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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

Why Choose Artemis Stationery

Deer wedding invitation in blue, a large bifold invite

Why choose Artemis Stationery?  There’s a lot of ways to make your wedding stationery so why choose Artemis Stationery.
My stationery is made in two main ways. Either in house or by leading trade printers. I produce much of my stationery in house as it’s the best way to achieve quality in the print, materials used and finish. I print to a much higher standard than most printers find possible, this is because my printing equipment is more typically used for fine art reproduction printing and high end photographic prints. It is a digital printer, but prints a much broader range of colours as it’s a 12 ink machine. This means it can do true red, green and blue as it has those colours. It can also print at a higher resolution. As such I design my files at 600 dpi twice the industry standard of 300 dpi. This gives a much clearer and less pixelated look than is standard. Circular lines appear more flowing and smooth, fines lines appear crisper and sharper. This means I can do justice to designs like Trieste that have a lot of fine curving lines.

Close up of Genoa card invitation
Close up of Genoa card invitation

My stationery is mostly printed onto high quality card stock. This is typically used for fine art reproduction and high end photographic prints. It’s textured and resembles etching paper and will maintain the vibrancy of the colours printed for a long time. I like it for its thickness and weight which gives it quality feeling that is soft to the touch.

sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation
sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation

Once printed it is then cut individually on a rotary trimmer, this allows for precision cutting. A typical trade printer has 3mm margins which means the cut can be anywhere in that area. Instead I print a fine line to cut along. This means for items like the cheque book each page can be precisely cut so the pages all fit together smoothly. With my products it’s all about the quality of the finish. Each item is individually made, quality checked and remade if necessary. Since I see invitations as individual works of art made for your guests I am able to print guest names at the same time as the rest of the invite. This is included in the price of each invitation and means that I can tackle individual menus for your guests.

Inside of invitation showing guest names at top
Inside of invitation showing guest names at top

Sometimes it’s the quality and uniqueness of the design that my clients are after and they’re happy with a more traditionally produced printed item. I do work with a leading trade printer that specialises in the wedding trade. This opens a wider range of card stocks to print on and permits for items to be more affordably printed when the quantities are large. Where there are a few techniques I can’t currently do in house as required I can work with the relevant professionals to achieve them.

Cards printed using a trade printer
Cards printed using a trade printer

Why are my stationery designs more unique than many wedding stationers? This is because most of my work uses artwork that I’ve created from scratch. If you look at my illustrations they’ve been created from nothing but the source material (those being photos of the buildings and landscapes in question) or for more patterned designs from my own sketches. A lot of artwork used in wedding stationery comes from image libraries where artists sell their work. So if you think designs by different stationers look very samey they may well have used the same artwork or something by the same artist. I do this on couture projects where it’s the most cost effective way to produce something for the client and they’re ok with this process.

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Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Drawn stag stationery cover
Drawn stag stationery cover
Capri menu
Capri menu

Thanks to these talented photographers:

Venetia Norrington Photography (top photo)

Kern Photo (inside invitation photo)

Frances Carlisle Photography (blue stag photo)

Lucy Wallace Photography (menu)

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! 🙂

Advice for Wedding Invitations

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 write for English Wedding Blog for Invitations.  You can see lists for Day Stationery here and General Wedding Stationery advice like colours, style and inspiration here.

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

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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Saunton Sands Hotel collection & Wedding Fair

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

It’s been so sunny but not chilly of late I can’t help but think of beautiful spots on the coast.  Back in the beginning of 2015’s non winter I was lucky enough to spend a great day at Saunton Sands Hotel.  Saunton sands is a beautiful sandy beach in north Devon.  Several miles long it’s overlooked by Saunton Sands Hotel which sits astride cliffs which run perpendicular to the beach giving it great views of the beach, the dunes behind the beach and Westward Ho! in the distance.

the view of the beach from Saunton Sands Hotel
the view of the beach from Saunton Sands Hotel

Saunton Sands Hotel is spectacular 4 star Art Deco hotel and more importantly for anyone likely to be reading this wedding venue.  The day I spent was part wedding fair, organised by the excellent Blue Fizz Events, part drinks with friends.  Thanks Matt and Tania (hoping I got the spelling right), purveyors of the most excellent non booth photo booth setup I have encountered in all my travels in wedding stuff.  Followed by a moonlit run on the beach with myself, thanks me!  No torch, the sound of the waves, beautiful sand, such a tranquil way to end the day.  Actually the wedding fair is part work part catching up with amazing and inspiring wedding peeps and friends.

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.

Saunton Sands Hotel is also one of the venues I’ve illustrated.  With the art deco, the coast the sand, the cliffs, the sky, so much inspiration to draw from!

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Saunton Sands at sunset
Saunton Sands at sunset
Saunton Sands Hotel at dusk
Saunton Sands Hotel at dusk

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Saunton Sands Hotel swimming pool
Saunton Sands Hotel swimming pool

Some of the great people who were there I and took some photos of their stand!  Obviously Matt Stockman Photography.

Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth

Charlotte Atkinson of water colour weddings fame was painting near my, she really is super talented and love it when our paths cross.

Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings

Mel from Maxi Photography was there and conducted the on the day photo shoot.

Maxi Photography minus Mel!
Maxi Photography minus Mel!

Holts jewellers were there, I thought they were new but when I went to the stand I realised it was a rebranded Coopers Couture.  They really do know their stuff and have a stunning display.

Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique

The vintage powerhouse that is Days of Grace was also in attendance.

Days of Grace
Days of Grace

Casino Select, Mandy’s great fun, was lucky enough to be by her at an event in Abode.

Casino Select
Casino Select
Vintage Chic China Hire
Vintage Chic China Hire
Lucky Sixpenth
Lucky Sixpence
The Swing Kings
The Swing Kings
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Teasels Florist
Teasels Florist 

You can visit Saunton Sands Hotel website here.  At the time of writing the Saunton Sands collection hasn’t made it onto the website but pricing is identical to the Coast collection.  It actually started out as a design for this that suddenly became very very Saunton 😉

A luxury vintage style Invitation

Capri vintage style bifold wedding invitation in 2014 colours

Hello!  This one’s about a invitation with bit of a vintage early 1900’s feel.  So down to business, there are generous people and there are talented people and sometimes there are generous super talented people.  This post is made possible by that third type.  That being a super talented and generous photographer who is based in the United States, fortunately these days it’s not ridiculously expensive to post internationally!   Recently I was lucky enough to have some of my stationery photographed by photographer RJ Kern (very talented chap who used to be a cartographer for National Geographic) who now uses his considerable expertise for weddings and other assignments.  He’s given me lots of great photos so I’m going to be sharing these an item at a time in the coming weeks.  Today’s images are of one of my bespoke wedding invitations.  This one is from my Capri collection.

Capri bifold wedding invitation cover in 2014 colours
Capri bifold wedding invitation cover in 2014 colours

Bespoke Wedding Invitation

The invitation shown is a bifold invitation designed in this case for a wedding, like all of our wedding stationery they are bespoke for each client.  What’s great about the bifold invitation is from the outside it looks just like a standard card.  But hold them or open them and you know they’re special.  The text isn’t printed onto paper insert or printed just onto the inside surface of the card.  Here instead we go for a really luxurious finish by mounting panels of the same great card used for the outside onto the inside surface.  If you squeeze a bifold invitation between your fingers you can really appreciate that as well the weight it gives each invitation.  It feels substantial, a real quality item.

Inside of Capri bifold wedding invitation
Inside of Capri bifold wedding invitation

Detachable RSVP

We also keep the design standard really high on the inside.  There’s no just laying out some text.  Instead the text is integrated with the design from the cover.  To top it all there is a detachable RSVP which RJ has been cunning enough to show both attached and removed.  The colours in this photo are blues and purples from the Pantone spring and summer colour report and a beautifully complimented by provincial lavender Swarovski crystals mounted on the front.

RSVP removed from Capri Bifold wedding invitation
RSVP removed from Capri Bifold wedding invitation

The fonts used on this sample design give a early 20th century style and are packed full of character.  If you would like to see Capri or more Bifold invitations please click each respective link.  These bifold invitations could be yours, where ever you are in the world!

I highly advise checking out more of RJ’s work.  Especially if you are looking for a wedding photographer whether in the US or outside (I know has crossed the Atlantic for weddings before).  So check out Minneapolis Wedding Photographer R. J. Kern at kern-photo.    Just look look at what he can produce for you.

Minneapolis Wedding Photographer R. J. Kern at kern-photo
Minneapolis Wedding Photographer R. J. Kern at kern-photo

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

 

Padua Wedding Invitation Booklet

Padua bespoke Wedding Invitation booklet

Padua is one of the newer but less requested stationery lines, which is strange since it’s sister range Genoa is one of our best sellers.  I think this means we need more photos out there of it.  So for a starter I thought I’d share this one of a bespoke wedding invitation booklet! The photo here shows off one of our Padua invitation booklets.  Normally we photo them flat so this is a bit of an experiment to show off the card in a different light.  While this one has also proven extremely hard to photo well without washing out the pale Ivory tones on the design which look fantastic in person but are not the easiest to capture with a camera well.

About Padua

If you’re not familiar with Padua it is a very flexible stationery range.  The basic premise of it is to make a design out of the Bride and Grooms name’s in a style of your choosing and the colours you want.  It really puts the Bride and Groom front centre.  Very like Genoa which uses an insignia design based on the first letters of the Bride and Grooms first name.  Both Padua and Genoa are very flexible, changing the fonts used totally alters the style and look of the invitation and like all of our stationery the colours are completely flexible to.  All of our stationery is handmade in the UK (by us!).

Booklet Invitations

Booklet wedding invitations are really great.  They can contain probably all the information a Bride and Groom would want to send their guests in one elegant and stylish piece of stationery.  Perfectly formed and lovingly made If you would like to see more of Padua go here or for Genoa click 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.

Red Roses

A5 Mounted Invite Sienna (art deco fonts)

Since it’s recently been valentine’s day I thought I would share an image with red roses and lots of red. Including a very nice bottle of Rioja, needed something to stand the invite up with! This bespoke wedding invitation is A5 in size and mounted on red card, it features Art Deco fonts (which can be changed) and comes from our Sienna stationery range which you can see on the website here. Not shown in this image is that the Sienna design can incorporate Swarovski crystals at the centres of the flowers.