August 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime
As the very first insight you give guests into your big day it’s super important to take time when deciding on your invites. For maximum impact you will want them to be both a nod to the colour scheme and theme you have planned for the wedding, but also a reflection you and your partner.
We therefore love stationery suppliers that give brides and grooms the option to personalise designs through their wording, colour and material choices. One such company is the fabulous Basic Invite who we’re chatting to on the blog today about their utterly gorgeous paper goods, which range from save the dates and invites to on day essentials, like name place cards, menus and guest books.
Taking custom designed wedding invitations to the next level, Basic Invite offer couples an incredible range of designs, from pretty floral creations to cool graphic prints, and then give them the power to make their stationery truly unique with 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, plus multiple paper types and card cuts.
Better still, they’re offering Brides Up North readers 15% off orders placed on their website – just use code 15FF51 at checkout.
So, let’s handover the blog to the team behind Basic Invite to showcase some of their delightful stationery options while talking us through the design and ordering process.
Can you give us an overview of the service and products that you offer?
basic invite say: We offer truly custom stationery for all of life’s major moments! From wedding invitations and thank you notes to personal stationery and business cards. We have a card for everything and designs to suite any style!
Why is stationery such an important element of a wedding and how can it help to enhance the build-up and the big day itself?
Wedding invitations and stationery are an important element because it’s one of the first things your guests will receive in regards to the big day. It’s important that your invitations reflect you as a couple and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding style, giving them a taste of what’s to come.
How would you describe the style of the stationery that Basic Invite offer?
We have something for everyone! We strive to offer the most innovative designs while also designing timeless options that will never go out of style. The cool thing about Basic Invite is our customisation options. This offers endless options for brides to tweak their design and make it truly unique. Brides can choose styles ranging from vintage to modern, typography to calligraphy, and even photo invitations.
What is your most popular design currently?
Our most popular design for the 2018 wedding season is definitely our watercolour wedding invitations. Brides are loving the soft touches of colour and delicate floral designs. With that said, our new Seal & Send wedding invitations are coming in as a close second. This popular line offers an all-in-one design with a tear-off RSVP card and no envelope needed as addresses are printed on the front and sealed with a custom sticker. We anticipate seeing a lot of brides going for this look in the 2019 wedding season.
How far in advance of the wedding would you advise couples to source their stationery?
The sooner the better! Based on a one-year engagement we suggest couples follow the following timeline.
8+ months order samples
6+ months order your save the dates
4+ months send your save the dates and order your wedding invitations
3+ months send your invites and order your wedding day stationery
2 weeks post-wedding send your thank you notes
What elements of the wedding would you advise couples to consider when picking their stationery and where should they look for inspiration?
Incorporating wedding colours is a huge design detail that will go a long way, especially if you are keeping a cohesive theme throughout all of your wedding festivities. Theme is another element to consider. Switching things up throughout your engagement is a fun option but designing invitations that will match and transfer across to your wedding day stationery, like your menus and place cards, will make for a solid overall look which is super classy!
Basic Invite offer various ways that couples can personalise their wedding stationery designs, can you tell us more about such options?
Our customisation options are what help us stand apart from other online stationery vendors. Not only do we offer hundreds of wedding invitation designs and so many other products, we also offer 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, multiple paper types and card cuts, three foil colours in two styles, and almost every aspect of reach design can be edited or customised including wording, spacing, colour, and more!
Can couples order material samples and previews of stationery products before placing their final order?
Absolutely and it’s something we highly recommend. That way customers can see their invitations first hand before they order in full. Although our website shows edits in real time it’s still a good idea to see the final product before sending hundreds out.
February 5th, 2018 | Julia Braime
We’re forever looking ahead to spot the upcoming styles in wedding décor and themes, and today we welcome Bride and Groom Direct – wedding invitation and stationery retailer known for beautiful wedding invitations – to the blog to reveal their top three key trends for 2018 wedding invitations.
Millennial pink and blush pink are the wedding invitations shade to have for 2018. Pink will never be out of style for weddings and this particular shade will give the colour a refreshing and modern uplift! It’s a great way to tie your wedding invitations into your wedding colour scheme.
Incorporate one of 2018’s biggest stationery trends into your wedding and opt for a soft watercolour invitation. Available in a wide range of colours from purple, to mint green you’ll be able to find a watercolour wedding invitation that is perfect for your wedding theme.
Taking influence from the 1970’s, this shade is one of the must have colours of 2018. The beautiful shade is a great way to use an uplifting colour in your wedding that will instantly give your wedding stationery a touch of style!
It can be hard to work colour into your wedding, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids to please! If you have your heart set on including something bright as a part of your wedding, why not use your stationery to do so? Yellow is a great choice when looking to include colour, it symobolises positivity and new life – and is scientifically proven to make us happy, as we associate the colour with the sun! It is an especially perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding. Yellow doesn’t have to be bold either, consider using a paler yellow instead. Looking for inspiration? We love these colourful wedding invitations, there is lots of options if you already have a few colour selections in mind.
Are you looking for something a little different? Colour isn’t the only way trends and style can be added to your wedding invitations. These top ticks below are perfect for weddings with a decor theme, and include this year’s most popular wedding themes.
The popularity of candid photography at weddings is on the rise again and to be honest, we don’t understand why it ever went out of fashion in the first place! Candid photos allow you, the bride (and groom) to look behind the scenes at the bits of your wedding you didn’t see. Pop up photo booths are becoming a huge hit at weddings at the moment, and are a great way to loosely theme your wedding. Why not introduce that theme by having a photo of you and your groom on the front of your wedding invitations? Depending on budget, many couples are actually having photoshoots to get that perfect ‘candid’ moment on the front of their invitations!
Another huge trend right now, is to make your own wedding invitations. This is great if you are a whizz at crafts and have enough time to hand craft perhaps over 100 wedding invitations. However, if you aren’t able to make your own from scratch, Bride and Groom Direct actually sells DIY wedding invitations kits. You can buy all of the items you need to give your invitations that handmade appearance with a professional touch.
What are your thoughts on these wedding invitations colours and themes? If you have any suggestions, or thoughts we’d love to hear them.
Bride and Groom Direct retails a huge range of wedding invitations; ranging from traditional styles to the latest trends. You’ll also find the perfect wedding stationery and favours to complement your wedding invitations.
February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
March 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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January 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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