Stationer Papier has teamed up with one of the most luxurious wedding venues in the country to create a very special line of stationery
It’s the 17th century mansion that’s hosted more high profile celebrations than you’ve had hot dinners, and now its latest venture sees it team up with online stationer Papier to create a very special collection of wedding stationery.
Sophie Taylor, who owns Aynhoe Park with husband James Perkins, chose artist Victoria Fitzroy to design the collection that’s directly inspired by the Cotswold stately home. Victoria spent time with Sophie in her astounding home, and drew on the space’s eccentric art collection – from whimsical taxidermy to majestic sculptures – when creating the designs.
Set on 250 acres of grounds sculpted by Capability Brown, the house was bought back in 2004 by music mogul James, since which they have turned it into a modern treasure trove of art and design that’s at one with the building’s heritage. You can now hire out the home for bespoke wedding celebrations, where you can design the day of your dreams down to a tee.
The collection is made up of two ranges – animal and classical – with table plans, menus, place names, notebooks, save the dates and invites. Victoria brings the taxidermy to life with her whimsical illustrations and soft colours.
Want to please your guests? When it comes to wedding stationery, it turns out that over half of guests prefer to receive a handwritten invitation
New research by Royal Mail has highlighted just how important the written word is – post is still the preferred way for the bride and groom to communicate with their guests. Of those questioned, 52% of guests prefer receiving a physical invite to all wedding-related events; from the save the date to the post-wedding thank you note. Many like to receive an invitation as it means they can display it in their home.
Etiquette expert Jo Bryant extolls the virtues of a handwritten note. “In our fast-paced digital age, beautifully designed and worded invitations and letters received by post have never made more of an impact. Add the sense of excitement that a wedding brings, and it is clear to see why the written word is still everyone’s favourite method of communication for such a milestone event.”
When it comes to written wedding etiquette, here are some of Jo’s top tips:
She said yes!
Engagement parties are held as soon as is practical and convenient after the proposal. Everyone who is invited should also be on the wedding guest list, so think carefully before you send out the party invitations.
It is convenient for guests to receive save-the-date cards so they can plan accordingly. For UK weddings, send them around six months in advance; for destination weddings, give guests 10–12 months’ notice.
The wedding invitation gives your guests a first glimpse of the look and feel of the wedding; make sure your stationery reflects the style of the day. It is sophisticated and practical to keep all your wedding stationery consistent not only in design, but also in the formality and style of the wording.
Remember, invitations are important documents, providing guests with all the key information: location, timings, RSVP details and sometimes a dress code.
Order spares of all your stationery to allow for mishaps and mistakes – don’t forget, too, that you will want to keep a copy of everything as a keepsake.
Choose the best quality card possible for your invitations. Guests may put them on display at home (for example on the mantelpiece, kitchen pinboard etc), and will refer back to them before and on the big day.
Write invitations, thank you letters and envelopes in proper ink. Black or blue is traditional but, if it suits your style of stationery, make a statement with a more contemporary colour.
Writing lots of invitations and envelopes can be tiring, so approach the task in small batches to avoid mistakes. Double-check tricky spellings and, if possible, find out the names of guests’ partners rather than writing ‘and guest’.
Guests’ names are written in the top left-hand corner of the save-the-date cards and invitations, unless there is a dedicated space/line for them.
Keep a detailed log of who has received invitations and who has sent a reply. It is surprisingly easy to get in a muddle, which only adds to the planning stress.
If the venue is very small, more guests can be invited to the evening portion of the reception. These evening-only guests should receive specially worded invitations specifying this.
Add personality and elegance by using a professional calligrapher to write the guests’ names on the invitations or, if budget allows, to address the envelopes too.
Think about how formal or informal you want to be, and word your invitations accordingly. For example, you need to choose between writing guests’ first names or using the more formal ‘Mr and Mrs’ etc on the invitations.
Enclosing reply cards with the invitations, for guests to fill in and send back, can help with admin (or ‘wed-min!’) Alternatively, it is usual nowadays to include both written and email RSVP details on the invitation.
In addition to your postal invitations, a dedicated wedding website can help guests find out more details, for example, about accommodation, transport and logistics.
Send your other half a wedding-morning letter. The romance of putting pen to paper creates a lasting memory and keepsake and beats a text message every time.
Thank you thoughts
Thank you lettersfor wedding presents should be handwritten and sent as soon as possible after the honeymoon or, if the couple is going away later, after the wedding.
Whatever your theme, you’re sure to find a design to suit your day from norma&dorothy’s range of carefully-crafted collections
From lovingly designed guest books to stylish tableplans, cake toppers, save the date cards and everything in between, norma&dorothy hand-finishes every item to the highest standards in the label’s Manchester studio. Former fashion designer and stationer extraordinaire Grace Sherriff is the creative force behind the brand and, since 2013, has brought together a passionate team who ensure nothing less than a perfect finish across all norma&dorothy’s products.
To celebrate the launch of the brand’s new Wedding Styling collection, which includes planners and scrapbooks, norma&dorothy is offering readers the chance to win £600 worth of stationery at normadorothy.com. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to set the tone for your celebration…
Terms and conditions: One winner will receive £600 to spend on wedding products at normadorothy.com. If you do not spend the full prize value there will be no refund given. If you spend more than £600, you will be responsible for paying the difference. There is no cash alternative. Prize must be redeemed by 31 December 2018. UK delivery only. Subject to availability.
Do you really need save the date cards? Yes you do, not least because someone somewhere is bound to book their summer holiday on your chosen date! Here are 6 save the date mistakes to avoid when you’re spreading the big news…
Sending them too late
The earlier you can notify guests that they are going to be invited to a wedding, the better. That gives them all the more opportunity to book the time off work, confirm hotel reservations and so on. However, think before you post… See rule 5!
Not making it personal
Your save the date doesn’t have to exactly match the colour scheme or wedding theme you’re having – who knows what that will be at this early stage, anyway! Just make it personal to you and your h2b and your guests will never forget! Perhaps a photobooth picture of you both? Or you with your pets? Whatever immediately says ‘us’ will be fine.
Not including plus ones
If you definitely know that you want a single guest to bring a plus one at this stage, add this to the save the date. It will help them to arrange hotel bookings, transport and so on.
Not saying the location
OK so you may not know the exact venue yet, but try to decide on a destination and include this on your save the date cards, especially if it’s going to be abroad. If you’ve always ever lived in London and you send a save the date, people may assume that’s where you’re getting hitched – but that may not be the case.
Sending a save the date but not an invitation
Think carefully before sending out save the dates because they have to go to people that you are actually going to invite to the wedding. You can’t send a save a date to someone who you might bump onto the evening-only guest list at a later date.
Making it too obscure
Save the date cards give you the opportunity to be creative and fun, but don’t go over the top. The most important thing is that the main information like your names, the date and location are clear.
Now you’ve sorted your save the dates, what about your wedding invitations? Here’s what you should be writing in yours…
As soon as you have officially set a date, ensure the important people are there on your special day by snapping up your chosen wedding date in their diaries, now! We’ve rounded up the prettiest designs of our favourite bridal stationers for Save the date invitations that your guests won’t want to take off display.
The Bridal Lace Collection designed by Pretty Paris Paperie, personalises beautifully illustrated wall prints for the home and designed for the bride… Pretty Paris Paperie specialise in bespoke art prints, stationery and gifts.
Jai Taylor, qualified journalist and Creative Director of Pretty Paris Paperie, designs for stockists and clients all over the world. As part of her Journalism course, she studied Graphic Design and also began designing as a Freelancer for boutiques and galleries. Pretty Paris Paperie has several collections to shop including floral name prints, the Simple Sayings collection and the Patisserie in Paris Collection – each style is utterly unique for a number of wedding milestones.
A marital token for the newly weds inspired The Bridal Lace Collection featuring nearly 20 designs each personalised for the home or couple. Choose from a bride and groom print, bridal accessories or wedding day set up and your choice of words.
For the perfect personalised gift for your bridesmaids, look no further than the pretty Floral Lace Collection – they will love this for their bedroom or girly study.
Why not have your name or surname added to your print ? If you are looking for something totally bespoke Jai is also available to take special commissions. Bespoke Art Prints start at £20 with FREE UK Delivery.
PLUS, this year some exciting new launches are coming to Pebble Shore Paperie! Follow @Parispaperie on Instagram or subscribe here to hear about latest news and offers!
You might not have spent much time thinking about stationery since your school days, but that’s all about to change.
The stationery suite you choose will be the first glimpse of your big day for your guests. Your designs will set the tone for the day to come and get them excited, so even your save the dates should tie in to your chosen wedding theme (these are some unique options that will wow). Whether you DIY it or turn to a fantastic stationer, this is what you need to know.
BEFORE THE DAY: save the dates, invitations, RSVPs
While we definitely recommend that your stationery suits your wedding style, it needs to have substance too! Specifically, you need to ensure that the following are covered in your invitations and RSVPs:
The specific names of who is invited
Wedding date and time
Venue(s) (remember to include both your ceremony and reception venue)
RSVP requirements (menu choices, dietary requirements, attending or not)
Gift list details (it’ll save guests having to ask any awkward questions)
Insert for additional information (where to stay, parking, maps etc)
Typically, couples send out their save the dates as soon as they’ve booked their wedding date to give guests plenty of time to keep it free. Invitations can then follow afterwards once more details have been finalised, usually around two months before the big day. Request RSVPs back in a timely manner to give you the chance to confirm final numbers with your venue and invite others who you previously would not have had space for.
Before you start buying your stationery for the day itself, double check what is included in your venue package. Many will include name tags, table numbers and menus as part of your venue fee, so it’s always worth double checking before you pay for your stationery twice.
Otherwise, many stationers will offer bundle deals at better rates to include on the day items too. This is a great option for keeping things hassle free and co-ordinated. You’ll also have more choice available this way, better allowing you to match these stationery pieces to your overall wedding theme. If you fancy some inspiration, whet your appetite with these eight tasty wedding menu designs.
When it comes to table plans, we’ve seen it all! Maps labelled up with luggage tags; three-dimensional plant pot and vintage ladder wonders; Polaroid picture lines where couples must ‘find their face to find their place’. Whether you choose to create your own or purchase one ready made, incorporate it into your décor for pretty as well as practical results.
Becci Clubb shares her top tips for sending save the dates, from DIYing the design to who should and shouldn’t receive one…
Almost as soon as we booked our venue, we decided we needed to send out save the dates as soon as possible. People often book their holidays abroad months, if not a whole year, in advance. We wanted to let everyone know when our wedding day would be so that we wouldn’t be disappointed if some of our guests couldn’t make it.
This did pose a problem though: we hadn’t (and still haven’t) decided on a particular colour scheme or theme for our day. And there are so many stationery designs to choose from! There’s the likes of Sarah Wants with her country garden style, Pingle Pie with beautiful watercolour designs and the pretty prints from Lucy Says I Do.
I am in the lucky position as Deputy Editor to have seen and handled lots of different stationery suites, created by lots of different designers, but I’m not sure if that made it easier or more difficult to choose a style – I like so many!
After hours of pouring over both paper samples and ideas on Pinterest, working out the elements we did and didn’t like, I decided to design my own save the dates. This sounds risky, I know! But I have a degree in fashion textiles, so transferring the skills I gained during my degree onto paper was pretty simple.
Choosing to design my own stationery wasn’t a money saving move. Making your own stationery can actually end up costing more than purchasing it already created. It certainly takes far longer, too. I wanted to design my own save the dates for fun and to get exactly what I wanted.
We think we will choose bright flowers in a variety of colours, so this is the palette I went for, including pinks, blues, and mustard yellow. I love flowers so they would obviously feature heavily. Once we had decided on the colours, I drew all of the flowers by hand, before scanning them onto the computer and creating the layout in Photoshop. I created a second design for the back and envelope liners and drew the shape of the outline in Illustrator so that I had a line to follow. I had the designs printed and, with the help of my mum, cut each invitation out by hand. It was a labour of love!
My top tips for what to include on your save the dates:
Your names and the date are pretty obvious, but what other information do you need to provide at this stage? Well, it would be helpful to your guests if you provide the location. If they have to travel they might want to start saving for accommodation and it will get them excited, too!
If you have decided, it is a good idea to let your guests know if you will be inviting plus ones and children. I didn’t want to put names on my save the dates so at this stage, we addressed each envelope with the names of each person in the household that would be invited.
If you are planning on sending out save the dates, make sure you don’t leave it too late. Sending them only two weeks ahead of posting your invitations really is pointless.
If you choose to have evening guests, they won’t need a save the date. An evening invitation does the job perfectly.
Last but by no means least, make sure you don’t make any of these six mistakes when sending out your save the dates!
Contemporary Wonderland: How To Create Your Vintage Outdoor Wedding Theme.
Marry a vintage outdoor wedding and rustic country Castle with a festoon of whimsical details… Electric wild flowers, heart themed eats, eclectic vessels and classical painting bring together a team of playful wedding creatives to recreate their vision of a modern day wonderland at Tullibole Castle.
“The aesthetic was a combination of the classic and new versions of the Alice in Wonderland story, and with all our creative heads it came together amazingly. Instigated by our original vision and focused around our outfits, each suppliers’ contribution brought together the whole concept and was captured beautifully by Marc in the perfect location of Tullibole Castle” Dragonfly & Butterbee Vintage
“Rosie [from Scottish Cut Flowers] cut from her walled garden to fit three simple briefs – punchy reds and dark pinks for the Queen of Hearts, pretty and delicate whites, pale pinks and pale blue for Alice and as many colours as possible for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” Emma from Betty Bluebell
The paired back, relaxed rustic vibe of these stationery designs are enough to satisfy any country-loving couple! Think kraft card, whimsical wild florals, natural textures, watercolours and untamed greenery. Tied with lace or splashed with colour, the rustic feel is perfect for vintage inspired or boho weddings. Which of these 15 best designs is a match-made-in-heaven for your rustic wedding theme?!
Wedding Style Inspiration: English Country Castle Romance
Immerse yourself in the romance of this 21st century wedding style meets beautiful English country house Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey. A stunning Georgian gem with elegant high ceilings, stained windows, detailed features and fireplaces. Prepare to fall in love with this fairytale…
The dress is a jaw-dropping gown named Annabella, designed with elegant lace and hand-beaded embellishments. A timeless and classic look to compliment the surroundings. The second dress is a lace two-piece dress Aurelia with a structured satin silk skirt. The look is finished with a classic veil from Victoria Millensime. The beautifully beaded shoes were provided by Emmy London completing the bridal look.
The breath-taking and beautiful flowers were supplied by the very talented Liz Indigo Jones from Blue Sky Flowers. We were in love with all the floral styling especially the breath-taking archway with vibrant blush tones and lush wild foliage. The bouquet was a beautiful hand tied bouquet with Ohara Roses, Blush Ranunculus, Hydrangea, Stocks, Sweet Avalanche, Anemones, Jasmise and Lilac and Parrot Tulips and was fastened with a soft pale blush ribbon from Pompom Blossom.
Behind The Scenes…
The fireplace was also one of our favourite features with wild foliage matched with pretty candle sticks and a large urn with high centrepiece flowers. The lanterns from Nonsuch Mansion and Couvert created an even more beautiful setting for the archway and fireplace.
We created a unique food setting with gold tones and candlelight complimented with rich fruit colours and a true English heritage and love for literature.
The dining table was a luxe, classic and creative design incorporating white linen matched with blush and gold tones to add additional texture and intertwined between gold candle sticks and tea lights to give a natural and elegant candlelight. The beautiful tableware gold charger plates and gold cutlery was supplied by Couvert including fine decorative glassware with gold details matched with a soft blush table runner from Pompom Blossom.
21 Wedding Ideas For Something Borrowed Something Blue
The tradition something borrowed something blue catalysed the colour focus for this elegant powder blue themed wedding shoot. Complemented by shades of an english garden and scattered with vintage styling and details, you’ll be spoilt for inspiration with 21 ways to incorporate something blue into your day!
“If you have ever visited Houchins, you’ll understand when I say it is an utterly charming venue. With beautiful outdoor features and an unexpectedly breathtaking wedding space, the venue has gained popularity since its opening in 2014.” Jenna, Wonderland Invites & Shoot Coordinator
Creating a theme
We opted for a powdery blue for the main focus of the shoot and we built the rest of the colour references around this pretty shade. White and peach were selected as the complementary colours, and because Houchins has so much green space, the lovely Rosie from A Vintage Wedding used an abundance of greenery to tie in the florals with the natural environment.
Tiger, our model, was beautifully styled by Victoria Bradfield and Original Button; relaxed, natural make up was complemented by loose milk-braids which were pinned at the neck. Tiger’s hair featured a beautiful slide by Marolsha and later in the shoot, a greenery wreath and loose flowers. Dress designer Naomi Neoh kindly lent ‘Gwen’ with its matching jacket, and shoes were provided by Emmy London.
Some beautiful, one-off items were created exclusively for the shoot including a handmade silk vow keeper by Ollie’s Studio, an intricate venue location map by Knots & Kisses, perfectly fitting stationery by Wonderland Invites and of course, sweet treats in abundance by Lucky & Co.
Three amazing companies made up the hire team, with styling led by Laura Celiz from Rock The Day; who kindly brought her amazing collection of vintage Babycham glasses. The imposing macrame arch and giant love letters were provided by the lovely team at Vintage Garden Weddings, and Anthology Vintage Hire supplied candlesticks galore! A table runner by Kate Cullen lifted the blue of the tablecloth, and silks from Ollie’s Studio complemented the styled areas and bouquet.
Whether you want to send off the happy couple with a formal wedding message, or something funny like, “better you than me!”, Personal Creations share their quick and easy step-by-step guide for how to personalise your wedding card message for every type of couple!
How to Craft Your Message
Wedding cards are meant to wish the couple well in their new journey. If you are attending the wedding, it is also a good time to thank them for including you in their big day. The card should be addressed to both partners. Whether you choose to write their individual names or “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” depends on your preference.
Follow these steps to craft a thoughtful wedding card message:
Step 1: congratulate
First thing’s first, congratulate the couple on their new union! This can be simple or elaborate.
Congratulations, you two
So excited for you! I’ve been waiting for this moment since you two started dating.
Step 2: wish them well
Send positive messages for their future. If you’ve been married for awhile, it’s also nice to include words of encouragement or wisdom.
May your life together be filled with precious moments.
You two are perfect for each other. I look forward to watching you continue to grow as a couple.
If you’re invited to the wedding, it’s because you’re special to the bride and groom. You’ve probably seen them grow both as individuals and as a couple. Share those moments they may have forgotten about.
I remember when you first met! We knew it was a match made in heaven.
Remember when you used to talk about meeting your prince charming? Now you’ve found him!
Step 4: thank them
Show your gratitude for being part of their special day.
Thank you for inviting us be part of this joyous day.
I’m so glad I got to witness you two tie the knot!
Step 5: sign off
End with warm wishes and a signature. Before you close, you can also reiterate your congratulations.
Best wishes today and always
Best of luck!
Have a great honeymoon
Get TOO personal
Be genuine, but don’t write anything you wouldn’t want other to see
Write An Entire Story
Keep it short and sweet, since the happy couple likely have alot of cards to read!
Make Spelling Errors
Make sure to spell check your message and get both names correct
You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now it’s time to get on with the wed-min! A daunting prospect, we know. To help take some of the stress of wedding planning off your shoulders, Paperchase have created a stunning wedding collection bursting with inspiration for your big day. You’ll love this year’s design too. A photographic floral design interwoven with images of gems and pearls – it beautifully captures the romance of the occasion and with everything from invitation to decorations, style every part of your day to perfection.
Full of Character
Looking for something non-traditional? 2017 is the year of the quirky character design. The highest searched term on our website is ‘unicorn’ and it’s no wonder with unicorn hairstyles and pool floats flooding our Instagram feeds. Luckily, character-led designs are what Paperchase does best…if we do say so ourselves! From the ridiculously cute Unicorn Star collection to our exclusive Hello Kitty range, we’ve got designs to match every personality. You might think these are a little informal for a wedding, but trust us, you can definitely incorporate them into the festivities. The pastel and sugary colour pallets pair perfectly with summer and little nods in the centrepieces and decorations will help make the celebration uniquely yours. Go big or go home, right?
If you’ve got a wardrobe full of slogan tees, you’ll know all about this trend. Word is on the street (quite literally) with slogan clothing declaring itself the runway’s boldest trend! Celebs like Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne are all about letting their clothing do the talking and it’s not just the fashion industry that’s taking the say-it-loud-say-it-proud approach. Case in point: wordy stationery.Our slogan list pads and diaries provide the perfect motivation to start the wedding prep while our range of catchphrase party supplies make it full-on-festive. Finish with music, food and friends and you’re good to go.
If you prefer a classic look, brown kraft is the way to go. It’s a material customers return to time and again and we can see why. It’s is just so versatile! Whether you decide to add your own design and embellishments or go au naturel, the brown colouring and grained texture creates a vintage feel ensuring it never goes out of style. Our kraft scrapbooks are particularly popular with couples planning their nuptials because there are loads of ways you can incorporate it into your wedding wardrobe. Use it for its intended purpose or why not create a custom wedding planner or guest book with our personalisation service?
We’re obsessed with metallics, like really obsessed! Deeply luxurious with an uber-modern aesthetic, we’ve decked out notebooks, backpacks and so much more in eye-catching metallic shades. We’ve got your classic bronze, silver and gold, but this year we’re branching out even further with royal blue as well as irresistible iridescent shades. The reason it works? Introducing the right touch of can really make the details of your big day shine. Blend gold and copper with soft pastels to give a warm and romantic vintage feel. Alternatively silver and blue work nicely alongside each other for an industrial look. Sure to receive even the most traditional bride’s seal of approval.
We all know weddings can get pretty expensive and that’s why Paperchase offers 15% off bulk wedding purchases to help you save a few pennies. What’s more, shop with a Treat Me card and you’ll reap in even more amazing rewards! Please visit us at Paperchase.co.uk for more information and to check out our full range of wedding products. We can’t wait to see you there!
A whimsical under-water scene for a little mermaid-themed wedding day isn’t complete without mother-of-pearl, porcelain sea shells, nautical goblets and a pearlescent palette of silver, coral pink and touches of rust…
Take inspiration from this elegant themed shoot and create an aquatic palace wedding look fit for a boho bride…
Wedding Cake and sweet tables
Let sugar craft, edible paint and fondant pearls create an opulent shimmering masterpiece with bead trim, art deco designs and layered florals to crown…
For a pretty under-the-sea feel gown, princess-style think lace, tulle and ruffled coral like swathes. Embellished gems and pearls will create a mermaid glimmer when the light touches your dress…
A sea bed centre piece will create a dramatic focal point for all of your tables and leave your guests in awe of your creativity. Incorporate iced pearl cake favours, painted shells, shimmering glitter and fabric textures that mimic coral life.
Silver goblets and jewelled name cards represents The Little Mermaid’s palace of the sea and make the perfect whimsical accompaniment to every guest place.
You’ve found your dream venue and booked the perfect date, now you need to make sure your nearest and dearest keep it free. Deputy Editor Becci Clubb talks you through the all you need to know about save the date etiquette.
Whether you choose to send a traditional card that matches the rest of your stationery suite, a paperless message or something a little different, timing is everything. So, when should you send your save the date cards?
If you’ve booked the venue, then you’ll know your wedding date. The earlier you can notify your guests the more likely they are to be available, so we recommend around eight months before the big day. Much sooner and they might be forgotten about. Any later, however, and you’d need to start thinking about sending out your invitations.
You may not know all of the specifics for the wedding yet, but don’t worry at this stage. That is why you follow up your save the dates with a formal invitation, around two months before the big day.
If you’re allowing plus ones, try to include them on the save the date so that everyone is clear from the start who is and who isn’t invited. That goes for children too. If you aren’t inviting children, then parents will need to make alternative arrangements for them. Sending a clear save the date will allow them the time to do so. You only need to send save the dates to the people that you definitely want at your ceremony, so finalise your guest list before sending them.
If you are inviting some guests to the evening reception, you do not need to send out save the dates, just the invitation when the time comes. You will have a selection of people who you plan to ask to your evening reception but, if some of the guests you invite to the ceremony cannot attend, you might wish to invite some of your evening guests in their place. You wouldn’t need to send a save the date in this case. Be warned though, no one likes to be second best, so try not to let on that these guests are on a reserve guest list.
If you plan on marrying abroad or away from your home town, include this information on your save the date. This gives guests time to book holiday from work and save for the additional cost of flights and accommodation.
If you have chosen the theme and feel for your day, choose a save the date to fit with the rest of your plans. Laid-back, rustic weddings would suit small engraved branch slices or decorated luggage labels. For a formal big day, perhaps stick with a traditional, posted save the date. A note card with a balloon attached could be perfect if you’re having a fun celebration outdoors. Just be sure to choose a design that reflects you as a couple along with the day you want to have and you can’t go wrong.
Not chosen your save the date cards yet? Head over to our stationery section to find the perfect save the date cards for you!
Will your save the date cards be traditional or quirky?
Spring is upon us and that means summer isn’t far behind! (Not that we’re excited or anything!) As far as your wedding planning goes, you could say your wedding stationery is the first big impression of your special day and one that you can really personalise, from the colours, size, font, paper stock and even wording – depending on how traditional and formal you may want to go.
We have a feast of colourful wedding stationery that you’ll love just as much as we do and GOOD NEWS… many of these designs can be personalised to include a complete set from Save the dates to your table plan. Step ONE: Establish your wedding theme/colour/style and check out the designs and designers that we’re raving about for SS17…
If a festival of colour is flying the flag at your wedding, this serious floral print statement possesses the perfect playful balance of neat chic and boho – fit for any inspired outdoor soiree.
Romantic, fluffy, delicate and dreamy – everything you want your wedding to be and more! Fresh blush pinks and purples evoke blossoming love, romancing calligraphy all in a watercolour wash effect to suit an understated and feminine colour palette.
For the country bride hosting a stylish barn wedding, traditional botanical stems, British strawberries and foliage suggest an endearing and whimsical ‘Beatrix Potter’ illustrative theme to satisfy the nature enthusiastic and book worm in you!
Will travel feature in the theme of your day? Pretty and intricate henna style patterns provide an elegant and cultured edge perhaps reminiscent of a special trip you both embarked on together?! San serif fonts and ample white space allow for a sophisticated spring look in pretty pink and earthy mustard.
Dior, Ladurée, Harrods and Giuseppe Zanotti have all been confirmed as part of the impressive line-up of luxury names taking part at The Quintessentially Weddings Atelier this Spring!
The Atelier brings together the finest wedding designers and artisans at one unrivalled event, and takes place at the iconic London hotel, The Langham, from 31st March to the 2nd April.
The planners of some of the world’s finest Weddings, Quintessentially Weddings, will give invaluable planning advice.
The world’s finest wedding gifts will be presented by Harrods of Knightsbridge, and Farley will provide their dramatic one of a kind furniture throughout the event.
Food & Drink
The Langham, London will be showcasing its finest event spaces and Michel Roux Jnr will be dropping in to discuss Private Dining by Roux. Guests can sample Cointreau’s new wedding cocktail or browse the Atelier with a legendary Bloom G&T.
Bridal designers Suzie Turner, The Couture Gallery and Ritva Westenius will be showcasing their latest creations and Luna Mae London will be revealing their most intimate lingerie designs. Bridesmaids and cocktail wear is by Needle and Thread, and Giuseppe Zanotti will provide the most glamorous bridal shoes.
Purely Diamonds and Hannah Rose present their breath-taking wedding rings and jewellery, and Rockcoco will show an enchanting range of bridal fans.
Hair & Beauty
For the most luxurious bridal beauty offering, Dior will be conducting make-up trials and skin care consultations, while beauty bloggers’ favourite Bardou will take care of the hair. Personal pampering sessions can be booked on arrival.
Cakes & Flowers
Ricky Paul and Grandirosa will both create their Magnum Opus of floral design, and Ladurée and Pink Frosting Cake Company will present their mouth-watering confections.
Stationery is by Leeming Brothers, the fine stationery experts, and ER Stationery will showcase their innovative silk invitation boxes.
Photography, Video & Entertainment
Fashion & TV photographer Stuart Wood is providing his award winning photography services and The Wedding Filmmakers, their unique videography. Live entertainment will be provided by ALR Music and some surprising photobooths by Megabooth.
A contemporary art deco styled shoot heavily inspired by 2016 BBC adaption of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’.
Widely considered to be her masterpiece, I was enthralled by the art deco look of the set, the costumes and of course, the makeup. I knew I just had to capture a little of that essence of the period – introducing it to a modern context that would appeal to a contemporary couple wanting a more sophisticated colour palette with quirky details.
Many of the additional art deco touches came from the venue itself. Tucked away down a sleepy road in Weymouth was our perfect shoot location – the National Trust owned Portland House.
“What appealed about Portland was the feel of the place, it wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Hollywood hills! Beautiful architecture by Lord Gerald Wellesley, combined with original art deco furniture made it a true capsule of the 1920’s and 30’s.”
Sophisticated characteristics and soft shades paired with bold designs and opulent furniture make it a concept that would appeal to a couple wanting a slight vintage edge to their wedding style without feeling too alternative. Lovers of symmetrical design, fine craftsmanship, and a taste for old world elegance. Remember to achieve this look, the main elements of your day need not be vintage derived. A modern dress with inspired details will exude this style perfectly and similarly with other areas of the wedding. Consistent touches will suggest the perfect balance of a theme without it requiring authentic vintage items. However some of these items can easily be found in the form of table wear and decor from select charity shops.
“It was important to us as suppliers to use modern elements that had a certain symmetry for the 1920’s era.”
Brides of Winchester provided the beautiful wedding gowns for the shoot. With designs from Chanticleer, Charlie Brear and Suzanne Neville, the dresses provided that unique touch of being modern, yet with a certain ‘feel’ for the 1920’s.
It was paramount that the makeup design for this elaborate era was brought into the modern age by combining classic effects with top quality contemporary colour products.
“For the eyes I created a basic smokey eye, introducing gold glitter by MAC on the centre of the lid. I then kept the base very simple using a strong even strip of blusher along the cheekbone, which was very popular during the art deco period. To finish, I used lashings of a purple lipstick, also by MAC, in Rebel.”
All floral arrangements and bouquets were designed by Jo Hicks Flowers. She came up with the concept of mixing pastel shades with deep moody foliage, to create a sort of ‘watercolour soft focus’ look reminiscent of the old Hollywood films of the time.
Jill The Cakemaker designed the cake from scratch especially for the shoot and opted for mainly pastel green to accent colours of the florals and the delicacy of this era. To contrast the classic gold and black details are used to create an opulent geometric finish and give the cake an architectural stature, reminiscent of this era as iconic for structural design.
The stationary was provided by Laurel Designs Studio, again mimicking the same classic colours such as gold and black alongside sparkly brooches with emphasis on the laser cut peacock feather design for the envelope.
P H O T O G R A P H Y Lemontree Photography
M A K E U P Frances Moore MUA
B R I D A L G O W N S Brides of Winchester
F L O W E R S Jo Hicks Flowers
C A K E Jill The Cake Maker
S T A T I O N E R Y Laurel Designs
V E N U E Portland House, Weymouth
H A I R A C C E S S O R I E S White Designs bespoke bridal adornments
Whimsical florals and fabrics, relaxed photographs and crowd-pleasing reception details will have everyone radiating happiness, including you!
(Inspired pop-up artisan food and drinks vans add a festival-feel to your reception celebrations. For long farmhouse or rustic bench style tables,forgo single centrepieces for one continuous elegant floral garland)
Tucked away down Tea Garden Lane by the edge of the woods, The Beacon is a picture postcard of whimsical, rustic romance. A beautifully refurbished country house with stunning views and endless gardens, The Beacon is full of character and charm for a relaxed and intimate celebration. A little bit like home, but better with cosy corners, snugs and stylish interiors, The Beacon is the ultimate house party, wonderful for an exclusive-use wedding of feasting, partying and fun.
(On a day that’s all about the two of you, remember to take a romantic moment alone together. Beautiful bouquets can be just as romantic paired back and subtle if that style suits the look and feel of the bride and the day)
The Beacon has such an organic natural vibe which also really suits Susan Arnold’s style of photography which is romantic, hazy and very dreamy. We were really keen to take elements of this and translate it into the wedding styling/flowers etc for the shoot.
( Let your hair down and relax. Try not to feel awkward in photographs – relaxed,happy pictures in the moment are the ones you want and with look back and treasure!)
Set within seventeen acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes and perched high on the ridge overlooking Happy Valley, this former Arts and Crafts private residence has breath-taking views all year round. With options to take over the run of the house and grounds for the day, The Beacon is fully licensed for weddings and offers a naturally abundant and generous home to celebrate in!