Stationery style/what you can offer?
I offer contemporary, stylish handmade stationery. I have a range of embellished and printed designs available on my website. All of my stationery can be personalised to any colour shades, specific wording and fonts that my clients choose. I always say that anything is possible! I also offer a bespoke service where I design a one off unique design for a client. Recent themes have included Italian and Hollywood glamour!
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from everyday life, from people, places and things around me – I’m also a complete perfectionist so that’s often what keeps me going right to the end!
Any tips on wording etiquette?
There are different ways to word your invitations in particular depending on your situation. It’s more traditional to have the invitation coming from your parents, more modern for the couple to invite their guests. We have suggested wording for all of our stationery items so don’t worry if you get stuck with it.
There are also ways to subtly ask for money for a gift instead of a gift list, and also to say you don’t want children at the wedding – always tricky subjects! Most of all it needs to be right for you, there’s no point being too formal if that’s not what you’re about! We’re always here to help so just ask.
Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery?
I do understand that many want to try DIY stationery to keep the costs down. You’d be surprised how much time and effort you will spend making your own stationery, you’ll often find that our stationery is cheaper than if you made it yourself (if you took into account all of those lost hours!)
I would say to think about what is really important to you, and consider getting something like a table plan done professionally as these can look stunning at the venue and become part of the décor itself. Also you may wish to think about a number of invitations for close friends and family who you know would like a keepsake of the special day. Many of my clients have told me that people have framed my invitations and cards because they’re so special to them!
How far in advance should you order?
We take orders at any distance from your wedding. Typically you would order save the date cards just after you’ve set the date, particularly if it’s at a busy holiday time or mid-week. Invitations can be done as soon as you know the details, they are generally sent out around 2-3 months before the wedding date, so you need to add on time for us to make them beforehand!
Having said that, many of my previous clients have sent out invitations 6 months before the wedding, and others just a few weeks! Any ‘on the day’ items (i.e. menus, order of service, table plans etc) can be ordered nearer the wedding, we generally ask for information for these around 6-8 weeks before the wedding once guest lists and menus are confirmed.
We offer a discount on postage and 10% off orders over £300, so you may wish to order everything at once, and get a discount there too. If you do this we split the order, so get invitations done first and then a second batch nearer the wedding of those on the day items. We always get very busy over the summer months, so if you know you want to order with us – get it in now!
Trends for 2011?
There’s a few things that we keep seeing so far in 2011. The colours we’re using on the stationery in particular, purples are definitely the most popular at the moment!
Of course the recent Royal Wedding will definitely have an impact on us designers, we’re thinking about a lace design very soon, let’s see how it goes!
Otherwise definitely seeing an increase in vintage style, bunting and English country garden themes which have been lovely to do.
The classics have always remained popular here at Cards by Sophie, I think after all that is what a lot of people want for their wedding, simple elegant designs and that’s where we fit right in!