Charlotte Balbier
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stylish stationery: project pretty

September 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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As the first glimpse guests receive of a wedding, the stationery is certainly an important element to consider. Not only does the save the date and invite set the scene for the style of the celebration to come, but they’re also informative in telling guests the when, where and what details.

The on the day stationery that follows is important too, again helping to reflect the theme and colour scheme of the day but also directing guests through the service and reception.

It therefore makes sense to take time when choosing your stationery to ensure the design and wording are exactly as you wish.

To help give some helpful pointers on where to look for inspiration and the key elements to take into account, we’re chatting to our fabulous Sponsor and talented stationers Kerry and Becky of Project Pretty.

With beautiful florals, bold botanical prints, romantic watercolours and sophisticated monochrome designs making up part of their collection, this talented duo really do offer something for all. And if you like what you see, now’s the time to act as the lovely Kerry and Becky are offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 20% discount until the end of November 2017. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter BUN20 at checkout on the Project Pretty website.

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When picking invitations and stationery, what elements of the wedding would you advise couples to think about?

project pretty say: The first place to start, would be to think about what kind of wedding you want to have. Is it going to be a casual and relaxed affair, modern or traditional? From here, take inspiration from your chosen venue and the florals you intend to decorate your venue with. For example, if you are opting for a traditional church wedding, followed by formal reception, we would recommend a traditional but luxurious style wedding invitation, perhaps with a special print finish, such as gold foil. Finally, adding personal touches from your lives together will tie everything in beautifully.

In your opinion, is it imperative that the invites match the rest of the wedding stationery?

It’s not imperative that the invitations match the rest of the wedding stationery, but we would recommend that all ‘on the day’ stationery matches so everything is consistent for guests on the day.

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A lot of couples stress over the wording of the invite, can you offer any pointers?

Deciding on your wedding invitation wording can be challenging. There are two main factors when writing the invite. Who is hosting the wedding, and what kind of wedding day are you planning. Is it going to be traditional/formal or relaxed and casual? We have some helpful examples on our website to make the tricky task a little easier.

Beyond the invites what other stationery would you advise couples to consider?

A table plan and place cards are a must if you are having a sit-down meal, otherwise the room will descend into chaos once the guests make their way into the dining room! One of the other important pieces of stationery are thankyou cards, so you can thank your guests for their presence and gifts on your wedding day.

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In your opinion, how does stationery play a special role in a wedding?

Stationery is such an important part of a wedding. From the initial save the date, or invitation, guests can gauge what the wedding will be like and it certainly builds the excitement for the big day. There’s nothing better than receiving a beautifully designed and high-quality invitation through the post – the quality and attention to detail of the stationery says a lot about what the guests can expect from the big day. On the day, stationery is everywhere, with table plans and place cards guiding guests where to sit, menus to let your guests know what food they’ll be enjoying and even where the flip flops are for those tired feet. The little details can make a big difference.

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What are the current trends in wedding stationery and can you predict any hot new stationery trends to look out for in the coming year?

Foiled wedding stationery has been very popular this year, along with watercolour washes and florals mixed with modern calligraphy. We’re predicting that foil will continue to be popular along with marbling, monochrome and dark rich and moody colours.

Are there any designs proving particularly popular in your collection at the moment?

Our Kate and Romance wedding invitations are our most popular designs, but we’re also starting to see a lot of interest in our watercolour floral Juliette design, which was launched earlier this year.

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What advice would you give to couples when picking the right supplier to provide their stationery?

Budget obviously plays a large part when choosing stationery and prices can range vastly from supplier to supplier. Once you’ve discovered some designs that you like and are in budget, we would recommend that you request/purchase samples from each supplier so you can be sure of the quality of the finished items you’ll receive. If you have a particular colour in mind, it’s especially important to see a sample as colours can appear different on screen to the finished printed piece.

What would you recommend invite-wise for couples looking for something a little different?

Being experimental with the material used for your wedding invitations is a great way to do something different. For example, we have recently started printing some table plans designs on clear Perspex using white ink. This striking effect can also be used for invitations and other stationery.

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Any other exciting news to share?

We’re offering readers of Brides Up North a whopping 20% off their wedding stationery for a limited time. To take advantage of this offer, please enter BUN20 at the checkout on our website to receive your discount. Offer available until the end of November 2017.

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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