit a set from a family member which can be used anywhere from everyday to holiday table settings. If you have an intricate or busy pattern that can be used on special occasions you can still register for a more neutral set to be used for everyday or to mix and match with the special set. It seems as if with busy careers and lives most newly married couples don’t find themselves sitting down to a formal dinner every night, so even if you eat on the couch with dinner in your lap on lovely plates it can still seem special!


There are many miscellaneous items that you should keep in mind and if you don’t have lots of storage space, keep in mind that many can be used in a slew of different ways.. A large salad bowl can double as a punch bowl when hosting a get together or trifle like desserts. A cake stand not only holds birthday cakes (even store bought ones like homemade on a cake stand), but baked brie, quiches, or small bites if hosting a buffet/cocktail party type event.


I am a collector of napkins and linens – keep in mind a different array- linen dinner napkins, linen or cotton cocktail napkins, and a set to be used for holiday or special dinner entertaining. Monogramming can also be a way to give linens a special touch.


Bed linens… personal style is a huge factor here! But, I would say a minimum place to start would be three sets. One nice set for your bed, one more basic for laundry time, and a nice set for your guest bed. Of course more sets are needed but you can usually find deals at many of the popular discount outlets like Tuesday Morning and Marshall’s…

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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