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25th July 2012 | Julia Braime

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

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Bespoke Wedding Invitations by Amelia Lane Paper

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

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

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

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

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Do you supply to the North of the UK?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Can you do bespoke/personalised designs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Does all the stationery have to match? 

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

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

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

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

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

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How long do you take to turn around an order?

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

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

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

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

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Anything else we should know?

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

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