Spring still seems a long way off (actually we checked, it’s 49 days, so really long), so we thought we’d brighten your day with this beautiful Chard invitation suite by Tuppence Collective. It makes us think of blue skies and warm beaches.
The bright colours and bold florals make it the perfect wedding stationery for a glamorous destination wedding, and guests jetting off with you will be able to conjure up your setting as soon as they open them.
We can’t resist the super-cute “S.W.A.L.K.” stickers on the envelopes, either! An invitation pack costs from £5.20, which includes an A5 invitation, RSVP card, printed envelope and sticker. Admittedly, they aren’t a budget buy, but if you’re only asking a small number of guests to an overseas wedding, they’re a beautiful choice!
OK, writing your wedding guest list isn’t half as much fun as choosing pretty invites, but you need to get that bad boy sorted before even so much as thinking about save the dates.
It’s tempting to invite everybody you know as soon as you get engaged, but it’s no fun when you then have to go suspiciously silent on the matter after realising that you don’t have the venue (or budget!) for 180 of your closest acquaintances.
The first thing to do is to write down absolutely everybody you can think of to invite (do it in a word doc or in spreadsheet so it’s easy to edit afterwards). I found it handy to work through people in groups – e.g. ‘family’, ‘uni friends’ ‘family friends’ – as it cuts down the chances of missing people out.
Look what has just landed in our inbox – just one of the many reasons we love working in the wedding industry! It’s just too pretty not to share right away… so here it is, hot off the press from talented new designer Harriet at De Winton Paper Co. The Botanicals range costs from £55 for 20 invitations. Check back soon to see more from Harriet (yes, her other ranges are just as lovely!).
Whereas you may have been planning the look and feel of your wedding for months, your guests’ first taste of what your day is all about will be when they receive that all-important invitation through the door. I once received a very lovely but plain invitation to a wedding, so had no idea of the colour scheme. I bought a bright red dress, and turned up to the ceremony to discover that the bridesmaids were all in red too! I spent the whole day being mistaken for a member of the wedding party and got nicknamed ‘The Rogue Bridesmaid’. It didn’t help that my dress was a whole lot shorter than theirs, either! So, whatever your theme or colour scheme, give your guests a heads up with the right stationery. Surprises are great, but giving everyone a few hints means they can dress for the occasion. Here’s our rundown of the top 5 wedding themes for the year ahead and the ideal stationery to set the tone…
1. Rustic woodland
This has been a hugely popular look for the past year and it’s set to stay top of the tree for 2015. Think rich shades, hand-drawn flowers and romantic forest creatures. The venue: Book a barn venue or a country house with wooded grounds (try Haselbury Mill in Somerset). Or, choose somewhere with the option to camp and say your I dos outdoors, such as Fforest in Wales. The stationery: We love this Hazy Woodland stationery suite from Hollyhock Lane (from £2). 2. Sweet celebration
If ‘pretty’ is your thing, this is the theme for you. Combine soft sorbet colours with a sprinkling of confetti for a modern take on romance. The venue: This girly look will add a soft touch to industrial venues and look great against modern city settings – check out Sheffield’s The Chimney House or London’s MC Motors. The stationery: The Confetti range by The Lovely Drawer will have your guests swooning in the aisles! (£50 for customisable, printable full set at Etsy). 3. Music fest
The wedding festival lives on – but who says it has to be Glastonbury-themed? Just don’t forget your VIP pass, or you might not be allowed in… The venue: Ideal for pubs/clubs, party houses, fields or village halls. Visit the Festival Brides blog for lots of quirky-cool locations. The stationery: The Oh My Festival of Love range by Whippy Weddings (from £1.20) will set the tone for the party of a lifetime. Oh, and they also do an Oh My Love Rocks range too! Super. 4. Putting on the glitz Art deco has reigned supreme of late, meaning weddings have got a whole lot more glamorous. Not keen on a strong 1920s theme? Go for a striking black colour scheme with accents of gold and silver. The venue: Perfect for decadent city hotels, country houses, evening events, winter weddings. We love the Malmaison hotels. The stationery: These bespoke designs by Kate Ruth Romey (prices on request) have super-chic luxe written all over them. Just gorgeous. 5. Moroccan boho Since Poppy Delevingne had her wedding reception in Marrakesh last year, we’ve all gone mad for colourful Moroccan details – think floor cushions, tea glasses and rich shades of teal, fuchsia, purple and coral. The venue: Bedouin tents, marquees, tipis and outdoor weddings. Check out Arabian Tents for some pretty amazing canvases. The stationery: Give guests a taste of your exotic nuptials with this brand new Moroccan Patterns invitation from Little Bird Weddings (from £3.25). What theme or colour scheme are you having? We’d love to know (we’re nosy like that). Tweet us @paperbrideblog, using #paperbridethemes(more…)
Beautiful wedding stationery sets the tone for your big day, but costs can quickly add up if you have lots of guests. Here are our top tips for cutting your stationery spend without sacrificing on style.
These sweet badges by Sincerely May (£2 each) are perfect hen do accessories – or even to wear ALL THE TIME in the run-up to the big day. Why not have personalised ones designed for your wedding, too – they make great wedding favours or gifts for your wedding party, and would look super-cute colour coordinated with your wedding theme.
If you’re planning to DIY your wedding stationery, tapping into the trend for gorgeous typography is easier than you’d think with all the beautiful free wedding fonts out there. Here’s a selection of our favourites, and where to download them from (Sverige made an appearance on my wedding invites!)…
Yay, it’s Saturday – and almost the end of January! We don’t know about you but we are very much looking forward to some spring sunshine and flowers. Remember them? We need some colour back in our lives!
Anyway, yesterday was National Handwriting Day, so we caught up with Lucy Edmonds from Quill London to get some tips on how to improve our scrawl and find out about their Modern calligraphy workshops, which are proving VERY popular with brides-to-be… (more…)
We’re considering second weddings so we can make use of the new Peony collection by The Charming Press that’s just landed on our desk – it’s just so pretty! Combining hand-painted florals, gorgeous typography and on-trend sorbet shades, it’s perfect for spring/summer weddings.
I remember recruiting my bridesmaids over the phone in floods of (happy!) tears almost as soon as my husband had popped the question, but if I could do it again I’d send out this beautiful Be my Bridesmaid card by I am Nat (£3). Who doesn’t love getting a piece of pretty post, especially when it’s this exciting? Fill the envelope with hand-punched tissue paper confetti and write down details of a Pinterest board full of bridesmaid dress ideas – your best girls will love it!