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Real Wedding at Cripps Barn πŸŒΏπŸ’

There's nothing better than receiving the official photographs from a wedding that you've been so involved in... I was very excited about these ones in particular as I had worked closely with the couple from the start (on their invitations) and then I went onto create their unique stationery for the Big Day itself. I just LOVE seeing how everything comes together- it's like a jigsaw puzzle and the stationery being one of the many pieces that helps make this day so special. 
Lisa & Ben came to me about a year ago with their styling ideas and dreams of what they envisioned their wedding to be like... They had already secured their date & venue; the beautiful Cripps Barn, located in the heart of the Cotswolds... So luxe rustic was the vibe; think, foliage, lots of greenery, brown kraft, ("strictly no bunting"), whites, creams and just stylish all over! I couldn't wait to get started! Oh and, they also have a miniature dachshund in which they wanted to feature on the invitations... so here they are to show you where we started our journey...

And now for the pics you've been waiting for... Photographed by the talented Adam Drake...

How amazing?! Everything looks just perfect and I am so happy to have been a part of it all. Now, here are some photo's of the wedding stationery that I created for this wonderful couple. I designed everything in keeping with their invitations, so everything is on brown kraft card and everything has the same feel and look as the invites did. The Table Plan and Order of the Day sign are both laser engraved on wood, so just enhancing the rustic tones of the day, but in an elegant, beautiful way.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you, Lisa & Ben, it's been an absolute please working with you both and thanks for sharing your amazing wedding pics with us!! Please see who else helped make this day special with the list of suppliers below:

Venue: Cripps Barn
Wedding Dress: Sarah Elizabeth Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix Bridal
Flowers: Beth from Go Wild Flowers
Hair: The Burdes Nest
Makeup: Hayley Johnson (Hayley's Boutique)
Men's suits: Mos Bross
Photography: Adam Drake
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Brown Kraft Wedding Stationery πŸ·πŸ’•

The Brown Kraft Travel Tag is definitely one of my favourite styles of invitations. It's different, unique and enhances the rustic feel to your wedding. The design is unrestricted in the sense that you can go for something very modern (as in this post) or very traditional; the options are endless.

This blog post features the bespoke invitations for a couple who recently tied the knot along with their other on the day stationery items; their Place Names and Orders of Services. I also created their Table Plan and Table Numbers to match. 

Lyn & Tim were had their reception at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, so they wanted all of their stationery to be themed around the iconic old racing cars. As you can see, everything is in keeping and all looked wonderful! It's in the little touches of detail that make all the difference.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with your ideas for your invitations, I'm always excited to take on new challenges and new designs!

Bespoke Wedding Invitations for The Barn at Upcote πŸ’’πŸ–Œ

It's been just over a year since Jo & Andrew opened the doors to the beautiful Barn at Upcote and since then I've been lucky enough to work closely alongside the venue. It's not just a Wedding Venue; they hold many different types of events there throughout the year, from corporate parties to charity galas - it's just a great place for any type of social gathering. Have a look at a few pics below (taken from their website) to give you an idea of the amazing setting up there...

I created the foundations of an invitation for the Barn which included a hand drawing of the beautiful building itself. I wanted to create an invitation that was reflective of the mood, feel and vibe of the place, which is that of a rustic yet elegant nature. The idea behind this initial invitation is to give you (the bride and groom to be) a starting point, inspiration and a uniqueness which you won't find anywhere else. You can stylise this invitation in many different ways; you could have a pocketfold invitation, a flat invitation or in the form of a travel tag. You can change the colours to match your wedding theme, you can add dashes of colour/ flowers to it, we can change the fonts (if you want more of a traditional feel, etc), print on different paper... Basically, the options are endless and I just want to make your life as easy as possible for you. Please have a look through some of the variations I have done over this last year. I'm very open to new challenges, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with your dream invitation ideas to match this dream venue.

Bespoke Luggage Tag Invitation

The luggage tag style invitation is definitely a favourite of ours... It's just a fantastic way of holding lots of information together- you can have as many sheets as necessary or even just one. They are elegant, different and fun! We've got a few different styles that you can choose from in our Boutique Collection which you can adapt and tweak to suit you and your desires. Or you can go totally bespoke like these ones exhibited in this post... Please get in touch if you'd like any samples sent to you so you can get an idea of the great quality of these invitations for yourselves.

Upcote Barn Wedding Invitations

So Retro Press has been lucky enough to team up with the wonderful, most idyllic venue; The Barn at Upcote. It is situated in the heart of the Cotswolds and boasts the most fantastic views, surroundings and atmosphere. As soon as I had visited the Barn and met the fantastic couple, Jo & Andrew who run it, I already had a design in mind for some wedding invitations to match and hopefully capture the essence and vibe of the place.

Being that this venue is a converted barn on a very rural landscape, rustic/ vintage styled stationery is the perfect way to reflect this... Think kraft paper, twine and an overall informal yet classic feel. I hand drew an image of the barn which appears at the top of the invitations. I think to have the venue of where you're going to get married on the actual invitations gives them a personal touch and gives your guests an idea to the vibe of the day and it is nice for them to envision the setting. I have designed 2 different styles of invites for this venue; one being the classic pocketfold and the other, a take on the beautiful luggage label. Both styles are great ways of containing lots of information in which you would like to send out to your guests. The colours that I have used are based on the logo of Upcote Barn as I wanted to have some consistency running throughout. Anyway, take a look for yourselves...

If you are getting married at this fantastic venue, please get in touch if you'd like more details about your wedding stationery... The invitations can be tailor made towards you, so we can change the colours, change the wording and even change the font- anything is possible! 

Swallow Letterpress Wedding Invitations

The rustic style of wedding invitations is forever on the surge. They suit the barn type weddings and remember that the invitations really do set the tone for the whole day. They give your guests an indication of what type of event it's going to be. This is why it is so important to get them right.

The invitations that I want to showcase to you in this blog post are of that nature; vintage/ rustic. Using a combination of finishes; the actual invitation was letterpress printed on kraft paper, to give that 'stamp' like quality. As every single invite was hand printed, not one is exactly the same. That's the beauty of letterpress printing. The info and RSVP sheets were digitally printed on white textured paper. As you can see, they are held together by string. There is the option to have ribbon or twine with these type of invitations. If I had to put these into a category, I would say that these are travel tag invitations, which are great ways in themselves of containing all the bits of information together. 

If you'd like your very own custom wedding invitations designing, you've come to the right place... Please get in touch for more details.

The Luggage Tag Wedding Invitation

The luggage or travel tag wedding invitation is probably the most popular style we do here at Retro Press. Why you might ask? Well, I think it's for a number of reasons. 

They are great because first and foremost they are a little bit different from the norm, thus making them unique products in themselves. 

The luggage tag is a fantastic way of having lots of information tied together in a creative way. I have designed one invitation in which had 4 'pages' to it; the invitation itself being the first, the menu second, other relevant info third (accommodation, travel, gifts) and the RSVP last. It's also nice to a 'cover page' with just the couples names on the front. Once the RSVP slip has been returned, all other pages can be held together and not lost, as this can easily happen with loose bits of paper.

It's easy to match the colour scheme of the wedding with the invitations also; adding different coloured ribbon and of course the print.

The travel tag style could be thought of as quite vintage and yes this is certainly true; we can print them on the brown kraft paper no problem and also design them in a more 'vintage/ rustic way'. See the below image as an example:

... But you can also go with a more 'formal' look and feel; the format of the invitations doesn't dictate the style, the design does. To give you an idea of a more 'traditional' style, have a look at the mock up invite below:

So whether you want more of a classic looking invitation or modern, I would highly recommend the luggage/ travel tag style for your wedding invitations. Please do get in touch if you want anymore info, I'd love to design yours!

Bespoke Party Invitations

As well as wedding stationery, business stationery and such, we also do personalised party invitations. A birthday party is as good an excuse as any to go all out! So why not make it that even more special with your very own bespoke invites?! 

I'm sure everyone remembers being at school and receiving those fun, brightly coloured invites that you used to excitedly take home to mum and get her to help you to cut off the end and fill in to return the next day! And don't get me started on party bags....!!! But for me, there is still something so incredible about receiving an actual invitation, be it formal or not. It's like receiving a postcard I suppose- there has been thought and effort behind it. It is much much easier nowadays to Facebook someone, send a group invite, etc, granted... But is it memorable? Start as you mean to go on I say :)

So ideas for invites...

1. You go F U N and something a little different... Beer matts. These are great for obviously pub/ bar venues. They are small, contained, thus you won't be wanting too much info on them. They are sturdy, thus not easily thrown away/ lost. 

2. You need a little more info for your guests, you want a RSVP slip, etc... The travel invite, tied together with ribbon/ string. These are easy to take apart, fill in relevant info and send back to you. Keeping it a nice succinct invite with it altogether. Still very fun, contemporary and unique.

3. Go traditional, something a little more formal. If you're feeling really swanky, go gold foiled; truly classy, a little bit more expensive however. But in any case, keep to a more 'structured' style of invitation, maybe including a picture, an image of your venue or a motif...

So as you can see, so many options! Please do get in touch if you want any quotes/ have any questions, we'd love to help make your event something to remember (and in a good way!)

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