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written in the stars. supplier showcase: Calligraphy For Weddings

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I’m thrilled to hand these pretty pages over to a very talented lady, lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings (and English Wedding Blog fame).

She’s here to put pen to paper and make your wedding stationery and accessories super beautiful and gorgeously personal.  She’ll even write your love letters for you, how’s that for service?

Claire is kindly offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount from her Etsy Shop throughout October. Quote code LOVEBUN when you order! 

Let’s meet her…

Images supplied by Calligraphy For Weddings and as credited where relevant in our gallery.

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Introduce yourself and Calligraphy For Weddings?

I’m Claire, I’m thirty-something and I work full time as a calligrapher, specialising in weddings and gifts for anniversaries and special occasions. I have the best job in the world! I live on the edge of the Lake District in a character apartment by the seaside. I have stained glass and original features, but I still write on the walls. I love my life, my surroundings – walking on the beach is my daily ‘commute’ – and the way my boyfriend calls me his ‘Beach Girl’. Calligraphy for Weddings has been going since 2005, and I’ve written for hundreds of brides and grooms, event organisers and brands. I’m known for my work with Kirstie Allsopp and I’m so lucky to have my own little craft business.

What wedding calligraphy services do you offer for brides to be? 

I offer a full calligraphy service for couples who have their own stationery (whether it’s bought or DIY) and I also sell wedding stationery, from invitation suites and collections through to place names, table plans and mirror calligraphy. Everything is online in my Etsy shop.

The most recent additions to my wedding calligraphy shop are kraft and calligraphy quirky wedding invites with matching stationery, which are all personalised for every client. These are designer invites from an independent calligraphy business – professionally designed and printed, with handwritten calligraphy elements. Your guests will adore them, and you can continue the kraft and calligraphy theme right through to your wedding day with reception stationery to match your invites. Prices start from just £2 for invitations.

I also take on bespoke commissions and I write mirror table plans – this has been a massively successful part of my business in 2014 and I love mirror calligraphy, writing on windows and chalkboards! I also write calligraphy backdrops – the more unusual the better. I love writing song lyrics, poems and larger commissions too.

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Tell us about your vintage love letters?

The vintage love letters are an absolute joy to write and make a perfect wedding day gift or – even better – a lovely present and keepsake for your first (paper) wedding anniversary. I use the highest quality writing paper, which is aged and then entirely handwritten in a 19th century script. Every letter is personalised, with the option of adding stamps and wax seals, ribbons and gold twine – they’re a real labour of love and as well as being wonderful gifts they’ve been used on photoshoots around the UK and even in France!

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What if brides want to try calligraphy for themselves?

I love it when brides (and grooms) are keen to try calligraphy, and with modern ‘quirky’ styles being really popular now I’ve launched a range of calligraphy starter kits for absolute beginners. I’ve also written a book which takes beginners through very first steps in modern, quirky calligraphy – from preparing the pen to some really simple exercises with examples – and all aimed at fun styles rather than the traditional formal scripts.

There are two starter kits: the luxe version has more samplers, white ink, gift tags to practice on and is personalised.

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What sets your business apart from your competitors?

Customer service and experience set me apart. I wrap every calligraphy order like a present, so it’s lovely to receive. I answer all of my emails and phone calls personally. I manage my website, write my blog and look after my Facebook page. One of the best things about Calligraphy for Weddings, for me, is getting to know my customers. It’s never a faceless transaction: every customer gets a personal service, every name is written with meticulous attention to detail and the most important thing to me is that my customers are happy with everything I give them – and the same goes for wedding guests! The calligraphy quality has to be exceptional – and I know it is, because I know how many wedding guests take their place cards home!

Who would be a “Calligraphy For Weddings” bride?

Any bride who loves paper, pretty details or special touches should consider adding calligraphy to her special day. DIY brides can add the perfect finishing touch to invites and envelopes with handwritten calligraphy names. Classic weddings can incorporate calligraphy with more formal scripts on envelopes and for reception stationery, and quirky weddings look even more amazing with handwritten signs, mirrors and name tags. Every bride is different, and every wedding has its own style. Calligraphy comes in a rainbow of flavours and there’s one to delight every bride!

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Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

Through my wedding blog I’ve worked with hundreds of wedding photographers as well as writing calligraphy for many stationery designers and even branding. I designed a logo for Walker & Walker Photographers and have been involved in shoots with the amazing Chris Hanley Photography, lovely Vickerstaff Photography, for Petra Opperman, with Karen Flower Photography, at Aspire Photography Training, and featured on Junebug Weddings, Brides Up North and Love My Dress blogs. There are too many to list – I love being involved in styled shoots as they fire my imagination and inspire new products and designs!

Tell us about some amazing weddings that you have worked on and the lettering and products that you have created?

Most recently I worked on Sophie and Hamish’s Lake District wedding with a 6ft mirror for their table plan – it was incredible, a real challenge and the final product was amazing! I’ve been writing wedding certificates and vows in calligraphy over the summer – all with personalised designs and different every time. I love those. I’ve written thousands of invitations and place name cards as well as quirky wedding signs which I send across the UK, to the US, Australia, across Europe and all over the world. I posted a poem to Dubai this morning… it’s amazing knowing my calligraphy travels so far! Oh, and a highlight of my summer was writing riddles in French for Regis, who was planning the most romantic proposal and asked me to write out riddles on my best Italian card stock which would lead his partner (now fiancee!) to a ring… she said yes!

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What have been your professional highlights to date?

I’ve just come back from teaching calligraphy skills workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair in London. My work with Kirstie has been a delight for years: we’ve collaborated on several projects since Kirstie styled a vintage military wedding back in 2012, and I’ve featured in two of her books and TV series. (See “Kirstie Allsopp stroked my calligraphy on the telly!“) I’ve also written for Manchester United, and I was hired to write Steve Gerrard’s wedding place name cards too!

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What are your favourite wedding looks for 2014?  What trends do you see emerging?

I have a thing for kraft invitations, which have been ever so popular this year. I like anything quirky so long as it’s beautifully designed: creative stationery packs and peculiar shapes and textures can be really exciting. I also love minimal design, so beautiful type and creative lettering with lots of lovely spacing really excite me. As far as general wedding trends go, I’m a fan of big neon letters, weddings in cinemas and theatres, sperry tents and jumbled up mismatched flowers. I think glitter and sequins will continue to be a big part of weddings in 2015, and the homespun look will be popular with UK brides. I’d love to see large scale backdrops feature in real weddings here as they do in the US – and I’d love to write some!

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

I keep my prices as low as I can and offer plenty of options for couples on a budget. Place cards start from £1.10 each, invitations are from just £2 and table plans start from £75. Calligraphy isn’t as expensive as many people think, and it’s all about the time it takes to write everything for you. Wedding readings and poems are priced from 75p per word, which gives you more flexibility in what you order.

A top tip: if you’d like to order your wedding readings or first dance lyrics in calligraphy, and want to save money, select your favourite extract or paragraph!

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I’ll be delighted to offer Brides Up North readers a 10% discount from my Etsy shop throughout October. Quote code LOVEBUN when you order!

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Where are you located and will you travel?

I’m on the edge of the Lake District and almost all of my calligraphy orders are mailed to my customers. I am a leading world expert on protective packaging, with shares in tissue paper, bubble wrap, Ecoflow and boxes. Your order will arrive safely, wherever you are! Mirrors and glass are the only things I can’t post. I can travel to venues or we can arrange to meet so I can collect your mirrors… get in touch if you’re interested!

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more? 

I’m all over the internet, with examples of my calligraphy on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, my website and calligraphy blog, my wedding blog and other wedding blogs… once you find me it’s hard to avoid my calligraphy I’m afraid!

My website | Facebook |Pinterest | Instagram | My Blog | YouTube

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Tell us about your blog, English Wedding?

The English Wedding Blog is all about creativity: my dream is to curate an online space for couples to get inspired by real weddings, shoots and the latest in wedding design – with a real focus on English and UK weddings and suppliers. The English Wedding Blog was born in November 2009 to showcase what makes weddings in this country so great. The site is updated daily and is full of inspiration and advice for brides in the UK and for anglophile brides overseas. With a unique perspective from inside the UK wedding industry, English Wedding also focuses on the brightest and best new talents in all aspects of wedding design, with a special focus on real weddings by the UK’s finest wedding photographers.

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mists & mellow fruitfulness… an autumnal styled bridal shoot at Bolton Castle

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Despite the driest September since records began, it definitely feels like the season is changing.  Dewy grass, crunching leaves underfoot and clear night skies can only mean that October, and with it autumn (my favourite season of all) has arrived.

I celebrate my fourth wedding anniversary in a fortnight’s time – a very busy fortnight, there’s a lot to get done between now and then – and I’m looking forward to taking some time with my husband to reflect on a very special time of year for the two of us.

For now though, let’s celebrate the fall with this beautiful styled bridal shoot, sent to me by Brides Up North Sponsors JB Creatives and Bolton Castle, and their fabulous team of talented industry experts.

There’s definitely something in the air…

With images by JB Creatives.

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The team say: We set out to create some romantic, fairy tale castle wedding images that would compliment the venue and inspire couples that are considering getting married at Bolton Castle. Bolton Castle is a stunning venue. A wedding here would be an authentic Castle experience. It has great big fireplaces, turrets with circular stairs, stone floor, terraces with amazing view of the incredible Dales countryside around. We wanted to create an outside space that used the stunning views of the Dales and showcased the location of this fairy tale wedding venue and captured a set of beautiful images.

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Amy of The Greenhouse Florist created an outside dining area for the bride and groom with the Dales as their backdrop, such a romantic and unique setting. We used a chaise longue in the field for some intermate photographs. We wanted to add props into the scenery that wouldn’t usually be in that situation. The chaise longue really made a beautiful contrast to the endless views of the green fields and dry stone walls and brought opulence and luxury to the historic setting. Simple yet effective.

Amy created beautiful flowers of soft creams, vanillas, pinks and apricots, punctuated with pops of zingy orange and flashes of blue.  She used lots of different textures in amongst luscious greenery.  The warm tones complimented to tones of the castle walls, and were highlighted against the grassy fields. She also made a jasmine and rose circlet, fragrant and beautiful with warm apricot tones complimenting the colours of Libby’s complexion.

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Jane of JB Creatives made beautiful place names and menus for the bride and groom’s intermate dining experience. Her stationery designs are bespoke, beautiful and made to the high quality that will undoubtable exceed your expectations.

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Jane photographed the couple in and around the castle using the gorgeous scenery and all the venues little quirky details to capture a set of beautiful images that tell a gorgeous love story. Jane’s fine art style is very much capturing the story of a wedding day as it unfolds with all the beautiful details and emotions that come with it.

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Deborah and Kelly from Love Hair and Beauty Boutique Ripon did Libby’s hair and makeup to enhance that romantic, soft and warm tone we wanted for the shoot. The ladies are highly experienced and specialists in the wedding industry with a reputation for their creative skills and professionalism.

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Kellie from Wedding Belles of Otley supplied the beautiful gowns, veils and accessories for the shoot. The dresses used in the shoot were Aubrey by Nicola Anne and Emily by White Rose.

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All the props and furniture featured are available to hire from The Greenhouse Florist.

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a way with words. a styled bridal shoot by Calligraphy For Weddings

July 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon, we’ve a styled shoot with a message.  Claire Gould (and you might also know her from English Wedding Blog) of Brides Up North sponsor Calligraphy For Weddings wants you to be bold, and say no bland design.  I’ll hand the soap box to her…

With images by Vickerstaff Photography.

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Claire says: The inspiration for this shoot came from my secret paper fetish! I wanted to create two styled display areas for brides to recreate: a table with escort cards and cakes, and a ceremony area with a backdrop. The theme of paper and mirrors was inspired by calligraphy and creative wedding photography: I adore images with reflections and I knew the perfect photographer – lovely Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography – to create and capture them. We added mirrors and vintage props, metallics and colours to bring together lots of ideas to share with you.

We had homemade watercolour paper flowers, calligraphy, a fabulous cape made of flowers, brooch bouquets and vintage table decor, and gowns by Sassi Holford and Ritva Westenius. With three wedding cakes and one of my favourite wedding venues (Broadoaks Country House) to play in, the shoot came together beautifully, from a gentle beginning to a bit of a crazy finale…

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The day began with a pretty watercolour table display. Homemade crepe paper flowers in mini milk bottles made for a lovely escort card collection (DIY tutorial here for any creative brides!) A delicious-looking cake by lovely Caroline from Caroline’s Cake Company took centre stage, surrounded by vintage props on one of the cute little tables in Broadoaks’s sunny Victorian Orangery. We added candles and mirrors, chair signs and place cards to create a romantic, homemade style with vintage flair. Our gorgeous model Kelsey wore a lace Sassi Holford wedding dress from my favourite Lakes boutique Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, and carried an exquisite pink and yellow peony bouquet by the amazing Brackens of Bowness. With elegant hair styling and a real peony at one side, and natural make up to complement her colouring, Kelsey looked stunning.

Keeping with the soft pastel look, we created a vertical display area outside using a 10ft calligraphy backdrop in pastel pinks. Beautifully Vintage provided antique stepladders decorated with doilies and the most wonderful little clay pots, and we decorated these with love quotes from the fabulous Vintage Twee. Caroline’s watercolour tiered wedding cake was the perfect addition to the setting, with four tiers in pastel shades and the most delicate paper flowers for decoration.

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We took some wonderful portraits in the William Morris room at Broadoaks, where lovely Gareth from Aqua The Salon finished Kelsey’s hair with a pretty vintage accessory to complement the amazing brooch bouquet by Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye. Meanwhile, back in the Orangery and outside we were busy creating an altogether more eclectic and crazy display…

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Christa from Beautifully Vintage had brought along some wonderful mirrors and picture frames, and she arranged these brilliantly outside with a bolder calligraphy backdrop – another 10ft piece handwritten by me – Claire from Calligraphy for Weddings. This display was bolder, with a smashed mirror and slashed backdrop representing the challenges wedding stationers have faced in recent years. Inside I set up a more alternative wedding display table with bright calligraphy tags and using ribbon garlands as a backdrop. The decorated mirror, love letter and typed quotes added plenty of interest to the table.

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Kelsey was transformed by our genius styling team – the absolutely lovely Julia Tasker, Gareth from Aqua, and Definitions’ Helen who created the strikingly beautiful make up. Ripped tulle as an alternative wedding veil looked fabulous, and our creative wedding flower expert Kevin from Brackens of Bowness had created a cascade of silk orchids for Kelsey’s hair accessory. Wearing a glamorous Ritva Westenius couture gown, our bride played the role of wedding creatives fighting back against mass production and bland design!

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For the final part of our shoot we explored the wonderful grounds at Broadoaks Country House. The star of the show was our floral stole – a million times better than flower crowns, beautiful to wear and hold and such a talking point on the day! Kelsey played on the swings while Jamie took some of my favourite images from the whole day, and a fascinated group of visiting pensioners looked on!

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On Ice. A Glamorous Real Wedding In Saddleworth – Katie & Stuart

April 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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I don’t want to jinx things, but this weekend I began to get a sniff that summer might finally be on it’s way.  The sun shone all day on our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms yesterday and all our beautiful brides and grooms arrived with a spring in their step and a smile on their faces.  I know I say this every time (guilty as charged!) but yesterday’s event really was something very special.  I was so proud of the great mix of exhibitors and some of the wonderful comments on the day, by email and on Facebook from visiting brides really do make all the hard work worthwhile.  If you missed us, we’ll be back in Cheshire in a short two week’s time for our inaugural event at Hilltop Country House.  Don’t miss that one!  Click here to pre-register. 

Meanwhile, all this sunshine has made me twitchy to share a very special Real Wedding that’s been waiting in my features box for a while, one that’s cool as ice and very glam indeed.  Now that things feel warmer offline, I’m brave enough to sprinkle a little frost on these pretty pages.

Just don’t get cross if it snows next week or something, right?

Images by Pixies In The Cellar.

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Katie says: Stuart asked me to marry him on 21st December 2011 at The Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel, Oman and we were married on Friday 20th December 2013 at The Saddleworth Hotel, Saddleworth.

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I really wanted an outdoor wedding and the hotel had this facility, it was on our doorstep and has beautiful surroundings. The hotel style also fitted in perfectly with our theme, which was classic styling and winter wonderland. 

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I chose a Suzanne Neville Dress called ’Lady’ from The Bridal Boutique in Guisley. I wanted something classic that would not date. I am not very girly either. The dress was made to measure and it was amazing!

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My bridesmaids wore a graphite lace and organza gown, by Noir Lazaro (JLM Couture) which I got from Pomfret Bridal Gowns, Pontefract. The groomsmen wore a smart plain grey suit with a grey cashmere scarf from Denis Hope in Rochdale.

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I travelled to the ceremony in a Rolls Royce Phantom with my Pops. 

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The ceremony was my favourite part of the day, it was fun and very emotional! And I got to marry my man!

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We used Hangover Kits for the wedding Favours and created an order of the day with fun facts about how we met etc. to personalise proceedings. 

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As Stuart’s dad passed away three years ago we wanted to include him in some way. His Dad was the best F1 Stockcar driver of all time – Stuart Smith 391 – so our stationer Amanda at Love Invited (a Brides Up North Featured Supplier no less!) helped us to do this.

Our table names were all named after the championships Stuart’s dad had won which included a picture from that championship as a watermark. As my husband is also an F1 Stockcar World Champion we had lots of Stockcar friends there who thought it was a really nice touch! It was great how Amanda helped us to incorporate this and she was our very favourite supplier overall. 

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For our wedding cake, we had four tiers of Victoria sponge, lemon, chocolate and fruit. I had tasted a few cakes but Suzanne’s cakes at The Frostery were by far the best! So helpful too!

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We used a string quartet for our ceremony and for canapés and cocktails then had a band for the evening and a DJ.  Later in the evening, we opted out of a buffet and had bacon and cheese butties served to keep the party in full swing

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The best advice we were given was for me and my husband to step back & take 5 minutes to watch everyone enjoying our big day! We did and so glad we did! So that would be my top tip for other Brides Up North. 

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Congratulations Katie & Stuart!

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Lovely Letters. Supplier Showcase: Love Invited

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides, I feel your pain.  My own wedding done and dusted, it’s now onto a whole different set of choices as we look forward to my baby girl’s christening this June.  A joint celebration with her cousin, it’s my job to sort out the invitations.  And its procrastination central round our place.  The issue when planning our wedding was where to start, and now as editor of Brides Up North I’ve seen so much pretty stationery over the years that there’s too many places to start!

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Amanda of Love Invited has just thrown another spanner in the works, as she presents her beautiful range of luxury wedding stationery on the blog today.

Must. make. a. decision.

Good luck making your mind up too!

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What’s the story behind Love Invited?

I’m Amanda Williams, founder of Love Invited, Luxury Wedding Stationery. I’ve spent over a decade in design and I’ve used that experience to create beautiful wedding invitations and complementary stationery brimming with joy, personality and individuality.

Love invited all began not only from a desire to design and create beautiful wedding stationery but we also wanted to ensure the process was as simple and hassle free as possible while maintaining the highest quality finish.

Just so you know this crucial part of your wedding day is in very safe hands here’s a bit of background about me. I’m a working mum with a passion for design. I’ve been working within the design industry for over 10 years now after graduating from university with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. I began my career as a designer, progressing to studio manager then on to account management, where my time was spent ensuring clients receive the best possible design service.

Love Invited - Art Deco

Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Who is a Love Invited bride?

When I was looking to design my own wedding stationery a few years ago I struggled to find inspiring, creative designs that reflected our personalities. We really wanted something that was modern and not run of the mill. This gave us the idea that there was a need to provide high quality, fresh designs with a simple ordering process at a price that is accessible to all. So a Love Invited bride is someone that doesn’t want to settle for the traditional, they want their personality and creativity to shine.

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Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

We have a lovely little studio in the beautifully restored Blue Pit Mill in Rochdale, just North of Manchester. Love Invited is predominantly web based; we have an online store where brides can browse and buy from our collections or request a personal consultation. I do encourage meeting in person, where possible, to get a better understanding of a couples personalities and requirements.

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

There is a varied selection of beautiful design collections to choose from on the website. We hope there is a collection to suit every bride from Art Deco with it’s 1920s glamour, the fun design and retro type of Lovebirds to the delicate floral print of Vintage Rose. The collections are all ready-to-go and semi-customisable to suit the customers needs. All collections include: save the date, day and evening invitations, additional information cards, invitation menus, RSVPs, order of service, table names, table menus, place cards, framed seating plans and thank you cards. Customers can provide wedding details and guest names etc, and customize colours when ordering online or choose to provide this information at a late date once the order is confirmed.

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Viva Las Vegas

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Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

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Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

If our design collections aren’t quite right, we can create something completely unique. I love working on bespoke projects, they’re so much fun and it’s great to see the end result.

We start every bespoke order with a consultation. Its more of a chat really just to get to know the happy couple and their wedding. We usually talk about wedding themes, colours, personalities and interests, family etc, anything goes within reason! Following on from the initial meeting, we work on the designs and refine them until the customer is ‘over the moon’ with the final design. We only use the highest quality, trusted printers to produce our stationery, which are then lovingly hand-finished by us.

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment and do you think will be popular for next season?

I am finding more and more often that customers are looking for invitations that are small in size. This gives their guests something little, dainty and precious to mark your special day. Our Vintage Rose collection fits the bill perfectly and proved very popular last season and in to this season.

This year is all about the love for the romance and elegance of the 1920s into the Art Deco period. The return to tradition is inspired by Hollywood with brides wanting to achieve the look and sophistication of The Great Gatsby and Downton.

To give this theme a touch of 2014 add a bit of sparkle, don’t go mad though, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way! A touch on your dress, a dusting of glitter on your cake and the accessories placed on your tables can really set the scene. I recently spotted some beautiful sequin trimmed tealights, which looked amazing when they were lit and gave a beautifully romantic feel to the room.

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Royal Elegance

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What other products or services do you offer ?

As well as the collections available on the website and my bespoke service I also offer framed seating plans. These really make a statement and look great at any venue. Your wedding seating plan will be framed in either a beautiful vintage swept frame or elegant box frame with mount, prints and backing. You can choose from a large 20 x 30 inch (51cm x 76cm) table plan ideal for your venue’s easel/stand or a smaller table plan 16 x 20 inches (41cm x 51cm). Each framed table plan includes a bespoke double card mount to reflect your seating plan and the design will complement your chosen theme or your bespoke design. We can also create beautiful book bound wedding photo albums incorporating your design.

Who would be your dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

I would have to say someone who is open minded and wants to push boundaries with their wedding stationery. Someone who has an interesting and original theme that sees the stationery as an important part of the style of their wedding. If it was me personally I would love to see a contemporary and creative design, elegantly printed in letterpress and elegantly presented. Now look you’ve got me planning stationery for an imaginary client!

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Destination

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Research research research.

By gathering a few ideas together of the sort of designs you like, the theme and the overall look you would like to achieve it will ensure you get exactly what you are after

Start planning early.

If you know your date and venue let your guests know as soon as possible by sending out a save the date. 

Keep it consistent

Your wedding stationery is the style setter for the day as your invitation will be the first time your guests will be introduced to your theme.

Order extra

It is easier and usually more affordable to order a few more with your main order than ordering extras at a later date.

Make it yours

Try not to please everyone with your stationery, make sure it is a true representation of you as a couple and your big day.

What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

I think my no no has to be don’t let everyone pitch in on ideas and opinions so much that you forget what you wanted in the first place. It becomes one big stressful event when it should be fun.  Even though everyone has their own taste we’re not huge fans of tacky ribbons, brooches, buckles or fonts and too many different elements going on in one place.

Love Invited - Summertime

Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Does all the stationery have to match?

It does look effective if your stationery does match and it carries the theme though from your save the date and invitations right through to your wedding day and thank you cards. That’s not to say that each item has to look exactly the same, it just needs to have the same theme and feel.

What are your prices/price range, are you doing any special offers?

I hope we can cater for every budget and taste. With our invitations they start at £1.95 for a single card up to £4.60 for a pocket folder. We do have an offer at the moment if customers Share or Like Love Invited at the checkout stage they will receive an automatic 10% off their order. 

Which of your ranges would you recommend for a Bride on a budget or if money was no object?

Within each collection I do offer options so if there is a pocket folder there is always a folded card or single card option, so you can have the design you like at your budget. The Vintage Rose collection is great if you are on a budget as it is simple and pretty but as it is printed on a lovely pearlescent card finished with a length of ribbon and a personalised tag it really is value for money. If money was no object I would say the Sweet heart collection is the way to go, it’s so much fun with the lollypop save the dates and the sweetie bag wallet that holds the invitation and additional cards looks very impressive.

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Which designs are your bestsellers?

My best sellers over the last year have been Art Deco, Vintage Rose, Vintage Chic and Viva Las Vegas. I was surprised how popular Viva Las Vegas has been, but it is a great design and some much fun to work on.

What sets Love Invited apart from its competitors?

As your wedding day is going to be the biggest day of your life I aim to make this little part of the organising as simple as possible. I really care about every bride and their requirements whether they are ordering 10 place cards, 100 invitations or I am working on a completely bespoke order. I hope my personal creative approach to wedding stationery is a refreshing change.

 

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

How long do you take to turn around an order?

Well every order is different but usually you will have your gorgeous stationery order delivered by your postie within 3 weeks. Once and order is made I aim to send a digital visual on email within 2 working days. Following approval of the design I can print and deliver the order within 10 working days. Pretty speedy really.

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

There are a number of ways you can contact us at Love Invited, you can either visit the site www.loveinvited.co.uk and fill in a contact form or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.  If its a good old fashioned chat you are after give us a call on 0161 883 0079. 

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Beautiful On A Budget. Supplier Showcase: First Impressions Wedding Invitations PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Something I’m often aware of as I write these pages is the need to be inclusive.  I know from your emails and messages that not all of my readers have the deepest pockets, a six figure salary or easy access to the bank of Mum and Dad.  Here at Brides Up North it’s my job to showcase the loveliest ideas, inspirational weddings and dream dresses, but I also think it’s important that our content is attainable.  Sometimes you want the pretty without the price tag. 

Half the battle is thinking local and using the brilliant regional suppliers right on your own doorstep and the other half is having all the options available to you.   I’m aware that I often only feature high end products and aspirational shoots, but today I would like to introduce you to a stationer who is keeping her prices real but her products still sparkling: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Paula of First Impressions Wedding Invitations

For those of you on a budget who still want some bling – Paula’s your gal!  Let’s meet her…

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What is the story behind First Impressions Wedding Invitations?

First Impressions Wedding Invitations started trading in the summer of 2010 initially on eBay. I had just had my second son Ryan and was unable to return to work due to childcare issues. I have always had a creative flair and had done stationery for a few close friends, therefore decided to start my own business doing wedding stationery, which was an instant success.  

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Who is a First Impressions Wedding Invitations bride?

A First Impressions bride is someone who wants to have beautiful handmade wedding invitations and stationery but doesn’t necessarily have a big budget to spend on their stationery. That is where we step in: creating beautiful wedding stationery at affordable prices so the bride can get the best of both worlds.

Where are you based? 

We are based in Wigan, Lancashire. We mainly work online using email and telephone as our main way of corresponding, but do work face to face with brides to be in our locality.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

Our ranges include our butterfly designs, floral designs and hearts designs. All of our designs are embellished with gorgeous sparkling diamantes, to give each design an elegant and classy feel. In all of our designs we do the following products: save the date cards, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, money request cards, order of services, menus, name cards, table numbers, lottery favour cards and table plans.

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

Yes. The client would contact us with their requirements and any examples of the designs they like. I will go away and put a design together within that brief and email a proof image to which they can make as many changes as needed until they are 100% happy. We do not charge extra for bespoke designs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment or do you think will be popular for next season?

Our most popular designs are our butterfly ranges. This has always been a favourite amongst our brides. The butterflies represent hope, joy and new beginnings, perfect for a couple embarking on their journey into married life. For next season I predict that people will still go for the more traditional designs but using brighter colour combinations. A popular colour scheme in the last 12 months has been fuchsia pink and tangerine.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Make sure the stationer can match your chosen colour scheme if this is what you desire, order a sample to make sure it is the correct colour.

Proofs are a must!  Avoid companies that do not provide proofs either via post or emailed images.

Find out whether the cost of invitations includes envelopes or if they are extra.

Order your invitations and stationery at the earliest convenience and make sure the stationer can accommodate your needs.

If paying online for your stationery, I always advise paying through PayPal, for that extra bit of protection.

Does all the stationery have to match?

It is totally up to the bride! It is their big day and can have anything they choose, that’s a brides prerogative. They could choose different designs for different items of stationery having them all the same colour or they could have the same design throughout their range. We aim to please all our brides and make it as easy as we can to meet their needs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Our best sellers are our butterfly designs including our “Butterfly One range” which is decorated with 11 separate diamantes to really sparkle. One of our new designs, named “Willow” is proving to be a big seller, and is of two birds in a bird cage – another popular trend with recent brides.

What sets First Impressions Wedding Invitations apart from its competitors? 

Our unique way of embellishing with diamantes definitely sets us apart from the rest. Our prices, quality of products and customer service makes us stand out from the crowd.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How long do you take to turn around an order?

From our first contact with clients we will advise of a production date. We supply dates on a first come first serve basis, that is why it is imperative to contact us as early as possible to secure your date. We will then dispatch your items within 7-10 working days of this production date.

What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

Our prices for our handmade wedding invitations and stationery are very affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Our prices range from £0.75 for save the date cards including envelopes to our invitations priced from £1.00 to £1.80 again including envelopes. Our on the day stationery again is extremely affordable with no individual item being over £1.80 and our A1 table plans are £49.99. Our prices include all personalisation and every design hand embellished with our diamantes. We offer free delivery on samples and on orders over £150.00

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

We can offer a 10% discount to Brides Up north readers. When contacting us to place an order quote the reference BUN10% to receive your discount. 

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

All our contact details can be found on our website www.firstimpressionsweddinginvitations.co.uk, this includes a contact form, email address, telephone and postal address. We aim to make it as easy as possible for brides to be to establish contact with us. We have a simple an effective online order form and brides are able to purchase samples directly through our store.

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Attention To Detail. Supplier Showcase: Amoretto Wedding

February 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Amoretto Wedding

Girl’s Best Friend

We LIKE sparkle around these parts, whether glinting from a newly adorned ring finger, the sheen of sequins on tulle or a dusting of Swarovski across a kitten heel. It’s all good.  That said, we were always going to love the bespoke designs of Harriet of Amoretto Wedding then, weren’t we?

Not content with dazzling your guests on the day, Harriet’s beautiful designs give them a little taste of what’s in store, whether that’s elegant sparkle (our favourite), lashings of lace and pearls or laid back rustic romance.

I LOVE.  Just check our her pretty website to see why. 

Harriet is kindly offering a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.  Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Lake Creative Studio.  

Amoretto Wedding

Bow

What’s the story behind Amoretto Wedding?

Amoretto has been running for two years now. As a trained Graphic Designer with a love of packaging and ‘hands on’ creativity the idea to start my own wedding stationery business came to me when planning my own wedding. Like so many others before me that, ‘I could do this’ moment suddenly hit me and it all went from there!

Amoretto Wedding

Tree

Who is an Amoretto Wedding bride?

An Amoretto bride is someone who will appreciate quality design, products and service. Over the last two years I have provided stationery to a wide range of ages and budgets but the common factor is their appreciation of the care and attention to detail spent on each and every client, from the moment pen goes to paper until their beautifully wrapped parcel arrives at the door.

Amoretto Wedding

Candyfloss

Where are you based?  Do you work by appointment or online?

I am based in Lancaster, Lancashire but have clients from all over the Country. I meet with around 80% of my clients but offer a fully bespoke service as standard to clients who approach and order via e mail or telephone as well.

Amoretto Wedding

Snowflake Save The Date

Are all your designs completely bespoke then?

I offer a bespoke service as standard at no additional cost. Couples are welcome to either choose an existing design, making any necessary alterations or benefit from my design experience creating something new and unique.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Peal Pocket

What products are available in each design?

All designs have matching items as follows;

Save the Date, Day Invitation, Evening Invitation, RSVP and information card.

Order of Service, Order of the Day, Place Name, Menu, Personalised Menu, Table Plan, Guest Book.

Favour Box, Memory Box, Thank you Card.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Pearl

What stationery designs do you think will be popular for next season?

I am seeing a huge demand for my Lace and Pearl designs, but this timeless fabric will never go out of fashion for weddings. The Shabby Chic, Great Gatsby and Rustic Country Garden looks will all remain popular in 2014 with a breakthrough trend for bright colourful florals.

Amoretto Wedding

Rustic

Amoretto Wedding

What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Take a good look around on blogs, in magazines, and at wedding fairs for designs and ideas.

If you are struggling to choose a style, arrange a consultation with a local designer who offers this service for free to chat through ideas. They should be happy to listen to your thoughts and make suggestions that will suit your needs and requirements. There are so many angles to how the stationery contributes to the process, it’s not just about the invitations. I love hearing about my clients ‘on the day’ plans and making sure my wedding day items are going to suit their venue, flowers, table arrangements and vision for the whole day.

Don’t get too caught up in trends and what you think you should have, go with what represents you as a couple and your Big Day.

Never order anything without seeing a sample, online images can be deceiving, you need to feel and see the quality in your hands before committing to an order.

Always ask for proofs and a sample and make sure you get a second pair of eyes to check them over. The last thing you want is all your invitations with the wrong name, date or address on them.

Amoretto Wedding

Carnival

Amoretto Wedding

Personalised Menu

Does all the stationery have to match?

Not necessarily, a recent client of mine has chosen one of my Lace & Pearl designs for her Invitations as it matches the delicate lace on her dress. Her vision for the wedding day however is much more Shabby Chic and Country Garden so we are introducing kraft card colours, luggage tag styling and dressing props such as a set of vintage step ladders as the table plan backdrop. Two different styles but yet ones that will tie the whole wedding story together perfectly.

Amoretto Wedding

Emma

Which of your ranges would you recommend for a Bride on a budget or if money was no object?

Serendipity at £3.00 is a simple but luxurious design, double mounted on 700gram board this design can be done to incorporate any colour scheme. The modern typography is very popular with many couples and seems to appeal particularly to the Grooms!

Amoretto Wedding

Serendipity

Boxed Cupid at £7.50 is the ultimate in romantic luxury. The ivory paper heart is the centre piece of this stunning invitation, all encased in a mulberry paper wrap and organza bow then presented in box with delicate guest name tag.

BOXED CUPID

Boxed Cupid

What are your prices like?

My day time Invitations range from £3.00 right up to £8.50 for designs that comes boxed and incorporate many elements. 

Can you offer a special discount to Brides Up North readers?

Yes! I would be delighted to offer a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.

BOW FAVOUR BOX

Bow Favour

How long do you take to turn around an order?

As standard I say four weeks, this includes design, proofing, samples and production. Turn around can be faster than that depending on my schedule. 

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can call me on 01524 848744 or 07974 062 425 or visit my website at www.amorettowedding.com  where you will also find links to my Facebook & Twitter.

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Paper Perfect. Supplier Showcase: JB Creatives PLUS Special Offer For Wedding Blog Readers

February 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jane of JB Creatives is one talented chick.  Not content with her thriving photography business, she can also make sure your guests turn up for the wedding too with her stunning bespoke wedding stationery!  Like it says on the tin, this girl is super creative.  Get her involved in your big day, for I can vouch that whatever she turns her hand to, it’ll be very, very beautiful (and pretty cool too).

There’s also a special little offer exclusive to Brides Up North readers on the table too… read on!

Images by JB Creatives, of course. 

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What is the story behind JB Creatives? 

JB Creatives started in 2009 after plenty of encouragement and enthusiasm from friends and family to make the leap and make my dream a reality. With a background in Design and Photography my stationery is very much influenced by my strong Graphic roots. I love beautiful typography and different papers, textures and colours and it seemed the perfect way to make a living doing something I love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more than cutting and sticking pretty bits of paper together; there are long hours and lots of dedication. Every second has been worth it as now it’s a year-round occupation that keeps me busy 24/7. There are just not enough hours in the day!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Who is a JB Creatives bride?

There are all kinds of JB Creatives brides. From small family weddings to big stately home weddings, we welcome all kinds of clients.

Where are you based?

I am based in Otley just outside Leeds. I work by appointment only where couples can come see examples of previous stationery and discuss the sort of stationery they want for their day.  I also get a lot of my bookings online. These initial enquiries are usually about a design they have already seen on my website but can soon lead to a totally new design once we’ve chatted about their wedding plans.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

As the stationery is bespoke you can have the minimum and just order invites or you might want to get absolutely everything in whichever design you have chosen. I design and hand make everything from the save the dates, invitations and RSVPs, orders of service, table plans, place names, table menus and individual menus to the thank you cards and even baby announcements after the wedding day! All the designs including those on the website are available in the whole range from save the dates to thank you cards.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

There are so many lovely styles around at the moment here at JB Creatives HQ we have found our square invites with plain bands or lace bands very popular. Along with the New York style invites.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What other products do you offer? 

I offer all stationery requirements; save the dates, invites, rsvp, order of services, table menus, individual menus, place names, table/seating plans, favour tags and thank you cards and any other stationery items you might wish. I also have some large decorative frames and props for displaying table plans which are available to hire. You can also see my wedding photography on my website too.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?

Your stationery is the first thing that your guests will see to do with your wedding, it sets the tone for the big day itself. So make it personal to your day and to you!  Have one theme or style in mind and stick to it. Don’t get too mixed up with too many different styles.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

So, does all the stationery have to match?

Stationery doesn’t have to match. I would normally make it all to match but it really depends on the sort of look you’re going for. Most stationery would use the same card, ribbon or font to give a consistent look and in that sense it matches, but its by no means compulsory!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What are your prices like?

Please get in touch to receive the price guide; there are so many designs that the price range depending on the style of stationery. The invitations are priced per item and start at as little as £3.80 each.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Of the more off the shelf invites I do, the New York wedding invitations seem to be popular at the moment, usually because that is where the couples got engaged. The square pocket fold invitations are also popular. These are a great invitation as not only are they like opening a present but they can be made in a variety of colours, paper and ribbons so they work for all colour themes. They also have space for plenty of additional information inserts as you may wish to tell your guests lots of little details. Beer mat save the dates and beer mat place names have also proved popular. I’ve had lots of lovely feedback from couples on how many guests have raved about the beautiful invitations.

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

What sets JB Creatives apart from its competitors?

This beautifully bespoke stationery is designed and hand made to the highest quality. If you want something a little different designing from scratch I can do that. I love it when a couple come to me with a sweet story of where or how they got engaged, this can then be incorporated into their stationery. I designed some wedding stationery for a couple that had a little red car on everything as they met when Ian, the groom, sold his car to Martha, the bride, so it was a lovely thing to incorporate into their stationery! With a design background I have created lots of bespoke illustrated maps for the invitations too. I’m also a perfectionist so all the little details are taken care of.

How long do you take to turn around an order?

I would usually ask my clients to allow 3-4 weeks from the initial call to the delivered items. These are all hand made – you can’t rush perfection!

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

How can I get in touch to discuss my requirements or place an order?

You can see examples of my work on my website (my blog is updated regularly) at www.jbcreatives.co.uk  or follow me on Facebook  or tweet me.  

Wedding Stationery by JB Creatives

Anything else we should know?

If you order your invitations, place names and order of services (minimum order 45 invites) I will give you a free table menu for each table (1 per table free).

Please order your stationery before 14th March to receive one of these exclusive offers and quote Brides Up North when doing so. 

Why do you read the Brides Up North blog?

For the varied wedding inspiration. There’s always something beautiful to look at on the Brides Up North pages.

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Friday Fabulous!

January 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous J Crew

The perfect paper for the best laid plans.

By combining playful hand lettering, classic typefaces and their signature dot and stripe patterns, Sugar Paper’s designs are tailored for the feminine, sophisticated bride.

Sugar Paper Bridesmaid Notecard £6.75 and Sugar Paper I Do Coasters £25 for 15 at J Crew. 

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Tea Time. Supplier Showcase: Wedding In A Teacup PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

December 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Wedding In A Teacup

Did you catch our discussion post on wedding favours yesterday afternoon?  After this afternoon’s feature, I think a few more of you might be “in favour”…

If you came along to one of the blog’s fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions this year, you will have found some very gorgeous little branded treats in your VIP goody bag, courtesy of our Featured Supplier Wedding In A Teacup.  We do hope that you liked them! (If you missed our Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition season in 2013 – how could you?! – or simply fancy doing it all over again, click here for details of our calendar in 2014… and to get your hands on one of those goody bags). 

Wedding In A Teacup is based down South, but ships their pretty packages (and they are pretty, let me tell you) all over the UK, so whether you live in Leeds or East Lothian, they have it covered.  You’ll be dying to get into their online store and see their treasures for yourselves (especially with an exclusive 10% discount for Brides Up North readers when you enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout!), so let’s meet the lady behind it all…

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Wedding In A Teacup got started?

Hi, my name is Hester; I live in Brighton and run Wedding in a Teacup from an office near the Pavilion. A little over two years ago I was in my spare bedroom, surrounded by boxes of wedding goodies, staring at the computer screen and biting my nails over whether my tiny company was ready to ‘go live’ yet…

Nine months before that, I’d been working in the fashion industry; I felt I had a good grounding in what was needed to run a small company; I dreamt of going it alone. But what could I do that hadn’t been done to death? Then the man in my life suddenly proposed, and when I got over the shock, I set about planning our nuptials! We’d agreed to get married that same summer so I had to move fast. I got addicted to wedding blogs showcasing real–life brides who’d created their big day with originality and flair, but when I searched myself for the products to re-create some of these ideas I was met with not much more than the usual plastic, white, diamantes and organza…

Wedding In A Teacup

That’s when the lucky penny dropped! Surely there were other brides-to-be like me, slogging round vast on-line warehouses, desperate to find the kinds of quirky, stylish, original goodies I was hunting for. I took the risk, and started Wedding in a Teacup. So far it’s paid off wonderfully. The only downside is that my husband will insist on taking the credit for the original idea…

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us about Wedding In a Teacup, your mantra and what you are all about?

One of my main aims was to create a great place to visit online – one that will inspire and excite brides to be. We take lots of care with our blogs, blurb and photos – we want to give inspiring, helpful, honest service that way. I would never stock something I didn’t like, just because I thought it might sell. And I’m a lot of a perfectionist. For example, I’ve searched for ‘wedding party’ mugs for ages and I’ve only just found the ones that are ‘right’!

I put a lot of emphasis on ethics and sustainability, buying recycled and made in the UK when I can. We also love the idea that our goodies aren’t throwaway; it’s great to keep using the tea-light holders that glittered at your wedding feast, or to transform a noticeboard into a seating plan board, and then take it home afterwards, steeped in memories of your special day.

Wedding In A Teacup

What sort of products are available to buy in your online shop?

We reckon we stock just about everything apart from the cake, the ring, and the dress! We have a vibrant Stationery section, with unusual and original invitations. Favours are big for us – we think the divine is in the detail, and that those little finishing touches are all-important. Brides love the personalised touch, and many of our favours carry the couples’ names and dates. We’re thrilled that we’ve made the final for the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 in the category of Best Special Touches!

Wedding In A Teacup

Our Gifts section is eclectic; some hand made for us, or specifically for the customer, some bought in; and we search out unusual and fabulous decorations everywhere we can.

But maybe what sets us most apart is our strong “Get Creative’ section, where the creative, handy bride can find everything she needs to fashion her day, her way – and get support from us in how to do it.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little about your favourite products…

Favours? I’m going to choose the personalised badges here, because they really punch above their weight! As place settings, then ice breakers, and then lovely take home favours, they’re original and fun. Whenever we make a batch of badges, we goo over “nanna’ and “emily and bump’ and giggle over the ruder ones – you can really picture how a wedding is going to be, from the list of names you get sent.

Wedding In A Teacup

Stationery? I’ll shamelessly flag up our two new invitations here. I’m delighted to add a fourth member to our unique charm invitations – this one with a lucky horseshoe charm. And in complete contrast, our stylish blackboard invitation, complete with lover’s arrow.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Décor? We’re currently gunning for paper – it’s light, bright, economical and ethical too! From candle bags that spell out the couple’s names to bold tassel garlands, from cute little owls to retro chains and bunting, we’re covered in paper …..

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Gifts? We’re very happy that our jewellery section keeps growing. We search out lovely sterling silver necklaces and then design a classy and exclusive card to present them on; for the bridesmaids, the flower girl, or just that someone special, all presented in a lovely brown kraft gift box.

Wedding In A Teacup

Get Creative? It was a big thrill when we realised how versatile the old-fashioned doily was, and found the perfect NY supplier of some very stylish ones in white and metallic! Plus we’re keen on ribbon and are currently adding four fab new designs– seascape, magic keys, music notes and real bees – to this section.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

What is your bestselling product?

It is hard to pin down one bestseller as things seem to go in waves! All of our personalised favours (seed packets, stickers, jam jars and badges) do very well, and our lovebirds stationery design is a firm favourite.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

We love your “Inspire Me” section – tell us how that works?

Thank you! Themes began to emerge with the products we were choosing and creating – seaside, love birds, travel and so on – so we grouped these together under suitable headings. Not at all ‘matchy’, just a place where brides can browse and get ideas for how a light-hearted, themed effect might be created and see all of these products presented together. It’s also where we showcase our growing classy hen do collection!

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Tell us a little about your blog and what Brides can find there?

We really love doing the blog, and wish we had time to do it more often! It’s really what our site is all about – collating ideas and inspirational images that suggest ways to use and present our products. One of my favourites are the mood boards – it must be my fashion background! I always create a mood board before designing a new invitation – it inspires me and spurs me on. Increasingly, brides are kindly sending us photos of their day which is such a thrill, and I love blogging these too. We also give recipes and creative DIY ideas, we’ve written about the history of the horseshoe in weddings, and we’ve shared our passion for bees! Basically, we hope our blogs give ideas, share information, and are fun to read!

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What stationery and décor trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I’m not a huge believer in following trends on your wedding day – it’s your day so it should reflect you as a couple, not what is trendy at the time! Having said that, there are always new things that come through and take off simply because they are gorgeous and a great idea. I think tassel garlands will overtake bunting in 2014, and that the handmade vibe will still be going strong; because the personal touch will never go out of fashion!

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes! We can offer 10% off for your readers – simply enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout. 

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your site and service?

They can expect to be inspired and delighted, to browse with ease and pleasure, and then to order with confidence. Any questions they have, they can expect a fast and helpful response. Then they can expect a beautifully wrapped parcel of goodies to land on their doorstep!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

They can visit our website: www.weddinginateacup.co.uk, email us hello@weddinginateacup.co.uk, have a chat on 01273 911412, tweet us @teacupwedding or say hello on Facebook.   

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