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Rustic Elegant Wedding Inspiration 🌿

Rustic elegant is now a "thing" and it's definitely taking over the whole 'vintage, bunting, rustic' vibe. Think, lots of lights, candles, foliage, greenery, natural light and beautiful countryside; all make up for a beautiful, rustic yet elegant tone for your wedding. 

For styling on the Big Day, there is so much inspiration on Pinterest and here are just a few from my board that I have pinned...

I have recently designed and created some bespoke Save the Date's for a couple who are getting married in their local church and having their reception at their parents country farm house in a stunning barn. Everything is so personal to them so it was important to set the right tone with their wedding stationery from the start. They wanted to allude to the countryside aesthetic without going down the brown kraft route. As you can see, I have hand painted the wheat in the background which is subtle yet still very visible. On top of this, I have gold foiled "Save the Date" with their details written below. We decided to go with these heritage green envelopes which also nods to the country styled wedding theme. It's this attention to detail that helps create the overall tone... I cannot wait to work on their wedding invitations now!

Please do get in touch if you'd like to create something unique for you and your wedding.

Vellum & Gold Foil Save the Dates 🌿

I'm very excited to share that I will soon be adding a new range of designs to the website: The Foiled Collection. You will be able to change the foil colour to anything that you wish and make them tailored to you and your wedding.
Hot foiling is an expensive process because everything is lovingly hand printed and of course, the materials needed, such as the foil and plates are not cheap. Thus, it's a luxury finish that elevates your stationery to the next level.
My aim with The Foiled Collection, is to make the process as easy as possible for you whilst making them affordable, elegant and luxurious. 
Here is a sneak peak at one of the new designs and showcasing the Save the Dates... Gold foil printed on beautiful vellum, layered on top of textured card with the details digitally printed. There will be an option to have the gold leaf printed straight onto the card, if you'd prefer.
Make a statement with your stationery and really set that tone for the Big Day with foiled luxury additions 💕
Please do get in touch for more info.

Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Art Deco as a theme for your wedding day is one that will never date... Everything about it is classy, stylish and there are so many ways that you can make it unique to you. I personally love all the dark, moody, rich colours that are associated with the Art Deco period, along with the structured, geometric shapes, patterns and beautiful textures. There are a lot of decadent features, lavish golds and it just screams luxury, elegance and extravagance!

Here are just a few inspirational images I have pinned on my Art Deco Pinterest board to get you thinking...

And here is a very recent Bespoke Save the Date card that I have designed and printed for a couple. The background is a marble wash of navy blue, with certain shapes darker than others, which really helps to create depth and texture. All the gold you see in these have been foiled to give that added WOW factor. The gold foil is amazing when it catches certain lights and it's a definitely a luxury finish that your guests are going to be impressed with. This design is totally unique to Derynn & George and I am just so so excited to create their invitations.

Art Deco Save the Date

If you're thinking of going for an Art Deco themed wedding, then please do get in touch to discuss your ideas... I just love it!

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...

Save the Date 2019 Weddings 💍

At the moment here at Retro Press, I'm juggling lots of work, from on the day stationery items for couples getting married this summer, invitations for couples getting married from October onwards (so lots of Christmas invites in action) and Save the Date's for couples getting married in 2019.

Tips & Inside Knowledge 

- With your Save the Date cards, I would recommend sending them out between 8-12 months before the Big Day itself. This gives your guests plenty of time to book the time off work and most importantly keep your date free!

- Don't give too much info away on your Save the Dates- leave the venue as a nice surprise for when they receive their invitations. Keep them simple... So all you need on them is: Your Names (obviously!), Date, Location (The Cotswolds for instance) and then "Formal invitation to follow" (or words to that affect)- so that they don't panic about not having all the details! 

- If you're struggling to decide on what style you want your Save the Date's to be- in terms of colours, etc- I would say go for something more neutral. This way, you haven't restricted your options when it comes to your invitations.

- Which leads me nicely on to my next point... Do the Save the Dates have to match your invitations? In short, no! I mean, it's always nice if the theme of your wedding starts with your Save the Dates, but it's really not essential. As long as they are along the same tone and vibe, it's totally ok if you've had a change of heart when it comes to your invites... I would say that it's more important that your day stationery and invitations are in keeping (in terms of colours etc).

Styles

As with invitations, there are so many different styles of Save the Dates that you can go for. I have a few different ranges on my website, in which you can adapt to suit you. However, if non of them take your fancy, we can also go totally bespoke... Anything is possible!

LUXE Save the Dates

This is a collection designed for pure luxury. The watercolour wash in the background is adapted to your colour scheme- alternatively, you can have a 'clean' background. The Save the Date is foiled- which comes in a huge variety of colours, ranging from gold to hot pink (it doesn't have to be a metallic). They are A7 in size and come with matching luxury white envelopes.

Tag Style Save the Dates

There are x10 different designs in this tag style of Save the Dates. You can either add twine or ribbon to them to give them a slightly different look and feel. They are A7 in size, so small and cute! These are great, especially if you are not dead set on a theme yet. You can adapt the colour of the text to your preferred choice.

The Tailored Collection Save the Dates

These Save the Dates all have matching Invitation and Day stationery suites. So, from the start to finish, you can have the same design (also available with the tags and luxe range). These are postcard size (A6) and come with envelopes. With the option to upgrade to foiling if you wish. As with all my designs, nothing is restricted.

Bespoke Save the Date cards

And if all else fails... Go bespoke! Go for something totally unique and something that you need to get made especially for you in order to match up with your wedding dreams and ideas. These cards that you see below were blind debossed (so no ink) which creates a lovely texture and feel to them. Each and every one has been lovingly hand printed to create this simple yet so very effective finish.

Wedding Fair at The Barn at Upcote 💕

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

⚡️ The Highlights from Retro Press in 2017

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Wow! Where did that year go?! And what a wonderful, jam- packed, exciting one it was too! I've had invitations coming out of my ears, from rustic to glam and everything in between, I've designed and produced lots of different and unique day stationery, from do not disturb signs to huge welcome signs, and then there has also been a lot of business stationery on the go and new brands that I've been working with... It's been crazy! Did I mention that there has been several collaborative photo-shoots, wedding fairs, meetings and relationships formed with wedding suppliers and wedding venues AND a re-launch of the website too?! Oh and I've moved studios/ house and got a little fur baby too- Lewi, a very naughty miniature dachshund!


WEDDING STATIONERY QUICKLOOK


PERSPEX WEDDING SIGNAGE

Now at Retro Press, I can do Table Plans and Table Names on PERSPEX. It's different, unique and a service that you can't find just anywhere. I would love to do Invitations on perspex... Maybe in 2018- any takers?! 


NEW BRANDING / LOGO DESIGNS

Logo design for new business Elm Tree Joinery based in Oxford; beautiful handmade, bespoke joinery service.

logo design

The Bump to Baby Chapter is a company based in Cheltenham, specialising in Antenatal Classes and Hypnobirthing.

Woof Woof Walkies... A dog walking company based in Paisley, Glasgow. Design of logo, new van and all clothing, including waterproof coats, hoodies and t-shirts.

naas court farm logo

Logo design for the new Wedding Venue, Naas Court Farm. Based in Lydney, Forest of Dean- I can't wait to see the wonderful things to come out of this place in the next year.


PHOTOSHOOTS & WEDDING FAIRS

Featuring the wonderful Aqua Flowers, Little Cheltenham and The Barn at Upcote.


WEDDING VENUE PARTNER : ECKINGTON MANOR

A beautiful venue in the lovely village of Eckington (near Bredon). I have collaborated with the team at Eckington and created two different bespoke wedding invitations. Looking forward to working more with them in 2018.


THE LAUNCH OF THE TAILORED COLLECTION

A small collection of Wedding Invitation Suites designed to make it easier for my clients. These are tailored to suit my clients, colours, fonts, wording, etc, thus still very much personalised; it's not like ordering off Etsy or NOTHS for example. Hopefully, there is something for everyone, if not, we go down the Bespoke route. Have a look for yourself.


SAVE THE DATE TAGS

A similar concept to the Tailored Collection, Save the Date tags, designed here at Retro Press, making it easy and affordable for my clients. View more on by clicking here...


WEDDING VENUE PARTNER : KINGSCOTE BARN

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I'm delighted to be working in association with Kingscote Barn, where I shall be exhibiting at their Wedding Fair at the beginning of this year; Sunday 18th March 2018, which I am very excited about! Lots of good things to come...


CHRISTMAS CARDS

There was a high demand for personalised Christmas cards this year, from newly wed bride & grooms to families to other suppliers, such as Vanilla Pod Bakery (Exquisite wedding cake specialists based in the Cotswolds). Here a few below...


AN OFFICIAL SUPPLIER FOR ROCK MY WEDDING

Being asked to feature on The Love List of Rock My Wedding at the end of 2017 really topped it all off and I can't wait for more to come with them...

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AND THAT'S A WRAP!

Well, it's exhausted Lewi out!! Bring on 2018 I say! Looking forward to some new challenges, meeting lots of new brides & grooms to be, suppliers, venues and everything that life throws at Retro! Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Vintage themed Wedding Stationery

Your wedding stationery is something that you think about after you've chosen your wedding venue. This is for a few reasons; you will need to know the kind of wedding you're going to have (and the venue definitely sets the tone for this) and you will also have a fixed date- all the information you need to do your invitations.

The vintage/ rustic theme is one of my most loved ones; there is so much you can do with it and you can make your whole day revolve around it and it will look so beautiful. It's important that this theme is in keeping with your venue- I personally think it suits barn type weddings/ marquee weddings and maybe not the grand hotel type weddings. I hope this makes sense! There are so many different things you can do on the day to tie this whole theme together; please have a look at some of the images below (taken from pinterest) to give you some inspiration.

Over the years, I have done many a bespoke vintage wedding invitation. Working with brown kraft paper is my favourite- it gives strong rustic vibes and looks fantastic. Twine, ribbon and cotton lace compliment this paper stock very nicely too. Have a look at some past vintage invitations that I have done below. Please do get in touch with your request, even if it's not indeed vintage! The Save the Date tags that you see in the first pic can be easily ordered on my website.

NEW IN: SAVE THE DATE TAGS

When it comes to sending out your Save the Dates, it might feel like a tricky one as you have yet to decide on a theme, wedding colours, flowers, etc. If like most, you would of chosen your wedding venue, your wedding date and you will just want to get this out to all of your lovely guests. This is why I have created a cute range of little tags that are inexpensive, varied and more generalised. 

With these tags, you can order them as they are (with your details of course)- I have designed bold ones, modern ones, more traditional ones, girly ones and some calendar type ones. You can change the wording to accommodate your needs, you can choose a different colour for them to be in printed in and you can even mix and match different styles... The choices are endless! Have a look at the below image and if you like what you see, please do have a look at some more designs in the range here. I look forward to hearing from you!

New Product Range Coming Soon: Bookmark Save the Dates

Here at Retro Press, I try to keep on top of all the latest trends and I'm always on the lookout for new inspirations. As well as offering the ultimate personal service and customer care, I also want to break boundaries, create new and exciting, different stationery items. 
I will be launching several different product ranges throughout the year. These will all be unique to Retro, so you won't find them anywhere else. One of the ranges that I'm working on at the moment is the Save the Date bookmarks! It's that time of year whereby I'm getting lots and lots of enquires through the door; there must of been a few festive engagements I'd say! So it's got me thinking naturally about Save the Dates; I already have a collection of Save the Date cards that you can order direct from my website and I also have Save the Date coasters- which are hugely popular too.  
From the very start, I believe that you need to set the tone for the day. Sending out a Save the Date bookmark is something different and memorable. There will be a choice of traditional and modern designs in the range because the bookmark definitely lends itself for either. Please have a sneak peek at one of our designs below and please do get in touch if you like what you see!

 

 

Gold Foiled Save the Date Wedding Coasters

We design and print many letterpress Save the Date coasters here at Retro Press. They are an absolutely fabulous way of sending out something a little bit different, fun and unique. We have quite a big collection on our website, which we can customise especially to you. The coasters come with matching envelopes so you can easily send them out to your guests.
These particular coasters that are being showcased in this post have been individually letterpress and gold foiled printed. The shiny heart combines very nicely with the vintage stamp like finish of the letterpress writing and we are very excited to do some more like this. Please do get in touch if you like what you see!

* Special Offer Alert * 20% off Save The Date Cards!

Because it's the run up to Christmas and we know how expensive it all gets at time of year is, we thought we'd run a promotion on our Save The Date cards from our Boutique Collection! Order before 1st December to get your 20% off.  You can then pop them into your Christmas cards to save on the package and postage too!! 

It's dead easy to order... All you have to do is choose from one of designs below and send us an email to kate@retropress.org with these details:

- Names
- Date
- Location/ venue
- The colour you want it in
- Quantity needed
- Envelopes required?

We will get back to asap with a digital proof design with all the info you sent us and upon your approval and payment, we shall get cracking with the production.

Please get in touch if you require pricing info or anything else for that matter! To see the rest of the range, visit our website now.

Gold Foiled Save the Date Invitations

We pride ourselves in giving a very personal service here at Retro Press. We are very versatile in terms of design and products. Often, clients come to us and ask for things that they are not sure are possible... Everything is possible here! 

I want to showcase these beautiful rose gold foiled Save the Date invitations that we've just done. They are bespoke to the couple and we have kept them clean, simple yet very eye catching and stunning (in our modest opinion!) We're very much looking forward to designing and creating the rest of this wedding stationery.

Gold foiling is a more expensive finish than digital printing as each and every one is hand printed with love and care. We believe that even a touch of foiling will make your invites/ stationery stand out. It can be combined with digital printing (as you see in these invites) to produce unique products.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you any questions.

Seaside Inspired Wedding Stationery

Getting married by the coast? On a beach? Or you just want a seaside themed wedding? Get inspired with these Save the Date's we've just designed and printed at Retro...

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As you can see, these Save the Date's were influenced by the classic deckchair striped pattern. These are quite modern in design and the connotation to the deckchair is that of a subtle yet classy one. I'm very much looking forward to designing the rest of the wedding stationery for this lovely couple! 

If you've got a specific themed wedding in mind but can't find your perfect stationery to match, please don't hesitate to get in touch- we love a challenge and designing something new/ different... The options are endless!