Ornate Gold Foiled Wedding Invitations

Here at Retro Press, I do all kinds of wonderful invitations, from vintage to modern, traditional to themed... It all depends on YOUR big day, your wedding venue and your styling. The wedding suite- save the dates, invitations and thank you cards- strengthen bonds between couples and guests as they start setting the tone for the wedding months in advance. It's important to get it right.

In this post I want to highlight how I have designed the wedding invitations to reflect and emulate the elegance and stunning venue of Eastington Park (one of my partnered wedding venues). Please see some picture of this amazing establishment below:

Eastington Park has a very regal feel to it, what with it's ornate decoration on the internal, its beautiful staircases and just the overall vibe screams luxury and style. I have now done quite a few invitations for various couples getting married at this venue and all have been different but have got that glamour about them. The ones in this post are the most recent to date. 

As I hope that you'll agree, these are beautiful, gold, glamorous invitations to compliment and match Eastington Park. The gold foil is one of the most expensive finishes, but worth it. Make sure you add your unique touches to your wedding day with your invitations.

Pittville Pump Rooms Wedding Invitations

Being in based in the Cotswolds, I feel very lucky to be surrounded by lots of beautiful wedding venues. I have worked with many and designed many a bespoke wedding invitation for my couples. In this post, I want to show you some recent invitations done for a couple getting married at the glorious Pittville Pump Rooms. 

I feel like whatever place you choose to get married in, you're going to love the venue... So why not have it on the invitation. I think it makes it really rather special when your guests arrive and they can relate the whole day to the invitations; the invitations set a tone and vibe so it's important to get it right.

I love working on new drawings for venues, so if you like the idea of this, please do get in touch and let me relish in your invitations. These ones showcased in this post have been gold foiled and has a touch of blush pink running though out. These are quite modern invitation, where as I have done some more traditional ones for this venue, using the same hand drawn image of the building- it just depends on your wedding day and ultimately what you want.

 

 

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!

Modern Botanical Wedding Invitations

The green, modern and fresh theme definitely sets a beautiful, classic tone for your wedding day. If you look on pinterest or instagram, there's so much lovely imagery to get you inspired along these lines and vibes. 

botanical wedding inspiration

I recently designed and printed some bespoke invitations to compliment this whole natural theme. Everything is hand drawn and bespoke to the couple. It was a pleasure working on these and I just cannot wait to get stuck into the rest of the stationery for the wedding day itself.

Bespoke Fir Cone Inspired Wedding Invitations

Most of the jobs that I do here at Retro are bespoke to my clients. Brides to be come to me with their desired invitations, I make them into a reality and I just love it. Every single job is different and unique; whether it be something very modern or very traditional, there is never a dull moment!

These ones that I want to showcase in this post are some recent pocketfold wedding invitations which have the theme of fir cones running throughout them. The fir cone is hand drawn and then gold foiled onto the invites. The colours are the exact match to the couple's colours for the day... I think this is important to give your guests a little indication of what is to come for the wedding.

If you've got an idea of the kind of invitations you'd like but you can't seem to find them anywhere, please do get in touch and I will see what I can do for 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

travel tag invites

Marble Wedding Invitations

When you think marble, you think luxurious, stylish, expensive, exquisite! This is probably why the marble theme is trending right now but I also believe that it won't date because it's so classic and established. 
I have been looking on Pinterest to get some inspiration for the decoration for the actual big day itself- it just all looks so beautiful and elegant to me...

As you can see, the marble colour goes very well with rose gold/ copper. Just imagine this on your invitations to match...! With everything in mind, I have designed an invitation that can be adapted to suit you (maybe a different font, wording, etc) and that can also be gold foiled- the names on this particular would be divine in rose gold. If you like what you see, please do get in touch, I'd love to help!

Wedding Invitation Wording

After designing and producing what seems like millions of invitations in the past, I have definitely seen lots of different ways to word your wedding invitations... It's all down to personal preference, the style of your wedding and a little bit of who's paying for them!

The traditional way is to invite your guests from your parents, but nowadays many couples invite their guests from themselves. Some couples prefer to have their whole names (including middle names) on the invitations, whilst some prefer to have just their forenames on the invites- it's totally down to you and what you want. 

When you sit down to do the wording, it might seem a bit daunting and overwhelming... I promise you, it's not... Have a look at the checklists I have created in order for you NOT to forget anything. Do it in stages and don't worry if you don't have some of the information- that can always be added at a later date. I hope you find the below helpful but if you do have any questions/ need any help with anything (like how to word information about gifts/ children, etc), be sure to get in touch.

Seaside Inspired Wedding Invitations

I know it's the middle of winter and we've got a snow storm a brewing... But lets not think about that right now- let me take you to the summer time with these recent customised invitations that I have just designed and produced. The theme of the wedding itself is: seaside, turquoise, shells and relaxed and this is what the bride wanted to reflect in the invitations. 

This is why I love my job- every single invitation design is different, unique and comes with it's own set of challenges... If you're struggling to find your perfect wedding stationery to match your special day, then look no further- anything is possible here at Retro Press! Just send me an email with your requests.

 

New Product Range Coming Soon: Bookmark Save the Dates

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

 

 

Planning Your Wedding Stationery

I understand that planning a wedding can be very stressful! There is so much to think about, but let give you some advice the stationery planning because this can seem quite complicated too, but I promise you, I will help!

After years of experience, I can tell you that it is important to get the venue and the date sorted first and foremost... This might seem obvious, but it's very easy to get carried away with themes, colours, flowers, cakes, decorations! Once you have this covered, the rest will follow in sync nicely and it'll be much easier to suss out your exact requirements. 

If you've booked a wedding date that is beyond eight months away, I'd suggest that you send out your first lot of stationery: Save the Dates. These don't have to have the venue on them (if you want to keep this as a surprise), but the location, date and your names (obviously!). There is no need to put any other details on them as this will come later on the actual invitations. These can be a prelude to your actual invitations in terms of style and look- I definitely believe that there should be some consistency throughout the design and feel to your stationery and ultimately big day.

I'd suggest to start thinking about your wedding invitations around 8-6 months before your wedding day. It's good to be organised and means that there is plenty of time to plan/ get rsvp's back etc. Also, if you are wanting a very complex design or gold foiling for instance, this will take longer to produce. Our turn around time varies on a few factors; the time of year, the design & finish of your invitations, the communication and whether you want a bespoke design or if you're ordering direct from our online Boutique Collection. If you come to me with an imminent and urgent request, of course I will do everything in my power to make it happen for you too.

And relax... Well in terms of the stationery for your wedding. This is a good time to get everything else sorted, like your cake, dresses, hen parties (!) and so on!

I'd recommend to get cracking with your stationery for the day about 2 months in advance of the big day. Hopefully by this stage, you'll know your order of service, how many confirmed guests, times and so forth. If push came to shove, I'd say come to me 1 month before the wedding at the latest- as there needs to be time for design, production and then delivery... EEEK! So this is all the items like: orders of service, table names, place names, table plan, menus, thank you cards.

Then bring on the wedding celebrations!! I hope this has been useful- please do get in touch if you've got any questions!

 

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2017

So it's nearly that time of year again... My favourite time- Wedding Fair season!! This is my third year doing the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair at Bristol zoo and I just love it! It's a bit different to your normal fair; it's got such great exhibitors, such a great vibe and it's organised by the best in the industry. It's definitely worth a trip as I know you'll find the best suppliers around, which is why Retro Press is very proud to be exhibiting here. I'll be exhibiting lots of new work and I'm very excited to meet lots of new brides & grooms to be, so do come along if it's not too far from you!

SUNDAY 29th January 2017
10.30am - 4pm
Bristol Zoo

 

bristol vintage wedding fair

Tandem Bike Inspired Wedding Invitations

It's always nice to include a theme into your wedding stationery... Whether it's a theme that is running throughout your day or indeed something that means something special to you two- the place in which your partner proposed, the first flowers that they bought you or even your pets; making your stationery personal to you will make it stand out from the rest.
With this in mind, I'd like to showcase this particular bespoke stationery to you in this post... Tandem bike inspired pocektfold, classic wedding invitations! The fiancé is a bicycle fanatic so the couple has their heart set on this running through as a theme for their big day. They wanted to keep them quite traditional yet with a rustic twist (kraft envelopes). We have hand printed the tandem bike in gold foil as motif at the top of the invitations, as you can see. These were finished with the beautiful twine wrapped around them.
If you also want to be unique on your wedding day, please do get in touch and hopefully we can fulfil your dreams too.

Kraft Pocketfold Wedding Invitations

The pocketfold style wedding invitations are so popular because they work on so many levels; they are beautiful, sturdy, hard- wearing, (hard to loose!), practical in the sense that they can contain so much information whilst still looking elegant, and you can have them designed in any style you wish to match your big day. For example, I have designed many traditional looking pocketfold invitations but then these ones exhibited in this post are more rustic and 'crafty' looking. These are totally bespoke to the bride and groom and match the vibe and theme of their wedding day. The hand- drawn flowers which run throughout the invitations match the flowers and colours of the flowers for the big day. I very much believe it's these little touches that tie this one big day altogether and makes it special. The invitations should set the tone for the day and it's nice when your guests get to your wedding and can see this.

If you haven't quite found what you're looking for in terms of wedding stationery, or you are unsure on what you want/ need, please do get in touch, we'd love to help create your dream wedding suite.

James Bond themed Wedding/ Celebration Invitations

Here at Retro Press, we thrive on designing different things upon request. We have designed some very traditional styled wedding invitations and we have designed some very contemporary invites too... Anything is possible!
The invites that we are featuring in this blog piece have been based upon a James Bond styled party to celebrate the couple in question's marriage. They have been design especially for the couple and we have hand printed black foil onto black paper to create these classy, stylish and 'Bondesque' invitations. As they are black on black, it was quite difficult to capture the look and feel of them... If you'd like to see the quality and finish of them, please get in touch and we'd be more than happy to send you a sample.

Watercolour Wedding Invitations

It was our absolute pleasure to get the watercolours out for these wedding invitations... To get your hands dirty, is what its all about. To go back to basics and pick up a paintbrush is so satisfying. When creating such invitations by hand, it ensures that they are absolutely unique to the couple and they will not be able to be recreated anywhere. On top of the hand painted watercolour, we have gold foiled some tea lights/ bunting which finishes of the design very nicely and makes them even more special/ luxurious. 
We love anything design, bespoke and unique here at Retro Press, so please do get in touch if you share the same sentiment and want your invitations especially designed for you.

Black on Black Wedding Invitation

We get requests for all kinds of different stationery here at Retro Press. We pride ourselves in providing that personal service and would like to think that we can create your dream wedding invitations however wild, crazy or indeed traditional the idea is. 
We recently designed and produced these black on black pocketfold wedding invitations. The client wanted them to be simple, clean yet classy... It was a pleasure doing these and would love to create more of a similar style as they do work so well. Get in touch if you like what you see!

Personalised Invitations From Our Online Boutique Collection

After designing many different invitations over the years, we have designed our very own 'off the peg" range here at Retro Press. The designs are totally unique with inspirations taken from all over the place... So hopefully there is something that appeals to everyone. With that failing, we design bespoke invitation suites, day in, day out, so you've definitely come to the right place if you're looking for your perfect wedding stationery. Be it traditional or modern, we do it all here with that personal service that we believe is so so important when it comes to what we do.
In this post, I want to highlight how you can make an invitation from our Boutique Collection, totally personalised to you. Please see below the invitation we call 'Lapsand Souchang' available from the range.

This has been printed on kraft paper as you can see, to reflect the classic luggage tag style... Recently, a wonderful couple came to us and loved the design of this invite but wanted to change the colours; which instantly changes the look and feel to the invite. So white writing on a charcoal grey background. They also wanted to add an image of a mountain silhouette as this means something special to them. See the finished invitations below which we are very much in love with! See anything is possible, just get in touch to find out what we could do for you!

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.