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Wedding Day Stationery ❀️

Your wedding invitations for your Big Day are so important because they set the tone for your wedding... They are the first little insight that your guests have, thus you don't want to be setting the wrong tone or sending out the wrong message- everything must be in keeping. This leads us on to the all important stationery for the Day itself, which again is so so important because it's in these details that brings everything together.

I often get asked if I can do Day Stationery even if I haven't done the invitations... And yes of course! I always like to see your invitations to see what you like and to get a good idea of the kind of vibe and style you are going for. I like to make my own mark on your Day Stationery whilst making sure that it all ties in together. I cannot and will not use someone else's design to create your stationery due to copyright and integrity reasons. 

I recently had the pleasure of doing this recent wedding stationery for a couple... They wanted lots of different and unique stuff to them, for instance the Speech Bingo Cards, Speech Sweepstake Cards and Personalised Reserve Tags for the ceremony. As you can see, everything has a definite style and coherence to it. Everything is totally bespoke to the couple and I can imagine that it was a very fun wedding!

Please get in touch to make your wedding dreams transformed into a reality, I always love a challenge!

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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⚑️ 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.

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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.

Real Wedding at Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol

Here at Retro, I spend most my life in the studio, emailing, designing and packaging. The other 10% of my time is meeting my lovely clients and a lot of trips to the post office! When I've been working with a bride for months and usually from the very beginning, I cannot tell you how amazing it is to receive pictures from their wedding day and to see everything I have worked on in the studio come together and contribute in making it such a special day. 

So with this particular bride, the journey started with her bespoke wedding invitations- please see below. The theme was classic with a modern twist and sticking to the chosen colour scheme of Navy, Grey & Silver tones. The couple also wanted to relate the invitations to the glorious building, Ashton Court, in which they were getting married in- see image in the middle of invites.

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I'm proud to show you some pictures below from the actual Big Day itself with all the wedding stationery in all it's glory. Thank you so much to Kirsten Butler, the Little Wedding Helper, who took all the photographs and who lovingly styled the whole event- find out more about Kirsten on my friends page. The stationery matches everything so well- the beautiful Ashton Court itself, the flowers, the bridesmaids dresses... just everything. A huge congratulations to Helen & Graeme on tying the knot πŸ’•
Retro Press designed and created: the Order of Ceremony cards, Table Plan, Menus, Name Tags, Table Cards and of course the invitations. It's been a pleasure from start to finish. Enjoy!

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!!

Pocketfold Wedding Invitations

The pocketfold wedding invitation is one of the many different formats that we do here at Retro Press. I wouldn't call it a 'style' of invitation, but its more of a function because you can make it into whatever style you like; classic/traditional, rustic, clean or modern; depending on your type of wedding.


Pocketfold invitations are basically sturdy envelopes that contain your invitation and other info/ rsvp slip, thus they are great for containing lots of information and keeping it in one place. You can have different sizes; DL, square or rectangular; again this depends upon personal preference. There are many different outer 'fastening' techniques for them; from belly bands, to twine, to ribbon and a tag, to a wax seal- all of which we do in house at Retro. You can have gold leaf foiling on them or digital printing. 


This type of invitation is quite expensive to produce in relation to just opting for the flat invitation- the pocketfold envelope is custom ordered in for you (depending on what colour you want- there is a huge variety, almost any colour available), they need to be hand put together; every fold needs creasing, sticking and securing, and then there's all the printed luxury paper that goes inside it to account for.

Have a look at some past bespoke pocketfold invitations to get you inspired for yours... Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

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Rustic Pocketfold

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Classic Style

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Art Deco Bronze Foiled

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Modern Design

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Twine & Tag Detailing

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Ribbon & Tag Detailing

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Wax Stamp Finish

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Belly Band

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!

Wedding Stationery for 2017

What I love about the wedding industry is that it is constantly changing, developing and it moves at such a fast pace... Which is why it's so important to stay on top of things, otherwise you may get left behind! I am constantly sourcing new materials, checking out Pinterest, looking around at fashion, graphics and people to get my new inspirations. I am being challenged everyday; with new & wonderful stationery requests, quick turn over demands, ensuring top quality on all of my finished products and a personal service that every bride to be deserves. 
With all of this in mind, I have a good comprehension of the wedding themes to come in 2017 and would love to share this with you. I strive for perfection and I want to ensure that I can fulfil all of your requests so don't hesitate to get in touch!

WATERCOLOUR WEDDING INVITES

GREENERY WEDDING INVITES

GOLD FOILED WEDDING INVITES

LUGGAGE LABEL WEDDING  INVITES

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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.

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.

Cotswold Weddings!!

I believe that I'm very lucky to be living in the heart of the Cotswolds, where A LOT of wedding action happens! It's a great place for a wedding, whether you're originally from this area or are coming from outside... It's surrounded by lusheous green countryside, beautiful spas and hotels and a whole host of great suppliers. All found in once place- perfect!

So after the wedding venue is booked, it's time to get the word out there! After doing much wedding stationery for couples, I've established some recommended timelines in term of wedding stationery...

Save the Dates: to be sent out anything between 1 year to 8 months prior to the big day.

The Invitations: to be received by the guests at least 3 months before the wedding day. This gives them a chance to RSVP, make arrangements and book it off. This gives you the chance to finalise numbers without panicing 1 month before- you'll have enough to worry about!

Orders of Service, table tags, other stationery for the day: In terms of design and production, this normally comes at a later date to the invitations. It's good to have these things a little in advance however, then you can see if you've got everything covered and all sorted. 

Bespoke thank you cards- obviously you will want these after your wedding day, but again, to cut stresses, it's best to get these done before with everything else.

So if you need any of the above products, please don't hesitate to get in touch! We tailor design and print all our stationery to suits the couple's needs so anything is possible!! Have a look at some snippets of our past stationery below and enjoy :) If you want to see more, check out our website.

Bespoke Letterpress Wedding Coasters

Bespoke letterpress wedding coasters are so great for so many different reasons and uses. Here at Retro Press, we have designed and printed the actual wedding invitations themselves on coasters, lots of Save the Dates, thank you cards/ coasters, place settings for guests and the lastest example I want to show to you is table names, to be displayed in the middle of the wedding tables.

This was a really fun job for me as I had the freedom to design them however I thought apt. The brief: to design and print 15 different coasters with the 15 different named pubs (which the bride provided) on them. They had to be double sided, with boarders and using both square and circular mats. Please have a look at the below!

If you're interested in getting your very own personalised wedding coasters for your special day/ event, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'd love to help! 

The Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair Bristol Zoo

I was lucky enough to take part in the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair, held at the fabulous Bristol Zoo last weekend. It was such a great event with many wonderful stands there, entertainment and a brilliant bunch of couples! If you're after something a little different for your wedding day, then this fair had it all, from vintage photo booths to 1920's inspired jewellery. You could of sourced your whole wedding from this fair in one clean sweep! I met some great people, including both exhibitors and browsers, so I thought I'd share some pics from the day to maybe help inspire you also. Thanks so much for having me Ali- looking forward to the next one!!


Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair March 8th 2015

Calling all brides and grooms in the Southwest, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath areas... The Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair is coming up, SUNDAY 8TH MARCH 2015. I'm lucky enough to have a stand here exhibiting some retro/ vintage wedding stationery, with prints for sale on the day and other goodies! I'm dead excited to be at this show, along with many other talented and fantastic stands. It's vintage inspired and will be perfect for those of you who are looking for something a bit different and unique for your wedding day. For more information, see poster below or go to visit their blog. I look forward to seeing you there hopefully!!


Real Wedding Cotswolds

You've just gotta love a good wedding, whether you're the bride, an emotional relation, a fun loving guest or the entertainment. There's just nothing better! So I thought I'd share one of my all time favourites with you, in which I was honoured to do all of the stationery for... 
Just sit back and enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed doing this job!

JUST BEAUTIFUL!

As you can see, Mark and Char's colour was predominately navy blue, with dashes of petrol blues, greys, creams and greens. The brief was to make the invitations look a little quirky but keeping some parts traditional at the same time- like the text you'll find on the inside. I designed and letterpress printed the wedding invitations first with separate day and night ones. The rest of the stationery was based around these, in keeping with the modern theme. They decided to go for coasters as name tags because their wedding had a bit of a country Cornish theme (see pie!), so they fitted in very well next to the pork scratchings and nuts on the tables! 

All in all, from start to finish, I had an amazing time and here's to Mark and Char (and their little one on the way!)

SUPPLIERS 

The Bridal Dress: Simply Bridal, Cheltenham

Wedding Car: Nostalgia Wedding Cars

Groom suit and ushers: Marks & Spencer

Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast

Flowers: Heather Peacey, Charlton Kings (she also did the mother of the bride's flowers on her wedding day!)

Cake: Bride's grandma Mo!

D.I.Y. Wedding Invitations Cotswolds

Are you thinking of doing your own wedding invitations? Do you need a little help? Do you dream of having those perfect wedding invites but just not sure how to go about it? Or don't have the space/ facilities to go about it? Why not come to my studio at Retro Press and let's crack em' together.

I can help you as much or as little as you want and you will have access to all the letterpress equipment in the studio. You don't even have to use letterpress but it is something exclusive that we can offer to you. 

D.I.Y. weddings are getting very popular in today's age for a number of reasons: 

1. Cutting down on costs (as we all know that it's an expensive business)

2. You want to make it as personal and memorable experience as possible- it's one of the most significant times in one's life

3. You have an inner creative streak just screaming to be let out and you have a very clear vision of what you want

And I totally concur! Which is why I'm offering this unique opportunity and service to come and do your wedding stationery here at Retro.

I am very flexible in terms of days and times and I understand that many of you work through the week so a Saturday would be a perfect time to book in... You're more than welcome to bring a friend (or 2) along, your hubby/ wife to be, or come alone, it's totally up to you. There are no restrictions in terms of quantities- we shall discuss what you want to do before the appointed day and see what the realistic possibilites are... We can do it over 2 days if necessary. 

If you want to find out more in terms of costs, etc, please go straight to our website and get in touch. We can't wait to hear from ya! 

The Luggage Tag Wedding Invitation!

This style of wedding invitation; the luggage tag or travel label is definitely a favourite of mine, and as you can see from just a few examples above, the bride's too! 

What is so great about this style then?

- First and foremost, they look fantastic and they're certainly different to your standard folded wedding invitation.

- You can colour co-ordinate the ribbon/ ink to match the specific theme of your wedding day.

- You can simply add to the tags (or minus- say if the evening invites didn't need as much info) and hold it neatly together with the ribbon.

- The invitation works well as a stand alone item or indeed a package.

- The actual shape of the invitation allows for as much or as little info intended.

- You can go traditional or contemporary and also mix up it up too... Endless possibilites! 

- And of course, it's vintage, retro and fun!

Due to the high demand of these Luggage Tag Wedding Invitations, I have designed a template based upon this style. This includes the whole range, starting from the Save The Dates, the Invitations themselves, separate RSVP slips (if necessary), Order of Service covers and Table Numbers. They can be used as a design starting point for couples or indeed you can order them as is. The wording can be changed to suit you and also the colour and paper stock can vary too. You can order just one piece in the range, or if you do decide to purchase more than 4 items, a fabulous 20% will be taken off the total. There is no minimum or maximum orders. Have a look at the new range below...

If you like the look/ style of this wedding stationery set, please have a look further on our website (where we have many more different designs), which will give you all the information about prices, personalisation and ordering.... ENJOY!

LOVE & MARRIAGE Design

Everything here at Retro is designed specifically for the individual client. We like to taylor make and design our letterpress wedding invitations just for you. But sometimes couples come to me with absolutely no idea of what they want, so I thought I'd start designing 'templates' if you like, or starting points in which can mould into a personal design. My aim is to do at least one a month, starting with this one... The LOVE & MARRIAGE wedding invitation.

As you can see, we can print in any colour, so to match your colour scheme for your special day. One example is a neon pink ink printed on a laid off white paper and the other is a more rose, red colour printed on kraft brown paper. We can make it into a luggage tag as seen on the brown or keep it simple as with the white.

It is designed to DL sized, thus matching the envelopes is easy and straight forward. You can order with or without envelopes. And in regards to the RSVP slip and additional info, this will be designed in the same style but bespoke to you as everyone requires such different details.

Please get in touch for more details, prices etc. 

A pink PINK wedding!

Who doesn't love a pink wedding...!

This bold fluorescent vibe is really taking off in the wedding world, which is great because it totally matches the style and feel to the wedding stationery I do here at Retro Press. It is also very hard and expensive to reach this colour through digital printing, hence why you should go for the letterpress option every time!

I thought I'd give you a little preview of the wedding stuff I've already designed and printed in fluro pink in the past, as Retro Press is coming together with the wonderful Kirsten from The Little Wedding Helper to do a little bridal shower photo shoot... How exciting!! It's got a great theme to it (I don't want to give too much away yet!) and I've got no doubt that Kirsten has got a few other surprises up her sleeve too! Watch. This. Space...!

Below are a few images of some previous letterpress wedding stationery all of which was designed and printed here at Retro Press. Including bride and groom tags (which can be easily purchased on Retro's online store), an order of service, a wedding poster and a whole wedding package, including the Save the Date, invitation itself, separate RSVP slip and thank you cards- all printed in this lush neon pink colour.

After speaking with Kirsten, I decided to print more neon pink letterpress goodies for the shoot. One of my ideas was a Save the Date postcard, which you can see below and also be purchased at www.shopretropress.com. All you have to do is let me know the specifics and vwallahhhh, you have yourselves some personalised letterpressed Save the Date postcards!

I'm dead excited about being part of this bridal shower shoot with Kirsten and of course I shall share it with you once it's all out there :) In the meantime, have a look at Kirsten's awesome website, www.littleweddinghelper.co.uk and get in touch with me if anything 'catches your eye' and you fancy a bit of fluro in your life/ wedding!!