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Kleinfeld Paper Fills the Void

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Just before Thursday’s big snow “event” Sheila and I received a very kind visit from Paul Wainman of Kleinfeld Paper and Karla Cushman of Studio Cushman who is responsible for a great deal of Kleinfeld’s new designs.   Paul, the former President of William Arthur, is very well-known in the stationery industry and it is great to see him leverage Kleinfeld’s considerable clout in wedding fashion into creating fine wedding papers for brides.

I try to avoid brand comparisons, since most fine paper designers have their own distinctive styles.   While Kleinfeld’s designs are certainly fashionable, I feel that the span of their designs, printing options and price points can only be compared to the lovely papers produced by Encore.  In effect, Kleinfeld is responding to a deep vacuum that has not been properly filled since Encore closed its doors in September, 2011.   In fact, I suspect that this is one reason why many stationery stores have found Kleinfeld’s Wedding Collection so appealing.

Paul and Karla shared with us a collage of  their new wedding collection called “Timeless” which will be released this Spring.   Clearly, this new album features more traditional and classic designs which have stood the “test of time” (sorry about that!) and are most certain to create some buzz leading into May’s National Stationery Show.    Nevertheless, these  ”Timeless” designs are edgy without diminishing the importance of the occasion.    Both Sheila and I were truly excited to see something new and are on the short list for the new album.

One of the great benefits of working Kleinfeld Paper is its ability to think outside the box and work with leading stationers to create truly unique designs for bridal couples.   While many printing companies seem unable to function outside pre-designed templates, Kleinfeld’s printing and custom design specialists are more than willing to explore the full potential of fine paper and custom design.   This is certainly most reassuring.

In addition to letterpress, engraving, thermography and digital printing,  Kleinfeld also offers “raised print” which is a form of digital printing that simulates thermography, but without its many limitations.

If you are a stationery retailer and wish to learn more about this exciting brand, please visit Kleinfeld’s retail portal.

Sheila and Richard May
Therese Saint Clair

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Elum Wedding Invitation Promotion

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Elum, one of the leading designers and printers of letterpress wedding invitations is currently offering a promotion which allows you to receive 25 FREE invitations for a minimum order of 75 invitations.  This special promotion is available through May 31st, so take action now.

Letterpress wedding invitation from Elum

If you are interested in the elegant and subtle texture of letterpress printing, drop into visit a stationery store in your neighborhood to see Elum’s beautiful new designs.

Elum Letterpress wedding invitations

Don’t procrastinate any longer. Visit your local stationer and see Elum’s great letterpress wedding invitation designs.

Richard W. May

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Dauphine Press Spring Promotion

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Now through June 30th, please select one the great Spring Promotional options when your order your wedding invitations or Bar Mitzvah invitations from Dauphine Press.

1. ONE FREE MATCHING NOTE CARD for every invitation ordered. Thank your guests with style. Complimentary 1-color note cards with any wedding invitation order. Matching blank envelopes included.
2. 30 FREE INVITATIONS with your order of 100 invitations. A perfect insurance policy for a growing guest list. Order 100 or more letterpress wedding elements and receive 30 free! Receive 100, pay for 70.
3. FREE PERSONALIZED TAGS to add elegance and style to the packaging of your guest wedding favor. Tags will coordinate with your wedding invitation design, using the same paper and ink.
4. 15% OFF ANY INVITATION ORDER. Now your dream wedding invitation can fit into your budget. Discount applies to printed pieces only. Embellishments not included.

Dauphine Press is one of our favorites letterpress companies from the West Coast. These contemporary designs are certain to add a fresh new look to make your wedding or Bar Mitzvah event even more spectacular.

Sheila P. May
Therese Saint Clair

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Arzberger: Engraved Stationery and Custom Invitations

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Arzberger has become the new “go-to” resource for engraved stationery and custom invitations.  Currently, Arberger is overwhelmed with new business now that Crane & Co. has decided to implement their recently announced “back to basics” strategy.

Arzberger Staff

Stationers across the United States are still reeling from Crane’s decision in late December to significantly reduce customization options, ink colors, paper stock and envelope linings in an effort to reconfigure their business.  Many in the industry had expected that Crane’s acquisition of  William Arthur in November signaled a major push by Crane to dominate high-end fashion stationery and custom invitations.   This is clearly not the case.

Arzberger Engraved Invitations

While Arzberger’s printing business has increased, I was informed by a spokesperson for the company that they still welcome new business from stationers and clients who seek quality and time-tested printing and classic designs.   I was reassured that Arzberger has more than enough printing capacity to fill the vacuum left behind by Crane.

Azberger has produced finely crafted wedding, personal and social stationery for customers throughout the United States since 1922.  From design to shipping, everything necessary to produce your stationery is done by us in our facility in Charlotte.  Just because we have been doing this forever does not make us boring or dreary; to the contrary, it makes us one of the only companies in this business that has consistently been getting it right.  For more information on their philosophy (which most quality stationers share), please visit their website.

Arzberger Printer Engraving Invitations

For those searching for a world-class printer and design company that can easily fulfill the needs of your current Crane clients and to establish an ongoing relationship for future custom business, please acess the attached contact information for Arzberger.   I will be providing additional information in later posts, but I have been overwhelmed with requests from dealers across the United States seeking alternatives to fill the vacuum left behind by Crane.  Based on my initial conversations with Elizabeth Edwards, I am confident that Arzberger is more than capable of meeting the expectations of your most demanding clients.

Richard W. May
Founding Member of the Stationers Guild

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Planning your Wedding Invitation

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Making your very own distinctive wedding invitation collection requires a bit of time and organizational skills but is significantly simpler and easier compared to what most bridal pairs envision. While it’s best to work with a qualified stationer to complete your wedding invitation, the majority of the important design elements can be established prior to meeting with a reliable professional
William Arthur Wedding Invitation

There’re five important elements worthwhile considering: the overall wedding template, color palette, the papers, the printing process and the organizational necessities. Let’s assess each important component individually:

The Wedding Idea

While the season of the year is generally used to go with a general wedding design, bridal couples usually select a wedding motif which has precious little to do with the season. Classic wedding invitations mirror the significance of the day a lot more than the time of the year, although other bridal couples may wish to showcase their own look. Clearly, deciding on a theme helps to put together elements of the wedding ceremony.

The Wedding Colors

Deciding on the appropriate wedding colors will help connect together other elements of the wedding ceremony, for example, flower arrangements, bridesmaid dresses and table settings. Using striking ink colors and shades and envelope designs for your wedding invitation can be a practical approach to match the colors of one’s wedding theme.

The Wedding Papers

Deciding on the most suitable paper stock for the wedding invitation is rather subjective. There are 100s – if not thousands and thousands – of elegant papers to choose from. Weight is usually an essential thing to consider, but other couples discover delicate distinctive hand-made paper to their liking. Picking paper stock that is white or ecru gives you more flexibility in deciding upon motifs and color styles to correspond to your wedding concept.

The Printing Process

Engraving is one of the most classic form of printing wedding invitations, but letterpress is experiencing a revival. While both engraving and letterpress printing are higher in price than flat-printing and themography, the classiness of traditional printing is unmistakable.

Making use of your wedding papers as organizational resources

Alongside the wedding invitation, a reply card set, seating cards, wedding accommodation cards, menus and wedding programs are beneficial organizational instruments. Do not ignore the possibility to create a save the date card to assist your invited guests with essential transportation and places to stay information.
Wedding Menu Card from William Arthur

A well-crafted wedding invitation is a good opening to stamp your personality on the wedding. Attentive planning will let you to make use of your wedding invitation to celebrate the event and establish enthusiasm for your special wedding day.

Richard W. May is one the owners of Therese Saint Clair and writes routinely about wedding invitations and stationery trends.

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Features of a Captivating Wedding Invitation

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Creating your own unique wedding invitation collection takes a little bit of time and organizational tools but is far simpler and easier than what most bridal partners expect. Although it’s best to utilize a qualified stationery store owner to complete your wedding invitation, the vast majority of important elements of design can be established before selecting a reliable professional
William Arthur Wedding Invitations

There exist five crucial elements worth looking at: the primary wedding theme, color palette, the papers, the printing process and the organizational prerequisites. Let’s examine each major feature one by one:

The Wedding Template

Even though the season of the year is frequently utilized to decide upon a general wedding theme, bridal couples usually select a wedding concept which has very little to do with the time of year. Classic wedding invitations capture the importance of the celebration more than the time of the season, although other bridal couples might want to emphasize their own design. Certainly, deciding on an organizational design helps to synchronize other elements of the wedding event.

The Wedding Colors

Choosing the appropriate wedding color styles may help link with each other elements of the wedding, such as, floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses and table configurations. Using daring ink colors and shades and envelope textures for your wedding invitation is a effective way to match the colors of your wedding template.

The Wedding Papers

Picking out the “right” paper stock for your wedding invitation is quite subjective. There are hundreds – if not thousands and thousands – of fabulous wedding papers to choose from. The paper weight is commonly a vital factor, but other brides-to-be encounter very soft distinctive hand-made paper to their preference. Picking out wedding papers that is white or ecru will give you more variety in choosing motifs and different colors to match your wedding style.

The Printing Processes

Engraving is by far the most traditional process of printing wedding invitations, but letterpress is enjoying a revival. Although both engraving and letterpress printing are more costly than lithography and themography, the appeal of traditional printing is unmistakable.

Taking advantage of your wedding papers as organizational assets

Besides the wedding invitation, reply cards, table cards, wedding direction cards, menu cards and wedding programs are great organizational assets. Don’t ignore an opportunity for using a save the date card to assist your invitees with essential transportation and hotel information.
Wedding Program from William Arthur

A well-crafted wedding invitation is a useful opening to stamp your style on the wedding event. Careful planning will enable you to utilize your wedding invitation to commemorate the event and establish passion for your special day.

Richard W. May is one the owners of Therese Saint Clair and writes routinely about wedding invitations and stationery developments.

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Wedding Invitation Suggestions from William Arthur

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Therese Saint Clair has put together an interesting video collage of some of William Arthur’s latest wedding invitation designs.  From understated elegance to beautifully engraved invitations, William Arthur has put together an exciting collection of wedding paper samples to help you get started on creating your own unique wedding invitation.

If you are looking for wedding invitation in the New York metropolitan area, schedule an appointment at Therese Saint Clair in downtown Greenwich, CT and let their experienced staff walk you through the numerous design and printing options available from William Arthur.

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Features of a Captivating Wedding Invitation

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Making your individual one of a kind wedding invitation suite demands a bit of time and organizational skills but is a lot simplier and easier compared to what most bridal pairs expect. While it’s best to work with a knowledgeable stationery store owner to complete your wedding invitation, many of the essential design elements can be determined just before selecting a competent specialist
Wedding Invitations from William Arthur

There are actually five key components worthwhile considering: the general wedding idea, colors, the papers, the printing process and the organizational goals. Let’s analyze each important aspect individually:

The Wedding Template

While the season of the year is often used to pick an overall wedding concept, bridal couples will often choose a wedding concept which has little to do with the time of year. The classic wedding invitations mirror the importance of the special occasion far more than the time of the season, although other bridal couples might like to highlight their own design. Clearly, deciding on an organizational design aids you to organize additional factors of the wedding ceremony.

The Wedding Color Styles

Deciding on the appropriate wedding colors may help tie with each other other components of the wedding, such as, floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses and table settings. Using vibrant ink color styles and envelope designs for your wedding invitation is really a handy solution to tie in the colors of one’s wedding theme.

The Wedding Papers

Looking for the “right” paper stock for your personal wedding invitation is rather subjective. There are hundreds – if not thousands and thousands – of stunning papers to choose from. Weight is commonly an important thing to consider, but other couples discover very soft textured hand-made papers to their liking. Choosing wedding papers that is white or ecru offers you more leeway in deciding upon motifs and color styles to enhance your wedding theme.

The Printing Method

Engraving is one of the most traditional form of printing wedding invitations, but letterpress is experiencing a resurgence. Despite the fact that both engraving and letterpress printing are more expensive than lithography and themography, the attractiveness of traditional printing is unshakable.

Taking advantage of your wedding papers as organizing resources

Besides the wedding invitation, reply cards, table cards, wedding direction cards, menu cards and wedding programs are excellent organizational tools. Do not lose the opportunity for using a save the date announcement to help provide your family and friends with critical flight and accommodation information.
Wedding Reception Invitation from William Arthur

A carefully thought out wedding invitation is a good opening to stamp your personality on the wedding event. Conscientious execution and planning will allow you to work with your wedding invitation to ceremonialize the event and generate passion for your special day.

Sheila P.May is one the owners of Therese Saint Clair and writes often about wedding invitations and stationery movements.

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Emerging Styles for 2012 Wedding Stationery and Invitations

Monday, July 16th, 2012

The first signs show that the 2012 wedding season appears to be one of the strongest in history. Though the economic situation remains fragile, bridal couples who have deferred their wedding seem to be saying that next season is when they finally decide to get married.

William Arthur Wedding Invitation

That said, wedding specialists are starting to launch new styles and designs awaiting the tide of new weddings that will begin in early January. Main printing company and designer William Arthur is starting 2012 with a bang with two renewed wedding albums and the forthcoming launch of Vera Wang’s new wedding invitation designs. Color, dazzling new patterns and wedding invitations that contain both conventional and modern designs are conspicuously featured in William Arthur’s wedding line.

William Arthur Wedding Invitation

Most significantly, William Arthur provides numerous invitations which may be printed in letterpress, engraving or thermography. These choices provide the consumer the option of selecting a printing style that reflects their needs and budget.

William Arthur features many original designs at affordable prices and certainly should be on every bridal couple’s short list of “must see” invitations. Also, there’s a very good line of save the date invitations and personal stationery.

See a William Arthur dealer in your area to check out their line personally or visit them online.

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Shopping Smartly for Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

People browsing for wedding invitations often tend to believe that paper quality is probably the most relevant price consideration when choosing an online wedding invitation. Though the level of quality of the paper is really important, other elements such as the printing method, number of ink colors and extra touches usually play a lot more important role in defining the ultimate cost of your personalized wedding invitations.

Julie Holcomb Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Many top quality printers make use of cotton fibers, high-grade wood fibers which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or a combination of both cotton and wood-based fibers. While these papers tend to be of a better quality than re-cycled papers that quite a few promote as “environment-friendly, these quality papers very often cost a bit more but are definitely well worth the nominal premium. Moreover, these papers are generally more “environmentally-friendly” and substantial than most papers marketed over the internet that promise to be “green” or “tree-free.”

William Arthur Wedding Invitation

Variables that usually tend to add to the cost of imprinted wedding invitations are the weight of paper, dark papers and the quantity of ink colors used in printing the invitations.

Paper weight: Many wedding papers offered on line are printed by industrial printers. In general, paper with a weight in excess of 120 pounds can’t be processed through a commercial printer or ink-jet printer. Consequently, a heavy wedding invitation can only be printed using engraving, letterpress or, in some cases, with thermographic inks. This traditional printing method is likely to increase overall costs, but will yield a substantially more eye-catching invitation.

Paper Color: Nearly all wedding invitations are printed on white or ecru colored papers to ensure that ink colors resonate. Having said that, there is a fashion in the direction of bold-colored papers. In these cases, simply using a more expensive printing procedure like engraving seems to work to obtain the proper differentiation connecting ink colors and darkly-colored papers.

Ink Colors: Although flat-printing, lithography and digital printing is effective with papers less than 120 pounds in weight, more conventional printing methods are needed for weightier papers. In these cases, each color needs to be applied in a separate press run, therefore increasing costs.

While hunting locally for wedding invitations, it’s usually recommended to seek advice from a highly trained stationer who can assist you decide on the finest wedding invitation designs and papers for your overall wedding budget.

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