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written in the stars. supplier showcase: Calligraphy For Weddings

October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Watercolour calligraphy credit Vickerstaff Photography (12)

This afternoon I’m thrilled to hand these pretty pages over to a very talented lady, lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings (and English Wedding Blog fame).

She’s here to put pen to paper and make your wedding stationery and accessories super beautiful and gorgeously personal.  She’ll even write your love letters for you, how’s that for service?

Claire is kindly offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount from her Etsy Shop throughout October. Quote code LOVEBUN when you order! 

Let’s meet her…

Images supplied by Calligraphy For Weddings and as credited where relevant in our gallery.

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Introduce yourself and Calligraphy For Weddings?

I’m Claire, I’m thirty-something and I work full time as a calligrapher, specialising in weddings and gifts for anniversaries and special occasions. I have the best job in the world! I live on the edge of the Lake District in a character apartment by the seaside. I have stained glass and original features, but I still write on the walls. I love my life, my surroundings – walking on the beach is my daily ‘commute’ – and the way my boyfriend calls me his ‘Beach Girl’. Calligraphy for Weddings has been going since 2005, and I’ve written for hundreds of brides and grooms, event organisers and brands. I’m known for my work with Kirstie Allsopp and I’m so lucky to have my own little craft business.

What wedding calligraphy services do you offer for brides to be? 

I offer a full calligraphy service for couples who have their own stationery (whether it’s bought or DIY) and I also sell wedding stationery, from invitation suites and collections through to place names, table plans and mirror calligraphy. Everything is online in my Etsy shop.

The most recent additions to my wedding calligraphy shop are kraft and calligraphy quirky wedding invites with matching stationery, which are all personalised for every client. These are designer invites from an independent calligraphy business – professionally designed and printed, with handwritten calligraphy elements. Your guests will adore them, and you can continue the kraft and calligraphy theme right through to your wedding day with reception stationery to match your invites. Prices start from just £2 for invitations.

I also take on bespoke commissions and I write mirror table plans – this has been a massively successful part of my business in 2014 and I love mirror calligraphy, writing on windows and chalkboards! I also write calligraphy backdrops – the more unusual the better. I love writing song lyrics, poems and larger commissions too.

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Tell us about your vintage love letters?

The vintage love letters are an absolute joy to write and make a perfect wedding day gift or – even better – a lovely present and keepsake for your first (paper) wedding anniversary. I use the highest quality writing paper, which is aged and then entirely handwritten in a 19th century script. Every letter is personalised, with the option of adding stamps and wax seals, ribbons and gold twine – they’re a real labour of love and as well as being wonderful gifts they’ve been used on photoshoots around the UK and even in France!

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What if brides want to try calligraphy for themselves?

I love it when brides (and grooms) are keen to try calligraphy, and with modern ‘quirky’ styles being really popular now I’ve launched a range of calligraphy starter kits for absolute beginners. I’ve also written a book which takes beginners through very first steps in modern, quirky calligraphy – from preparing the pen to some really simple exercises with examples – and all aimed at fun styles rather than the traditional formal scripts.

There are two starter kits: the luxe version has more samplers, white ink, gift tags to practice on and is personalised.

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What sets your business apart from your competitors?

Customer service and experience set me apart. I wrap every calligraphy order like a present, so it’s lovely to receive. I answer all of my emails and phone calls personally. I manage my website, write my blog and look after my Facebook page. One of the best things about Calligraphy for Weddings, for me, is getting to know my customers. It’s never a faceless transaction: every customer gets a personal service, every name is written with meticulous attention to detail and the most important thing to me is that my customers are happy with everything I give them – and the same goes for wedding guests! The calligraphy quality has to be exceptional – and I know it is, because I know how many wedding guests take their place cards home!

Who would be a “Calligraphy For Weddings” bride?

Any bride who loves paper, pretty details or special touches should consider adding calligraphy to her special day. DIY brides can add the perfect finishing touch to invites and envelopes with handwritten calligraphy names. Classic weddings can incorporate calligraphy with more formal scripts on envelopes and for reception stationery, and quirky weddings look even more amazing with handwritten signs, mirrors and name tags. Every bride is different, and every wedding has its own style. Calligraphy comes in a rainbow of flavours and there’s one to delight every bride!

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (3)

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (1)

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (4)

Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

Through my wedding blog I’ve worked with hundreds of wedding photographers as well as writing calligraphy for many stationery designers and even branding. I designed a logo for Walker & Walker Photographers and have been involved in shoots with the amazing Chris Hanley Photography, lovely Vickerstaff Photography, for Petra Opperman, with Karen Flower Photography, at Aspire Photography Training, and featured on Junebug Weddings, Brides Up North and Love My Dress blogs. There are too many to list – I love being involved in styled shoots as they fire my imagination and inspire new products and designs!

Tell us about some amazing weddings that you have worked on and the lettering and products that you have created?

Most recently I worked on Sophie and Hamish’s Lake District wedding with a 6ft mirror for their table plan – it was incredible, a real challenge and the final product was amazing! I’ve been writing wedding certificates and vows in calligraphy over the summer – all with personalised designs and different every time. I love those. I’ve written thousands of invitations and place name cards as well as quirky wedding signs which I send across the UK, to the US, Australia, across Europe and all over the world. I posted a poem to Dubai this morning… it’s amazing knowing my calligraphy travels so far! Oh, and a highlight of my summer was writing riddles in French for Regis, who was planning the most romantic proposal and asked me to write out riddles on my best Italian card stock which would lead his partner (now fiancee!) to a ring… she said yes!

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What have been your professional highlights to date?

I’ve just come back from teaching calligraphy skills workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair in London. My work with Kirstie has been a delight for years: we’ve collaborated on several projects since Kirstie styled a vintage military wedding back in 2012, and I’ve featured in two of her books and TV series. (See “Kirstie Allsopp stroked my calligraphy on the telly!“) I’ve also written for Manchester United, and I was hired to write Steve Gerrard’s wedding place name cards too!

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Calligraphy 2 modern kraft invites (2)

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What are your favourite wedding looks for 2014?  What trends do you see emerging?

I have a thing for kraft invitations, which have been ever so popular this year. I like anything quirky so long as it’s beautifully designed: creative stationery packs and peculiar shapes and textures can be really exciting. I also love minimal design, so beautiful type and creative lettering with lots of lovely spacing really excite me. As far as general wedding trends go, I’m a fan of big neon letters, weddings in cinemas and theatres, sperry tents and jumbled up mismatched flowers. I think glitter and sequins will continue to be a big part of weddings in 2015, and the homespun look will be popular with UK brides. I’d love to see large scale backdrops feature in real weddings here as they do in the US – and I’d love to write some!

Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

I keep my prices as low as I can and offer plenty of options for couples on a budget. Place cards start from £1.10 each, invitations are from just £2 and table plans start from £75. Calligraphy isn’t as expensive as many people think, and it’s all about the time it takes to write everything for you. Wedding readings and poems are priced from 75p per word, which gives you more flexibility in what you order.

A top tip: if you’d like to order your wedding readings or first dance lyrics in calligraphy, and want to save money, select your favourite extract or paragraph!

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

I’ll be delighted to offer Brides Up North readers a 10% discount from my Etsy shop throughout October. Quote code LOVEBUN when you order!

Watercolour calligraphy credit Vickerstaff Photography (1)

Where are you located and will you travel?

I’m on the edge of the Lake District and almost all of my calligraphy orders are mailed to my customers. I am a leading world expert on protective packaging, with shares in tissue paper, bubble wrap, Ecoflow and boxes. Your order will arrive safely, wherever you are! Mirrors and glass are the only things I can’t post. I can travel to venues or we can arrange to meet so I can collect your mirrors… get in touch if you’re interested!

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more? 

I’m all over the internet, with examples of my calligraphy on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, my website and calligraphy blog, my wedding blog and other wedding blogs… once you find me it’s hard to avoid my calligraphy I’m afraid!

My website | Facebook |Pinterest | Instagram | My Blog | YouTube

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (7)

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (6)

Calligraphy 1 kraft wedding collection (1)

Tell us about your blog, English Wedding?

The English Wedding Blog is all about creativity: my dream is to curate an online space for couples to get inspired by real weddings, shoots and the latest in wedding design – with a real focus on English and UK weddings and suppliers. The English Wedding Blog was born in November 2009 to showcase what makes weddings in this country so great. The site is updated daily and is full of inspiration and advice for brides in the UK and for anglophile brides overseas. With a unique perspective from inside the UK wedding industry, English Wedding also focuses on the brightest and best new talents in all aspects of wedding design, with a special focus on real weddings by the UK’s finest wedding photographers.

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Lovely Letters. Supplier Showcase: Love Invited

March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Love Invited - Love Birds

Brides, I feel your pain.  My own wedding done and dusted, it’s now onto a whole different set of choices as we look forward to my baby girl’s christening this June.  A joint celebration with her cousin, it’s my job to sort out the invitations.  And its procrastination central round our place.  The issue when planning our wedding was where to start, and now as editor of Brides Up North I’ve seen so much pretty stationery over the years that there’s too many places to start!

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Amanda of Love Invited has just thrown another spanner in the works, as she presents her beautiful range of luxury wedding stationery on the blog today.

Must. make. a. decision.

Good luck making your mind up too!

Love Invited - Love Birds

What’s the story behind Love Invited?

I’m Amanda Williams, founder of Love Invited, Luxury Wedding Stationery. I’ve spent over a decade in design and I’ve used that experience to create beautiful wedding invitations and complementary stationery brimming with joy, personality and individuality.

Love invited all began not only from a desire to design and create beautiful wedding stationery but we also wanted to ensure the process was as simple and hassle free as possible while maintaining the highest quality finish.

Just so you know this crucial part of your wedding day is in very safe hands here’s a bit of background about me. I’m a working mum with a passion for design. I’ve been working within the design industry for over 10 years now after graduating from university with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. I began my career as a designer, progressing to studio manager then on to account management, where my time was spent ensuring clients receive the best possible design service.

Love Invited - Art Deco

Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Love Invited - Art Deco

Who is a Love Invited bride?

When I was looking to design my own wedding stationery a few years ago I struggled to find inspiring, creative designs that reflected our personalities. We really wanted something that was modern and not run of the mill. This gave us the idea that there was a need to provide high quality, fresh designs with a simple ordering process at a price that is accessible to all. So a Love Invited bride is someone that doesn’t want to settle for the traditional, they want their personality and creativity to shine.

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

Love Invited - Spring Blossom

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

We have a lovely little studio in the beautifully restored Blue Pit Mill in Rochdale, just North of Manchester. Love Invited is predominantly web based; we have an online store where brides can browse and buy from our collections or request a personal consultation. I do encourage meeting in person, where possible, to get a better understanding of a couples personalities and requirements.

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

There is a varied selection of beautiful design collections to choose from on the website. We hope there is a collection to suit every bride from Art Deco with it’s 1920s glamour, the fun design and retro type of Lovebirds to the delicate floral print of Vintage Rose. The collections are all ready-to-go and semi-customisable to suit the customers needs. All collections include: save the date, day and evening invitations, additional information cards, invitation menus, RSVPs, order of service, table names, table menus, place cards, framed seating plans and thank you cards. Customers can provide wedding details and guest names etc, and customize colours when ordering online or choose to provide this information at a late date once the order is confirmed.

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Love Invited - Viva Las Vegas

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

If our design collections aren’t quite right, we can create something completely unique. I love working on bespoke projects, they’re so much fun and it’s great to see the end result.

We start every bespoke order with a consultation. Its more of a chat really just to get to know the happy couple and their wedding. We usually talk about wedding themes, colours, personalities and interests, family etc, anything goes within reason! Following on from the initial meeting, we work on the designs and refine them until the customer is ‘over the moon’ with the final design. We only use the highest quality, trusted printers to produce our stationery, which are then lovingly hand-finished by us.

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

Vintage Rose

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

Love Invited - Vintage Rose

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment and do you think will be popular for next season?

I am finding more and more often that customers are looking for invitations that are small in size. This gives their guests something little, dainty and precious to mark your special day. Our Vintage Rose collection fits the bill perfectly and proved very popular last season and in to this season.

This year is all about the love for the romance and elegance of the 1920s into the Art Deco period. The return to tradition is inspired by Hollywood with brides wanting to achieve the look and sophistication of The Great Gatsby and Downton.

To give this theme a touch of 2014 add a bit of sparkle, don’t go mad though, a little bit of sparkle goes a long way! A touch on your dress, a dusting of glitter on your cake and the accessories placed on your tables can really set the scene. I recently spotted some beautiful sequin trimmed tealights, which looked amazing when they were lit and gave a beautifully romantic feel to the room.

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

Love Invited - Royal Elegance

What other products or services do you offer ?

As well as the collections available on the website and my bespoke service I also offer framed seating plans. These really make a statement and look great at any venue. Your wedding seating plan will be framed in either a beautiful vintage swept frame or elegant box frame with mount, prints and backing. You can choose from a large 20 x 30 inch (51cm x 76cm) table plan ideal for your venue’s easel/stand or a smaller table plan 16 x 20 inches (41cm x 51cm). Each framed table plan includes a bespoke double card mount to reflect your seating plan and the design will complement your chosen theme or your bespoke design. We can also create beautiful book bound wedding photo albums incorporating your design.

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

I would have to say someone who is open minded and wants to push boundaries with their wedding stationery. Someone who has an interesting and original theme that sees the stationery as an important part of the style of their wedding. If it was me personally I would love to see a contemporary and creative design, elegantly printed in letterpress and elegantly presented. Now look you’ve got me planning stationery for an imaginary client!

Love Invited - Destination

Destination

Love Invited - Destination

Love Invited - Destination

Love Invited - Destination

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

Research research research.

By gathering a few ideas together of the sort of designs you like, the theme and the overall look you would like to achieve it will ensure you get exactly what you are after

Start planning early.

If you know your date and venue let your guests know as soon as possible by sending out a save the date. 

Keep it consistent

Your wedding stationery is the style setter for the day as your invitation will be the first time your guests will be introduced to your theme.

Order extra

It is easier and usually more affordable to order a few more with your main order than ordering extras at a later date.

Make it yours

Try not to please everyone with your stationery, make sure it is a true representation of you as a couple and your big day.

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

I think my no no has to be don’t let everyone pitch in on ideas and opinions so much that you forget what you wanted in the first place. It becomes one big stressful event when it should be fun.  Even though everyone has their own taste we’re not huge fans of tacky ribbons, brooches, buckles or fonts and too many different elements going on in one place.

Love Invited - Summertime

Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Love Invited - Summertime

Does all the stationery have to match?

It does look effective if your stationery does match and it carries the theme though from your save the date and invitations right through to your wedding day and thank you cards. That’s not to say that each item has to look exactly the same, it just needs to have the same theme and feel.

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

I hope we can cater for every budget and taste. With our invitations they start at £1.95 for a single card up to £4.60 for a pocket folder. We do have an offer at the moment if customers Share or Like Love Invited at the checkout stage they will receive an automatic 10% off their order. 

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

Within each collection I do offer options so if there is a pocket folder there is always a folded card or single card option, so you can have the design you like at your budget. The Vintage Rose collection is great if you are on a budget as it is simple and pretty but as it is printed on a lovely pearlescent card finished with a length of ribbon and a personalised tag it really is value for money. If money was no object I would say the Sweet heart collection is the way to go, it’s so much fun with the lollypop save the dates and the sweetie bag wallet that holds the invitation and additional cards looks very impressive.

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Love Invited - Sweetheart

Which designs are your bestsellers?

My best sellers over the last year have been Art Deco, Vintage Rose, Vintage Chic and Viva Las Vegas. I was surprised how popular Viva Las Vegas has been, but it is a great design and some much fun to work on.

What sets Love Invited apart from its competitors?

As your wedding day is going to be the biggest day of your life I aim to make this little part of the organising as simple as possible. I really care about every bride and their requirements whether they are ordering 10 place cards, 100 invitations or I am working on a completely bespoke order. I hope my personal creative approach to wedding stationery is a refreshing change.

 

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

Love Invited - Vintage Chic

How long do you take to turn around an order?

Well every order is different but usually you will have your gorgeous stationery order delivered by your postie within 3 weeks. Once and order is made I aim to send a digital visual on email within 2 working days. Following approval of the design I can print and deliver the order within 10 working days. Pretty speedy really.

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

There are a number of ways you can contact us at Love Invited, you can either visit the site www.loveinvited.co.uk and fill in a contact form or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.  If its a good old fashioned chat you are after give us a call on 0161 883 0079. 

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Beautiful On A Budget. Supplier Showcase: First Impressions Wedding Invitations PLUS 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers

March 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Something I’m often aware of as I write these pages is the need to be inclusive.  I know from your emails and messages that not all of my readers have the deepest pockets, a six figure salary or easy access to the bank of Mum and Dad.  Here at Brides Up North it’s my job to showcase the loveliest ideas, inspirational weddings and dream dresses, but I also think it’s important that our content is attainable.  Sometimes you want the pretty without the price tag. 

Half the battle is thinking local and using the brilliant regional suppliers right on your own doorstep and the other half is having all the options available to you.   I’m aware that I often only feature high end products and aspirational shoots, but today I would like to introduce you to a stationer who is keeping her prices real but her products still sparkling: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Paula of First Impressions Wedding Invitations

For those of you on a budget who still want some bling – Paula’s your gal!  Let’s meet her…

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What is the story behind First Impressions Wedding Invitations?

First Impressions Wedding Invitations started trading in the summer of 2010 initially on eBay. I had just had my second son Ryan and was unable to return to work due to childcare issues. I have always had a creative flair and had done stationery for a few close friends, therefore decided to start my own business doing wedding stationery, which was an instant success.  

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Who is a First Impressions Wedding Invitations bride?

A First Impressions bride is someone who wants to have beautiful handmade wedding invitations and stationery but doesn’t necessarily have a big budget to spend on their stationery. That is where we step in: creating beautiful wedding stationery at affordable prices so the bride can get the best of both worlds.

Where are you based? 

We are based in Wigan, Lancashire. We mainly work online using email and telephone as our main way of corresponding, but do work face to face with brides to be in our locality.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

Our ranges include our butterfly designs, floral designs and hearts designs. All of our designs are embellished with gorgeous sparkling diamantes, to give each design an elegant and classy feel. In all of our designs we do the following products: save the date cards, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, money request cards, order of services, menus, name cards, table numbers, lottery favour cards and table plans.

Can you produce completely bespoke designs? 

Yes. The client would contact us with their requirements and any examples of the designs they like. I will go away and put a design together within that brief and email a proof image to which they can make as many changes as needed until they are 100% happy. We do not charge extra for bespoke designs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment or do you think will be popular for next season?

Our most popular designs are our butterfly ranges. This has always been a favourite amongst our brides. The butterflies represent hope, joy and new beginnings, perfect for a couple embarking on their journey into married life. For next season I predict that people will still go for the more traditional designs but using brighter colour combinations. A popular colour scheme in the last 12 months has been fuchsia pink and tangerine.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

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

Make sure the stationer can match your chosen colour scheme if this is what you desire, order a sample to make sure it is the correct colour.

Proofs are a must!  Avoid companies that do not provide proofs either via post or emailed images.

Find out whether the cost of invitations includes envelopes or if they are extra.

Order your invitations and stationery at the earliest convenience and make sure the stationer can accommodate your needs.

If paying online for your stationery, I always advise paying through PayPal, for that extra bit of protection.

Does all the stationery have to match?

It is totally up to the bride! It is their big day and can have anything they choose, that’s a brides prerogative. They could choose different designs for different items of stationery having them all the same colour or they could have the same design throughout their range. We aim to please all our brides and make it as easy as we can to meet their needs.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

Which designs are your bestsellers?

Our best sellers are our butterfly designs including our “Butterfly One range” which is decorated with 11 separate diamantes to really sparkle. One of our new designs, named “Willow” is proving to be a big seller, and is of two birds in a bird cage – another popular trend with recent brides.

What sets First Impressions Wedding Invitations apart from its competitors? 

Our unique way of embellishing with diamantes definitely sets us apart from the rest. Our prices, quality of products and customer service makes us stand out from the crowd.

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

How long do you take to turn around an order?

From our first contact with clients we will advise of a production date. We supply dates on a first come first serve basis, that is why it is imperative to contact us as early as possible to secure your date. We will then dispatch your items within 7-10 working days of this production date.

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

Our prices for our handmade wedding invitations and stationery are very affordable but we do not compromise on quality. Our prices range from £0.75 for save the date cards including envelopes to our invitations priced from £1.00 to £1.80 again including envelopes. Our on the day stationery again is extremely affordable with no individual item being over £1.80 and our A1 table plans are £49.99. Our prices include all personalisation and every design hand embellished with our diamantes. We offer free delivery on samples and on orders over £150.00

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

We can offer a 10% discount to Brides Up north readers. When contacting us to place an order quote the reference BUN10% to receive your discount. 

First Impressions Wedding Invitations

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

All our contact details can be found on our website www.firstimpressionsweddinginvitations.co.uk, this includes a contact form, email address, telephone and postal address. We aim to make it as easy as possible for brides to be to establish contact with us. We have a simple an effective online order form and brides are able to purchase samples directly through our store.

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Attention To Detail. Supplier Showcase: Amoretto Wedding

February 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Amoretto Wedding

Girl’s Best Friend

We LIKE sparkle around these parts, whether glinting from a newly adorned ring finger, the sheen of sequins on tulle or a dusting of Swarovski across a kitten heel. It’s all good.  That said, we were always going to love the bespoke designs of Harriet of Amoretto Wedding then, weren’t we?

Not content with dazzling your guests on the day, Harriet’s beautiful designs give them a little taste of what’s in store, whether that’s elegant sparkle (our favourite), lashings of lace and pearls or laid back rustic romance.

I LOVE.  Just check our her pretty website to see why. 

Harriet is kindly offering a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.  Just quote Brides Up North when booking. 

Images by Lake Creative Studio.  

Amoretto Wedding

Bow

What’s the story behind Amoretto Wedding?

Amoretto has been running for two years now. As a trained Graphic Designer with a love of packaging and ‘hands on’ creativity the idea to start my own wedding stationery business came to me when planning my own wedding. Like so many others before me that, ‘I could do this’ moment suddenly hit me and it all went from there!

Amoretto Wedding

Tree

Who is an Amoretto Wedding bride?

An Amoretto bride is someone who will appreciate quality design, products and service. Over the last two years I have provided stationery to a wide range of ages and budgets but the common factor is their appreciation of the care and attention to detail spent on each and every client, from the moment pen goes to paper until their beautifully wrapped parcel arrives at the door.

Amoretto Wedding

Candyfloss

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

I am based in Lancaster, Lancashire but have clients from all over the Country. I meet with around 80% of my clients but offer a fully bespoke service as standard to clients who approach and order via e mail or telephone as well.

Amoretto Wedding

Snowflake Save The Date

Are all your designs completely bespoke then?

I offer a bespoke service as standard at no additional cost. Couples are welcome to either choose an existing design, making any necessary alterations or benefit from my design experience creating something new and unique.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Peal Pocket

What products are available in each design?

All designs have matching items as follows;

Save the Date, Day Invitation, Evening Invitation, RSVP and information card.

Order of Service, Order of the Day, Place Name, Menu, Personalised Menu, Table Plan, Guest Book.

Favour Box, Memory Box, Thank you Card.

Amoretto Wedding

Lace & Pearl

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

I am seeing a huge demand for my Lace and Pearl designs, but this timeless fabric will never go out of fashion for weddings. The Shabby Chic, Great Gatsby and Rustic Country Garden looks will all remain popular in 2014 with a breakthrough trend for bright colourful florals.

Amoretto Wedding

Rustic

Amoretto Wedding

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

Take a good look around on blogs, in magazines, and at wedding fairs for designs and ideas.

If you are struggling to choose a style, arrange a consultation with a local designer who offers this service for free to chat through ideas. They should be happy to listen to your thoughts and make suggestions that will suit your needs and requirements. There are so many angles to how the stationery contributes to the process, it’s not just about the invitations. I love hearing about my clients ‘on the day’ plans and making sure my wedding day items are going to suit their venue, flowers, table arrangements and vision for the whole day.

Don’t get too caught up in trends and what you think you should have, go with what represents you as a couple and your Big Day.

Never order anything without seeing a sample, online images can be deceiving, you need to feel and see the quality in your hands before committing to an order.

Always ask for proofs and a sample and make sure you get a second pair of eyes to check them over. The last thing you want is all your invitations with the wrong name, date or address on them.

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Does all the stationery have to match?

Not necessarily, a recent client of mine has chosen one of my Lace & Pearl designs for her Invitations as it matches the delicate lace on her dress. Her vision for the wedding day however is much more Shabby Chic and Country Garden so we are introducing kraft card colours, luggage tag styling and dressing props such as a set of vintage step ladders as the table plan backdrop. Two different styles but yet ones that will tie the whole wedding story together perfectly.

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

Serendipity at £3.00 is a simple but luxurious design, double mounted on 700gram board this design can be done to incorporate any colour scheme. The modern typography is very popular with many couples and seems to appeal particularly to the Grooms!

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Serendipity

Boxed Cupid at £7.50 is the ultimate in romantic luxury. The ivory paper heart is the centre piece of this stunning invitation, all encased in a mulberry paper wrap and organza bow then presented in box with delicate guest name tag.

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Boxed Cupid

What are your prices like?

My day time Invitations range from £3.00 right up to £8.50 for designs that comes boxed and incorporate many elements. 

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

Yes! I would be delighted to offer a 10% discount for any couples ordering their stationery in 2014.

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Bow Favour

How long do you take to turn around an order?

As standard I say four weeks, this includes design, proofing, samples and production. Turn around can be faster than that depending on my schedule. 

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

You can call me on 01524 848744 or 07974 062 425 or visit my website at www.amorettowedding.com  where you will also find links to my Facebook & Twitter.

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Friday Fabulous!

January 3rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous J Crew

The perfect paper for the best laid plans.

By combining playful hand lettering, classic typefaces and their signature dot and stripe patterns, Sugar Paper’s designs are tailored for the feminine, sophisticated bride.

Sugar Paper Bridesmaid Notecard £6.75 and Sugar Paper I Do Coasters £25 for 15 at J Crew. 

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Tea Time. Supplier Showcase: Wedding In A Teacup PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

December 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Did you catch our discussion post on wedding favours yesterday afternoon?  After this afternoon’s feature, I think a few more of you might be “in favour”…

If you came along to one of the blog’s fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions this year, you will have found some very gorgeous little branded treats in your VIP goody bag, courtesy of our Featured Supplier Wedding In A Teacup.  We do hope that you liked them! (If you missed our Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition season in 2013 – how could you?! – or simply fancy doing it all over again, click here for details of our calendar in 2014… and to get your hands on one of those goody bags). 

Wedding In A Teacup is based down South, but ships their pretty packages (and they are pretty, let me tell you) all over the UK, so whether you live in Leeds or East Lothian, they have it covered.  You’ll be dying to get into their online store and see their treasures for yourselves (especially with an exclusive 10% discount for Brides Up North readers when you enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout!), so let’s meet the lady behind it all…

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Wedding In A Teacup got started?

Hi, my name is Hester; I live in Brighton and run Wedding in a Teacup from an office near the Pavilion. A little over two years ago I was in my spare bedroom, surrounded by boxes of wedding goodies, staring at the computer screen and biting my nails over whether my tiny company was ready to ‘go live’ yet…

Nine months before that, I’d been working in the fashion industry; I felt I had a good grounding in what was needed to run a small company; I dreamt of going it alone. But what could I do that hadn’t been done to death? Then the man in my life suddenly proposed, and when I got over the shock, I set about planning our nuptials! We’d agreed to get married that same summer so I had to move fast. I got addicted to wedding blogs showcasing real–life brides who’d created their big day with originality and flair, but when I searched myself for the products to re-create some of these ideas I was met with not much more than the usual plastic, white, diamantes and organza…

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That’s when the lucky penny dropped! Surely there were other brides-to-be like me, slogging round vast on-line warehouses, desperate to find the kinds of quirky, stylish, original goodies I was hunting for. I took the risk, and started Wedding in a Teacup. So far it’s paid off wonderfully. The only downside is that my husband will insist on taking the credit for the original idea…

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Tell us about Wedding In a Teacup, your mantra and what you are all about?

One of my main aims was to create a great place to visit online – one that will inspire and excite brides to be. We take lots of care with our blogs, blurb and photos – we want to give inspiring, helpful, honest service that way. I would never stock something I didn’t like, just because I thought it might sell. And I’m a lot of a perfectionist. For example, I’ve searched for ‘wedding party’ mugs for ages and I’ve only just found the ones that are ‘right’!

I put a lot of emphasis on ethics and sustainability, buying recycled and made in the UK when I can. We also love the idea that our goodies aren’t throwaway; it’s great to keep using the tea-light holders that glittered at your wedding feast, or to transform a noticeboard into a seating plan board, and then take it home afterwards, steeped in memories of your special day.

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What sort of products are available to buy in your online shop?

We reckon we stock just about everything apart from the cake, the ring, and the dress! We have a vibrant Stationery section, with unusual and original invitations. Favours are big for us – we think the divine is in the detail, and that those little finishing touches are all-important. Brides love the personalised touch, and many of our favours carry the couples’ names and dates. We’re thrilled that we’ve made the final for the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 in the category of Best Special Touches!

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Our Gifts section is eclectic; some hand made for us, or specifically for the customer, some bought in; and we search out unusual and fabulous decorations everywhere we can.

But maybe what sets us most apart is our strong “Get Creative’ section, where the creative, handy bride can find everything she needs to fashion her day, her way – and get support from us in how to do it.

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Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little about your favourite products…

Favours? I’m going to choose the personalised badges here, because they really punch above their weight! As place settings, then ice breakers, and then lovely take home favours, they’re original and fun. Whenever we make a batch of badges, we goo over “nanna’ and “emily and bump’ and giggle over the ruder ones – you can really picture how a wedding is going to be, from the list of names you get sent.

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Stationery? I’ll shamelessly flag up our two new invitations here. I’m delighted to add a fourth member to our unique charm invitations – this one with a lucky horseshoe charm. And in complete contrast, our stylish blackboard invitation, complete with lover’s arrow.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Décor? We’re currently gunning for paper – it’s light, bright, economical and ethical too! From candle bags that spell out the couple’s names to bold tassel garlands, from cute little owls to retro chains and bunting, we’re covered in paper …..

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Wedding In A Teacup

Gifts? We’re very happy that our jewellery section keeps growing. We search out lovely sterling silver necklaces and then design a classy and exclusive card to present them on; for the bridesmaids, the flower girl, or just that someone special, all presented in a lovely brown kraft gift box.

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Get Creative? It was a big thrill when we realised how versatile the old-fashioned doily was, and found the perfect NY supplier of some very stylish ones in white and metallic! Plus we’re keen on ribbon and are currently adding four fab new designs– seascape, magic keys, music notes and real bees – to this section.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

What is your bestselling product?

It is hard to pin down one bestseller as things seem to go in waves! All of our personalised favours (seed packets, stickers, jam jars and badges) do very well, and our lovebirds stationery design is a firm favourite.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

We love your “Inspire Me” section – tell us how that works?

Thank you! Themes began to emerge with the products we were choosing and creating – seaside, love birds, travel and so on – so we grouped these together under suitable headings. Not at all ‘matchy’, just a place where brides can browse and get ideas for how a light-hearted, themed effect might be created and see all of these products presented together. It’s also where we showcase our growing classy hen do collection!

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Tell us a little about your blog and what Brides can find there?

We really love doing the blog, and wish we had time to do it more often! It’s really what our site is all about – collating ideas and inspirational images that suggest ways to use and present our products. One of my favourites are the mood boards – it must be my fashion background! I always create a mood board before designing a new invitation – it inspires me and spurs me on. Increasingly, brides are kindly sending us photos of their day which is such a thrill, and I love blogging these too. We also give recipes and creative DIY ideas, we’ve written about the history of the horseshoe in weddings, and we’ve shared our passion for bees! Basically, we hope our blogs give ideas, share information, and are fun to read!

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

What stationery and décor trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I’m not a huge believer in following trends on your wedding day – it’s your day so it should reflect you as a couple, not what is trendy at the time! Having said that, there are always new things that come through and take off simply because they are gorgeous and a great idea. I think tassel garlands will overtake bunting in 2014, and that the handmade vibe will still be going strong; because the personal touch will never go out of fashion!

Wedding In A Teacup

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes! We can offer 10% off for your readers – simply enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout. 

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your site and service?

They can expect to be inspired and delighted, to browse with ease and pleasure, and then to order with confidence. Any questions they have, they can expect a fast and helpful response. Then they can expect a beautifully wrapped parcel of goodies to land on their doorstep!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

They can visit our website: www.weddinginateacup.co.uk, email us hello@weddinginateacup.co.uk, have a chat on 01273 911412, tweet us @teacupwedding or say hello on Facebook.   

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

July 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go, go, go!  You’ll love it. 

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Save The Date! Supplier Showcase: All The Little Details PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

July 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier Save the Date Magnet £1.50

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It must be something in the air (the sun perhaps?!) but this week just feels like a good week.  Do you feel it too?  We’ve just announced our most exciting new event yet – did you miss it? – click here for the big reveal – and this morning I’ve a cheeky little discount on some very pretty stationery to pass on to you from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Nicola of beautifully bespoke stationery company All The Little Details.

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Like I said, just feels like a good week!

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For your 10% discount at All The Little Details, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Flat Invitation £3.50

Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals

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ATLD Elegant Chandelier with Swarovski Crystals Swept Framed Table Plan £70.00

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Welcome Nicola!  Tell us your story?

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All The Little Details started trading in 2012 after I spent a few years making stationery for friends/ friends-of-friends and course, I made all the stationery for my own wedding in October 2012.

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I was a PA for many years, working part-time, so wedding stationery was my ‘hobby’ and something that I did to help me relax. I was receiving many lovely compliments for my work but it was only after my own wedding that I realised I wanted to make it my full-time job. Then, fate stepped in as I was made redundant 12 days after my wedding (and a day after my birthday!), so I decided the time was right to give it a go.

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I spent three months setting up my website, getting my samples together and sorting out the business side of things. My first wedding fair was on 24 February 2013 and since then, I have attended six including, of course, the Brides Up North Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms on 19 May 2013!  It has been a crazy seven months and business is booming. I just wish I’d have taken the plunge sooner but, better late than never!

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Table Number £1.95

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ATLD Aubergine Flourish Pocketfold £4.75

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Aubergine Flourish Table Plan

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Who is an All The Little Details bride?

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There is not a stereotypical All the Little Details bride as all the items I produce are bespoke so I am able to cater to all tastes. Whenever I create a new design, I make a sample to add to my ever-growing box to show to brides-to-be. These are then used as inspiration for their own unique design.

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ATLD Elegant Black Sparkle Mirror Table Plan £95.00

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

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I am based in south Manchester and I work all the time! Seriously, I do not have set working hours and I fit in around brides-to-be and they also fit-in around me as I am a working mum. I prefer to visit clients so that we can have a good chat about what they want and what I suggest and just get a feel for them. This helps with the design process enormously.

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I do also receive orders via my website, which is also fine and just requires a few phone calls and lots of emails with photos so that I can get an idea of what the bride-to-be is looking for in her wedding stationery.

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ATLD Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Order of Service £2.95

Elegant Vintage Grey Damask

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Elegant Vintage Grey Damask Gatefold Invitation

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

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As I offer a bespoke service, the designs on my website are there as a guide only. As it states on the website, I am happy to reproduce it with the bride’s own twist. Maybe there are elements from several designs that they like and I will then bring all of those elements together. I can produce anything and everything from Save the Dates to Orders of Service to Table Plans to Gift Bags. Basically, if I can print it, I can make it!

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The process begins with a consultation where we will look through my samples, discuss the theme, colour scheme, venue and the overall ‘look’ that the bride is hoping to achieve. After the consultation, I will go off and design two or three samples and take it from there.

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Square Pocket Sleeve £4.25

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Pink Sparkle Damask Table Plan

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ATLD Pink Sparkle Damask Table Number, Menu and Place Cards £1.95 £1.75 £0.80

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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Designs using lace and pearls are extremely popular and I can see this continuing next season given the beautiful lace dresses that were in the recent bridal fashion shows. Then, of course, there will be lots of ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired weddings, and stationery is a fabulous way of bringing the designs of the 1920’s into a wedding in an elegant way.

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I love using florals and they are always popular. They can be anything from vintage chic to bright modern designs.

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Simple and elegant designs highlighted with Swarovski Elements® crystals and sumptuous double-satin ribbons will always be in vogue as both come in a myriad of colours and are therefore a great way of bringing in a particular colour without it being too OTT.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Save the Date  £1.25

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What other products and services do you offer?

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I have a large Wishing Tree (which can be separated into small ones), wire birdcage frames, swept frames and several wooden easels for hire. I am happy to add to my selection should a bride want a particular item. My table plans can be supplied in an ornate swept frame or mirror.

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ATLD Shabby Chic Spotty Rose Birdcage Table Plan Cards  from £1.95

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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. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see so it is important to set the right tone from the outset be it traditional, contemporary or fun.

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2. Choose a design that will tie-in with the overall ‘theme’ of the day.

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3. If you are considering making your own stationery, work out a realistic budget of what everything will cost and then the amount of time involved to make it. It may be worth getting some of the more time-consuming items made by a stationer then make the more fun and less time-consuming items yourself.

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4. Bear in mind postage costs when choosing stationery as adding a simple embellishment can really bump up the postal costs – remember to include postage in your stationery budget.

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5. Stationery is not something you should go over budget with. So, if your ideas are beyond your budget, speak to you stationer to find ways to achieve the overall look you are after, but within your budget. A little tweak here and there can be enough to lower the price to what you can afford.

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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It all depends on the theme. A vintage theme is more effective when it is more eclectic whereas I’d recommend co-ordinating stationery for a more traditional, elegant theme.

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Swarovski Crystals

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Winter Wonderland Snowflake with Vellum Overlay, and Swarovski Crystals and Ribbon Embellishment - Square Pocketfold Invitation

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

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There is a Price Guide on my website and it is there to give brides a starting point for working out a stationery budget. I regularly post new Special Offers on my Facebook page so please ‘Like’ then you will be notified when they are posted.

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I’d be delighted to offer a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers, just quote BRIDES UP NORTH when booking. 

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ATLD Vintage Lace & Pearls Pocket Sleeve £4.75

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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Vintage Lace and Pearls, Sparkle Chandelier and Vintage Grey Damask – these are always popular and elements can be changed to tie-in with a brides chosen colour scheme.

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What sets All The Little Details apart from its competitors?

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I offer a very personalised service – a lot of my brides will change their minds about what they have initially ordered (if say, the bridesmaids’ dress colour changes – a popular reason for changing the stationery design!). This is not a problem as I want my brides to have exactly what they want.

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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It just depends on the order book at the time, but the average turnaround time is four weeks.

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ATLD Vintage Lace, Pearls & Swarovski Crystal Evening Invitation  £3.50

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

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Mobile: 07450 252997

Office: 0161 998 1777

Website: www.all-the-little-details.co.uk

Facebook: All the Little Details UK

Twitter: LittleDetailsUK

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Sophisticated Stationery: Supplier Showcase – Becky By Design PLUS 10% Discount For Brides Up North Readers

June 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Becky By Design

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If you are just a teeny bit tired of the gimmicks and are looking for a return to cool, calm and elegant styling for your wedding day stationery, then look no further than the beautiful and classic work of Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Becky By Design.

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Let’s meet the lady behind all this lovely. 

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What is the story behind Becky By Design

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After graduating with a Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Sunderland, I worked in local radio and then at a publishing house in London, before moving to Cheshire with my husband’s job. After having my daughter I was desperate for a creative outlet once again, that would fit around family life.

Even after my own wedding, back in 2001, I have always been attracted to the industry, and it felt like a natural step for me, so I started to excitedly put some designs together. After about a year, and trying lots of different styles, I finally felt that I had found my own style that I was comfortable with.

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Who is a Becky By Design bride?

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A ‘no fuss’ bride who wants simplicity and elegance.

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Beatrice

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

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I am based in a small canal side village called Wrenbury, near Nantwich, Cheshire. I find my rural surroundings to be a very calming creative influence!  Most of my work is online, however, I do offer consultation appointments in the surrounding area if the bride requests it.

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Becky By Design

Agnes

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Tell us about the range of gorgeous designs on your website?

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Glamour Range

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I wanted to create a range of designs that were really clean and fresh looking.

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I love lots of white space on a design and adore ribbons, especially Dior bows, so combining the two meant that I could create the fresh look I was after. There are so many wonderful crystal embellishments available now that I was spoilt for choice to be honest with which ones to choose to add to the designs. I could go on and on creating!

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Elegance Range

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This range was born out of a love of pretty papers that I was desperate to use!

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Again, I was spoilt for choice with the range of gorgeous papers that are out there. The inspiration came from a combination of English rose and French elegance. The elegant shape of the cards were an important part of the look I was trying to create.

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My Lillian design was a recent winner in the Imagine Wedding Stationery monthly design competition.

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Contemporary Range

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I wanted to use small mirrors in a couple of designs in this range (which are all hand cut by a local supplier) to create a really modern feel. I’ve also included a couple of beautiful printed designs in this range which I really love.

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Save the Date, Classic, Flat or Pocketfold invitation, RSVP cards, Order of Service, Menu, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Favour Boxes, Table Plan, Guest Book, Photograph Album and Thank You Cards are available in each design. 

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Becky By Design

Alexandra

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Can you produce completely bespoke designs?  Tell us about the process?

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Yes, I usually start with asking if the bride has already worked out the details of her day such as the colour scheme, flower choice, and any particular ideas she may already have in mind. Is she drawn to any of the designs already on my website? The location of the wedding, the guests attending and the personality of the bride and groom are all considered in the process.

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Becky By Design

Rose

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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1920’s and floral styled stationery is really popular at the moment. The laser cut invitation seems to be the trend for 2014.

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Becky By Design

Aurora

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What other products/ services do you offer?

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I do the full range of invitations and on the day stationery, but also table plans, post boxes, photograph albums, guest book and thank you cards

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

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I know she is already married (to the lovely David), but my dream client would be someone like Victoria Beckham as I adore her elegant style of dressing and would love to transfer this over into her wedding stationery. I would envisage lots of black and crystals, very sharp clean lines.

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

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♥ Give yourself plenty of time (don’t consider choosing your wedding stationery as a quick job). Make sure you have plenty of time to make the right decision.

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♥ Decide on your style – your wedding stationery is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding day. Are you a traditional bride or do you want something different?

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♥ Always order a sample invitation – the touch and feel of your stationery is as important as how it looks. Good quality card is a must, as well as being beautifully put together. It’s very difficult to tell from a photograph from a website.

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♥ When ordering your invitations make sure you order slightly more than you actually need – there will always be someone you have forgotten to include or you may make a mistake when writing them out!

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♥ Sit down and decide on your on the day stationery and work out how much you will actually need. Work out your budget and then decide which items you feel would be most important on your day. You don’t have to have them all!

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Becky By Design

Butterfly

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

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Don’t mix more than two colours together if you can and don’t mix too many styles.  Keep it simple. Less is more.

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Becky By Design

Beatrice

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What are your prices? 

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Invitation prices range from £3.50 to £4.25.  On the day stationery ranges from £1.50 (place card) to £95 (ornate table plan).

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

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I adore the Beatrice design (£3.50 for a classic fold invitation). It’s so elegant and gorgeous, and a real wow factor for less money.  If you have a little more to spend, Chloe, with its gorgeous large crystal embellishment (£4.25 for a pocketfold invitation) is a real statement.

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Becky By Design

Snowflake

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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The Lillian, Agnes and Elizabeth designs are really popular at the moment. Lots of samples are currently being sent out for the Snowflake design, for winter weddings.

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Becky By Design

Lillian

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What sets Becky By Design apart from its competitors?

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The use of lots of white space in my designs creates luxury, sophistication and has a calming effect.   I aim to echo those values in my consultation and design service. 

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

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Yes, if you book your wedding stationery with Becky By Design and quote Brides Up North, we can offer a 10% discount on all orders over £400.

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Becky By Design

Isabella

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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Usually around 4 to 6 weeks. However, if you require your stationery quicker (and we can accommodate you) an express service is available at a charge.
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Becky By Design

Snowflake

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

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You can buy a sample or place an order via my website www.beckybydesign.co.uk or  contact me via the following:

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Telephone: 07979 196351

Facebook: www.facebook.com/beckybydesign

Twitter: @ _beckybydesign

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Becky By Design

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Anything else we should know?

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I run a monthly competition on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/beckybydesign where brides can win anything from a guest book to table names for their wedding.  Come and join the fun!

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Paper Hearts: Supplier Showcase – LG Design Studio PLUS 20% OFF Bespoke Wedding Stationery For Wedding Blog Readers

May 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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It’s Brides Up North’s awesome industry sponsors who ensure that I can keep the beautiful and accessible wedding inspiration and info coming on these pages, and today we meet a lady who knows all about that – Leah of LG Design Studio – a North East based designer of paper pretty.

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Let’s say hello, as we talk to her about her passion for wedding stationery design and how she can help to make that first glimpse of your big day styling super special.

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How and when did LG Design Studio begin?

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Leah says: LG Design Studio officially started trading in November 2012. After finishing college where I studied News Media I went straight to my first design job at Living North Magazine. I left Living North in 2010 when I took out a couple of years to go traveling with Matthew who is now my fiancé. Since my years at college I had always been designing invitations and cards for family & friends. When I returned to the UK in 2011 I immediately picked up where I left off and that was when I considered doing this full time and so last year took the plunge and absolutely love it!

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Who is a LG Design Studio bride?

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An LG Design Studio Bride is someone who wants their stationery to be something that people will remember. Not just some writing on a piece of card but an invitation sent with love, bursting with your personality.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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Where are you based? 

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I am an online based company and I work out of a little studio at my home just outside of Newcastle. If clients would like to meet and greet over a coffee to discuss what they want I’m always up for a chat but primarily most of my work is done online or via telephone.

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What products are available in each of your designs?

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All the ranges I design come with whatever my bride wants. We make save the dates, invitations, RSVPs, order of service, menus, place settings, table names/numbers and table planners. All our products are individually priced so that our brides can put together the package they want. We’ll do as little or a much as our brides need.

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We also offer poster design, so our brides and grooms can have a newlyweds poster in their stationery theme as a little keepsake.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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Can you produce completely bespoke designs?  Tell us about the process?

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If a bride sees something online or at a fair from our range that they like and wish to purchase that design, this is one route we go down or if they want something that is especially for their day, of course I like to get creative. There is a small design fee for the bespoke service then all I ask is for an email with some ideas, colour preference and any other information the bride wishes to pass on, and I come up with a design that I feel is perfect for them. Depending on the style of the invitation, I either email through a sample design or send it our by post for the OK to sign off the design, then we set the wheels in motion for the making of all the stationery.

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What style of stationery designs are popular at the moment?

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Lace and patterned invitations with a vintage feel are very poplar at the moment. I think we’ll start to see more and more block, bright popping colours creeping in over the next season, which should be fun for designing!

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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

 

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I’d have to say Zoey Deschanel. She has fantastic style and is quite gutsy and girly. I would imagine something with illustrations and lots of curves and colours, something really fun and not so traditional.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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

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1  Book up with a stationer whose work you love, as even if they don’t have something that exactly fits you, chances are they’ll create something perfect for you.

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2  Always order 5-10 more invitations than you think you will need, extra guests just seem to pop up from nowhere.

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3  Not everything has to match, why not think about mixing it up.

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4  Try and book your stationery in about 5-6 months before your wedding, this will give you plenty of time to get them out to your guests.

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Have fun with your stationery. You can keep so many other things for the big day traditional so why not play around with your invitations?

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What should Brides Up North avoid when choosing their wedding stationery? 

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I would always advise brides not to scrimp on their stationery and settle for the cheapest.  If you’re on a budget speak to a designer, I am always happy to come up with a solution to a budget and still give clients something they’ll love. Remember this will be the first peek people will get of your wedding and will portray you and your special day.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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Definitely not, if you’re having more than one colour in your wedding spread it around your stationery, an eclectic feel to stationery can look really funky.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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

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To brides on a budget something like our Crown & Glory range would be the best option, its all just print with no embellishments and still looks fab, but if money is no object our Royal Invite or Delightfully Charming ranges are beautiful with all the little extras inside with ribbons or tied up with string.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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Which designs are your bestsellers?

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At the moment our vintage style invitations are most popular but the English Rose collection is fitting in perfectly with this season’s monochrome fashion style and has been getting more and more attention.

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What sets LG Design Studio apart from its competitors?

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I would say service and my eye for detail. Designing is something I love to do so I always strive to produce something beautiful for my brides and follow up the service right through to the big day.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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I advise my brides to book in their stationery at least two months prior to the date they plan to send out their invitations as I feel this gives us plenty of time to design and produce the products. However if something has been chosen from the collection (already designed) booking them in for one month before they plan on sending them out is sufficient time.

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

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My prices start from £1.20 and go up to £5.50, then add ons like ribbon and embellishments can cost extra, depending on the design. We are currently offering a free table planner with any bookings made before May 2013.

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

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Of course… LG Design Studio would love to offer Brides Up North readers 20% off our bespoke design service.  Quote BRIDES UP NORTH when you contact me.

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LG Design Studio Wedding Stationery

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

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You can contact us via our website www.lgdesignstudio.co.uk or find us on facebook \lgdesignstudio1.

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Anything else that  we should know?

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We’re currently cooking up a competition for a lucky bride to be so watch this space for our news!

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