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).
So what do you think – temporary tattoos for weddings, thumbs up or thumbs down?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Printing your wedding stationery yourself can save you money and give fantastic results – it’s what I did for our wedding stationery and I was thrilled with how it turned out. However, it took a bit of time to get to grips with finding a printer, comparing costs and working out what we needed to provide, so here’s my guide to getting it right…
We’re very proud to be based in the South West alongside some seriously talented stationery designers, and we were thrilled to showcase some of our favourites when West Weddings magazine asked us to put together our top wedding stationery trends for 2015. Here’s the article, which you can read in full – along with the rest of the magazine – here. Thanks to Swoon at the Moon, Sincerely May, Silver Deer, Littlebird Weddings, Oyster & Pearl and Hip Hip Hooray for sending us such beautiful images to include!
If you’re planning a cool, contemporary city wedding this year, you can’t beat this statement stationery by Paperknots. The bespoke Urban Glam collection combines bold turquoise, purple and pink with gorgeous typography and kraft card to create something really unique and modern.
Brides who are left cold by delicate floral stationery will love the contemporary styling, while the strings of fairy lights add a little touch of romance. Oh, and glitter-lined envelopes – excuse us while we swoon a little!
Personalise the design with your wedding colours, and wait for your guests to be impressed!
The Hobbycraft press day at Homemade London yesterday saw the launch of Hobbycraft’s beautiful new wedding collection – we love! The blush hues and gold embossed details add a touch of luxury to invites and save the dates, while glitter detail confetti, cake toppers and luggage tags are a great way to pull your W-day look together on a budget.
The save the date and invites have space for you to add the details of your day, making them a great option if you’ve left it too late to go for personalised stationery, or just want to keep your costs down.
Another favourite of ours was the ‘Just Married’ bunting – string it up across your venue so it’s the first thing guests see when they file out of your ceremony!
The Hobbycraft wedding stationery collection is available to buy online in two weeks, then available in stores in three weeks’ time. Find more wedding inspiration at www.hobbycraft.co.uk. You can see more pics of the collection from the press launch on our Instagram feed, too!