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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rustic

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Pressed To Perfection. Supplier Showcase: Jolovka PLUS Free UK Shipping For Wedding Blog Readers

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Jolovka for Brides Up North

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I’ve something a little bit lovely to share with you this afternoon. 

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Jolovka is a paper goods and gifts shop based in the North East created by husband and wife team, John & Kat Flynn.  Kat moved to the UK from Texas after meeting John whilst working at a summer camp in Dallas, Texas. After three years of having a trans-Atlantic romance, John was pleased to share everything he loved about the North of England with his beautiful bride.

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Jolovka offers custom invitations, embossers, baker’s twine, labels and vintage stamps that are both whimsical and classic. Their custom bridal shower and party invitations are designed so that you have the option to print them at home and they offer customised wedding invitations designed just for you. 

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Kat says: We are passionate about the love that can be found within the words of a hand-written letter and continue to find inspiration in celebrating the life that grows from that love.

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Jolovka for Brides Up North

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Their custom embossers are both designed and made in Great Britain and I was over the moon when they sent a very special Brides Up North embosser (as well as a little box of paper goodies) my way.  I don’t automatically share every promotional gift that I am sent here on the wedding blog – you’d soon get tired of that – but I’m a sucker for lovely stationery and these beautifully made pieces really stood out.

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I’ve been using the special Brides Up North stamp on all my correspondence, and this would be a lovely way to add a posh personal touch to your wedding stationery, and forever after as Mr and Mrs. 

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Embossers with text are £45 and embossers with images start at £75 but kind Kat and John are offering free UK shipping for Brides Up North readers with the coupon code BRIDESUPNORTH268.  This offer expires 3rd August 2013, minimum purchase £10.

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Go, go, go!  You’ll love it. 

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Let’s Get Intri-‘cut! Supplier Showcase: Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery PLUS Free Swarovski Crystals!

January 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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Morning all!  Let’s all give a warm its-nearly-the-weekend-and-payday-thank-goodness welcome to Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Deb of Hand-Held-Designs, who is here to tell us all about her range of beautiful cut wedding stationery. 

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What is the story behind Hand-Held-Designs?

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My love of card design was re-awakened, whilst studying for a degree in Textiles and Surface Design at CCAD.  I had spent the previous 20+ years in the Hair and Beauty Industry, mostly running my own hairdressing business.  As a hobby I had made cards over the years and sold them at craft fairs, and I had always sold out, but it wasn’t until the card and gift assignment at University that I realised how exciting it was working with paper again. I love having a flat piece of paper, and a craft knife, and cutting out a design I’ve created, and how magical it is seeing it appear little by little, and how beautiful the shadows are when the light catches the design.  I knew then that my heart was with card and paper design, and paper-cut design, and I knew that I wanted to create beautiful stationery, that would be something special and different for a couple’s special day.

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Who is a Hand-Held-Designs bride?

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A bride who wants a beautiful, contemporary, striking design and loves to add a splash of colour.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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

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I am based in Darlington, Co. Durham, and currently work from my small studio based in my home. I work online, via email, and by telephone, and exhibit my stationery collections at selected wedding fairs, where it’s always nice to speak to people face to face.

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Who is a Hand-Held-Designs dream client?

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My dream client is any couple who falls a little in love with my designs, I have a passion for what I do, and if clients ’feel’ the design as I do, that’s just perfect.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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Tell us more about your Intri’cut service. Are your designs all bespoke?

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All the designs are created by myself, and are ‘Intri’cut’ – I call it this as the products are intricate in design and nature, starting with a design that I sketch and develop, then turn into a digital outline that is then sent to my cutting machine for the design to be cut out. It’s not laser cut, it is cut with a fine-detail blade, so has no burnt or scorched edges to it.  I have a ‘core’ range of designs, which I am always working on adding to. These can be adapted to make them more personal to each couple, by adding their chosen coloured inserts to match their theme, and, if required, choosing a coordinating/contrasting foil, which comes in a large range of colours, (metallic and matt). If the bride wishes, some of the designs can have text of choice added to the invitation front, and though I suggest fonts that compliment each other, with an extensive range of commercial fonts and pantone colours available to print with, I’m sure the couple will find something to make their chosen design unique to them.

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What products are available in each design?

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Most of the designs start with ‘Save the Date’, and go through to all of the wedding day stationery, including table plans and post-wedding ‘Thank You’ cards. Anything I haven’t covered I am working on, so please ask, I don’t want to take a single design and put it on everything. I try to mix it up to make it more unique.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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

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Print and patterned stationery will feature with geometric patterns, chevrons and stripes proving popular.
Stationery can be mixed and matched within this theme, providing there is a common colour running throughout and this can look stunning with a real contemporary edge. The ‘Gemini’ range of invitations offers a geometric pattern, that is proving a real favourite and depending on which colours are chosen, it can look contemporary or classic.

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1920’s glamour, and the ‘roaring 20’s’ theme will influence a lot of design. Art Deco stationery looks amazing, and ties in with the geometric prints and patterns. I have been looking at 1920’s architecture for inspiration for new designs, so watch this space! 

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Cut wedding stationery will grow in popularity; it is stylish and detailed, it works with any colour scheme and offers something different to the usual printed stationery.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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

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The wedding day is all about the happy couple, and the stationery should be a reflection of the couple’s taste.

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The stationery gives the first impression, and sets the tone of your big day, so invitations are very importation. Think carefully if you are planning on having co-ordinating wedding-day stationery, it’s worth thinking about this in the first stages, so everything looks gorgeous on the day. Mention it to your stationer, even if you don’t need it now, ordering it in advance avoids possible disappointment later.

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Think of your budget – it’s so easy to get carried away with all the accessories and wedding-day stationery. Discuss with your stationer how much you have to spend and your requirements, they should offer advice and recommend solutions to keep within price, e.g. only putting one menu on each table, or supplying place cards left unprinted for you to hand-write.

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If the invitations you love are a little more expensive, then don’t buy ‘Save the Date’ cards as well as Invitations – just send your invitations out earlier.

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Book your stationer early – better to have time in hand, you will have plenty of other wedding topics to think about!

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Order a few extra invitations, at least 5 of each, day and evening, ( I always add in a few extra envelopes), because we all make spelling mistakes at times – particularly when we need to get it right!

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Does all of your stationery have to match?

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Not necessarily, no. Matching stationery looks beautiful, and you know everything goes together, but mixing and matching can look amazing, as long as there is a common element that ties it all together. Mixing and matching patterns or florals work well, as long as the colour theme runs throughout.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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

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The range of invitations are divided into two price bands, namely £4.90 each and £5.90 each. This includes two inserts, one coloured and one white with text.  For a small additional cost they can be individually accessorized with Swarovski Crystals, which really finishes them off.

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I am offering all Brides up North readers, free Swarovski Crystals on all invitations ordered by 1st March.  Please quote Brides Up North when placing your order or enquiry. 
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Which designs are your best sellers?

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The ‘Flutterby’ range is always a popular favourite, it’s a pretty range and very romantic. The ‘Gemini’ is also proving equally as popular, it can look very classical, but then choose a strong colour behind it, and on the foil detail, and it looks totally different and has a real contemporary look.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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What sets Hand-Held-Designs apart from it’s competitors?

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All Hand-Held-Designs’ intricate collections are individually cut on a cutting machine, which cuts with a blade, producing a nice, crisp edge, without the burnished or scorched edges associated with laser cutting. Hence on the pearlescent card I use, the edges are the same crisp clean finish on the outside and the inside, making it perfect for wedding stationery. Hand-Held-Designs offer beautiful intricate stationery, which can be further enhanced with foil detailing in a range of striking complimentary or co-ordinating colours. As the designs are created by me, the range is unique and original to Hand-Held-Designs.
I offer a professional, reliable service, where customer care is paramount.

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How long does it take to turn around an order?

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I usually quote 6 weeks from receiving full payment and the final signed proof, but please contact me if you have a more urgent requirement. The insert paper is ordered especially for each order, and this can take up to 4 weeks for delivery.

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Hand-Held-Designs Wedding Stationery

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you?

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Website: www.hand-held-designs.co.uk
Email: hello@hand-held-designs.co.uk

Telephone: 07535 707320

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Supplier Showcase: Graphic Embers PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

December 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The funny thing about editing a blog like Brides Up North is that it has ceased to be just my blog, and whilst I source the features, curate the content and do all the writing here at Brides Up North HQ, so much of what you see before you every day depends on the fantastic Northern wedding industry who continues to support this blog and brand so wholeheartedly, and YOU my lovely readers who continue to visit each day in your thousands, send me lovely emails with your wedding queries (I can almost always point you in the direction of a wedding professional who can help) and submit your Real Weddings to feature after the event.  Whilst Brides Up North is my creation, the blog is very much your product, and I can’t thank you enough for that as our Northern Revolution picks up pace and rumbles on!

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Today we meet the lovely Angela of Graphic Embers, one of the Featured Suppliers without whose support this double daily dose of wedding inspiration and it’s related real life bridal events would cease to exist.  Let’s give Angela and her pretty, bespoke wedding stationery a warm welcome.  There’s 10% off in it for you…

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Anne

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What is the story behind Graphic Embers?

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The idea for behind Graphic Embers came into being five and a half years ago, when I made my own wedding stationery. However, it never got any further than a vague idea for something I might do at some point in the future; after all, I was studying for my degree and had a job I loved. However, in 2008 the economic crisis began, and one of the many industries hit was construction, mine and my husband’s industry.

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In the summer of 2010 Matthew, my husband, was made redundant, then a year later, the week I had my daughter, so was I. While unfortunate, the redundancies did spur me on to begin something I had only day-dreamed of for years. I built our first website and Matthew set up the Graphic Embers business selling wedding stationery designs I’d created as a hobby in the preceding years. Graphic Embers got its very first client on October 14th 2011, and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

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In April 2012 I finally re-gained the reins of Graphic Embers after my maternity leave ended and since then I have continued to develop the brand, create a wide selection of stationery ranges and work on some truly unique bespoke work for our couples.

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It has been a tough year, starting a business from scratch with no wages to fund it and no access to business grants or loans. It has taken hard work and dedication to get us to where we are today; nominated suppliers for one of the local wedding venues and winner of The North of England Wedding Awards 2012! For all it has been tough, I wouldn’t go back to my old job now, when Graphic Embers has so much to offer. I love working with brides and grooms and helping create the dream they have for their wedding day. Winning the award made me so grateful to all the couples who have given us the opportunity to work with them over the last year and has made me more determined than ever to offer the best service we can.

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It’s nice to have access to a blog like Brides Up North that is based in the North. So many wedding blogs, or wedding media generally, are focussed in the South. It’s nice to be able to keep up with Northern suppliers and Northern brides. One of our aims for 2013 is to support the local economy and we now have both a Northern card stockist and a Northern print lab, as well as advertising in some Northern media. We’re proud to be a Northern business and it’s nice to see a blog that celebrates brides in the North.

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Bow   Catherine

Bow & Catherine

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Who is a Graphic Embers bride?

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Any bride who wants dedicated service, the ability to fully customise her stationery or have a unique design is a Graphic Embers bride. While we have quite a broad range of vintage and scrapbook inspired standard designs we have worked on everything from snow leopard print chequebook invitations to laser cut hot air balloons. Our aim is to provide every one of our couples with stationery to suit them and their big day.

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Jane

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

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We are based in Lynemouth, Northumberland, but don’t currently have a public premises (one of our hopes for the future). We do however offer free at home consultations to couples in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. We can also work entirely online via email, much as we do for national clients. Our current designs and brochure are available to view on our website www.graphic-embers.co.uk which is regularly updated.

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Dragonflies   Elizabeth

Dragonflies & Elizabeth

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Are all your designs completely bespoke?

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We have a wide collection of standard designs which we can fully customise, however, the majority of our work is bespoke. We regularly have clients wanting something they can’t find anywhere else and we pride ourselves on being able to provide a service which allows us to work to almost any theme. We’ve even had a bride lift her leg almost onto our stand at a wedding fair to show us her snow leopard print leggings as that was the design she wanted on her invitations. Often the bespoke designs are the most fun to work on, and I think my all time favourite was a set of autumn themed stationery we did for a client who married in October. Her invitations and most of her day stationery were laser cut from rich brown and orange card, but her theme also gave us the opportunity to try a laser engraved wooden table plan which was then inlaid with mahogany. The table plan became the inspiration behind our new Signature Range of wooden stationery.

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What products are available in each design?

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We should be able to produce anything a couple wants in any design. If it doesn’t already exit we will make an item to match, right the way through from save the date cards to thank you cards, and all the invitations, table plans and on the day stationery between.

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Ever After

Ever After

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

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Vintage designs are still proving popular. Our Country Garden design is relatively new, but is proving to be the design getting most interest for next year’s weddings. However, modern, bold printed statements are also doing well. On request we recently produced what is quite a simple design, text on white card which lists famous couples, with our clients’ names in the middle of the list in a different colour. Since producing the first design we’ve had more requests for a similar sort of thing. Print is certainly getting more attention now than it has done previously, and while handmade designs will always have a strong following it’s certainly no bad thing being able to do our own illustrations to print to suit current demand.

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What other products/ services do you offer?

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We also have the United Kingdom’s first LED lit, acrylic, laser cut wishing trees available for hire. The trees were designed by Graphic Embers and are exclusive to us. The concept is that they appear as elegant ice sculptures during the day, so as not to overpower the flowers and cake, but then in the evening when the lights go down the act as stunning beacons, drawing guests in to fill out their wishing tags. The bases have around 8000 colour options in it, so we can match the trees to almost any colour scheme or set them to cycle through a range of colours which looks really magical.

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Along with tree hire couples get the hire of our wishing tree poem, pens and decorations as well as a set of personalised tags and tag box to keep. We can match the tags and ribbons to a couples’ colour scheme as well as personalising the text on the reverse.

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We are also looking at getting items to hire next year, as we’ve had so many requests for the butterfly table number stands we use at fairs. We already have a half bird cage that can be used as a table plan with the addition of tags but we’re hoping that by mid 2013 we will also have a set of table number stands and perhaps birdcages which can be hired out.

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Laser Lace   Liza

Laser Lace & Lisa

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

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That’s a hard one, but I think some rock/metal singer type who either wants to play up their character or go for something quirky like a rockabilly themed wedding. We’ve just started looking at making hand bound guest books and while searching for cover materials we’ve found so many great fabrics I would love to make a themed goth or vintage rock book. And can you imagine having something you’d made, right down to hand stitching the pages, signed by a host of celebrity guests?

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

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HEARTHave a look at lots of websites, wedding blogs, magazines and moodboards before you start talking to stationers so that you have an idea what you like and what you don’t, both in terms of theme/style and basic format. Do you want a postcard or a pocketfold?

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HEARTThink about how much information you want to include early on. Stationers will be able to give you a more accurate quote if you can tell them straight away that you plan on including a list of local hotels and a map with directions.

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HEARTIf you have guests coming from a distance and need to include extra information, but have a limited budget then don’t bother with save the dates. Save your money for better, more comprehensive invitations and just send them a bit earlier.

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HEARTAsk your chosen stationer how much you can customise a design, some will limit a design to a set variety of colours, some a set number of changes. If you really want to make your mark on a design then it is worth finding out how much you can do. We will make any changes we can or design something entirely unique just for you. Also, get samples if you customise a design. It may seem like an unnecessary extra cost to buy a personalised sample, especially with print lab costs for one off prints being so high, it is worth it though to check colours as they won’t always print as they appear on screen.

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HEARTGet in touch with your chosen stationer early. We don’t like having to turn couples away and many of the most popular stationers book up six months in advance. Even as a relatively young business we can book up, and we already have an order book which goes up to December 2014! We don’t mind you booking us well in advance, in fact we’d rather book a production slot for you in nine months time than turn you away five months before your wedding.

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

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HEARTDon’t leave it to the last minute to find and book your stationer. Many of the best book up in advance and we don’t like disappointing couples.

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HEARTWhile going for the budget option may seem like a good idea, it can have consequences. Your stationery is often a guest’s first glimpse at your big day and what you are paying for is both the quality of materials used and the time and dedicated service put in by your stationer. Sometimes the cheap option doesn’t come up to scratch and the stationer can’t or won’t fix the problem. It amazes me how many people we’ve had tell us another stationer has let them down.

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Rustic

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Does all the stationery have to match?
 

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A perfectly matching set of stationery can look beautiful, but as with everything in weddings you can do wonderful things by not matching as well. Much like you can have different coloured bridesmaid dresses as long as you tie them together somehow, you can do the same with stationery. We recently did a set of individual menus that alternated colours, half on pearlescent orange card and half on textured brown card for an autumn wedding. You could also have different designs or colours in the same theme, much like many do with mismatched vintage crockery. It all depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

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Margaret   My Darling

Margaret & My Darling

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

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For a bride on a budget I would go for a postcard invitation of one of our printed ranges as, this keeps cost down but still allows for memorable design. If money is no object then I would definitely advise our Signature Range which is laser engraved into wood. It’s our most expensive range, but each piece is a stunningly crafted item. The table plan especially, which is inlaid with mahogany, is a beautiful keepsake.

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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The Simplicity handmade wallet is very popular, it’s a very elegant but cost effective design and is probably the item we’ve had most orders for so far. However, for clients we’re speaking to for next year our Country Garden pocketfold could easily compete.

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What sets Graphic Embers apart from its competitors
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When we say bespoke design we mean it, we really can design to any theme. We’re also original, our wishing trees are something that has never before been seen and our stationery designs are exclusive to us. We offer a dedicated service and really value each and every couple who comes to us.

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

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Invitation prices range between £1.85 and £8.10. Our pocketfold prices all include invitation, information insert and RSVP card as we’d rather give a full price upfront than give brides a nasty shock when they have to add on a separate information card price. However, if you don’t need the information card we are happy to deduct this.

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If you order stationery through Graphic Embers we do offer 20% off wishing tree hire too. Wishing tree hire starts at £75 + mileage.

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

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We can offer 10% off our 2013 prices for any stationery booking made before 1st February 2013. This includes booking a production slot in advance.

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Victoria   Village Fayre

Victoria & Village Fayre

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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Maximum timescales for handmade and print stationery is 31 days from full payment to shipment, though 14-21 days is more likely. For laser cut stationery the maximum time from payment to shipment is 45 days, but again we aim for less. The Signature Range is slightly different, as it can take four weeks for the materials to be delivered. Maximum timescales are eight weeks from payment to shipment, this is so we can order in the wood and produce the items. This doesn’t mean you need your table plan finalised eight weeks early, we can delay production of final design proof until four weeks after we’ve ordered the materials, as long as we know approximately how many tables you will need. As long as your details are finalised for us to start engraving that’s fine.

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

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Website: www.graphic-embers.co.uk

Email: enquiries@graphic-embers.co.uk

Phone: 07581560705

Facebook: Graphic Embers

Twitter: @GraphicEmbers

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We are running a competition with Matt McGurk Photography. Matt is going to set up a studio day in February especially for brides and grooms to come along and have couples shots taken. For just £40 couples will get an hour long photo shoot, CD of 4 to 5 images with printing rights and a large (16 x 12 inches) print. Book before Friday 18th January and one lucky couple will win 50 save the date cards (or equivalent postcard invitations) from Graphic Embers incorporating their favourite photograph taken on the day! The date for the photo shoot will be confirmed based on interest, but will be a weekend in mid February in a Newcastle-upon-Tyne studio. Pre-register your interest now to be entered into this fantastic competition! To see Matt’s previous work visit www.mattmcgurk.co.uk. Bookings should be made by contacting enquiries@graphic-embers.co.uk. Graphic Embers look forward to incorporating some beautiful photography into some completely unique stationery!

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  – Images © 2012 Matt McGurk

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In Good Taste! Supplier Showcase: Luxury Wedding Invitations By Uberfly Invites – PLUS 50% OFF Fingerprint Trees

August 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Dare I say it?  Sometimes, just sometimes, I am all quirked out.

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Individual styling, a fresh fun approach and doing things your way are very much to be encouraged, but when everyone is going all quirky on you? So “quirky weddings” become a cookie cutter style trend rather than celebrating individuality and thinking out of the mould?  Well, it’s not just not quirky anymore.  And it’s just not interesting.

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Don’t think you need to be quirky to be cool.  Be true to yourself people!  If kooky isn’t naturally in your nature, sometimes I reckon that keeping things classy is a more sensible style choice.  I don’t mean sensible as in boring.  I mean sensible as in stylish. And luxury always feels good. 

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Although I’m sure this afternoon’s Featured Supplier Teresa from wedding stationer Uberfly Invites could bat a quirky theme right out of the park, it’s her subtle, beautiful wedding invitations and focus on luxury finishes that really caught my eye.

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Wedding invitations

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What is the story behind Uberfly Invites?

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Uberfly started trading back in 2009, I set the business up on the back of my redundancy from regional management. I had worked in the corporate arena for many years and my creativity was restricted due to the industries I worked in. I had always had a passion for design and creating things so I took this opportunity to unleash my passion and ran with it. My Dad and sister have a printing business so it made sense to encompass their printing expertise. The business largely has been built on personal recommendations, certainly in the early days, but this last year I have wanted to grow the brand and client base which has been helped by the website and relationships I have with bridal boutiques across Cheshire.

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Who is an Uberfly Invites bride?

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Sassy, stylish with lashings of taste. They know what they like and want to make a statement.

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Luxury wedding stationery

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Where are you based? Do you sell purely online or do you work by appointment?

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I am based in Stockton Heath, Cheshire. My business is both online and through pre booked face to face or telephone consultations, which I can hold late nights and weekends. My clients are not restricted to the North West, I seem to be attracting a lot of brides from the south, particularly London and even Australia! I obviously have lots of brides from the North of England and tend to hold a lot of consultations here at Elmhurst, Stockton Heath. It gives brides the chance to sit down and have a good look at my portfolio. Due to the bespoke nature of a lot of my work, brides get the opportunity to have input in the design/colours/finishes whilst not having the stress of actually producing it!  I do also go to clients homes if they wish, but as we are so conveniently located of the M56 and M6, clients find it easy to come here where I can fully display the design portfolio.

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What wedding stationery collections are currently available?

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My portfolio consists of Couture, Vintage, Simple and Elegant, Romantic and Simply Printed designs. I have a whole range of styles including pocket-fold, cheque book style and designs with a unique pocket to the reverse which are proving very popular. All the designs come with matching or complimenting on the day stationery. Due to the range and quality of stock I source, I can offer flexibility in colours, embellishment choice and card options at no extra cost.

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Wedding invitations online

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What products are available in each design?

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I offer the full package in each design, so before the day – save the date cards, wedding invitations and evening invitations. On the day – order of service/order of the day, table plans, place name cards, table name cards, menus, favour tags, personalised lotto card holders, personalised favour boxes, wedding post boxes all to match the design or theme. Along with thank you cards for when it is all over! I tend to find that the bride and groom opt for something luxurious for the day invitations and taper down for the evening invitations, whilst maintaining design consistency across the rest of their stationery.

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Do you have any new stationery designs coming up for next season?

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I am constantly researching what is hot and what brides want whilst thinking of new designs and ideas. I have recently launched my Snow White design which is perfect for brides planning a winter wedding. Watch this space for new products coming up in the coming months including favours.

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Winter wedding invitations

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Can you do bespoke designs?

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I have an existing portfolio which sets the base for most of my clients choices, with the option to change card, designer papers, ribbon colour, design colours and embellishments fonts and wording.

However, I also offer a full bespoke service, where I sit down with my clients and work through wants, wishes, tastes, styles and themes and take a truly bespoke concept through to the end unique product. Every design can be fully personalised and there are no restrictions as everything is professionally printed giving me greater scope to take it to the next level.

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Classic wedding invitations

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

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Give yourself enough time to choose your supplier, decide upon what you really want and see a sample. The person you are dealing with is just as important as their products. Try and start looking at stationery about 6 months before your big day, a year before if you want to send save the date cards out.

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Ask friends, family and other wedding suppliers for personal recommendations or seek out testimonials from other brides through blogs, Twitter or Facebook.

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If you see something you really love, go with your gut feeling. Try and find something that reflects you and your groom’s personality.

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Don’t be afraid to ask, you may not think something can be done, but it could be!

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Make a mood board of all things you and your fiancé like, cut images out of magazines and stick to card or board – it doesn’t all have to be connected to weddings, just of things you love. This will enable you to really understand what each of you like and give you a greater insight that will work for both of you.

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

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There is nothing wrong with wanting to create your own invitations, just be mindful of what you are getting into. Putting additional pressure on yourself can really set the stress levels soaring!

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Try not to please everybody – this is you and your future hubby’s day so even though everybody will have an opinion (well meaning of course) try and stick to what you want.

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Don’t get too hung up on wording – there is no wrong or right way!

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Vintage wedding invitations

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Does all the stationery have to match?

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No not at all, in fact as we have seen trending in fashion with the clash and contrast of colours, prints and styles, this can be done with wedding stationery and is becoming ever more popular. Of course, if you want everything totally matching then it is still beautiful to do so and lots opt for this. However brides don’t been to get hung up on everything been too matchy. There can be elements of the theme mingled through the stationery, but in a more subtle way. I find a some of my clients choose an invitation totally different to their actual wedding day design to put their guests off the scent of the theme of the day! Then others like to have an exact match to a bridesmaid dress or choice of flower. All I would say is that there is no right or wrong way of doing it, as long they love it and it reflects their personalities then roll with it and enjoy!

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

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Our simply printed range means you can get a beautifully printed invitation on gorgeous card with some of our quirky designs or printed decorative elements for a great price, perfect for brides on a budget or those short on time.

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I LOVE both the vintage birdcage and grace pocket-fold invitations – they are totes gorgeous and will really wow guests!

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Black and white wedding invitations

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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The pearl and lace pocket-fold, vintage candy, romantic tapestry, Ella cheque book and Elizabeth invitation with pocket detail are the current hot favourites.

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What sets Uberfly Invites apart from its competitors?

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Stunning quality, choice, designs and lashings of friendly service! Nothing is too much trouble and I believe that building relationships throughout the process and offering advice, support and flexibility gives my clients a really enjoyable experience. Having the in-house professional printing and tonnes of passion, give Uberfly that unique edge that you will find hard to get elsewhere.

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Uberfly invites

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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After an order is placed either online or following a consultation then pdfs to proof are produced within a week. Once proofed there is a three week turn around to complete and despatch. Typically save the dates/invitations/on the day stationery are separate orders and are produced at different times. The simply printed range can be turned around at shorter notice if absolutely necessary.

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

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The price list can really cater for all budgets, with prices starting at 95p going through to £6.00 an invitation you can spend as little or as much as you like. There are quantity discounts to enjoy with a 5% discount over 41 and a 10% discount over 81 within each design.

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I am running two offers at the moment. If you "like" Uberfly’s Facebook page and place an order before the 30th of September 2012, you get a 10% discount on everything in addition to any quantity discounts. We also hire beautiful metal easels to display a table/seating plan (I find most venues tend to have tired and rather dated easels which can spoil the look of a stunning plan). If you order any table plan before the end of September 2012 we are reducing the hire fee to just £15.00 for TWO days.

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

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What about a quirky alternative to a guest book? This is a perfect keepsake to frame.

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I can offer a half price fingerprint tree with any order over £50 exclusively to Brides Up North readers until end of October. 

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UK Wedding Blog Featured Supplier

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How can Brides Up North get in touch to discuss their requirements or place an order?

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Visit our website, www.uberflyinvites.co.uk, Uberfly’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @uberflyinvites.  You can contact Teresa directly on 07775 611911 or at teresa@uberflyinvites.co.uk

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  – Images © 2012 Uberfly Invites

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In The Post! Supplier Showcase: Little Jem Wedding Stationery

March 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Regular readers of this wedding blog will know that I do love me my stationery.  As a young teenager, you’d more often than not find me in the paper section of Fenwicks rather than the shoe hall, and what were school trips for if not foraging the gift shop for giant rubbers, rainbow pencils and pretty notepads afterwards?

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I still find it difficult to leave a National Trust building without dropping some pocket money like it’s hot.

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So if, like me, pretty wedding invitations were a must do on your bridal shopping list, prepare to add today’s Brides Up North Featured Supplier to your wish list.  Let’s chat to Jenny of Little Jem

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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What is the story behind Little Jem?

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Back in 2009, with a vision of creating the perfect wedding invitation for a special person in my life, I began a (non stop?) shopping spree of crafty trinkets, patterned papers, pretty trims and just about anything that reflected love, glamour and romance, with a quirky modern twist. This personal gift to my friend started something magical; an eclectic and inspiring collection of stationery that really adds a special treat to any modern wedding.

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Who is a Little Jem bride?

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A Little Jem bride is someone looking for a unique, modern and utterly handmade style for their big day. Colour and texture play an important role in my designs so I’d say Little Jem will appeal to couples wanting to steer clear of traditional stationery!

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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What makes Little Jem special?

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To put it simply, whilst I was researching the vast world of wedding invites for my friends stationery, I wasn’t particularly inspired by the range of handmade designs available. The same generic materials featured heavily on whiter than white designs! On the flip side of this, graphics has really added some excitement to the wedding invite, there are some lovely colourful designs out there but what I found lacking was a really unique handmade style.

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I’ve collected crafty things for years; interesting buttons of all shapes and sizes, trims, fabric, ribbons the lot. I love patterns and colourful trinkets and anything paper related. With such a lovely array of materials, I felt an exciting opportunity to enhance the handmade invite into something modern and gorgeous and perfect for a wedding!

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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What wedding stationery ranges does Little Jem stock?

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My collection is currently split into three gorgeous bundles: Beautiful Buttons, Patterned Paper Love and Trims Frills & Ribbons.

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Each handmade design is centred around a unique focal point, from floral, vintage style buttons to intricately patterned Japanese papers. I feel my collection has a really inspiring range of materials, which have been carefully chosen and added to each design.

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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What products are available in each design?

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Each Little Jem design can be made into a whole host of wedding stationery products, as well as invitations you can include save the dates, RSVP cards, order of service, place cards, table name/number cards, menus, table plan, thank you cards…the lot!

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Do you have any new stationery designs for Spring 2012?

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I do indeed! I’m currently working on two new ranges, featuring handmade to order materials. I’ve been working closely with some really lovely crafty people and I’m really excited to launch these new designs.

The first one is the Yoyo range, featuring handmade fabric flowers with a cute wooden button at its centre. I love love love these little gems from Loopy Bird Crafts!

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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And the second range is called The Love Charm, which features stunning charms made of fabric, words and buttons all set in a case of resin. These really are so unique and gorgeous.  The very talented face behind these Love Charms is Melissa from www.joppdesign.com

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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Can you tell is a bit about your ordering process?

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Ordering your wedding stationery with Little Jem a simple process, with lots of flexibility for bouncing ideas and suggestions back and forth between myself and the excited couple.

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Where possible, materials are also flexible to suit your colour scheme i.e. fabrics, ribbons, patterned papers although a lot of materials are a one off and not available in a range of colours – this is what makes Little Jem unique! Layout, fonts and wording can all be changed and I’ll endeavour to do the best I can to get their design just right.     

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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All of my button designs are very popular, as is the Flowers and Pearls range: this one really adds some glamorous style to a wedding

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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Which is your personal favourite? Why?

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I adore Forever in Love: the delicate colours of dusky pink and pale green are very popular for 2012 weddings and I just love the pretty, quirky floral button.

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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

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My prices range from £2.50 to £4.50 per invite. I’m very conscientious when it comes to pricing, i try to keep the price affordable without cutting corners on the finer details. For a beautifully authentic handmade design, these prices are not to be missed!

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

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Yes absolutely, I’d love to offer all Brides Up North readers 15% of any order over £300. Just quote “Brides up North” when getting in touch.

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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How long do you take to turn around an order?  

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It really does depend on which design is ordered. Some have a very quick turnaround, and others may take a little longer due to ordering all my materials. I’d advise couples to order well in advance to make sure they get the design they want, and not have to make any compromises because this is their wedding day after all!

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Little Jem Wedding Stationery

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

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You can visit my website www.littlejem.net or give me a call 07807 944918. I am on Facebook and Twitter too or why not come and meet me at the Alternative Wedding Fair on 1st April at Tiger Tiger Manchester? For more details visit www.thealternativeweddingfair.com.

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Why do you read the Brides Up North?

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I love Brides up North because its close to home! Julia is a pleasure to work with. I like the friendly, modern and fun style to her site and am a regular reader.

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  – Images © 2012 Little Jem

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You Are Cordially Invited – Supplier Showcase: By Wendy Stationery

November 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Are you having a fun weekend?  Anyone said I do?  Congratulations if you have! I’ve been spending the weekend in Bath with my newly engaged friend Leah and as you can imagine there has been a lot of wedding chat.  Lucky that I love it!  No rest for the wicked eh?

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Let’s get Sunday off to an creative start as I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Wendy Stationery about wedding stationery etiquette, inspiration and her popular business. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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How and why did By Wendy begin?

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By Wendy began trading in 2007. I’d been ‘playing’ at designing & making stationery on and off for years then found myself with time on my hands when I was on long term sick leave from my teaching job. I realised how much I enjoyed the whole process of designing and then making everything by hand and decided to make the giant leap into self-employment.
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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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Are you married? Did you make the invitations for your own wedding? If not, what stationery would you choose for your big day?

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I’m married to Paul & we celebrate our silver wedding next year (obviously I was very, very young when I married!). We have two grown up children, Simon who is 23 & Caitlin who has just turned 20. Caitlin is in her final year of an advertising & design degree and often helps me out at wedding fairs.

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I didn’t make the invitations for our own wedding. In those days (1987) you picked your invitations from a small selection of designs at a local shop, often a newsagents. You had little choice and often ended up with the same invitations as all your friends. I think that’s why I am so passionate about creating unique designs for my couples. I often say that you wouldn’t wear the same wedding dress as all your friends so why should you have the same stationery?

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I did make the Order of Service booklets for our wedding & remember the minister commenting on them saying ‘I’ve never seen these before, how modern’. I guess you could say that By Wendy has always been ahead of the times when it comes to stationery!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: By Wendy Stationery

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What designs are available to order?

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We have a range of about 10 ‘core’ designs available to order online or from our gallery however even these are adapted to suit each couple. I try to be as flexible as possible with even our ‘off the peg’ designs so that every couple can have stationery that is as individual as they are.

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Do you have any new designs for 2011?

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We bring out new designs all the time as it’s very rare that we do two designs the same. I’m currently working on our new collection which we’ll introduce at fairs & exhibitions in the Spring. One of our new invitation styles for the Autumn 2011 collection will be the Pocket Card – a different way of keeping your invitation ensemble together.

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In our Spring collection for 2011 we were inspired by the English Country garden and used a lot of 3-dimensional embellishments including roses and pearls.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Can you do bespoke designs?

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We also offer a bespoke design service so if a couple have an idea or theme they want to incorporate into their invitations & stationery we can work around that. This is a free service and we usually meet up with the couple for a design consultation in our studio at the Just Perfect Wedding & Event Gallery. This gives us all the opportunity to discuss ideas and work together on the design. I feel that it is really important for the couple to be involved at all stages from deciding on the shape of the invitations to the fonts used. We recently completed an order of wedding invitations shaped like wine bottles, complete with wine glass shaped RSVP cards!

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By Wendy Stationery

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What is your favourite design and why?

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That’s a difficult one! My favourite is often the last design I did as I love to create something new and unique. I would have to say that most of my favourite designs incorporate something from the Envelopments range of card stock. Envelopments is a company based in California that supplies the most amazing card stock the likes of which you just can’t get in the UK. I’m delighted to be the only authorised Envelopment designer in the region.

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What is your most popular design and why?

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Our most popular design currently is the Regency. It’s a pocket fold invitation featuring stunning patterned card from Envelopments, luxury satin ribbon and tiny crystal details. We incorporate a background image of the wedding venue and I think that’s the feature that couples really like – it makes the invitation really personal to them.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

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Inspiration comes from everywhere. I often wake up in the middle of the night with ideas and have to draw them up before I can get back to sleep! I take a lot of inspiration from the USA. They are a good two years ahead of us in regard to invitation styles & designs, and of course the whole ‘social stationery’ scene in the USA is massive.

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I also get a lot of inspiration from things around me, it might be a vintage tea cup or some spotty fabric, a floral arrangement or a piece of jewellery. Anything can spark the seed of a design.

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By Wendy Stationery

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What products are available in each design?

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We can provide a full, coordinating range of product in every design and colour way. We’ll usually take the invitation design as our starting point then carry through aspects of the design into every item we make. Our products include:

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· save the date cards

· invitations (day, evening, hen party)

· order of service or order of the day

· place setting cards & tags

· favours

· table plans

· menus

· table name / number cards

· escort cards

· camera cards

· thank you cards

· guest books

· wedding day post boxes

· cake boxes

· keepsake boxes

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Basically, if it can be made from card or paper we can make it in any design.

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

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My dream clients would be someone quirky & a bit eccentric who would give me free reign to capture their personality in their designs. I would have loved to have been involved in Sir Elton John & David Furnish’s big day. Can you imagine? The flamboyance, the over the top, way out design I could have gotten away with? I would envisage a design that would be totally decadent with no holds barred.

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It breaks my heart when some of my clients tone down their own stationery to ‘play it safe’ with and their true character isn’t allowed to shine through. I always feel that the one day you should be allowed to really express yourself should be on your wedding day.

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

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Remember that your invitations or save the date cards will be the first indication your guests get of the style and feel of your wedding. The impression they make can not be underestimated so choose with care.
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Think carefully about the style of invitation you choose, by which I don’t mean the colours or design, but whether you opt for a postcard, pocket fold or booklet style. This depends on the amount of information you need to give your guests. If you wedding is taking place in a venue that guests may not be familiar with they may need directions. If guests are travelling then do they need information about local accommodation etc.? If this is the case I would usually advise a pocket fold into which all this information can be delivered together. If on the other hand you are having a small wedding in your home town where family & friends all live this information won’t be required and a simple post card style invitation will suffice.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Choose a reputable company. There are lots of companies out there who will make invitations and do special offer prices, however for many it’s not their main service but an ‘add on’ they think will get you to buy their other products or services. Be careful. If you want your stationery to be ‘handmade’ as opposed to ‘home-made’ go to a specialist stationer.

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Finally, and a tip that can save a lot of stress for both bride and stationers is if you want handcrafted stationery then book early! We can get booked up months in advance so don’t wait until you need your stationery to think about it. Remember that to get a bespoke design your stationer will need time to create the design and order in the required stock. Also I often think that people don’t appreciate that handcrafted stationery will take time to make, some of our designs can take us up to 4 hours per invitation.

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How far in advance should save the dates and then wedding invitations be sent out?

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We recommend sending Save the Date cards out 12 months in advance of the wedding if you are getting married at peak times or during holiday periods. Any later than this and you may find guests have already planned holidays.

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Traditionally invitations were sent out 3 months before the wedding and this is usually sufficient, especially if Save the date cards have been sent out. There are some exceptions though. For instance if your guests are likely to need to book transport or accommodation for the wedding it is best to send your invitations out a little earlier so they are able to make their plans.
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Again, can I mention here – don’t leave it until you want to send your invitations to order them. You should have spoken to your stationer several months earlier if you don’t want to find that they are already fully booked.

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Does all the stationery have to match?

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I’d say yes. That doesn’t mean every item has to be identical, but I would certainly say that there should be common design elements carried through the whole stationery ensemble.

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By Wendy Stationery

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Where are you based and where can you supply?

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We’ve recently moved into our design studio in the Just Perfect Wedding & Event Gallery, Cramlington but we supply stationery to clients throughout the UK & Europe .
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What are your prices, are you doing any special offers?

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We can provide bespoke, handcrafted invitations from as little as 99p. The price depends on the style of invitation, the card stock and detail used and the time taken to make each invitation.

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We often run new items at an introductory price for a limited time. Special offers vary and are often announced first on our Facebook & Twitter pages, and to customers who sign up for our newsletter.

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

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We are offering a free, personalised wedding day post box to Brides Up North readers who order both invitations & ‘on the day’ stationery totalling £350 or more.
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By Wendy Stationery

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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We ask clients to give us 6 weeks to design their stationery, source the required stock and make the order. We do often turn an order around in less time than this when required but that’s not always possible especially during peak season.

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Tell Brides Up North about Just Perfect and the concept behind that?

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Just Perfect is our new wedding & event gallery, based at 6K Admiral Business Park, Cramlington, NE 23 1WG.

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It’s a new concept in wedding marketing. It’s an idea that I developed when I first started out in the wedding industry. I decided that I wanted to create a ‘permanent wedding fair’ where couples could browse the products or information from all the different service providers they may consider using for their special day. I wanted it to provide a relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere where clients didn’t feel pressurised but could feel comfortable to ask questions. From this, Just Perfect was born.

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In the gallery we showcase some of the best wedding professionals in the region. The exhibitors themselves aren’t present so their is no pressure, however our trained and experienced staff are on hand to answer any questions. If clients wish to find out more, or meet any of our exhibitors we can arrange for the company to come to the gallery and chat with them over a coffee in the consultation area.

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So far the feedback from both couples & exhibitors has been very positive, with the most commonly used word in visitor’s book being ‘WOW!’

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By Wendy Stationery

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By Wendy Stationery

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Which suppliers are showcasing at Just Perfect?

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We have an ever increasing team of exhibitors in the Just Perfect Gallery providing anything & everything you need for your big day. These currently include:

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· By Wendy Bespoke Stationery, Favours & Crystal Wishing Trees,

· Tiamo Wedding & Event Planners

· La Dolce Vita Temptation Tables,

· Eclipse Bridal & Prom wear and accessories,

· Fern Florist

· Fi’s Fancies Celebration Cakes

· East of India gifts

· Katie Byram Photography

· Mark Deeks Wedding Pianist

· The Paul James Band

· Simply Bows & Chair Covers

· The Finishing Touch Company

· Wrapped 4 You personalised chocolates

· Sandra’s House of Cake

· Kirkley Hall

· The Novotel Newcastle

· Little B Bunting

- Popcake Kitchen

· RUTH SHAW Make Up Artist

· Ideal Photos

· The Curly Farmer Event Catering

· Hot Buffalo Hen & Stag t-shirts

· DJ Alan Rees

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

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You can get in touch via:

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· Contact us form on our website: www.by-wendy.com

· telephone us on 07977 913 281

· email: wendyreed@by-wendy.co.uk

· Facebook: ‘By Wendy Bespoke Stationery’

· Twitter: @By_wendy

· pop into Just Perfect!

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Finally, why do you read the Brides Up North wedding blog?
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I love the Brides up North wedding blog! It keeps me up to date with current happenings not just in the region but nationally too. I especially like to find out more about local companies. We often meet in passing at wedding fayres but it’s really good to find out more about who they are and what they do. I also like the fact Brides Up North is flying the flag for us Northern folk.

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Pick A Card, Any Card! Supplier Showcase: Bride and Groom Direct Wedding Stationery

September 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, my lovely brides to be!  How is that wedding to-do list coming along?  If you need quality stationery and quick, this wedding blog Featured Supplier might be just what you are looking for!  This afternoon I chat to online wedding stationery retailer Bride and Groom about their personalised and affordable product ranges.  As well as showcasing what they can do, they also have a few handy tips up their sleeve.

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Very clever.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride and Groom Direct

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What is the story behind Bride and Groom?

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We started trading online in 2003. Prior to that, we were mostly an agent-represented company, meaning we would sell directly to retailers and they would sell to consumers. However, we recognized the opportunities that the online environment had to offer and began trading online. Bride and Groom is an umbrella brand of CCA Occasions, which have been producing personalised stationery for over 100 years! So we certainly have a level of expertise when it comes to printing.  In 2006, CCA Occasions was bought by an American company, The Taylor Corporation, who are the biggest producer of personalised wedding stationery in the world.  You are in good hands!

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What wedding stationery products do Bride and Groom stock?

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Bride and Groom stocks beautiful ranges of Wedding invitations, Save the Dates, RSVPs, Order of Service, Thank You cards and Menus.  There is a wide range to suit all tastes and budgets, from exquisitely finished cards adorned with delicate ribbons, to a range of cards that can be personalised at home.  Bride and Groom have designs for traditional weddings, contemporary weddings, or getting married abroad.

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What wedding accessories do Bride and Groom stock?

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Everything for the ceremony, including: ring bearing cushions, order of service cards, flower girl baskets and confetti.

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Everything for the celebration, including: personalised serviettes, favour boxes, cake boxes, cake knives, table plans and place cards, and gifts for the guests, bridesmaids, best man and ushers.

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Do you have any new stationery designs/products for Autumn/Winter 2011? 

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We have recently launched a new website and, to celebrate this, we have also launched a new range of stationery, which features chic and contemporary designs.

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Additionally, we are now stocking Mandalay Design Your Own ranges, which include everything you need to make your own stationery. So you can create your own designers invitations, at a fraction of the price, in the comfort of your own home.

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And, finally, we have also launched our Peartree collection, which includes gorgeous modern designs that can be personalised to suit your wedding and theme.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride and Groom Direct

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Can you do bespoke designs?

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All invitations can be personalised online using our new personalisation technology. You can choose from Bride and Groom’s wordings and fonts, or use your own wording, fonts and colours.

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What products are available in each design?

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Save the dates, evening invitations, reply cards, thank you cards and everything else in-between are available in every design range – so you can have everything matching.

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Who would be Bride and Groom‘s dream client, and what sort of design would you envisage for them?

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A bride who is passionate about her wedding, who cares about the quality of her invitations and wants to personalise her big day from save the dates through to the ceremony and celebration. We would create a contemporary design, that reflects the couple’s love for another and will be immediately recognized as being sent from them by friends and family.

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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) Decide on style of wedding and chose wedding stationery accordingly. 

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2) Do you want to colour theme your stationery to the wedding?

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3) Order a sample of the product to check the quality and finish.

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4) Decide on the wording that you would like in the invitation – remember weddings are personal to you and your partner, so you don’t always have to follow etiquette wording. Instead use something that shows the personality of your relationships.

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5) Make sure you order the invitations in enough time to send out to your guests, and give them enough time to reply. Sending a matching RSVP card with your invitation makes it easy for your guests.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride and Groom Direct

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

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Don’t make you invitations completely from scratch at home. This can be extremely time consuming and with finding a venue, choosing your dress, planning your menu and everything else, that extra time could make all the difference. Instead, if you do want to make invitations at home, try a make your own range, that way everything is cut out for you and ready to put in place, taking you less time and still giving you that home made look and feel.

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Does all the stationery have to match?

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That’s individual to each bride. Some brides want all their stationery matching from their day invitation right through to their thank you cards. But many brides like lots of different styles and designs of stationery and don’t want to limit themselves to one design. We have options to suit both.

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

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Our prices start from around £36 for 50 invitations to £87 for 50 invitations – depending on the style and quality you want. So there’s something for every budget.

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We have special offers all the time, which can be found on the website. Currently we have a special offer of free guest book for orders over £125.

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Additionally, we also give discount codes in the Bride and Groom Brochure and also insert codes into Brides Magazine and Wedding Magazine – so keep a look out for these.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride and Groom Direct

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Which of your ranges would you recommend for a bride on a budget?

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Our new ranges of pockets invitations include the RSVP in the design.  Seal and send invitations are also very good value at £35 for 50, which includes the wedding invitation and the RSVP card.

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What sets Bride and Groom apart from its competitors?

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Quality, service, range of product, we have a team of wedding advisers who are always happy to help the bride to give them a personal touch.  See for yourself on trust pilot. Our current score is 8.8 and we have had 890 reviews.

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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7-10 days

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How can Brides Up North get in touch to discuss their requirements or place an order?

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Most orders are taken through our website: www.brideandgroomdirect.co.uk which is very simple and easy to use. You can also contact us on Facebook and Twitter or call us on 0800 316 2016 for advice and support.

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Anything else we should know?

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We run competitions on Facebook so make sure you like our page to keep up-to-date with those.

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We will be exhibiting at The National Wedding Show, at the NEC in Birmingham, this October. We will be running some brilliant competitions there and you can see all our products and speak to our friendly team. We’re also giving out some great goody bags so make sure you pop by and see us.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride and Groom Direct

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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We love the reading the Brides Up North wedding blog as it keeps us up to date with all the up and coming trends in the wedding industry and also let’s us know what real brides want from their weddings. We’re very pleased to be sponsoring such a wonderful bridal blog!

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  – Images © 2011 Bride and Groom Direct

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Its Saturday! It’s Time for a Bejuled Discount!

June 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Yay!  It’s only the WEEKEND Brides Up North! Whoop!

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I’m off to a Real Wedding of my own today.  Huge congratulations to family friends Susanna and Olly, who get married today in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. The wedding isn’t until 3pm, so first I have an appointment at a fab day spa for a relaxing manicure.  Bring.  It.  On.  These digits have been doing a lot of wedding blogging recently!  Meanwhile…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bejuled

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bejuled

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I have a treat for you today too, as for one week only you can get an extra 10% off gorgeous wedding stationery from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Bejuled

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Just quote JUNE10 when placing your order.

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Visit Bejuled’s website to see more.  The offer closes on June 30th 2011.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bejuled

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Click here to read an interview with the lovely Julia from Bejuled

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Did You Get Yours?

February 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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 Royal Wedding Invitation

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