For a while now I’ve been pondering how I can keep my timeless wedding stationery offerings current while still staying true to my style of work.
I do find it difficult because my favourite designs are so simple and elegant, but nobody just wants to keep seeing the same stuff, do they?
I have access to a wide range of laser cut invitation designs, pre cut with varying options of colours and finishes. They are absolutely beautiful, but rather than offer every single design in the range I am going to slowly introduce a few at a time.
Such as this one, aptly entitled ‘Winter Wonderland’.
To start with, I’ve decided to adapt some of the ones already available on my site, while adding to with another couple of truly stunning designs. They are readily available in the on-trend colours of pinks, greys and neutrals as well as super sparkly options and I will be adding my own twist to them as well (of course).
Since I began making cards what seems like many moons ago, I never liked the idea of everything being copied so I never made any 2 cards the same (apart from when I made my own Christmas cards to send, I still do that but they are getting simpler as time goes by) which is why I always like to offer my own personal ‘tweak’ to the designs that come from the manufacturer.
I will be looking to add something a bit more ‘wow’ to designs such as this one, Pretty Petal
I will also be adding in various options for how we can incorporate these into other elements of your stationery, such as evening invites or daytime stationery so stay tuned for that. Ohhh, while I think of it, have you seen my blogs on Daytime stationery? I wrote a whole series just talking about the various elements of daytime wedding stationery – check out number 1 here.
Ian & Leanne’s post box was styled using elements from the invitation mentioned above.
I can’t wait to show you some of these and would love to know what your thoughts are, pop me a comment at the bottom of this blog, that would be wonderful.
I will be back soon with an update,
In true stationery addict style
(that’s me!) , the gorgeous books I create are offered with crisp clean pages all ready for your guests to sign their names and perhaps leave a wedding day wish for you both on your special day.
After your wedding day is done, you may find amusing anecdotes and all manner of things inside these – but it all adds to recreating the atmosphere from your wedding day in years to come. Always decorated to fully coordinate with your other items it just sets the gift table off nicely and again can be a fab way to keep your guests occupied as you slip away for a few photos, or in between courses at the table (watch out for the soup starter getting spilled on it though!)
There are LOADS of other options for these now if you don’t want the more traditional style of stationery.
You can have a ‘drop-box’ style, which is left to fill up tokens of some sort written with your guests messages and builds a gorgeous picture of the lovely people you shared your day with. You could have a ‘wishing tree’ where lovely messages are hung on it for you to read later, ohh I could go on and on but I am sure if you are keen on pinterest at all you will have seen lots of ideas for these too.
Just remember you are more than welcome to drop me a line if you have any questions about this and so much more.
Before I disappear let me tell you a little about Wedding Post boxes.
I like to use real life examples where possible, so here is one for you. At a family wedding some years ago, the majority of the guests were family. The couple received some amazing monetary gifts, it really was quite astounding. 2 years later, the bride’s sister married and had her reception at the same venue, a similar group of family members attended but she was very shocked not to have received anything at all from one relative in particular, knowing how generous they had been with her sister. It later came to light that they had in fact been gifted with something similar but unfortunately it went missing at the wedding reception.
If you don’t want something like this happening then you need somewhere safe for your guests to place their cards while you party the night away! This can be done inexpensively with a beautifully coordinated decorated and personalised post box available in different styles which would sit beautifully on the gift table on near the cake table is also a good spot for it. Why not pop your guest book right next to it?
When you have spent so much time planning your wedding (I find many of my couples spend at least 18-24 months and many of them even longer) it can be something you imagine for so long that you really want that moment to feel just perfect. As you enter the wedding breakfast room and see the room you have dreamed about taking shape perfectly, a real ‘ta-dah’ moment, you will be so pleased you made the choices that you did and knowing it all coordinates just perfectly without you having to get ‘too’ involved take away some of that stress. I love helping my couples with this piece of their puzzle so why not get in touch and see if I can help your daytime stationery dreams come true?
I have absolutely loved writing this series
to help you understand a little more about the different stationery options available for your wedding, it has also given me a lot of exciting ideas for my own wedding in November 2020. (As I wrote this last post a magical idea popped into my head for our guest book so I quickly scribbled it down before I forgot!)
Check out the epic blog post about wedding stationery packages – click here to understand more about why they can be such a time saver when planning your wedding, not to mention completely co-ordinating everything from day one of your planning!
In the coming weeks I will be sharing more about the other packages available as they are released properly into the wedding world.
It’s all here to help you so make use of it – and remember to ask me any questions at all!
Just pop me an email.
I can’t wait to hear from you,
(also a blushing bride-to-be)
Stunning simple stationery packages to help you on your way.
For a long time now I have been keen to share the packages I’ve created to make your wedding planning a bit easier.
Those finishing touches are so important, and often the last minute details can be the most effective ones.
For this reason, I have started my wedding stationery package launch with the least likely one – the wedding breakfast stationery.
All too often I have met with brides who sent out gorgeous invites bought from another source, only to fall at the final hurdle. They haven’t thought to introduce elegant, beautiful stationery into their wedding breakfast room.
It’s the first thing your guests will see when they gather round to be wowed by that stunning ‘ta-dah’ moment, the carefully dressed reception room. You will have spent a long time picturing this scene, so let’s finish it perfectly with a luxurious framed table plan and matching stationery, shall we?
A look at the seating plan.
Beautifully handcrafted and made to order, using machine cut mounts perfect for your number of tables. Your chosen design, colours and fonts all carefully arranged to give the most beautiful hand finished, elegant style to your seating plan. Available with white or ivory double layer mounts (adds a luxurious depth to the finished piece) as standard.
Choose from ornate or more modern frames in keeping with your venue style.
These seating plans will helpfully guide your guests as they find their name on the plan and then see in the room the table you have chosen for them – causing minimal disruption to the beginning of your first meal as a newly married couple.
3 sided table cards – what are they?
A perfect solution when you want minimal fuss on your guest tables.
These low-key, freestanding table cards can include any detail you want.
Easily visible from any place on the table, use these to make it clear which table is which when you put the table number on name detail on one side.
Use the second side to highlight your set menu and make your guests’ mouth water at the very thought of your chosen delicacies.
For the third side you have so many options – repeat the table name, list your guest names as a helpful reminder for them or why not add a lovely quote that means something to you both.
Place name cards
These lovely tent-fold cards sit discreetly on the table at the place of every guest, so there is no doubt in their mind they have arrived at their place. There are lovely ways you can add extra personalised detail to these, such as your names and the wedding date if you wish, a nickname for them, or even their own personal menu choices if that is the route you have gone down.
Whichever option you choose, they will be individually handcrafted with the same attention to detail as the rest of your stationery, carefully matched embellishments and colours to tone in perfectly with the rest of your theme while still being practical and pretty.
This carefully thought out package provides everything you need for an elegant wedding breakfast. Every design in my portfolio is available in this package, which means you can completely co-ordinate all your stationery from the beginning of your wedding planning journey, safe in the knowledge that the quality and craftmanship is second to none.
This will save you tons of time hunting down matching stationery, freeing you up to enjoy last minute wedding prep and relax in the run up to your special day, ticking several gorgeous, matching items off your list at once.
I have created these packages inspired by the items booked on a regular basis by my couples – this particular package is perfect for ticking off those last minute items you either may not have thought of until now, or were waiting to see if there was enough left in your budget. Whichever way, it can just take the pressure off your last minute mad panic buying, knowing that the needs of your guests have been met, simply, beautifully and effectively.
Starting at items to allow for 50 guests at your wedding breakfast, and tiered gradually to allow for higher numbers, you can easily add in extra items if you need them. And don’t forget there’s always the option of matching invites and other daytime stationery if you still haven’t sorted those! Check out the packages page by clicking the image above for all the options available to you. Any questions at all, do please drop me a line,
How much table stationery is too much?
Let me help you decide what you actually need by talking you through each item individually.
Welcome to the 3rd in my mini series.
In the 1st post here, 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.
In the 2nd post here, I began to talk you through your table plan and the name or number cards you can have to make everything flow so much smoother, as well as a couple of other pretty bits that can help too.
Now we’re going to look at place cards – let’s see why they can make such a difference.
Place name cards
This one sounds simple but again there are a few options for these so I will talk you through it.
If you have a really clear idea in your head who is sitting next to who at your tables, as you may well have, (maybe you started sketching this out before your invites were even finished?) then you will want to make sure they all sit where you originally intended.
A beautiful coordinated place name card will just finish off the picture-perfect vision of your wedding breakfast tables.
It will be clear as crystal to your guests where they are supposed to sit, and look beautiful too.
But what do you have on them?
First or full names? And do you need any other details on them?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this, the choice really is yours – often it works well to have their full names on the seating plan and then just their first names (or sometimes nicknames are used) for the place card – it can look much less cluttered.
You can have a little extra detail under their name such as your names and the date if you want – and the design allows it (there’s not always a huge space to fit this on).
If you really need to, and to save hassle you can have personalised menu choices printed on the reverse or on the inside of the card ( I offer this option for an extra cost) – this can save a lot of stress on the day for both guest and venue.
The style I offer as standard is the is a freestanding one
(also known as tent-fold, like in this image here)
but you can get personalised name tags to wrap around cutlery, acrylic ones (available elsewhere) are all the rage at the moment as another idea, or you could have their names on favours (see later for more about those) or have it added onto individual menu cards (again, more details to follow) for a lovely personal touch.
I am open to looking at any solution that works with the rest of your table décor, the packages of stationery I have crafted work really well, especially the ‘Fabulous Favourites’ which gives you the best selling items in my collections as a nice, neat bundle. I will be writing about these in the coming weeks as each individual package is ready to launch. Exciting stuff!!!
For now I will love you and leave you, but don’t forget you can drop me a line any time to chat things through.
and Bruce xx
I am really excited to tell you about these wonderful stationery packages
I have spent a lot of time crafting brand new offerings for my wedding stationery packages and I just know you are going to love them!
Why is a wedding stationery package a better idea than ordering items individually?
There are soooo many different items available for your wedding stationery, it can all become a bit overwhelming – not to mention you may not even understand what half of them are or what purpose they serve.
I have written a lot of posts about the different elements of wedding stationery and I would love to share these with you first, to help you understand the purpose of these items.
Daytime stationery series number 1 – what is daytime stationery?
The seating plan
10 top tips when planning your wedding stationery
Do you need Save the dates?
What is a pocketfold?
Let’s take a look at Evening invitations
There is plenty for you to read there, so I suggest bookmarking this post so you can come back to it when you need to.
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.
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.
Book a nice neat package of these beautiful things, and 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.
There are 4 packages created with the picture perfect vision in mind. Here is a blog about
Which explains all about this stationery for a beautiful, elegant wedding breakfast.
To view the packages, click here
Get in touch now, I’d LOVE to hear from you – click on my pic below to pop me an email and find out more.
I have other packages also available and will be posting more about these very soon but to incorporate your beautiful designs from save the Dates through to thank you cards it really is the best way to plan for an all inclusive experience.
I look forward to hearing from you very soon! With love and sparkles,
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
Just a reminder, 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,