Stationery Week – Make My Day

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Name : Katharine
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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.


Stationery Week – Elle Is For Love

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Name : Elle  from Elle Is For Love


Stationery style/what you can offer? 
Fully bespoke service in any style required by the bridal couple. From vintage postcards to modern line prints….we create designs as unique as our clients.

Where does your inspiration come from? 
As our service is bespoke, a lot of our inspiration comes directly from the client. We’re given a  brief and then work within those guidelines to produce something which perfectly matches and exceeds expectations.

Any tips on wording etiquette? 
Sticking with tradition and having the Bride’s parents hosting gives your invitations a classic look. However, this doesn’t suit everyone. For example, if the couple already have children, it’s lovely to include them in the wording, requesting your guests join them to celebrate the wedding of their  ‘Mummy & Daddy’. Alternatively, the couple may prefer to host the wedding themselves.


If you have any requests, such as the exclusion of children or dress codes at your wedding, ensure this is included on your invitations so that guests are made aware of your wishes.

Any tips to those thinking of DIY stationery? 
It can be very rewarding to add personal touches to your wedding day, but be prepared to give up many hours to making your own Stationery! Keep things simple and classic and you’ll end up with a stylish suite of stationery which your guests will love.

How far in advance should you order? 
I recommend booking as soon as you can. I get booked up very quickly, so ensuring your date is booked in to my diary is very important. Depending on the complexity of the design you choose, orders can be made at short notice but I would advise leaving at least 4-6 weeks for your stationery to be created.

Trends for 2011? 
I think we will see many more lace designs, inspired by Kate’s dress at the Royal Wedding. Summer brights and florals will remain popular and the pretty English Country Garden theme with muted pastel shades will be inspiring many vintage style weddings.

What makes you different? 
As well as offering stationery products from Invitations to Orders of Service, we also provide a whole host of reception accessories. This includes personalised confetti cones and stands, hanging ‘Just Married’ signs, Keepsake boxes, Guest books, Candy Buffet tags/labels etc, designed to perfectly compliment the theme of your stationery.

Most popular invitation?  
Currently our Passport invitations for abroad brides are hugely popular. Available in an array of colours or our sought after aged, Vintage-style. Featuring our signature design or the UK crest, these have matching Boarding Pass RSVPs and Luggage Tag Gift List details to continue the travel theme.

For UK brides, we’re working on transforming our Passports into mini books with matching bookmark RSVP.



Stationery Week – Cards By Sophie

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Name:  Sophie
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!




Stationery Week – Bonnie Blackbird

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NamesPenny Taggart & Sara Gould
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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.