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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

Maps for Invitations

Florence Trifold Wedding Invitation sample showing an example map

Maps, they can be useful.  They can help your guests find their way to your wedding.  They can also be decorative and break up otherwise what might be a mass of text. While showing you have had a custom map done can be a feather in your invitations proverbial cap.  Even if in the age of Sat Navs, phone apps and online maps they’re probably not as important as they used to be I still think it’s a good thing when an invitation can be reasonably self-contained and give a guest reading it a fair idea of what and where they’re be invited.

At Artemis Stationery three of our bespoke invitation types come with maps included in the price.  These are the Booklet, Trifold and Bifold Invitations and 90% of these invitations I design include them.  You can also add maps to other invitation types, normally for free if it’s an evening invitation and there already has been a map done for a day invitation or if not there is a small fee.

The maps don’t tend to show every road in the area but show the main roads and the important roads (not always the same thing) as well as landmarks and features.  I try and make sure that nearby motorway junctions are either shown or indicated and most importantly I make sure they fit in with the design of the invitation.

If you’ve received samples of any of the Booklet, Trifold or Bifold invitations you’re probably familiar with the sample map.  It’s based on a map I did for a friend’s wedding.  It was at Sherborne Castle but they had lots of guests staying in the town so the map had to show the relationship between the Castle and locations in the town.  This post has some other maps that have been done over the years.

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Atholl Palace Map
Atholl Palace Map
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Essex Map
Essex Map
Langley Castle Map
Langley Castle Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Newcastle city centre map
Newcastle city centre map

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.

Orange Sienna Booklet Invitations

In a recent post I talked about possible trends for 2013 and one of them at least from the world of fashion was the use of a lot of oranges so todays post is showcasing an some orange invitations from last year.

Orange can be a really fun and vibrant colour to use for a wedding and it can work well in the summer or compliment shades of brown in the autumn. More pastel shades could be used in the spring.

Shown in the gallery are pictures of Sienna booklet wedding invitations. The first two are from an actual order (thank you Bev and Chris for letting me share these pictures) and the final pic is of samples using the same colours but with a different choice of font.

Visit Sienna on the website here or if you want to read about our huge range of colours here.

Pink Trieste Card Invitation

Pink Trieste Wedding invitation card with crystals

I’m really grateful to Nicola for sending this photo in that she got from one of her wedding guests. Love know that the bespoke invitations and stationery we make are well received and it’s great to see them in the field!

The design shown her is Trieste it’s a light pink and uses the swarovski light rose crystals. There is a wide choice of crystal colours that can be offered and you can read more about it on the website here or if you like the design check out our Trieste page here.

Dragonfly stationery range

Arezzo is one of our more unusual stationery ranges.  The design features two dragonflies flying in tandem across the page. 
Each dragonfly have been illustrated to a high degree of detail.  With particular time and effort spent drawing the individual cells that make up the dragon fly wings trying to catch the essence of these fantastically detailed wonders of nature.  They are also semi-transparent allowing them to be seen through.  Dragonflies make a good alternative to butterflies for use in wedding stationery or would work well with a mixed order comprising it and Naples.    
Like all of our bespoke stationery and invitations the dragon flies can be changed to any colour to fit in with different colour schemes.  All of the font’s used can also be changed allowing the style of the invite to change.    
See the stationery range here or if you like this you might want to see the butterfly featuring range Naples.

 

Essential and Optional Information for Wedding Invitations

Trifold Invitation showing invitation text, rsvp and wedding information

The idea of this article is to provide a check list for what information needs to be mentioned on a wedding or any other type of invitation. This includes the essential information and some of the more common extras which are really down to the particular wedding or event.

Information for Wedding Invitations:

Who the invitation is coming from Traditionally the invitation comes from the Bride’s parents. This is normally the case when the Bride’s parents are paying for most of the wedding or where there is a strong wish to use more traditional text and they are involved in the planning. Examples of this text include:

Mr and Mrs John (Bride’s Father Firstname) Smith (Bride’s Parents Surname)
request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) Name(s)
at the marriage of their daughter…..

Mr and Mrs John (Bride’s Father Firstname) Smith (Bride’s Parents Surname)
would be delighted if
Guest(s) Name(s)
would join them at the marriage of their daughter…..

Mr and Mrs John (Bride’s Father Firstname) Smith (Bride’s Parents Surname)
would be delighted if
Guest(s) Name(s)
would join them in celebrating the marriage of their daughter……

It may come from the Bride and Groom. This is normally the case when the Bride and Groom are paying for most of the wedding or when family politics means mentioning the parents is best avoided for fear of upset. Two ways of structuring this is by either starting with the guests name first or with the Bride and Groom’s first as shown below:

Guest(s) name(s)
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
request the pleasure of your company to celebrate their marriage

Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) name(s)
To attend their wedding and reception

The third frequent way is for the invite to come from the bride, groom and both sets of parents. This often happens where everyone is sharing the cost of the wedding. The options for this are similar to those above using your choice of formal or informal text. One example would be

Together with their families
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) name(s)
To attend their wedding and reception

You could fully list the parents names though in my experience this is rarely done and is quite bulky on the text.

The rest of the text could look like this:

To attend their wedding at
Bridwell Park in Devon (Wedding venue)
At 1.30pm on Friday 21st July 2017

To be followed by a wedding reception and an evening of dinner and dancing

Who is being Invited

These are the guest’s names. If you’re inviting a single friend and they may bring a date you should put and guest, if it is a friend who is seriously dating or in a relationship it is normally expected that you will invite them by name. This may mean needing to confirm spelling; facebook can be a great tool here. Also only using first names will save asking for surnames. You can treat different groups differently, ie friends could be more informal and use first names, while family members could have a more formal approach, e.g. Mr and Mrs.

Who the wedding is for

If the invitation comes from those whose wedding or party it is then this is already taken care of, if not you need to include the Bride & Groom’s name. Traditionally and in 95% of invitations printed by Artemis Stationery the Bride’s name comes first.

What they are being invited to

In the case of a normal wedding starting in the day you need to be clear what you’re inviting them to. The traditional day invitation is to attend the ceremony followed by the reception and wedding breakfast. Followed by the evening reception. Where the ceremony is being held in a church it is becoming popular for guests of the evening reception to be invited to the ceremony too. If this is the case you need to be really clear that they are not being invited to the main reception as if they follow the other guests there and unwittingly things could get awkward!
Increasingly there is also a trend for evening weddings. Sometimes it’s because many guests would not be available in the day or because the venue wanted is not available during the day. There are also day weddings with no evening celebrations. So it can be important to be clear what you’re inviting your guests to so your guests can plan accordingly. This often means letting them know what type of food will be provided and approximately when.

Date

It is probably obvious that the date should be in there, it’s worth mentioning the day to, these days weddings can happen every day of the week. Also it will make it harder to be confused on the wedding day. I recommend the year is also put in to be sure this is clear as people increasingly plan ahead.

Start Time

Another self-explanatory thing to include is the start time. If you are arranging transport, such as a Routemaster Bus, for your guests you will need to include the meeting time as well as marriage ceremony time. Though remember that guests being invited to just a church ceremony and the evening reception need clear times for both.

Location

Obviously your guests will need to know each location that you expect them to attend. A postcode is essential as these days a lot of people will look up addresses on Google and use sat navs in driving to a location. You may wish to mention parking at this point if restrictions or alternative locations are to be used.

End Time (Optional)

Some invites include an end time, this can be vital for people arranging baby sitters. People often say ‘carriages at……’

RSVP

You need to tell your guests the date by which you need to know if they are able to come, together with any other information you need from them – this could include confirming names, menu choices etc.. They will also need to know when to RSVP by, who to and how. Some people include self-addressed RSVP cards with their invitations. If you expect people to send their own card then you need to give them an address to send it to. Other people gather RSVPs by email or text. Whatever makes your life simplest. When the invite is coming from the Bride’s parents the RSVP’s will normally go to them. Sometimes a friend or relative who is helping out may also receive them.

Food and Menu Options

If your wedding has a choice of food which must be made in advance then it’s good idea to give your guests the choices in their invitation and then include an RSVP which allows guests to record their choices. If your wedding doesn’t have any menu choices you still may want to gather information on who needs vegetarian food and who has any other special dietary requirements. The last thing you want on your big day is someone who is unable to eat anything from the menu due to food allergies.

Maps

Thanks to sat navs and the internet, maps are not often needed but can look good if properly done on larger styles of invites. They can also make it clear of the proximity of locations e.g. if the church and reception venue are within walking distance of each other.

Accommodation

It can be good to let your guests know the options of where they can stay. Especially if you fancy going to breakfast in a hotel and seeing lots of friendly faces there. You may want to let people know of alternative accommodation in the area. If you have any arrangements for discounts for your guests be sure to mention them.

Taxis

Local taxi companies’ telephone numbers are useful to be included, so that your guests can plan their transport for your big day.

Gifts & Lists

Now this is a contentious one, there is a lot of etiquette out there which says you shouldn’t mention anything to do with gifts in the invitation as this is implying that in return for coming to your wedding a guest must bring a gift and such an implication is considered very impolite.
However there is a flip side of this, as most people will want to bring a gift. Complying with strict etiquette, guests should contact the parents who will give details of the gift list or items you would like. Without a list, guests may bring great presents which however aren’t required, duplicates or just totally random unwanted items! Most of your guests will prefer if you are honest about what you would like or need for your home. Close family and friends will want to give you gifts which they know you will find useful or treasure.

Money

The final thing to consider is whether to ask for money. There are a lot of rhymes which make this sound more polite than saying ‘Gifts: cash or cheques only’. People do realise that many people live together before the wedding so aren’t suddenly in need of equipping a whole house. Vouchers are away around this, as people will know their money is going on something wanted/useful, this can include travel vouchers towards the honeymoon.

Example text for wedding invitations coming from the Brides parents

Genoa Bifold Wedding Invitations

The following are suggestions on how you can word wedding invitations if the invitation is coming from the Bride’s parents. This is normally the case when the Bride’s parents are paying for most of the wedding or where there is a strong wish to use more traditional text.

There is a mixture of including church ceremonies and the venue hosting the marriage ceremony, you should add or exclude these details as is appropriate.

If an rsvp is being enclosed it may not be necessary to mention the rsvp section as those details may be on the separate RSVP.

Example 1.

Mr and Mrs John (Brides Father Firstname) Smith (Brides Parents Surname)
request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) Name(s)
at the marriage of their daughter
Joanne Smith (Brides First Name & Middle Names)
to
Mr Jonathan Paul Wood (Grooms first name, middle names and surname)
at St. Pauls Church, Yeovil (Church name and location)
on Saturday 9th June 2012 (Date and Year)
at 12:30pm (time)
and afterwards at Park Hotel, Sherborne (location of reception)
carriages at midnight (end time)

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 2.

Mr and Mrs John (Brides Father Firstname) Smith (Brides Parents Surname)
would be delighted if
Guest(s) Name(s)
would join them at the marriage of their daughter
Joanne Smith (Brides First Name & Middle Names)
to
Mr Jonathan Paul Wood (Grooms first name, middle names and surname)
at St. Pauls Church, Yeovil (Church name and location)
on Saturday 9th June 2012 (Date and Year)
at 12:30pm (time)
and afterwards at Park Hotel, Sherborne (location of reception)
carriages at midnight (end time)

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 3.

Mr and Mrs John (Brides Father Firstname) Smith (Brides Parents Surname)
would be delighted if
Guest(s) Name(s)
would join them in celebrating the marriage of their daughter
Joanne Smith (Brides First Name & Middle Names)
To
Jonathan Paul Wood (Grooms first name, middle names and surname)
on Saturday 9th June 2012 (Date and Year)
at the Park Hotel, Sherborne (venue) at 12:30pm (time)
ending at midnight (end time)

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 4.

Guest(s) Name(s)
Mr and Mrs John (Brides Father Firstname) Smith (Brides Parents Surname)
would be delighted if you would join them in
celebrating the marriage of their daughter
Joanne Smith (Brides First Name & Middle Names)
to
Jonathan Paul Wood (Grooms first name, middle names and surname)
on Saturday 9th June 2012 (Date and Year)
at the Park Hotel, Sherborne (venue) at 12:30pm (time)
ending at midnight (end time)

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example text for Invitations from the Bride and Groom

Sassari mounted A5 Invitation

The following are suggestions on how you can word an invitation if the invitation is coming from the Bride and Groom. This is normally the case when the Bride and Groom are paying for most of the wedding their selves or when family politics such as a bitter divorce means mentioning the parents is best avoided for fear of upset.

There is a mixture of including church ceremonies and the venue hosting the marriage ceremony, you should add or exclude these details as is appropriate.

If an rsvp is being enclosed it may not be necessary to mention the rsvp section as those details may be on the separate RSVP.

Example 1.
Guest(s) name(s)
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
request the pleasure of your company to celebrate their marriage
on Day Date, Month, Year
at Name of Venue at time

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 2.
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) names(s)
To attend their wedding and reception
to be celebrated at Time, Day, Date, Month, Year at Venue

Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 3.
Bride’s name and Groom’s name

Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) name(s)
on their wedding day.

At Venue, Road, Town/City

On Saturday 10th September 2011 at 1pm

Reception to follow at Venue, Road, Town or city

We would be honoured to have you with us on our wedding day
Please RSVP by August 10th 2011
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 4.
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
Would like to invite
Guest(s) name(s)
To join them at their wedding ceremony
On Day, Date, Month, Year at Time
Church Name
Church Address
Followed by drinks, dinner and dancing at
Venue Name
Venue Address

Navy & Orange – Trieste Booklet Invitation colour scheme

Trieste Booklet Wedding Invitation Preview Navy & Orange

This weekend I am mostly loving Navy and Orange. Shown in here in two guises we have two Trieste Booklet designs. One where the main background colour is still white, it is a wedding invitation after all and one where there is no white – no need for everyone to be traditional!

We can do pretty much any colours our clients want and even if then there is a variety of ways we can interpret that dependent on what our clients want to achieve.

These are just images straight from the computer design. When actually made this design normally features Swarovski crystals. A sample Table Name in the same colours has been made recently which will hopefully be appearing on the website soon. To see more of Trieste click here or for more on our booklet invitations please take a browse here.

Rimini Invites Featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine

Issue 44 of Perfect Wedding Magazine featured our Rimini Bifold Invitations. They were shown on page 20 on the Editors Welcome page as well as the Meadow Sweet feature in the white zone. The same magazine also featured our Tuscany place names in a round up for place names.