Hatch Show Print Offers a Piece of Nashville History and Art for Your Wedding
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Sometimes, we don't realize how lucky we Nashvillians are! Couples from around the globe come to Nashville to take advantage of our Nashville wedding talent, landmarks, and unique services. A Nashville institution that is loved locally and beyond is Hatch Show Print.
A brief history
Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest letterpress printing companies in the country. They are known for their famous (southern style) posters that were commercially used to announce concerts and events, for folks like Dolly Parton and BB King. Their posters were so distinctly artful that that the printing company became a piece of Nashville and American history.
Hatch Show Print is a division of another Nashville institution that's also loved for weddings, the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHF). And, while I've always recognized Hatch Show Print art, it wasn't until I spoke with Mary Ann and Lindsay of the CMHF that I gained a renewed appreciation for Hatch Show Print's history and elaborate design process.
As the daughter of a printer myself, I've always been somewhat familiar with printing and the role that Nashville has played in the printing industry, hence the presence of Printer's Alley. (If you aren't familiar, check out the fascinating history of Printers Alley.) Hatch Show Print, like Printer's Alley, has a well known history. And unlike most historical gems, it's still making history, serving as one of the oldest printing companies still in operation.
Hatch Show Print historical event posters
The turn-of-the-century process for designing a custom art piece:
According to their website... "Starting with customer copy, we design a look that captures the sensibilities of a band, magazine, or product brand, while working within the dimensions of the selected poster size and through the lens of Hatch history. Next, we turn to multiple drawers and shelves containing the letters and hand-carved images needed to complete the design. Then, we carry the entire design form to an available press, lock in, choose a color, and start cranking. Did we say color? If more than one is required, we have to decide which portion of the layout to print in which color. One hundred posters in three colors? That's three times through the press per poster, or three hundred runs altogether."
What Hatch Show Print offers for weddings
Hatch Show Print works with engaged couples to create one-of-a-kind art pieces that can be used for your save the date, wedding invitation, or wedding program. You can also opt for posters, which make great keepsakes for your bridal party or favors for your wedding guests.
Because the process is quite involved, they limit the number of commissions per year. If you are getting married at the Country Music Hall of Fame, you would work directly with your event coordinator, making it a bit easier to ensure space on that coveted list!
A wedding program by Hatch Show Print
The rave reviews speak for themselves.
With one look at Yelp reviews, you can see the excitement created by Hatch Show Print. Christi, a yelper, said this of her Hatch Show Print wedding artwork:
"When my husband and I got engaged, we knew only one thing about the: We wanted Hatch to make the invitations! And we were absolutely thrilled with the results. We told the designer the colors we wanted, and gave her the copy, and from that she created exactly what we wanted but couldn't quite verbalize! We also had posters made directing folks to our and reception sites, since both were a little hard to find. Then we used one of the posters and had it matted & framed so folks could sign it at the reception."
If you are looking for a piece of Nashville history, the Country Music Hall of Fame combined with a Hatch Show Print = a modern way to celebrate our rich, Nashville culture.
A Hatch Show Print poster hangs behind the bride at a Country Music Hall of Fame wedding
A Hatch Show Print save-the-date that doubles as frameable artwork