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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  – Images © 2013 provided by Hand-Held-Designs

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Love Letters! Supplier Showcase: Amelia Lane Paper PLUS 10% Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

July 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As a worshipper at the altar of all things resembling new pencils and notecards, this afternoon I am very happy to be delving back into the world of beautiful penmanship, bespoke detailing and pretty paper as we meet Brides Up North Featured Supplier and super talented craftswoman Chanel of the gorgeous Amelia Lane Paper.

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When did Amelia Lane Paper begin and what’s your story?

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Amelia Lane Paper is nearly one (birthday cake at the ready!) and it’s already been a massive year – working with couples around the world on stationery designs for weddings in a castle in Scotland, private villa in Bali, vineyard in Australia, barns in the countryside and everything in between!

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I set up Amelia Lane Paper as I have a ridiculous obsession with stationery and I’m also a huge romantic who is overly sentimental about celebrating weddings and other special events – I’m that person who has a Christmas tree up as soon as Halloween is over…

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{Editor’s note: you are not alone Chanel, not at all!}

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Do you supply to the North of the UK?

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I’m based from a home studio in London, overlooking a beautiful garden square and distant rooftops – it’s very Mary Poppins! From here, I work entirely via email with all my clients which means I have worked with couples based all over the U.K. and the world – from Singapore to Sydney. I find email communication works great as it’s quick and my couples are able to communicate with me outside of work hours whenever it is most convenient for them.

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How would you describe your style and what products are available in each design?

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I would describe my style as contemporary and personal to the couples I work with – from whimsical and fun to minimalist and elegant. I love that my designs appeal to modern couples who are looking for something a bit different from the norm that truly reflects them and their wedding day. In my designs, I mix unusual layouts and striking typography with some hand-drawn elements such as custom illustrations or hand lettering and all orders are hand assembled by me in my studio.

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All of my designs can have coordinating save the dates, day invitations, evening invitations, information cards, rsvp cards, gift inserts, menus, ceremony programs, place cards, table numbers, thank you cards and favour tags. Other items can also be designed on request so really the sky is the limit!

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

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There are so many new designs due to launch in the next month or two! I’m exhibiting for the first time at the National Wedding Show in London on 28-30 September and will be debut lots of new designs. To give you a hint, there will be new invitation suites featuring watercolours, hand lettering, patterns, nautical elements, woodland creatures, quirky favour tags and so much more.

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Can you do bespoke/personalised designs?

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I absolutely love working on bespoke designs! I do a combination of adding small personal elements to my existing designs and completely custom suites that highlight the couple, their theme and/or location. I have been lucky to work with couples having some really exciting destination weddings as well and have done quite a few variations on my Sydney, New York and London suites for other locations. One of my recent favourites was a destination wedding in hipster-central Portland, Oregon for an American couple that included an illustration of their venue, a tandem bike, two very cute owls and fairy lights so it can be very varied!

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What would be your top five tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding stationery?
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Leave plenty of time. I always advise my couples to reserve their production start date as soon as they know they want to work with me even if they are still waiting to confirm their wording, colour scheme, guest list etc. I take a 50% deposit to reserve a start date but being a small studio I limit the number of couples I work with to ensure the best possible service and during busy months I get booked out.

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Order a sample. This is definitely the best way to see the quality of the card, envelopes and printing method and also how the colour will appear in print as it can be different to how it appears on your computer monitor.

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Ask for what you want and get personal. I love working on orders where there is a personal element which is unique to the couple – for example I recently illustrated two interlinking flags, one American and one French for an expat couple getting married in London and it was a lovely way to bring their cultural backgrounds into their wedding. I am often able to add a small illustration or change an element of one of my designs for free or a nominal fee and so it doesn’t hurt to ask if there is a small thing you would like to change so that the design better fits you and your partner.

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Choose something special. This kind of relates to Tip 3 but why go bland with your stationery when you’ve got gorgeous flowers, a rocking venue and a kick-ass DJ? You’ve worked hard to make sure the wedding day is going to be awesome so why not get your guests excited about it from day one when sending out your wedding invitations.

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Count them up. Ordering the right quantity of wedding invitations isn’t actually as straightforward as it seems – you need to factor in one invitation per couple or family, with separate invitations for adult-aged children, then add in some spares in case of addressing mistakes, last minute invites, invitations that get lost in the post and one to keep for yourself! It is also a good idea to start thinking about your ‘day-of’ items from the very beginning – you might not have the information you need to order them but booking your stationer in advance can ensure they will be free to work on your order and you can finalise your quantity and wording closer to the date as these items often get left till the last minute.

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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I don’t think the stationery all has to match but I do love when the theme has been continued all the way from the save the date or invitation to the thank you cards, so I guess coordinating would be a better description. Stationery is a great way to set the style of your event as together with the flowers and sometimes the favours, it really is all over your tables – as menus, place cards, favour tags, table numbers etc. so it’s a great way to convey your theme and add colour and interest.

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What are your prices?
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My prices start at £2.40 for an A6 save the date or small wedding invitation (often used as an evening invitation) with envelope and then vary depending on size, extra layers or the level of illustration or hand lettering involved. There is a minimum order quantity of 40 suites and shipping is extra charged at the exact rate. I offer discounts on quantities of 100 or more.

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The colours can be customised for free on all of my designs and I offer a range of card stock and envelopes as standard, including the increasingly popular kraft recycled card stock and envelopes that are being used by a lot of my couples having rustic or outdoor weddings.

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

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Absolutely! Any bride that books a production date with me (can be up to six months in advance) from visiting Brides Up North will receive 10% of the order total not including shipping. Just book by 30 August 2012 and mention Brides Up North!

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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I normally advise around a three-week turnaround as I find it takes about a week to go through the proofing process (and it is also dependent on how quickly the couple can get back to me with any revisions) and I like to leave up to 10 working days for production before shipping. I’ve completed orders a lot faster than this when time has been tight and I always try and accommodate everyone but it is not always a guaranteed option so it’s best to book as soon as you know.

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

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Drop me an email at hello@amelialanepaper.co.uk to discuss what you are looking for. All my current designs and prices are listed in my shop so it’s pretty straightforward but email me with any changes you would like and/or to schedule a production start date, secured by a deposit.

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You can also get in touch via my website www.amelialanepaper.co.uk and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amelialanepaper

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Anything else we should know?

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I am exhibiting at the National Wedding Show in London from 28-30 September and will be giving away some tickets in coming months – check out my Facebook page and blog for details!

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  – Images © 2012 Amelia Lane Paper

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The Prettiest Paper: Introducing The New Range From Little Jem, Plus A Free Guestbook For Brides Up North Readers!

July 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Have I got something lovely to share with you lot this afternoon – the gorgeous new range from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Little Jem Stationery.  Jenny of Little Jem has really excelled herself this time, with beautiful and individual wedding invitations using a colourful array of patterned Japanese papers.

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Bursting with an eclectic range of colours, patterns and textures, Little Jem’s spin on wedding stationery is all about using very special materials and charming embellishments.  This is a fresh alternative to whiter than white wedding invitations.  And I love them. 

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This new range makes me almost wish that I wasn’t already married. But, that’s life, so I’ll be bookmarking Jenny’s website for the next big event in my life. Now, I wonder what that might be…!

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Jenny of Little Jem says:  Each of my handmade designs is centred around a unique focal point; from cute and floral buttons to intricately patterned Japanese papers

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Each of the pocket fold wallets contains an invitation, guest information card and rsvp and envelope. Using modern fonts, carefully thought out colour schemes and the odd cute button, delight your guests with a gorgeous little package, containing all they need to know about your up and coming wedding!

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And to treat all Brides up North readers, Little Jem would like to offer a free handmade guest book when they spend over £350 (Guest books normally sold for £100+)!  So to take advantage of this offer, order your stationery before August 31st 2012 and quote “guestbook” when contacting Little Jem.

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Away you go!

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  – Images © 2012 Little Jem Stationery

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What A Do Weddings Is Not On The High Street (If You See What I Mean!) Plus Limited Edition Wedding Blog Tote Bags Up For Grabs!

January 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen of What A Do Weddings, and the designer of the amazing limited edition Brides Up North tote bags (watch out for a very special hot pink version coming soon!) has some exciting news which will make her range of fabulous wedding stationery and screen printed bags so much more accessible to brides planning their big day. 

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Helen says:  I’ve been designing stationery for years but recently found a passion for screen printing. A combination of this and a love of all things wedding led me to produce a few ‘wedding themed’ screen printed bags and kids wedding day favour bags.

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Following good feedback from other wedding suppliers and couples planning their weddings who I’ve met at wedding fairs throughout  2011, I started selling them on Etsy.  They went down a storm, so I decided to try my luck landing an even bigger fish – Not On The High Street.com – where I am now trading under my business name Solographic Art!  

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I know others who’ve failed  and know that over half of applications fail but I believe I have something unique and during December I applied.  I put together a scrapbook of images very loosely and sent them over and to my amazement I was accepted. I wanted it to be right so I commissioned a photographer I love who specialises in product  photography and works with others who sell on the site and she produced some great shots of my work.

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The product I believe won the application for me is the kids personalised gift bags. They can be coloured in with fabric pens, washed and coloured again and again. They have been bought for a number of occasions but were designed originally as children’s wedding favour bags/activity packs.
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I won’t be selling all of my wedding stationery on Not On The High Street,  just a few popular styles but want all brides to be out there I have a  huge range which I’ll be selling direct through What A Do Weddings as a lot of my brides to be prefer to have something bespoke designed, and this way I can still offer a very personal service.

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Check out Helen’s first productsclick here to snap ‘em up while you can.

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Andddd… ok then, I’ll let you into a little secret!  Those limited edition hot pink Brides Up North totes I mentioned?

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The first 200 brides to register for the Brides Up North Super Showcase on Sunday 4th March 2012 at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham and come to collect one on the day get one to take home – absolutely free

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Get your name down by clicking here. 

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Let Them Eat Cake! A Marie Antoinette Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

January 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Er… WOW!  Lets get this week off to a mighty fine start on the wedding blog, with this fabulous Marie Antoinette styled wedding inspiration shoot by a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers on location at The Belle Époque and sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laurel Weddings and her photographer friend Alex Davies Photography

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If you like your pearls, ribbons and lace – you, my friend, are in the right place!

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Lets hear from Alex Davies: Laura (of Laurel Weddings) & I met back in October at a social evening and chatted about collaborating on a shoot together. We wanted to do something innovative and involve quite a few different suppliers. We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme, which would have lots of fresh flowers and the pastel colours would be perfect for Spring. It would also allow our make-up artist to be really creative.

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Almost at the same time I got in touch with Collette at The Belle Époque in Knutsford. I had always wanted to shoot there and never had the pleasure. We thought that the French theme and décor would go perfectly with what we had chosen to do. I was totally over the moon when Collette agreed that we could shoot there.

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Laura knew Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique and asked if we could borrow some dresses to which she very kindly agreed. I knew the hair and make-up artist I wanted to use as I had met Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase at a wedding last year. She works for MAC so she really knows her stuff and is very creative. Laura also asked Francesca from the Cheshire Cat Cake Company to get involved, as we couldn’t have a Marie Antoinette without cake!

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I cast for two models on Model Mayhem and we got the lovely Steph and Darcy on board.  Whilst searching for models, Eleanor from Elouise Designs approached me about doing some stationary which I thought would be fantastic.

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Now it was just a case of organizing for the big day and making sure everyone knew what they were doing!

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We shot for most of the day and I was just amazed at all the beautiful flowers, cakes, stationary & dresses. Fatimah did an outstanding job on the models’ hair and make-up. We had an amazing day shooting, everyone worked so hard and it all came together beautifully and worked in so well with the venue. We are looking forward to more collaborations in the future as it really gets our creative juices flowing!

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Photography – Alex Davies Photography

Florist – Laurel Weddings

Cakes – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Make-up & Hair – Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase

Stationary – Elouise Designs

Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Venue – The Belle Époque

Models – Steph Owens and Darcy Jaq

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  – Images © 2012 Alex Davies Photography

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Paper Chase! Supplier Showcase: Paper Themes

January 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Stationery has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.  As a teenager I’d spend hours browsing the aisles of WH Smith, searching for the perfect jotter, fountain pen or pencil case.  Even now, I’d be more likely to splurge on a silky paged pad or a gorgeous set of pencils than fast fashion. Paperchase is a weakness and don’t even get me started on Smythson. 

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And so it was that when I was sourcing my own wedding stationery, I knew exactly wanted: something classic, crisp and expensive looking (with silver dipped edges, thank you very much) but (and here’s the rub!) that wouldn’t break the budget.  Whilst I am firmly of the opinion that even the very first Save The Date you send sets the tone for your day, I didn’t want to compromise on my day for the sake of pretty paper.  Or at least that’s what I tried to convince myself.

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Luckily, I didn’t have to do much persuading.  My research into the Northern industry pre (and post) wedding has uncovered some really great stationers who cater for every taste from classy to kitsch without breaking the bank.

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Today we chat to Paper Themes, one of the fabulous sponsors who make this blog possible, and an online retailer who can provide the magic mix of bulk at a budget, whilst keeping the elegance alive.  Unlike some other online companies, their designers are also willing to work with you to add a bespoke touch too.  Let’s meet them. 

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Tell Brides Up North about Paper Themes?

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The Paper Themes brand is over 20 years old, however the wedding invitations website has only been live for the last 5 years, with the latest design only a couple of months.  Paper Themes stock a multitude of different wedding related products including; Favour Boxes, Jewels and Trims, Ribbons, Favour Sweets and Chocolates, Organza Favour Bags and Cristal Tulle, Favour Pails, Lottery Ticket Holders, Cake Boxes, Table Accessories, Table Decorations, Table Numbers and Holders, Table Plans, Balloons, Disposable Cameras, Confetti, Guest Books, Personalised Labels, Post Boxes and we are always looking for something new!

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What does the Paper Themes service include?

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Most designs are available in the following products: Wedding Invitations, Save the Date Cards, Evening Invitations, Reply Cards, Order of Service, Place Cards, Thank You Cards, Table Numbers and Holders, Table Plans, Menus and Personalised Labels.  All our designs are great value for money and our wedding invitations start from just £1.50.

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The beauty of our website is that all designs can be personalised using our invitation editor. However if a bride wants something specific either because she likes a design but requires a different colour or a design that isn’t currently on our website then our experienced design team can tailor a design for her. You only have to ask!

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Does all the stationery have to match?

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Not necessarily – It is really dependant on your own taste, but we would say it’s not worth sticking with a design that you don’t like, just because it matches the save the date you have already sent, for example.

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Most of our designs do have matching components, but if you want to mix it up, an idea might be to choose stationery from the same range but vary the colour – it’s your day, your rules!

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

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1) Think about your budget.

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2) Decide what impression you want to make with your invitations.

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3) Decide whether they need to match your overall colour scheme.

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4) Order samples to ensure you’re happy with the quality.

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5) Plan well in advance to take the pressure off yourself.

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

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1) Don’t settle on a stationary design if it is anything less than perfect for you – Just get in touch to see what we can do to turn a design you like into a design you love!

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2) Don’t leave it until the last minute – If you haven’t got the final details in place send a Save the Date card instead, they’re a great way of getting your big day in your loved one’s diaries early to ensure they can share your special day with you.

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3) Don’t plan your stationary choice (& wedding for that matter!) around what you think everyone else will like, it’s your day be true to your own taste!

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4) Have a think about your venue and whether your guests be able to find it? Don’t leave out this information – if space isn’t permitted on your chosen design, we will be happy to suggest extra, coordinating cards so everyone makes it to the church on time!

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5) Don’t go over budget! We have something on our website for everyone, you don’t have to break the bank.

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

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For brides on a budget who would still like an eye-catching, contemporary design take a look at the Wedding Fete range. We have taken inspiration from the vintage/country garden theme that is definitely on-trend, injecting colour into your day. The range is printed on a Buckingham felt board, so luxury without the price tag!

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For those who wish to spend a bit more we have an array of beautiful pocket wallets and buckle embellished designs, which look really spectacular.

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Our ‘Elegance’ design will always be one of our best sellers as around 80% of our brides opt for traditional colour schemes – like the classic white wedding dress, it is timeless design!

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What sets Paper Themes apart from its competitors?

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We don’t see ourselves as just an online retailer, ultimately we want to help and advise our brides (& grooms) on every aspect of their journey to married life. We know from dealing with brides every day that it can be a happy but stressful time and we want to try and ease the pressure by ensuring they have everything they’ll need in one place

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What’s new for Paper Themes in 2012?

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We regularly run promotions for different products and services. We’re constantly bring new designs and products to market.  With the new website design we have launched a whole new product range, so everything on the website is either new or improved.  Watch out for our new DIY section coming in the New Year!

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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Naturally, it takes us time to craft and personalise the perfect wedding stationery, so we ask to allow about two weeks for an order to be fulfilled.

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

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You can order online, but if you would like to discuss anything with us, or have any special requests, you can email us at info@paperthemes.co.uk or call us 0845 120 6004 and we’ll be happy to help! You can also follow us on Twitter @paperthemes to see new designs, themes, seek advice and share your stories!

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Why do you read Brides Up North?

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Real Weddings! Our design team are great when it comes to new concepts for wedding stationary, but we need to know what our brides want. We love finding out what elements come together to create the most perfect Real Weddings and we put this into our designs!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wedding Blog WINNER! 50 Wedding Invitations With Bejuled

October 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bejuled

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A sneaky extra post for you guys today as it’s time to announce the winner of the wedding blog competition to win 50 wedding invitations with Bejuled!

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It’s well worth leaving a comment on the competition posts as someone always has to win! Make sure that YOU have got your name in the hat for these brilliant prizes:

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CLICK TO WIN! Three Personal Training Sessions Worth £135 With Motive 8 North!

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CLICK TO WIN! A Pearl Bridal Headband From Eclectic Mix!

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CLICK TO WIN Your WEDDING DRESS & ACCESSORIES Worth Up To £1,500 with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

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Today’s lucky winner did just that, and she is… Zoe Goulding!

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Massive congratulations Zoe!  Julia at Bejuled will be in touch with you shortly to help you to claim your fabulous prize!

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If you didn’t win, don’t forget that Bejuled are offering a MASSIVE 20% off new orders throughout September and October with the code OCT20.  Visit the Bejuled website for more information.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bejuled Handmade Wedding Stationery

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Grab A VIP Goody Bag! Bride & Groom Direct At The National Wedding Show

October 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, this Saturday coming I’d scheduled into my bulging pink Filofax a cheeky – and much needed – day off.  No exhibiting, no freelance writing, no nothing (although I’ll be blogging as usual).  A day full of possibilities, of lie ins, of freedom…

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So what do the fates go and do… oh yeah,

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The National Wedding Show

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So, this Saturday, on my day off, I’ll be jumping into my trusty Brides Up North mobile and high tailing it to Brummie central, to walk the floor, explore, greet old friends, meet new ones, hob nob with my Featured Suppliers, pop in to see the lovely Charlotte from Rock My Wedding on her stand, chat to the I Am Staggered boys on theirs, check out the trends, blag some freebies and generally immerse myself in wedding loveliness.  After two (wonderful but tiring) weekends spent exhibiting as a guest of The UK Wedding Shows myself, the pressure is off and the foraging for inspiration is ON!  Oh yes.  And…you can be rest assured that I’ll share my favourite findings with you lot too.  Roll on Saturday.  I’m almost looking forward to the three hour drive… I said almost.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Bride & Groom Direct

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One lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier that will be showing off what they can do is the fabulous Bride & Groom Direct, who make it easy to source and personalise your wedding stationery.  Click here to read an interview with them.

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Bride & Groom Direct will be at Stand 13 in Hall 4, and will be bringing along some very special golden goody bags (I like the sound of those!) for Brides Up North readers only.  Tell them why you love my little wedding blog, and the booty is yours!  Don’t be shy.  You could be walking away with goodies like make-up, a disposable camera, chocolates, money off vouchers and some other surprises.

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As if they are not spoiling us enough, Bride & Groom Direct are also launching a very special Wedding Treasure Hunt at The National Wedding Show – and the victor takes away £2,000 to spend on their dream wedding dress. 

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Every Monday, for the next five weeks, Bride & Groom Direct will be hiding something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and something for you on different pages on their website. All you have to do is find the treasure.

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The hunt begins on Monday, so get ready to rummage!

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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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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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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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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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