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General Wedding Stationery Advice, like colours and styling

Brit lux illustrated venue welcome sign and floral display

When it comes to 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 general wedding stationery, such as colours, style, buying advice, posting and more. You can see lists for Wedding Invitations here and Day Stationery here.

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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.

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

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

Modeno in Black and Purple

Black and purple - non white wedding stationery

White Weddings & Tradition

Weddings and wedding dresses have always been white aren’t they?  Well no, they may be now but that’s only been the case since Queen Victoria’s wedding made the white wedding dress possibly one of the biggest trends ever.  As such a trend many people see it as obligatory and a tradition not to be trifled with, symbolic of purity.  I didn’t realise this till reading a piece by Anna at Far from Wedding Crowd (visit blog).  You can also read more about it on this Wikipedia page.  It’s got to the stage where the number of people who get married in anything but white is really low.  And to not get married in white is probably seen as quite daring and unconventional.  Colours like Champagne and ivory are about as far removed from white as you regularly get.  Reminds me of that line about Ford Model T’s.  Available in any colour as long as it’s black.


Now stationery isn’t mired in quite such mistaken tradition as the wedding dress though when the wedding dress is white what goes with white well?  More white or light pastel colours do tend to dominate.  But I don’t think they have to.  If you’re feeling bold you can dare to be different from the vintage and the pastels.  So today I wanted to show a concept for a black and purple colour scheme for my Modeno stationery.  Modeno is quite quirky in itself and so lends itself well to being non-traditional.

Black Purple Order of the Day from Modeno bespoke wedding stationery collection
Black Purple Order of the Day from Modeno bespoke wedding stationery collection

The item shown is an order of the day or program.  For civil ceremonies they show the schedule for the day, give a bit of information on the ceremony and the bridal party.  Of course this colour scheme could be used for any item.


See more of Modeno on the Artemis Stationery website here



Bright Wedding Colours

bright wedding colour inspiration from a floral display WDW Epcot

It’s been a while since a colours post.  I’ve always harked on about holiday photos making a great way to come up with wedding colours and now I no longer have to borrow holiday photos I thought I should use one of my own.  Since it’s summer I thought I would go with bright and vibrant colours for this wedding inspiration post.

Vibrant and Bright Colours

Vibrant colours can bring a real sense of fun and celebration to a wedding especially since weddings can be quite white affairs!  So if joy and celebration is what you want to put the accent on using bright colours in your wedding could be a good choice for you.  Especially if yours is a summer wedding where such sights abound in the flowers blooming at this time of year.

 Style vs Colours

It is true that years ago colour was the dominant styling decision and you probably chose one or two if daring and that governed bridesmaid dress choice, ribbons for favours and flower colour to glue onto invitations.  Now style plays a big role and by style I mean things vintage, art deco, rustic, opulent, glamorous, there are many many styles out there and if you don’t like any you can make your own up.  Colour has also got more flexible, with more complex and more varied colour schemes being seen.

I’m having a vintage wedding, do I need to pay attention to this post on bright wedding colours?  Err, if you think having everything mismatched is a badge of honour then no.  If you like the style but it’s a guide and you still want things to look nice you could pay attention but go for more pastel versions of these colours.  As illustrated somewhat in this article I wrote for English Wedding Blog on a pastel vintage colour scheme.

The Colours

As I have said previously on colour posts you don’t have to take all the colours shown here.  I chose a dark and a bright purple as lighter and darker versions of colour generally work well together.  While red and yellow work well together but can also work well with purple to.  Finally there are the cooler counter points provided by the plants in the foreground for the cooler yellow/green and towards the back for the almost white plants.   If you’re wondering whether this photo was from it’s WDW Epcot in Florida.  You can see more of the amazing floral creations there in a previous post.


While many of the designs at Artemis Stationery work well with one colour or simple schemes keep an eye on the blog and the website for more bespoke collections that can take more complex colour schemes in their stride like the Way to Go a great rustic or country design or my very own bunting design.

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.

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.

Colour Inspiration – Above the Clouds

Gemini telescope at Muana Kae, colour inspiration

Finding inspiration for colours that work together can be difficult. Although there is no need to match colours when planning a wedding, you can soon find yourself presented with many choices, colours for dresses for bridesmaids, shoes, flowers, save the dates, the list is almost endless. Artemis Stationery is no help either, we can print pretty much any colour (read about it the choices here) and are really flexible in accommodating colours with a wide choice of crystals to compliment printed elements. Though I will do my best to advise and make suggestions, try and make my clients life easier not harder! So if you didn’t start with a clear idea, what do?

If you stick with one shade of one colour it’s pretty hard to go wrong. If you fancy using a range of colours then it can get more difficult and it can be hard to know sometimes what will match. The posts in this series are as much to inspire you about how to work out your own colours as to say why not consider these colours.

What I have done is take a holiday photo and used that to work out a colour scheme. Holiday albums will probably have a fair number of good images in you could look to for inspiration whether it be of landscapes, flowers, animals or buildings. Most paint programs can have a colour picker tool. Normally looks a bit like a pipette. Microsoft paint does, GIMP is a good and free art program which does to and you can download it here. You can use the colour picker to make up some rectangles of colours from colours in the photo.

In this photo I’ve gone above the clouds. Astronomical observatories are located here on the top of former volcanoes so that they’re above the clouds for uninterrupted views of the heavens. Shown is the Gemini Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatories. During the day time though you get great blue skies and the Gemini and United Kingdom Infrared Observatory (not shown) have great reflective metal surfaces housing the telescopes. These are great for a colour match as they take on so much of the blue skies and earth around them making for a very cohesive colour scheme. I went a little overboard and took seven colours from this image. If you wanted to use these colours you need not use them all in their entirety. The three blues on the left hand side for instance would work by themselves.