Stationery Week – Bonnie Blackbird

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NamesPenny Taggart & Sara Gould
Facebook: Bonnie Blackbird
Stationery style/what you can offer?
Based on qualifications and experience we can offer you a highly professional service with first hand knowledge of the whole process. We began our business as a client and designer (and friends!) so we can really relate to our clients specific needs and requirements.

Bonnie Blackbird is more than just a business to us; it is a chance to channel our creative and cravings whilst helping other Brides to create their perfect day.  We truly believe that life is too short to not do the things you really believe in (which is how we became to create BB in the first place) and your big day is a once in a lifetime experience to be remembered in as many ways as possible. Your stationery is the first ever peek at your big day so it’s vital that it leaves the right impression! 

At Bonnie Blackbird we offer a completely bespoke service, catering for a variety of Brides, from Modern Elegance to Vintage Kitsch.  We also offer a range of packages to suit any budget, from our design only Bronze package to our fully printed and mounted Gold service and feel that this allows our clients total freedom in the design of their wedding stationery.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Everyday surroundings, nature, and reading through current creative blogs. Reading positive quotes gets us  really prepared to work that much harder when we feeling like we need a little extra ‘kick!’

For the most part though, our inspiration comes from the Bride and Groom.  The anticipation and excitement when we meet clients for the first time, and the ideas that get thrown about during the initial consultation really help us to get a feel for the relationship and style of the couple, which in turn really gets the creative juices flowing!

Any tips on wording etiquette?
From the outset, we would advise you to decide how formal or informal you wish your event to be.  It’s important, in our view, that your guests get an idea of what’s to come simply from the tone of the invites and the wording. 

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
Plan. Plan. Plan! Creating your own DIY stationery can be hard work and time consuming.  We recommend that you source reliable suppliers for the materials and rope in a few friends to help with any mounting or embellishments.  Above all though, enjoy it and take your time.  At Bonnie Blackbird we are true believers in the stationery you send being an indication of the quality and style of your Big Day, so make sure you take the time to give your stationery the effort it deserves!

How far in advance should you order?
Ideally we ask clients to approach  us approximately 4 months before the invitations should be sent, to allow time for any necessary amendments, printing and mounting and to also give us time to fully embrace the design concept and, if necessary, source suppliers.  However, we understand that not every wedding is planned in military fashion and can process urgent orders as quickly as possible as long as we have all the information we need.

Trends for 2011?
Honeysuckle colouring is a big hue for this summer’s season and polka dots are coming in later in the year, taking inspiration from the resurgence in vintage trends.  We find that Wedding trends always find their inspiration in fashion with a current love for the 1950’s and 1970’s styles; bold florals or fruit prints and textures are particularly big.  You can never undervalue the timeless trends either, with and white on whites or ‘nudes’ being popular throughout the year.

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