The R29 Stationery Guide — For Your Dream Wedding & Beyond

Calling all brides- and grooms-to-be: Not to put extra pressure on you or anything, but those save-the-date cards and wedding invites you've been procrastinating on picking out are kind of a big deal. In addition to being really pretty, they also offer your guests their first look into your nuptials and the fete that will follow. And naturally, you want the sneak preview to be as special and original as the relationship itself.
Luckily, the vibe and aesthetic of your big day can be conveyed with just a couple of pieces of well-chosen cardstock. The secret? Finding a savvy, extra-creative stationer who really gets it (and you) — and that's where we come in. We've rounded up a hit list of our favorite local designers and suppliers who can help you choose stationery worthy of a scrapbook (or at least an extended stay on the fridge door). Click through to meet them all and swoon over their pretty paper goods.
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Fig. 2
Whimsical typography and a contemporary color palate are the hallmarks of an invitation by Fig. 2 Design's Claudia Smith. Claudia’s eye for detail keeps area fans of fine paper coming back for a fresh take on formal invites. She offers four methods of printing: digital, offset, letterpress, and foil stamp. With fun signature touches and a lighthearted vibe, Fig. 2's options are a perfect match for out-of-the-box brides.

Photo: Courtesy of Fig. 2
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The Dandelion Patch
With an extensive selection of stationery ranging from traditional engraving to trendy letterpress, a visit to The Dandelion Patch feels like a trip to pulp heaven. Sift through thick books of invitation suites from companies such as William Arthur, Elum, and Bella Figura, and let the extra-helpful staff guide you. Georgetown store manager Julia Tucker Pike says the shop is all about “making your special day a little more personal" — and getting your wedding off on the right foot, of course. With six area locations and a staff specially trained in etiquette, this is a one-stop-shop for planners who want their hands held through the process.

Photo: Courtesy of Dandelion Patch
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Haute Papier
If you're in the market for a full-service stationer, look no further than D.C.-based company Haute Papier. Run by friends Sarah Meyer Walsh and Erin Miller, the duo will do everything from branding your wedding with a custom motif to stamping the invites and sticking them in the mail. The pair create all their paper goods at a printing station in Rosslyn, and after 15 years in the area, they say they love D.C.’s contemporary and sophisticated brides more than ever.

Photo: Courtesy of Haute Papier
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A creative bride with an eye for whimsical detail need look no further than Alexandria's Simplesong Design. Founded by Suann Song in 2008, the King Street stationer customizes letterpress invitations that takes her clients' ideas to the peak of their potential. Simplesong's signature touches might include a preppy fabric pouch for presenting a three-piece suite, or a pretty antique ribbon affixed to the front of a reply card. Song's dedication to craftsmanship — she feeds each invitation through her presses one by one — has garnered her a reputation that goes far beyond the District, and has earned her mentions in the likes of Real Simple and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Photo: Courtesy of Simplesong Design
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Digby & Rose
Former Foreign Service agent Heather Noss started a company called Letterpress Light in 2008, named for her signature printing process that creates an impression 50% deeper than traditional letterpress, and can utilize multiple colors. After requests for the custom process started streaming in, she launched Digby & Rose in Northwest D.C. Her collection of wedding invites can be customized to a couple’s tastes, and can range from completely classy and charming to a little tongue-in-cheek.

Photo: Courtesy of Digby & Rose
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Just Paper & Tea
Carolyn and Nick Wasylczuk inherited their shop, Just Paper & Tea, 25 years ago, from an ailing neighbor who knew that Carolyn had a passion for stationery. The low-profile P Street paper shop offers custom invitation suites from designers such as Umi, Mr. Boddington, and The Happy Envelope, as well as gifts and a collection of teas. What sets the Wasylczuks apart from other area purveyors of paper? Spot-on customer service gleaned from years of catering to the Georgetown elite; Carolyn can steer a bride toward a custom invitation sure to garner stacks of RSVPs.

Photo: Courtesy of Just Paper & Tea

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