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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!).
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!
It’s so exciting I just HAD to share. If you are reading this on my blog, it has already happened!
In business, it’s important to keep things fresh. When the makeover began just after Christmas *Ta-Dah!* Do you like? (it hasn’t been visible to the human eye until this point, only fairies and their design team!) it wasn’t immediately obvious that a new logo would follow. I always LOVED my last logo (see below, just in case you had no idea what I was talking about), from about this time 3 years ago when I first found my niche in designing beautiful luxurious wedding stationery, I felt it really showed my personality to all those who saw and began to recognise it.
But once the latest fancifying project began, it became clear that it was time to look to a new logo, one that sang of all things sparkly and luxurious, but still with that feeling of ‘me’. So many thanks to the wonderful Wendy Walker from Ovy Design for this beautiful creation.
So… here it is! Do you like? I would love to hear what you think.
I am literally in love with everything about my gorgeous, newly made over biz and am so looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Now I have that feeling of ‘I have arrived’ (see FB video here) I will be so much happier sharing lots more loveliness with you as I go about my daily work.
I pride myself in good communication with my couples and keep them updated wherever possible – this can sometimes prove tricky as things get busier and (occasionally) life takes over but that is the reality of running a small business. I’m not afraid to be me and share occasionally the human aspects of life/running a business/raising a family as a single mum because there is the very reason behind everything I do. As you join me on this journey you will feel the super sparkly passion behind everything I do which is both very human and very real – and I can’t wait to take you on that journey!
Now that my beautiful website is out there for all in the wedding world to see (hint – you are on it right now!), I really truly must thank my wonderful Biz Coach the lovely Emma Etheridge for everything you have taught me and held my hand alongside to make this possible – thank you for your coaching, your incredible design skills and for all the love you have poured into my new online home. Huge fluffy thank you hug from me with sparkles on top.
For now, I shall leave you lovelies to find your way around. Take your time, grab a cuppa, have a read through my helpful blog posts here like this one about keeping your inner ‘Zilla’ at bay >>>READ HERE<<<
and then, if the fancy takes you, have a look at my designs too – you’ll be so glad you did!
I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new site, please do pop your comments in the link below if you have a minute or two to spare.
And super sparkly love from me,
(aka Glittery ball of wonderfulness, in the words of one of my brides)
How do you prioritise your invites and stationery on your all-important to-do list?
In recent weeks I have met with a lot of brides at various stages of planning their weddings. Many of you are at the very beginning, and this has got me thinking.
How do you decide when to organise your wedding stationery?
The truth is that its the one element of your day that sets the scene before any other!
Although it can be difficult to decide what to do first on your list, if you haven’t arranged this before the big important stuff, how is anyone meant to know anything about your special day?
Sending Save the Dates is a good idea if you are not getting married for 1, 2 or maybe even 3 years, but if you really want things to flow from start to finish, then you need to decide on a theme at the beginning.
You might be keen to send out Save the Dates just to buy yourself some time before deciding other important details and thats one way to begin – you could pick a neutral design that doesn’t give anything away (and won’t cause a problem if you change your mind about colours along the way, as can often happen!).
Here’s a quick guide on how to start planning your stationery:
- Pick something that is in keeping with you both as a couple – not just with your theme but something that represents you. Whether it be fun, quirky, elegant, not too fussy just make it something that your guests can relate to being all about you.
- Don’t cut corners! If you spend all your cash on a grand venue, stunning dress, and fancy cars leaving no money spare for your invites, sending out cheap looking or ‘fill in the blank’ cards will simply not set the scene for your guests. It doesn’t have to cost the earth but remember to leave enough in your budget.
- Once you have your venue booked check with them if any daytime stationery is included if you have chosen a package. They may even be able to recommend a stationer that will work with them to make everything flow on the day.
- It might be tempting to let Auntie Mabel have a go because she makes cards in her spare time, but unless you are confident that it is going to work and look good enough for your very special day, find a way to let her down gently. There’s sure to be something else she can help with if she’s creative. Home made is not the same as hand crafted!
- Fancy making them yourself? It can sound like a tempting option, and you might just be able to get away with it but the most important thing here is to make sure you use a reputable supplier. There’s nothing worse than gettng halfway through making invites only to find out the length of lace you bought was an end of reel and you haven’t got enough to finish the job!
- Please make sure you view samples of work before you decide to book. I’ve seen some shocking samples recently and on more than one occasion had to come to the rescue when things didn’t work out.
‘Good work ain’t cheap…. Cheap work ain’t good!’
Well that’s all from me for today, those naughty little elves have been sprinkling the wrong fairy dust and I haven’t stopped sneezing for 2 days so I’m off for a honey and lemon drink.
Whatever you do with your planning, make sure you relax and enjoy it 🙂
It’s all go here at Fuchsia HQ at the moment, so this is more of an update post to show you some of what I have been up to!
I’m working on some lovely new ways of displaying swatches, both for wedding stationery consultations and to show on my website, to make it easier to share with you what is available to really personalise your design choices.
Just look at the gorgeous colours available for some of my designs in the embossed pebble paper.
For ages now I’ve been dreaming about having some pics taken of me ‘in action’ so you can see how hard I work (when I’m not just enjoying looking at sparkly things!) and last week finally got together with Ian from Ian Dearman Media for this very reason. We spent a long while organising some of my favourite designs and the materials used in them and while I worked on creating some beautiful designs he took some fabulous pics which I will be sharing in the coming weeks.
Here are a couple I just LOVE. Aren’t they great?
I’m also giving my website a makeover (in between orders of fabulous wedding invites) so will have more news on that very soon, it’s all very exciting so thought I would pop this here so you know I’m still on the planet and haven’t disappeared off to la la land…..
Oh, talking of which, have you SEEN the film? I finally went with Amanda from Opulence Bridals on Saturday – it’s FABulous! Can’t beat a bit of singing and dancing 🙂
Must go, pretties to create,