Charlotte Balbier
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love wedding stationery. supplier showcase: julia eastwood

April 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Julia Eastwood (39)

Happy Easter Brides Up North, we do hope that the Easter bunny has been kind (come on, he’s meant to be spoiling you, right?)?

To bring a beautiful close to this glorious long weekend I have a non-chocolaty treat to round things off, as we introduce our extremely talented sponsor, julia eastwood.

Julia’s range of wedding stationery is quite simply, breath-taking, and I just know that our discerning readers are about to fall head over heels with her stunning designs.  Now, go play with the pretty paper… and check out the full range on Julia’s gorgeous website.

With images by Nicole Jopek.

Julia Eastwood (29)

When did you launch your business and what is your background?

I launched my wedding stationery business in September 2012. I graduated in 2001 with first class honours in Graphic Illustration. From there I went to work in a professional design studio working on advertising campaigns and editorial work for 5 years. In 2006 I made the leap into teaching and for the next 6 years split my time between being the course leader of an illustration course at college level and doing freelance graphic design. I loved teaching and still miss the rapport of the students I would teach and the feeling of pride in seeing their achievements. The problem was, my students would come back to see me with exciting tales of life at Goldsmiths studying fashion, or taking a gap year working on the design team for Vogue magazine and I would get the itch to be out creating myself.

In 2012 I was getting married and I searched and searched for my perfect invitation, but nothing seemed to really represent Gary and I – my fiancé. Then it hit me, why on earth wasn’t I designing my own?! And so I set to work… the result was a hand painted illustration with tiny symbols woven into it that represented our life together so far. I received such good feedback about our invitation that I started to think ‘what if’. And so I took a deep breath and left the security blanket of teaching. Luckily, it has all worked out so far….

Julia Eastwood (33)

What services do you offer?

I create all aspects of wedding stationery and décor from Save the Date cards through to Orders of Service and Table Plans. One of my favourite requests is when a bride asks for something I’ve not previously thought of. For instance, last year I was asked to create ‘I spy’ cards to be placed on each table with a disposable camera asking the guests to try and capture specific moments from the day. Another bride asked me to create paper fortune tellers (like we all used to make at school) containing a quiz about the bride and groom to go on her tables. Those kind of things make me wish I was getting married again so I could steal their ideas for my own wedding!

Julia Eastwood (22)

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Well, anyone who knows me well will tell you I have always been a magpie when it comes to weddings! So firstly been involved in planning couples’ big days is a huge perk of my job, also I still get to buy wedding magazines every month with the excuse that they are for work! The other aspect I enjoy is the variety. One day I might be hand painting an enchanted forest illustration, the next printing and die cutting doily table numbers, it’s never the same thing from day to day.

Julia Eastwood (27)

What makes you different to other stationery suppliers?

I think my unique selling point is how personalised my designs are. It’s not just a case of adding your names and venue details, all aspects of my illustrations can be altered to represent you as a couple. For example, a couple recently had a tiny camera, sewing machine, cat, and bike wheel drawn to be hanging off the branches in my woodland wedding invite. It’s subtle, but a nice nod to a couples personality.

Julia Eastwood (28)

Where are you located and what areas do you offer your services in?

I’m based in Halifax, West Yorkshire where I was raised but I have worked with brides all over the world. I was lucky that very soon after opening my business I was accepted as a partner on Notonthehighstreet giving me a strong online presence. Due to this the majority of my work comes from the south of England, all though I’ve worked with couples as far flung as Hong Kong and Australia. Just this morning I sent a proof to a lovely Italian couple who asked me to create my Time Capsule Guestbook translated into Italian for their wedding in Rome. It’s always lovely to work with clients from nearby though, you can’t beat a get together with mood boards and rough sketches over a coffee!

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

Prices start at £1.50 for Save the Dates and range from £2.50 to £4.50 for invitations depending on how much detail is needed. I am more than happy to draw up non obligation quotes and if a couple have a set figure in mind can make suggestions on how they can achieve the effect they desire whilst staying in budget.

Julia Eastwood (19)

Can couples request bespoke designs and if so what is the process?

Yes definitely! I love creating bespoke requests. Over the last 3 years I’ve created many bespoke illustrations over a wide range of themes, such as a couple who wanted a bride and groom duck ‘taking the plunge’, a couple who wanted to be drawn walking their dog into a wood of heart shaped trees and most recently I created illustrations for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ wedding which was a complete gift of a brief and totally captured my imagination. I would urge couples to contact me if they have an idea but can’t see anything similar on my website because 99.9% of the time the answer will be yes I can do it.

Julia Eastwood (6)

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I think like all illustrators I get inspiration from all around me without always realising, whether it’s a pretty house I spot on a walk or a wedding dress I ‘like’ on Pinterest. Although I think what makes my work stand out is that it’s unique… I don’t tend to fit in with current ‘styles’, I’ve always been into drawing and playing with paint and my illustrative style is the same whether commissioned to do a straight illustration piece or wedding stationery. That was partly what made setting up my wedding business so scary, wondering ‘will anyone else like it?’ but thankfully, so far I’ve had a really positive response.

Julia Eastwood (4)

What trends do you see being popular this year?

Woodland weddings seem hugely popular and my woodland wedding stationery range has been my best seller so far this year. I’ve had a few requests for illustrations that feature starry skies and so I think this may be an up and coming theme. It’s a theme that appeals to me and I plan to create a range based on winter starry skies ‘written in the stars’ as we move closer to the winter wedding season.

Julia Eastwood (30)

How far in advance would you advise a bride to start sourcing their wedding invitations?

I always advise my brides to aim to book 8 weeks before they would like to receive their invitations. Design slots do tend to book up in advance, 8 weeks means the first design draft will be completed in the first 3 weeks, and then I allow 3 weeks for the proofing process in which I will supply up to 3 proofs to ensure the design is completely perfect. Lastly, the remaining 2 weeks gives me time to prepare everything for print, send to print and have them returned to me (I use a wedding specialist in Northumberland) and then for me to finish with any special finishing touches such as rounded corners or ribbon.

In terms of when to send out, the magazines always say 3 months before the day, but personally, I think it depends on the time of year. I got married in August 2012 and was conscious of people wanting to book holidays, so I sent my Save the Dates in August 2011, and my invites in January 2012.

Julia Eastwood (26)

What type of bride do you think your style of work appeals to and why?

I think the brides who like my work are individuals, who value personal details in their wedding and chose items that represent themselves as a couple and their story so far. They enjoy telling their love story, and celebrating the real reason everyone has joined them for the day.

Julia Eastwood (38)

What type of invitations did you have on your wedding day? What would you choose now?

I got married on the 11th August 2012 and it really was the best day of my life. You can’t describe the ‘wedding bubble’ you become immersed in on the day and really do it justice. My wedding invitation was the first  designed and the first product I stocked. It’s also still one of my best sellers so it’s nice to know that 3 years on it’s still ‘got it’. In fact, a lot of products on my website are ones I first created for my own wedding, the Time Capsule Guestbook was first made for our day – although we were naughty and opened it the day after instead of a year after and the football shirt table plan cards were made so that my husband’s love of Huddersfield Town could be featured somehow.

Julia Eastwood (2)

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

My email is hello@lovejuliaeastwood.com and my website is www.lovejuliaeastwood.com. You can follow me on twitter or if you are local, we could get together for a chat.

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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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Save The Date! Supplier Showcase: All The Little Details PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

July 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier Save the Date Magnet £1.50

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It must be something in the air (the sun perhaps?!) but this week just feels like a good week.  Do you feel it too?  We’ve just announced our most exciting new event yet – did you miss it? – click here for the big reveal – and this morning I’ve a cheeky little discount on some very pretty stationery to pass on to you from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Nicola of beautifully bespoke stationery company All The Little Details.

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Like I said, just feels like a good week!

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For your 10% discount at All The Little Details, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Flat Invitation £3.50

Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Swept Framed Table Plan £70.00

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Welcome Nicola!  Tell us your story?

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All The Little Details started trading in 2012 after I spent a few years making stationery for friends/ friends-of-friends and course, I made all the stationery for my own wedding in October 2012.

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I was a PA for many years, working part-time, so wedding stationery was my ‘hobby’ and something that I did to help me relax. I was receiving many lovely compliments for my work but it was only after my own wedding that I realised I wanted to make it my full-time job. Then, fate stepped in as I was made redundant 12 days after my wedding (and a day after my birthday!), so I decided the time was right to give it a go.

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I spent three months setting up my website, getting my samples together and sorting out the business side of things. My first wedding fair was on 24 February 2013 and since then, I have attended six including, of course, the Brides Up North Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on 19 May 2013!  It has been a crazy seven months and business is booming. I just wish I’d have taken the plunge sooner but, better late than never!

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Table Number £1.95

Aubergine Flourish

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Pocketfold £4.75

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Aubergine Flourish Table Plan

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Who is an All The Little Details bride?

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There is not a stereotypical All the Little Details bride as all the items I produce are bespoke so I am able to cater to all tastes. Whenever I create a new design, I make a sample to add to my ever-growing box to show to brides-to-be. These are then used as inspiration for their own unique design.

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ATLD Elegant Black Sparkle Mirror Table Plan £95.00

Elegant Black Sparkle

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

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I am based in south Manchester and I work all the time! Seriously, I do not have set working hours and I fit in around brides-to-be and they also fit-in around me as I am a working mum. I prefer to visit clients so that we can have a good chat about what they want and what I suggest and just get a feel for them. This helps with the design process enormously.

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I do also receive orders via my website, which is also fine and just requires a few phone calls and lots of emails with photos so that I can get an idea of what the bride-to-be is looking for in her wedding stationery.

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ATLD Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Order of Service £2.95

Elegant Vintage Grey Damask

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Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Gatefold Invitation

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

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As I offer a bespoke service, the designs on my website are there as a guide only. As it states on the website, I am happy to reproduce it with the bride’s own twist. Maybe there are elements from several designs that they like and I will then bring all of those elements together. I can produce anything and everything from Save the Dates to Orders of Service to Table Plans to Gift Bags. Basically, if I can print it, I can make it!

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The process begins with a consultation where we will look through my samples, discuss the theme, colour scheme, venue and the overall ‘look’ that the bride is hoping to achieve. After the consultation, I will go off and design two or three samples and take it from there.

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Square Pocket Sleeve £4.25

Pink Sparkle Damask

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Pink Sparkle Damask Table Plan

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Table Number, Menu and Place Cards £1.95 £1.75 £0.80

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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Designs using lace and pearls are extremely popular and I can see this continuing next season given the beautiful lace dresses that were in the recent bridal fashion shows. Then, of course, there will be lots of ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired weddings, and stationery is a fabulous way of bringing the designs of the 1920’s into a wedding in an elegant way.

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I love using florals and they are always popular. They can be anything from vintage chic to bright modern designs.

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Simple and elegant designs highlighted with Swarovski Elements® crystals and sumptuous double-satin ribbons will always be in vogue as both come in a myriad of colours and are therefore a great way of bringing in a particular colour without it being too OTT.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Save the Date  £1.25

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What other products and services do you offer?

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I have a large Wishing Tree (which can be separated into small ones), wire birdcage frames, swept frames and several wooden easels for hire. I am happy to add to my selection should a bride want a particular item. My table plans can be supplied in an ornate swept frame or mirror.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Birdcage Table Plan Cards  from £1.95

Shabby Chic Spotty Rose

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Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Save the Date Birdcage

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

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1. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see so it is important to set the right tone from the outset be it traditional, contemporary or fun.

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2. Choose a design that will tie-in with the overall ‘theme’ of the day.

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3. If you are considering making your own stationery, work out a realistic budget of what everything will cost and then the amount of time involved to make it. It may be worth getting some of the more time-consuming items made by a stationer then make the more fun and less time-consuming items yourself.

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4. Bear in mind postage costs when choosing stationery as adding a simple embellishment can really bump up the postal costs – remember to include postage in your stationery budget.

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5. Stationery is not something you should go over budget with. So, if your ideas are beyond your budget, speak to you stationer to find ways to achieve the overall look you are after, but within your budget. A little tweak here and there can be enough to lower the price to what you can afford.

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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It all depends on the theme. A vintage theme is more effective when it is more eclectic whereas I’d recommend co-ordinating stationery for a more traditional, elegant theme.

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Swarovski Crystals - DL Pocketfold Invitation

Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Swarovski Crystals

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Vellum Overlay, and Swarovski Crystals and Ribbon Embellishment - Square Pocketfold Invitation

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

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There is a Price Guide on my website and it is there to give brides a starting point for working out a stationery budget. I regularly post new Special Offers on my Facebook page so please ‘Like’ then you will be notified when they are posted.

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I’d be delighted to offer a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Vintage Lace & Pearls Pocket Sleeve £4.75

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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Vintage Lace and Pearls, Sparkle Chandelier and Vintage Grey Damask – these are always popular and elements can be changed to tie-in with a brides chosen colour scheme.

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ATLD Vintage Lace, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal Evening Invitation  £3.50

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What sets All The Little Details apart from its competitors?

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I offer a very personalised service – a lot of my brides will change their minds about what they have initially ordered (if say, the bridesmaids’ dress colour changes – a popular reason for changing the stationery design!). This is not a problem as I want my brides to have exactly what they want.

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ATLD Vintage Pearls & Lace A5 Landscape Invitation  £3.50

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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It just depends on the order book at the time, but the average turnaround time is four weeks.

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ATLD Vintage Lace, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal Evening Invitation  £3.50

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

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Mobile: 07450 252997

Office: 0161 998 1777

Website: www.all-the-little-details.co.uk

Facebook: All the Little Details UK

Twitter: LittleDetailsUK

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