We all know that a picture is worth 1000 words. But did you know the wedding invitation you receive in the mail has just as much to say?

No, it’s not just a piece of paper.

Hannah Rodewald, owner of The Pleasure of Your Company at Green Spring Station, has helped thousands of area brides-to-be (and their moms and grooms-to-be) design their invitations. As you can imagine, styles and trends have evolved over the last 30 years she has been in the stationery business.

Every Invitation Tells a Story at The Pleasure of Your Company

One thing has remained the same: the wedding invitation sets the tone for the entire wedding celebration. Whether the couple chooses ecru linen with gold script or navy stock with modern typeface, it tells a story about the event — and the couple.

“Oh, the stories we could tell about weddings!” winked Hannah. But she doesn’t. She’s a professional.

… but she did share a few stories behind some of her favorite invitation designs.

Every Invitation Tells a Story at The Pleasure of Your Company

Hayley and Andrew’s Invitation

Hayley picked a timeless, classic and elegant William Arthur invitation and then completely customized it for their summer wedding at the Elkridge Club. The text on the invitation pieces was foil printed using hand calligraphy by Karen Schoelkopf. The bride’s sister, Martha, drew a whimsical map showing the Church of the Redeemer and the Elkridge Club, and brought the couple’s sense of fun into the formal invitation. We added custom digital linings with Redoute flowers that fit the look of a summer wedding at Elkridge.

Every Invitation Tells a Story at The Pleasure of Your Company

Greg and James’ Invitation

When Greg and James came in the store, the first thing they talked about was the lush scenery and the road up to the wedding location at a villa in Tuscany. We knew that the invitation would have to incorporate that. They chose the colors of Italy and mixed and matched art and patterns that complemented the look of the wedding. And since the festivities were spread over four days, we needed to design a piece that let the guests know all the details. 

Every Invitation Tells a Story at The Pleasure of Your Company

Rachel and Tyler’s Invitation

Rachel designed the typesetting of her invitation and came to us to find textured papers and other design elements that would bring in the urban rustic feel of the 19th century Mount Washington Mill – Dye House. We added the historic map of the Mount Washington area for envelope linings. This invitation fits in perfectly with the tablescape at their wedding.

Have a celebration coming up? There’s a reason The Pleasure of Your Company has been named Baltimore Magazine’s best custom invitation studio — four times! Make an appointment to meet with their staff. They’ll help you design a unique statement piece, with your style and budget in mind.

The Pleasure of Your Company is running their annual invitation sale through February 28th!

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