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put your own stamp on it: personalised paper goods by basic invite

August 16th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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As the very first insight you give guests into your big day it’s super important to take time when deciding on your invites. For maximum impact you will want them to be both a nod to the colour scheme and theme you have planned for the wedding, but also a reflection you and your partner.

We therefore love stationery suppliers that give brides and grooms the option to personalise designs through their wording, colour and material choices. One such company is the fabulous Basic Invite who we’re chatting to on the blog today about their utterly gorgeous paper goods, which range from save the dates and invites to on day essentials, like name place cards, menus and guest books.

Taking custom designed wedding invitations to the next level, Basic Invite offer couples an incredible range of designs, from pretty floral creations to cool graphic prints, and then give them the power to make their stationery truly unique with 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, plus multiple paper types and card cuts.

Better still, they’re offering Brides Up North readers 15% off orders placed on their website – just use code 15FF51 at checkout.

So, let’s handover the blog to the team behind Basic Invite to showcase some of their delightful stationery options while talking us through the design and ordering process.

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Can you give us an overview of the service and products that you offer?

basic invite say: We offer truly custom stationery for all of life’s major moments! From wedding invitations and thank you notes to personal stationery and business cards. We have a card for everything and designs to suite any style!

Why is stationery such an important element of a wedding and how can it help to enhance the build-up and the big day itself?

Wedding invitations and stationery are an important element because it’s one of the first things your guests will receive in regards to the big day. It’s important that your invitations reflect you as a couple and give guests a sneak peek into your wedding style, giving them a taste of what’s to come.

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How would you describe the style of the stationery that Basic Invite offer?

We have something for everyone! We strive to offer the most innovative designs while also designing timeless options that will never go out of style. The cool thing about Basic Invite is our customisation options. This offers endless options for brides to tweak their design and make it truly unique. Brides can choose styles ranging from vintage to modern, typography to calligraphy, and even photo invitations.

What is your most popular design currently?

Our most popular design for the 2018 wedding season is definitely our watercolour wedding invitations. Brides are loving the soft touches of colour and delicate floral designs. With that said, our new Seal & Send wedding invitations are coming in as a close second. This popular line offers an all-in-one design with a tear-off RSVP card and no envelope needed as addresses are printed on the front and sealed with a custom sticker. We anticipate seeing a lot of brides going for this look in the 2019 wedding season.

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How far in advance of the wedding would you advise couples to source their stationery?

The sooner the better! Based on a one-year engagement we suggest couples follow the following timeline.

8+ months order samples

6+ months order your save the dates

4+ months send your save the dates and order your wedding invitations

3+ months send your invites and order your wedding day stationery

2 weeks post-wedding send your thank you notes

What elements of the wedding would you advise couples to consider when picking their stationery and where should they look for inspiration?

Incorporating wedding colours is a huge design detail that will go a long way, especially if you are keeping a cohesive theme throughout all of your wedding festivities. Theme is another element to consider. Switching things up throughout your engagement is a fun option but designing invitations that will match and transfer across to your wedding day stationery, like your menus and place cards, will make for a solid overall look which is super classy!

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Basic Invite offer various ways that couples can personalise their wedding stationery designs, can you tell us more about such options?

Our customisation options are what help us stand apart from other online stationery vendors. Not only do we offer hundreds of wedding invitation designs and so many other products, we also offer 180 custom colour choices, 100 font styles, multiple paper types and card cuts, three foil colours in two styles, and almost every aspect of reach design can be edited or customised including wording, spacing, colour, and more!

Can couples order material samples and previews of stationery products before placing their final order?

Absolutely and it’s something we highly recommend. That way customers can see their invitations first hand before they order in full. Although our website shows edits in real time it’s still a good idea to see the final product before sending hundreds out.

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trend spot: pretty paper for 2018

February 5th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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We’re forever looking ahead to spot the upcoming styles in wedding décor and themes, and today we welcome Bride and Groom Direct – wedding invitation and stationery retailer known for beautiful wedding invitations – to the blog to reveal their top three key trends for 2018 wedding invitations.

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Millennial pink and blush pink are the wedding invitations shade to have for 2018. Pink will never be out of style for weddings and this particular shade will give the colour a refreshing and modern uplift! It’s a great way to tie your wedding invitations into your wedding colour scheme.

soft watercolours

Incorporate one of 2018’s biggest stationery trends into your wedding and opt for a soft watercolour invitation. Available in a wide range of colours from purple, to mint green you’ll be able to find a watercolour wedding invitation that is perfect for your wedding theme.

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Taking influence from the 1970’s, this shade is one of the must have colours of 2018. The beautiful shade is a great way to use an uplifting colour in your wedding that will instantly give your wedding stationery a touch of style!

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yellow wedding invitations

It can be hard to work colour into your wedding, especially if you have a lot of bridesmaids to please! If you have your heart set on including something bright as a part of your wedding, why not use your stationery to do so? Yellow is a great choice when looking to include colour, it symobolises positivity and new life – and is scientifically proven to make us happy, as we associate the colour with the sun! It is an especially perfect choice for a spring or summer wedding. Yellow doesn’t have to be bold either, consider using a paler yellow instead. Looking for inspiration? We love these colourful wedding invitations, there is lots of options if you already have a few colour selections in mind.

Are you looking for something a little different? Colour isn’t the only way trends and style can be added to your wedding invitations. These top ticks below are perfect for weddings with a decor theme, and include this year’s most popular wedding themes.

photo wedding invitations

The popularity of candid photography at weddings is on the rise again and to be honest, we don’t understand why it ever went out of fashion in the first place! Candid photos allow you, the bride (and groom) to look behind the scenes at the bits of your wedding you didn’t see. Pop up photo booths are becoming a huge hit at weddings at the moment, and are a great way to loosely theme your wedding. Why not introduce that theme by having a photo of you and your groom on the front of your wedding invitations? Depending on budget, many couples are actually having photoshoots to get that perfect ‘candid’ moment on the front of their invitations!

diy wedding invitations

Another huge trend right now, is to make your own wedding invitations. This is great if you are a whizz at crafts and have enough time to hand craft perhaps over 100 wedding invitations. However, if you aren’t able to make your own from scratch, Bride and Groom Direct actually sells DIY wedding invitations kits. You can buy all of the items you need to give your invitations that handmade appearance with a professional touch.

What are your thoughts on these wedding invitations colours and themes? If you have any suggestions, or thoughts we’d love to hear them.

Bride and Groom Direct retails a huge range of wedding invitations; ranging from traditional styles to the latest trends. You’ll also find the perfect wedding stationery and favours to complement your wedding invitations.

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hot off the print: new wedding stationery designs by project pretty + 15% discount

December 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If you got engaged during late summer or early autumn and have found your dream venue and secured your date but are yet to send out the save the dates or invites, then this afternoon’s post is perfectly timed as we’re sharing the gorgeous new stationery collections from our fabulous Sponsor, Project Pretty.

The talented due behind the business, Kerry and Becky, have been working hard on eight fresh designs, which feature varying colourways, typographies and illustrations, meaning there’s a pretty paper option for all.

With the ladies predicting berry and burgundy colours to be big in weddings for 2018, we’re definitely drawn to the opulent jewel tones of Grace but also adore the monochrome and pastel appearance of Marble – though with one of the collections being named ‘Rachel’ it’s easy for me to pick out an overall fav!

Take a look below to see which of the lovely designs catch your eye, and if you order quick, you can enjoy 15% off your wedding stationery order up until the end of December 2017. Just use code NEW15 at the checkout.

Now over to Kerry and Becky to tell us more…

With images by Holly Booth Photography.

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Where did your inspiration for the new collections come from?

project pretty say: Our new wedding stationery collections have been inspired by the autumn and winter months. Think autumnal berry and burgundy tones, crisp icy greys, cool mint and winter botanicals.

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Do the new designs follow a certain theme?

While we have used the colder seasons as inspiration for the collections, each design has its own theme.

What type of couples or styles of wedding would the new collections appeal to?

We hope that there is something for everyone in our new collections. From outdoors and adventure types, to couples looking for contemporary wedding stationery and those that prefer traditional styles.

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Which is your favourite design from the new collection and why?

Our favourite is the Eloise Collection. I love the combination of blush and green florals on the contrasting Kraft background, with the geometric frame adding a modern twist.

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Can you talk us through each of the new collections?

Adventure Collection – The Adventure collection is perfect for rustic, outdoor weddings. We have hand painted the abstract landscape and used a mixture of textured white and Kraft card for a rustic effect.

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personal paper: introducing jeccabox stationery

November 20th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If beautiful fonts, pretty patterns or cool graphics are your bag, then stationery is a part of the planning you can afford to get super-excited about. We at Brides Up North are most certainly fans of gorgeous paper goods (the piles of slogan-emblazoned notebooks on our desks are proof alone) and so we are delighted to be introducing a Sponsor to the blog today whose stationery designs have us all heart eyes!

Introducing lovely Lancashire-based Jess of Jeccabox, who offers a complete suite of stunning stationery to complete couples’ big day celebrations. From pre-designed beauties, to amazing bespoke creations, Jess loves nothing more than matching brides and grooms with the perfect pieces that are complimentary their chosen wedding theme and them as a couple.

We can barely take our eyes off her stunning marble designs, and don’t even get us started on the metallic foils!! Here to lift the lid on Jeccabox is the talented lady herself. Take it away Jess…

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Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up Jeccabox?

jess says: I have always been passionate about design and have always been a creative person. I originally started creating graphic personalised prints through Jeccabox and then wedding stationery was a natural journey when my customers stared to enquire about such paper goods – it was then that my for love for it really came to life! I have a degree in Interior Design and that gave me the basic tools I needed to explore my design capabilities further, and now I absolutely love designing wedding stationery in all its forms! Oh, and if anyone is wondering about the business name, Jeccabox is the nickname my mum has given me since I was a baby (and still calls me now!)

Can you give us an overview of the service and products that you offer you wedding couples?

Jeccabox offers complete wedding stationery suites; everything from save the dates, to invitations, table plans, place names, table layouts and even gifts for parents of the bride and groom! We can print on a variety of cards and can foil in various colours and metallic finishes.

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How would you describe the style of your stationery and where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?

I’d describe our stationery as a real mix of traditional and modern styles. My inspiration comes from everywhere – architecture, pattern, print designs, etc. and I love to work with the brides and grooms and really listen to what they want. Whether it’s the theme, colour palette, even particular flowers and textures, I’ll try and work it in as best I can and as much as they would like!

In your opinion, why is stationery such an important element of a wedding?

It’s the first glimpse that any guest receives of the wedding; it’s so exciting to see the reaction from loved ones. The save the dates or invitations can give a real insight into the theme of the day and allows not only the bride and groom, but the guests to start to get very excited too! I also think it’s a great way to get the information out to guests and is a big ‘tick’ for any bride or groom!

How far in advance of the wedding would you advise couples to source their stationery?

It totally depends on the couple’s wedding; if it’s a destination wedding abroad, the sooner the better, for example! I think with save the dates, they can go out whenever the couple is ready, but with invitations I usually recommend anywhere between three and six months prior to the wedding.

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What elements of the wedding would you advise couples to consider when picking their stationery and where should they look for inspiration?

I think elements such as the venue style, flower colours, suit colours, dress texture, and even suit texture can really get the couple’s minds whirling and before they know it, a theme that is often unique to them will come out of it.

Do you have a favourite design from within your stationery collection, and if so, which one is it and why?

I really do love the marble and copper foiling invitations; not only did I design them for a friend, they have proven to be a very popular design that I love to come back to.

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Do you offer a bespoke design service and, if so, what is the process?

Yes, I pride myself on my bespoke service, which can either be done completely via email or social media, or sometimes I like to meet with couples to really discuss what they would love and show samples, card textures etc. I initially like to get the couple’s ideas, styles etc. and any wording they specify, and then I get going with the designing and always design until the couples are 100% happy.

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wedding stationery with style: project pretty

October 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Happy Fri-yay – the weekend is in sight! But before we head off to The Wedding Blog Awards in swanky London town tonight (did we mention that we’ve been nominated for three awards – Best Regional Blog, Best Blogging Team and Best Social Media… does this mean we get to drink three times as much bubbly!?) we’re revisiting our fabulous Sponsor Project Pretty, for an exclusive first look at their gorgeous new stationery collection.

Not matter what theme or colour scheme you’re opting for, chances are that Project Pretty will have a design that’s right up your street, with the latest designs featuring beautiful, bold florals and botanical prints as well as sugary sweet typography.

So while we go and get all dolled up, we’ll leave you in the safe and talented hands of the duo behind Project Pretty, Kerry and Becky…

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How many designs make up the new collection?

project pretty say: We have four fabulous new designs, which we are excited to introduce. They are called Alice, Charlie, Harlow and Louisa.

Is there a particular theme to the collection and where did the inspiration from the new designs come from?

Our new collection is based around botanicals/florals and bold typographical lead design. We have recently moved to a lovely new studio in the Cheshire countryside, and our new surroundings have influenced our latest creations.

What colour palettes feature in the new collection?

Our designs are available in a wide range of colours (with exception of our watercolour Harlow design). Our new Charlie collection, for example, is available in a whopping 2,556 colour combinations!

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What type of bride do you think the new collection will appeal to?

We hope the new collection has something for everyone; from the classic and traditional bride, to the modern and quirky.

Are the new designs available in stationery bundle options as well as individual save the dates, invites, menu cards etc?

Each design is available as a full suite, so we can style your wedding from start to finish. From Save the date, through to your ‘on the day’ stationery, and finally thank you cards.

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stationery with a difference: project pretty

November 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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

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

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

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

Take it away ladies!

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How did you first get into the wedding industry?

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

Tell us about the products you offer to wedding couples…

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

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

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

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

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How can stationery enhance a wedding?

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

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

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

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

Do you have a signature style?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have any particular favourite designs within your collection?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What sets you apart from other stationery companies?

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

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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

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

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

 

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