Monthly Archives: November 2013

Free Christmas Fonts

So this is my Christmas fonts post or specifically my suggestions for Christmas fonts which are freely available.  I say this just encase I do another encompassing other fonts which may be paid for or bundled with software.  The bulk of the post is an image showing the fonts, but if you want to stick around after I’ll explain why they are included or where I think you may find them useful.  And just because I do wedding stationery, while these fonts would be useful to Christmas wedding invitations and Christmas wedding stationery (sorry, going for my keywords there!) but they are useful for any stationery or design work, well I think.

If you want to visit my it is Artemis Stationery (click it to visit) and is full unique bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.

Christmas Fonts

Freely available fonts at Christmas
Freely available fonts at Christmas

 

Mountains of Christmas should probably get in on its name alone.  I think it has a certain charm with the serifs on what is otherwise a quite eccentric hand drawn style font.  Idolwild is very similar but while I like to think Mountains of Christmas might be a bit like the Christmas Elves handwriting Idolwild more reminds me of the letters that children might send to Father Christmas.

Christmas Serif Fonts

The next six fonts are all serif fonts.  PixieFont I think brings a bit of charm and quirkiness for a very easily readable font.  It’s quite heavy though so you may want to avoid using it for large amounts of text.

Jacques Francois I choose because the more decorated serifs, it also has this in common with Elsie.  Both offer character and readability.  GriffosFont I included for a more nostalgia feel.  It’s probably good for pre-vintage times like the 19th century.

Cherry-swash is another font with that bit more character than your typical serif font.  Though in this case a little bit more modern in feel than others.

Yeseva One I think is a potential serif title font with character for the Holiday Season.

Retro Christmas Fonts

Sansita One and Lobster are very similar fonts and with Montez and Sevillana are useful for retro Christmas style such as the 50’s or 60’s.  Sansita and One and Lobster remind me of my ratpack Christmas cd.  I love songs from that era, not just those by Frank Sinatra and his friends.  Montez and Sevillana I think give more elegant alternatives and are also useful as handwriting fonts to.

Rechtman Plain I feel is a great font.  If you want to do something with a touch of extra special elegance.

Traditional Christmas & more

Dearest I think is a great font if you want to go for a very traditional Christmas feeling piece of stationery.

Faux-Snow BRK should be self-explanatory, snowflakes!

Distant Galaxy I’ve included because growing up it felt like every Christmas day would have Star Wars shown on the tv, I think BBC1 in the afternoon.  So for me it does have festive memories.  But then again it may not be the font you’re looking for.

Notes

I believe all these fonts are freely available.  However always check the licenses of fonts you download.  I found these fonts on font squirrel.

Guest Book Sign

Guest Book Sign from our bespoke wedding stationery range Trieste

Today’s blog post I thought I would show off an item that was made last summer.  It’s a small sign about 15 cm wide asking people to sign the guest book.  It’s made from one of our tent items.  These are great as they can work as signs for many uses.  They’re listed on the website as either table names (or numbers) and menus.  Though they can also be used for items like a guest book sign, a sign for a sweet buffet or anything you might need.

When it comes to practicalities they’re handy to as they don’t need a stand or a frame to be used.  The tents also have a piece of card in the middle that stops them opening fully so they won’t go saggy during the big day.  But they can be shut so as not to take up too much space for transport.  I also think they’re more subtle than a table name on a stand so they’re not going to distract from whatever else is going on around them.

Flexibility

The main point of sharing this photo though was to illustrate our flexibility.  Any of our items could be used for other purposes than those they may be listed as.  It’s also worth asking if we can make items other than those listed.  So if you don’t see exactly what you want it is worth getting in touch.  I recommend going through the main website (Artemis Stationery), which is hopefully the answer to all your bespoke wedding stationery needs!

Guest Book Sign from our bespoke wedding stationery range Trieste
Guest Book Sign from our bespoke wedding stationery range Trieste

New wedding stationery collection…

Rustic wooden bird stationery collection

Rustic birds

I’ve had a chance to work on my new stationery designs recently.  I’m really excited about this, it’s a lot of fun exploring new ideas.  So I thought it would be a good idea to give a sneak peek of something new I’ve been working on.  This design features a pair of lovebirds, hearts and wooden textures for a romantic rustic style.  Since it’s winter I thought I’d use a frosty winter inspired colour scheme.

This new wedding stationery collection are at a quite advance stage, I’ve made 3 items and have a further two designed and ready to be printed.  Once they’re made and photographed it should be just a short matter of time before they’re on the main website.  Though I must admit I have no clue yet what this collection will be called.  Like what you see?  If so get in touch and we can let you know prices and arrange samples.

Visit the stationery website

You can visit the bespoke stationery website here to get in touch or see our other collections.

Rustic wooden bird stationery collection
Rustic wooden bird stationery collection

 

 

 

Wedding sweet heart tables – the draw backs

The draw backs of Sweet Heart Tables

Last week I did a blog piece on the Merits of Sweet Heart tables.  If you haven’t seen it you find it here.  Today we’re exploring the potentially negative aspects of Sweet Heart Tables.  That’s because a wedding banquet can last a good long while and if you’re not comfortable with your seating arrangement it could be a real low point to what should be a day full of nothing but joy.

Draw backs

There are definite merits to sweet heart tables but also drawbacks.  So without further ado time for:

More points you should probably consider when maybe thinking about having a sweet heart table…..

If you like to be the centre of attention sweet heart tables are very good.  If you do not like being the centre of attention carefully think why they’re a good idea for you.  You would be sat there in the middle of room with just your partner for company.

I hate people watching me eat.  That makes me feel self-conscious and when I feel self-conscious eating and drinking both become unnatural and awkward.  This makes spilling wine or making a mess with my food much more likely.  No one wants to be left with stains on their clothes for the rest of the day.  This can be worse or better depending how the other tables are laid out.  With circular tables at least half the room will have their back to you.  While long tables may let everyone look down the table towards you.

Having both sets of families and friends together will be rare so the most should be made of it.  After all plenty of meals for two to come and probably already had.

You may disappoint your parents and close friends who had been expecting to sit with you either at a top table or regular table.  I don’t think this is the most important aspect but if you’re thinking of a Sweet Heart table might be good to mention it sooner rather than later to anyone who might be put out.

If you want to engage with your guests you are distanced from them.  So you either have to shout or leave your table. At some weddings the Bride or Groom barely eat their meals as they had gone to different tables to talk to people.  What if one person leaves to chat and the other wants to eat – I would feel even more awkward there by myself!  But then I don’t do the social butterfly terribly well.

Finally if you plump for this both people should be fully comfortable with it.

Final thoughts

Remember I’m not all against sweet heart tables, they can solve some problems and I think will work well for some people.  I just think they’re worth considering carefully before you decide to have one.  Definitely not something to be led into by a helpful friend or wedding planner if you’re not convinced.

Like our artwork or want to see what Artemis Stationery does?  Then visit our website for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.

Wedding Sweet Heart Table Bad Points
Wedding Sweet Heart Table Bad Points

 

Winter and Christmas table names pt.5: Plants & Flowers

Winter & Christmas wedding table name ideas

I thought today’s Winter and Christmas table name ideas post could be a little traditional and a bit back to nature.  These are possibly more for Christmas than a wedding.  For weddings some of these ideas like our previous posts might be more eccentric picks but then I think it’s good to be a little bit untypical from time to time.  So these table name ideas posts are not aiming to be applicable for every wedding or occasion.  Hopefully they will help with anyone looking for more unusual seasonally inspired table names.

Nature is easy enough to get the ball rolling with as you just have to think of Holly and you’re away!  Although it can be easy to grind to a halt shortly after….

Christmas Plants

  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Poinsettia
  • Mistletoe
  • Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)
  • Christmas Tree (fir, spruce, pine)
  • Pōhutukawa (from New Zealand)
  • Christmas Cactus

I’m not sure how well I could see these working.  If you had three big tables maybe Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe would make sense and would certainly feel very Christmas.  If for a wedding the Bride and Groom should probably sit on mistletoe for obvious reasons.  If you’re into DIY you might also be able to have fun with the different types of trees used as Christmas trees for making table decorations especially if you could use branches from trees which were distinguishably different.

General winter plants

There are plants that flower this time of year so we’ll take a look at those.  These may be good for anyone who has a winter wedding and doesn’t want to go too strongly with the Christmas tie in or is looking to feature lots of plants or going for a rustic look.  I think in these cases I’d advocate going for the common name rather than the latin.  These could tie in with seasonal floral arrangements to.

  • Abeliophyllum distichum – White forsythia
  • Arbutus unedo – Strawberry tree
  • Bergenia
  • Clematis cirrhosa – Clematis ‘Wisley Cream’
  • Clematis cirrhosa – Clematis ‘Freckles’
  • Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica – Fern-leaved clematis
  • Daphne mezereum – White mezereon
  • Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’
  • Eranthis hyemalis – Winter aconite
  • Galanthus nivalis – Common snowdrop
  • Hamamelis × intermedia  – Witch Hazel ‘Angelly’
  • Helleborus niger
  • Iris unguicularis – Algerian iris
  • Mahonia × media ‘Charity’
  • Scilla mischtschenkoana – Squill ‘Tubergeniana’

I found this the Royal Horticultural Societies website really helpful, you can visit it here

Mudford Church, Somerset
Mudford Church, Somerset

More to Explore

Artemis Stationery sells bespoke wedding invitations and stationery. You can visit the website here. The website has been updated recently and our Christmas ranges are yet to be displayed. Though if you like any of the Christmas artwork you see through out site it can be ordered as stationery for weddings or any other occasion.

Artemis Stationery also has a non wedding site which has many Christmas products from cards to gift tags including the designs featured on this page. You can visit Artemis Prints here. Or check out the downloads section on this site here.

See the other Christmas table name posts:

  • Weather, places & reindeer names – visit here
  • Festive food, global Christmas food, drinks – visit here
  • Carols, crooners & classic Christmas songs, Christmas hits – visit here
  • Christmas films – visit here
A place name design
A place name design

Wedding Sweet Heart Tables

Sweet heart tables at weddings

This is very much a personal opinion post, this article is about the merits of Sweet Heart tables.  As you may or may not be aware Sweet heart tables are tables where the sweet hearts which as you would probably guess are the Bride and Groom sit together.  That is they sit together by themselves, away from every other guest in the centre or front of the room.  This offers an alternative to the traditional wedding banquet top table.

The good points:

So what are the advantages of sweet heart tables?

Sweet heart tables can be a way to avoid top table conflicts in the light of tricky family situations.  After all if you have divorced parents they are not always on speaking terms.   No one would want a negative atmosphere, carping comments or risk of one parent trying to strangle the other.  Then the sweet heart table becomes one way to solve this.  A table with friends and or siblings and not treating it like a top table is another way to solve this.

peaceful

Sweet heart tables give you a opportunity to spend more time with your brand new spouse on your wedding day, after all weddings are about your being married to someone not socialising with every great aunt you haven’t seen for a decade.

limelight

Sweet heart tables are a great way to be the centre of attention.

They’re called sweet heart tables so in theory they’re inherently romantic.  In restaurants though it’s just a table for two.

romantic

If you want to be able to easily flit around the room and go from table to table during the meal Sweet heart tables make this easier.  After all you’re not leaving one group of people to see another.

A small table is much easier to decorate than a big top table.

Final thoughts

That’s my thoughts on the upside of sweet heart tables.  They could be romantic, solve a seating dilemma and give you quality time.  Though there are potential pitfalls and there will be a follow up article where we will discuss the points to be wary of with sweet heart tables.  If you like this illustration and fancy commissioning something like this contact Artemis Stationery through our website.

 

Winter & Christmas Wedding Invitation

Christmas or winter wedding invitation design

Our Christmas stationery collection is shortly going on our website Artemis Stationery.  Unlike the other collections where there is a basic design Natale (Italian for Christmas) is a collection of design ideas where Christmas is the common theme.  There are so many things that could be explored and done for Christmas or winter weddings.  This is better than just listing one collection, and much more practical than trying to make many distinct Christmas collections which would be hugely time consuming.  This way a more full idea of what could be created can be seen.

Many of these designs are either originally from artwork created for this blog or used for Christmas cards on our stationery site Artemis Prints.  There is everything from snowmen, to holly, Christmas trees and Reindeer.  While we also have more unusual ranges which could be termed geek chic that have a retro computing style.

The above image shows a photo used as a background for what could be either wintery or Christmas wedding invitation.  The photo was taken on very crisp, snowy and icey wintery morning from the last few years.  These could be made as any of our types of bespoke invitations or stationery.  We have many wintery photos that could be used.  Some of which can be seen on Artemis Prints as Christmas cards.  Alternatively we could use your photo or find one from the many image libraries that are available.

Winter and Christmas table names (pt.4)

Winter and Christmas Wedding Table Name Ideas

Last year I did three posts on Christmas table names, though I still didn’t exhaust the subject.   So that means this year there is bound to be another post or two on the subject.  I can remember posting the third one and thinking it was getting a bit close to Christmas for a fourth so to keep some good ideas back.  There may all not be brilliant but there are a few good ones and you never know what might suit a particular setting nicely!

Christmas Table Name Ideas

Today’s theme is going to be one I’ve been looking forward to.  Actually quite a lot.  As they always make me feel Christmassy.  The first time you seen one on the box and it’s within 10 or so weeks, it’s a good feeling.  What is this marvellous topic?  Why it’s Christmas movies!  Ok not all of them make me feel really Christmasy but one’s like Elf and Scrooged do and I reckon that if you’re partial to Christmas then there must be some film that resonates with you.

If you want to catch up with the previous articles you can look in Styles & Seasons > Christmas.  Or Weddings > Table Name Ideas.  Though you could also just follow the links below.

Previous Table Name Ideas

Article 1: winter weather, cold Countries, cold cities and reindeer names – visit here

Article 2: festive food, global Christmas food, festive drinks – visit here

Article 3: Christmas carols, crooners classic Christmas songs, Christmas hits – visit here

Today’s theme is going to be one I’ve been looking forward to.  Actually quite a lot.  As they always make me feel Christmassy.  The first time you seen one on the box and it’s within 10 or so weeks, it’s a good feeling.  What is this marvellous topic?  Why it’s Christmas movies!  Ok not all of them make feel super Christmasy but one’s like Elf and Scrooged do.

Film Table Name Ideas

  • It’s a wonderful life
  • Elf
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Diehard (check the ending if you doubt)
  • Diehard 2
  • Muppets Christmas Carol (I hear there may be other non muppet versions)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol (think that’s all the Christmas Carols worth mentioning)
  • The Polar Express
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Gremlins (Gizmo was a Christmas present)
  • Scrooged
  • Love Actually (Set at Christmas)
  • Santa Claus: The Movie
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Hogfather
  • Home Alone
  • Ghostbusters 2 (remember them all singing on new years eve at the end)
  • Bad Santa
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Snowman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • White Christmas
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • All I Want for Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • Deck the Halls
  • Joyeux Noël
  • The Nutcracker
Christmas card design from our stationery site
Christmas card design from our stationery site

My pic of the bunch if I were having ten tables would be in no particular order

  1. Elf (Could be my current all time favourite)
  2. It’s a Wonderful Life
  3. Scrooged
  4. White Christmas
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. The Polar Express
  7. Muppet Christmas Carol
  8. Miracle on 34th Street
  9. Hogfather
  10. The Santa Clause

I have avoided one’s that may be a bit more action movies!   But if your wedding does not include any children you could think about horror films set at Christmas to.

For the most part Artemis Stationery sells bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  You can visit the website here.  We’ve had an update recently to the website and hopefully Natale our Christmas range will be back online soon as the various collections have been slowly added.

Artemis Stationery also has a non wedding site which has many Christmas products from cards to gift tags including the designs featured on this page.  You can visit Artemis Prints here.

Snow covered bushes in the snow
Snow covered bushes in the snow

Finally be sure to check out the downloads section on this blog and AS Prints which has some Christmas goodies from phone computer wall papers to free printables, visit here.

If you like some of the non wedding designs but fancy them as wedding stationery feel free to get in contact as we could easily use them for a wedding stationery design.

References

I started doing these by the films I knew but must admit there’s a page on Wikipedia that has been very useful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_theatrical_Christmas_films

Tuscany floral wedding stationery

Tuscany floral wedding menu with stylised roses in an autumn colour scheme

As some people may have noticed Artemis Stationery has a new website.  The majority of stationery collections from the old site were online from the start but some are being slowly added as we go.  This because it’s been a real big effort to get new images taken and edited for the website.  So today’s image post is of Tuscany since last night it was the first of the missing bespoke wedding stationery collections to make it onto the new website.

Bespoke Wedding Stationery Collections

Tuscany was the first collection to be added back as I realised I’d mentioned it in some Autumn related wedding blog posts recently (see one of those Autumn posts here).  In reds and oranges it makes a brilliant autumn styled invitation in whatever item you  choose, although the item shown above is of a piece of day stationery.  That item being an A5 menu.  All of our collections are available in a wide range of items and if you don’t see what you’re looking for do contact as it is more than likely possible.  The price lists are definitely more of a guide than an exhaustive list of what can be designed and made.

Floral Wedding Stationery

The actual Tuscany design is of a stylised rose, showing the flowers and leaves.  The inspiration is quite early 20th century so it works really well with script and serif fonts that evoke that period.  It can also be treated as flat colour in more of a letterpress style or as shown here using several similar colours in the design.

You can see more of our Tuscany floral wedding stationery on the website here or take a look at our other floral wedding stationery here.  There’s quite a selection from the stylised to illustrated types.

If you are interested in ordering samples one of the changes to the website was that our samples can now be ordered through the other stationery website we have Artemis Prints.  This has been done as that does act as a shop site so it’s much easier to deal with ordering samples there.

Hopefully more collections will follow Tuscany up soon although it is much easier when it’s sunny to get good new photos!  I have a feeling it may be wise to get the Christmas collection up soon.

Tuscany Menu Sheet

Our new stationery website

Artemis Stationery front page showing our bespoke wedding stationery

We have a new website its now live, well it’s not alive like an animal but it is now online and available for your viewing pleasure. Obviously the website is not the product it’s the stationery. But for almost the last year this new website has been in development to do our stationery justice by making a website that is easier to use and with better pictures that are much easier to see the stationery.  Starting with almost full screen images on the front page, they’re no quite full screen as there is the main navigation menu to the side.

Stationery website tour

The main part of the site are the stationery category menus.  Hopefully these make it easy to see all the designs that fall within that style of category. There are categories like vintage and art deco.  It’s worth noting that our collections are very flexible so you will find many in more than one category.  The collections higher up the page are those we think are the most relevant.  These menu pages also have links to further information like articles on art deco.  Click here to see all the stationery collections.  Or click the designs link on the left hand side to choose the other menu categories.

Stationery collection menu
Stationery collection menu

Each stationery collection has its own page.  On which you can find, photos, an explanation of the design as well the prices.  Also keep a look out for the further reading links.  These have links to more about the stationery as you can often go into more detail in a blog article than is appropriate on a selling website.

Stationery collection page
Stationery collection page

Photos or images for a stationer can be tough.  Those of us who deal with magazines know they want images with white back grounds.  It’s really tough to make these look good though for pale stationery, especially where there is white in the picture.  I’ve decided to keep these off the new website.  Instead the images are just photos of stationery that hopefully shows them off well yet is still all about the stationery.  In the odd case we have used the stationery design directly.  That is the design that would be printed.  These bulk out the images where it’s needed but are not the majority of the images as I think it’s important to really see the stationery.  It lets you see what the materials are like and the printing quality.  Both important factors with stationery that can’t be seen if you don’t have real photos.

There are also explanations of each type of stationery both a brief summary on the prices section of each stationery collection page and a fuller explanation on their own dedicated page.  The menu for the full descriptions of each type of stationery can be seen here.

Prices on a stationery collection page
Prices on a stationery collection page

Bespoke stationery can be hugely personalized.  There are detailed explanations about all the ways our stationery can be tailored to be perfect for you.  These can be seen in the ‘Make it personal’ part of the menu.  You can see information on colours, insignia, examples of changing wording and tweaking the designs.

The notes section contains all the legal stuff.  As well more useful information like details on ordering and getting samples.  Samples are now purchased off site as we have a stationery shop that sells stationery.  You can find a link in the sample section or indeed right here in this blog article!  Convenient….

Samples can be purchased from our shop website
Samples can be purchased from our shop website

Also in the notes section is our resources.  This has links to articles on this blog about and other locations that should be helpful when planning your stationery.  Like wording for invitations and table name ideas.   Also be sure to check out the friends section!

One of the finest, hopefully features of the website is it’s versatility.  The website has been made to work on any device we could think of.  It should adapt to what ever width is required by the device it’s being viewed on.

That is a whistle stop tour of the new website.  If you have any issues or any thoughts on improvements would love to hear from you.  Either leave a comment or our email address is contact@artemisstationery.co.uk