We’re loving Be my Bridesmaid cards at the moment, but which one of these designs will you be sending to your girls? We can’t resist the pretty florals and typography details of Cate Darcy’s design (£1.55), but bridesmaids with a sense of humour will get the giggles when they open Vanilla Retro‘s super-cute Ugly Dress card (£2.25). Tell us which one you’d go for in the comments section below!
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!
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…)
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Need some more practical advice on getting your stationery sorted (and sent!)? Don’t panic – hop on over to our Wording & Etiquette section.
Looking for wedding invitation ideas? Why not go for rustic chalkboard stationery and add a little nostalgia to your day? Take a look at our pick of the prettiest designs… 1. This beautiful invite and RSVP bundle (£2, Not on the High Street) is by our new designer-crush – Nina Thomas. If you love florals, you’ll love Nina’s illustrated designs.