How do you make your big day truly unique? One way is to use bespoke wedding stationery. A one-off design, created purely for you that’s never used again for anybody else. Amelia from Noble Hound stationery explains more…
We love creating bespoke stationery here at Noble Hound. We offer collections of themed stationery, which can all be tailor made to suit couples’ wedding colours and preferences but if a bride and groom want something more, we can also come up with a design that’s completely unique to them, all within a purse-friendly budget.
What’s the process?
Before confirming a booking, couples are taken through the bespoke design service process, given an itemised estimate and a suitable date in the Noble Hound design schedule.
Once happy to go ahead with the booking, they’re sent a design form to complete. This is essentially a checklist that ensures that all the thoughts and aspirations they’ve had for their stationery, along with all their wording, are ready for the studio in time for design work to get underway.
We ask couples to provide as much information on the form as possible, encouraging the inclusion of inspirational images and links to their Pinterest boards so we can really get a feel for their vision.
Noble Hound uses the completed design form as a brief, also taking into consideration anything mentioned in previous conversations with the couple. Two mood boards are created, depicting different interpretations of the brief and PDFs are sent to the couple for their thoughts. Generally one of the mood boards will be selected; however elements can be combined from both boards – the font from one, with the colours of the other, for example.
Once the preferred mood board has been chosen, Noble Hound will translate the artwork into the items of stationery ordered, sending PDF proofs of all items over to the couple to review. Tweaks are all part of the service, and couples have the final say before items are sent off for professional, digital printing.
Describe one of your favourite bespoke designs
One of our favourite projects was based around a pocket watch. The bride Claire collected vintage pocket watches and as she and Trevor were getting married on the day after the clocks changed, it seemed perfect to include a heritage timepiece within the design.
The date fell on Easter weekend, so the couple were torn between a watch and an Easter theme. They did know that they wanted to use muted tones and that their wedding would have a rustic feel.
We developed one mood board depicting an old pocket watch, tailor made to show their married surname and the time of their marriage. The second mood board featured the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, carrying his pocket watch in muted pastel colours and baskets of eggs placed subtly around the artwork.
The heritage pocket watch theme was chosen and applied across an invitation suite and on the day stationery. Claire and Trevor were delighted with the end result and received a host of lovely comments about their truly unique stationery from their wedding guests.
Stationery that sets the tone
You’ll often read that stationery sets the tone for a wedding day before the date arrives. This was certainly the case for Sameera and Robert, another Noble Hound couple, who were planning an amazing honeymoon, travelling around South America.
Their entire day was to be travel themed, but the couple weren’t sure whether to go with a vintage or modern look and feel. Their first mood board was created around the clean lines and symbols of an airport, whereas their second board used an antique map as the backdrop, with digitally traced plane and compass motifs.
Deciding that they would go with the vintage mood board helped the couple to co-ordinate their styling, buying antique-style globes as table centrepieces and having Noble Hound design matching signage for their venue. After the big day, Sameera and Robert returned to Noble Hound for their thank you cards, too, so all of the stationery was perfectly co-ordinated from beginning to end.
Other favourite bespoke projects have included a fabulous tri-fold invitation featuring an elaborate peacock design for a couple whose venue was famous for its elegant feathered residents, English farmyard themed stationery for a couple with roots firmly in the countryside, and an invitation featuring a very modern dandelion silhouette. If you could have any wedding stationery design, what would it look like? Get some more inspiration here…
Thank you Printed.com for this fab feature. For even more wedding stationery ideas and inspiration, take a look at their website here.