Month: March 2015

Hot off the high street – Paperchase Gatsby wedding invites

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If your stationery budget’s on the tiny side but you still want to post out some prettiness, look no further than Paperchase’s Art Deco inspired Gatsby collection. A set of 10 pocketfold invites costs just £15, making for cheap wedding stationery that still looks amazing. Each invite includes information and RSVP cards which you can hand write, plus a Tiffany blue envelope with scallop detail printed inside, and it would only cost you around £100 to send invites for a wedding of around 100 people!

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Get 25% off at Instajunction!

Obsessed with Instagram? Then why not turn your favourite pics into save the dates, favours or Polaroid-style prints? Instajunction do just that, and are offering The Paper Bride readers 25% off. Please like and share our Facebook page to get your exclusive code. Here’s a little taste of what they offer…

1. Mini photo and message bottle, £10 eachMini bottle favours
2. Polaroid-style save the date cards, £10 for 10 (the price gets cheaper the more you buy)Instagram save the dates
3. Polaroid-style prints, £10 for 10 (as above)Instagram polaroids
Hop on over to our Facebook page now to grab your 25% discount code! Happy (almost) Friday 🙂

Trend alert: temporary tattoos

Iheartyou and smitten tattoos

Forget face painting… temporary tattoos are the body art du jour! They’re a great idea for hen dos or to give as favours – you could even set up a little tattoo station where guests can have them applied! Cool huh? Check out this little selection from Pea Green Boat (they’re £3 each but they also do sets for £7.95 – bargain).

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So what do you think – temporary tattoos for weddings, thumbs up or thumbs down?

Weekend crush: PaperGrace’s new ready to write collections

PaperGrace Whimsical Wonderland stationery

Our Saturday morning has been brightened up by this beautiful new Whimsical Wonderland collection from PaperGrace. It’s part of their clever ‘Ready to Write’ range, which allows you to hand write your details into your invites. As the collections aren’t personalised, they’re less expensive than the company’s standard ranges, meaning your can get gorgeous stationery without blowing the budget.

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10 questions to ask when ordering your wedding stationery

Happy Friday everyone! With this weekend set to be ‘hotter than Ibiza’ we are digging out our summer wardrobe and cracking open the G&Ts! Perhaps a little premature, but hey… it’s been a long winter.

This afternoon we are lucky enough to be sharing the expertise of award-winning stationers Ivy Ellen. Planning a wedding can be daunting – especially when it comes to parting with money – so remembering to ask all the right questions can help keep those stress levels to a minimum. Print this page and keep it to hand… and have a LOVELY weekend!

Bunnies invitation, Ivy Ellen
Bunnies invitation, Ivy Ellen, from £1.40

1. When should I send my invitations out?
Most couples send their wedding invitations out at least two-four months before the wedding day, depending on the time of year. For example if your wedding is planned for mid-July, this is peak season for both weddings and holidays. To ensure all your guests are available it is worth considering sending a save the date card six-twelve months in advance.

2. When should I order my wedding stationery?
Ideally you should allow at least six weeks between placing your order and receiving your stationery. At Ivy Ellen we guarantee dispatch three weeks from the date of your confirmation but you should allow time for the proofing process and any potential alterations.

3. How many invitations do I need?
Most people make the mistake of ordering per guest, when in reality you only need one invitation per couple or family. Remember to also order a few spare in case of any mistakes, typically for 100 guests you will need around 65 invitations.

4. Do you print address labels and guest names?
Most stationers, including Ivy Ellen, do offer these printing services. For example, our addresses labels are printed onto a transparent label to stick onto your envelopes. Be sure to check any additional charges.

5. When is payment due?
At Ivy Ellen we require payment upfront due to the handmade nature of our invitations, however this is something you should always check with any wedding supplier.

Millie invitation, Ivy Ellen, from £1.95
Millie invitation, Ivy Ellen, from £1.95

6. Will I see proofs before printing?
Yes – all good stationers will send you proofs of your final items before printing, either as a PDF or in the post. Always make sure this is the case as it’s so easy to make a typo and you don’t want to receive an item that is incorrect or not what your expected!

7. How do I get across extra information to my guests?
Here at Ivy Ellen we offer information inserts that get sent out with your invitation. These can be staggered in a pocket, slipped into the invitation or added to a belly band. This way all your guests have both the invitation and extra information in one beautiful package.

8. How should I word my invitations?
Most stationers have their own wording suggestions online, you can either use one of these with your information or choose your own custom wording.

9. Do I get to see a sample?
Of course, almost every stationer offers a sample of their designs before the ordering process, this way you can check the quality and finish of your wedding stationery.

10. Other than invitations, what do I need?
There is a large range of wedding stationery items that you can order including your menu cards, place cards, order of service and table plan. As a basic package you normally need invitations, place cards, menu cards, table cards and thank you cards, however it’s always worth checking with your venue in case they provide any of the items as part of their package.

Fade Belly Band Wedding Invitation from £1.95 www.ivyellen.com
Fade invitation, Ivy Ellen, from £1.95

To see more of Ivy Ellen’s eclectic range, which includes some gorgeous watercolours and botanicals, visit ivyellenweddinginvitations.co.uk.

Colourful wedding stationery from Something Kinda Cute

Good morning lovely brides-to-be! How’s the wedding planning going? We love a bit of colour on the blog, so we couldn’t wait to share these dazzling designs with you, courtesy of the very talented Michelle Lewis at Something Kinda Cute. We do love our job. Enjoy…

1. Light Up invitation (printed front and back with envelope) £2.70 for over 25. The more you order, the cheaper they become.
Fairylight wedding invitation

2. It Must Be Love invite (£2.70, as above) and RSVP (£1.50)
Hot pink and blue wedding

3. Confetti Love invite (£2.70, as above) and RSVP (£1.50)
Confetti wedding stationery

4. All That Glitters invite (£2.70, as above), RSVP (£1.50) and A7 mini card (£1.30)
Glitter wedding stationery

Like what you see? There’s lots more – including some beautiful pastel designs that are perfect for a spring wedding. Visit somethingkindacute.com.