March 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This bijou and beautiful styled bridal shoot shows off the latest collection by talented Brides Up North Sponsor, Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings. Now, we know our Featured Suppliers are the very best that this lovely industry has to offer (and believe us when we say we see a lot of beautiful on a daily basis), but even we were wowed when this one landed in our inbox. We are absolutely in love with the styling concept and stationery shown off in this feature.
Girls, it’s time to go au naturelle.
With images by Theresa Furey Photography.
claire says: Rustic styling is one of my favourite things and I find it really exciting to see modern calligraphy set against a rustic backdrop. My latest calligraphy collection was designed for this style of wedding, and the kraft colour card works beautifully with other colour accents.
The stationery combines simple, modern lettering with quirky printed fonts, and invitations start from just £2. The entire collection is for sale in my Etsy shop and includes invites, printed menus, place names and tags.
I adore the styling of this shoot with its luscious greens and almost a Sicilian feel – it’s charming and creative and easy to recreate with a little expert help! The flowers are fabulous; the cakes look divine. As barn weddings become more and more popular it’s wonderful to see styling which is just a little different – and this shoot totally nails it!
The calligraphy and kraft stationery is the perfect finishing touch for a rustic wedding style, and it’s really affordable too. Visit Claire’s Calligraphy For Weddings website or her Etsy store to find out more.
Stationery: Calligraphy for Weddings
Styling & Decor: Lauradana Day by Wedding Creations UK
Assistant Stylist: Yolanda Day
Candelabras & Glassware: The Vintage Hire Company
Linen: Table to Dine For
Florist: Garden and Wild
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January 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
An invitation or save the date is so much more than wedding stationery, it’s an opportunity for couples to give their guests a taste of what’s to come.
Yes, it’s informative, giving your nearest and dearest the all important when, where and what details, but the invitation guests receive through the post is also a reflection of what your big day will entail in terms of style. It might provide hints as to the setting for the wedding and incorporate elements of the theming and possibly the colour palette. So in order to impress your guests from the outset, it’s essential to choose your invitations with care.
stationery from minted.com
Once the date is set it’s a good idea to start thinking about your invitations, even though they don’t need to be sent out until about six to eight weeks before the big day. If you are tying the knot at a busy time of year, such as Easter, Christmas or late summer, you might want to send out save the dates six months to a year before the wedding to avoid guests double booking.
The choice of invitations is pretty much endless and many couples opt to make their own, either to exercise their design skills, cut costs, or simply to ensure the design is exactly what they desire to fit the proceedings planned.
For those that aren’t keen on the DIY option, there are oodles of ready-made printed invitations available on the high street and from lots of independent designers that can be very cost effective. But for those wanting more personal stationery, bespoke invitations are the only way to go.
When searching for a designer to create your paper goods, think about the type of style of invite you want producing and look for designers who specialise in such areas i.e. modern, graphic, vintage, traditional. Also think about your budget as the design, paper, printing process and quantity will all make a difference to the overall price.
Before meeting your chosen designer to discuss your save the date/invitations gather inspiration from magazines and online and take examples along to show them. Plus be sure to share details of your plans for the big day to help them to create something that’s individual to you as a couple and your unique celebration.
stationery from Jupiter and Juno
To keep your invites looking clean and classy don’t clutter them with too much information. Stick to the key information and then either include the extra details on your wedding website, or consider a bundle stationery option. As well as the invite these include extra enclosures, such as directions, information card, gift-list and RSVP, all tied together in a pretty parcel. Keep in mind though the larger and heavier the invite, the more it will cost to post. Also be sure to order a few extra invites to allow for mistakes/inviting extra guests.
When you are sent your proof – check, check and check again to make sure it’s what you wanted and that all the details and spelling/grammar are correct.
And remember wedding stationery extends well beyond the invite to include all printed materials for the occasion, from name places and menus to orders of service and signage. To save time and money it’s a good idea to order all stationery in one go from the same designer. This will also ensure consistency of design and style, resulting in a wonderfully chic affair.
November 25th, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’re going for gold as I welcome back Brides Up North Sponsor Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings. She’s making our pages even prettier this afternoon as she launches her stunning new gold calligraphy service.
You saw it here first… get ready to glisten.
claire says: Gold calligraphy glistening in the sunshine on handwritten menus, place cards, tags and table cards – a wonderful counterpoint to a messy, richly coloured natural setting. I wanted to show brides how to work with a natural theme and bring together sophisticated details and a messy, rustic background. I went back to nature and this intimate shoot took place on the shores of England’s deepest lake on a sunny autumn morning.
The tablescape is all about rich, natural colours: a palette of burgundy and pink tones with mossy greens and glowing gold. The lettering sparkles in the sunshine: metallic gold calligraphy inks are super luxurious and oh so wonderful to see – rub your finger across the letters and you can feel the raised gold swirls under your fingertips.
A rich and colourful place setting was created using mixed textures and materials: moss and branches in their natural setting were complemented by ombre brocades, vintage china plates and rich pink gilded glassware. All of the styling elements were locally sourced from independent businesses – from forks to flowers! Counterbalancing the natural backdrop and messy tangles of brocade was the elegant calligraphy: loops and swirls of gorgeous gold on luxury burgundy paper stock.
I really wanted to create a look which can be remade by DIY brides: vintage china and glassware is everywhere; and mixing natural textures of wood and moss with just a few bought flowers can add magic to every wedding table. It’s what tablescapes are all about – combining elements in a creative way to make unique and charming place settings for your guests. Replace my lakeshore ‘table’ with the real tables at your venue and you’ll have an enchanting reception style your guests will love!
Calligraphy by Claire Gould, at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com
Gold menu calligraphy from £7
Place name calligraphy £1.40
Table number cards from £4
Thank you tags £1.20
October 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
March 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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