Month: January 2015

What is letterpress stationery?

What is letterpress stationery?

When you first delve into the world of wedding stationery, there’s a whole new vocabulary to get to grips with! One of the biggies is letterpress stationery, so we’ve asked Julia Wolfe of Wolf & Ink to tell us a bit about it…

1) So Julia, what exactly is letterpress stationery?

Letterpress is a centuries-old tradition and consists of a relief plate of type pressing down on each individual sheet of paper.  The possibilities for the use of textured  and thick papers is greater with letterpress and the process creates a stunning debossed texture.


Tuesday trend alert: watercolours

Good morning Paper Brides! How’s your January wedding planning going? We wanted to bring you some inspiration today in the form of these TOTALLY GORGEOUS watercolour designs. We know we say it about a lot of things (we can’t help it, we are stationery geeks addicts after all), but this really is one of our favourite styles at the moment. It’s so soft and pretty, but less twee than the vintage florals that have been popular over the past few years.

1. This first design is by the lovely Lauren at Heart Invites, whose work has appeared in practically every bridal mag under the sun (and it’s easy to see why). Her looks-good-enough-to-eat pink and peach Watercolours range starts at £1.40 for a save the date; print at home service from £20.Heart Invites. Deal 021214 Picture: Alan Langley

2. Destination wedding alert! This bespoke design by Kate Ruth Romey (prices on request) really does put the water into watercolour – just so perfect for a laid-back beach wedding. Ahhh… beach, how we wish we on one now in the sunshine instead of wearing three pairs of socks! Ruth Romey Stationery-93

3. Remember when we told you we were in love with Nina Thomas Illustration? Well here she is again, with this just-too-beautiful table plan (Not on the High Street, £70). Do you love her now as much as we do? Admit it… you have a girl crush. IMG_3981

Need some more practical advice on getting your stationery sorted (and sent!)? Don’t panic – hop on over to our Wording & Etiquette section.

What do I put in an order of service?

What to put in an order of service
Image: McKinley Rodgers Photography

Your orders of service can be as brief or detailed as you want to make them – you don’t even have to have them if you trying to keep costs down or want to save on paper.

The key thing to remember when deciding what to put in is that if you’re having an order of service booklet, you’ll have either four or eight pages to work with, due to the way they’re folded. Obviously, the more pages you have, the more you’ll end up spending on design and printing, so what needs to go in?

Below, I’ve talked you through what I did for my wedding, but of course that’s not set in stone  – you can add anything you like to yours! Generally, some useful things to include are:

When do you send out wedding invitations?

Want to know when to send your save the dates and invitations? Then our handy wedding stationery timeline is a must-read!

Right away: Put together your guest list – and don’t be tempted to start inviting people before you’ve worked out the final cut! Start chasing up addresses too, as it takes a surprisingly long time.

12 months: Send out save the dates. Whether you go for a classic card, quirky beer mats or a simple email, spread the word so guests don’t get booked up.

How to make a tassel garland

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Image: McKinley Rodgers

Tassel garlands look amazing hung across your venue or used for tassel balloons. They’re expensive to buy ready made as they’re quite time consuming, but they’re easy to make if you’ve got a bit of patience and a few helpers! I made hundreds for my wedding, using them for our giant tassel balloons and to hang across our barn venue. They take a lot of time but you don’t need to be particularly crafty to get a great result – here’s how…


A retro red and blue wedding

Happy Friday everyone! We are VERY excited here at The Paper Bride as we have our very first real wedding to share with you. And as it’s SO dull and grey out there right now, we’ve chosen one that’s filled with bold colours and summer florals to brighten up your day.

The wedding took place at Old Down Manor – a beautiful old country house that overlooks the Cotswolds – and was shot by Lizzy May Photography. Believe it or not, super-talented Lizzy also designed all of the stationery! “I first met Sarah (the bride) when she visited our pop-up shop, the Little Wedding Space, in Bristol,” says Lizzy. “She loved our suppliers so much she booked us all at once! She chose me to do photos and stationery, Kirsten Butler for styling, Anna Tyler for the cake and Emma Norton for the flowers.”

Let’s take a look…