Botanical Invitations

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
-Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Our inspiration stemmed from the muted tones in vintage botanical illustrations. Now, we find delight in the colour that our timeless stationery found itself paired with in this recent Wedluxe photoshoot. We hope you enjoy this contrast of life and antiquity in the images below. The last photo in particular looks remarkably like an Impressionist painting.

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Featured in Wedluxe - Photography by Krista Fox

Making a Seating Chart

Seating chart by Anista Designs

When guests arrive at the reception dinner, this is their process: they glance at a seating chart or grab an escort card, then make their way to a table.

 Your process is significantly more complex. 

You can start planning the second your RSVPS are in. One of the first decisions should be specific seats vs. table numbers. If your meal is a buffet, then a large seating chart (a board showing people's names and table numbers) should do the trick. However, for a formal multi-course meal with individualized meal selections, assigned seating may be the only way to fight back chaos. In this case, escort cards (cards with someone's name, table number, and seat number) can be helpful. 

Escort Cards by Anista Designs

When planning, keep table size in mind. For 60” round tables, the ideal is 6-8 people seated, while for a 6’ by 30” rectangular table, the ideal is 6-8 (depending on whether you seats people at the endcaps – the head and foot of the table). It’s also important to make sure you have the right amount of tables in the room, and that people have enough space to move between them comfortably. The ideal is at least 60” away from each other, and at least 30" from the wall.

Once that's figured out, it becomes a matter of matching personalities. You know the character of your family and friends, so there’s nobody better suited to pairing people up at tables. However, it’s not a bad idea to ask for suggestions - you might be surprised at your friend's seating preference!

As the lucky couple, you may choose to sit at a sweetheart table – a table isolated from the rest, where you can have your first meal as a wedded couple. You can also sit with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, you can sit with parents, with direct family, or you could sit with coworkers if you like.  Traditionally, your parent’s sit with your sweetheart’s parents, but here's the most important thing to remember: it’s your wedding, and your decision.

As for the aesthetics of your escort cards of seating chart - that you can leave to a friendly stationery business!

Lace Wedding Ideas

Lace is luxury. It's said to have originated in 16th century Venice, from where it swept the world as a status symbol. The labour and the expense involved were extraordinary - all those stiff collars you see in Medieval royal portraits, the ugly ones that looks like vet-inflicted Cones of Shame, each took a thousand hours of expert labour. Just one square cm could take five hours. Lace is luxury. 

And you deserve luxury. Now, thinking beyond the wedding dress, what are some creative ways of working lace into your wedding?

Jewelery

It's not just for the runway. Lace can be worn as a stunning accessory, in ways only limited by your imagination. Even better, we've found a nifty DIY guide so these beauties don't have to break your bank.

 

 

Fencing

Architectural lace is a Dutch innovation that could revolutionize our urban areas. For now, it's a rare sight! 

 

 

 

Stationery

Lace-inspired stationery is somewhat of a speciality here at Anista Designs! Pictured on the right are our signature lace envelopes.

 

 

 

Bouqet

Baby's Breath flowers are widely regarded as nature's lace. They can be incorporated in weddings as bouquets, table pieces, wreaths, or even bridal arches.

Mother's Day Stationery

Though we have a reputation for weddings, Anista Designs makes cards for all occasions! Recently, our lace-themed stationery featured in a Mother's Day photoshoot by Style Me Pretty. The models were mother and daughter, with the daughter twirling about in her mother's vintage wedding dress. What a beautiful way to celebrate those who brought you into this world!

Photography: Edison Photography / Location: Pear Orchard Farm in Caledonia, Ontario / Stationery:Anista Designs / Cake + Cookies: Sugarbelle Cakes

Happy Thanksgiving from the Team!

Thanksgiving is about more than the famous roast turkey. Way back when, it was a time to give thanks for a generous harvest, but with more folk living in cities with easy access to supermarkets, it's transformed into a day to appreciate not only your family, but the entire world around you.

What follows are a few of our favourite Thanksgiving traditions.

Take a walk in nature

The leaves are changing colour and the squirrels are rushing about gorging themselves on nuts. If you're lucky (and live in the right areas) you may even see herds of deer in full-antler, or have flocks of foraging wild turkeys leave behind stray iridescent feathers in your backyard. Is it any wonder then that Thanksgiving is a traditional time to enjoy nature? Long walks enjoying the fall weather and scenery are also a perfect opportunity to bond with family.

CHILL OUT

Don't let stress overcome you! You may feel huge pressure to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving activities and meals, but your family will enjoy it more if you let down your hair. Don't be afraid to veg out a bit - there's plenty of time for turkey and boardgames after you all watch Ghostbusters with a bag of chips.

Feast

This tradition is as old as time; the harvest supper was the topper to autumn equinox festivals across the world. Of course, the details vary, and in our culture they get rather specific. The particular foods we eat can be traced back to the first American Thanksgiving in 1621, that famous meal of pumpkin, squash, berries, wild turkey, fish and waterfowl that Pilgrims ate with the Native Americans. With the exception of fish, most of those items went on to become staples. Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, baked sweet potato, creamed corn, stuffed and roasted turkey, squash and beet salad, and of course pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream for desert. These foods, and their beautiful autumn colour-scheme, are an incredible tradition to share with your family.

GIVE THANKS

This one is a biggie. If you always want more, you'll never have enough. Instead, reflect on the small ever-day joys of your life. It's incredible that we're all here enjoying this world - don't let the daily grind overwhelm you. This is perfect day to let your family know just how much you appreciate them. One activity that accomplishes this is writing each other notes - this is a good idea if you have family members who couldn't attend, as they will no doubt tear up getting these notes in the mail! As Henry Van Dyke once said, "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse."

 

Girly Stationery Shoot

Pink is feminine, sweet and cheery. It can evokes Valentines romance or childish charm, making it the perfect versatile tool for any wedding. That's why we found it such a treat, designing stationery for this Perfect Pink Wedluxe photoshoot! Pictured below is our Adelaide line of stationery, shot by tenoversix photography - the pink garnishes it in floral swirls, overlaid by embossed gold wreaths. 

2015 Stationery Trends

Darcy Collection - Anista Designs

1. Faux Watercolour

Translucent bleeds of colour, especially when paired with florals, are hot right now. Free flowing pastels are a fun, modern way to keep your elegant script from appearing stiff and dusty.

 

 

 

Hadly Collection - Anista Designs

2. Marbled paper

One of the biggest trends of the year is rippling faux-stone. The style varies, with some stationery trying it's darndest to mimic real stone, and others using the faint patterning as a stylish accent.

 

 

 

 

Jade Collection - Anista Designs

3. Rustic homespun

You've heard of faux-watercolour, now how about faux-wood? Theses invitations are a perfect compliment to a rustic outdoors wedding. When photographed, they can also be unbelievably realistic.

 

 

 

Amanda Collection - Anista Designs

4. Foil EMBELLISHMENT

Gold is a timeless accent. Including splashes of it in the form of foil accents is a perfect way to get your glitz on without overwhelming guests.

 

 

 

Summer Flowers Are Here

With summer comes cherry blossoms, and the opportunity for another Anista Designs photoshoot! We hope you enjoy these photos of the Vivienne, Adelaide and Angela collections posed among the blooms.

A card from the Vivienne collection, surrounded by resplendent pink.

Our handmade Angela collection invitation perches high in a branch.

We have flowers of our own in the Vivienne collection.

Doesn't our Adelaide collection look at home among the blossoms?

A Visit from Royalty

This Monday was a special one for Anista Designs. Exotic-looking Pangur paid us a visit and deemed the studio beneath her – though she did seem fond of Mathew, our tiny CEO.

After being released from her carrier by a harried intern, Pangur made the rounds screaming and sniffing our décor with disdain. Quickly the petite princess decided that, though not up to scratch, the studio would make an acceptable tribute. In the photo below, she strolls her new kingdom with her head raised loftily, modelling a handmade Anista Designs gift tag.

Little did she know, this realm already had a tiny king. Mathew, the son of Anista Design’s founder, Christa, was highly entertained by the imperious feline. He took his diplomatic duties quite seriously, accompanying Pangur on a survey of their territory, and occasionally pulling down a box for her to sniff and inspect.

At Anista Designs, we do appreciate our feline overlords - especially when they match our aesthetic so neatly - but at the end of the day, it came time to escort her royal rear back into the carrier. She screamed her outrage all the way out, watching with horror as her newly conquered kingdom retreated in her sight. When at last she had departed, we found she'd thoughtfully left clumps of loose white hair behind, to ease the lose of her company. This last considerate gesture brought tears to our eyes - though perhaps it was just allergies.  Farwell, Pangur, and may your tiny pink claws snare many a kingdom to come. They've already snared our hearts.

Upon hearing an intern remark on their hunger, she declared "LET THEM EAT KIBBLE."

What a poser - behind her is one of our popular items, a handmade Bride/Groom chair sign

Mulberry Blooms in Wedluxe

Renata De Thomasis wanted to create a "playful, whimsical, and fairytale-like atmosphere with a twist", and we love how Anista Designs stationery has featured in her dream. Below you'll see our handmade wedding invitations, placecards, and menus alongside luxurious Ines Di Santo gowns and lush, pastel flowers. You'll find even more dreamy photos on the Wedluxe article.

Anista Designs' Vivienne Collection featured in the new WedLuxe!

All sorts of beautiful happening in the Winter/Spring 2015 edition of WedLuxe.  We are quite excited to see our new Vivienne Collection featured in the 'Fleur Blanche' Style Shoot! Check out pages 146-151 to see our gorgeous invitation suite, thank you cards, wallpaper, signage and soap wrappers our anista designs team created! We worked very hard in collaboration with many talented people to bring together this beautiful  floral style shoot! Take a look and let us know what you think!