Monthly Archives: July 2013

Brescia – damask wedding stationery (inspired)

Card invitation with damask inspired design

Brescia is one of Artemis Stationery’s more unique collections of bespoke wedding stationery.  As it can look really different dependent on the choices made.  You might have seen photos of different items that barely look like they belong to the same collection.  This article will attempt to explain why and show how the different options look with this damask wedding stationery.

The Background on Brescia & Damask patterns

The basics of Brescia is it’s a damask pattern inspired design.  Damask is an old style of fabric designs created by weaving.  They originated from Islamic cultures and the Byzantine empire in the middle ages.  The term damask was first recorded in France in the 14th century.  These days its not contained to fabric and damask patterns get a lot of use as striking wall paper, sometimes as feature walls and website backgrounds.

If you do a google image search for Damask patterns you will get plenty of results to illustrate what they are.  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=damask+pattern&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e_ryUenaD6Si0QWXjIHADA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=963

The main trend is that they’re one design, often quite elaborate, normally from stylised floral elements.  The design is then repeated to form a pattern, some designs interlink quite ingeniously while others are more clearly separated.  The designs generally interlock when repeated.  If you imagine a chess board, turn it 45 degrees and each of the squares would represent one part of the design.

 Back to damask wedding stationery

Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.
Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.

Back to Brescia, the inspiration was damask so I produced a design that could be repeated across the page.  But since like all of our designs we are in complete control as to how they are used with Brescia there’s four main routes to go down.  The simplest is to have a one off central design and not repeat it as shown in the image at the top of the page.  The second is to just repeat it and have it as a background pattern, this can be as subtle or pronounced as you like.

Brescia as a damask inspired pattern
Brescia as a damask inspired pattern

The third option is to combine the first two, use one big version of the design in front of a background pattern.  The options which have one large central pattern when put on the cover of something are good in a square shape so work brilliantly with square cards as shown at the top of the page as well as bifold and trifold invitations.

vintage damask inspired blue place name
vintage damask inspired blue place name

Some items like our place names and booklet invitations are rectangle shaped.  So in these instances I like to just use part of the design so it’s like a very zoomed in version and this is the fourth option.  But that doesn’t mean any of the options couldn’t be used on rectangular items.  The choice is entirely down to you if you’re ordering Brescia.

Off white vintage booklet invitation
Off white vintage booklet invitation

So there you have it.  Brescia has been pretty popular with wedding ideas magazine, one of our green place names was used in many issues while a purple card design.  You can see it on our main website along with many other bespoke wedding stationery collections.

Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine

Summer flower wedding inspiration

Summer

Summer comes but once per year and sometimes arguably it doesn’t come at all. In spring I took a look at natural inspiration for spring weddings. Since it’s now summer I thought I’d take the opportunity to get my camera out and take in some of the sights. The idea of this post is to be a reference for anyone looking for summer wedding inspiration throughout the year.

Alternatives

Out there you will find a lot of ideas for summer weddings from weddings themselves. I’m not well placed to do that whereas wedding planners or photographers are. So I’ve concentrated on where I draw some of my inspiration from. I make bespoke wedding stationery. So when I’m thinking about new designs I’m looking for images of things like flowers and butterfly’s. Or I am trying to capture a mood or a period. In this case the inspiration is flowers, some from gardens, some from the countryside, others from grass verges and meadow areas. I think it’s good to remind yourself what you might be trying to reflect as opposed to seeing how other people have captured that summer vibe. This approach may lead to some new and original ideas.

Summer flower wedding inspiration

Some of the things I take from these photos is how there is beauty in even the simplest flowers. While a more unusual look can be achieved with plants that have a more architectural look to them or a different colour. It’s hard to show here but I did like the long grass moving in a warm breeze. Under the summer sun there was something hugely relaxing about that. There are also the colours to take in, whether from the dry grass or the bright flowers.

So what reminds you of summer? I’d love to hear. Hopefully I’ll also have another collection or two more to share soon.

Summer Wedding Stationery

We’ve already looked at some summer related ideas for table names and you can see those in the table name section. Some of the stationery designs that I think can capture a summer mood well are Sienna, Naples and Calabria and those are pictured beneath. If you would like to see more bespoke stationery for weddings or any other occasion visit Artemis Stationery. I hope this article was useful to someone, the last spring one seemed to go down ok or at least Claire of top wedding blog English Wedding fame seemed to like the last post.  Fingers crossed for this one!

A5 Mounted Sienna invitation featuring flowers and Swarovski crystals
A5 Mounted Sienna invitation featuring flowers and Swarovski crystals
Naples Small Card Invitation featuring butterflies
Naples Small Card Invitation featuring butterflies

Bird Wedding Stationery

Bird Wedding stationery ideas Title

Birds, they’re cool and particularly in fashion at this present time throughout all manner of wedding items, not just stationery.  Actually saying that I can think of cake toppers and maybe venue and table décor (see Pinterest).  Not seen any Bride or Groom dressed like a bird as such.  Although there are some dresses that look amazing and pay a bit of a nod to birds like the peacock.  My main bird range is called Sassari and has been around a couple of years.  Today I thought I would share how one of my brilliant clients Lauren used Sassari for her wedding day stationery.

Sassari Bird Booklet Wedding Invitation
Sassari Bird Booklet Wedding Invitation

Sassari Wedding Stationery

If you’re not familiar with Sassari above is an image of a Sassari invitation.  I’ll try my best to describe what’s going on and how the elements can be used.  In the background we have a lot of flowers.  They’re more geometric than natural looking as they’re meant to be a nice background rather than the main show.  But there’s three different types all in varying sizes.  In front of the flowers we have our lovebirds.  These birds are based on the actual Lovebird species.  Rather than a pair of birds looking loved up.  Lovebirds are actually a small type of parrot.  You often see bird of paradise or other tropical birds being used instead.  After reading about Lovebirds though I decided to go mini parrot!  Feel free to follow this link to the Wikipedia page on lovebirds, but please come back.

The Lovebirds are shown in pairs flying up the page and although being shown mostly in silhouette their shapes are drawn in a natural style.  In front of them we have the text which would normally be the Bride and Grooms name and the name of which ever item of stationery it was.  Eg Wedding Invitation or Order of Service.  Sassari can easily work with two colours, the most obvious way of doing it to put the flowers in one colour and the birds in another.  But there is also room for other accent colours to be included. You can see more of Sassari the Lovebird bespoke wedding stationery collection here on the Artemis Stationery website.

Bird Wedding Stationery

Back to Lauren.  She’d already had Sassari invitations for her wedding and was sticking with the same bespoke wedding stationery collection for the wedding.  Each of the tables were being named after different birds with Lovebirds being used for the top table.  For the top table we used the typical Sassari place names as shown. But on the other tables we swapped out the Lovebird for the bird that table was named after.  You can see the various designs we used beneath.

Sunbird bird wedding place name
Sunbird bird wedding place name
Wagtail bird wedding place name
Wagtail bird wedding place name
Peacock bird wedding place name
Peacock bird wedding place name
Lovebird bird wedding place name
Lovebird bird wedding place name
KingFisher bird wedding place name
KingFisher bird wedding place name
Hummingbird bird wedding place name
Hummingbird bird wedding place name
GoldCrest bird wedding place name
GoldCrest bird wedding place name

These I think brought real touch of individuality to each table and showed a lot of attention to detail and was a wedding I loved working on.

If you like Sassari you can see it on my bespoke wedding stationery site here.  It’s available in any colour, style and can be made as a wide variety of items.  Sassari has also been featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine as well as on several Wedding blogs.

Yellow and Grey colour schemes

Yellow and Grey

Although colour is less of a driver in the style of weddings than it used to be I still find many clients come to me asking to use specific colours. Though with many of the unique designs that are sold at Artemis Stationery  there are still quite a few different ways those colours can be used. Which could mean from the same brief some quite different looks could be achieved.  Artemis Stationery is the website I sell my bespoke stationery from.

Yellow and Grey

While looking through various Trieste designs recently I came across a file which illustrated this point pretty well (can be seen at the bottom of the post). These were for a booklet invitation so they had the added factor that the client can choose which colour card wraps around the invite. The colour scheme we were exploring was yellow and grey. Whichever colour was chosen for the card would have a large influence on the look of the invitation. The design was looking at yellow as the main print colour with grey to compliment. But how much grey to bring in was flexible. Choices like whether to do the outline of the curvy decorative in a dark colour to make it bold or a light grey to make the edges very soft could really change the look. Should the background be grey instead of the white of the card we print on and should a colour fade behind the design be used. All things which can be easily changed and really influence the results.

I really like yellow and grey as a colour combination, they can complement each other very well both in strong colours and pastel ones.

Booklet Invitation

The eagle eyed amongst you may also have noticed that there are more pages here than is typical for a booklet invite. This preliminary design was also looking at doing a booklet with extra pages and with a slightly larger envelope so as to cram as much information into it as possible. You can read more about the standard booklet invitations here on the blog. Visit the main site to see the Trieste wedding stationery collection.

Yellow and Grey booklet invitation colour ideas
Yellow and Grey booklet invitation colour ideas

Table Name ideas: French Mountains & Cycling

Col Aubisque Hors Categorie Mountain on the Tor de France. Photo is by wikipedia user Myrabella and shared under a creative commons license

France, Cycling and Weddings

The Tor de France is currently in full flow and I’m sat watching some very brave riders going up Mont Ventoux.  While my own country is enjoying what in some parts is being classed as a heat wave a combination of nice weather and Tor de France on tv has brought lots of cyclists onto the road.  So I thought it would be good to look at cycling, France and weddings.  Since I make bespoke stationery which you can see at my website Artemis Stationery we’re going to look at table name ideas.

I thought it would be quite easy to do Tor de France winners though I wasn’t too sure that would be too interested in those.  I did find a list though of the yellow jersey winners or general classification winners on Wikipedia for anyone who is interested http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tour_de_France_general_classification_winners.  I know recent revelations about Lance Armstrong might make that a less appealing.

Mountains

So since I’ve been marvelling at the efforts of the cyclists going up what seems to me like an insanely steep mountain, that made me think about the mountains!  So I’ve gone for the Hors catégorie mountains and climbs as termed by French cycling races.  Lesser mountains are classed from 1 down to 4 but the Hors catégorie mountains are those which are considered beyond classification.  Originally being roads that were considered too steep for cars to be able to make it up.  Obviously no longer the case as all the race cars and bikes do make it up!

A view from Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick.  This photo is free to share under a creative commons license.  See more details in the article.
A view from Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick. This photo is free to share under a creative commons license. See more details in the article.

I thought these names would also be useful for anyone who is fond of skiing, France or both.  I’ve put them in order of the number of times the Tor de France has visited them.  Though if you are interested in cycling and weddings in general I have a small board on Pinterest where bikes and cycling have made it into people’s big days http://pinterest.com/artmsstationery/cycling-weddings/

Table Names

  • Col du Tourmalet
  • Col du Galibier
  • Col d’Aubisque
  • Col d’Izoard
  • Alpe d’Huez
  • Col de la Madeleine
  • Col du Soulor
  • Col de la Croix-de-Fer
  • Mont Ventoux
  • Puy de Dôme
  • Col du Glandon
  • Col de Joux-Plane
  • Pla d’Adet
  • Luz Ardiden
  • Col du Soudet
  • Superbagnères
  • Plateau de Beille
  • Col du Grand Saint-Bernard
  • Col de l’Iseran
  • Col du Mont-Cenis
  • Port de Pailhères
  • Col de la Bonette
  • Hautacam
  • La Plagne
  • Port de Balès
  • Col Agnel
  • Andorra Arcalis
  • Annecy-Semnoz
  • Port de Larrau
  • Pra Loup
  • Chamrousse
  • Col du Grand Colombier
  • Col du Granon
  • Isola 2000
  • La Ruchère-en-Chartreuse
  • Col de la Lombarde
  • Val Thorens

This information came from wikipeadia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hors_cat%C3%A9gorie

The photo of Col tourmalet by wikipedia user Myrabella  is used under an Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license and maybe used following the guidance as shown on the Creative Commons license which can be viewed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

The photo of Col tourmalet by GIRAUD Patrick is used under Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license and maybe used following the guidance as shown on the Creative Commons license which can be viewed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

 

Bright Wedding Colours

bright wedding colour inspiration from a floral display WDW Epcot

It’s been a while since a colours post.  I’ve always harked on about holiday photos making a great way to come up with wedding colours and now I no longer have to borrow holiday photos I thought I should use one of my own.  Since it’s summer I thought I would go with bright and vibrant colours for this wedding inspiration post.

Vibrant and Bright Colours

Vibrant colours can bring a real sense of fun and celebration to a wedding especially since weddings can be quite white affairs!  So if joy and celebration is what you want to put the accent on using bright colours in your wedding could be a good choice for you.  Especially if yours is a summer wedding where such sights abound in the flowers blooming at this time of year.

 Style vs Colours

It is true that years ago colour was the dominant styling decision and you probably chose one or two if daring and that governed bridesmaid dress choice, ribbons for favours and flower colour to glue onto invitations.  Now style plays a big role and by style I mean things vintage, art deco, rustic, opulent, glamorous, there are many many styles out there and if you don’t like any you can make your own up.  Colour has also got more flexible, with more complex and more varied colour schemes being seen.

I’m having a vintage wedding, do I need to pay attention to this post on bright wedding colours?  Err, if you think having everything mismatched is a badge of honour then no.  If you like the style but it’s a guide and you still want things to look nice you could pay attention but go for more pastel versions of these colours.  As illustrated somewhat in this article I wrote for English Wedding Blog on a pastel vintage colour scheme.

The Colours

As I have said previously on colour posts you don’t have to take all the colours shown here.  I chose a dark and a bright purple as lighter and darker versions of colour generally work well together.  While red and yellow work well together but can also work well with purple to.  Finally there are the cooler counter points provided by the plants in the foreground for the cooler yellow/green and towards the back for the almost white plants.   If you’re wondering whether this photo was from it’s WDW Epcot in Florida.  You can see more of the amazing floral creations there in a previous post.

 

While many of the designs at Artemis Stationery work well with one colour or simple schemes keep an eye on the blog and the website for more bespoke collections that can take more complex colour schemes in their stride like the Way to Go a great rustic or country design or my very own bunting design.

Printable Wedding Favour Tags

Free to print wedding favour tags

This is a bit of a follow up post to last weekends which had a wedding message guest tag design which could be downloaded.  It’s essentially the same design but this week as a wedding favour tag that is free to download and print for private use, but not commercial use.  It has two text fields in which information can be typed before printing which I’ll explain fully in a moment.  The way it’s set up though it could be used for far more than weddings as there is nothing on there which says wedding unless you type it in.  And although I say favour tags they’re good for any situation where a tag with a floral design on might be appropriate.  Other wedding situations could be for identifying sweets on a candy buffet or being attached with ribbon to serviettes instead of place names.

Free to Print Wedding Favour Tags

The colour scheme is quite neutral so it should be suitable for more circumstances that people might be interested in.  What I have made editable is two text fields as mentioned previously.  You don’t have to use these though, so if you don’t enter anything in them they will print blank and then you can write on anything you wish by hand.  Both the text fields are set in Times New Roman and for grey coloured text, with the smaller of the two being slightly lighter.  The larger of the two text fields is set to put in a guests first name, though a double barreled name like Elizabeth-Joanne if there is a such a name won’t fit, but most should!  The idea of the second box is that you can put in details of the wedding.  So either the Bride and Grooms name, the venue, the date or a mix of all three.  With this in mind all the text fields are linked so you don’t have to enter this information eight times.  Again there are limits to what can be fitted in.

They can be download and saved to your computer as pdf.  They can also be saved with all the fields entered.  If you want to create lots of different one’s remember to save them as different names.  Once you have all the details entered you’re ready to print.  I recommend using a good white card.  Using coloured card could have interesting results so I wouldn’t stray to far from white or an off white.   I always think the thicker the card the better but over 200gsm some printers may struggle so it’s up to you and how far you want to push your printer.  If you want to stay safe (read the technical specification of your printer to see what it might handle and exceed that at your own risk) you can get some nice papers up to 180gsm.  Do check that’s also not too thick for your printer but they would also work quite well.  I like matt especially if you want to write something on yourself.  But nothing stopping you going for satin/silk or glossy paper.

Once you have them printed if you can lay your hands on one I recommend a rotary trimmer as it’s much easier to get straight edges with that than scissors.  You’ll probably also need a hole punch to finish off these tags especially if you’re going for a ribbon or string approach to fastening it to something.  I think they would probably work with natural twine/brown string for a rustic or look.

Instructions

  1. Download (click to open then save)
  2. Open File and Enter the details you want and save if you want to create lots of different one’s before printing.
  3. Print onto your chosen card or paper stock
  4. Cut around the line – with a rotary trimmer if you have access to one
  5. Punch a hole in the top end if you want to use with ribbon – though have seen them used with nice looking wooden clothes pegs

If you like this design you can see more of my work on Artemis Stationery from which I sell a lot of personalised and bespoke wedding stationery. The previous articles lists collections which have the same flowers featured in if you are interested in those.

So the boring yet essential bit.  It’s totally fine to download and print for personal use but not for any commercial reasons or activities.  View the full license here:

Creative Commons Licence

All items for downloads by Nathan Gardiner at AS Invites is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  Based on work at http://ASInvites.com

I have put copyright on the actual item but did my best to keep it small and unobtrusive.

Download

click to download: PDF version

Floral ideas from Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

On a recent holiday I was lucky to inadvertently visit Epcot in Walt Disney World Florida while a flower festival was on.  This should explain the topiary version of Buzz Lightyear above!  Disney characters were dotted all around the rest of the park and these were actually pretty cool.  There was everything from classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Goofy.  To more recent characters like Lightning Macqueen Mater from Cars.  But it’s broader floral ideas I want to share.

Floral Ideas

As well as all the characters liberally spread around the park there were swathes of flowers that I think were over and above the excellent flower borders and features.  There was a pavilion which had many displays on.  These make up the main part of this post and I think are all by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.  I’m not sure that all will be to current mainstream UK wedding tastes but there are quite a few different ideas to what I normally see on wedding blogs.  These could be good if you don’t want to be too samey.  Or maybe you’re looking for ideas for making your own centre pieces.  Just remember I’m a stationery person talking about flowers. I have no real floral expertise other than having spent several years in the wedding industry and having seen a heck of a lot of blogs.

A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff

Submerged flowers I have seen a fair bit on Pinterest.  I’m not sure how easily this could be DIY’d but might be worth an experiment fair enough ahead of your wedding that there’s still time to book something with a florist if all does not go well. The gold fish bowl used in one the displays with no water in is probably easier to use an idea.

Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl

I’m not sure if many florists I know will be rushing to buy Perspex this year or next.  Though if you are looking for something different I like how metal work could feature. 

Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Almost verging on steam punk
Almost verging on steam punk, a floral display by Mayfair Hydro. Makes me remember centre pieces need not always be flowers

I also saw that one of the pieces featured a painted palm leaf – at least I think it was palm leaf but what it is matters less than the idea.  Painting something, whether on plants for those who can paint or know someone who can could be a good way of combining table centres with table names.  If you have kids this could be a way of involving them.  Though that may depend on their skill and how particular you are about the finished result.

Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore
Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore

There was also quite a trend of spary painting things.  Now spray painting twigs silver or gold normally looks good at Christmas and looks very decorative.  Of course make sure you are allowed to gather whatever twigs you might go for.  Although you could always just buy them at Christmas and try and keep them till the wedding.

Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin

I was quite struck by some of the futuristic looking vases.  There’s nothing saying you couldn’t just get a series of vases you really like.  Whether you buy, rent or borrow and fill with flowers.  If your buying from a supermarket though youc could talk to them about ordering specific one’s in.  Some may be able to or just get there early a day or two before the wedding.  Though you may have to be flexible eclectic in what you go for.  This can work with all wedding styles I can think of, with single large vase or several smaller ones.  M&S, Ikea, John Lewis, many places could supply them new.  Maybe check the sales for bargains, their websites may make it easier to get them in greater quantity.  Second hand shops, car boot sales etc could be sources for one off bargains.  This might go with more eclectic styles of weddings like vintage and shabby chic.

I think this a vase - love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
I think this a vase – love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
Loving this unique looking vase - display by Susan Slater
Loving this unique looking vase – display by Susan Slater

Final thoughts

That’s about it for floral wedding ideas from my holiday snaps.  Chances are next post will be back about stationery.  If you would like to visit my stationery website where oodles of wedding stationery and invitations that can be seen at Artemis Stationery Artemis Stationery.  Lots of wedding invitations and all manner of day stationery can be seen there.  If you fancy seeing more floral inspiration I did take some photos of some fabric patterns.  They didn’t come out terribly well but you can see them here of the site.  They’re definitely very bright and fun.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/03/disney-inspired-handbags-and-accessories-by-vera-bradley-to-bloom-this-fall-at-disney-parks/

More photos from the displays can also be seen on the Federation of Florida Garden Clubs website. There were a lot of great displays I didn’t get a good or more like useable photo of.

So instead we’ll sign of with a flower and garden festival troll from the Norway pavilion looking slightly stunned but also waving good bye!

Bye bye troll - Norway in Epcot
Bye bye troll – Norway in Epcot