Would you like tea and cake with me?

Would you like tea and cake with me?

I love my time with excited brides and grooms to be.

 

More often than not, we meet at a wedding fayre or my work is recommended by a lovely variety of suppliers I work well with – or by other happy brides who have used my services. However we cross paths, I always like if possible to spend a bit of time getting to know you.

There’s nothing nicer than a sit down and a cuppa!

It’s a nice informal way to have a bit of a chat about the big day, find out what sort of feel it has, and see if my work suits the style of the wedding too. There’s a lovely tea room local to me which works really well for this – they know me in there now as I’ve been using it for a while, I have a table earmarked which gives us plenty of light to see colours as clearly as possible, with enough space should you wish to bring any family or friends with you for the appointment.

 

There’s always a nice relaxed atmosphere in there, it’s one of those lovely places where they have quirky teapots, all sorts of different teas, coffees, soft drinks and a delicious choice of cakes should you wish to try those too (rude not to!) – in fact one of my couples at an evening appointment recently opted for a beer and a gin instead so there’s always that option if you really want to!

 

 

I don’t book my appointments too close together so that you can take your time making any decisions that you might need to make, about the designs, choosing any colours to coordinate with your theme, and have a full brochure of font choices, wording ideas and gift poems too, not so many it confuses but enough different options to really help you personalise your invites and stationery so they suit your personality (there’s none of that fill the blanks stuff when you book with me!)

I don’t ‘do’ the hard sell

(I’m no good at it!) but I tend to find the couples that choose to go ahead and book do so because they love my work and feel comfortable and confident in me and my way of working. I talk you through the booking process at the appointment so you know how and when things will need to happen – and you receive a printed version of this later on once the booking Is confirmed too. I like to make it as easy as possible for you because there’s already so much to think about for your wedding!

 

The main reason for our appointment

Is to get as much information together as possible about what you want for your stationery, I will get the ‘nitty gritty’ detail down, such as names, venue, times and dates for your wedding so that when it comes to creating a sample invite – which costs £5 if you would like one – it looks and feels as close as possible to your finished invites and we can tell from this if the chosen colours and embellishments (if relevant) will work with everything else you are having for your big day. None of this is set in stone, but its so helpful to have a design in front of you with your own names (and makes it feel sooo real too!) so we can make decisions about it moving forward to getting your invites booked in.

 

I do find that by the end of the appointment my couples already have a pretty good idea whether they will be wanting to book with me once the sample has been completed (and some just pay their deposit there and then!) so its important for you too as I want you to know that I am the right person to trust with this very important job.

 

 

Now that you’ve found out a bit more, if you’d like to book your own tea room consultation (no obligation) why not pop me an email and find out what availability there is or to ask me any questions you may have about it. I am all about making this easier for you and I don’t bite – in fact I would love to hear from you and find out more about your wedding.

 

 

I can’t wait to hear from you,

 

Much Love,

Blog Series – Let’s talk about Daytime Stationery. Part 2

Blog Series – Let’s talk about Daytime Stationery. Part 2

If you want to know more about planning the stationery for your Wedding Day then look no further!

I am here to guide you through the various items needed for your Wedding Stationery on the big day.

Welcome to the 2nd in my mini series.

In the 1st post, I talked about why it can make such a difference having all your stationery made to match throughout your wedding planning – it really can make a big difference you know.

Here is the first instalment which will help you understand how important your wedding stationery is in capturing your guests imagination on the big day.

So what are all the different elements of daytime stationery? (let’s call it that, as some of them wont be used anywhere near the table!)

 

Here is a breakdown of some of the first few things you might need – more to follow soon!

 

Welcome signs:

Sometimes, it’s not all that clear upon arrival at the venue where your guests are meant to be going, depending on the type of venue of course – so why not have a lovely personalised sign pointing them in the right direction? I have seen many different styles of these over the years and I can easily make something that co-ordinates with your other stationery – depending of course on the style of your venue. There may also already be something arranged by the venue if it is something they consider your guests to need a little assistance with for whatever reason, perhaps there are additional rooms at the venue and a little guidance is needed.

Order of the Day:

These might be found on an easel or similar as your guests enter the venue, laid out clearly for all to see, it guides your eager guests to know what to expect, and when – what time can they expect a welcome drink, or the speeches to start for example? When should they be poised with their cameras at the ready to photograph your first dance? All of this information can be incredibly useful for those guests who are keen to find their space at the wedding breakfast table (or perhaps have small people to keep amused for the duration). These look lovely if you have them done to coordinate with your seating plan at either side of the wedding breakfast room as guests enter – or perhaps outside of it so they can read it while they’re waiting. Its also a nice idea to have something on your tables using the gorgeous 3 sided cards I have available, to give your guests all the info they need as they are sitting down listening to the speeches.

 

Table/Seating Plan

Ohhh, now here’s one of ‘those’ subjects. (You know, the ones that are likely to keep you awake at night!)

Are Table and Seating plans the same thing? Yes, it is just a different name.

If you want to be clear where each of your guests are sitting, which table, who they are next to, I would (and I usually do) call it a seating plan. This can be one of the particularly stressful areas of wedding planning, as if you really want your guests to mingle, or perhaps know some of them would prefer to be on a quieter table, you will probably have spent hours trying to figure this out. Read here for a few ways you can keep this simple. As this is probably the case, you don’t want all that work to be wasted when your guests arrive at the venue and battle to sit with their best friend because otherwise they won’t know anyone!

These look really beautiful when professionally done – carefully created to match your theme, all the guest names carefully spell checked and printed underneath the appropriate table name or number. It all helps everything to flow so perfectly on your special day, because who wants the guests trying to find a quick 5 minutes to check with you who they’ve been sat next to?

 

 

It can also help immensely if your guests have carefully chosen what they would like to eat on the day, nothing worse than pickled people as they all try to remember what main course they wanted 3 months ago when the invite came through.

 

***Top Tip***

I have seen this done so often, please save yourself a little time by not thinking you need to know who is sitting where when you plan out your invitation list. There may well be a proportion of your guests that aren’t able to make it, and you will have spent hours poring over these ideas only to have to rearrange everything again. You don’t have to know everything from day one of your wedding planning, you really don’t!

 

Table Name or Number Cards

 

These are essential if you have already gone to the trouble of carefully seating your guests on the seating plan.

It will make it much easier for them to find their way to the corresponding table (these can be named or numbered, depending on what you have decided, but here are some helpful suggestions if you need them).

So imagine you have 6 tables and the top table – you might not think its necessary to point out which is the top table, and that’s absolutely fine, but if you did want everything to fully coordinate then its another way you can just perfectly finish it off. For the remaining guest tables you will have decided which one is number 1, and may have a list of between 7 and maybe up to 12 guests sat there, when they see they are named on table 1, a prominently placed card on the actual table will help them find their way quickly and easily.

This may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many times I have this conversation at wedding fayres so I thought it would be helpful to write a little more about what exactly they are. It’s also worth noting at this point that you have choices as to whether they are done on a freestanding card which can sit just nicely in among beautiful centrepieces you will have carefully thought out, or you may prefer to have a single sided one that sits in a little holder and raises it proudly above everything to help them stand out a bit more. It can depend a lot on what is going on with the rest of your table, you don’t want it looking too ‘busy’ either.

Gosh. I have surprised myself with how much there actually is to say on this subject – there are still lots more items to talk about so I will continue it in the next couple of posts rather than overwhelm you with all the information at once. Does that sound like a good plan?

 

 

You can always contact me using the pretty sparkly box above if you need me in the meantime.

I will leave you to think a little more about how this could work with your dream wedding table layout –  I might even be able to put you in touch with someone who can help with the décor if that is still in the planning!

I do have a brand new freebie in the making right at this moment so by the time I have written the next post – you will be able to get your hands on it with any luck! But just for now, if you haven’t already got your hands on the fab FREE wedding stationery checklist, pop your details over to me by clicking on the pretty picture beneath, and I will be right in touch with it for you.


I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Super sparkly love,

Blog Series – Let’s talk about Daytime Stationery. Part 1

Blog Series – Let’s talk about Daytime Stationery. Part 1

Are you sitting comfortably?

I have a lot to say on this subject, but first of all, let’s be clear what exactly I am talking about.

What IS Daytime Stationery, and do you need it for your wedding?

Throughout your planning you’ve probably heard various jargon used for the items on your must have essential list (by the way, you can download a fab free wedding stationery checklist below to help you along the way) but what are all these different things and do you actually need them for your wedding?

Click here for your free wedding  stationery checklist

Having beautifully hand finished stationery to really set the scene can make all the difference

in a warm welcome for your guests as they arrive at the venue. The personal touches like seeing their names on the carefully arranged seating plan (see post here for how to make that a bit less painful!) as they are welcomed into the wedding breakfast room, to a beautifully coordinated matching place name at their designated seats all helps the day run smoother and wows them just a little bit more.

Diamante,pastel pink,sparkle place cards

Captivate Place cards in Pastel Pink

Helpful tip:

If you have any kind of package with your venue its worth checking what exactly you get with that.

As an example, I often have conversations with couples who seem convinced they have a wedding planner to take care of everything on the big day, leaving you to enjoy the moment without a worry in the world, but what they actually have is a wedding co-ordinator, their point of contact at the venue to help things run smoother on the day (not someone to liaise with every supplier about every tiny detail, there is a world of difference).

How is this relevant? Well, if you have the kind of package that includes a ‘table plan’ then you’re sorted, right? I would definitely check exactly what you receive if this is the case, as it may well just be a sheet of card printed up with where each table is, and a simple list of your guest names.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it does a job, but if you are looking to wow your guests then having something that really captures their imagination, matches the beautiful invites they were talking about from the start, then it will be important to get this right.
Similarly you will be looking for table cards that match up to this exactly, to allow everything to flow.

I am not telling you that you absolutely must have all this stuff, but if these things are important to you, then you should definitely consider your options carefully!

 

pastel pink,rhinestone,sparkle

Captivate daytime stationery in Pastel Pink

 

And once you have gone to all the trouble of setting out your guest names carefully it will make sense to provide them each with a personalised place card to guide the way. You can add so much detail to these if you really want to, there will be much more to follow on this subject in the coming weeks so be sure to bookmark the pages and pop back soon.

You can add to this your Orders of Service for the church, Signage for the venue, Menu cards, personalisation of small token goody bags to keep the younger guests amused, guest books and matching post boxes too. Its all possible and you can have it all to match if that is what your heart desires.

 

Personalised goody bags for the younger guests.

Obviously this depends on your budget but

the more items you buy from one place the more of a harmonious feel it will have on the day

(there’s nothing worse than several different shades of lilac when you asked for Cadbury purple!)

Luxury Framed Seating Plans

 

I have barely touched on what all the options are with these items but that’s why I have decided on a series of blog posts which will all follow on from this one in the coming weeks, to expand a bit more on what exactly you can use each of the different items for and to hopefully help you figure out if you actually need them! Of course you are always more than welcome to drop me a line if you need to discuss it in a bit more detail, I am here to help so if you really can’t wait then get in touch.

 

I will be back next week  to give you a bit more food for thought, talking of which its a bit chilly here so I’m off to make something heart-warming for dinner. Mmmm yummy!

Toodle pip xx

 

Just in case you didn’t get it the first time.. here’s that checklist again!

I’ve fallen in love, just like you! Isn’t it a wonderful feeling?

I’ve fallen in love, just like you! Isn’t it a wonderful feeling?

I’ve been in a total daze for the last few weeks I don’t mind telling you!

 

My sparkly world has completely changed recently and I just thought I would take a moment to spread the love.

Working in the wonderful world of weddings is a funny place at times, for a long time now I’ve been so completely in awe of my lovely couples – just like you. I think it’s so wonderful how you have found someone you are so completely sure about, that you want to share everything in your life with and be happy with, forever.

But at the same time I have struggled a little to grasp – truly grasp – just what love is! There are lots of reason for this but it’s mainly because I don’t think I have every truly been in love myself. Until now, that is.


Of course I’ve been in relationships, but honestly and truthfully I was never totally in love with those people, not that butterfly feeling you can’t shake, the heady high feeling that feels as though it should be illegal. Now – I get it. Like completely and absolutely. I have found my soulmate and he has found me. I have honestly never known a feeling like it.

I have heard of love at first sight. I have read about those beautiful, perfect romances which completely sweep you off your feet and take you to places you can only ever dream about.

I simply adore this quote from Wuthering Heights – it says it all.

(feel free to pinch for your wedding if you love it as much as I do!)

Finally I am experiencing it, for myself. I can’t really tell you what an amazing thing this is with my XX (oh, ok, 42) years on the planet having somehow lost the belief that true love was meant for me too, as well as all the lovely couples I work with.

I hope you don’t mind me sharing this special bit of my journey with you – I am usually all about hints and tips but right now – I’m in a spin!

And it has really helped me to be in the excited moments with you just that little bit more – I’m quite an excitable girl anyway (you may have noticed!) but now I can really feel the love in the room and I had to just say it out loud!!!!!

Here we are…. me and my soulmate, Bruce.

In the coming weeks you will see more activity from me in my mailshots, blog posts and various other social media as I begin preparations for upcoming wedding fayres and events as well my usual daily bits and bobs.

I’d love to hear from you on the facebook page posts if you see anything that grabs your attention but for now I will LOVE YOU and leave you 😊

I hope you enjoy the rest of this lovely blue sky I can see (ohh, Mr Blue Sky is one of my favourite songs,ever! Always makes me smile)

And I will be back again in my usually sparkly style very soon

xxxx

How can you save money on your Wedding Stationery?

How can you save money on your Wedding Stationery?

If you are careful with your planning and spending and you are strict with your budgets it is possible to stick to them.

I will be honest though, what I see so often is that towards the later stage of planning, couples realise they have either overspent or run out of Wedding fund completely and as a result often have to cut back on their spending for the final few details that could so beautifully finish the job. I’ve been told by venues they can see the difference when the stationery comes from a professional source (such as myself) or when the couples tried to save money on this very important feature of the venue decor.

Don’t get me wrong, I think doing your own wedding stationery can really bring a personal touch to the day, I did it myself (and when I think back to what my place cards were actually made from…well I won’t be advising anyone to try it!)

But if you are going for an all out elegant style wedding the attention to detail (the finer details in particular) is so so important.

 

 

If you’re all for having it made here’s a few ways you can save money.

 

Invites

If you want to have them made, have you thought about not having all the details printed in them? A nice pretty outer section without the personalisation perhaps, with spaces left free inside to add the important details later. This might not save loads of money but could also speed up the process of having them made.

This isn’t something I offer but I am sure many wedding stationers would give you the chance to write your own details inside (just names, dates, guest details etc) which would save them a significant amount of time in the preparation/checking off and could save you money as well.

 

Order of Service

While its all very lovely having all your wedding stationery matching, the idea of a beautiful Order of Service carefully handcrafted and personalised with your details and wedding date is possibly one of the nicest keepsakes from your big day. This does of course only apply if you have your wedding in a church.


These too can work out quite costly if you have the fully decorated version so have a word with either your church who may well be able to offer a simple printed booklet at a lower cost or your wedding stationer who also might be able to assist – especially if you wanted it to match the fonts, colours and style of your other stationery.

You will typically need the same number of these as you had wedding invites, unless your evening guests have also been welcomed to join you in church (but without the offer of the sit down meal in between!) – I have seen this done and it’s a nice way to bring everyone together.

 

Escort cards

A fairly recent introduction, instead of a fixed table plan, you can just have nice card printed off per table with the table name and then each of the guest place names for that table underneath.

Your guests can then choose who on that table they would prefer to sit next to – saving all the time and trouble of stressing over THE SEATING PLAN down to that painful finer detail and also saving yourselves on the cost of having one made. Double win!

Table cards


There are various ways you can save the time and trouble of all of the above – lovely 3 sided table cards which give all the info about your day.

On one side the table name or number, the 2nd side could have your menu and then on the 3rd to really give your guests a helping hand give your guests a full run down of what to expect and when (Order of the Day).

If going into that kind of detail really doesn’t appeal why not give them a gentle reminder as to the names of the guests seated at this table (and perhaps yet again do away with place cards too).

Or some of my couples choose to have the table number repeated on a second side just to save any confusion.

 

Seating/Table Plans

As listed/detailed above there are a couple of different ways you can avoid having to have a table plan. They can work out costly, anything from around £50 – £150 for a luxurious one that does the job well.

You could do your own on a board,available from your local craft store – but honestly, on more than one occasion in my time dressing venues I have seen diy ones that have been altered as the guest list changed – it doesn’t look nice!

Where you can, if making your own, don’t do it too far in advance.

The last week is really the best time for ‘putting it down’ although you can have a provisionally drafted version ready to go on the pc, just save over with any alterations needed and check when is the latest date you can send it to your wedding stationer.

Twice in recent weeks I have seen significant alterations when guest’s couples have broken up and made the seating arrangements difficult (although I’m sure the least of their concerns at the time) and as a wedding stationer I do prefer to leave the completion of the seating plan until the final week.

 

Gift cards/Money

You could save money on having a post box for safely receiving any monetary gifts by repurposing an old suitcase (nice for a shabby chic styled wedding) or getting a nice looking gift box and simply adding aa message on the outside.
It does look so much nicer when everything matches though!

 

Do It Yourself

You could of course make your own – I will be covering this in another blog post coming soon, as there is a whole world of ideas out there. Just be realistic as you enter into planning this that it may not be as cost effective as you think. And can be quite frustrating too!

 

However you decide to try and save some of your wedding budget

Take your time making those decisions! The whole process of planning a wedding creates one of the prettiest most memorable pictures that will be in your minds eye forever. Don’t cut corners where it might matter the most. There are of course plenty of ways you can save in other areas of your wedding planning but take your time with each and every decision, you’ll be so glad you did.

I’m off now to enjoy some of this beautiful sunshine (isn’t it glorious!!!).

Toodle pip

Let’s talk about packages

Let’s talk about packages

During the makeover process, I found that I started to think more and more about the idea of offering packages of stationery through the website.

 

I never found they worked particularly well in the past, but I have changed a lot of things about my business since then – for the better – and now am much more focused on making things easier for you – my lovely couples.

It can get really overwhelming when we sit down to talk about your wedding stationery.

I often have many questions to ask and there are plenty that you won’t know the answers to. So once we have spent the time customising the numbers for your wedding invitations – as these can vary soooo widely, and then simply add a package on top for your daytime stationery, it seems like it might just work!

When we sit down to go over all the details at my lovely local tea room to talk about your wedding stationery

(ooohhh, it really is rather lovely in there!)

It’s quite possible at this point you haven’t thought right the way through to what is happening on your guest tables just yet.

But I can easily tell you what will work well based on the information you have given me for your invitations.

It can vary depending on whether or not you have chosen a set menu, maybe you are having a glorious buffet or perhaps you have decided to let your guests choose their own menus from a selection.

There are many ways we can make this work my lovely, so don’t fret.

What I’m hoping to do is make this whole process much easier for you by guiding you with the most obvious choices for essential daytime stationery, and then you can add any other items on as you need.*

 

As a rough guide, when you get married in the lovely venues I often do wedding stationery for – like The Nottinghamshire, Shottle Hall, Swancar Farm, The Old Vicarage Boutique to name but a few, you will be having a sit down meal of some sort, and for this a seating plan is often the best way to avoid chaos.

 

Once you have a seating plan in place, you will more than likely need table name or number cards to go with it (need some inspiration for ideas? look no further), pointing your guests in the right direction for their table, and if you have gone to all the trouble to decide who sits next to who, it makes perfect sense to have the matching place cards with their names on – these can be personalised further with their individual menu choices if you wish.

 

So by creating a nice neat little add-on package of these beautiful things, we can create a picture perfect scene just for you, to continue your gorgeous theme right the way through from your wedding invitations to the big day itself. Your guests will be truly delighted to find that you have gone to all the trouble of matching your stationery perfectly, and when you walk into the room after tying the knot, you will feel the sparkly warmth of knowing that it is exactly as you pictured it.

 

 

I’m too excited to show you all the designs available to create this perfect vision, so let’s take a look!

 

And in case you’re wondering how much this is all going to cost – here is all the information you need about prices and packages too!

 

Of course if you have any questions at all about this, I’d LOVE to hear from you – add your comments below or click on my pic to pop me an email. Either way I look forward to hearing from you very soon!

 

With love and sparkles,

*You can also pay for your stationery in instalments, to make it even easier!