Bespoke Baby Prints πŸ‘ΆπŸ½πŸ’•

Here at Retro Press, I design & produce all kinds of bespoke stationery; wedding stationery mainly, but also business, home and baby stationery too. It’s easy enough to go online - Etsy or NOTHS (Not on the Highstreet) for example and order your stationery/ prints on here- it probably feels like they are personalised, because you get to change the colours/ names etc. For me, this is not personalised and it’s not bespoke; it’s computer automated and channelled to people who want to purchase goods quickly and easily.

I pride myself on giving you, the client, that personal service that you cant get anywhere else. I like to sit and listen to your ideas, your inspirations and everything that you love. I want to be part of making your Big Day extra special, the birth of your new little baby even more epic and/ or making sure that everyone knows that your business is the best in town. It’s important to mark specific events with something memorable- something that you will keep forever and cherish always.

Please have a look at the below; a set of celebratory baby prints for a lovely couple - who in fact had their wedding stationery done by Retro - so these prints are also in keeping with all of that. Thanks for the picture in situ – I always love to see the final product placement.

Whether I have designed your wedding stationery or not, let me design your personal stationery, whatever it may be- prints, thank you cards, homecards, etc. I just think having something that is totally unique to you really does make it personal and extra special. Get in touch with your enquiry.

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.

Why Pinterest is SO Great for Brides-To-Be πŸ‘°πŸ½πŸ’

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So it's been revealed that a staggering 40 million people use Pinterest for Wedding Planning every single year (The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study)... How crazy is that?! I can totally believe this; one can just get lost in the world of Pinterest for hours upon hours, without even realising (I know I do)! It provides such a huge variety of inspirations from around the world - and of course not just for weddings - but I want to focus on why it is such a great tool for you Brides-to-be to use.

We have now entered a generation where by traditional values in weddings have been outweighed by the uniqueness and individuality of couples. People want to put their "stamp" on their Wedding Day, and quite rightly so - this will be up there with one of the most special of days in their lifetime. From the all important wedding invitations to the finer details like the candles on the tables at the wedding breakfast, couples want to infuse a piece of their personality & story into the day. 

Here's another quite funny fact about Pinterest (taken from the Daily Mail, so I'm not quite sure if it's true) :"70% Pinterest users have Wedding boards before they are even engaged!" 
But again, I can kind of believe it - the content on Pinterest is so rich and beautiful, I can totally see why people would save images, maybe with the hope that they'll come in use later down the line or maybe just because they find these things so inspirational in one way or another. 

So you've recently got engaged and you have no idea where to start?! Let me tell you that most couples begin their journey (if they haven't already!!), on Pinterest. You can just look for some ideas, inspirations and get a feel for what you like. Once you've established your venue and secured the date, you can then start pinning your ideas, creating different boards as you go and start bringing everything together for the Big Day. If my couples have a Pinterest board that relates to their wedding, it makes it a whole lot easier; I can really get a grasp of their colour scheme, what style they like and what route they're taking for their wedding. It's important for me to know all the finer details so I can then design something to match and in keeping with everything else. It's also great when couples come to me with other invitations that they have seen & pinned- I can't (and I won't) ever copy something like for like, but again, it's good to get a flavour for what kind of design they like. In the past, I have created tailored wedding boards for clients, which is another really helpful way of communicating as it's all imagery rather than words in an email/ conversation.

Not only is Pinterest up-to-date with all the latest wedding trends, but it always seems to be ahead of the game too, which is why it's also fab for people that work within the industry, like myself, to be active on it. It is hard to stay on top of all social media platforms, but I do think it's important to check in with all them and especially Pinterest. I personally like to see "what's hot and what's not" as I want to be creating new & exciting things all the time. It's a great way of exposing & sharing my work with the world. Have a look at my Retro Press board here. Here's sneak preview below...

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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.

Your Wedding Stationery Checklist πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ’•

When it comes to wedding planning, it can get stressful... There's so much to organise; things to book, people to speak to, venues to look at, cakes to try (not all that bad), etc etc. Don't let it overwhelm you- do it step by step, make lists, share the job load and be ahead of the game. Go with suppliers that really know their field, that are personable and confident in what they do- it'll give you the reassurance and peace of mind that you'll need.

In terms of wedding stationery, I know that I can definitely help you with all of this, so that's one less thing to worry about! I like to stay in touch with all of my clients throughout the whole process, making sure that everything is on track and nothing gets left to the last minute- I like to minimise the wedding stress levels as much as I possibly can. 

  • With some couples, I'm with them from their Save the Dates... I would recommend sending these out 8-12 months before the wedding- if your wedding is abroad, I'd advise to get them out as soon as you can as people like to book time off work, book their flights, etc. 
  • Next are the wedding invitations themselves, or for some people, this is the first thing (if you're not doing Save the Dates). I recommend sending these out 4-6 months before the wedding and to start planning/ thinking about them around 8 months before the wedding. For your invites, you need to think about the info sheets that accompany the day invitations, along with the rsvp slips and then the separate evening invites (if you need them).
  • Receiving all your rsvp cards is the next exciting stage... I would definitely suggest creating a spreadsheet for this to record everything in- especially if you've given your guests food options.
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  • About 2-3 months before the wedding, you need to start thinking about the stationery for on the day itself. This includes: 
    - Orders of Service
    - Menu cards
    - Place names
    - Table names
    - Seating plan
    - Signage for the day (welcome sign for example)
    - Anything you can think of; tokens, stickers, tags for favours, etc.

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!!

Travel Tag Rustic Invitation

The travel tag inspired invitation is definitely one of the most popular styles that I do- it's different and unique to Retro Press; it was the very first invitation that I ever designed in fact!

There are so many designs that I can apply to this style of invite; you can make them rustic/ vintage using kraft paper and twine or you can make them quite classical on white beautiful paper, finished off with ribbon... Like the pocketfold invitation, the travel tag is more of a format- the overall look and feel of them depends upon what tone you want to set for your big day.

The wedding invites in this post definitely have a rustic feel, with the addition of the cockerel at the top only enhancing this- which was a specific request from the bride & groom to be. 

It's so important to set the right tone from your invitations- these are just perfect for this particular couple as they are having their marriage celebration on their farm. The hand printed letterpress coasters went with the invitations also.

Wedding Invitations from the Kids

Here at Retro, every single invitation that goes out the door is unique to the couple. I get all sorts of requests and create such a different array of stuff- I LOVE it! Whether you're wanting something very traditional or ultra modern, you've found the right place...

The invitation in this post is quite a different one; the couple wanted to use an image that their child had hand drawn for them- super cute!! I worked around this image to create something that had the right tone, was fun and playful. I just love how personalised these are to the couple...

Wine theme inspired Wedding Stationery

This whole wedding stationery suite was designed around the theme of wine/bottles; the couples Save the Dates that they sent out were personalised corks. They had set the tone from the start!

I designed the logo for them, which was a combination of their names- you will see this throughout the stationery items also. 

Everything you see is personalised- even the menus are individually printed to match the guests food choices.

The table names were all named after a type of wine and the design reflects the label from a bottle.

For the Orders of Service, I hand drew the image of the Church that they are getting married in, which is on the front as you can see.

I loved working on all of this stationery, including the invitations which I did a while back now. It's always fun to work on such large projects as you can really get your teeth stuck into them and as a package, it all looks wonderful!

Get in touch if you'd like any help with your stationery.

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

classic pocketfold invitation

Classic Style

art deco invite

Art Deco Bronze Foiled

modern design

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

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!

Bespoke Wedding Stationery Package

Imagine what Santa feels like in the run the up to Christmas... With all his little elves working their magic and everything being packaged up beautifully, all in time for delivery- absolute chaos! Well, this is what it feels like here at Retro; I'm just in a different season, my clientele is slightly older and I don't have as many elves! It is indeed... ALL GO!

I love designing all the stationery items for the wedding day itself- there's nothing better than seeing a complete, whole package, especially when it all matches. It's these finer details that will not go unnoticed by your guests; it's that personal touch in which they will be wowed. As I always say, the invitations should set the tone and vibe for the wedding, and in turn, the stationery that you see on the day should be reflective of this too and help to create the atmosphere that you originally intended. 

Some people decide that they want to go a little off-piste with their on-the-day stationery and make it a little different to their invitations- which is also fine, as I can do anything here- there are no restrictions; your day should be just as you want it. Even if I haven't designed your invitations, I  can still design anything you need me to.

Please take a look at the pics below, in which I'm showing off a recent wedding stationery package- from the invitations to the table plan, it was a pleasure from the start to finish. Congrats Jenny & Ross! 
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Wedding Stationery for the Big Day Itself

Here at Retro, I do do everything... You will not find everything on my website however; like the day stationery for the wedding day itself for instance.

For almost every single invitation that you see on my website, I have done the day stationery to match it- I think this is important to have everything in keeping with your invitations, because these are what set the tone for the day so you need to continue with this theme and vibe. 

I can create and design anything that you need for the day; personalised napkins, wedding signs, tickets, tokens, stickers, tags and then everything else like the table plans, orders of service, table names, place names, menus, etc etc. 

Here is some wedding stationery that I did recently for a wedding out in Italy; you can see the olive inspired wreath design which runs throughout is heavily influenced from the location of this particular wedding. 

This package (like every other) was so fun to work on and I wish the happy couple all the best for the future.

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Blush Pink & Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Here at Retro Press, anything and everything is possible. Come to me with your dream ideas and I will transform them into reality. I create anything from the most eccentric of invites to the more formal, traditional designs, like the ones in this post today....

The combination of gold foiling with blush pink makes for a real stunning end product and really sets the tone for the big day itself. And that's what it's all about- you need to send out the right kind of invite to match your day. For instance, these wouldn't be appropriate for a rustic affair- you would want to use brown kraft paper and such for an event like that.

I'm working on the day stationery at the moment and I can't wait to see it all come together as a package- it will be just beautiful. Note the gold foiled envelope liners- it's in these little touches that really W.O.W. your guests!

Summer/ Beach Themed Wedding Invitations.

H E L L O "Wedding Season"!! It's that time of the year in which is hugely popular to get married in and lots of my lovely brides and grooms who I have worked with are doing just that! It's all very exciting I must say!

With every invitation that I do, every single one is different and unique to the couple. I would like to think that I can accommodate all needs- whether you've got a special themed wedding or you have a distinct colour scheme in mind; if you want traditional or modern, the world is your oyster!

As the sun is shining today, I need to share these beach/ summer themed invitations with you... They are totally bespoke to the couple, quite modern, clean and fun. The Save the Dates I designed for them, gave their couples a hint of the seaside vibe, with stripes in the background to reflect a deckchair...

beach themed save the date

Then with the invitations, we wanted to be in keeping with the fun Save the Dates, but a little different. I designed a postcard for the RSVP's to reflect going on holiday, which was very apt for these invitations. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need help putting your ideas of your perfect invites into an actual invitation design.

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Rose Gold and Navy Bespoke Wedding Invitations

This is definitely the year for rose gold- not just with wedding stationery, but you see it everywhere- lifestyle, home, jewellery, etc. I love it because it's luxurious, glamorous and timeless. It's complimented particularly well with marble, navy and greys- which coincidently are also very much popular colour ways at the moment. 

I have recently designed and created some beautiful wedding invitations for a couple which are rose gold and navy and classic looking. They are unique to the couple and set a very exquisite tone for the big day. I also designed a special one off card for the bride to send the Maid of Honour, which also matches the wedding invitations. Personal touches go a long way.

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If you're looking for something similar, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Real Wedding at Clevedon Hall

One of my most favourite parts of my job is receiving post wedding pics from the bride and groom from their magical day. I love seeing how the invitations and day stationery that I designed for them is in keeping with the rest of their wedding; be it themes, colours or general vibe.

I don't often post many pics of the day stationery because out of situ, it's hard to imagine how they work and look. Designing a whole wedding package, for me, is a dream- I think it's important to carry on the theme of the invitations through to the big day itself; guests will relate to it and appreciate all those small touches.

I have been asked to design many a different stationery item for weddings, including tickets, napkins, tokens, to name a few. I want to share these pics with you (which the bride sent to me), to show you how everything translates to the wedding day itself. 

As you can see, Retro designed everything for Hollie and Chris; from their Save the Dates (coasters, no image), Invitations, favour tags, Table plan names, Table Plan and even fun quizzes to go on the tables for their guests to fill out. It's been a pleasure throughout and I can't wait to do their Thank You cards!

And now for the photo you've all been waiting for... A picture of the happy couple on their wedding day. Congratulations Mr & Mrs Miller and thank you SO much for using Retro Press to do your stationery!!

A Glorious Day at Upcote Barn Wedding Fayre

So the much anticipated Wedding Fayre at The Barn at Upcote happened yesterday... And it was fabulous!! We had great weather, an amazing turn out, lots of things to do, see and hear- it felt like a mini festival rather than a wedding fayre; there was food (provided by Mcbaile Catering), music and alcohol, what more could you wish for?! I met some wonderful suppliers and of course lots of lovely brides and grooms to be! I feel honoured to be associated with this venue and looking forward to much much more in the future. Enjoy the pics!

Autumnal Wedding Invitation Inspiration

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If you're getting married in the beautiful Autumn months, then it's really time to start thinking about your wedding invitations and getting them out soon. I would recommend that the best time to get them out is June/ July with a view to getting your RSVP's back in August/ September time. It might sound too early to think about, but I promise you, it'll all come round so quickly and besides the wedding invites, you'll need to think about the other stationery items, like Place names, Table Plans, Orders of Service etc.

The Autumn is fabulous time to have a wedding- the colours are just glorious and normally the days are lovely and crisp. When I think of this time of the year, I think about burnt oranges, dark reds and burgundy colours. When it comes to stationery, it would be nice to reflect this; that's if you don't have a theme already. Golds, creams and more neutral colours would work well to emulate this season. I have had a look on Pinterest for some styling on the big day itself:

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Behind the Scenes Preview Photo Shoot for Wedding Stationery

Well it's been a very productive weekend at Retro Press; what with so many new wedding invitation designs and products flying out the door, I felt it was necessary to get these photographed and out there for you all to see! I went to the Lake District where there is beautiful scenery, backdrops and just so places that compliment my stationery. It was all shot in this amazing Manor House with incredible surfaces, props and delights. Luckily the sun was shining for us, which meant lots of natural shots outside with great lighting too. Please have a look at the below images to get a little insight into the world behind the photographs- which I will be publishing on my website soon in time for a big relaunch.