day stationery

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire

What better way to bring in the New Year than with some images from a beautiful wedding that I am honoured to have been a part of from the end of last summer. Set in the beautiful venue of Cripps Barn, which is in the heart of the Cotswolds. It has a sense of rustic, elegant charm about it in which I wanted to capture in the stationery I created for this wonderful couple getting married.

Nicole and Chris were so great in the sense that they totally trusted my opinion and thus gave me the creative freedom to design all of their signage in which we printed onto stylish clear perspex. I wanted all the signs to be in keeping with everything else they had planned for the Big Day and also to enhance that sense of luxury yet rural nature.

There’s nothing I love more than receiving the official photos from the wedding day itself because it puts what I do into context; as I only ever see it in my studio and not in situ, surrounded by everything else that helps to make the day so magical. I also love seeing how happy my clients are and that’s what it’s all about! All photo credits go to, Jess Reeve Photography- and what a wonderful job too! Congratulations Nicole & Chris and best wishes for the future!

Other suppliers include:

Bouquets: Forage and Blossom

Floral Design: Go Wild Flowers

Cake: Anna Cake Couture

Venue: Cripps Barn

Wedding Planner: For the Love of Weddings









Real Wedding at Cripps Barn 🌿

I truly love nothing more than receiving wedding photos from the Big Day itself… It puts everything into perspective and a vision become reality. It’s amazing to see all the stationery I produce in my little studio come together with all the other wonderful things on the day, such as the flowers, foliage, overall table layout and everything.

This post is dedicated to the awesome couple Claire & Josh who travelled all the way from sunny Sydney, Australia to get married in the beautiful Cotswold venue, Cripps Barn.

They came to me after they had done their invitations and wanted something really special and personalised to them for the wedding day. They had two very prominent themes that they wanted enhancing within their stationery; their love of craft beer & beautiful rustic antlers. As you will see in the photographs below, we incorporated both of these things very nicely into their stationery, with flashes of copper, foliage, watercolour & brown kraft goodness. I had so much fun creating everything, including: personalised place names, personalised belly bands that wrapped around the napkins, an Order of the Day sign, Table Plan Cards, Table Name Cards, menus and Order of Service booklets. Thanks for having all the faith and giving me the creative freedom to produce some really exciting stuff! Congratulations to Claire & Josh, it was an absolute pleasure!

Photo Credit to: Chris Giles Photography.

Wedding Signage for the Big Day πŸ‘°πŸ½πŸ€΅πŸΌ

Here at Retro Press, it's not all about the wedding invitations, but actually every little aspect of the Big Day itself. I often get asked if I can create little signs to accompany all the added extras that couples have on their wedding day... and the answer is yes of course! Whether it's a sign for your polaroid camera, bubbly bar or coffee station, we can do anything tailored to you. This means that you don't have to order generic ones online, but you can still have these designed to match your theme and style of your wedding. Here are some recent signs that I did for a lovely couple....
Please do get in touch for more details, I'd love to help.

Order Of Services for the Big Day πŸ’

Gone are the days of boring, flimsy, poor quality Order of Service...  Over the years, I have designed and created many different types of Order of Services. I get asked so many different questions about these stationery items and I find that many of my couples struggle to bring these together. My job, as with all the other stationery, is to make it as painless a process as possible, whilst of course, making them perfect for you. 

The kinds of things you need to consider when it comes to ordering your Order of Service are:
- Do you want them to be in the same design and style as your invitations? So the same colours, motifs, patterns, gold foiling, paper stock etc.
- How much information are you going to have in them? Are they simply going to be timelines of the day or are they going to contain all the hymns, readings, etc.
- Do you want to provide your guests with one per couple or one per person? 

There are basically 3 different formats to choose from with Orders of Service and heres a little breakdown for you; 

  • A card, either A6 or A5 size. Single or double sided, depending upon how much information you need on them. This option is definitely one for couples that don't have much information to go on them in general. 
  • Folded card; a 4 page booklet. Again, I would suggest to go for this style if you don't have an abundance of information to go on them.
  • An 8 page Booklet; which I find is the most popular option. With this style, you have an outer cover, which can be printed on all sides and then an insert sheet which is stapled in. These are great for when there is a lot of information- like having the hymns written out etc.

In terms of design, as ever, there are so many options, but I feel like I can put them into 'categories' for you:

  • Most of my couples usually carry on their design from their invites to their Orders of Service, so including a motif, the same fonts, colours and overall vibe.
  • Others like to include a sketch of the Church/ venue that they are getting married in.
  • And sometimes, people want to go more traditional with them and keep them quite simple- so no patterns or illustrations.

At the end of the day, it's up to you. It's a personal preference. But these are so important to get right because your guests will naturally keep hold of them as a momento of your Big Day. Have a look below at just a selection of past Orders... Please do get in touch if you have any questions and need any help with sorting yours out.

Order of Service Cards

Brown Kraft Order of Service Booklets

Order of Service Booklet with Church Illustrations

Traditional Order of Service Booklets

Themed Order of Service Booklets

Additional Luxury Wedding Stationery Embellishments ❀️

Do you get as excited about your wedding stationery as you do about your flowers, cake or even dress?! ... If you do, then adding luxury extras to your invitations or day stationery is going to be unavoidable!
Your invitations are going to be the first little insight that your guests have into your wedding. You want to set the tone and make sure that they know what kind of day to expect. Whether it's a rustic, country, elegant, urban or Indian wedding, it's important that your invites match up to the same vibe that you're going for.
There are just so many things that you can add to your invitations to make them personalised and unique to you and I often get asked about the possibilities here at Retro Press... Well they are endless and I am constantly adding new things to the list of things that I can do/ offer! Thus, I thought it might be useful however to highlight some of these things, so I have created a new page on the website especially dedicated to these luxury embellishments. The list on here at the moment:

  • Foiling
  • Blind Debossing
  • Addressed Envelopes
  • Individually printed Guest names on your invites
  • Personalised Wax Stamps
  • Hand Torn Edging
  • Belly Bands
  • Envelope Liners
  • Bull Dog Clips

You can have a read in detail about of all of these stylish, bespoke additions on the website, but here's a quick look to get you inspired...

Customisable Wedding Invitations; The Tailored Collection πŸ’•

The Tailored Collection is a varying suite of invitations that I have designed in order to make life easy for you whilst at the same time, still being unique to you. At the moment, there are 5 very different designs, thus hopefully there is at least one that catches your eye.

I get asked lots of questions about The Tailored Collection, so I thought I would try and answer the most frequent ones in this blog post!

Think of these invitations as starting points. The colours, wording and paper stocks used are all changeable and this is how you make the design bespoke to you. This is a service in which I provide that is complimentary when ordering from this collection... If however, you wanted to add an element in, like a motif, a building, an illustration, etc, extra design charges are applicable (and it just depends upon what you want adding).

Other embellishments that you might want to add into your design / final invitations:

- Twine & tags
- Matching belly bands
- Foiling
- Matching envelope liners
- Bespoke stickers
- Bespoke Wax stamp
- Printed personalised names on your invitations

How to place an order:

This is dead easy but it's not computerised (which would take away from the personal service that I pride myself on). All you have to do is fill out a form on the Contact page and I will get back to you within 24 working hours. Once we have had a discussion about your invitations and you have sent me the wording that you require, I will create a digital proof and send it back to you for your approval. Once you are totally happy, payment is made and production begins. 

The usual timescale:

If you're ordering in good time (not in a rush), I would say it takes about 2-3 weeks to turn your invitations around... If however, (which seems to happen a lot), you are ordering last minute, the quickest turn around time is 1 week (7 working days).

Matching On the Day Stationery:

Lots of couples want their day stationery to match their invitations... Personally, I think it's a nice touch and something that your guests will notice and appreciate. You've set the tone with your invitations so it makes sense to carry it through to on the Big Day too. All of the Tailored Collection designs come with matching day stationery items, but as these bits seem to leave my studio straight away so I don't have much in terms of samples, but I do have a few images so fear not! The stationery items for on the wedding day is endless and I do it all:

- Orders of Service booklets/ cards
- Place Names
- Table Plan
- Table Name/ Number cards
- Welcome sign / signage
- Labels for favours
- Menus for the tables

Sample Service:

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to see any invitation samples- I send these out free of charge... And I do think it's always worth doing so if you've got the time- just so you can see the paper stock, quality, colours etc.

Consultation time:

I don't usually meet up with my clients for consultations for the Tailored Collection; there shouldn't be any need to. Most people order online and we communicate via email. If you want a phone consultation, that's not a problem at all. But I work with brides and grooms from all over the country, so it's not always easy to meet up, hence why ordering from this collection is easier than going for something totally bespoke.

So, to give you an idea of how one of the designs from the Collection can be altered, please see the images below; all of these started with the White Snapdragon (first image) as the selected design from the outset... 

As you can see, each invitation is bespoke to the couple- with some choosing to add a motif, some adding foil, the change of the colours etc. There are so many options, you just need to know how to explore them! Please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about your invitations, I'm always here to help.

Autumnal Wedding Invitations πŸ‚

If you're getting married in the Autumn of this year (so from September onwards), I would suggest that you need to get thinking about your wedding invitations (if you haven't already). It's definitely not too late, but from experience, I would recommend sending them out 2-3 months before the Big Day itself. At the moment, I am working on lots of invitations for this time of the year as well as all the day stationery for couples getting married in the summer. It's all go!

When it comes to your wedding invites, it's important to reflect the vibe, tone & theme of your wedding. So if you're having it in the Autumnal months, think of the colours: burgundy's, golds, bronzes, burnt oranges, maroons, navy's, coppers and also reds. I'm not saying that your invites can't be a blush rose (if that's the theme running throughout your wedding) for instance and actually I would highly recommend them to be if this is the styling for your Big Day. I'm also not implying that you need to have the iconic red and orange leaves on your invites just because you're getting married in October. Have a look at some past invitations I have created for around this time of year to give you some inspiration...

And if you're looking for some more inspiration for the Big Day itself, I have sieved through a lot of images on Pinterest and got a collation of some of my favourite styling ideas here... Please do get in touch with your ideas for your wedding stationery, be it invitations or on the day stationery, I cannot wait to hear from you!

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!

Wedding Fair at The Barn at Upcote πŸ’•

Taking part in The Upcote Wedding Fair is definitely a highlight of mine! The team that run the show and venue, Hannah, Jo & Andrew are just wonderful. They put on such a great event for all involved; suppliers and guests alike; there's so much to see, so many friendly faces and just a great atmosphere all round. I absolutely love it! 
It's a great opportunity, not only to showcase my work, but its also a chance to meet lots of excited newly engaged couples. I think it's important when providing such a personal service to try and meet my clients face to face- this isn't always possible, but I like to do so when I can.
If you haven't yet chosen your venue and you're looking to get married in the beautiful Cotswolds, in an idyllic setting, in a barn type venue, then look no further. Go and see Hannah and the team for a look around and I'm sure you'll fall in love with Upcote just as much as I did upon my first viewing.
Have a look at a few pics below, including Wedding Cakes from the wonderful Claire at Cake Daydreams along with Wedding Flowers from the marvellous Jo from Aqua Flowers.
Thanks for having us, already looking forward to the Autumn fair! xx

Real Wedding at Elmore Court

For me, one the many highlights of designing and producing wedding stationery is getting to see the photographs from the couple's Big Day itself. It sends goose pimples down my spine to know that Retro Press has been apart of their special day and helped bring everything together- all their dreams, visions, months of planning and organising is brought to life. I usually start the journey with the Bride & Groom- from their Save the Dates or Invitations right through to their day stationery and then their thank you cards. So as you can imagine, relationships are formed and by the end I normally feel like I know my couple and getting to see the pics really makes my day! I also do a lot of 'on the day stationery' for couples who haven't had their invitations done at Retro Press.

This particular feature is on a recent Wedding at Elmore Court in which Retro Press designed and produced all the stationery from start to finish. The colour scheme of the wedding was greys, silvers, natural creams and greens (foliage) with a glamorous, elegant feel to the whole day. The bride's invitations were silver foiled on thick grey card. They set a stylish, classic tone for the Big Day itself.

silver foiled wedding invitations

The stationery for on the day, including personalised Menu cards, Order of Ceremony cards, the Table Plan and Table Names all carried on the same theme as the invitations. We stuck to the same shades of colour, fonts and overall feel. The table plan was finished on an A1 perspex sheet with the table names to match (also in the perspex). This was lit up by tea lights and finished off with some greenery... It looked divine. A huge thank you to Robert Leons for these beautiful images (below) and a massive congratulations to Jo & Ben on their marriage.

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The Wedding Flowers Meets The Wedding Stationery πŸŒΈπŸ’•

A great day was had by all; myself from Retro Press, Jo from Aqua Flowers and Kate from Little Cheltenham. Upon meeting Jo at a Wedding Fair (at Upcode Barn) & seeing her floristry skills and beautiful arrangements, I just knew that our Wedding services/products would go hand in hand very nicely. The aim of this shoot, which was wonderfully crafted, directed and shot by Kate, was to show you how the initial stages of planning, i.e. the wedding invitations, should match up with the theme and vibe of the Wedding Day itself and all that goes with it, like the flowers and other such decorations. It's so pleasing to see how everything links together and how different fields within the same industry really do compliment each other. 

The photoshoot was done at Aqua's amazing studio, up at Manor Farm - which is set in the most idyllic of surroundings in the middle of the Cotswolds. There were so many great backdrops to choose from, including the luxury of being right next to the cutest little church ever... It was all just so perfect. It was a great day for a Spring/ Summer shoot and I just can't wait for the Autumn/ Winter one now. Here's a few pics of behind the scenes.

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We wanted the set of final images to SHOW OFF all aspects of design; the flowers themselves, the stationery items and the photography skills.... It was an absolute JOY to work with both of these suppliers and I couldn't recommend either of them enough - please check out my friends page to find out more about them.

A Floral Affair; Bespoke Wedding Stationery for Clearwell Castle

There's nothing better/ more satisfying for me than working closely with a couple, right from the start of their journey (from when they basically got engaged), up until the end (the start of their beginning); the actual wedding day. I love receiving pictures- and not just of my stationery but of the bride and groom themselves!

The wedding stationery in this post was all done for a couple who have literally just tied the knot. From the rustic/ floral invitations, to the thank you favour tags, to the table names and everything in between, I love it all. I have done quite a few stationery suits for Clearwell Castle now and each and every one has been so different- it just depends upon your theme, your colours and your big day. These have been great fun and I can't wait to do the thank you cards to finish everything off. Congratulations to Sinead & Tom!!

Blush Pink Floral Wedding Invitation Suite

This time of year is crazy busy with so much day stationery to design and produce- I just LOVE it! I try and update my blog as much as humanly possible, but it's not as high on my priority list as the jobs in hand, so I do apologise about that because I want you to see absolutely everything that goes out the studio as it's such a variety of stuff- no one job is ever the same.

What I love most about doing the day stationery is the random requests I get asked to do- from personalised signage, to 'do not disturb' door hangers, to stickers, to tokens and of course the norm (table names, table plan, place names, menus, orders of service etc). 

Most couples want to match their day stationery with their wedding invitations- even if it is slightly different, it will definitely be in keeping with the invites. Have a look at a recent package I did for a couple who recently tied the knot... My best wishes and congratulations go out to you!