Friday I’m in Love: Be my Bridesmaid card

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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!

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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.

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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:
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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.
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