Before you book your wedding stationer…

Before you book your wedding stationer…

The planning!
Planning a wedding is a BIG thing! It’s like a project in it’s own right, but as such the thinking behind planning your wedding stationery should also be treated the same.
Why?

There are lots of important details you need to be clear on before you can really be clear on how your wedding stationery fits in. The thing about your wedding stationery is that it sets the scene. It really does begin to tell the story of your special day, it’s the first and last clue your guests will have about the journey the two of you have taken together, from sending Save the Date cards to Thank you cards when the big day has passed.

I’ve met so many brides over the years who’ve sent save the dates ordered from one of those internet printing places (you know the ones) before they’ve even looked at wedding dresses, it’s something that’s often done as soon as the venue is confirmed.
There’s nothing wrong in this at all, there’s no right or wrong when planning your wedding, but it can be such a missed opportunity.  By just waiting a couple of weeks in the really excited period of your wedding planning you can create such a pretty picture in the storytelling and really wow your guests from day 1. You might have started a pinterest board where you can see everything else taking shape and then realise those bargain postcards just don’t fit in with the theme at all.

Having said that what a lovely unexpected surprise for your guests to then be presented with beautiful handcrafted loveliness inviting them to your special day a few months later – it truly does depend how much the ‘whole’ picture matters to you. Does it all need to be just so?

So before you stock up on stamps and update your address spreadsheet have a think about your theme. Have a think about the ‘feel’ of your big day and what you want guests to remember it for. Do you want it to feel a bit ‘thrown together’ or do you want it to be seamless? Every little detail you take the time over is what will leave a lasting memory, for them but also more significantly for you.

‘There is no Should’

You can make this a picture perfect memory from whatever point feels right to you. Don’t rush into sending Save the Dates just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.
Here’s a few things to consider before you begin planning your wedding stationery.
1.  Guest list – are there any restrictions on this ie venue or budget?
2.  VIP guests – make sure you consider grandparents, godparents or anyone extra special in your life.
3.  Dates – when do you need to to send them, when do you wish to receive your RSVPs by?
4.  Timings – are you allowing enough time to have them made?
5.  Wedding details – are both venues confirmed?
6.  Themes – there is a world of choice out there!
7.  Colours – your colours are not your theme, they can be different but still related in some way.
8.  Evening numbers – remember you only need to count your daytime guests once!
9.  Cost to send by post (are they bulky or especially large?)
10.  Your budget – an important one to consider for every aspect of your wedding planning.
11.  The reliability/ reputation of the supplier – have you found them by recommendation or by chance?
12.  Have you got a clear idea what wedding stationery items you need? if you sign up here to receive my newsletters I can send you a FREE wedding stationery checklist!
13.  Can they provide you with bespoke design if that’s what you want? And will this cost extra?
14.  Do you need to make time for an appointment or can it be done via email instead?
15.  Are you ordering from a real person or a website? Consider if its not a nearby supplier that there may be extra costs for them to be sent to you before you can post them out, and the extra time needed for this.
16.  Have you seen their work or any samples or are samples available?

Once you have all of these answered and if you have already found a supplier then move on to the next stage of booking an appointment or ordering a sample. You should always ALWAYS make sure to see a sample of their work no matter how pretty the pictures look, if time is of the essence then see if you can get to a wedding fayre where they are showing their work or something like that, and set your mind at rest. I can’t stress this enough having met so many brides over the years who were really disappointed once they had received samples from individuals whose work just wasn’t of the standard expected. Make sure there is going to be enough time to get everything done as is needed.

I’ve got so many hints and tips to share with you so I won’t keep waffling on for now but I hope this has helped and perhaps given you something to think about that you might not otherwise have thought of.
I’m always here if you have any questions about planning or booking your wedding stationery – I’m just at the end of an email address and available for a cuppa and a chat if that is what you would prefer.
What lovelier way is there to begin organising for the biggest day of your life?

I look forward to hearing from you if you need to know any more,

Much love,
Jacqui xx

My luxury brand and matching website is one year old!

My luxury brand and matching website is one year old!

It seems impossible to believe that one year ago this week I relaunched my little business as a luxury brand.

It was such an exciting time, and I felt ready to change how the world saw me and my biz. I changed how I had appointments with couples, to be able to treat them to a nice cuppa and cake in a local tea room.

 

It has been an amazing year for Fuchsia Fairy, both personally and professionally and now that I have seen more of the kind of weddings I LOVE to work on, I am even more excited to see many new couples in the coming months too.

I am very relaxed in how I approach couples at wedding fayres, none of that hard sell stuff. I know that when people are drawn to see me at my stand its because they love my work, not the amount of money they might be able to save. This means that the couples are truly happy about booking with me when the time comes, because they have more confidence in me and my products rather than temporarily being happy about perhaps having saved a few quid.

Couples people really can tell that I care about my work for a start.

I am not one of those companies who posts ‘just look how many orders are going out this week’ what seems like every 5 minutes.

Is it a bad thing that I don’t appear to be mad busy all the time?

I wouldn’t say so.

I have always valued good customer service in making my own purchases

and there really is nothing much bigger than paying for your wedding (except maybe buying a house but that’s something else entirely!) because you can invest so much of yourself in it. So I know that brides who value that service are going to be the kind of people I want to work with.

 

I love that I have the kind of business that means my own time is valued

 

I’ve had so many lovely emails from brides in recent months who are genuinely just as interested in having a bit of a chat as they are about getting their stationery sorted out – sometimes we forget it’s a supplier/customer type of relationship and chat as if we have known each other for years.

I think I’m very lucky to be able to offer that, as well as impeccable attention to detail, which is a must for me.

“Someone said it was the nicest invitation she’d ever received”

If you’re looking for someone who is able to offer that level of service, then why not get in touch?

 

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!

How long is a piece of string Jacqui?

How long is a piece of string Jacqui?

A question I am always asked, but can never give a straight answer to.

Of course, I am not talking about string here.

What is the question I am asked the most at a wedding fayre?
It sounds so simple – how long does it take to make my invitations?
I honestly can not give a straightforward answer to this, do you know why?
There are sooo many factors involved, and it isn’t just about how long it takes to physically make the invitations, either (which is ALL done by me by the way).

I dedicate time to each of my couples when they book me

Every single one of my couples has a space allocated in my diary to allow enough time and care to be taken over their designs and orders.
One reason I cannot give a clear answer is because I need to know firstly when you will be looking to send your invites. Have a look at this post 
here to find out just how important your invites are!
There are 2 very important reasons why I need to know this: the 1st one is because as my diary books up there is not always much time to play with – and with summer being a popular time for couples getting married many want to send them around the same time! The 2nd one is because the couples who are already booked in will always take priority as they have been waiting patiently, perhaps for months sometimes for a year or more to see their beautiful invitations brought to life and as such are first in line, so to speak.

But isn’t it just printing & sticking pretty stuff on a card?

I’m tempted at this point to say ‘I wish’ but that would honestly not be the truth. I LOVE creating such miniature works of art when I get to work making invitations and other items of stationery. Even then, that is not ‘all’ that is involved. There is the time taken with couples to make sure that what they are requesting is exactly right for their big day. The time afterwards to prepare a quote and keep in contact with them about the creation of their invite sample. Not forgetting all of the other administrative work and preparation of the proofs for every single stage of the booking, this can take a couple of hours on its own sometimes. So it really is a labour of love.

Are you looking for a creation like no other, with intricate detail in the design?

I hope it goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) these designs are not quickly thrown together – so the style of design can greatly affect the amount of time needed to create it. With some of my designs less is definitely more, but with the finer handcrafted creations I have to clear my diary so I can fully focus on getting them exactly right – down to measuring each and every piece of ribbon used in the design!

 

I don’t work forwards from now, I work backwards!
By chatting to you in depth about your big day and getting a better idea when you need your invites ready to send, we can work out from that how long we have and where there is space in the diary to fit you in!

Don’t let this put you off asking!

I would hope that after reading this you have a clearer idea why sometimes there isn’t a straight answer to this question. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from asking me and I will give you an approximate idea based on the information discussed above, I am very approachable (I don’t bite!) and always happy to answer questions if you have any.
I would love you to ask any questions at the bottom of this post and see how we can work together on your special day.
Must go, sticking and gluing of pretty sparklies to do!
Love,
Jacqui xx