Supplier Spotlight – Nicky Chadwick

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Name: Nicky Chadwick

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@nickychadwick

Website: www.nickychadwickphotography.co.uk

Mini Biography: I am a relaxed, contemporary photographer specialising in photographing weddings. I love weddings and feel very privileged to have the job I do!


Background on your business: I shoot mainly weddings for which I have a very relaxed style. I don’t have set packages so I am able to work with my couples to be able to offer them a bespoke service that works for them. If they want 10 hours coverage and a stunning album then they can have it, but equally, some couples only require a few hours coverage and a small coffee table book. Basically this means that they only pay for the elements that they want.

I also take on select commissions and commercial work and have recently been working with several music students to help them get portfolios together for their websites.


What has been your most favourite place that you have had the opportunity to photograph?

I’m not sure I have a favourite place although there are plenty of places I’d like to have the opportunity to go back to for more shoots!

I loved the whole of the Algarve for it’s beautiful beaches, Dubai for it’s stunning skyline and closer to home, Kirkstall Abbey is a firm favourite for my portfolio shoots and The Ashes wedding venue in Staffordshire was just amazing!


What advice can you give nervouse brides about having their photograph taken all day?

I offer a pre-wedding shoot with every wedding so that the bride and groom can get used to being photographed. This helps to alleviate any nervousness that they may feel as they have got used to me before hand. I also take time to get to know my couples so that if there is anything they are worried about we can talk about it before the wedding day. In my experience most of my couples don’t like the thought of being photographed but once they have had some fun on the pre-wedding shoot and realise I don’t have two heads they do relax more!



A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour: Red

Favourite Film:  PS. I love you

Favourite Song:  Adele – Make you feel my love

Favourite Month:  May

Favourite Drink:  Fresh Orange Juice

Favourite Food:  Fish and Chips


Favourite Perfume:  Varies but at the moment the new Issey Miyake

Favourite Book:  The Secret Garden


Stationery Week – Sweet Word Stationery

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Name: Ruth Coe
Website: www.sweetwordsstationery.co.uk
Stationery style/what you can offer?
I would say my design style is a mix of modern and retro styles, however a lot of the designs are bespoke from brides’ wanting something in particular. I offer a graphic design service and also foil printing so there are a number of services available.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I love anything arts and crafts, shiny bits and pieces so am always looking about for anything I could use in a designs. I also follow wedding trends and love interiors and styling.

Any tips on wording etiquette?
The main thing I have noticed is that couples want wording quite fun and funky, with plays on words and fonts and how this fits into the design.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
Get everyone involved. Keep designs simple as you will be making a lot! Think about the tools you will need and be realistic on what you know and the time you have.

How far in advance should you order?
It depends on the couple and the style of wedding. Allow 4-6 months for sending and return of RSVP and at least 4 weeks for design and production.

Trends for 2011?
I see the floral vintage style continuing for a while as it is so pretty, and also the Rule Britannia designs with the mix of red blue and white. However I am doing all sorts of designs in all manner of themes. From vintage postcards to gothic  to modern..


Stationery Week – Heart And Design

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Website: www.HeartandDesign.co.uk
Email: info@HeartandDesign.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeartandDesign


Stationery style/what you can offer?
We have a range of modern & elegant stationery designs for weddings and civil partnerships. Our designs are available in a choice of colours, can be printed on to white, ivory or cream card and we stock a range of 32 coloured satin ribbons which customers can choose from.  This enables our clients to easily customise any of the designs to match their schemes. 



We are also happy to work with clients to alter the designs or colours to suit their requirements.


Each of our design ranges has 3 three styles of invitations:


Booklet invitations – these invitations have 8 pages inside (one of which is a perforated RSVP slip) which enable couples to give the guests lots of information about their special day such as directions to the venue, overnight accommodation details, a running order for the day etc. in one neat booklet.


Luxury Invitations – These are folded invitations, which from the outside look much the same as our booklet invitations, however internally they have a standard insert with space just for the invitation wording.


Flat Invitations – These postcard style invitations are great for couples on a tight budget as they are priced at just £1.35 each.


Many of our clients use the booklet or luxury invitations for their day invitations and then save a few pennies by using the flat invitations for their evening invitations.





Where does your inspiration come from?
Often the inspiration for our designs comes from our clients and some of our most popular ranges came about after chatting to clients about what they were looking for.  A great example of this is our Peacock Feather range – the idea for that range came from chatting to a couple who came to see me at a wedding fair. I created the new range for them, they loved it and it is now becoming one of our most popular ranges!  I’m happy to receive any kind of request from couples if they don’t see exactly what they want on the website as it often leads to new ranges or amendments to existing styles.  



Once I have an idea for the theme or style for a new design I spend time browsing my collection of design books for images or layout ideas I’d like to incorporate.  I also find home interior magazines a really useful inspiration source as they have great ideas for colour schemes and also help me keep up to date with the latest trends.  


The actual design process usually involves me doing lots of doodling and playing around using my design software until I have an image I like.  I always design the invitations first and then the rest of the range develops from there.



Any tips on wording etiquette?
I am firm believer that couples should use whatever wording they feel suits them and their day and not to feel duty bound to do something in a particular way purely because etiquette dictates that’s how it should be done. 


However, I know it can sometimes be difficult to come up with wording from scratch so I have a range of suggestions on my website ranging from formal through to casual to help give clients some inspiration.  There are a few things I know can upset some people and I do occasionally advise clients that they may want to rethink something, often this will involve  the best way to include information about gift lists (or cash alternatives!) within the invitation wording.


At the end of the day if a client is adamant that they want their wording in a particular way, it’s their stationery and they get it the way they want!





Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery?
Firstly, if you are planning to make your own stationery for budget reasons start by shopping around to see what you could buy within your budget. Many stationers have budget ranges (myself included, our invitations start at only £1.35 each) and so you could be surprised and find something you love within your budget.


If you are determined to go ahead with making your own, allow yourself a LOT of time to do it in, keep your design as simple as possible as it WILL get tedious when you have a whole batch to make.  Have plenty of spare materials for when things go wrong (or if you need to make a few extras at a later stage) and be prepared for tears at least once along the way.  


Oh, and don’t rely on your word processor’s spell checker –always get someone else to double and triple check your spelling and grammar before you print everything out!



How far in advance should you order?
We are different from many stationers in that we keep all of our materials in stock and so only need 4 weeks to produce an order and often turn them around much quicker (our record is 1 day between order and despatch!)


We encourage clients to order their stationery in stages as they need it, so generally that would mean save the dates first, then invitations, rsvp cards and info cards and finally their reception stationery such as place cards, table plan, guest book etc.  


Should clients run short of anything, we are always happy to produce any extras they need at a later date.


There are no rules as to when couples should send their invitations – we have had clients send them out anywhere between a year before up to 2 weeks before!  



Trends for 2011? 
Wedding stationery trends tend to follow many of the fashion and interior trends so I have noticed a lot of vintage inspired and typographical based designs are appearing on the market and I think these will continue for a while.


Classical designs are always popular, our Monogram design has consistently been one of our best selling designs for the last few years.


In terms of colours – black and white is still very popular, as is purple.  Pink is always a favourite wedding colour, and this year couples are going for deeper fuchsia / magenta shades rather than the softer baby pinks.



Stationery Week – Make My Day

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Name : Katharine
Contact Info: Add me as a friend on Facebook: Makemy Day to keep up with all the latest news and designs.

Stationery style/what you can offer?
We offer a fully bespoke service for you. No request is too unusual, we love designing new stationery all of the time.  If you see something you like but want it in another colour, that is no problem.   We also offer a DIY design service for a flat rate fee, we design the stationery with your input, then provide you with the materials at cost price to make your own invitations.  We also offer personalised chocolate bars & wrappers,  handmade cards for all occasions and hen party invitations.

Where does your inspiration come from? 
Inspiration for new stationery comes in many forms, sometimes it is colour palates from interior design or nature or sometimes I just get an idea that pops into my head. Inspiration for bespoke designs come from the client, I speak to them at length to ensure I have the best understanding of what they want then tweak the design until they are 100% satisfied.

Any tips on wording etiquette? 
I’m a great believer in the bride and groom having what they want on their big day. If you want to have an invitation that says “We’re in love, please come and share our day” I think that is absolutely fine. Formal wording can be good for some bride and grooms but it is really an individual choice.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery? 
Be aware that there are companies like us who are aware that many brides want to make their own stationery. Talk to us! We are more than willing to offer advice and generally get giddy over paper and ribbons with you. Again think about using someone to design the stationery and give you tips on how best to make it.

How far in advance should you order? 
The more time we have the better, but of course some people want to get married sooner. I’d say most people rarely refuse work, even at late notice, so just ask stationers if they can make it for you or not. A good example was one of our bride’s who recently brought her wedding forward by 13 months and gave me 3 weeks notice until the actual big day itself. . Luckily I had spoken to her and we had finalised the design so when she called me up on the Tuesday and asked for the invitations by the Friday I was able to accommodate her needs.

Trends for 2011?
You can rarely miss vintage these days, but it doesn’t just mean lace and pearls and tea parties, the 20’s and war-time inspired 40’s is a trend I predict in a big way for vintage. Coral has been a popular colour so far this year and I predict a lot more white on white or cream on cream stationery for a very classy but simple look.

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Stationery Week – Lil Guy Stationery

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Name: Kim Stewart
Website: www.lilguy.co.uk 
Telephone: 07899 664070
Stationery style/what you can offer?
Beautiful bespoke handmade stationery using top quality card, gorgeous ribbons, A grade rhinestone/diamante embellishments and pretty flowers.

Where does your inspiration come from? 
Often for the person I’m designing for, or from something such as Mhendi, hence my new range!
Any tips on wording etiquette? 
I feel that your wording should reflect the style of your celebration e.g. for a very formal wedding then formal wording would be appropriate, or for a more relaxed celebration then less formal wording would be appropriate.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery? 
Buy the best quality you can afford – I only use top quality materials because you want everyone you are inviting to be aware that something as special as your commitment to each other is being taken seriously
How far in advance should you order? 
As soon as you know the date and the venue it’s a good idea to book your stationer. It depends on how intricate your design is as to how long it will take to make up each part of  your order and the stationer will need to allocate enough time in the work schedule for each part of the order.

Trends for 2011?
Vintage is still popular and I’ve been working with quite a lot of strong colours too.



These images are from Kim’s new range, look at her website for all of her other fantastic designs. 

Stationery Week – Knots and Kisses

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Name: Nikki Ward

Telephone : 07976625201

Stationery style/what you can offer?
I’d definitely say our stationery is Modern Vintage. We create stationery with a vintage feel without copying a vintage look wholesale. We love ribbon details, diamantes and vintage style lace … but can quite easily create a crisp modern invitation as well.
We offer day and evening invitations, rsvp cards, information cards and save the date cards. All our stationery comes in beautiful presentation boxes for you to post. We also create items for your day and reception … such as orders of service, menus, placecards, table plans and dessert table tags.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I trained as a Fashion Illustrator and worked in retail for many years so often my inspirations come from whats currently in trend in the fashion and interiors world. But mainly I have a passion for haberdashery, antique jewellery and period detailing which sees me scouring junk shops and antiques markets on a fairly regular basis! Our English Eccentrics range was inspired by Victoriana and tweed jackets, and our new ‘Very British Wedding’ range was inspired by 1930s and 40s street parties!

Any tips on wording etiquette?
I’m of the mind that you should word your invitations exactly how you want to suit your wedding, but we will quite happily advise you on formal wording etiquette if you prefer. Recently I’ve had many brides asking about whether to use the term ‘plus one’ on their wedding stationery … I personally advise the term ‘and guest’ instead … its slightly more personal.
The main question you need to consider is whether you wish the invitation to be from the parents of the bride or from the couple themselves.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
I have to say I am not against people creating their own stationery as long as they really understand from the beginning what they’re taking on. Making 100 place cards takes time and you need to ask yourself if you want to be spending the days and weeks before your wedding working on your reception stationery? If you do and you have a creative flair then that’s fantastic! But bear this in mind … and if you are going to make your own I would advise using the highest quality of card you can afford … a higher density card will always give a better impression of quality.


How far in advance should you order?
As far as possible ! We produce individually handmade wedding stationery and it is therefore going to take longer than a stationer who produces pre printed work. I would advise starting the process at least 5 months before your wedding day if you can … this will give us 1-2 months to design and produce your stationery and will still allow you to send your invitations out 2-3 months before your wedding.

Trends for 2011?
The Vintage trend is going to continue but is definitely going to be seen in darker colours than before. We started the year off with the launch our English Eccentrics range which sees elements of Victoriana and antique lace being used in browns, dusky pinks and plums. We’re currently launching our brand new Wonderland range which has that quirky vintage tea party feel from Alice in Wonderland … and of course the knock on effect of the Royal Wedding will be massive! Lace will be a huge them and we’ve also just launched our ‘Very British Wedding’ range which features a vintage union jack motif and a real 1940s street party feel.


Stationery Week – JB Creatives

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Name: Jane Beadnell
Telephone: 07709 350141
Email: jane@jbcreatives.co.uk

Stationery style/what you can offer?
Stationery style: Beautiful, bespoke and contemporary wedding stationery. All our wedding stationery is individually designed for each couple to ensure the stationery is as unique and personal to the bride and groom as the wedding itself.

We design and create everything from save the dates, the wedding invites, order of services, place names, table plans, table menus and thank you cards to guest books, favour boxes and labels and anything else the bride and groom may require.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My background lies in graphic design, I’m passionate about typefaces, gorgeous papers and photography… I find elements all around that stimulate and inspire my work, from big cities, the natural world and luxurious colours to a nice chocolate wrapper or a pair of beautiful shoes… the list goes on…

Any tips on wording etiquette?
Every invite is different and it really depends on the couple that are sending the invites out as to how they want to word them. Their wedding is a very personal day and so I encourage the invite to be a reflection of this.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
Create something that means something to you and that follows the flow of your wedding day.


How far in advance should you order?
The earlier the better. I normally like to meet up with the bride and groom or talk to them over the phone to get a better feel for what they want to achieve with their wedding stationery, this way I can design and create their perfect stationery. The whole process from first meeting the couple to delivering their finished wedding invites would on average be 5-6 weeks. 

Trends for 2011?
So far this year there has been lots of lace, lots of bunting and lots of colour… and although some weddings may have these common themes running throughout them, not one has been the same. 


Stationery Week – I Am Nat

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Name: Natalie Ramsell 
Stationery style/what you can offer? 
At the moment, my predominant style is quirky vintage and it’s a style I really love, but that’s not to say it’s all I do! I work with each couple to achieve the look and feel they are after with their stationery.

Cat Hepple Photography
Katie at Hello Vintage

Where does your inspiration come from? 
I surround myself with prettiness and spend hours on end reading wedding and design blogs – well, I say reading, I mean I look at pictures! Most of my inspiration comes from my clients though; they all have different interests and styles that they like. It’s important to take inspiration from them in order to create something personal and true to them.

Any tips on wording etiquette?
To be honest, everyone is different and I think things are changing from the more traditional wording. To me, it is essential for the couple’s personality to shine through on their wedding stationery. It has become more acceptable to be creative with it. I’d say that the couple should work closely with the stationer to come up with the right wording to reflect them.

Katie at Hello Vintage
Cat Hepple Photography

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery?
This is a tough one. I think that if you are creative, you should go for DIY stationery. It is however incredibly time consuming. A lot of brides decide to do DIY stationery to try and save money, but they don’t realise how much work it actually involves, particularly if they are wanting more than a bit of ribbon on card. I might be biased, but I would say that before going DIY, talk to a stationer and see what can be done with the budget you have, you will probably be surprised.

Katie at Hello Vintage
How far in advance should you order? 
The sooner the better but ideally you should start working with your stationer at least a month before you want to mail the invitations out. This allows time for design, any amends that might be needed and also printing and finishing.

Cat Hepple Photography
Trends for 2011?
People are wanting to be more creative and a bit different with their wedding stationery, which is important as the invitations are the first glimpse that your guests are going to have of your special day. Themed weddings are becoming more and more popular and stationery plays an integral part in these. Vintage is still huge and I can’t see it leaving any time soon.

Katie at Hello Vintage



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Stationery Week – Golden Apple Designs

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Name: Leah


Stationery style/what you can offer? My stationery is unique, quirky, interesting, funky and fun with a sprinkling of vintage! The majority of the designs include my hand drawn illustrations so are totally unique – you can even have a bespoke design created uniquely for you! I offer everything from the save the dates and the invitations to the on the day items such as table plans, banners and favours.

Where does your inspiration come from? My general doodlings – I made my first ever invitation after sitting with a pad and a fine liner and seeing what came out! I’m also a hopeless romantic, so am inspired by love,  fairytales and magic! I also love chatting to my customers and being inspired by their ideas, excitement and enthusiasm.


Any tips on wording etiquette?
They’re your invitations so they can say whatever you like!

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery If you’re creative and want to express yourself then go for it! Your invitations should represent who you are as a couple and what better way of doing this than making them yourself? If not.. then give me a call 😉

How far in advance should you order? Depends on what you’ve ordered and how many! Luggage tags with four page booklets can take ages to make, whereas flat Save the Dates are quick. Each order is individual and I do my best to give the closest time frame to each couple and keep you updated with pictures and progress along the way.

Trends for 2011? Cadbury purple is so on trend at the moment – I’ve had so many requests for designs in this colour recently! I think that the best trend to follow though is YOU – think about what you’re both into and be inspired by this!


Stationery Week – Ever After Designs

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Name
Rebecca Jones – Managing Director, Ever After Designs



Stationery style/what you can offer?
I offer unique handmade wedding stationery and my collections reflect many different themes and styles such as floral, vintage, nature, and glamorous. Clients can either choose from one of my collections or they can take advantage of my bespoke service which is becoming ever more popular.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I take inspiration from lots of different sources. Nature is a large influence for me, specifically flowers and natural products such as wooden embellishments, natural raffia and handmade papers/fibres. I am also a huge fan of textiles, ribbon and lace as I find them to be so versatile.  Most of my designs also focus on texture, in addition to design and colour.

Any tips on wording etiquette?
I firmly believe that wording is a very personal choice. There are all sorts of traditional rules and regulations regarding wording etiquette that I think are becoming a little old fashioned. I would say go with your heart, do some research and most importantly, ask your stationer for help and suggestions. It is after all your wedding day, so if you want to ask for money instead of gifts, then do so.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery
DIY weddings are becoming very popular, especially now at this time of financial uncertainty. I think some people underestimate the amount of time and precision it takes to produce stationery, especially if it is handmade. Supplies can also be very expensive when purchased in small quantities. Quite often it can work out more cost effective to pay a stationer to do it all for you.

How far in advance should you order?
My turnaround time is around 4 to 6 weeks. I would recommend ordering at least 6 weeks before the stationery is needed.

Trends for 2011?
Vintage weddings have been popular for a while now and I think this theme will continue to be popular for some years. Lace, pearls, pastel colours, ditsy florals and ribbon are all popular elements for vintage style wedding stationery.
As more and more couples are choosing to get married abroad, destination stationery is really coming to the forefront of current trends. Beach style designs and also more destination specific designs such as Vegas, Australia and New York.
Another popular trend is monochrome stationery. Black and white really is timeless, just like the ‘little black dress’ that never goes out of fashion.

In terms of colours, purple is really hot at the moment, in all different shades, from pale lilac right through to sumptuous dark purple.