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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

Seaview and Sparkle Wedding Fair at The Imperial Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Room setup for wedding breakfast

The Seaview and Sparkle wedding fair is a bi-annual event organised by By Invitation Events in at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, Devon.  By Invitation Events are always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, it’s so nice not to be worrying about packing sandwiches while stressing on every aspect of your stand.  The setting for this fair in Torquay is quite a venue.  From outside I don’t think anyone would claim it’s much to look at but inside, well just wow.  It has a sense, of grandeur, of history, luxury and most importantly given it’s location the coast and sea.   It’s function rooms and hotel rooms have magnificent views out over Torbay courtesy of the hotel’s location looking down on the bay.

I have some great coast and beach related designs for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery so was thrilled to be asked to attend her by Michelle from By Invitations.  Also on a nice day its great to be able to relax and take a walk around Torquay (or maybe run) once you are all packed away.

So see it as potentially good show for my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  These Photos are from the summer version in Sept 2016 and publish the Winter one’s from 2017 soon.  With the first ones being from the hotel.

The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie - The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie – The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay

Now for some photos from the fair itself!

The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay

Hannah Taylor event styling
Hannah Taylor event styling
Fiona Miller
Fiona Miller
Live music with a view
Live music with a view
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for wedding breakfast
Room setup for wedding breakfast

Nick Pearce Photography
Nick Pearce Photography
Talking about styling
Talking about styling
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Smooch Rings
Smooch Rings
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
View from one of the hotel windows
View from one of the hotel windows
Marion Frances Photography
Marion Frances Photography
1 White Dress
1 White Dress
Carictures
Carictures

Chocolate tiers SW
Chocolate tiers SW
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride

 

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

Casino Select was there to although these photos were from a different fair.

And finally some of my stationery, mostly from the day but also a few images that sort of fit the theme!  See them on my website here

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Framed table plan
Framed table plan
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards

Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue

Links to some of my favourites from the wedding fair Hannah Taylor Wedding Stylist, Daisy, Molly and Me Cakes and Flower La Vita.

Rougemont Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

Casino Select

Rougemont wedding fair is an annual event organised by By Invitation Events in Exeter in Devon.  Always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, less popular at this exact location as there’s not much space when 40 or so people turn up at the same time to drop off their stands but the building oozes class and history.  I think they play to the name to as there is a lot of red decoration around the place.  I love the high celings, greek columns, grand curtains and painting of their main room.  It’s a great space.  Last year it was one of my best wedding fairs so I saw as a bit of a must do so was there with my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

I don’t know so many of the exhibitors at this event but am always glad to encounter Casino Select and was lucky to be opposite Eveleigh events who let me take some photos of my stationery on their display.

Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events

The photos feature Casino Select, Eveleigh Events (thanks for letting us take photos with your stand as backdrop), Quite Brazen, Natasha Coles Make up Artist, Katia Marsh Photography, NMC Photobooths, Matt hudson wedding singer, The chocolate fountain company, West Country Wedding Planner, Jonathan Neale Photography, Man of magic, Lille Buttercup cakery, Home Childcare & Babysitting – in Crediton & Exeter, The Bridal Box, Nick Pearce Photography.

If you want links to any of the suppliers follow this link to my facebook post where I have links to them.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtemisStationery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154332318465869

You can see my website for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery here for all across the South West including Exeter and Devon.

Obligato string quartet
Obligato string quartet

Obligato string quartet

Afternoon tea at the Rougemont
Afternoon tea at the Rougemont

NMC Photobooths
NMC Photobooths

Jonathon Neale Photography
Jonathon Neale Photography

Man of Magic
Man of Magic
West Country Wedding Planner
West Country Wedding Planner
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery

Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter

And finally some of my stationery from the day

Cornwall VW table name with sunrays
Cornwall VW table name with sunrays

Pet illustrations on your wedding stationery?

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date

Decidedly Different Exeter Castle Vintage Wedding Fair

Exeter Castle lobby

2017 and saw the 4th version of this wedding fair.  Ridiculously popular with suppliers for it’s fair pricing and high values.  Being there is a bit of a badge of honour as the organisors Blue Fizz Events want the best suppliers not those with the most money so quality and talent is the order of the day.  And it’s as popular with Brides and Grooms.  The first fair when it was Saturday only on abysmal winter day saw over 500 people attend.  Since then it’s been a two day event regularly drawing over 500 people on each day.  So of course I was there with Artemis Stationery.

My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

The side of the stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

From a suppliers point of view this is great, the nearest comparable show at the Bath and West charges over twice as much and has almost twice as many exhibitors.

Exeter Castle is in an event space just minutes’ walk from the city centre.  As such perfect to hit the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and take in a wedding fair all in one easy trip.

The court-yard of the castle hosts the vehicles which this year included a rather cool gin bar and prosecco wagon.  I think I partook in the prosecco but the gin which I’d saved for day 2 didn’t seem such a great idea after the suppliers gathering which turned into quite a late night with one or two drinks on the quay side.  These were Bubbles and Bakes and Culinary Creative.  There was also a really great caterer Gourmet Street Kitchen selling gourmet mac and cheese which was as excellent as it looked.  The Prop Factory rounded off the outside with tonnes of decoration.

Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Exeter Castle lobby
Exeter Castle lobby
Light letters from the Prop Factory
Light letters from the Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Camper Coffee Co
Camper Coffee Co

Pride of place and getting quite chilly in the lobby of the castle was the Remarkable Photobooth Co.  Matt and Tania are two of my favourite people.  They genuinely care about their clients and their business and always push themselves to excel with new and creative innovations and the best props.  They shared the space with Franki Capri.

The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
Franki Capri
Franki Capri

Either side of the lobby are the terrace rooms.  Brilliant high ceiling rooms with great light.  I was in the corner of one of these rooms.  I shared mine with such awesome people as Lucy Wallace Photography and Maxi Photography.  Two awesome south Devon wedding photographers I always love catching up with.  Days of Grace and Rockbeare Manor were amongst the highlights and I was neighbours with Catkin blooms and Polka Jewellery.  I was also opposite Elizabeth Armitage Photography, I’ve not seen her since the first wedding fair at Exeter Castle and it was great to be reacquainted.

Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers
Maxi Photography
Maxi Photography

 

Polka jewellery
Polka jewellery

Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Catkin Blooms
Catkin Blooms

In the other terrace room catching Charlotte Atkinson water colour painter who can paint live at your wedding.  Gemma from Poppies of Exeter always has an awesome stand and is an expert in her field.

Poppies flowers of Exeter
Poppies flowers of Exeter
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Florabella floral wreaths
Florabella floral wreaths
Deer Park near Honiton
Deer Park near Honiton

In the ballroom went I checked in I made a beeline for Kate and Posh Nosh.  Love their food so much and was gutted to learn that this year they were only displaying and not running a pop up café.  I did run away with lots of brownie samples though.  Posh Nosh were situated by the very talented Frances Carlisle Photography, I’ve only come across her a few times but the photos she took at Hillersdon House on a styled shoot I collaborated on were amazing.  The Event Studio did the makeup at that shoot and were styling brides and models in one of the corners.  The ever popular Swing Kings provided the entertainment.

Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
The Swing Kings
The Swing Kings

Hey Jules accessories Heartfelt gifts

The Events Studios
The Events Studios

Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events

Some more stationery shots from my stand!

Visit my website at Artemis Stationery for some of the best and really most unique wedding invitations and stationery in Exeter, Devon, the South West and the UK (google keywords are a swine)

Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers

Days of Grace
Days of Grace

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

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.

visit Artemis Stationery website now

 

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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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Wishing all our readers and clients are very happy and prosperous New Year.

The blog will kick start tomorrow with a post on when to send out wedding invitations and then hopefully have daily posts all through January. Also be sure to keep an eye on English Wedding Blog where we contribute stationery related articles. See my wedding stationery articles.

If you’re already thinking about ordering bespoke wedding stationery take a look on our main site Artemis Stationery.

If you’re wondering about the design I started with the thought of clocks and fireworks in my head! It may well feature in the Geometry inspired collection which be debuting on the main website soon.

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

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Spring Wedding Styling Inspiration

Spring Wedding Styling

It’s spring, or at least it’s meant to be. If you’re suffering through my blog and it’s either not 2013 or you’re not in the UK it’s been a frickin’ cold spring. Especially if you’re not in South East England, we’ve had lots of air straight from Siberia. But we’ve had a couple of warmish days of late so I thought it would be good to go out with a camera and try and illustrate some of the points I made about spring on my article about colours on the English Wedding Blog. There I talked about the seasons, what they’re like and how you could take inspiration from them for styling your wedding.  So this post is all about spring wedding styling inspiration!  There’s also a post on spring table name ideas for more general springyness…

Gallery

I think the images in this gallery should be fairly self-explanatory. It’s spring, new life is bursting out everywhere and trees which have slumbered through the winter are suddenly coming to life. Animals are either giving birth or are getting frisky. But we’re still not really out of the clutches of winter. The nights and mornings can suffer from frosts, the mornings can be misty. Young plants and animals may fall victim to sudden cold snaps. I really like the contrast you get where aged and slightly gnarled plants.  They’re starting to burst back into life with new leaves and blossom yet you can still see the form of the branches much like you can in winter.

Matching Stationery

Style wise floral designs are a very good choice for a spring wedding. But you can also reflect spring through the colours you choose. Colour wise the colours are fresh, light, sometimes bright. Pastel shades I think suit spring brilliantly. Though you do get some very strong colours in the blossom and flowers that start to emerge.

Floral Wedding Stationery

Wedding stationery for a spring wedding - Florence trifold invitations
Wedding stationery for a spring wedding – Florence trifold invitations

Spring Coloured Wedding Stationery

Como menu tent in light greens ideal for spring
Como menu tent in light greens ideal for spring
Capri Art Deco Booklet style wedding invitation
Capri Art Deco Booklet style wedding invitation in mint green

Conclusions

I hope this article has helped just a little bit in shaping ideas for styling your wedding. I know it’s probably too late for 2013 weddings but I tend to see with my clients that the wedding picks up in earnest from a year or so out. Hopefully this article will be useful for people getting married in 2014 and beyond. If you would like to work Artemis Stationery with your wedding stationery I make highly personalised bespoke wedding stationery. You explore this wedding stationery blog for or visit the main website to see more of my products.

Please note some of the images are from previous more vibrant springs 😉

Trifold Wedding Invitations

A possible layout of our Trifold Invitations illustrated with our Trieste stationery range

We make Trifold Wedding Invitations, though they can be used for any other special occasion to.  They sell pretty well but it can be hard to understand just what they’re like from words and photos. This is because they’re not the most run of the mill invitations.  I think they’re some of the better looking invitations on the market. One’s that can create a real wow factor when your guests open them up while also including a lot of information for your guests.

Front cover and rsvp section of Trieste Trifold Invitation
Front cover and rsvp section of Trieste Trifold Invitation

What make’s up a Trifold Wedding Invitation

The main part of the Trifold invitation has six panels, 2 outside (front and rear cover).  The front is a typical cover while the rear like most cards has the typical information you’d expect on the back of any card.  Then when you open the front there is an intermediate panel (or 2nd cover as I sometimes call it) which we use to show off part of the design which is tailored to you, this adds an extra chance to show off the style of your wedding.  Then you get to the inside.  There are 3 internal panels, typically the invite text is on the central panel. Information like location and accommodation can go on one side and a detachable RSVP on the other.  The RSVP side can also accommodate menu information allowing the guests choices to be recorded on the RSVP.  The inside  is where I think the real wow factor comes in.  When they’re fully open they extend to almost half a metre and incorporate elements of the design behind and around the text.  Like all of our invitations they are handmade and printed to order.  Everything from design to printing and then production happens in the UK.

2nd cover of Trieste Trifold Invitation
2nd cover of Trieste Trifold Invitation

The photos here show some of our Trifold invitations as well as diagram of the inside of one of our sample trifold invitations.  If you have any questions about Trifolds either comment here or contact us through the website.  Any of our stationery ranges can be made as Trifold Invitation even if you can’t find pictures of them on the site or our facebook pages.  If you would like to see all of our bespoke stationery ranges you can see them on our website here.

Modeno Trifold Wedding Invitations
Modeno Trifold Wedding Invitations
2nd cover of a Naples Trifold Invitation
2nd cover of a Naples Trifold Invitation
Florence Trifold Wedding Invitation
Florence Trifold Wedding Invitation

Ombre Wedding Stationery Explained

It’s only March and not very long into the year and I’m already about to talk about a style not picked up in my trends for 2013.  What is this?  It’s Ombre Wedding Stationery.  Actually it’s almost anything wedding Ombre!  Ombre wedding invitations (yes very similar but you have to mention all the keywords!) to ombre wedding cakes and even ombre wedding dresses.  You can see some wider ombre details on one of our Pinterest Boards, don’t forget to follow us while your there.

What is ombre? I think it simply is where one colour changes to another across a design.  Whether it be in steps or as a smooth transition.  I initially found ombre a bit odd.  I’ve been seeing items which I now know are ombre style on pinterest back into late 2012.  But I didn’t really think of them as a distinct style.  There’s two things I classed them as.  The first was that a simple ombre design just reminded me of paint colour charts.  Those where you start off with a light version of colour at the top and they progressively work in bands to a darker version at the bottom.  The other thing they remind me of is colour gradients, very similar to colour charts but there’s no distinct colours, they seamlessly blend from one shade to different one.  You can see an example here in the background of our Catania stationery range.  So a sunset is pretty ombre in itself.

Sunset Ombre Background

This could be Ombre wedding stationery - Catania carnival themed postcard size bespoke Save the Date
Catania carnival themed postcard size bespoke Save the Date. The background is very ombre!

More about Ombre Wedding Stationery

The colours used can be simple e.g. white to a specific colour or a light shade of a colour to a darker one.  With weddings featuring white a lot the first is quite a popular way to go.  However you could go dark to light and back to dark or a third colour.  Or maybe choose a theme like the beach and go from a sandy colour via white for breaking waves to blue for water.

If you fancy bringing something ombre to your wedding stationery we have no ranges listed at the time of writing that are pure ombre without things like fairgrounds getting in the way.  But if you like what you see here get in touch as we have a new website coming and a lot of new designs will be listed there, with something ombre amongst them.

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