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.

Stationery Week Is Here

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This week will be dedicated to stationers. How else would you let your guests know whats occurring and when? From the get go, you use a stationers skills to embody the theme and aspirations for your day. When a guest receives their save the date they get their first glimpse into your wedding. 

It’s a part of your wedding planning that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I think if you are crafty by nature then you could do your own stationery, but be prepared for long nights, fiddly ribbons and errors. Plenty of errors. I  personally made my own save the dates, realised what an effort it was, then bought the rest because for me, the low cost didn’t outweigh the time and skill required to create something that I would be proud of. After all, they were going to mantlepieces around the world.

I hope that the blog posts this week give you an insight not only into how many fantastic suppliers there are to choose from, but how personal your stationery can be. They will appear in alphabetical order to show no favouritism, although I do love them all. 

At the end of the week, I will attempt to make a completely original invite and tell you how long it takes to make just 1. I’d like to think I am quite the craftswomen so I reckon it will be a breeze…just like the cupcakes.

Stationery Week Itinerary 

Monday – Bonnie Blackbird and Cards by Sophie

Tuesday – Elle is for Love and Ever After Designs

Wednesday – Golden Apple and I Am Nat

Thursday – JB Creatives and Knots and Kisses

Friday – Lilguys and MakemydayUK

Saturday – Amazingness by Phoebe Miller

Will You Be My First Mate?

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Enjoy this song whilst reading. 
Please note this mood board is rustic nautical rather than jaunty seaside. There’s a big difference. I would love to go to a nautical themed wedding. I adore navy and stripes. Think dusty browns and ancient blues with an accent of muted red or yellow. Very Ralph Lauren. 

Currently Loving…

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As you may have read on twitter (due to copious amounts of moaning) I have been a bit off colour lately. With various trips a l’hôpital I am now much better. Quick note to say “thank you NHS”.

Various things have kept me sane over this time, most of my sanity was found in food. But there will always be the little things that cheer up even the damned of days…

Goes without saying (Source)

Clean Sheets

It’s nearly run out, so time for a new bottle!


My Best Friend
Dandie Dinmonts

Floral Gums

My Twitter Addiction

Do you have little things that you turn to? Are mine peculiar? 

Hay You!

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Im not sure if we can get away with hay bales at a wedding in the North? It’s eco-friendly, very cheap and reusable. Obviously one couldn’t throw some hay bales in to a country manor and ask everyone to take their seats, but if you having some form of outdoor, countryside related wedding then do it. Then invite me. I’ve never sat on a hay bale. 






The Fake Tan Quandary

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Bride Wars

This topic shouldn’t be taken lightly. To fake tan or not for your wedding day? Should THE most important day of your life be marred by the scent of eau de fake tan? 

Just don’t do it. Especially if you have a wedding from September through to May. Pale and interesting will always look beautiful compared to tinge de l’orange. Only do it if you can guarantee that you will look naturally bronzed, that it wont rub off on dress and that you wont look back in your photos and think “why the eff “.

If you don’t usually fake tan, why would you do it for your wedding day? Yes you may not want to look washed out and pale, but you could just exfoliate, body buff then apply Benefit’s Bathina. Think glowing. If you feel you REALLY have to, use Garnier’s summer body…just one coat, it does what it says on the tin.

SO are you fake tanning for your wedding? Let me know if you did and what your thoughts were.

PS – wasn’t the Royal Wedding magical?!

If I Were Getting Married In Yorkshire…

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…I would have the following suppliers to make my day wonderful, unique and fabulous. I often think about “doing my wedding over” and how it would be different. It’s the same groom of course. 

First of all, the venue

Harewood House

HazelWood Castle

Castle Howard

The dress would most definitely be from Dresses at Number 9

My headpiece would be from Jane at HF Couture 

The flowers would be by Leafy Couture

My photographer would be James Melia or Cat Hepple

Stationery by I am Nat

My cake would be by my uncle (Lincolnshire is close enough)

And I would have my original wedding band Maslow because they were outstanding.

On writing this post I realised there was so much to choose from. Yorkshire is filled to the brim with fantastic suppliers for any type of wedding and it would be a wonderful place to get married. After all, everyone loves plentiful green landscapes of rolling hills. Flat-caps and whippets are optional.


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Can you guess the confectionary inspiration for this mood board? Yes, ’twas some mini eggs. They are addictive. Also, there aren’t enough in a bag, I’m not being glutinous, I am just merely stating that they aren’t really are sharing (bingeing) bag. 

Did you all have a lovely weekend? Are you getting royal wedding fever? Bunting-a-go-go!

Natalie In Wonderland

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Holly Booth Photography

Her tag line says it all…”i make stuff look pretty“. And does she ever! The website is beautiful and her commissioned pieces are exquisite…so here she is.

Name: Natalie Ramsell
Twitter: @i_r_nat

Bit of a background on you:

I’m from South Africa – I moved over to the UK when I was 11, so have unfortunately lost my accent now. Who knew it would be more acceptable later on in life to be different? I want my accent back.

I’m just about to finish my masters in graphic design at the University of Derby, I can’t WAIT! When I’m finished, I will be moving up to good old Yorkshire where I can make a proper start at my little business.

Background on your business:

I only launched in January this year and the response has been overwhelming. The predominant style is retro/vintage inspired. I love all things quirky and really just want to offer a service with a difference.

I am absolutely loving the wedding industry, I have met some amazing people, including my brides! I design a whole range of products including all wedding stationery (invites, place cards, rsvps, order of service, seating plans etc) and I’m also doing quite a bit of design for wedding suppliers’
various businesses.

Wall Planner

Where do you get your inspiration from:

I lose hours on end of my life just looking at pretty stuff, mostly on the internet. Blogs, sites such as pintrest and so on. Literally hours of my life – gone – but not wasted! I am really inspired by people’s visions and passions too; seeing as all of my work is bespoke, this is probably my most important source of inspiration!

Most memorable creation you have done:

It has to be the wedding stationery I have done for a couple who are having an Alice in Wonderland themed wedding. Not only was it the first wedding I’ve worked on, but people seem to crazy about it too.

What’s the usual turnaround time on stationery? 

This is a really difficult question to answer as it depends solely on the intricacy of the design. I usually do a few designs and send them off to the couple who then choose which they like best and let me know if anything needs changing. I then need all the details to fit on to the invites, rsvps and any information cards, and if they are all being personalised, I need all of the guest names too. Once all of this has been done, everything gets sent over for the couple’s approval – once artwork is signed off, it goes to the printers who then send me proofs to send onto the couple to make sure they are completely satisfied with everything; once I get the go ahead, everything goes to print and then gets finished by hand. So, to answer the question, I’d say at least a few weeks for invites.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography / Flowers -Leafy Couture

A Quick Q & A

Favourite Colour:

Eek! Probably some kind of purple…I love the colour of orchids.

Favourite Film:

This is a really hard one…my fave film of the moment is called The Fall. It’s beautiful.

Favourite Song:

Counting Crows – Mr. Jones and also Foo Fighters – Everlong

Favourite Month:

In South Africa it was November – my birthday, but here in the UK, I’m gunna go with…August, festivals month for me!

Favourite Drink:

Tea and also…Mojitos

Favourite Food:

Baked camembert with a crusty baguette and caramalised onion…or just cheese!

Favourite Word:

I say ‘actually’ far too often. I like the word treacle.

Favourite Perfume:

D&G Light Blue

Favourite Book:

The only book I’ve ever read more than once is Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella

Favourite Quote from a Film:

“I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” – 10 Things I Hate About You.

Shall We Take Tea?

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Source – The Wedding Of My Dreams

Taking tea is ever so British. Along with our awful teeth and sense of irony, it is what we are known for. Incorporating it into a wedding is simple, whether its using tea cups with a single bloom, using old tea tins as vases or giving personalised tea as favours. Although it has been done, I don’t think we will ever tire of vintage china at a wedding. So shall we? 

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

The Vintage Teacup Hire Company (Photographer) (Flowers)

Source – SimplyBloom Photography
Who wouldn’t want to sit in a giant teacup at their wedding?!