Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

individual ink: julia ogden

February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (4)

Julia Ogden produces handmade, one off wedding stationery, completely unique to each couple. Viewing her designs as art works in their own right, we meet the artist behind the inks…

Julia is currently offering 10% off all packages until Valentines Day. In addition to that Brides Up North readers will have a free screen print when they place their stationery order, including the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date. Quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Sarah Mason Photography.

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What is the story behind your business and your background?

julia says: I began my wedding stationery business in 2013. I studied illustration at University and have always had a love of combining text and image, so when a gallery (Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge) I supplied artwork to, mentioned they were having a wedding fair I jumped at the chance to create a stationery range for it.

Who is a Julia Ogden bride?

A Julia Ogden bride has a love of handmade, bespoke items. They would want their stationery to give a true sense of their relationship; loves, places and memories.

Julia Ogden (c) Sarah Mason Photography (22)

Where are you based? 

I am based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. I can work by appointment or if the client is further afield I can work online; emailing stationery ideas and sketches.

Tell us about your gorgeous hand printed designs? 

Each design I make is tailor made so I am happy to make any products the client would wish for. I do have packages on my website but I can always quote for additional items. The invitations are hand screen printed by me in Hebden Bridge.

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Is every design really completely bespoke? 

I begin the process of making the invitations by chatting to the couple and getting to know them (online or in person). I then sketch some ideas for their stationery, these could be based on their wedding location, the bride and grooms favourite things or to match the colour palette of their wedding. When the couple have decided on their favourite design I then screen print them.

This is a hand printed process; pushing ink through a thin mesh screen with the design on it to make the image. Every single invite is hand printed in this way and therefore truly bespoke. I draw all the illustrations for the invites and pride myself on them being completely unique to each couple.

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stationery with a difference: project pretty

November 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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If you’re the type of person (like us), that loves pretty paper goods so much so that you can spend an age picking out a new note book or selecting a greetings card, then you’re going to love this afternoon’s post. For today we’re formally introducing new Brides Up North featured supplier and stationery sensations, Kerry and Becky of Project Pretty, to the blog.

As their company name suggests, these ladies are experts when it comes to creating swoon-worthy stationery; from elegant florals to punchy typographically led designs – there really is something for all.

This afternoon we’ll be finding out a little more about the dynamic duo behind Project Pretty and what they have to offer you lovely brides-to-be. And if that’s not enough, they’re also giving us an exclusive first look at their brand new collections that they’re launching today AND offering our readers a rather fabulous discount:

Brides Up North can get 10% off orders over £50 by using the code BUN10 at the checkout

Take it away ladies!

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How did you first get into the wedding industry?

project pretty say: We are both degree qualified graphic designers and met whilst working for a local design agency. Whilst discussing wedding details for our own weddings we agreed that at the time, there wasn’t much choice when it came to wedding stationery. With coming from a graphic design/print background, we both wanted something a bit more exciting and this inspired us to start our own business. In 2011 we launched Project Pretty to cater for couples looking for something a little different.

Tell us about the products you offer to wedding couples…

We are a wedding stationery and paper goods company that offers wedding stationery from save the dates and invitations, through to ‘on the day’ stationery, such as table plans, menu cards, sweet buffet labels etc. and finally ‘after the day’ thank you cards.

What is your favourite thing about your job and what do you love about the wedding industry?

Kerry says: I love working with couples on what will most likely be, the first impression their wedding guests have of their day. Creating the invitations or save the date cards for our couples is usually the first time they see all the details down on paper – it’s an exciting time and I love to be a part of it.

Becky says: I find it really satisfying helping couples through, what let’s face it, can be a very stressful part of planning a wedding. After all it is the first thing guests see and there can be a lot of pressure to get things just right, especially from parents and other family members! So, I love it when we get such positive feedback from customers – it really makes all the long hours worth it.

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How can stationery enhance a wedding?

Stationery is such an important part of a wedding. From the initial save the date, or invitation, guests can gauge what the wedding will be like and it certainly builds the excitement for the big day with guests discussing potential themes or colours. Even the quality and attention to detail of the stationery says a lot about what they can expect from the day.

On the wedding day itself, stationery is everywhere, with table plans guiding guests where to sit, what food they’ll be enjoying and even where the flip flops are, for those with tired feet, so it’s definitely worth investing the time in getting all these things just right. Paper should never be underestimated!

Where do you suggest couples to take inspiration from for their stationery?

We advise couples that their wedding stationery should be a reflection of their personalities and relationship.  For example, take inspiration from the places you have travelled to as a couple, the concerts you’ve been to, the restaurants you’ve eaten in – have fun with it, especially with the ‘on the day’ stationery. It’s also a good idea to consider what flowers you will be having on the table so that the colours used in your ‘on the day’ stationery complement the floral displays. Pinterest is a great resource for discovering what styles you like with regards to typography, paper and print.

Do you have a signature style?

We both have quite distinctive styles which enables us to offer a wide choice of designs. Kerry’s designs are typographically led, whereas Becky’s designs tend to be floral and whimsical.

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Tell us about the new collections that you have just launched today…

Romance – Our new Romance collection features a soft watercolour background with grey calligraphy fonts. Finished with Kraft envelopes and optional finishing touches such as the belly band and lace, this collection is super pretty and feminine!

Betty – Betty is a bold floral design featuring a bright gouache painted floral image on a black and white polka dot background. If you are looking for a pretty invitations with an edge, these could be the ones for you. Teamed with black envelopes and optional envelope liners, these invitations will really make a statement.

Geometric – Our new geometric design is available in 71 colour options, including elegant duck egg blue, and features modern typography and diamond geometric lines.

Kate – This simple black and white design features a relaxed handwritten style font on a white or black background. Team with black lined envelopes for understated cool.

Hydrangea – Our Hydrangea collection is available in pink or blue with optional belly bands. With rounded corners and a handpainted watercolour design, these invitations are soft and pretty. Available with white, grey or Kraft envelopes. If you are looking for a rustic design, we recommend opting for Kraft envelopes.

How can you help couples to personalise their stationery? Do you offer a bespoke service?

All of our designs are customisable, so couples can alter the text to suit and most designs are available in a wide range of colours. When ordering on our website, you can add all the personalisation details and select your colour/layout preference upon ordering. We also offer a custom design service for couples that cannot find what they are looking for, and would prefer to have a design created just for them.

On first contact we will request a brief based on the couple’s ideas and wedding theme. It is a good idea to create a Pinterest board of ideas, inspiration images and colours so that we can gain a greater understanding of what you are looking for. We will also need to know how many of each item you require – for example, 50 wedding invitations plus matching RSVP cards and information cards.

When we have all the information we need we will put together a quotation outlining the costs for the design development and the final printed items. Once the quotation has been approved a 50% non-refundable deposit is required prior to any design work being undertaken. Following payment we will then produce a mood board of ideas for review so that we can narrow down a design that you are happy with – this will include font ideas, layout styles and illustrations.

Once we have your feedback on the mood boards, we will request the text for the invitations/designs and will then produce the artwork based on your comments and preferences. Full colour PDF proofs will be sent via email within ten working days for review.

Once the design has been approved we will request the remainder of the fee and once received will send the artwork to print. You will then receive your wedding stationery, beautifully packaged and within seven working days.

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What styles of your stationery are proving popular with couples at the moment?

Our Eva collection has proven to be very popular this year. The design is classic in style but with a contemporary edge. Designs such as this are timeless and will always be popular. In addition to this, floral designs with calligraphy-style typography are also proving popular. However, our Bella design is consistently popular with its dark background and pretty star design. It is perfect for winter weddings, but we have also found it to be popular all year round.

Do you have any particular favourite designs within your collection?

Kerry says: My favourite design is our Frankie collection. I love the mix of vintage style fonts and paper stocks.

Becky says: I love the Millie design. It’s so classy with an understated Art Deco theme and looks fab on the textured paper stock we offer.

Which celebrity wedding would you most like to design wedding stationery for?

Kerry says: I would have like to have designed stationery for the wedding of Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood. I love everything about Fearne’s style and think that as a couple, they would have had fun with the invitations and stationery.

Becky: It would’ve been great to have designed stationery for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding. She is so elegant with great style, she’s incredibly accomplished in her work, plus she bagged Hollywood’s most iconic bachelor – what’s not to love?!

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Tell us a little about your wedding days and what type of stationery you had…

Kerry says: I married my husband Matt in 2012 at Iscoyd Park near Whitchurch. We opted for a grey and yellow colour theme, with soft pastel flowers. I created all the wedding stationery myself which now makes up part of our Carnival collection. Instead of standard place cards, we pinned names badges to Kraft luggage tags, finished with baker’s twine, which was a great talking point for our guests.

Becky says: I married my husband Gareth in 2011, after a very long wait I might add, at Soughton Hall in Northop, North Wales. We had a fantastic day and night at the venue and I actually designed all my own stationery in a very classic style. I wanted it to tie-in with the beautifully historic venue so I used script fonts for a romantic feel along with a classic serif font in a very simple format. I had letterpress invitations and rsvp cards on a textured thick board, so the impressions were really deep and luxurious. I was absolutely thrilled – they turned out even better than I expected! However, my budget didn’t allow for all items to be printed this way, so all the other pieces, such as menus, place cards etc. were all printed digitally but using the same style. The design can now be found on our website under the name ‘Olivia’.

What sets you apart from other stationery companies?

We believe that beautiful typography and carefully considered colours combined with great customer service and the ability to visualise our customers’ ideas sets us apart from others. All of our collections are available to order on our website, making it easy for our customers to order online at their own convenience, however, we are always on hand to answer any questions and offer any help and guidance.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

Our prices range from £1.10 per place card, to £120 for an A1 table plan. Our price per invitation or save the date card varies dependant on how many you order, for example if you order 20 save the date cards these would be £1.80 each compared to an order of 100 at £1.60 each.

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Absolutely! Readers of Brides Up North can get 10% off orders over £50 by using the code BUN10 at the checkout.

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you and see more examples of your work?

Visit our website www.projectpretty.co.uk to view our collections and/or email us at studio@projectpretty.co.uk if you have any questions, or would like to discuss a custom design. We are also on Instagram – follow us @projectpretty1 for behind the scenes pics and a first peek at new collections.

 

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style sheet. pretty paper

April 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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When it comes to styling, wedding stationery is a key element that can be used to reflect your chosen theme from beginning to end.

It starts with the all-important save the date or invitation requesting guests’ attendance at your big day and is the first taster of your wedding, so naturally you want to spike their interest with something that beautiful, striking or fabulously different.

On the big day itself pretty paper will often continue in your order of service, table plan, name places, menus and décor. Following on from the wedding there will still be the thank you cards to send out which will complete the package.

In many cases stationery is also something that guests tend to keep hold of as a reminder of the special day.

So as it features quite heavily this is certainly one area you want to get right and should invest some quality time in. Whether you intend to go all Blue Peter and create your own stationery, or will be calling on an expert to supply the goods for you, we have come up with wonderful inspiration to help you curate your perfect paper wedding parcel.

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RUSTIC PAPER

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This is a popular theme, particularly with those who choose to wed in the great outdoors.

So if you are saying your ‘I dos’ in a barn, tepee, enchanting woodland or an open field, this could be the perfect theme to adopt for your paper products.

Think brown paper and string, textured card, hessian and bunting. The theme can take on many different looks from playful or stripped back to full on elegance, depending on which suits your personalities, wedding setting and overall styling the best.

If you choose to go down the playful fete route there are super cute design featuring love hearts, bunting and blooms in sweet, sugary tones, such as blush pink and mint. For something more tangible, texture can be added to this style of stationery with adorable buttons and kitsch fabrics.

Alternatively for a more elegant look designs on plain backgrounds bound with brown string and finished with a wooden decoration or dried, pressed flower can look particularly effective.

But if it’s a simplified rustic look you desire you could always go for an uncomplicated print design and leave the detail to the envelopes or why not consider a laidback floral option in subtle pastel shades?

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GLITTER PAPER

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What better way to grab your guests’ attention from the off than by sending them something sparkly through the post?

Brides-to-be (and us girls here at Brides Up North HQ) love glitter as it adds an instant injection of glamour to proceedings.

In terms of stationery picking out save the dates and invitations that have been dusted with dazzle will set the opulence bar high for the event to come. Meanwhile on the big day itself glitter adorned name places and table signage will help to capture and reflect light creating a luxurious atmosphere.

Sparkling décor also helps to add a party element, getting people in the right mood for a celebration.

The only question is what level of glitter to go for? Full on fans of the sparkly stuff may like designs that feature dense glitter backgrounds while those wanting to tone the bling a down little can still get their fix with carefully crafted glitzy-edged designs.

Meanwhile if you’re a lover of metallic shades but would don’t want the razzle dazzle there are some gorgeous gold, silver and rose gold matt paper options which look particularly pretty when teamed with pastels.

The typeface of sparkling stationery tends to be on the glamorous side too with numerous designs featuring fancy lettering that’s bound to make both you and your guests feel the love.

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GRAPHIC PAPER

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This really is an option for all as striking graphic designs can fit in with a wide spectrum of themes, from bold and bright to sophisticated black and white.

This type of stationery has proved particularly popular with Great Gatsby style couples who want art deco inspired stationery to reveal their theme to their guests. Gold, white and black colours feature heavily in the uncomplicated yet luxurious looking designs.

A popular graphic look ideal for couples who are having more of a colour scheme than a set theme, is one that’s more about lettering and less about décor. Such designs often feature just two colours and interest is created with varying fonts and sizing of text. The result is a clean, modern look.

Meanwhile for those who prefer something a little punchier there are some fabulous geometric designs featuring colourful chevrons, stripes and angular shapes.

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luscious. the rustic kraft & calligraphy collection by Calligraphy For Weddings

March 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This bijou and beautiful styled bridal shoot shows off the latest collection by talented Brides Up North Sponsor, Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings.  Now, we know our Featured Suppliers are the very best that this lovely industry has to offer (and believe us when we say we see a lot of beautiful on a daily basis), but even we were wowed when this one landed in our inbox.  We are absolutely in love with the styling concept and stationery shown off in this feature.

Girls, it’s time to go au naturelle.

With images by Theresa Furey Photography.

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claire says: Rustic styling is one of my favourite things and I find it really exciting to see modern calligraphy set against a rustic backdrop. My latest calligraphy collection was designed for this style of wedding, and the kraft colour card works beautifully with other colour accents.

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The stationery combines simple, modern lettering with quirky printed fonts, and invitations start from just £2. The entire collection is for sale in my Etsy shop and includes invites, printed menus, place names and tags.

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I adore the styling of this shoot with its luscious greens and almost a Sicilian feel – it’s charming and creative and easy to recreate with a little expert help! The flowers are fabulous; the cakes look divine. As barn weddings become more and more popular it’s wonderful to see styling which is just a little different – and this shoot totally nails it!

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The calligraphy and kraft stationery is the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding style, and it’s really affordable too.  Visit Claire’s Calligraphy For Weddings website or her Etsy store to find out more.

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Stationery: Calligraphy for Weddings

Styling & Decor: Lauradana Day by Wedding Creations UK

Assistant Stylist: Yolanda Day

Candelabras & Glassware: The Vintage Hire Company

Linen: Table to Dine For

Florist: Garden and Wild

Cake: The Vanilla Pod Bakery Cheltenham

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a wedding alphabet. invitations

January 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Found on bridalmusings.com, photo and stationery by Smitten on Paper

source: bridalmusings.com, stationery by Smitten On Paper

An invitation or save the date is so much more than wedding stationery, it’s an opportunity for couples to give their guests a taste of what’s to come.

Yes, it’s informative, giving your nearest and dearest the all important when, where and what details, but the invitation guests receive through the post is also a reflection of what your big day will entail in terms of style. It might provide hints as to the setting for the wedding and incorporate elements of the theming and possibly the colour palette. So in order to impress your guests from the outset, it’s essential to choose your invitations with care.

Stationery from minted.com

stationery from minted.com

Once the date is set it’s a good idea to start thinking about your invitations, even though they don’t need to be sent out until about six to eight weeks before the big day. If you are tying the knot at a busy time of year, such as Easter, Christmas or late summer, you might want to send out save the dates six months to a year before the wedding to avoid guests double booking.

The choice of invitations is pretty much endless and many couples opt to make their own, either to exercise their design skills, cut costs, or simply to ensure the design is exactly what they desire to fit the proceedings planned.

For those that aren’t keen on the DIY option, there are oodles of ready-made printed invitations available on the high street and from lots of independent designers that can be very cost effective. But for those wanting more personal stationery, bespoke invitations are the only way to go.

Found on weddingchicks.com, stationery by Amber Creative

source: weddingchicks.com, stationery by J Amber Creative

When searching for a designer to create your paper goods, think about the type of style of invite you want producing and look for designers who specialise in such areas i.e. modern, graphic, vintage, traditional. Also think about your budget as the design, paper, printing process and quantity will all make a difference to the overall price.

Before meeting your chosen designer to discuss your save the date/invitations gather inspiration from magazines and online and take examples along to show them. Plus be sure to share details of your plans for the big day to help them to create something that’s individual to you as a couple and your unique celebration.

Stationery from httpwww.jupiterandjunoshop.com

stationery from Jupiter and Juno

To keep your invites looking clean and classy don’t clutter them with too much information. Stick to the key information and then either include the extra details on your wedding website, or consider a bundle stationery option. As well as the invite these include extra enclosures, such as directions, information card, gift-list and RSVP, all tied together in a pretty parcel. Keep in mind though the larger and heavier the invite, the more it will cost to post. Also be sure to order a few extra invites to allow for mistakes/inviting extra guests.

Stationery from notonthehighstreet.com, by Salts Cards

stationery from notonthehighstreet. by Salts Cards

When you are sent your proof – check, check and check again to make sure it’s what you wanted and that all the details and spelling/grammar are correct.

And remember wedding stationery extends well beyond the invite to include all printed materials for the occasion, from name places and menus to orders of service and signage. To save time and money it’s a good idea to order all stationery in one go from the same designer. This will also ensure consistency of design and style, resulting in a wonderfully chic affair.

To find amazing stationery suppliers in your area, check the Brides Up North Directory.

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you are gold. supplier showcase: Calligraphy For Weddings

November 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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We’re going for gold as I welcome back Brides Up North Sponsor Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings. She’s making our pages even prettier this afternoon as she launches her stunning new gold calligraphy service.

You saw it here first… get ready to glisten.

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claire says: Gold calligraphy glistening in the sunshine on handwritten menus, place cards, tags and table cards – a wonderful counterpoint to a messy, richly coloured natural setting. I wanted to show brides how to work with a natural theme and bring together sophisticated details and a messy, rustic background. I went back to nature and this intimate shoot took place on the shores of England’s deepest lake on a sunny autumn morning.

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The tablescape is all about rich, natural colours: a palette of burgundy and pink tones with mossy greens and glowing gold. The lettering sparkles in the sunshine: metallic gold calligraphy inks are super luxurious and oh so wonderful to see – rub your finger across the letters and you can feel the raised gold swirls under your fingertips.

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A rich and colourful place setting was created using mixed textures and materials: moss and branches in their natural setting were complemented by ombre brocades, vintage china plates and rich pink gilded glassware. All of the styling elements were locally sourced from independent businesses – from forks to flowers! Counterbalancing the natural backdrop and messy tangles of brocade was the elegant calligraphy: loops and swirls of gorgeous gold on luxury burgundy paper stock.

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I really wanted to create a look which can be remade by DIY brides: vintage china and glassware is everywhere; and mixing natural textures of wood and moss with just a few bought flowers can add magic to every wedding table. It’s what tablescapes are all about – combining elements in a creative way to make unique and charming place settings for your guests. Replace my lakeshore ‘table’ with the real tables at your venue and you’ll have an enchanting reception style your guests will love!

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Calligraphy by Claire Gould, at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

Gold menu calligraphy from £7
Place name calligraphy £1.40
Table number cards from £4
Thank you tags £1.20

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