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Do you need Save the Dates?

The simple answer?  Well that = Maybe.

On the plus side they can:

  • Inform your guests of your wedding date and location
  • Reserve your wedding date in your guests diary
  • Give you more time to organise everything you need for the invitation

On the negative side they can:

  • Add cost which can be unnecessary
  • Duplicate your invitation

So in long form I would recommend doing Save the Dates if you really want to and have the budget for them.  Also if you’re struggling to get all the information you need for the invitation together but feel under pressure to officially send your guests something they can be a life saver and buy time to do this.  Though you probably want to be careful not to leave this too late as you don’t want to be chasing RSVP’s in the 6 weeks before your wedding.

But if you can gather everything you need for invites together like meal options and timings why not send your invites out as early as you can.  If you have people needing to book hotels etc the more details they have the sooner the better.  Also if you can inform the people you really need to reserve by other means there’s no need to spend money to do this unless you want to.  They can be nice items to have.  A nice creation on paper or card.  Maybe a magnet or a tea towel.

Take a look at all the stationery I can make here: http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/

Ps do ask if there are any discounts on ordering Save the Dates and Invites as at the time of writing all the items are priced as invites but Save the Dates are simpler if invitations are also being produced.

Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the Date magnet, photo by Laura Cullen Photography
Save the Date magnet, photo used by Laura Cullen Photography
Florence Postcard size save the date
Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)

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


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

When to send wedding invitations

Invitation text and optional information to include in your Invitations

Cost Saving advice for Inviting your guests

9 mistakes to avoid with your invitations

Types of Wedding Invitations

Gift lists and Asking for Money

Do I need Save the Dates


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

About Wedding Programs and Order of the Day

Orders of Service and Organising your Guests

Quantities of Day Stationery to Order

Quantities of Menus

Table Plans and Table Plan Emergencies



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


Wedding Colour Inspiration

Branding your Wedding

Summer Wedding Table Name Ideas

Christmas and Winter Table Name Ideas

Vintage Styling Advice for Stationery

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

How ordering bespoke stationery can work


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! 🙂

Las Vegas themed Wedding Stationery font

Las Vegas themed wedding stationery

Today a recent project has made me want to look at a specific font rather than a set of fonts as I have done in recent blog posts.  So today’s post is about a font I used for a recent project.  The project was to create a piece of Las Vegas themed wedding stationery, that being in particular a table plan that would have to match with the couple’s desire to name each of their tables after a past or present casino in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas themed Wedding Stationery

This project didn’t have a super big budget so most of the time went on the skyline so had to tackle the table names in a consistent manner rather than doing a name for each table reflecting the style of the place it was named after.  So I went to font squirrel and browsed for a commercially free font.  Eventually I settled on lobster.  It has the benefits that I think it feels a little retro – harking back to Las Vegas’s earlier time.  Therefore I could successfully use it for each table name while staying on theme.  Though I mixed up the shapes behind the letters and changed the colours so the names are not too regimented.  I was also able to use the same font in other places,

The font used

Lobster is a pretty great font.  It’s a little bit retro, a little bit script, quite stylish for headers and titles yet still a reasonably easy read.  So could be deciphered at a distance which is a bonus for a table plan.

This project was in collaboration with an event decorator and will be looked at in more detail in a future post – hopefully with some good insitu pictures as it’s not the full table plan shown here.  More of a taster…  If you like the design please visit my bespoke wedding stationery website to see more stationery or keep looking through this my wedding stationery blog.  This design isn’t available as collection yet but I think it may be soon so if you like the design and want it for your own event feel free to get in contact.  Pricing is likely to be similar to Catania.

To see the person I collaborated go and say hi to the lovely Carol at Laurel Design Stationery.


Las Vegas themed wedding stationery
Las Vegas themed wedding stationery

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'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


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.



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.


Glass Oyster
Glass Oyster



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.


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.

Handwriting fonts…& a few others (sorry)

Handwriting fonts are great for helping to create a casual, informal and friendly atmosphere for an event.  An interesting one can also be very stylish and are often much more readable than many of the more decorative styles of fonts.

There is a lot of crossover between handwriting and script fonts as essentially script fonts are handwriting, albeit very good and in some cases elaborate handwriting.  You may notice some of the fonts shown here have script in the name.  I’ve also included some fonts that I think cross over from what some sites may consider hand drawn.  Consequently that has meant this list is fairly huge and I apologise to anyone on dial up, you might want to make yourself a nice cup of tea while you wait for the complete chart to download (or coffee if outside of the UK).

It’s also very easy to make your own handwritten or drawn fonts.  There are even apps out there which allow you to do so really easily.  Just remember what you’re aiming for at the beginning and try not to evolve the style too much as you draw each letter.  A lot can happen from A to Z.  Read about doing this on A Beautiful Mess.

If you’re not looking to make your own stationery (for wedding or any occasion) but want a stationery designer who gives a huge choice and goes to great lengths to make each piece of stationery designed really unique and special visit our main website Artemis Stationery.

Hand writing, hand drawn and script style fonts.  F's represent fonts probably freely available online.
Hand writing, hand drawn and script style fonts. F’s represent fonts probably freely available online.

Any font with a big red F by them are freely available online and I think for all uses.  Although as ever please check the licensing of each font – in case I misread the license or it’s somehow changed since this article was written.  The others are font choices available to Artemis Stationery clients, though if you’re looking to obtain them most have come with various art programs over the year and are probably not too costly to purchase in their own right.

Script Fonts for Wedding Stationery

Script fonts for bespoke stationery

Script fonts range from some of the most elegant fonts out there to fonts which basically look like someone with really nice flowing handwriting.  The style of writing on which todays script fonts are based was made possible by the introduction of paper.  It replaced parchment which had a much rougher surface and prevented free flowing writing.  If you would like to see what writing prior to this looked follow this link to the Wikipedia page on Blackletter fonts.  Script style fonts may also be known as cursive fonts.

I think fonts can be hugely useful and important in styling stationery.  I design bespoke stationery and I like to give my clients as big a choice as possible so they can truly reflect their style in the stationery I design for them.  If you’re making your own stationery choosing an interesting looking font is an easy way to bring artistic elements and style to what you’re making.

Script fonts can really bring a touch of sophisticated elegance with the delicate and artistic flourishes that many of the fonts use.  Whereas those that look more like regular hand writing can make an occasion seem more friendly and informal.  If you want to use a font that is hard to read for large amounts of text, use it for headers or titles and pair it with a plainer font for the bulk of the text.  This doesn’t have to be a script font and using them with serif fonts can provide a good contrast.

Below is a selection of freely available script fonts which can be found online as well as chosen by clients of Artemis Stationery.  These fonts will be added to the main selection on the website (click to see) when the newest version of the website is released.  To find out more about stationery from Artemis Stationery visit the website now.

Script fonts which are available online to freely download
Script fonts which are available online to freely download



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:




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

Snow and Trees at Night

Tree and snow at night, yeovil country park

Firstly an apology, I spent so long deciding what picture to use for today’s blog post I did not spend much time thinking about a title for this post, but at least it is descriptive!  I thought I’d go with a snowy image as some of the country seems to have snow and a night time one because this blog post will go up in the evening.

When it snow’s I really love nothing more than getting outside in the countryside near my home with my camera.  Many of my wanderings I’ve been the first one into an area post snow and it’s amazing being outside seeing a pristine white snowy landscape before you.  I love it.  This particular image is at the end of one of those walks and just where I’ve entered a park area at the edge of my home town as I walked home.  The colours are quite similar to those from the recent Christmas idea but it’s topical so I’m going with it (and saving a day time snowy image just encase).

Some of the photos from the day’s wandering are for sale as cards on my non wedding website Artemis Prints and you can see them here.

So with this image the palette is really influenced by the colour of the lights which light the path making for some quite rich brown’s and yellows.   You can see where the colours were sampled from at the bottom of this post.  Here is the hex RGB colour values:

  1. #522D24
  2. #6D3708
  3. #FCAC31
  4. #FFFBBD
  5. #20120D

If your unfamiliar with these posts this is where I attempt to show how anywhere can be good for inspiration from your walk to work (if you drive I’d say don’t take a photo while moving or do anything dangerous) or your holiday photos.  Also we can print pretty much any colour on the bespoke wedding stationery we make at Artemis Stationery and love getting new and interesting colour schemes to work with.  You can read about our colour options here.

Trees and Snow at Night
Trees and Snow at Night showing sampled colours.

Wedding Stationery Trends for 2013

Bespoke Art Deco Wedding Invitation from Miami stationery range

Future Wedding Stationery Trends – what will be big in 2013

Here is a brief look at what may be big in the coming year for wedding invitations and stationery. We try and look ahead at what will be coming in the future. Although a big disclaimer – really choose a design on how much you like it, not by how on trend something is. Often the trendiest things at the time become the silliest later, like shellsuits and mullet haircuts. Lots of styles come around quite regularly. I’m seeing styles which were popular in 2010 and 11 in one movement coming back around for 2013 already, twenty years down the line when you’re looking at your gorgeous wedding album I’m not sure you will really care if it was that trendy at the time.

So lets see if there’s anything new!

Stripes, stripes are going to be big. It doesn’t seem that long since I did a stripey range when I thought stripes were cool! But they’re coming back. The catwalks of Milan were stuffed with them, vertical and horizontal and including chevrons which were already featuring 2012. Might be time to introduce my own chevron design!

Orange – coming off the catwalks of New York orange could feature a lot this year. Artemis Stationery makes bespoke stationery, our designs can be printed in any colour so I’m going to somewhat ignore this, while thinking that it might be wise to do a few more orange sample photos for the website just encase. Read about Artemis Stationery’s colour option’s here.


Art Deco – I’ve been saying art deco is coming for a while and so has Vogue. Though to be fair I did read it on Vogue, which is odd as I don’t often read it. But they’re still saying it and so am I.  The main reason it will be big is the Great Gatsby film remake. Sara of Burnett’s Boards is also highlighting this. We have several very strong Art Deco ranges, like Miami, Bologne and Capri and several others which can be styled to look more Art Deco. See Artemis Stationery’s ranges here


Birds – birds apparently will grow in popularity.  I’ve been noticing them grow in popularity on sites selling decorative items. Maybe it’s a consequence of the birdcages which everyone was into in 2011! I do like the look of birdcages, some of them are amazingly ornate, I just always wondered about the symbolism of them. Probably thought about it too much.

Patterns – along with stripes and maybe dots floral patterns are coming back. Prada and Bottega Veneta both used floral patterns on the Milan catwalks. While Chrissy from the Perfect Pallette is predicting paisley will be popular again.

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)
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.

Christmas Music table name ideas – pt 3

Christmas table name ideas from music

Christmas Music table names – music and songs are a key part of the festive period. As such it’s a great source of inspiration for many fun table name ideas. Whether it be modern songs, retro songs, Christmas carols or hymns, any of these could bring an extra touch of Christmas to a party, wedding or other occasion by using them as table names.

Of course there are plenty of other ideas and recently I’ve been going through these. There’s been two previous posts (Click one or two to see them). The first covered the weather and reindeer names while the second focused on seasonal and festive food. These posts are meant to give ideas for table names but this one is going to have a focus on music so you might well be able to base a playlist off it or use it as ideas for quiz questions.

I’m looking at table names as I make bespoke wedding and event stationery and I often get asked for suggestions. You can visit Artemis Stationery here, the link goes to the bespoke Christmas stationery collection page.

Winter snow picture of a frost covered church in Sweden for card design
Winter snow picture of a frost covered church in Sweden for card design

Photos on this page are from our print store Artemis Prints. See the store here for lots of great Christmas and printed items with all original designs.

Christmas Carols and Older songs
Auld Lang Syne – words by Robert Burns
Away in a Manger
Deck the Halls – Thomas Oliphant
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas – words by John Mason Neale, music Piae Cantiones
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – words Charles Wesley (amended by George Whitefiled and Martin Madan), music by Felix Mendelssohn
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
In the Bleak Midwinter – Words by Christina Rossetti music by Gustav Holst
Jingle Bells – James Lord Pierpont
Once in Royal David’s City – words by Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander music by Henry John Gauntlett
Silent Night – writeen by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr, English translation by John Freeman Young
While Shephards Watched Their Flocks – words by Nahum Tate

Winter snow picture of a church in Mudford Somerset
Winter snow picture of a church in Mudford Somerset for card design

The Crooners and early/mid 20th Century Classics
Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby
Frosty the Snowman – Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson 1950
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland 1944
Jingle Bell Rock – Joe Beal and Jim Boothe 1957
Let it Snow – words by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Styne, 1945
Marshmallow World – Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra 1966
The Little Drummer Boy – Katherine K. Davis 1957
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole 1961
Winter Wonderland – words by Richard B Smith music by Felix Bernard, 1934
White Christmas

More Modern
All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff 1994
Christmas is All Around – Billy Mack 2003
Christmas Wrapping – Spice Girls 1998
Don’t Shoot Me, Santa – The Killers 2007
Do they Know it’s Christmas Time? – Band Aid 1984
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea 1988
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues 1987
Happy Xmas War is Over – John Lennon 1971
I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard 1973
Last Christmas – Wham 1984
Little St Nick – The Beach Boys
Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade 1980
Mistle Toe and Wine – Cliff Richard 1988
O Holy Night – Celine Dion 1988
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie 1980
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

The earlier songs tend to show who created the song where, later songs tend to show who performed it.

The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/dec/22/consumer-christmas-music-sales-royalties
About.com http://top40.about.com/od/holidaymusic/tp/Top-100-Christmas-Songs.htm

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

Christmas & Winter Table Names 2

Northpole, snowmen and polar bear Christmas card design from our print store, Artemis Prints

This is post 2 of my attempt to illustrate some potential names for tables at weddings and other events on the festive period.

This post is going to concentrate on food and drink and as such can serve as ideas for what to serve your guests as well as how to name your tables.

Festive food!
Starting with the obvious that probably need no explanation:
Mince pies
Yule log (one of my personal favourite things if you get a good one with fudgy chocolate icing)
Cranberry sauce
Pigs in Blankets – bacon wrapped mini sausages. Could make a useful canapé.
Angels on Horseback – oysters wrapped in bacon
Devils on Horseback – prunes or pitted dates wrapped in bacon
Christmas Pudding
Brandy Butter
Roasted Chestnuts
Pumpkin Pie
Roast Goose
Sugar Plum
Wassail – another name for mulled cider. Drunk during a drinking ritual to promote a good apple harvest the next year.
Hot Chocolate
Christmas Ham – started as German tribute to the god Freyr but carried on by the Catholic church as a test for converts for Judaism.
Figgy Pudding – as mentioned in the Christmas carol “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Peppermint Bark – peppermint candy pieces on white chocolate on dark chocolate
Spiced beef – form of salt beef cured with spice and boilded in stout such as guiness. Popular in Ireland.

More Global Christmas foods
Struffoli – Neapolitan dish served at Christmas and Easter. Sweet deep fried dough balls served with things like honey, cinnamon, orange rind. Lot’s of mini doughnuts.
Szaloncukor – a Hungarian Christmas tradition – a fondant (traditionally flavours such as vanilla or strawberry) coated in chocolate.
Syltelabb – boiled salt cured pigs trotter from Norway. Traditionally served with Christmas ale.
Fritule – small doughnuts, though no where as small as Struffoli served in Croatia they’re flavoured with brandy, citrus zest. Contain raisins and like many doughnuts served topped with powdered sugar.
Krumkake – a Norwegian waffle cookie, can be filled with sweet stuffing and do get used as ice cream cones.
Lebkuchen – a bit like German Gingerbread.
Panettone – a light sweet bread loaf from in a cupola shape. Originally from Milan now eaten across France, Germany, Switzerland and South America. Often severd with a sweet liqueur.
Rum ball – German truffle like sweet the size of a golf ball, coated with coconut, cocoa or chocolate sprinkles they’re flavoured with chocolate and rum.
Thirteen desserts – French tradition of the big supper, the desserts represent Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles. Set on Christmas eve and remain on the table till the 27th December.

Festive Drinks
Mulled wine
Warm apple cider
Snowball – easily made with advocate and lemonade or go for it with a traditional recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/theoriginalsnowball_93094
Atole – a hot Mexican drink comprised of corn four, water, refined sugar cane, cinnamon, vanilla. Chocolate or fruit can also be added.
Coquito – a Puerto Rican egg nog like drink.

To see our full range of stationery go to ArtemisStationery.co.uk or to see our Christmas cards visit ArtemisPrints.co.uk

Winter and Christmas Table Names

Natale Christmas table name design used for Christmas blog post title

Christmas is just around the corner and even closer if you’re having a wedding in the festive period. Wedding time moves much faster than normal time when there’s lots to do and arrange, it’s a known fact;) While Christmas and wedding time at once just flies by!

Wedding table names can be one of the most elusive and difficult thing to decide. So many ideas and nothing quite seems right. So this post and the one’s which follow will attempt to help by throwing some more ideas out there. Working on Christmas and seasonal themes.

Title made from the Natale Stationery Range

Idea 1. Snow or Similar
The Eskimo words for snow at least according to Wikipedia is a myth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_words_for_snow
“The “Eskimo words for snow” claim is a widespread, though not entirely correct, idea that Eskimos have an unusually large number of words for snow. In fact, the Eskimo–Aleut languages have about the same number of distinct word roots referring to snow as English does, but the structure of these languages tends to allow more variety as to how those roots can be modified in forming a single word” – Direct from wikipedia

But that doesn’t mean we can’t start on that theme exploring terms which are associated with winter
Snow – Ice
Blizzard – Frost
Permafrost – Snowstorm
Snowdrift – Ice crystals
Snowflake – Northwind

Idea 2. Colder Places
We could also go with Geography and select places that you expect to see some snow or are at least a bit more northerly or mountainous.
Scotland – Sweden
Norway – Alaska
Switzerland – Austria
Siberia – Denmark
Canada – Artic
Greenland – Iceland
Rockies – Siberia

But it need not be just countries and regions we can go with cities to.
Oslo – Trondheim
Archangel – Moscow
Zurich – Anchorage
Quebec – Montreal
Toronto (probably anywhere in Canada!) – Edinburgh

Idea 3. Reindeer Names
None of these have been too Christmassy so to finish this post we’ll go with something thoroughly Christmas. Read on, they need no introduction.
Dasher – Dancer
Prancer – Vixen
Comet – Cupid
Donner (variously spelled Dunder and Donder)
Blitzen (variously spelled Blixem and Blixen)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus’s_reindeer

If you need more there are new ones
Fireball – Leroy
Pablo – Olive
Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_names_of_Santa’s_reindeer

More Christmas table names coming on a blog to you soon (probably this one)