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wedding stationery inspiration

ULTRA VIOLET

Ulta Violet Pantone 18-3838 is the colour of 2018! A perfect wedding colour; rich, deep and elegant. The lighter tones of this colour will work well for the spring / summer- think lavender, freshness and brightness. Whilst the darker tones will contrast and compliment with green foliage, whites and creams. Have a look at some inspiration taken from Pinterest... 

I feel like you can go one of two ways with this colour; it can have quite a Boho feel to it or on the opposite end of the scale, it can feel traditional and quite classic- it just depends on what style you want for your Big Day. I have done quite a few Wedding Suites with this colour being the theme, please see a selection below, from invitations through to day stationery... 

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For more inspiration, check out my board: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/retropressuk/purple-wedding-inspiration/

Don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your wedding stationery.

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.

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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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โšก๏ธ 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.

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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.

Christmas Wedding Stationery Shoot with Aqua Florist ๐Ÿ’

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So with the Christmas countdown being very much ON, it was a fantastic opportunity to work with Jo from Aqua Florist on a little festive inspired photo shoot. Jo has been busy busy busy with weddings all year round but at Christmas she finds the time to make these beautiful wreaths, which are filled with bows, ribbons, dried fruits, pine cones and they are just exquisite. I went to visit her at the Aqua Flowers HQ along with my little helper Lewi (the sausage dog- who actually didn't help at all!!) and had a full on day of fun, Christmas and photos!

With Christmas Weddings getting more and more popular, it's a crazy time here at Retro Press- what with doing bespoke Christmas card orders to Wedding Stationery and I just love it! When you think of Christmas inspired wedding stationery, think deep, warm, dark colours with touches of metallic tones running through them. Colour combinations that work very well together: Emerald Greens & Golds, Dark Greys & Silvers, Deep Reds & Golds, Navy & Rose Golds and actually the Brown Kraft paper is very indicative of this Christmassy feel.

Enjoy the photos and please do get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

Wedding Invitation Etiquette ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿฝ

Wedding Stationery Etiquette

After doing Wedding Stationery for some good few years now, I feel like I should share my wealth of knowledge on some of the questions that I get asked frequently by new clients; brides & grooms to be. Your Wedding Invitations play a very big part of your Big Day- and I'm not just saying this because I do wedding stationery (!)- for one, they provide your guests with the vital information that they need and of course, they set the tone for the whole day too.

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1. When should you send your Save the Date's out?

   Once you've secured your desired Wedding Venue and you've got your date set, the next stage, is to send your Save the Date cards out. I would recommend sending these about 8-12 months before the Big Day. You need minimal information on these- leave the venue for the invitations- you want to keep your guests guessing and keep them excited to receive their invites.

2. Who do you send your Save the Date's to?

   Only send your Save the Date's out to your guests who are coming to the whole day. If you are having a separate guest list for the evening, you do not need to send out these Save the Date's out to them.

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3. When should you send your Wedding Invitations out?

    I would recommend getting these out about 3-5 months before the Wedding. If you've sent Save the Dates out, you can afford for the invites to be sent out a little later. If you're a bit of a 'last minute Linda' and you've totally forgot about the invites and need to send them ASAP then don't panic (!), it's better late than never. Here at Retro Press, we often work to tight schedules and deadlines so we're used to it and we work with you to make sure we get them out in good time.

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4. Whats the usual RSVP deadline for your guests?

    I would always try and give your guests one month to reply. If you've sent your invites out in good time, this will enable you to chase any naughty ones who haven't replied. It will also enable you to sort out all the final numbers, etc, needed for the Big Day itself. 

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5. How many Invitations do you need?

   Don't make the mistake of ordering an invite per guest! I always suggest 1 per household/ family, 1 per couple and 1 per individual. Don't under order either... Ordering lower quantities always increases the costs, so make sure you get it right in the first instance. I always suggest ordering 10% extra- for spares, keepsakes, in case you forgot someone, etc!

6. Having an adult- only affair but don't know how to word it?

   Make it clear on the invite, in the details section. Make it polite and inoffensive. It's totally personal preference as to whether or not you state it on your invites, but it leaves no room for awkwardness down the line. For instance, you could word it like: "To give all guests the opportunity to have a good time without having to worry about little eyes and ears, we politely request no children or babies".

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7. You feel awkward about the whole "gifts" thing...

   Don't! I mean, I understand why you do, but honestly, your guests would much rather it be on the invite than not- it makes their lives easier too, because naturally they will want to buy you something. Whether it's a contribution to your honeymoon (which is the most common request these days) or a gift list, make sure your have this in the information section of your invitations. You could use a cute little poem- there are many online- or just keep it short and sweet, it's up to you, but just don't feel embarrassed about it.

8. Do 'evening guests' need a 'full' invitation?

   In short, no. Of course, they need to know the where the venue is, when to RSVP by, but I always suggest to have all of this on the one invitation (no separate sheets etc). It saves on costs for you and it is totally adequate and what is expected.

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9. How do you introduce the invitations?

Traditionally, it's always the parents of the bride who invite your guests, for example, "Mr & Mrs Jones request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Sarah Smith to Tom Clarence"
Historically, they always paid for the wedding... But it's different today- sometimes both sets of parents contribute to the wedding and sometimes not at all. So I've found that it's been more common that couples request something more informal, for example: "Together with our parents" or "Together with our families". 
And also, of course, you, the couple can invite your guests, keeping it simple and modern.

10. Just first names or full names on the invites?

Again, this depends on whether you're going for a more traditional or contemporary style of invitation. So it's really just a case of personal preference and there is no "right" or "wrong" way of doing it.

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11. Can you print our individual guests names on the invitations?

Yes I can! This is beneficial for a number of reasons; 
1. It saves you a lot of time
2. If you have 'messy' writing, this can look really smart and in keeping with the whole look of the invite
3. Saves confusion as to 'who' is invited
4. It doesn't cost a lot extra, but may look like it does!

12. Can you also print the individual addresses of all our guests onto the envelopes?

Absolutely! For the same reasons as above (in question no11), it's affordable and it's a nice addition to your bespoke wedding invitations.

I hope this has been helpful as I know that it can all be a bit overwhelming when you first start planning for your BIG DAY. I like to make things as easy and as smooth as possible for you and I just want to help towards creating the most perfect of days for you. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you've got any more queries.

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Bespoke Wedding Invitations for Eckington Manor ๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ’•

Eckinton Manor Wedding Venue

Eckington Manor is one of the beautiful, idyllic venues I have come across. It's filled with rustic charm whilst having a very elegant feel to it. I love the history of the Manor and how it has evolved into being what it is today. It's a small, family run business so it's got a huge friendliness and warmth about the place, rather than a stiff corporate feel. It is renown for it's delicious food, in which they grow much of the produce on their "award winning farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens." Needless to say, everything about this venue is award winning; the atmosphere, the glorious views, the rural location, the food, the luxury accommodation... and the list goes on! 

I have had the pleasure of partnering up with Eckington and have designed some Bespoke Wedding Invitations for their fabulous venue. I have hand drawn the recently renovated Barn in which couples get married in (see image at the top). I have done two different styles of invitations for the Brides and Grooms to choose from. The designs, of course, are 'not set in stone'; they are templates in which colours can be changed to match your wedding theme, fonts changed to suit your desired look and also the wording can be easily amended. I have chosen to stay in keeping with the feel of the Manor, so I have used brown kraft coloured paper to reflect the earthliness, rustic, rural nature. If you want to start from scratch and create something truly specific to you, this is of course another option! Have a look at the images below and please do get in touch if you're getting married at the Manor and are wanting something special to match your Big Day.

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The Barn at Upcote Wedding Fair ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’’

Wow! What a fabulous day it was; the Autumn Wedding Fair at the Barn at Upcote on Sunday. The rain held out, the chickens were about, the suppliers were out in force and of course, lots of wonderful Brides & Grooms to be flocked to the venue for this wonderful event. The atmosphere was vibrant and just in general, it was great to be apart of, as ever. 
Retro Press had the honour of designing all the artwork for the Fair, including the Invite, the massive banner (at the top of the road) and the Welcome sign. As with a wedding itself, it's nice to keep it all consistent and in keeping with the Barn, but also allude to the Autumnal theme, in which they created very well.

Here are a few pics from the Retro stand, the general busyness of the fair and the flowers are courtesy of Jo from Aqua Flowers... ENJOY! And don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have. Please check out the supply list at the end of this post.

Wedding Inspiration: Blush Pink & Gold ๐Ÿ’•โœจ

Blush pink & gold or rose gold is such a beautiful, elegant combination. It could be considered to be 'too feminine' when coming to choose a colour scheme for your Big Day, but gents, embrace it & just own that pink shirt! You just can't go wrong with this colour combo, it screams luxury, style & grace; have a look at some inspiration taken from Pinterest to get you thinking about what you could do in terms of decoration for the Wedding Day itself:

The beauty about these colours and theme, is that it will never go "out"; it's classic, yet you can make it as modern as you like. You won't look back on your Wedding Day in years to come and think, "God! What was I thinking!" And here at Retro Press, I have done many different styles of wedding stationery packages over the years to match the blush pinks & golds... and I have loved working on every single one. Each and every invitation I work on has it's own individual style and uniqueness to the couple in hand. It's important to reflect your Wedding in the Invitations you send out to your guests- from start to finish, you need your Wedding to stand out, make an impression and be personalised to you. Please have a look at a snippet of some of the stationery I have created in the past that relate to this luxurious theme. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your wonderful wedding ideas!

Personalised Christmas Cards & Invitations ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผโ„๏ธ

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I don't mean to Alarm anybody... but it's only 77 days until Christmas! The fact of the matter is,  it's only 11 weeks away & that's going to FLY by. Time to get your Christmas caps on. Whether you're planning a Christmas Party at the office, a Christmas drinks soirรฉe at the house or just some good old fashioned Christmas cards. Let's get organised.

As always here at Retro Press, I pride myself on unique and bespoke design... Christmas is no different and the options are vast. Just as my invitations come with many finishing options & styles; be it foiling, embellishment, paper stocks and sizes. You name it, I can do it. Safe to say my Christmas cards this year will be featuring my newest prized possession (Lewi the Sausage Dog, with a tiny little santa hat on). Yours can feature anything you want; a photograph, a famous family phrase or just something cute and Christmassy.

Get in touch for more info and let me take your stationery reindeer by the horns...

Wedding Inspiration: A Navy Affair ๐Ÿ’™

You can't go wrong with the classic wedding theme of Navy. It's such an elegant, strong colour that works with so many other colours; coral, white, rose gold, silver, gold, blush pink, burgundy, to name a few. When you match it with the right colour, Navy works in any season and along with any venue. Here are a few images from my Pinterest board, Navy Wedding Style (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/retropressuk/navy-wedding-style/) to help you get inspired for the Big Day itself:

Over the past year, I have done designed quite a range of bespoke Navy inspired wedding invitations. They have all been different, with varied styles and finishes; it just depends on your wedding day and what matches you. Please see have a look and get in touch for your perfect design.

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Wedding Inspiration: Green Foliage ๐ŸŒฟ

In this past year, I have seen a significant rise in the desire for a more 'natural' wedding vibe, with lots of greens, creams and foliage taking precedent throughout the wedding. Whether you're going for a rustic feel or a classic one, this colour palette lends itself very nicely to both.

I've been having a look through Pinterest and have found some wonderful inspiration for when it comes to the Big Day itself and I very much enjoy all of it...

As I briefly touched upon in my opening paragraph, this colour way and feel of foliage works well with both a rustic wedding or a very classic/ traditional one. In terms of the wedding stationery to match, with the rustic feel, I would be tempted to add in a brown kraft element, along with twine, lace, etc. If you are going for a more traditional wedding, I would suggest that gold & rose gold work very well with this theme, or keep it quite simple and adding in a wreath/ some leaves as decoration.

Below are some past examples of where rustic meets foliage...

Please see below for some past stationery designed and produced here at Retro in which reflect  this gorgeous theme, but in a more classic style.

Personalised Thank You Cards ๐Ÿ’•

It's all in the personal touches that really makes you stand out from the rest. From the Save the Dates, Invitations, On the Day Stationery to the Thank You cards, I think it's important to keep consistency throughout and make everything unique to you; your guests will appreciate it and remember it too, which is what you want.

Whether you want your photos from the wedding day on your cards, or you want them to be in keeping with your invitation theme, having them designed professionally will make such a huge difference compared to having them done online for a number of reasons; 1. You get to see a digital proof that we can amend to make sure they are absolutely 110% perfect. 2. You can trust that they will be printed to the highest quality. 3. They will be produced on whatever card stock you require- pearlised, kraft, textured, etc... 4. You've got a lot more options in general and you're not restricted in any capacity- if you want gold foiling on them for instance... 5. You have the personal service and interaction that you can't get with the bigger companies that churn out cheap cards on a daily basis. 

Have a look at a selection of thank you cards I have designed in the past- theres a lot of variety because they are all bespoke as it just depends upon what you want and how you want to say thank you.

I normally work with clients from the start to the finish- which are the thank you cards- but in case I haven't, don't worry, I'd be very happy to help design your personalised cards, don't be afraid to get in touch. 

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Hand-painted Watercolour & Rose Gold Wedding Suite

Here at Retro Press, I'd like to think that ANYTHING is possible- I get people coming to me with requests that I couldn't even dream up of. And I love it! I love the challenge and I love how every single client is different and unique- that's what it's all about.

This post shows a recent invitation suite, in which I designed their Invitations, Orders of Service, Name Place Cards and Table Plan- all with the same theme running through it; the hand-painted green watercolour being the most prominent feature. The couple wanted a hint of glamour, so we decided on this rose gold bunting to finish everything off. The personalised green wax stamp also sets a very elegant tone and I would always recommend having something like this on the envelopes, or personalised stickers alternatively (which are less expensive) - it's in the little touches that really make your stationery/ wedding stand out. 

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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 ๐Ÿ’•
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!

Bespoke Baby Prints ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’•

Here at Retro Press, I design & produce all kinds of bespoke stationery; wedding stationery mainly, but also business, home and baby stationery too. Itโ€™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 itโ€™s not bespoke; itโ€™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. Itโ€™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 โ€“ 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 ๐Ÿ’’๐Ÿ–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 ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’

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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 ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’•

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!!