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Wedding Stationery tips for your Wedding Day

Wedding Day Stationery tips and advice

This is tips and advice for wedding stationery and by that I mean wedding stationery used on the day of your wedding.  So this isn’t about wedding invitations ( <but that article is).  If you’re tight on budget remember the main thing about wedding stationery is that it performs a function.  If you can find an alternative that costs less or is free as long as it performs the job you need that’s all right.  Wedding stationery can make a great contribution to the look and styling of a wedding but that’s a bonus. Albeit a very good one!

If you would like to see more of my stationery visit the main website at for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery. Alternatively carry on looking around our wedding stationery blog.

Tips from a bespoke wedding stationery maker:

  • Seating plans escort cards or seating charts.  If you’re having a meal with set seating you need some way to get guests to show guests where to head.  100 people wandering around a banquet hall staring at each place name might be a bit chaotic.
  • Don’t produce a table plan or seating chart too early.  Especially with larger weddings adjustments may be needed as guests drop out and replacements come in.
Catania a carnival design table plan
Catania a carnival design table plan
  • For really large weddings escort cards over seating charts or table plans have the advantage that changes can be made right up until the last minute.
  • If making yourself aim to finish your stationery a week or so in advance.  This gives time for any mistakes to be corrected and to enjoy the week before your wedding.
  • Similarly if buying your wedding stationery leave yourself time as deliveries are easily missed or damaged in transit.  Things happen that aren’t anyone’s fault.
  • Orders of Service must be checked by the person conducting the service to check there is no copyright infringement.  You may not be able to print hymns or readings without permission.
Bologne Art Deco style place name
Bologne Art Deco style place name
  • Getting place names that have guest names printed can be a great bonus.  Our place names include name printing as standard.  But we do recommend getting a couple of blanks to cover the unexpected!  Why get them printed:
    • They can take a long time to do
    • Not everyone has really neat handwriting
    • You don’t need to worry about mistakes
    • Maintains a consistent and high quality look
    • Then again you could just hire a calligrapher like my friend Claire
Capri table name tent
Capri table name tent
  • If you think the table name holders are a bit unsightly and spoil the look of your centre pieces look for table name/number tents which offer a lower profile alternative in identifying your tables.
  • If you’re having a civil ceremony although you don’t need an order of service you could have a program giving details of the day and ceremony.
  • If you’re having a religious service with an Order of Service you can include a program for the day in with this.
  • If guests have a choice on the day providing menus can be useful!
Capri wedding menu
Capri wedding menu
  • If the meal had choices chosen in advance menus to remind people what the food was and a way to show guests what they chose is also a good idea.  You could put this on the back of the place names using a code like M: Ch meaning Main: Chicken.
Wedding Sign
Wedding Sign
  • If getting married in a large venue a welcome sign identifying where your wedding is can be helpful.  Especially for guests who don’t know too many other guests and might join the wrong event by mistake.
  • Favour tags can be a cute touch but don’t need to be seen as one of the more essential items.
  • Sweet and dessert tables can benefit from labels or tags to identify what’s on offer.  A lot of time this may be obvious but not always.  Allergy and diet advice could also be given.
  • Hard to find venues can benefit from signs reassuring guests they’re going the right way.  Take them down at the end of the day to avoid trouble with the local council.

The stationery ranges featured in this article are the Art Deco stationery collection Capri, also Art Deco inspired Miami and Catania Carnival wedding stationery collection.

Coast Table Name Ideas

Coast Table Name Ideas

Welcome back to the second back of our Beach and Coast table name ideas for Beach and Coastal weddings.  If you’ve noticed our title you will probably have also noticed we’re not quite in Kansas any more   Well not Kansas at any point, this blog is written in Great Britain by Nathan from Artemis Stationery.  Artemis Stationery makes bespoke wedding invitations and stationery and this table name post is going a little bit global in its outlook today.

Coast Table Name Ideas

We’re going to look at Beach Names both in the UK and from around the globe.  You may have also noticed the title image.  That’s inspired by a design coming soon.  You’ll be able to see it on our main website when it is released.  Liking us on facebook is a good way to get up to date information.  We tweet it to but let’s face it it’s easy to miss a tweet!  We also have a beach and coast inspiration board on Pinterest.

Beach Names

In the UK

  • Camusdarach Beach
  • Filey Beach
  • Fistral Beach
  • Hengistbury Head
  • Longsands Beach
  • Luskentyre
  • Nairn Beach
  • Perranporth Beach
  • Porthminster Beach
  • Rhossili Bay
  • Sandbanks
  • St. Brelade’s Bay Beach
  • Weymouth Beach
  • Woolacombe Beach

Reference:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Beaches

Worldwide

  • AHAREN BEACH, TOKASHIKI ISLAND, JAPAN
  • Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
  • Bondi Beach
  • Bora Bora, Tahiti
  • Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda
  • Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
  • KO PHI PHI DON
  • Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
  • Lopes Mendes Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil
  • Miami Beach
  • Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
  • Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain
  • Playa Flamenco, Culebra, Puerto Rico
  • PHRA NANG BEACH, THAILAND
  • RAINBOW BEACH, QUEENSLAND
  • Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
  • Siesta Key, Florida
  • The Hamptons, New York
  • Tulum, MEXICO
  • Venice Beach, California
  • Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, Australia

We’ve looked at wordwide beaches but you could take the beach names from somewhere significant to you.  Whether from an important holiday, an area you like.  Be imaginative and have some fun.  After all people generally go to the beach to smile.  You can see the previous post here.

References

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Beaches-cTop-g1

http://travel.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/top-10/beaches/

http://www.roughguides.com/gallery/the-worlds-best-beaches/#/9

Wedding Programs and Order of the Day

Naples Order of the Day Sheet Blog

If you haven’t read the Order of Service article this piece is a very much a compliment to it and you can read it on this wedding stationery blog.  Today we’re looking at how to keep your guests informed about your day through the use of stationery.  You’d probably expect no less on a wedding stationery blog!  So I won’t be suggesting you get a megaphone from a hire centre and give it to the best man.  It has to be said if you’re having an Order of Service that can solve your problems.  If not there are a few things you can do.  These could be called Order of the Day or Wedding Programs.

Why Bother?

Well strictly speaking you don’t have to.  Once your guests turn up they will probably expect to be there for the duration and they can generally work out the gist of things for themselves.  I personally as a guest like to know where I’m going and when I should be somewhere.  I don’t want to be the person who enters the wedding breakfast after the bride and groom have made their big entrance because I thought I’d like to explore the grounds of the venue or freshen up in my room (if at a hotel) as I didn’t realise there wasn’t a big break for photos.  Also it let’s people know when they’ll be eating.  I think that’s a good idea, stops grumbling from people and their bellies. While people can also pace what they drink or buy crisps from the bar if they feel they need to (I’m good, I wait for my meal! well at least if the choice is crisps).  It also means people should be less likely to miss moments they want to see like first dances and cake cutting.  Admittedly you may want to keep things fluid.  You may not want to list everything exactly but caterers will need times to work to for hot food.  Even press ganged friends if you’re putting on your own thing might want a bit of clue what to work.  Cooking for lots of people is a bit of a juggernaut, especially for a sit down meal.

The Basics

The most basic thing is a time line or schedule of activities and their approximate time.  I can’t really advise on how to come up with the schedule, just how to present it to your guests.  You can put in as much or as little detail as you want.  Food times, moments you’ll want everyone assembled or at least when people may want to give them the chance to be present.  When the evening receptions starts and the end time are all good.  If you’re moving the celebrations on you may want to mention this to.

You could also add details of the bridal party.  Some people also give details of who may be doing readings during a civil ceremony.

How to do it?

There are three ways most of my clients deliver this information to their guests.  One is already mentioned and that’s tacking the information into an Order of Service.  The next is very similar and that’s using a stationery item just like the Order of Service.  That being the Wedding Program or Order of the Day.  These are your traditional book like booklets.  Card covers, with paper pages inside.  We normally find A5 with 4 pages is more than enough to accommodate everything you need.  The size could be reduced though to A6 or an item half way between the two.

Example inside wedding program program or order of the day booklet
Example inside wedding program program or order of the day booklet

We do often manage though to fit a lot of information on to an A5 side and many clients go for a single sided A5 sheet of card that is still styled to match the rest of their stationery.  This is a pretty economical option.

Example program or order of the day - from the Miami stationery collection
Example program or order of the day – from the Miami stationery collection

If you don’t want to be quite so traditional our Bifold and Trifold cards would make very sexy Wedding Programs!   We could copy hand outs, the type you may find in an office with staples in the top corner.  We don’t have to use staples to fasten it though, could use ribbon, brass or metal fasteners, some very vintage twine!  So many possibilities.

A bifold invite used as a wedding program.  Stationery range collection Reggio Emilia
A bifold invite used as a wedding program. Stationery range collection Reggio Emilia

A bit more out of left field why not consider doing something similar to a table plan?  Instead of making lots of items for your guests to carry around you could put all the information in one place.  Something like a poster or a big canvas print could look great and keep your guests informed.

To see more stationery and to find out how to order visit the main site Artemis Stationery for bespoke wedding stationery for the day and invitations if you’re not quite at that stage yet.

Beach Theme Table Names

Coast and Beach Wedding Table Name Ideas

Beaches and the coast in general make great settings for weddings.  They’re often such dynamic and beautiful natural landscapes.  This makes them hugely attractive places to get married.  If you fancy your luck with the weather who wouldn’t fancy stepping out with the newly married other half on a gorgeous beach with the waves sparkling in the sunlight.  This article isn’t to convince you to marry on the coast but it is to help with beach wedding table name ideas if you’ve decided to take the plunge there.  Or at least style your wedding with this theme.  Beach and coastal weddings are under the spot light today on the blog as summer is approaching and summer sometimes lends itself to making the most of our great beaches.  But we’ll also soon be launching a new stationery range based on the Great British seaside.  So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at table name ideas for weddings either styled or located at the beach or on the coast.  When the new bespoke stationery collection is released you will be able to find it on our stationery website or our facebook page .

Beach Theme Table Names

Choosing table names can be tricky, I often get asked for ideas so even if these aren’t used hopefully they’ll provide inspiration and help get the beach ball rolling.  Beaches and the coast have a lot going on, whether it be leisure or people working.  There’s a lot of sights and sounds and anything could be a good base for table name ideas for a beach styled wedding. The first group of name ideas is activities.

Beach Activities

  • Wind surfing
  • Surfing
  • Sand castles
  • Sun Bathing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Pedallos
  • Boules
  • Kite Boarding
  • Picnics
  • BBQ’s
  • Fishing

There’s also a lot to see on the beach and I don’t seem to have been too imaginative with this, mostly going for options that can be bought from shops.

Beach Items & sights

  • Deck Chairs
  • Buck and Spade
  • Towel
  • Lilo
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Picnic
  • Flip flops
  • Flotsam and jestsam
  • Sand
  • Pebbles
  • Piers
  • Groins
  • Shells
  • Sand Dollars (not UK)
  • Crabs
  • Seagulls
  • Fish
  • Fishing Boats
  • Life Boat
  • Surf boards

There’s a second part to this post which has some different ideas and takes a little more global theme.  You can see it here.  If your keen to look into the beach theme some more check out our Pinterest Board.

Order of Service and Organising your Guests

Verona Order of Service featuring pink rose

Order of Service

How to let your guests know what is happening on your wedding day while not a vexing question is definitely one with a multitude of potential answers.  So many that we will deal with this question in two parts.  The first part in this article will deal with weddings that have a ceremony which requires an Order of Service, these for the most part are religious ceremonies but civil ceremonies can have them to.  Civil ceremonies are just normally less complex and so few of my own clients have one for these.  The second will look at weddings which do not require an Order of Service and will be published next week.

The Basics:

What is an Order of Service?  Fortunately the answer is not too complex.  The Order of Service is an item that is given to your guests.  Simply put it contains the details of your wedding ceremony.  This can be as full or as short as you need.  There are no rules, only the purpose you need the Order of Service to fulfil.  For example in some wedding ceremonies the Order of Service will include everything your guests need to know in one item, from songs to prayers and readings.

At the other extreme they just outline the ceremony and fill in the information that can’t be given through things like hymn books.  Below is an example of text from a full and a short Order of Service

Full Order of Service example text

Example Order of Service - Page 1 Example Order of Service – Page 1

 

Example Order of Service - Page 2 & 3 Example Order of Service – Page 2 & 3

 

Example Order of Service - Page 4 & 5 Example Order of Service – Page 4 & 5

 

Example Order of Service - Page 6 & 7 Example Order of Service – Page 6 & 7

 

Short Order of Service example text
Shortened order of service on 2 pages with program and ceremony Shortened order of service on 2 pages with program and ceremony

 

Some Options from Artemis Stationery

There are a few ways to approach providing an Order of Service.  On the Artemis Stationery website we list an 8 page booklet.  This is normally enough to get all the information in, but occasionally we have had to do a 12 page version.  If you do not need to give full details then fewer pages smaller sizes are a possible options.  The listed Order of Service is A5 in size.  The smallest size we could do in this format is A6 and there is also a middle size.

When there is little information to convey it could all be fitted on to one side of A5, then we also do single sided information cards which can also incorporate the design.

Shortened Order of Service on single sided A5 card
Shortened Order of Service on single sided A5 card

If you need pages and a cover but not fancying the mini book approach we can make a card cover and then secure paper pages to it with ribbon in the top corner.  If you want to get a bit involved with your stationery we can sell these elements printed and cut but leave the assembly to you.

Quantities

If you want to me nice to your guests and can afford it provide one each.  At a minimum you can probably get away with one between three.  One person can hold it and one on either side read.  That’s not too easy though so I wouldn’t suggest going below 1 between two with some spares for individuals, a few going walk abouts and having a couple left pristine for yourselves, parents etc

Extra Benefits

You’re giving your guests a piece of stationery that will tell them all about the ceremony.  It doesn’t have to stop there though.  Many people like to give their guests the program for the day as this stops having to provide a separate piece of stationery to do this.  You could say this cuts down on the number of bits your guests to have carry around.  It can also help keep costs down when they need to be watched carefully.

A Trieste booklet Order of Service
A Trieste booklet Order of Service

Purchasing

If you would like to purchase Order of Service from Artemis Stationery and haven’t previously purchased stationery then visit the main Artemis Stationery site. We have a wide range bespoke wedding stationery collections to choose from. Though we can also design from scratch. When buying these from any stationer you will need to check with the person conducting your ceremony that it is ok to reproduce the various hymns and readings as this may be restricted by copyright.

The Next Piece

That’s the end of this article but it’s a very much a two part piece.  Next we’re looking at options for giving information about the day.  Although you might want to ignore it if you’re thinking I’ll have an order of service and include a program for the day.  If you have any thoughts or commons get in touch.  I’d love to make this article more useful to more readers.

Sienna in Warm Colours and Vintage Fonts

Sienna floral wedding stationery with warm colours and vintage fonts

This a pretty short and sweet post featuring the Sienna stationery range.  I have a post on English Wedding blog about Vintage styling, colours and fonts.  Unfortunately one of the designs to illustrate this doesn’t look so great when it’s reduced in scale for the blog.  So I thought I would put a larger version here for those who want to see it.  Remember if you’re curious about the full article to go and visit English Wedding Blog. The colours used on this design are red, pink and orange.  The fonts used are Galleria (lower) and University Roman for the names.  Fonts can be changed on all bespoke stationery collections as required, to see more font choices click-through to our main website.  I like these colours as they’re warm yet fresh while the style fits in with the general vintage trend while not being that samey.

Summer Wedding Table Names – 2

Summer Table Name Ideas

Summer Wedding Table Names

Welcome to the second post on summer wedding table name ideas.   As said last time in the previous summer wedding table names post, summer sees the largest proportion of the weddings that happen each year.   This post is aimed at anyone who is struggling to come up with ideas for table names.  So if you’re looking for summer wedding table name Ideas read on! There could be a third part in this series but I need help with that so crossing fingers it will be possible!

Summer Fruit

There is so much tasty fruit in the summer. These can be tasty and colourful things to name tables after. You can also use them as table decoration.

  • Strawberry
  • Pear
  • Watermelom
  • Grapes
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Mango
  • Plums
  • Figs (fresh)

BBQ Food

BBQ’s are one of my favourite things to do in the summer. I think a lot of people share this love so why not theme your table names around it. I’ve come up with some of the fairly standard types of food that get eaten at these but nothings stopping you being a bit more imaginative! This may even tie in with the food at your wedding if your having a bbq and buffet as I have known some of my clients to do.

  • Ribs
  • Hamburgers
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Hotdogs
  • Sausages
  • Chicken Drumsticks
  • Buffalo wings
  • Steaks
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Salads
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • S’mores

Picnic food

Of course if you’re eating out and about on a nice summers day you can’t always light some charcoal and cook some food. Sometimes you have to eat cold food or use a thermos flask and have soup! Here are some picnic regulars.

  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Scotch Eggs
  • Egg and Cress Sandwiches
  • Scones
  • Potato Salad
  • Egg Salad
  • Fruit Salad
  • Chicken Wings
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Hummus
  • Olives
  • Fruit tarts
  • Gazpacho
  • Panzanella
  • Cooked couscous salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • Cheese

Once you have worked out your names  if you need to purchase stationery with the names I make and sell a huge variety of bespoke wedding stationery though my website Artemis Stationery.   There is a wide variety personalised and bespoke invitations and stationery.  Many of which can be suitable for summer or any other season (there are no set colours schemes).  Below is an example of a Sienna booklet invitation, this floral design is shown here using bright orange colours, Papyrus as the main font and Swarovski crystals.

Sienna orange booklet invitation with Papyrus font
Close up of the previous booklets.

Links for more picnic ideas and recipes picnic ideas on the guardian website picnic ideas on the BBC website

Summer Table Name Ideas 1

Ideas for table names for summer weddings

Summer Table Name Ideas

Summer, some people know it as wedding season!  Which obviously is because so many people get married then.  But whatever time of year you get married there will most likely be something called a wedding breakfast, banquet.  This post is aimed at anyone with a summer wedding who is struggling to come up with ideas for table names.  So if you’re looking for Summer Table Name Ideas read on! By the way this is looking like a two parter.  We’re going to kick off today and then go to things of yummy proportions next time.  So buckle up and enjoy the read!  Though you don’t really need to be buckled in to a seat to read this.  It’s really just a list and probably not the most exciting one in the world either.

Summer Flowers

This is an easy one to go for and should seamlessly tie in with most weddings.  I’m not really that floristically inclined so I’ve just done some basic googling for this.  So I’m sure you could do improve on these suggestions.

  • Iris
  • Poppy
  • Buttercup (Ranunculus)
  • Aster
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cala Lily
  • Cosmos
  • Dhalia
  • Foxgloves
  • Ginger
  • Geranium
  • Gerbera
  • Heather
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Marigolds
  • Peony
  • Queen Anne’s Lace
  • Sunflowers

More summer flower names can be found on http://www.types-of-flowers.org/summer-flowers.html

Activities

There’s so much you can do in the summer which is hard to do or just not fun at other times of the year.   I’ve never heard of indoor swingball!  While others you could do but just not as much fun.

  • BBQ
  • Tennis
  • Beach
  • Sea side
  • Hiking
  • Swing ball
  • Frisbee
  • Gardening
  • Lawn mowing
  • Cricket
  • Sun bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind Surfing

Cocktails & Drinks

These have all been family friendly so far but I couldn’t resist taking a look at summer drinks.  If you’re having cocktails at your wedding or looking for ideas for a free bar (lucky guests) these could tie in nicely.

  • Magners
  • Bulmers
  • Kopperberg
  • Thatcher’s
  • Pimms
  • Mojito
  • Iced Tea
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Cola Floats
  • Michelada (Mexican beer cocktail)
  • Sangria
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Bellini
  • Malibu
  • Cuba Libre
  • Spice Island Sunset
  • Pina Colada
  • Caipirinha
  • Natural Lemonade

Once you’ve chosen names for your tables names if you need to purchase stationery with the names on Artemis Stationery can make a wide variety bespoke invitations and stationery for your wedding.  There’s a wide range of bespoke wedding stationery collections, many of which can be suitable for summer or any other season (there are no set colours schemes).  Below is an example of a table number tent from our Modeno collection which has been featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine.

Summer style table name tent
Summer style table name tent

 

Colour Inspiration: Tropical flowers

Tropical flower colour inspiration for wedding stationery colour schemes

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at colours on this blog although I have recently taken a look at some vintage colours which is coming up soon on the English Wedding Blog.  If this is the first post of this type you’ve seen every so often I take a look at photos and images and show how they can serve for colour inspiration.  This is because people may not have a favourite colour but things like flowers or places may be a passion or interest.  So it’s using these ideas as a basis for a colour theme for bespoke wedding stationery.   It’s been pretty cold of late so I thought I’d dig around in a photo album from one of my families’ trips for something that made me think of warmer times (not that I went on this holiday).  What I found was an image of a flower from a trip to Hawaii.  The flowers are slightly past pristine condition but the image had such a great colour palette I couldn’t not use it.  So welcome to my floral tropical colour inspiration post!  Although if you want a quick introduction to using colour in general try this piece.

Colour Inspiration

One of the great things about these posts is that they’re fairly self-explanatory.  These flowers have a great set of warm reds and pinks colours which fade to white and then are complimented by some similarly warm yellows.  By that I mean a yellow which is closer to orange than it is to green which is a cooler colour.  I haven’t photo shopped the image to brighten it or improve the colours.  Instead I’ve taken colours directly from the image and then put a second row in showing a brightened version of each colour.

An Example

You could mix and match the colours from here.  There are no rules for this type of thing.  I’ve used the complete set of brightened colours though to make an example that combines two of my recent semi obsessions.  That’s ombre and chevrons.  Hopefully the chevrons are fairly self-explanatory although I have tried to make the design a bit more interesting than the classic chevron.  Ombre is where you use bands of colour in a graduated manner (I think) so I used each colour in turn.  I think the result is fairly effective.  To finish off what could be a bespoke wedding invitation card cover design I used a really informal font and kept the wording similarly informal.

Example of brightened colours with in ombre take on chevrons
Example of brightened colours with in ombre take on chevrons

You can see more of my highly personalised bespoke wedding stationery designs on my main site Artemis Stationery or by looking around here on my wedding stationery blog.