Bespoke Wedding Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn 🌿

I am absolutely elated to be now affiliated with the beautiful Cotswold wedding venue, Lapstone Barn. Situated close to Broadway and other neighbouring villages such as Chipping Campden, it's the perfect location for a perfect countryside wedding.

Upon visiting Lapstone, I had a clear vision of what kind of wedding invitation I was going to design for them... I was blown away by the vast, luscious green views that surrounded the barn and I wanted to capture this within the invitation. The other striking thing that hit me about this venue was that it had an air of elegance and sophistication to it, more like a stately home rather than a rustic barn type feel. Again, I wanted to reflect this in the design.

Here's a little bit of 'behind the scenes' / process shots for you...

So as you can see, I have used a few different processes to create these; the first being the hand painted watercolour element. I wanted to capture the landscape with this watercolour wash and also make it personalised to the barn by recreating their motif. The second is hot foiling; I wanted to add a bit of 'sparkle' to the invites and I wanted to illustrate the beautiful fairy lights that run down their function room. The foiled element of the invitations can be in any colour, as can the watercolour wash- it's important to reflect YOUR Big Day, so I do always suggest having the splashes of your chosen colour scheme within your invitations.

Here is the final bespoke design I came up for the Barn... If you like what you see, please do get in touch to discuss your options. I would also highly recommend giving Lapstone a visit if you haven't already- you'll fall in love with the place as much as I did!

Lapstone Barn Bespoke Invitation
Bespoke Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn

 

Save the Date 2019 Weddings 💍

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

Tips & Inside Knowledge 

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

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

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

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

Styles

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

LUXE Save the Dates

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

Tag Style Save the Dates

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

The Tailored Collection Save the Dates

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

Bespoke Save the Date cards

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

Perspex Wedding Signs 💍

Here at Retro Press, I am constantly working on new projects, designs and stationery items that will wow your guests! From your Save the Dates right through to the on the Day stationery, it's important to set the tone of your wedding. You want to entice your guests, keep them excited and love every single moment of your Big Day as much as you do yourselves.

I will keep this post short and sweet as the images speak for themselves... I have recently designed and created these screen printed signs on Perspex. Each sign tells a little story and just makes for something a bit different and unique. I cannot wait to see pictures of them in situ from the wedding itself! They scream elegance and help to create a stylish ambiance. 

I am potentially going to design some generic perspex signs to purchase, but if in the meantime, you are looking for something similar, don't hesitate to get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Customisable Wedding Invitations; The Tailored Collection 💕

The Tailored Collection is a varying suite of invitations that I have designed in order to make life easy for you whilst at the same time, still being unique to you. At the moment, there are 5 very different designs, thus hopefully there is at least one that catches your eye.

I get asked lots of questions about The Tailored Collection, so I thought I would try and answer the most frequent ones in this blog post!

Think of these invitations as starting points. The colours, wording and paper stocks used are all changeable and this is how you make the design bespoke to you. This is a service in which I provide that is complimentary when ordering from this collection... If however, you wanted to add an element in, like a motif, a building, an illustration, etc, extra design charges are applicable (and it just depends upon what you want adding).

Other embellishments that you might want to add into your design / final invitations:

- Twine & tags
- Matching belly bands
- Foiling
- Matching envelope liners
- Bespoke stickers
- Bespoke Wax stamp
- Printed personalised names on your invitations

How to place an order:

This is dead easy but it's not computerised (which would take away from the personal service that I pride myself on). All you have to do is fill out a form on the Contact page and I will get back to you within 24 working hours. Once we have had a discussion about your invitations and you have sent me the wording that you require, I will create a digital proof and send it back to you for your approval. Once you are totally happy, payment is made and production begins. 

The usual timescale:

If you're ordering in good time (not in a rush), I would say it takes about 2-3 weeks to turn your invitations around... If however, (which seems to happen a lot), you are ordering last minute, the quickest turn around time is 1 week (7 working days).

Matching On the Day Stationery:

Lots of couples want their day stationery to match their invitations... Personally, I think it's a nice touch and something that your guests will notice and appreciate. You've set the tone with your invitations so it makes sense to carry it through to on the Big Day too. All of the Tailored Collection designs come with matching day stationery items, but as these bits seem to leave my studio straight away so I don't have much in terms of samples, but I do have a few images so fear not! The stationery items for on the wedding day is endless and I do it all:

- Orders of Service booklets/ cards
- Place Names
- Table Plan
- Table Name/ Number cards
- Welcome sign / signage
- Labels for favours
- Menus for the tables

Sample Service:

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to see any invitation samples- I send these out free of charge... And I do think it's always worth doing so if you've got the time- just so you can see the paper stock, quality, colours etc.

Consultation time:

I don't usually meet up with my clients for consultations for the Tailored Collection; there shouldn't be any need to. Most people order online and we communicate via email. If you want a phone consultation, that's not a problem at all. But I work with brides and grooms from all over the country, so it's not always easy to meet up, hence why ordering from this collection is easier than going for something totally bespoke.

So, to give you an idea of how one of the designs from the Collection can be altered, please see the images below; all of these started with the White Snapdragon (first image) as the selected design from the outset... 

As you can see, each invitation is bespoke to the couple- with some choosing to add a motif, some adding foil, the change of the colours etc. There are so many options, you just need to know how to explore them! Please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about your invitations, I'm always here to help.

Autumnal Wedding Invitations 🍂

If you're getting married in the Autumn of this year (so from September onwards), I would suggest that you need to get thinking about your wedding invitations (if you haven't already). It's definitely not too late, but from experience, I would recommend sending them out 2-3 months before the Big Day itself. At the moment, I am working on lots of invitations for this time of the year as well as all the day stationery for couples getting married in the summer. It's all go!

When it comes to your wedding invites, it's important to reflect the vibe, tone & theme of your wedding. So if you're having it in the Autumnal months, think of the colours: burgundy's, golds, bronzes, burnt oranges, maroons, navy's, coppers and also reds. I'm not saying that your invites can't be a blush rose (if that's the theme running throughout your wedding) for instance and actually I would highly recommend them to be if this is the styling for your Big Day. I'm also not implying that you need to have the iconic red and orange leaves on your invites just because you're getting married in October. Have a look at some past invitations I have created for around this time of year to give you some inspiration...

And if you're looking for some more inspiration for the Big Day itself, I have sieved through a lot of images on Pinterest and got a collation of some of my favourite styling ideas here... Please do get in touch with your ideas for your wedding stationery, be it invitations or on the day stationery, I cannot wait to hear from you!

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn 🌿💍

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
 

Business Stationery for Red Pig Coffee 🐽

Nothing says COFFEE like brown kraft cards... They just seem to go hand in hand with each other. Red Pig Coffee Roasters are a fabulous company based in the Cotswolds that supply rich, glorious coffee to well respected coffee joints all over the country. When they came to me for a little re-brand and help with both the designing and printing of some of their products, I could'nt wait to get my hands on it.
We agreed that foiling their stationery was the way forward. Giving everything a luxury feel to it but keeping it all very much 'earthy' and reflective of their products. 
I have very much enjoyed working with the team behind Red Pig and looking forward to some more exciting things to come! 
Please get in touch if you'd like help with your business stationery... there's a lot to be said for having creating the right tone with your stationery.

Business Stationery for Vanilla Pod Bakery 🍰👰🏽

I recently had the pleasure of working with Pia from Vanilla Pod Bakery. Everything about her brand, style and cake designs scream luxury; so we wanted to resemble this with all of her stationery too.

I designed her gold foiled stickers as well as her business cards; which are triple layered, with pink edging and hand printed gold foil. Having such prestigious business cards really does set you apart from anyone else. It's the first impression someone gets of your business, so it's important to set the right tone.

If you haven't yet thought about your wedding cake, then make sure you look at all the wonderful creations www.vanillapodbakery.com Not only are Pia's designs incredible, but the huge range of flavours that she creates are just filled with mouth watering goodness!

Lapstone Barn Wedding Venue 💒

So I went to visit the beautiful new wedding venue that is Lapstone Barn last week. Based in Chipping Campden, surrounded by just the most idyllic, luscious green countryside; it makes for the most perfect Cotswold Wedding venue around.


The drive up to it, in itself, was super impressive and instantly, upon arrival, I fell in love with the place straight away. It's got a very cosy, warming vibe to it, with a very cute reception area before entering the most amazing space in which the ceremonies take place. They can take up to 200 seated guests, for the ceremony and for the evening- a much larger capacity than most other barn venues. The thing that struck me the most about this barn in particular, was the light; it was exceptionally light throughout, which again, is quite unusual for this type of venue. I especially loved the old milking parlour that is now the dining/ evening space- the industrial yet country feel to it makes it so unique, vast and different. It even has it's own very cool bar area, with comfy armchairs and a log inspired fireplace - a perfect place to let your party feet have a rest! There's a fantastic courtyard in the middle of the barn, in which they can hold outside ceremonies... Amazing!!


If you haven't yet been to Lapstone to have a visit, you need to get up there! The team that run it are great, so very helpful and welcoming. I understand that dates are filling up fast, so you need to be quick! I'm very much looking forward to working with this venue in the near future and  have got some exciting things coming up... watch this space! If you have already booked and you are planning your wedding, please do get in touch about your stationery- let's make it all as dreamy as the venue 💕 Check out the website: www.lapstonebarn.co.uk

Brown Kraft Wedding Stationery 🏷💕

The Brown Kraft Travel Tag is definitely one of my favourite styles of invitations. It's different, unique and enhances the rustic feel to your wedding. The design is unrestricted in the sense that you can go for something very modern (as in this post) or very traditional; the options are endless.

This blog post features the bespoke invitations for a couple who recently tied the knot along with their other on the day stationery items; their Place Names and Orders of Services. I also created their Table Plan and Table Numbers to match. 

Lyn & Tim were had their reception at Prescott Speed Hill Climb, so they wanted all of their stationery to be themed around the iconic old racing cars. As you can see, everything is in keeping and all looked wonderful! It's in the little touches of detail that make all the difference.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with your ideas for your invitations, I'm always excited to take on new challenges and new designs!

Wedding Fair at The Barn at Upcote 💕

Taking part in The Upcote Wedding Fair is definitely a highlight of mine! The team that run the show and venue, Hannah, Jo & Andrew are just wonderful. They put on such a great event for all involved; suppliers and guests alike; there's so much to see, so many friendly faces and just a great atmosphere all round. I absolutely love it! 
It's a great opportunity, not only to showcase my work, but its also a chance to meet lots of excited newly engaged couples. I think it's important when providing such a personal service to try and meet my clients face to face- this isn't always possible, but I like to do so when I can.
If you haven't yet chosen your venue and you're looking to get married in the beautiful Cotswolds, in an idyllic setting, in a barn type venue, then look no further. Go and see Hannah and the team for a look around and I'm sure you'll fall in love with Upcote just as much as I did upon my first viewing.
Have a look at a few pics below, including Wedding Cakes from the wonderful Claire at Cake Daydreams along with Wedding Flowers from the marvellous Jo from Aqua Flowers.
Thanks for having us, already looking forward to the Autumn fair! xx

Business Stationery for Cake Daydreams 🍰💕

When the wonderful Claire from Cake Daydreams approached me and wanted some "new business stationery goodness", I jumped at the opportunity at creating her new business cards, thank you cards and also menu cards for her amazing cakes. 

We decided to go for the luxury finish of foiling for the business cards; silver on a light blush pink and silver on a light grey. Instead of going for the standard size, Claire opted to go for square cards, which are a bit different and work very nicely with her logo. The Thank You cards and Menu cards are the same colour variants as the business cards, so everything matches beautifully. I designed everything in keeping and had lots of fun doing so!

If you haven't yet sourced your cake supplier for the Big Day, I can strongly recommend Claire from Cake Daydreams; her cake designs are second to non- she can create anything- the vast array of favours are just delicious and Claire provides an unrivalled professional, bespoke service mixed with a fun and honest approach. www.cakedaydreams.co.uk

The Brown Kraft Pocketfold Wedding Invitation 💌

If you're looking to find a combination of rustic and beautifully elegant wedding invitations, then the kraft pocketfold style is perfect is right up your street. This type of invitation is both functional and stylish; it holds all your information sheets in one place (so there's no excuse from your guests that they've lost their RSVP slip !) and the main invitation is the first thing you see when you open the envelope, so it needs to scream your theme and your vibe for the Big Day.

In terms of the design, this is where the options are endless; you can go traditional with a script calligraphy font/ you can go for something a bit more quirky/ you can add elements of your day as you wish (like flowers or the venue for example)/ you can have some foiling on them... the list is endless. We have done so many different designs here at Retro Press; everything is tailored to your needs. Have a look at some of our past examples below:

There are many different ways in which you can fasten the pocketfold invitation;

  • With a card belly band that wraps around the invite (you could have your initials on, date, etc)
  • With a wax seal, either with your initials stamped in, or an image/emblem that reflects your theme
  • With twine and a tag- or just twine
  • With a ribbon and a tag

The finishing touch that you decide on depends upon the look and feel that you want to emulate- it's very much a personal preference... But every little detail matters- it's what sets the tone for the day. Have a look below to give you an idea:

We would highly recommend this style of invitation if you are getting married in a rural area, the countryside- perfect for the Cotswolds, a barn and that sort of vibe. Please do get in touch if you've got an idea/ you don't have an idea/ you just want to discuss your perfect wedding invitations.

Business Stationery for The Lion Sparkles 💫💕

In case you didn't know, I work on many different projects here at Retro Press, including business stationery. I recently had the honour to work with the wonderful Beth from The Lion Sparkles. The brief... think bold, bright, STATEMENT!

So... I designed and produced a range of neon pink, electric yellow and sassy black postcards (see below), which I think match their products perfectly! I also created some labels to match. As you can imagine, I had a lot of F U N working on these items and I'm very looking forward to doing lots more with them! Remember... Attitude Is Everything!

Check out The Lion Sparkles here ⚡️

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn 🌿

One of my favourite things to blog about; a Real Wedding, with pictures from the Big Day itself. To see it all come together and the stationery in situ really makes me very happy! This one is a recent one from the beautiful venue of Cripps Barn.
I had worked with the couple from the start with their wedding invitations- in which they went for a Tailored Collection Design and just altered the colours and wording to suit their preferences. Please see below an image of the White Snapdragon design from the collection and then a picture of their adapted invitations.

The couple's theme, as you can see, was very much greens, golds and whites, which was not only in keeping with the venue but also with all of their flowers etc on the Wedding Day. After the invitations were sent out, we set out to work on the rest of the stationery. Retro Press designed and produced their Name Place Cards, Table Name Cards (which were all named after famous race horses- love it- see in pic below!) and Order of Service booklets. It was an absolute pleasure working with this lovely couple and a huge Congratulations to you both on your recent marriage!

 

 

 

Personalised Laser Engraved Wedding Signage 👰🏽🤵🏼

Here at Retro Press, I'd like to think almost anything is possible. I love a new challenge and creating new products, always adding to the ever expanding portfolio. One of the latest exciting projects I recently worked on was designing and producing laser engraved signage for a wedding- An Order of the Day board & Table Plan. 
I had worked with the couple on their kraft, sausage dog inspired Wedding Invitations, so I was already very much inspired to work on their Day Stationery. Their theme was rustic, but cool, strictly not "twee", oh and definitely "no bunting"! They were getting married at the beautiful venue of Cripps Barn, so it was important that the style and vibe of the stationery matched up to this.
We kept elements from the invitation design throughout the wedding stationery suite; it's so nice for your guests to be able to relate to the first moment they opened their invitations. It's also adds to making that day extra special; having everything unique to you.
Have a look at some pictures of the products below:

As well as these items, Retro also created the couple's Table names & Place cards- all with a rustic feel to them on brown kraft card. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the photographs from the Big Day itself. A HUGE congratulations to Mr & Mrs Caton, it was dreamy working with you!

Laser engraved signage is a new one for Retro Press and I can't wait to do some more. I also do foam backed signage for Table Plans etc, as well as Perpex signage. If you've got something in mind for your Big Day, don't hesitate to get in touch and lets make it happen.

 

Real Wedding at Dewsall Court, Hereford 🤵🏼👰🏽

There's nothing I love more than receiving photographs from the Wedding Day itself... After working closely with the couple from the start right up until the Big Day, seeing all the stationery in situ makes everything so real and it's so nice to see it working with all the other bits, like the wedding flowers, the table display and just the general vibe.

The theme of this particular wedding was Navy, whites, rose gold, simplicity and elegance. Their bespoke invitations set the tone for the Wedding, as this is the first indicator of what the guests are to expect (very important might I add). See the image below to get an idea of their style...

For the Wedding Stationery on the day, the couple wanted to continue the design through to everything; from the Menus, Table Names, Place Names to the Table Plan. Everything was in keeping, consistent and beautiful. Have a look at the amazing photographs from the Day, by the wonderful Emma Gardiner... A huge Congratulations to Amelia & Dale!

Rose Gold Thank You Cards 💕

Here at Retro Press, we do all kinds of Thank You cards for clients. Even if we haven't had the honour of doing your invitations, fear not, we can still do your bespoke thank you's. Whether you want to use a photograph from the day, multiple photo's from the day, or something more to match the style of your stationery... anything is possible. It's important to make these personalised, whether it's using an image or style, your guests will very much appreciate it; it's the last bit of your WEDMIN left to do and then that's it, you can enjoy married life!

Here are some recent bespoke Thank You cards designed and printed here at Retro... It's all about the Rose Gold for this couple! The couple's wedding stationery was very much in the grey tones, so they decided that they wanted a little bit of colour for their cards, but still within the same luxury feel. As you can see from the pictures below, the "Thank You" is rose gold foiled and so are the couples initials on the envelopes- making them even more extra special.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with your wonderful card ideas and let us bring them to life!

Ultra Violet Wedding Inspiration 🔮💜

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... 

ultra violet pantone

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.

silver foiled wedding invitations

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.