Romantic typography and a touch of vintage are the key elements of this delicate collection. Perfect for the well-travelled couple or to announce a far away destination wedding. This collection was launched a couple of months ago but it is already a favourite both in the pinkish version and in the more vintage version. The calligraphy font adds an extra touch of elegance...a real treasure!
Delicate botanical illustrations of ferns frame this elegant wedding invitation set. A beautiful and subtle way of incorporating a touch of green into your wedding. Printed on textured card, This invitation collection is already one of our favourites!
A few weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to participate in a 'Rose gold' themed wedding photoshoot and I obviously said yes! I put some of our 'Geometric Pink' invites and Save the Date cards in an envelope and posted it to the lovely people at House of Hud... and they shared these amazing photos with me! This is absolutely one of the most beautiful photoshoots I've ver seen. If I had to choose, the rose gold sequins and the colour scheme of the flower centrepieces would be my favourite details, and obviously our stationery too. What a dream wedding this would be!
So many brides have been asking us to add a 'song request' line on their RSVP cards for their guest to suggest a song that we thought we'd design a card just for it! The vintage mix-tape design is bound to make your guests chuckle with excitement for your wedding. Ask them to return it with their RSVP card, and you'll have keepsakes for your wedding photo album.
Are you looking for a vintage travel inspired wedding invitation suite? Take a look at our new 'Adventure' collection. A delicate vintage map and romantic calligraphy are just the perfect choices if you and your partner love travelling, or if you are organising a destination wedding.
The invitation can be matched with a number of other items such as RSVP cards, Save the Dates, Bellybands, envelope liners... as well as on-the-day items such as menu cards, table plans, place cards, and anything else you can think of (let us know if you have any ideas that you don't see here, we always love a challenge!). Take a look at the full collection here.
What an exciting moment this is! we are officially a Not On The Hughstreet partner! I'm so glad they liked are work and I am looking forward to take full advantage of this fabulous community of great people. Come and take a look at our Not On The Hughstreet shopfront here.
Have you been searching through the internet for some fun activities for children at weddings, but you just couldn't find anything 'cute'...don't worry, our June free printable is here and our very own Activity book for children will be released soon too! Keep an eye on our website, but in the meantime, entertain the your little guests with these free colour-in pages. Just sign up to our newsletter to receive the link to our free printables and don't forget to buy crayons!
We are so excited to be introducing some new design collections this Spring! Our first new collection is the 'Flora'. Inspires by antique illustrated prints, this collection feels modern but with a touch of vintage. The beauty of your invites and RSVP cards (but also all the other stationery) can be enhanced by the addition of pocketfolds, bellybands, glitter bellybands, envelope liners and more. Take a look at our packages to see what we can do for you.
You'll find more information and prices here.
What should you write on your RSVP wedding cards? What do you need to leave blank for your guests to write? In this post we will go through all the practical details of how to word your RSVP cards and more!
First of all, if you haven't already, take a look at our wedding timeline post and download our wedding stationery checklist.
There are a few things you need to be aware of, just a little bit of practical advice (and a touch of etiquette):
1. How many guests are invited?
Many couples ask their guests to write down the number of people that will be attending. This is obviously not an open invitation to bring along as many people they want (couples know, guests know too). To avoid making things awkward for your guests and to avoid having to clarify things later, you should state how many guests or who is invited on your RSVP card. There are a couple of ways of doing that on an RSVP card: you could either specify it on the card itself by adding something like "We reserved .... seats in your honour" or (slightly less obvious but still effective) by addressing who the invited guests are on the envelope. By not addressing someone on the envelope, that person should consider himself/herself not invited. This is very useful if you are thinking of not inviting children at your wedding reception.
2. Names of your guests
It is important that you know who has replied to your invitation. It goes without saying! A line with "M" at the front so that guests can write their names (and their titles). Some brides go as far as assigning each guest to a number, they then write that number very small at the back of the RSVP. This is a fail proof way of ensuring you know who has replied!
3. When the reply is requested by
Unless you want to chase up each of your guests individually, it is a good idea to give them a deadline for returning the RSVP card. A line at the top saying something along the lines of "the favour of your reply is requested by..." or "kindly respond by ..." will do.
4. Dietary Requirements
If you have special menu options, or have friends and family with food intolerances or food preferences, it might be a good idea to include a section for dietary requirements. Just a dotted line at the bottom of the RSVP will suffice, but it will save you time and embarrassment later!
5. Return Address
It is generally a good idea to write or print the return address on the inside envelope (as well as provide a stamp for it). Another way of getting around having to write the return address multiple (sometimes hundreds) of times, is to print it at the bottom of the RSVP card, so your guests can write it on the envelope themselves. It goes without saying that if your guests don't know where to send your RSVP card back, you're going to get loads of phone calls and emails asking for it!
6. Song Request
This is a very contemporary addition to RSVP cards, but couples love it and I get more and more requests asking to add it on their cards. A simple dotted line asking for their favourite song (ask for the name of the song and the artist) or the song that will get them dancing on the dance floor will do.
This is such and easy tutorial that could save you a little bit of money, as well as add a touch of DIY to your wedding day! It's so simple, the images hardly need any explanation. Let's start with the few materials you will need:
- Tags (these can be bought really cheap online, from your post office or stationery supplier, I bought these from Wilko!);
- Acrylic paint (any colour you want);
- An old plastic container;
- Pak Choi (no kidding!).
Cut the Pak Choi about 1 inch from the bottom. Remove some of the other leaves until you are left with a almost round 'rose'. This will be your 'stamp', so make sure you are happy with the pattern it forms.
Find an old plastic tray and squirt a little bit of the acrylic paint in it. We'll use it in the next step. Also, protect your work surface with some paper kitchen towels... t will get messy!
Sip the Pack Choi into the acrylic paint and stamp away around your tags. You can also use multiple colours layered up (just make sure you clean the Pak Choi and let the previous colour dry before adding another).
Let your pain dry and then add your guests' names (I used a calligraphy pen). Beautiful!
So you are engaged...that's fantastic news and congratulations! But now the thought of planning the wedding is getting a bit scary and stressful (I've been there). There's so much wedding-related information everywhere and it can get pretty overwhelming. In the next few weeks, I will be looking at practical aspects of planning your wedding stationery such as how to word your invitations, the etiquette of wedding stationery, the timeline, etc.
Today we'll start with the wedding stationery timeline. Following this timeline will ensure you won't run out of time. It will also help you visualise the different aspects of wedding stationery that you need to take into consideration when planning your wedding, which in turn will make the whole experience a little bit less stressful. You can print out our checklist to help you organising your time, or just simply carry on reading this post (I suggest you do both!).
- Start looking at wedding stationery. Create a Pintrest board, visit wedding fairs, buy wedding magazines. This is roughly the time when you'll be booking your venue (or you've already booked it), so you should have a rough idea of what kind of theme you are going for (and therefore what kind of wedding stationery you are after - rustic, sparkly, minimal, etc.)
- Make a shortlist of 3 wedding stationery studios or shops and email them asking for more information about a product. This is not so much about the product itself, but it's more about finding out how good they are at customer service. Did they get back to you promptly? Were they clear with their explanation? Did they seem friendly? You want to feel comfortable and be able to trust your suppliers so test them! Order samples and ask all the questions you need until you feel satisfied.
- Make a list of guests. It doesn't have to be exact at this stage, but it's important that you have an idea of what you will need and how many of each item. This will allow you to ask for more precise quotes from your suppliers (no nasty surprises!). Also, don't forget to start collecting your guests' addresses...it can take longer than you would think!
- Email your chosen stationery supplier for a quote. Most wedding stationery suppliers have priceless on their websites (see ours here). This will allow you to have an rough idea of how much you'll be spending well before you ask for the quote. Nevertheless, asking for an electronic confirmation (via email or as a pdf) of the total amount is always a good idea.
- Order your Save the Dates (they shouldn't take more than 2 weeks to design and print, unless it's a bespoke design) and mail them out.
- Order your invitations and other complementary stationery (RSVP cards, information cards, pocketfolds, order of service, etc.)
- Begin to address and post your invitations. Make sure that you have all of your guests' correct postal address and make it clear whether children are invited too.
- Receive RSVP responses back. There will always be a guest or two who forget to post them back, just give them a phone call to kindly remind them.
- Create a seating plan and start ordering all the 'on the day' items such as placecards, table numbers, table plan, etc.
- Order and send out the Thank You cards.
We've just added a new free printable for your wedding! Just sign up to our newsletter to receive the secret link to all our our downloads. You'll find a variety of printable resources that you can print and use on your wedding day! These card are particularly cute and make such lovely keepsakes for after the wedding!
Attention, attention! We have an amazing bring offer for all of our lovely customers-to-be. Place a wedding stationery order with us before the end of May and you'll receive a FREE fingerprint guestbook print. Your guests will love getting 'their hands dirty' and you will have a beautiful and original wedding keepsake to frame and display at home. But don't leave it too long, we only have 25 of them so they are on a first come-first serve basis.
Details and T&Cs:
- Deposit must be paid before the 31st of May.
- Size: 460 x 320mm. I have purposely left some blank/white space around the tree so that you can crop it to fit your frame size (the smallest frame size it can be cropped for - without cropping the image itself - is 40x30cm);
- Artwork: The tree will be printed blank with no writing on the ribbon banner so you can personalise it as you want when you receive it (see image on this page);
- Delivery: Prints will be posted the second week of June. They will be posted second class, safely packaged inside a postal tube.
- Terms: Only valid on orders placed (deposit paid) before the 31st of May and only on orders of £100 value or more.
- While stock lasts.
I don't know if you feel the same way I do about this, but when I have to deal with a specialist person of any kind (mostly mechanics, but doctors come close second!), I often find myself completely intimidated by the knowledge gap between them and I... and I end up dreading having anything to have to deal with them in the first place! Well, I sometimes wonder how brides-to-be feel about having to contact their wedding suppliers, sometimes not even knowing what to ask...I have been there! My fiancé and I are planning our wedding too and apart form music (he is a musician and most of our friends are too) and invitations... we are kind of lost to say the least. This is why I have decided to put together a series of posts about overcoming this barrier through understanding a little bit more about what your wedding stationery options are, so that planning for your invitations doesn't become one of those dreaded things on your to-do wedding list!
First stop...let's see what a few wedding stationery words mean:
Pocketfolds are trifold enclosures that are used to elegantly hold all your invitations and informations cards together. They are particularly popular with brides and they can really add a special touch to your stationery. They generally include: Invitation, Accommodation/ Directions card and RSVP card with envelope (and stamp). We offer two variations: portrait and landscape fold (see images). The whole package is generally held close by a bellyband or a sticker and inserted into an outer envelope to protect it during shipping. Take a look at our pockefold colour options.
2. Envelope Liner
Envelope liners are sheets of paper or light card that are cut to the size of the inside of an envelope. They are then glued inside the envelope, leaving the sticky gummed area exposed (so you can still seal your envelope!). We offer two types of envelope liners: printed (to suit your chosen collection or bespoke design, only available for 5x7" and A6 items) or glitter (yellow gold, pink and silver glitter, we can manufacture these any size). Take a look at out previous post about our envelope liners here.
4. Gesso card/paper
Gesso card is one of our favourite card stock to print on. It has a lovely hammered texture, similar to watercolour paper.
5. Silk card/paper
Silk card and paper is the other main paper option we offer. It doesn't have any visible texture and its surface is smooth and silky (with a slight hint of a shine effect).
6. Perlescent card/paper
Perlescent card is often used for printing traditional wedding invitations. It is mainly available in three variants (which we can source for you): Polar, Oyster and Platinum. Printing on these types of card can be a little bit risky as the ink doesn't behave as well as it does with normal paper, so certain colours might not look as vibrant, but the overall result of using these types of paper is really stunning! Get in touch for a personalised quote.
Since launching our 'Black Rose' invitations collection, we've been flooded by requests for a 'softer' version, using the popular wedding colours: cream, blush and dusty pink. The central oval frame is reminiscent of Victorian portraits, adding a vintage-romantic touch to the invitation suite. This elegant and timeless piece would be perfect for an idyllic country-glamour wedding, I can already picture the scene, and your guests will do too. This is what wedding invitations should be about after all, little tokens of anticipation for your friends and family, as well as beautiful keepsakes of an unforgettable wedding.
As always, all the colours can be customised to suit your wedding scheme to perfection. Just get in touch to order a sample or ask any questions you can think of!
You can see the full 'Pink Rose' collection here, as well as links to the pricelist.
To celebrate the release of our new envelope liners, we thought we'd share with you some more envelope love. Here's a simple, fail proof tutorial on how to create some beautiful envelopes for your wedding invitations as cheaply as possible...in 6 easy steps!
Find an old envelope that fits the size of your wedding invitation (our standard size for our invites is 5x7") and open it up carefully. We'll be using it as a template to trace around in the next step, so get yourself a pencil or a pen.
Choose your paper. Any thick-ish paper will do, but my favourite is wallpaper...you can get free samples from any DIY shop (and if you want to make loads of envelopes, buying a roll of wallpaper is generally cheaper than buying separate sheets of paper...winner!). There's no restrictions here, feel free to choose any pattern that you think will match or contrast with your wedding invitation design.
Using a craft knife and a ruler (I also used a pair of scissors to cut the around the round edges of the envelope), cut around your shape.
Trace around the old envelope on the back of your chosen wallpaper roll. I used a pen in this example so that the marks are more visible, but a pencil would be better as you can erase any marks afterwards.
Apply some glue (a good quality Pritt stick will do the trick) to the side edges and stick the envelope together. I decided to put the finished envelope at the bottom of a pile of books for an hour or so, just to flatten it as much as possible.
Now all you need to do is add the address at the back of the envelope (I decided to write it on a separate piece of ivory card and then I glued it onto the back of the envelope) and of course, don;t forget your wedding invitation!
I really can't hide our excitement today, our new range of glitter and personalised envelope liners are here (and glitter bellybands!). We had a bit of fun testing them out with different envelope combinations and they just look beautiful! It's incredible how such a little detail can ad so much to the overall stationery feel. Surprise you guests and give them something extra to be marvelled about when they receive your invitations!
We have now 4 types of envelope liners: glitter gold, glitter silver, glitter rose and personalised. Our personalised range can be customised with your names and it can be designed to match pattern of any of our collections. They can be ordered alongside your envelopes (gesso white, craft brown or metallic gold) and we can either just send you the liners (90p each, they are really easy to assemble with your envelopes, watch out for our tutorial post) or we can put them together for you for a small fee. You can also order our glitter bellybands (50p each) to match your envelope liners. Email us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!
A few weeks back we were asked to design the new branding for the amazing Berlin-based duo Once in a lifetime. We were really please they got in touch as we realised we had so much in common! They are a recently formed wedding band, made out of two super talented and down-to-earth musicians with a true passion for what they do. Ok, our talents do not include music, but we do share their love for what we do!
The final chosen logo was based on our Boho Bohemia collection, but throughout the process, we worked on some alternative ideas to test out different design elements, colour schemes and font variations (as you can see below). In the end, we all agreed that the Boho Bohemia design was the better choice and truly reflected the delicate and fresh sound of their music. You should really check out their music, I can't recommend them enough. Listen to their music here and share some love on their Facebook page here.
If you are already signed up to our newsletter you already know... Our free March download is out! This month we put together two new pretty items to help you in the weeks leading up to the big day and on the day itself. Print out our weekly planner and carry it with you at all times to make sure all planning is under control; and to encourage your guests to share their photos of your wedding with you, print out our Instagram table sign and write your own hashtag and see the photos rolling in!
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How amazing would it be to be able to change the colours of your favourite collection design to your wedding's colour scheme? Well, that's exactly what we do! I want to share a little job we just completed for a fantastic bride we met at the Midland Wedding Show. Sylwia emailed me a screenshot of the bouquet she had planned for her wedding and asked us is we could match the colours on our Black Rose collection to her flowers. Of course we could, and the result is beautiful! We can do this with you in 2 easy steps:
Step 1: Choose a collection
Head over to our collections page and choose the design that you like:
Step 2: Get in touch!
Send us a photo of what you would like to match the colours of your invites to (it could be a photograph of your bouquet, or a Pintrest board with images related to your colour scheme, a link to your bridesmaids dresses, etc) and we'll take care of the rest. And what's even more fantastic is that the colour matching service is included in the price of your stationery!
Here is an example of a recent invite we created for the lovely Sylwya. She chose the Black Rose design and asked her if we could match the colours of the roses to her bouquet... we did and here's the result! Moreover, she needed two versions of the invitations, some in English and some in Polish, both including a pretty poem on the back. Thanks Sylwia, it was lovely working with you!