A few weeks ago, the Charleston Wedding Planners Association put on a great seminar on etiquette. I know, I know – it doesn’t sound like a thrilling topic – but for this crowd, it kind of is. Etiquette questions and guidance are a huge part of our day to day work.

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Coleman Hall – formerly Tidewater Chapel – hosted the event and it was beautiful. We got there in style via Lowcountry Valet’s awesome restored vintage buses.

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Before the seminar, I was so glad to see Brit Croft there photographing. She grabbed a quick shot of Kellie and me – Laurel managed to dodge the camera! We’ll get her next time. She was sweet enough to provide the beautiful photos for this post, so pop over to her blog and say hi if you have a second.

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After mimosas and delicious pastries, Peggy Post from the Emily Post Institute spoke and signed copies of her lovely new book. I loved her spin on things and it’s one I fully endorse – etiquette is about considering other people as much as possible. Thinking before you speak. Considering how your words and actions could be perceived. Loving any idea for 5 minutes before raising opposition.

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The presentation was followed by a fabulous lunch by Cru Catering. And desserts by Christophe Artisan Chocolatiers arrived on a gorgeous stand.

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I could get used to this.

Lovely, lovely day and so much fun to bring the whole Dodeline team (even though I can hardly believe I have a team ;-)). Happy weekend!

These Charleston map save the dates turned out so well! There are so many ways to do a map stylistically and also geographically, but this is probably one of my favorites so far. Watercolor style of just the peninsula, so we were “zoomed in” enough to show some detail but still had fun with sketchy icons and little details.

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And hopefully, it should make something fun for the couple’s guests to stick on the fridge and get excited about their upcoming weekend in Charleston.

I adore these luggage tag save the dates. For our recent photoshoot with Paige Winn, we decided to present them with fun bright green envelopes and a black and white striped liner that I just love.

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Fresh, vibrant, and unique, just like this fun couple! Can’t wait to do invites next. Happy Monday!

I really love how these vintage travel invitations turned out. With a train ticket as our inspiration, we really created something with a vintage vibe by printing on awesome 140# French Paper that has a nice fleck and old-timey feel to it. A drawing of the venue, Magnolia Gardens, is faded into the background and nice traditional style block fonts remind me of metro signs and date stamps.

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We did a fun map along with the suite. For the design, we tried to mimic nautical maps and vintage style maps with some of the faded blue and shading. It’s a lot different than the maps we do more often, so I really fell in love with this one.

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With all this fun going on, it can’t just be a plain old response card! We did the response card like a luggage tag, complete with Air Mail twine. The bride and groom also included really fun wording – no simple yes / no options here!

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! We’re already halfway through the week :-)

These invitations were truly a labor of love for bride & designer both. When two paper people get together, the collaboration usually works out very well, and this is no exception!

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Going into the design process, the bride had a definite vision to create a wrought iron gate that would close around the invitation. In order to give it a “real” effect, we went with laser cutting so we could actually cut out the intricate scroll work. We tried to create a close replica of the design of the William Aiken House gates, where the ceremony and reception will be held.

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Inside the gates, no detail was spared. The invitation itself is one color letterpress + a custom drawn scroll work blind impression (the pattern that you can see that doesn’t have color). In order to tie in the blush color, we matted the invitation on shimmery blush stock.

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Both of the envelopes for the suite were a shimmer ivory finished off with amazing calligraphy by Paige Tanenbaum.

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We also included a sweet little map to remind guests of the website, the hotel blocks, and give them a general “lay of the land” for the Charleston peninsula.

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The package was held together by a coordinating peach / blush sheer ribbon that really just finished it off so well. It looks great against the gold gate.

This invitation suite is such a great example of how planning ahead and really thinking through all the details pays off so well. I can’t wait to see the actual wedding! You know it will be amazing :-)

Charleston Style + Design magazine hit the newstands recently and it is chock-full of beautiful homes, weddings, and more, including one of our beautiful brides.

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Kristin and Rakesh’s wedding, planned by Southern Protocol and photographed by the always amazing Jen Bearden, has a gorgeous spread. I love how they did personalized running shoes – that was a detail I didn’t even know about until I got to see the article!

One thing I had been excited to see was the sofa created by 428 Main in that gorgeous mint green fabric. It looks pretty fabulous with the cake too. I just love seeing all the details come together, so I was very excited that they included her lovely gold invitation suite too. They all tell the story of a beautiful day!

Check out the article on Charleston Style + Design. Happy Wednesday!

I absolutely love these gorgeous gold foil wedding invitations. With their Art Deco inspired flair, they are so much fun, a bit unique, but still feel formal too.

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The wedding was at the Gibbes Museum of Art, which is such a perfect venue for this style of invitation. The bride loved gold, so we had to go for gold foil wedding invitations and I am thrilled with the result.

Gold is so popular right now but it is a tricky color in print. Unless you go for gold foil, you have to look at gold as more of a “bronze” or deep tan / golden yellow sort of color. Without the shine, that’s just how gold looks (think about aged monuments or brass), so if you really want the shine in your printed materials, you have to go for the foil. One little trick we use to get around that sometimes is to print on shimmer paper, which helps by giving it a bit of shine, but definitely isn’t as authentically-gold as foil.

This sweet bride & groom tied the knot in March, and we’re so happy for them! Congrats Elizabeth and Bryan!

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I was so so happy that the weather held out last weekend for this gorgeous blush and gray wedding by Engaging Events. From what little I got to hear in some of our meetings, there were flowers galore and I cannot wait to see photos.

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This invitation is absolutely to die for – the whole suite is letterpress in a beautiful color combination of blush and gray. We used calligraphy for some of the elements complemented with beautiful floral patterns. I love how they did the “emblem” on the back and we used that in several other elements of the wedding, such as menus and programs.

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Thank you to Bridgit McBee for taking these fun photos!

Right about now, hopping on a plane and taking off to a sandy beach in Mexico sounds pretty fantastic…and these invitations will make you want to do just that! This bride is planning an amazing destination wedding on the beach in Mexico, so we wanted the invitations to be fun, coastal, but still a little bit elegant too.

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I really love the pale blue petalfold pocket that opens up to reveal all the little details and the invitation itself. Wrapped up with a belly band and it’s the perfect package!

Happy #WeddingWednesday friends!

Oh my, these are pretty. And one of my all time favorite, sweetest brides, I must say. Jennie came in to our office over a year ago absolutely dying to start talking paper. A girl after my own heart!

We started with the save the date, of course, and we created a lovely marsh scene inspired by the Lowndes Grove reception location. The save the date was letterpressed and we actually did a mixture of envelopes – some sage green, some blush pink – all with a seersucker champagne liner. Just a little Southern, no?

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For the invitation, we moved on to incorporating a beautiful lace alongside Lowcountry scenery. The invitation is double sided letterpress on awesome thick Crane 220 paper.

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Paige Tanenbaum did the beautiful calligraphy on inner and outer envelopes. We also used the handwritten address for the return and response.

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I love the fun little detail of printing the envelope liner with a phrase or something cute. We decided to do a phrase instead of the lace since we had a fair amount of that already, and I think it definitely adds a little something unique.

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Jennie and George tied the knot this past weekend – congratulations you two!