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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! 🙂

Beach Theme Table Names

Coast and Beach Wedding Table Name Ideas

Beaches and the coast in general make great settings for weddings.  They’re often such dynamic and beautiful natural landscapes.  This makes them hugely attractive places to get married.  If you fancy your luck with the weather who wouldn’t fancy stepping out with the newly married other half on a gorgeous beach with the waves sparkling in the sunlight.  This article isn’t to convince you to marry on the coast but it is to help with beach wedding table name ideas if you’ve decided to take the plunge there.  Or at least style your wedding with this theme.  Beach and coastal weddings are under the spot light today on the blog as summer is approaching and summer sometimes lends itself to making the most of our great beaches.  But we’ll also soon be launching a new stationery range based on the Great British seaside.  So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at table name ideas for weddings either styled or located at the beach or on the coast.  When the new bespoke stationery collection is released you will be able to find it on our stationery website or our facebook page .

Beach Theme Table Names

Choosing table names can be tricky, I often get asked for ideas so even if these aren’t used hopefully they’ll provide inspiration and help get the beach ball rolling.  Beaches and the coast have a lot going on, whether it be leisure or people working.  There’s a lot of sights and sounds and anything could be a good base for table name ideas for a beach styled wedding. The first group of name ideas is activities.

Beach Activities

  • Wind surfing
  • Surfing
  • Sand castles
  • Sun Bathing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Pedallos
  • Boules
  • Kite Boarding
  • Picnics
  • BBQ’s
  • Fishing

There’s also a lot to see on the beach and I don’t seem to have been too imaginative with this, mostly going for options that can be bought from shops.

Beach Items & sights

  • Deck Chairs
  • Buck and Spade
  • Towel
  • Lilo
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Picnic
  • Flip flops
  • Flotsam and jestsam
  • Sand
  • Pebbles
  • Piers
  • Groins
  • Shells
  • Sand Dollars (not UK)
  • Crabs
  • Seagulls
  • Fish
  • Fishing Boats
  • Life Boat
  • Surf boards

There’s a second part to this post which has some different ideas and takes a little more global theme.  You can see it here.  If your keen to look into the beach theme some more check out our Pinterest Board.

Artemis Stationery in 2013

London, Tower Bridge Menu

This year has already seen some changes for Artemis Stationery with the new blog being launched.  The blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress and now has its own domain name which is ASinvites.com.  The blog aside from insanely busy times will be updated at least twice a week though there is a lot of new blog posts planned for January.

It well continue to feature the regular items like examples of our stationery and projects, stationery advice and inspiration.  Along with new feature items.  The first of these will be items that can be downloaded and printed for free.

Of course being a stationery business there is new stationery ranges coming.  It’s all gone quite seaside with a classic British sea side town inspired design and a Greek island design featuring the famous white buildings and blue roofs is being worked on.  We also have a London design coming (menu design shown above) while birds and polka dots also look set to feature this year.  We’re also expanding the types of items we make.  Even if they are not listed with a bit of time we can normally make most things.  Luggage tags will be one of the first new items listed having been designed and made for two clients already.  If you’re interested in anything that is being worked on but isn’t yet listed unless it’s required very quickly it is likely they could be ordered.

Finally and perhaps quite exciting for us is a new website.  We hope the new website will better showcase the stationery but it should be much more usable for tablets and smart phones.

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.

Jubilee Table Name Ideas Post

King Edward crown
I make bespoke stationery and invitations for lots of lovely people and when it’s Day Stationery for weddings one of the questions I often get asked is for ideas for table names.  This is one area of the wedding where it’s really to make it personal and use some imagination. If your stuck though here’s some idea and since it’s the Jubilee long bank holiday weekend I thought it would be good to do some table names ideas based on theme’s from the Queen’s Royal Jubilee.  60 years doing one job isn’t bad, most people get to retire!
So let’s take a look at the colours of the Union Jack flag.  The colours of course are red, white and blue.  As mentioned in a previous post if your struggling for table names why not name them after colours similar to those you might be using as your colours at your wedding.  So this post has ideas for weddings featuring white, red or blue.
Fireopal, Hyacinth, Indian Siam, Rose, Padparadscha, Magma,
Ruby, Barn, Maroon, Crimson, Redwood, Brick,
Cornell, Cardinal, Lust, Amaranth, Auburn, Burgundy,
Cerise, Flame, Folly, Raspberry, Rosewood, Rust,
Tuscan, Vermillion, Wine
Moonlight, Silk, Beige, Blond, Cornsilk, Cosmic latte,
Honeydew, Ivory, Vanilla, Smoke, Seashell, Old Lace,
Magnolia, Ghost, Cream
Air Blue, Aquamarine, Blue Zircon, Capri, Caribbean, Cobalt
Denim,, Light Sapphire, Meridian, Montana, Maya, Midnight,
Azure, Alice, Baby, Bondi, Cambridge, Carolina,
Celeste, Cerulean, Cyan, Deep Sky, Persian, Periwinkle,
Turquoise, Ultramarine, Prussian, Oxford, Electric
Royal Jewels and Crowns:
Since it’s a Royal Jubilee let’s explore a couple of others like
Small Diamond (Victoria’s), Coronation, Imperial, State, St Edwards, Cullen Diamonds,
Koh-i-Noor, Black Prince’s Ruby, Stewart Sapphire, St Edwards Sapphire, Sword of Mercy
Royal British Houses:
Or how about historical royal British houses including those of Scotland
Mercia, Wessex, Denmark, Normandy, Plantagenet, Lancaster,
York, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Windsor,
Alpin, Dunkeld, Sverre, Balliol, Bruce, Stewart

Big Fat Colour Post – how to find colour inspiration for your wedding

Colourful booklet wedding invitations

At some point it has to happen, when planning a wedding sooner or later you’re going to have finalise a colour scheme and sometimes it’s the stationery that forces that decision especially if you’re using Save the Date cards. At other times it might be the flowers, brides maid dresses, cake or other items that make you finally settle on one idea.

Perhaps the people who have it easiest are those who have a favourite colour that their partner either agrees or at least doesn’t vehemently dislike or could be persuaded to. There’s no doubt this is what they want to use and indecisive individuals such as me are very jealous as it avoids lots of pondering, reflection and second guessing. If this is the position you find yourself in you probably just have to decide if you want to use any other colours with your main colour. This can be very effective and should be considered and I’ll list later some resources that really could help. You may want to wait for the second of my articles on colour called matching colours for geeks.

Seasonal Inspiration
The seasons or rather the alleged/supposed seasons as well we all know in the UK they have a habit of not really living up to their stereo types, especially when the hottest day of the year is in the Autumn. But the short comings of British weather aside the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter can be a very good basis for a wedding colour scheme. It’s a little like chefs saying by what’s in season – although from an environmental point of view your colour choices are far less likely to be of any consequence over buying something grown locally or that’s flown in from far away.

Spring is about freshness and new life. You have a lot of light natural colours but they’re not full on or primary as life although on the up is probably delicate and still on the edge while the mornings can see the odd frost and misty mornings are still quite common. So pastel greens, blues, pinks, yellows are very good and appropriate. You could also base your decisions on flowers that typically flower at this time, especially for a very natural feeling wedding.

Summer in many ways is the pinnacle of the year, when life is at its fullest and most vital. The weather should in theory be sunny, flowers should abound and the sky should mostly blue and not grey. It is the time of year when you can be most full on with colours and wield primary greens, blues, pinks, oranges, and yellows. So it’s basically like spring without needing to be so muted – although there’s nothing wrong if you do want to tone them down a bit and use more pastel versions.

Autumn is really a time of change which to my mind is quite transient and short lived as summer can last until October really and when that’s the case you can go from 30 degree sunshine to 0 degrees at night really quickly and I often think that Autumn is really just the time between when it’s definitely Summer and when it’s definitely Winter oh and in some places the leaves fall off the tree and it’s quite pretty! It’s the leaves falling off the tree which forms the basis for many an autumn colour scheme. So we’re talking oranges, reds, yellows and browns, not quite primary and maybe a bit darker. You also have berries coming in season at this time to.

This is perhaps the best time of year to get married from the point of view from choice of seasonal colour schemes. Christmas being at this time of year adds another lot of choices if your wedding is in December or late November. Ignoring Christmas briefly you have two ways of going. Essentially outside or inside – if that doesn’t make sense I shall explain. Outside, as in outside the home it’s of course a very cold time of year – we’ll ignore that it’s normally mild, wet and grey. So frosty colours do well, like very pale blues or even white for snow. Inside though it’s a time of fire and warmth and wrapping up. Dark reds or firey colours can come to the fore. If you add in xmas suddenly you can choose really rich colours like purples, reds like the colour of mulled wine, gold and silver being a decadent time of the wear.

What you like
As a designer sometimes I like a challenge and you might want to base your colour scheme on what you and your partner both like. Think about something you have in common and the colours that might be associated with it. When I mention a challenge the challenge with this is to take an idea not really based on colour and find a way to bring it to life as colours for your weddings. An easy example would be the sea. You have a multitude of blues and bluey greens, greys and white from breaking waves. If you decide beaches, it’s blues, yellows and any colour that you think sand or pebbles can be and maybe palm trees if you’re thinking of tropical beaches. Or what if your into diving – colours from coral reefs. There’s so much that can be done! Like starting with a favourite drink like wine, white, rose or red. There’s chocolate or even hot chocolate. I quite like the idea of creamy browns and marshmallowy pinks or whites.

Look around
If you’re not keen on a favourite colour or don’t have one. Don’t want to base it on the seasons and you haven’t come with anything appealing by thinking about what you like without resorting to very geeky methods in the next section then essentially you need to keep your eyes open. Look for inspiration anywhere, in gardens or the high street, wedding magazines and blogs, well in fact any magazines and blogs. Websites also often have carefully thought out colour schemes where someone else has done the hard work. You can find lists of good looking websites online to like this one. http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/galleries/blog-design-showcase/