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Pets! Weddings! Pets on Wedding Invites!

Close up of illustrated pet cat

A new collection has finally made it to the website.  It’s a bit unusual in that you can see it as a collection in it’s own right or as something to add to another design.  Also there are additional charges depending on the amount of time it takes to do the illustration which in this case can be highly individual.

But why not make your wedding invitations and stationery something highly personal by making your pet a part of it.  Pets are often an important part of the family and every day life but are not always present at the wedding so why not include them on your stationery in some fashion.  Whether it’s as the main attraction on the cover, or an interesting detail on an inner page or reverse.  Once done the illustrations can also be supplied as a separate print.  Expect to see more examples in the future.  Price depends on the time it’s likely to take and it’s always easiest to illustrate from a photo that’s as close to what you want to see as an illustration eg in pose and posture. Why not contact me (Nathan) to discuss at contact@artemisstationery.co.uk

Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
2626 Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Close up of illustrated pet cat
Close up of illustrated pet cat

Dillington House Illustrated Wedding Stationery

Dillington House framed wedding table plan

Dillington House I think could very well be my favourite local wedding venue, well I say local it’s about 30 minutes from me.  The House itself is amazing and historic and as you might expect for one I’ve illustrated I think as pretty as a picture especially when the sun shines on its ham stone walls.  Then there’s the immaculately maintained grounds and gardens complete with water fountains.  Inside it’s special to, a real sense of history and unlike a lot of historic venues there’s no sense of neglect inside or out.  It also has some of the most comfortable looking chairs for your wedding guests I’ve ever seen at a wedding venue.

Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan

The House itself is not alone and there are other buildings onsite including the stable blocks which can also host weddings.  It’s a popular conference venue and as such is very professionally run and maintained.  I regularly do a week day wedding fair and at the end of the day it’s a pleasure to walk through the grounds and gardens to fetch my car for loading.  It looks beautiful when all lit up.

Dillington House Somerset
Dillington House Somerset

I follow them on facebook too and the food looks spectacular.  I think the House acts as restaurant and it’s definitely on my to do list to check this out.

Like all of my other stationery collections these illustrations can still be tailored to you.  From the colour of the sky to the time of year the design reflects and the style of the writing.  Previous clients have also added pets, themselves, personalised design elements and bunting into the designs.  While things like cars and hot air balloons could also be included.  The particular design brings in inspiration from the deer wandering the grounds with a sketched stag head in the central panel.

Dillington House Somerset
Dillington House Somerset

My venue illustrations can be used on anything from Save the Dates and Invitations to the Day Stationery and Thank You cards.  One of my favourite items is the canvas table plan.  It looks great on the day and makes a brilliant keepsake and as such comes with fixings to be hung and is printed to a fine art reproduction level onto a quality canvas and stretched around quality pine frames.

I think the best invitation type when it comes to the illustrated invites is the large bifold.  A5 in size when folded it has plenty of space to show off the artwork.  It features internal panels glued onto the cover which gives it a real feeling of quality.  I think they make a great impression on your guests.  I can make them to two levels.  The first I use a specialist trade printer to do the printing and cutting.  They’re then hand assembled.  This keeps the cost down and offers different choices of card such as those with metallic or pearlescent effects.  The other level is for those who want something really special for their guests.  I print them in house onto a card typically used for fine art reproduction with a printer typically used for that purpose and high quality photographic prints.  Then each piece is individually cut and then they’re hand assembled.  Either way guest name printing is included and they’re effectively little works of art individually made for each guest.

Dillington House illustrated table plan design
Dillington House illustrated table plan design

Visit the Dillington House page on my website for prices and more information.  http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/bespoke/wedding_invitation/dillington_house

Or see other venues here http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/menu/venues

 

You can visit the Dillington House website here

Advice!

Menu booklet with name card, floral design in yellow/gold

When it comes to Bespoke Wedding Invitations and Wedding Stationery there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have.  This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I have written for English Wedding Blog for Invitations, Day stationery and general wedding advice and inspiration. You may find some other articles listing these seperately but I thought it would be useful to list everything in one place!

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Advice for Invitations

Invitation and Stationery Buying Advice
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

When to send wedding invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/send-wedding-invitations/

Invitation text and optional information to include in your Invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/essential-and-optional-information-for-wedding-invitation-text/

Cost Saving advice for Inviting your guests
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/cost-saving-advice-wedding-invitations/

9 mistakes to avoid with your invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/9-mistakes-to-avoid-with-your-wedding-invitations/

Types of Wedding Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/03/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations/
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations-part-2/

Gift lists and Asking for Money
https://english-wedding.com/2014/03/gift-lists-asking-money-etiquette/

Do I need Save the Dates
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/do-i-need-save-the-dates-a-competition/

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Day Stationery Advice

When it comes to Wedding Day Stationery like Orders of Service, Menus, Programs, Place names and Table Plans there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have. The following article attempts to list all my advice pieces.

 

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

Advice for Stationery on Your Wedding Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-tips-for-weddings/

About Wedding Programs and Order of the Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-programs-and-order-of-the-day/

Orders of Service and Organising your Guests
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/order-of-service-organising-guests/

Quantities of Day Stationery to Order
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-how-to-distribute-programs-and-orders-of-service/

Quantities of Menus
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-menus/

Table Plans and Table Plan Emergencies
https://english-wedding.com/2015/09/wedding-table-plans-and-table-plan-emergencies/

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General Wedding and Wedding Stationery advice

Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.
Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.

This part attempts to list all my advice pieces for general wedding stationery, such as colours, style, buying advice, posting and more.Stationery Buying Advice

http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

Wedding Colour Inspiration
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/wedding-colour-ideas/

Branding your Wedding
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/branding-your-wedding-and-wedding-stationery/

Summer Wedding Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/07/summer-wedding-table-names/

Christmas and Winter Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/12/winter-and-christmas-table-name-ideas/

Vintage Styling Advice for Stationery
https://english-wedding.com/2013/05/vintage-styling-colours-and-fonts/

Crafting Advice
Part 1, general and printing http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 2, paper, card and glue http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 3, embellishments and tools http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-crafting-advice/

Posting your Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/advice-for-posting-wedding-invitations/

How ordering bespoke stationery can work
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/an-example-of-how-ordering-works/

 

That’s all for now, think I’ve missed something?  Then get in touch and let me know and if I can add it I will! 🙂

New wedding invitation design

clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Coming soon to Artemis Stationery is a new design where things are kept perfectly simple. Eschewing the traditional cover design in favour of putting the invitation text front and centre in the style of a traditional printed invitation. This allows for a multitude of looks, not just the traditional. It’s simplicity lets it show off practically any style to match your wedding simply by changing the font. As well as a traditional look using a classic serif font it could also be modern and minimalist by keeping things spacious and using a modern clean font. It can also show off beautiful elegant fonts. We could even bring a bit of a background if you want to make a rustic, vintage or a shabby chic looking invitation. Keeping it simple though does show off the quality of the card I use and the hand crafted finish of the invitation.

information on the inside of the invitation
information on the inside of the invitation
By having the invitation text on what for many types of invitations I make is the front cover there is more space for information through out the rest of the invite. Seen here is a full page map along with accommodation information.

You can see some of the fonts you could use here on the Artemis Stationery website.

Example showing a full page map
Example showing a full page map

Although at the time of writing I only have one sample design of a large bifold invitation made and photographed any item from this collection can be ordered. Pricing will be the same as the Genoa and Padua collections unless there is a printed background. Just contact me Nathan at artemisstationery.co.uk to order or for more information.

clean and contemporary wedding invitation
clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Booklet Wedding Invitations

Booklet wedding invitations are one of our most popular types of bespoke wedding invitations.  Some of our clients refer to them as cheque book invitations.  If I had to sum them up in a few short words I would say that they’re neat and perfectly formed.  Though this article is solely about booklet invitations them so we won’t end here.

About our booklet invitations

All the designs in our bespoke collections can be used as booklet invitations.  Even if the website or blog hasn’t shown a picture of it they can be ordered or samples requested.  It’s more a problem of being able to do so much that not everything can be shown.  They have tabbed design making each page part of the overall look of the invitation.  Booklet wedding invitations when done well are great looking invitation that can be packed of full information for your guests.  We make sure our invitations have a great quality finish and are made from really great card.  You can see the stationery ranges on our website here.

A production photo showing an order of orange wedding booklet invitations being made.
A production photo showing an order of orange wedding booklet invitations being made.

Booklet invitation layout

Typically our booklet invitations have 4 pages.  There are no rules on what page is used as what.  Here though I’ll describe a common layout that is used in our samples and by many of our clients.

Page 1

The first page is typically used as a cover.  The cover features the design from the bespoke collection as chosen by our clients.  The design is made unique to each client through adapting the colours, fonts and texts to suit their needs.  Embellishments like Swarovski crystals or pearls can be added.  We also like the cover to feature the names of the Bride and Groom.  They shouldn’t be an afterthought on the inside, it’s their wedding these invitations are for after all.

Booklet wedding invitation layout
Booklet wedding invitation layout – stationery range shown = Sienna

Page 2

Page two in our samples has the invitation text.  This is the classic bit where normally either the Bride and Groom or the Bride’s parents invites the guest to the wedding.  If you would like to see some examples of text in both cases click the relevant link.  It’s also the first page to have a title at the end.  These let the guest know exactly what is on each page. They also form an effective part of the overall design as the titles are normally coloured to tie in with the cover design.  Some of the designs even stretch across the pages such as our Miami and Catania designs.

Carnival themed booklet invitation
Catania – Carnival themed booklet invitation

Page 3

Page 3 is normally used as an RSVP which can be detached from the invite and returned.  If an RSVP is to be incorporated in the booklet rather than as a separate item it makes sense to be one page three.  If the front is a cover, then the second is probably the invite text which makes most sense before the RSVP.  While the forth page can’t be detached as it is attached to the back of the invite.

The RSVP often includes space to list those guests who have been invited that are attending and we normally manage to accommodate menu choices if your letting your guests choose their food.  A envelope for the RSVP section is included with each invite.

If there are no menu choices this page will often have other contact details for your guests.

Page 4

Page 4 is normally information.  A map which is included in the price of the invites is a regular feature as well as details of the venue.  Accommodation options are quite often detailed on this page.

Get in Contact

If you like the idea of our booklet invitations you see all our bespoke collections on the main website now. We are a UK based stationery maker typically selling across the UK but will ship worldwide.

Miami art deco style booklet invitation before assembly
Miami art deco style booklet invitation before assembly

 

Bespoke stationery and the Alice #ATeamAIW

This week saw something Frabjous happen that included this bespoke stationery maker.  Some of you reading this might think I’m stealing one of Zarn’s from Alice in Weddinglands favourite words.  I think in this case it’s use is allowable as the utterly frabjous event I want to talk about was the release of the inaugural issue of the Alice online wedding magazine.  This is indeed made by the Alice in Weddingland team.  This features the #ATeamAIW – I think standing for Alice In Weddingland A Team.  It’s a select group of wedding suppliers and professionals who like the original are for hire but unlike them are not a band of elite former soldiers on the run from the US Government for a crime they didn’t commit.  They are all experts in their fields and can be found on Alice giving expert Wedding advice.

Alice in Wedding Land

For anyone who doesn’t know Alice in Weddingland is probably the UK’s and maybe the worlds leading blog if you’re looking for something that little bit different or little bit unique.  The type of things your likely to find on this blog include some of the worlds most unique venues like a restaurant high up in the trees in New Zealand.  Some of the most amazing photographers that ply their trade in weddings.  Take a look at this example of one of the photography polls http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/winning-wedding-photos-week-2/.  The are also some of the more imaginative bridal designers from around the world featured.  It’s a haven of individuality and the unique.

Alice

Alice's world best steampunk wedding
Alice’s world best steampunk wedding

Alice the Magazine carries on in the same theme but is a monthly  free to read publication.  The cover feature talks about the best steampunk wedding ever which you can see on this link here: http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/the-worlds-best-steampunk-wedding/ .  I am amazed by the photography in it but I’m not sure it displaces my favourite steam punk wedding which I saw strangely enough on the blog.

My favourite steam punk wedding on Alice in Weddingland
My favourite steam punk wedding on Alice in Weddingland
Corset with Attitude
Corset with Attitude

Bespoke Stationery

Genoa black and white bespoke booklet invitation
Genoa black and white bespoke booklet invitation

The A Teams articles includes one by Artemis Stationery (that’s us – Huzzah!).  It takes a look at Invitations, what information you need to let your guests know about and what invitations can pack a tonne of information in while looking good.  You can our article here on Alice here http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/wedding-invitations-the-missing-ink/.  Click to visit Artemis Stationery here or look around the blog for more ideas.

Trifold and Bifold Invitation layouts
Trifold and Bifold Invitation layouts

More #ATeamAIW

Photo by Gillian Cross
Photo by Gillian Cross

Other highlights include three great articles from Photographers.  Gillian Cross looks at how to cope with being photographed all day and get great natural photos from it http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/top-5-tips-posing-for-your-wedding-photographs/.  While Alex Kilbee discusses their 3 greatest tips for making sure you’re happy with the photographer you choose http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/dont-book-your-photographer-without-these/.  Carla Thomas takes a look at wedding timings, something a photographer is in a great position to do and gives advice on the time to allow for different activities.  http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/wedding-day-timelines-your-wedding-day-saviour/

Photo by Carla Thomas
Photo by Carla Thomas

Food!

French Made desert tables
French Made dessert tables

One of my favourite articles is by Lauren Delpech of French Made.  French Made is a Dessert table company.  Not surprisingly the article talks about the joys of a Dessert table.  These can look fairly stunning at a wedding as well as offering huge choice and being a real joy if you have a sweet tooth (I do which is why I love this!).  I’ve seen a lot of them on US blogs and they can be everything from giant selections of pies or baked goods.  To milkshake shots, mini cheesecakes and all manner of wonderous things.   http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/hand-made-delicacies-on-your-wedding-table/

Gingham desert table
Gingham dessert table

Our Pinterest Wedding Yum Board has a lot of images of dessert tables on and can be seen here.  http://pinterest.com/artmsstationery/wedding-yum/  I particularly like the sound of the Smore’s bar.

Trends

www.alterblooms.blogspot.co.uk
www.alterblooms.blogspot.co.uk

Gail Jones of Glass Oyster takes the magazine readers through an expert look at Floral Crowns one of the summers trends.  She takes a detailed look at all the different ways this can be done and made to suit a wide variety of brides.  Glass Oyster designs and sells bridal headdresses so is a real expert in this field.

http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/stealing-the-crown-five-ways-to-work-the-floral-crown-trend/

Glass Oyster
Glass Oyster

http://www.glassoyster.com

…More

I think I’m going to save the best for last.  Leaving the A Team aside although please remember if you have a wedding problem, if no other supplier can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A Team.  Although not strictly true as you could ask the A Team first, that also works!  You don’t have to hire all of them at once and we have websites so are quite easy to find via the interweb.   If you’re not sure why this isn’t funny check out the A Team tv series intro on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MVonyVSQoM

But the best is not a link to Youtube however amazing Youtube is!  It’s Zarn’s write up of a styled shoot.  I don’t often see many shoots with this many people in or quite so much attention to detail or owls!

An Owl
An Owl

The themed shoot Zarn I think aptly describes as a Fairy Wedding Spectaculr.  Now admittedly I’m not expecting an outbreak of Tolkien-esque or fairy weddings but there are all mannor of details and touches to spot and draw inspiration from.  You can visit the article here:  http://www.aliceinweddingland.co.uk/alice/a-fairy-wedding-spectacular/

Fairy tale themed shoot
Fairy tale themed shoot
Fairy tale Bride and Groom
Fairy tale Bride and Groom

Thank you for reading our look at the inaugural Alice Magazine.   If you fancy now thinking about some looking into some great bespoke wedding stationery or invitations please visit our site Artemis Stationery here.

Bespoke Wallet Invitations for Weddings

Calabria floral wallet invitation preview, the wallet will be a new invitation type on the new website

There are a lot of great new things coming to Artemis Stationery.  Many of which will be debuting on the main website when it’s re-launched which is coming in the next few months.  Until the new website is ready it doesn’t hurt to give a bit of a sneak peek on the blog, this post is about our new wallet invitations.

Wallet Invitations

The photo here show’s a new type of bespoke invitation we will be making.  This is the wallet invitation.  So called because the main invitation comes with a wallet it sit insides until the person you’re inviting removes the invitation.  The main invitation is very similar to the mounted versions of our sheet invitations, both are handmade in the Uk by us like all of our stationery.

Bespoke

Like all our ranges of bespoke stationery any design you choose will be tailored specifically to you.  Colours, fonts, wording, layout and styling can all be changed and adapted for you.  The design is on both the invitation and the wallet.

Of course wallet invites could actually be adapted to any use.  Why not as a Save the Date or a Wedding Program.  The design in the picture is Calabria.  The Wallet Invitations are not listed on our main website until they relaunch but could be ordered or if you would like a sample you can order one on our sample page using the comment box to note what you’re after.

Stripes

Forli Card striped wedding invitation in pink, red and cream with vintage fonts.

If the 2012 Milan fashion week is to be believed stripes are going to be big this year. One of the good things about stripes is that they’re never going to be that out of style as one of the simplest patterns you can have they will always come back around.  Artemis Stationery has had a stripey design amongst it’s bespoke wedding invitations and stationery for a year or two now.  Its name is Forli.

Save the Date as seen in Wedding Ideas magazine
Save the Date as seen in Wedding Ideas magazine

A Forli Save the Date in green and blue has been lucky enough to be featured with Wedding Ideas Magazine.  Another good thing about Forli is the fonts that can work with it as they all can.  Whether it be hand writing, script, serif, calligraphic and sans serif.  This post shows Art Deco & Vintage fonts amongst others.

Forli Postcard sized invitation
Forli Postcard sized invitation in black, purple and pink

Similarly any colours can work with stripes so Forli can be loud and proud or subtle and sophisticated.  For items that need we can apply transparent areas so that text can be more easily read.  The text can be arranged how you wish, small and in the corner or big and bold across the whole item.

Click here to visit Forli on the website today.

Read about the Milan fashion week on the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2012/sep/21/milan-fashion-week-stripes-flowers

or EDITD:

http://editd.com/reports/aw-12-13/milan-fashion-week/

Forli Pink Purple Aqua - Preview
Forli Pink Purple Aqua – Preview

Maps for Invitations

Florence Trifold Wedding Invitation sample showing an example map

Maps, they can be useful.  They can help your guests find their way to your wedding.  They can also be decorative and break up otherwise what might be a mass of text. While showing you have had a custom map done can be a feather in your invitations proverbial cap.  Even if in the age of Sat Navs, phone apps and online maps they’re probably not as important as they used to be I still think it’s a good thing when an invitation can be reasonably self-contained and give a guest reading it a fair idea of what and where they’re be invited.

At Artemis Stationery three of our bespoke invitation types come with maps included in the price.  These are the Booklet, Trifold and Bifold Invitations and 90% of these invitations I design include them.  You can also add maps to other invitation types, normally for free if it’s an evening invitation and there already has been a map done for a day invitation or if not there is a small fee.

The maps don’t tend to show every road in the area but show the main roads and the important roads (not always the same thing) as well as landmarks and features.  I try and make sure that nearby motorway junctions are either shown or indicated and most importantly I make sure they fit in with the design of the invitation.

If you’ve received samples of any of the Booklet, Trifold or Bifold invitations you’re probably familiar with the sample map.  It’s based on a map I did for a friend’s wedding.  It was at Sherborne Castle but they had lots of guests staying in the town so the map had to show the relationship between the Castle and locations in the town.  This post has some other maps that have been done over the years.

Interested in Artemis Stationery’s products, visit the website today!

Atholl Palace Map
Atholl Palace Map
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Essex Map
Essex Map
Langley Castle Map
Langley Castle Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Newcastle city centre map
Newcastle city centre map

9 Mistakes to avoid with your Wedding Invitations

Booklet Wedding Invitation Samples from Trieste (top) and Brescia stationery ranges

There are some issues which occur quite regularly when dealing with wedding stationery.  This article looks at those often made with wedding invitations drawing from my several years of experience of designing and making bespoke wedding invitations for our clients at Artemis Stationery.

  1. Too few wedding invitations, half our clients order more invites than they expect to use.  This is especially important if you plan to invite more people if others say no.
  2. RSVP date – make sure you allow enough time for your guests to realistically get your invitation and reply.  This might mean careful thinking on how soon you can get invitations done if you’re making them yourself or realistically how quickly you can address and post them if you’re having them made.
  3. Guests, sometimes the people closest to you can get overlooked as they’re almost too obvious.  Make sure you invite everyone in the bridal party!
  4. Not keeping an invite for yourselves.  You probably will want one for a keepsake.  Make sure to allow for this when working out quantities or if getting guest names printed (as we do for free) maybe invite yourself so you’re sure to have at least one that can’t be used elsewhere.
  5. Make sure you give a way to RSVP, whether it be a postal address, email address or number to text.
  6. Remember to budget for stamps if sending any invitations by post and if your invitations are extravagant check what postage is needed as posting sizes & weight are strict.  Link to Royal Mail
  7. Getting ‘persuaded’ to invite people you originally hadn’t planned on.  It might be best to mention anybody who is excluded to who it might affect to see their attitude before finalising who you’re inviting.  It isn’t uncommon for people to need more invites for people such as relatives they had hoped not to invite.  Though were later persuaded to.
  8. Spellings and grammar.  There is nothing harder I think than spotting your own mistakes.  I always struggle as I can remember what I meant to write so don’t always see what actually made it down.  There’s many good reasons why I make my living trying to make things look good rather than as a proof reader!  Get as many people as reasonably possible to check your text.  Teachers are particularly good people to know at these times!  I always try and do this on my mine website but have to apologise as with blogging getting a 2nd part to check is not always possible.
  9. Finally guest names, these days seemingly any spelling of a name goes.  Facebook can be a great tool for checking how people spell their names but it may mean checking with people how their partner spells their name.  You could save yourself the hassle with ‘& guest’ but if you’ve met them before it’s probably best to invite them by name.

Have I left anything obvious out?  What difficulties did you have?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  At Artemis Stationery we do our best to guide our clients through the perils and pitfalls so if you’re thinking of ordering wedding stationery check us out today

Colour Inspiration – Gold Christmas Decorations

Still time for another Christmas post!  This time colour inspiration.  As in the other posts this article is meant to inspire and help you work out colours that work well together by either looking at the real world or your photo albums.  As makers of bespoke stationery we can work with a wide variety of colours to make invitations and stationery for our clients. This time the inspiration is taken from a Christmassy scene, a close up of a Christmas tree and it’s decorations.   I’m going to focus on everything but the tree as dark green has never been a popular choice of colours from my clients.  Though gold and green can work really well together.  The colours from this post work really great for a brown – cream colour theme.  A different way of at looking at brown colours (chocolate, coffee and autumn leaves being some of the most popular).

Firstly the disclaimer, yes this is not a real tree and yes the lights are part of the tree.  That does pose the question what happens when the lights go wrong, but on the plus side they’re so well distributed and you have no wires to worry about it saves oodles of time.  I can just whack a couple of strings of light up on a Christmas tree and not agonise over their spacing:( 
 
As said the colours from this image makes a really great golden brown colour guide.  Something I think that works well for winter weddings when the daylight is getting limited by 4 and you’ll be under artificial light for most of the wedding.  This shows how warm those lights can be and I think if you’re getting married next winter and decorating yourself it’s well considering lot’s of lights (soon to be in post-Christmas sales).   Though best check with the venue first and maybe go for LED as they have the least chance of causing frustration.  Or it’s a reason to get married near Christmas in a venue that has it’s own really great decorations.
This is where the colours were taken from and is shown on the second image below.  The six digit values are the RGB colour codes
  1. Is from the darkest part of the bauble in the foreground 230D02
  2. Background colour 562600
  3. A mid-range colour taken from the gold coloured detail on the  bauble A0590B
  4. From a non-gold detail part of the small bauble DA8100
  5. From the candle in foreground B47629
  6. From the ribbon on the bauble FDCB50
  7. Colour of the light FEFEFF
Interested in using these colours with some of our bespoke stationery?  Contact us and let us know what colours you want to work with.

Dragonfly stationery range

Arezzo is one of our more unusual stationery ranges.  The design features two dragonflies flying in tandem across the page. 
Each dragonfly have been illustrated to a high degree of detail.  With particular time and effort spent drawing the individual cells that make up the dragon fly wings trying to catch the essence of these fantastically detailed wonders of nature.  They are also semi-transparent allowing them to be seen through.  Dragonflies make a good alternative to butterflies for use in wedding stationery or would work well with a mixed order comprising it and Naples.    
Like all of our bespoke stationery and invitations the dragon flies can be changed to any colour to fit in with different colour schemes.  All of the font’s used can also be changed allowing the style of the invite to change.    
See the stationery range here or if you like this you might want to see the butterfly featuring range Naples.

 

Colour Inspiration – at the Taj Mahal

As said in my previous post on finding Colour Inspiration (see it here http://artemisstationery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/colour-inspiration-above-clouds.html) finding colour inspiration for an event like a wedding can be tricky.  But as a maker of bespoke wedding stationery I do get to talk colours with a lot of people.  Fortunately most people by the stage they think about stationery and invitations have a few ideas so there’s a base to work from.  But if you’re struggling looking for inspiration in the world around you or your photo albums may be a way to go.  With the stationery designed and made by Artemis Stationery we can print practically any colour so choosing a colour palette that’s unique and personal to you can be a really great way of making something that’s truly personal.
Today’s example is from a warmer climate.  Nothing to do with the Snow Patrol song, though check it out if you fancy, one of my favourites.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4_ZZ_IEHiQ From the subcontinent (India) and specifically the Taj Mahal no less.  Though I thought I’d avoid the obvious and use the Mosque at the site for this example.  The mosque has lovely dusky burnt red and terracotta colours so this example is great if you’re looking for colours to match in with those.    The mosque stands to one side of the main White building which is a mausoleum.  Which may sound a little morbid for wedding inspiration.  But there is romance beyond the construction.  The beautiful mausoleum and World heritage site could be summed up as what one man built after the death of the women he loved.  Admittedly one man with a fair bit of lose change to employ many highly skilled craftsmen!  The building was completed in 1653 and was commissioned by the Shah Jahan Emporerer of the Mughal Empire after the loss of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during child birth. 
I’ve picked 6 colours off this picture using the colour picker tool found in many art programs.  You can use the colours of this post either by sampling the picture directly or using the colour boxes.  For those who know the hex values for the colours are (from left to right)
#5C3641,
#B66C6B,
#E79A7C,
#FEFBEF,
#E5DECE,
#D7BAB2
I encourage you though to try it with images you already have or go out and photo things you like and try.  It’s a great way to find colours that work together.  I’d love to hear what people come up with.

Art Deco fonts for bespoke stationery

Art Deco fonts for wedding invitations
This post is going to be unusually short and sweet!  Probably, today I’d like to talk fonts and Art Deco.  Art Deco has been increasingly popular recently, much of this interest probably spiked by the big budget remake of the Great Gatsby.  With a big A list cast featuring Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Isla Fisher it has brought the boom time of the 1920’s to many minds.  If you’d like to know more about Art Deco see my quick guide to it here.  The film is now due for a May release having been originally planned for a Christmas release, maybe they were scared off by the Hobbit!
Art Deco Table Name Tent
Art Deco Table Name Tent
Back to fonts, fonts are great such a wide variety and one of the easiest way to style stationery.  At Artemis Stationery I’ll happily use any font I can to make something bespoke and suit the needs of whomever I’m working with.  It can really change the style of an invitation from modern to vintage for example.  Though we do try and stick to fonts that don’t have to be bought in to use to keep costs down for our clients.  There’s so many great free fonts around normally you don’t have to buy a font to achieve a great look.  Underneath here is a list of Art Deco fonts showing what they look like.  It is the list of fonts we suggest on our own website, the one’s freely available on the web (I found them on font squirrel) have been indicated.  If you’d like to know more about ordering stationery with Artemis Stationery and how we make our stationery personal hop on over to the website now.
Capri table name tent
Capri table name tent

Magnetic Invites and Save the Dates

Today I would like to introduce a new item from Artemis Stationery I’ve been working on for some time.  It’s a magnet or rather a two sided stationery item ideal as a Save the Date or small Invitation with a magnet in allowing it to stick to fridges and other places.  It’s made from one piece of card which is folded over on itself and carefully glued together at the bottom so it has a very subtle join.  The magnet is then placed in the middle so it’s not visible and allows for printing on both sides.
With two sides this means one side can be used like a cover and be design heaving and the back can convey more information. 

Magnets do make very good Save the Dates. But could also be used as an invite where not too much information is needed to be conveyed. Though if you want to include an RSVP we could make them fit in the middle.

The magnet works for both sides though you just have to press it for showing the reverse side.

The magnets are available to order now and start from £2.20.  They’re available for all ranges except Milan.  If requesting samples of both these and an invite please mention in the comment box.  Like all of our stationery items the colours and fonts can be customised to reflect your tastes and style making them truly bespoke stationery.

All About Pinning

Pins by Artemis Stationery

This isn’t about wrestling you might be relieved to read, even though it’s an Olympic year and non entertainment wrestling will slip into the main stream of public consciousness. If you haven’t heard of it pinning is the big new thing in the social networking world, having overtaken LinkedIn as the third biggest social network in the US. It’s big in the US, not really that widely used in the UK by comparison as yet though I bet that the UK will follow suit. So, time to get ahead of the curve.

What is Pinterest

Pinterest is classified as social networking but I don’t think should really be looked upon as a similar beast as the biggest of social networks Facebook. It can be basically described as online collection of pin boards where individuals collect images they like or inspire them. If you’ve ever seen a mood board it’s like that but on steroids and much easier to use! You can keep adding and adding as you find new and more awesome things. As a pinner you can have as many boards on as many topics as you see fit. The pins you put up link to the website you found them on and it’s recommended that you pin from a permanent link. For example best to pin from the suppliers website than a bloggers website who has featured it. Pinterest also asks that people be nice and give credit.

Interaction

Other people can see your pins whether by searching, seeing what’s trending and what is being posted in different categories. When people appreciate what you have pinned they can express it numerous ways.
They can like it, very similar to Facebook, each pin shows you a list of who has liked it. Getting likes is a good thing!

A pin from Elemental weddings blog on the Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards
A pin from Elemental weddings blog on the Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards

Next there is the repin, which is similar to retweeting in Twitter or sharing on Facebook. If you click repin you pin the image to one of your own boards. In this way something you pin can go viral and spread throughout the Pinterest world!

Commenting, as with Facebook photos and well most things people can comment on your pins and you’ll get notifications when this happens, plus if you comment elsewhere you’ll be notified of future comments.

Follow, this is what you really want. It’s similar to liking a fan page on Facebook or following on Twitter. People can follow you in general or specific boards. The more people that follow you the more people who will see your pins in their general Pinterest feed when they login.

Who Uses It

Pinterest is big in the creative communities and while it remains to be seen if it might be a fad I do personally find it hugely useful. Put it this way, your searching for some crafting ideas be it for a wedding, xmas, childrens games, practically anything! You can search on Google and you find pages after pages of text links or you can search Pinterest and get a page full of images that will probably show end products and pictorial guides to different craft projects. Which is easiest to look through quickly and will more quickly find a useful idea? You’ll often find different pinners whose style matches your own and some of their boards will be hugely useful.

I think this site could last a long time with creative types, it’s so great for bloggers, photographers, designers of all types to show their ideas. Some users may get bored although I think for anyone with a creative streak or looking for tips on style while the creative community stays there many other people will drop in to take a look unless something comes along which does it better. For people looking for wedding inspiration I think it’s the easiest and best way to build mood boards and collect your thoughts. It’s maintains links to where everything comes from while it’s easy to follow links to similar things.

Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards
Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards

My boards on Pinterest

Some come along join Pinterest, getting pinning and follow Artemis Stationery for some top wedding ideas. It’s not just bespoke wedding invitations and stationery pinned there. You’ll find lots of wedding highlights from around the world as well as anything else that has caught my curiosity.