September 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime
As the first glimpse guests receive of a wedding, the stationery is certainly an important element to consider. Not only does the save the date and invite set the scene for the style of the celebration to come, but they’re also informative in telling guests the when, where and what details.
The on the day stationery that follows is important too, again helping to reflect the theme and colour scheme of the day but also directing guests through the service and reception.
It therefore makes sense to take time when choosing your stationery to ensure the design and wording are exactly as you wish.
To help give some helpful pointers on where to look for inspiration and the key elements to take into account, we’re chatting to our fabulous Sponsor and talented stationers Kerry and Becky of Project Pretty.
With beautiful florals, bold botanical prints, romantic watercolours and sophisticated monochrome designs making up part of their collection, this talented duo really do offer something for all. And if you like what you see, now’s the time to act as the lovely Kerry and Becky are offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 20% discount until the end of November 2017. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter BUN20 at checkout on the Project Pretty website.
When picking invitations and stationery, what elements of the wedding would you advise couples to think about?
project pretty say: The first place to start, would be to think about what kind of wedding you want to have. Is it going to be a casual and relaxed affair, modern or traditional? From here, take inspiration from your chosen venue and the florals you intend to decorate your venue with. For example, if you are opting for a traditional church wedding, followed by formal reception, we would recommend a traditional but luxurious style wedding invitation, perhaps with a special print finish, such as gold foil. Finally, adding personal touches from your lives together will tie everything in beautifully.
In your opinion, is it imperative that the invites match the rest of the wedding stationery?
It’s not imperative that the invitations match the rest of the wedding stationery, but we would recommend that all ‘on the day’ stationery matches so everything is consistent for guests on the day.
A lot of couples stress over the wording of the invite, can you offer any pointers?
Deciding on your wedding invitation wording can be challenging. There are two main factors when writing the invite. Who is hosting the wedding, and what kind of wedding day are you planning. Is it going to be traditional/formal or relaxed and casual? We have some helpful examples on our website to make the tricky task a little easier.
Beyond the invites what other stationery would you advise couples to consider?
A table plan and place cards are a must if you are having a sit-down meal, otherwise the room will descend into chaos once the guests make their way into the dining room! One of the other important pieces of stationery are thankyou cards, so you can thank your guests for their presence and gifts on your wedding day.
In your opinion, how does stationery play a special role in 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. There’s nothing better than receiving a beautifully designed and high-quality invitation through the post – the quality and attention to detail of the stationery says a lot about what the guests can expect from the big day. On the day, stationery is everywhere, with table plans and place cards guiding guests where to sit, menus to let your guests know what food they’ll be enjoying and even where the flip flops are for those tired feet. The little details can make a big difference.
What are the current trends in wedding stationery and can you predict any hot new stationery trends to look out for in the coming year?
Foiled wedding stationery has been very popular this year, along with watercolour washes and florals mixed with modern calligraphy. We’re predicting that foil will continue to be popular along with marbling, monochrome and dark rich and moody colours.
Are there any designs proving particularly popular in your collection at the moment?
Our Kate and Romance wedding invitations are our most popular designs, but we’re also starting to see a lot of interest in our watercolour floral Juliette design, which was launched earlier this year.
October 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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…
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!
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.
February 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Julia Ogden produces handmade, one off wedding stationery, completely unique to each couple. Viewing her designs as art works in their own right, we meet the artist behind the inks…
Julia is currently offering 10% off all packages until Valentines Day. In addition to that Brides Up North readers will have a free screen print when they place their stationery order, including the bride and groom’s names and their wedding date. Quote Brides Up North when booking.
Images by Sarah Mason Photography.
What is the story behind your business and your background?
julia says: I began my wedding stationery business in 2013. I studied illustration at University and have always had a love of combining text and image, so when a gallery (Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge) I supplied artwork to, mentioned they were having a wedding fair I jumped at the chance to create a stationery range for it.
Who is a “Julia Ogden” bride?
A Julia Ogden bride has a love of handmade, bespoke items. They would want their stationery to give a true sense of their relationship; loves, places and memories.
Where are you based?
I am based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. I can work by appointment or if the client is further afield I can work online; emailing stationery ideas and sketches.
Tell us about your gorgeous hand printed designs?
Each design I make is tailor made so I am happy to make any products the client would wish for. I do have packages on my website but I can always quote for additional items. The invitations are hand screen printed by me in Hebden Bridge.
Is every design really completely bespoke?
I begin the process of making the invitations by chatting to the couple and getting to know them (online or in person). I then sketch some ideas for their stationery, these could be based on their wedding location, the bride and grooms favourite things or to match the colour palette of their wedding. When the couple have decided on their favourite design I then screen print them.
This is a hand printed process; pushing ink through a thin mesh screen with the design on it to make the image. Every single invite is hand printed in this way and therefore truly bespoke. I draw all the illustrations for the invites and pride myself on them being completely unique to each couple.
November 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
If you’re the type of person (like us), that loves pretty paper goods so much so that you can spend an age picking out a new note book or selecting a greetings card, then you’re going to love this afternoon’s post. For today we’re formally introducing new Brides Up North featured supplier and stationery sensations, Kerry and Becky of Project Pretty, to the blog.
As their company name suggests, these ladies are experts when it comes to creating swoon-worthy stationery; from elegant florals to punchy typographically led designs – there really is something for all.
This afternoon we’ll be finding out a little more about the dynamic duo behind Project Pretty and what they have to offer you lovely brides-to-be. And if that’s not enough, they’re also giving us an exclusive first look at their brand new collections that they’re launching today AND offering our readers a rather fabulous discount:
Brides Up North can get 10% off orders over £50 by using the code BUN10 at the checkout.
Take it away ladies!
How did you first get into the wedding industry?
project pretty say: We are both degree qualified graphic designers and met whilst working for a local design agency. Whilst discussing wedding details for our own weddings we agreed that at the time, there wasn’t much choice when it came to wedding stationery. With coming from a graphic design/print background, we both wanted something a bit more exciting and this inspired us to start our own business. In 2011 we launched Project Pretty to cater for couples looking for something a little different.
Tell us about the products you offer to wedding couples…
We are a wedding stationery and paper goods company that offers wedding stationery from save the dates and invitations, through to ‘on the day’ stationery, such as table plans, menu cards, sweet buffet labels etc. and finally ‘after the day’ thank you cards.
What is your favourite thing about your job and what do you love about the wedding industry?
Kerry says: I love working with couples on what will most likely be, the first impression their wedding guests have of their day. Creating the invitations or save the date cards for our couples is usually the first time they see all the details down on paper – it’s an exciting time and I love to be a part of it.
Becky says: I find it really satisfying helping couples through, what let’s face it, can be a very stressful part of planning a wedding. After all it is the first thing guests see and there can be a lot of pressure to get things just right, especially from parents and other family members! So, I love it when we get such positive feedback from customers – it really makes all the long hours worth it.
How can stationery enhance a wedding?
Stationery is such an important part of a wedding. From the initial save the date, or invitation, guests can gauge what the wedding will be like and it certainly builds the excitement for the big day with guests discussing potential themes or colours. Even the quality and attention to detail of the stationery says a lot about what they can expect from the day.
On the wedding day itself, stationery is everywhere, with table plans guiding guests where to sit, what food they’ll be enjoying and even where the flip flops are, for those with tired feet, so it’s definitely worth investing the time in getting all these things just right. Paper should never be underestimated!
Where do you suggest couples to take inspiration from for their stationery?
We advise couples that their wedding stationery should be a reflection of their personalities and relationship. For example, take inspiration from the places you have travelled to as a couple, the concerts you’ve been to, the restaurants you’ve eaten in – have fun with it, especially with the ‘on the day’ stationery. It’s also a good idea to consider what flowers you will be having on the table so that the colours used in your ‘on the day’ stationery complement the floral displays. Pinterest is a great resource for discovering what styles you like with regards to typography, paper and print.
Do you have a signature style?
We both have quite distinctive styles which enables us to offer a wide choice of designs. Kerry’s designs are typographically led, whereas Becky’s designs tend to be floral and whimsical.
Tell us about the new collections that you have just launched today…
Romance – Our new Romance collection features a soft watercolour background with grey calligraphy fonts. Finished with Kraft envelopes and optional finishing touches such as the belly band and lace, this collection is super pretty and feminine!
Betty – Betty is a bold floral design featuring a bright gouache painted floral image on a black and white polka dot background. If you are looking for a pretty invitations with an edge, these could be the ones for you. Teamed with black envelopes and optional envelope liners, these invitations will really make a statement.
Geometric – Our new geometric design is available in 71 colour options, including elegant duck egg blue, and features modern typography and diamond geometric lines.
Kate – This simple black and white design features a relaxed handwritten style font on a white or black background. Team with black lined envelopes for understated cool.
Hydrangea – Our Hydrangea collection is available in pink or blue with optional belly bands. With rounded corners and a handpainted watercolour design, these invitations are soft and pretty. Available with white, grey or Kraft envelopes. If you are looking for a rustic design, we recommend opting for Kraft envelopes.
How can you help couples to personalise their stationery? Do you offer a bespoke service?
All of our designs are customisable, so couples can alter the text to suit and most designs are available in a wide range of colours. When ordering on our website, you can add all the personalisation details and select your colour/layout preference upon ordering. We also offer a custom design service for couples that cannot find what they are looking for, and would prefer to have a design created just for them.
On first contact we will request a brief based on the couple’s ideas and wedding theme. It is a good idea to create a Pinterest board of ideas, inspiration images and colours so that we can gain a greater understanding of what you are looking for. We will also need to know how many of each item you require – for example, 50 wedding invitations plus matching RSVP cards and information cards.
When we have all the information we need we will put together a quotation outlining the costs for the design development and the final printed items. Once the quotation has been approved a 50% non-refundable deposit is required prior to any design work being undertaken. Following payment we will then produce a mood board of ideas for review so that we can narrow down a design that you are happy with – this will include font ideas, layout styles and illustrations.
Once we have your feedback on the mood boards, we will request the text for the invitations/designs and will then produce the artwork based on your comments and preferences. Full colour PDF proofs will be sent via email within ten working days for review.
Once the design has been approved we will request the remainder of the fee and once received will send the artwork to print. You will then receive your wedding stationery, beautifully packaged and within seven working days.
What styles of your stationery are proving popular with couples at the moment?
Our Eva collection has proven to be very popular this year. The design is classic in style but with a contemporary edge. Designs such as this are timeless and will always be popular. In addition to this, floral designs with calligraphy-style typography are also proving popular. However, our Bella design is consistently popular with its dark background and pretty star design. It is perfect for winter weddings, but we have also found it to be popular all year round.
Do you have any particular favourite designs within your collection?
Kerry says: My favourite design is our Frankie collection. I love the mix of vintage style fonts and paper stocks.
Becky says: I love the Millie design. It’s so classy with an understated Art Deco theme and looks fab on the textured paper stock we offer.
Which celebrity wedding would you most like to design wedding stationery for?
Kerry says: I would have like to have designed stationery for the wedding of Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood. I love everything about Fearne’s style and think that as a couple, they would have had fun with the invitations and stationery.
Becky: It would’ve been great to have designed stationery for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s wedding. She is so elegant with great style, she’s incredibly accomplished in her work, plus she bagged Hollywood’s most iconic bachelor – what’s not to love?!
Tell us a little about your wedding days and what type of stationery you had…
Kerry says: I married my husband Matt in 2012 at Iscoyd Park near Whitchurch. We opted for a grey and yellow colour theme, with soft pastel flowers. I created all the wedding stationery myself which now makes up part of our Carnival collection. Instead of standard place cards, we pinned names badges to Kraft luggage tags, finished with baker’s twine, which was a great talking point for our guests.
Becky says: I married my husband Gareth in 2011, after a very long wait I might add, at Soughton Hall in Northop, North Wales. We had a fantastic day and night at the venue and I actually designed all my own stationery in a very classic style. I wanted it to tie-in with the beautifully historic venue so I used script fonts for a romantic feel along with a classic serif font in a very simple format. I had letterpress invitations and rsvp cards on a textured thick board, so the impressions were really deep and luxurious. I was absolutely thrilled – they turned out even better than I expected! However, my budget didn’t allow for all items to be printed this way, so all the other pieces, such as menus, place cards etc. were all printed digitally but using the same style. The design can now be found on our website under the name ‘Olivia’.
What sets you apart from other stationery companies?
We believe that beautiful typography and carefully considered colours combined with great customer service and the ability to visualise our customers’ ideas sets us apart from others. All of our collections are available to order on our website, making it easy for our customers to order online at their own convenience, however, we are always on hand to answer any questions and offer any help and guidance.
Can you give us an idea on price?
Our prices range from £1.10 per place card, to £120 for an A1 table plan. Our price per invitation or save the date card varies dependant on how many you order, for example if you order 20 save the date cards these would be £1.80 each compared to an order of 100 at £1.60 each.
Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?
Absolutely! Readers of Brides Up North can get 10% off orders over £50 by using the code BUN10 at the checkout.
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you and see more examples of your work?
Visit our website www.projectpretty.co.uk to view our collections and/or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
August 20th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon on the blog we’ve got a little something for our newly engaged readers out there *waves* as we take a look at beautiful handcrafted save the dates from wedding stationery extraordinaire, norma&dorothy.
A fairly early task to complete on the wedding ‘to do’ list, sending out your save the dates not only provides guests with the all-important when, where and what details, but it also gives them the first taste of what’s to come. So in order to impress guests from the outset, it’s essential to choose your paper goods with care.
norma&dorothy, which was set up by talented designer Grace Sherriff two years ago, specialises in stationery that has a wonderful rustic and whimsical appearance, making it appealing to a wide range of themes and tastes. All products are lovingly hand-made in the company’s Manchester studio by the talented team, with each member holding some form of craft at degree level – meaning they’re pretty skilled with their hands.
The result is carefully crafted and oh so pretty stationery that has flawless finish to wow brides, grooms and guests! Better still, if you like the look of what you see, norma&dorothy are holding a sale until the end of August, offering 10% of all save the date designs. You just need to enter code 10AUG15 at checkout. Simple!
Having been sent a wonderful bundle of norma&dorothy’s save the dates through the post this week, we’ve experienced first-hand just how special these pretty cards feel when they arrive through the letter box.
Though concealed within similar brown rustic envelopes, each design has its own character, charm and colourway. There are cute black and white chalkboard styles as well as country-esque burlap and bunting designs, plus bright floral prints and pretty pastel etchings on candy striped backgrounds, to choose from.
There are also those influenced by the season, baring delicate detailed snowflakes, and others, such as vintage map designs, which focus on the destination/venue of the celebrations.
For an extra special finish, each of the cute round-edged designs are made complete with detail that stands proud of the card, be it a loop of rustic twine, twinkling gems or elegant pearls.
And it’s not just the backgrounds and design that differ. The wording on the save the dates is custom tailored and can appear in a various style fonts, giving couples the opportunity to personalise their paper.
For consistency couples are advised to stick with the same design for the remainder of their wedding stationery, which norma&dorothy can easily take care of with its save the date designs spreading to day and evening invitations, order of service, table plans, place cards, menus, favour tags, and even thank you cards for when the big day has been and gone.
So what are you waiting for, if you’ve got the venue booked and guest list drawn up it’s time to send out your save the dates, whetting guests’ appetites for what’s to come and, of course, avoiding double bookings. And don’t forget that sale – 10% off all save the dates until the end of August with code 10AUG15.
April 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Happy Easter Brides Up North, we do hope that the Easter bunny has been kind (come on, he’s meant to be spoiling you, right?)?
To bring a beautiful close to this glorious long weekend I have a non-chocolaty treat to round things off, as we introduce our extremely talented sponsor, julia eastwood.
Julia’s range of wedding stationery is quite simply, breath-taking, and I just know that our discerning readers are about to fall head over heels with her stunning designs. Now, go play with the pretty paper… and check out the full range on Julia’s gorgeous website.
With images by Nicole Jopek.
When did you launch your business and what is your background?
I launched my wedding stationery business in September 2012. I graduated in 2001 with first class honours in Graphic Illustration. From there I went to work in a professional design studio working on advertising campaigns and editorial work for 5 years. In 2006 I made the leap into teaching and for the next 6 years split my time between being the course leader of an illustration course at college level and doing freelance graphic design. I loved teaching and still miss the rapport of the students I would teach and the feeling of pride in seeing their achievements. The problem was, my students would come back to see me with exciting tales of life at Goldsmiths studying fashion, or taking a gap year working on the design team for Vogue magazine and I would get the itch to be out creating myself.
In 2012 I was getting married and I searched and searched for my perfect invitation, but nothing seemed to really represent Gary and I – my fiancé. Then it hit me, why on earth wasn’t I designing my own?! And so I set to work… the result was a hand painted illustration with tiny symbols woven into it that represented our life together so far. I received such good feedback about our invitation that I started to think ‘what if’. And so I took a deep breath and left the security blanket of teaching. Luckily, it has all worked out so far….
What services do you offer?
I create all aspects of wedding stationery and décor from Save the Date cards through to Orders of Service and Table Plans. One of my favourite requests is when a bride asks for something I’ve not previously thought of. For instance, last year I was asked to create ‘I spy’ cards to be placed on each table with a disposable camera asking the guests to try and capture specific moments from the day. Another bride asked me to create paper fortune tellers (like we all used to make at school) containing a quiz about the bride and groom to go on her tables. Those kind of things make me wish I was getting married again so I could steal their ideas for my own wedding!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Well, anyone who knows me well will tell you I have always been a magpie when it comes to weddings! So firstly been involved in planning couples’ big days is a huge perk of my job, also I still get to buy wedding magazines every month with the excuse that they are for work! The other aspect I enjoy is the variety. One day I might be hand painting an enchanted forest illustration, the next printing and die cutting doily table numbers, it’s never the same thing from day to day.
What makes you different to other stationery suppliers?
I think my unique selling point is how personalised my designs are. It’s not just a case of adding your names and venue details, all aspects of my illustrations can be altered to represent you as a couple. For example, a couple recently had a tiny camera, sewing machine, cat, and bike wheel drawn to be hanging off the branches in my woodland wedding invite. It’s subtle, but a nice nod to a couples personality.
Where are you located and what areas do you offer your services in?
I’m based in Halifax, West Yorkshire where I was raised but I have worked with brides all over the world. I was lucky that very soon after opening my business I was accepted as a partner on Notonthehighstreet giving me a strong online presence. Due to this the majority of my work comes from the south of England, all though I’ve worked with couples as far flung as Hong Kong and Australia. Just this morning I sent a proof to a lovely Italian couple who asked me to create my Time Capsule Guestbook translated into Italian for their wedding in Rome. It’s always lovely to work with clients from nearby though, you can’t beat a get together with mood boards and rough sketches over a coffee!
Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?
Prices start at £1.50 for Save the Dates and range from £2.50 to £4.50 for invitations depending on how much detail is needed. I am more than happy to draw up non obligation quotes and if a couple have a set figure in mind can make suggestions on how they can achieve the effect they desire whilst staying in budget.
Can couples request bespoke designs and if so what is the process?
Yes definitely! I love creating bespoke requests. Over the last 3 years I’ve created many bespoke illustrations over a wide range of themes, such as a couple who wanted a bride and groom duck ‘taking the plunge’, a couple who wanted to be drawn walking their dog into a wood of heart shaped trees and most recently I created illustrations for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ wedding which was a complete gift of a brief and totally captured my imagination. I would urge couples to contact me if they have an idea but can’t see anything similar on my website because 99.9% of the time the answer will be yes I can do it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I think like all illustrators I get inspiration from all around me without always realising, whether it’s a pretty house I spot on a walk or a wedding dress I ‘like’ on Pinterest. Although I think what makes my work stand out is that it’s unique… I don’t tend to fit in with current ‘styles’, I’ve always been into drawing and playing with paint and my illustrative style is the same whether commissioned to do a straight illustration piece or wedding stationery. That was partly what made setting up my wedding business so scary, wondering ‘will anyone else like it?’ but thankfully, so far I’ve had a really positive response.
What trends do you see being popular this year?
Woodland weddings seem hugely popular and my woodland wedding stationery range has been my best seller so far this year. I’ve had a few requests for illustrations that feature starry skies and so I think this may be an up and coming theme. It’s a theme that appeals to me and I plan to create a range based on winter starry skies ‘written in the stars’ as we move closer to the winter wedding season.
How far in advance would you advise a bride to start sourcing their wedding invitations?
I always advise my brides to aim to book 8 weeks before they would like to receive their invitations. Design slots do tend to book up in advance, 8 weeks means the first design draft will be completed in the first 3 weeks, and then I allow 3 weeks for the proofing process in which I will supply up to 3 proofs to ensure the design is completely perfect. Lastly, the remaining 2 weeks gives me time to prepare everything for print, send to print and have them returned to me (I use a wedding specialist in Northumberland) and then for me to finish with any special finishing touches such as rounded corners or ribbon.
In terms of when to send out, the magazines always say 3 months before the day, but personally, I think it depends on the time of year. I got married in August 2012 and was conscious of people wanting to book holidays, so I sent my Save the Dates in August 2011, and my invites in January 2012.
What type of bride do you think your style of work appeals to and why?
I think the brides who like my work are individuals, who value personal details in their wedding and chose items that represent themselves as a couple and their story so far. They enjoy telling their love story, and celebrating the real reason everyone has joined them for the day.
What type of invitations did you have on your wedding day? What would you choose now?
I got married on the 11th August 2012 and it really was the best day of my life. You can’t describe the ‘wedding bubble’ you become immersed in on the day and really do it justice. My wedding invitation was the first designed and the first product I stocked. It’s also still one of my best sellers so it’s nice to know that 3 years on it’s still ‘got it’. In fact, a lot of products on my website are ones I first created for my own wedding, the Time Capsule Guestbook was first made for our day – although we were naughty and opened it the day after instead of a year after and the football shirt table plan cards were made so that my husband’s love of Huddersfield Town could be featured somehow.
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