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Wedding Save the Dates

Save the Dates are a great way to let your guests know about your wedding.  Of course that’s what invitations do!  So at times Save the Dates may be a nice to do but not something you need to do, at other times they may be a real life saver.  That’s because you can officially reserve your guests without getting everything together that you might need for sending the invitations out.   They’re really useful to stop people inadvertently booking holiday during your wedding.  They can be sent out as soon as you’ve booked the venue.

So if you don’t have some of the details confirmed you can tell your guests when you’ll be getting married.  Maybe where or at least give them an area of the country and that an invitation will be following.  You may even want to say you when you plan to send out the invitations.

Florence Postcard size save the date
Florence Postcard size save the date

At Artemis Stationery it’s two of my items that most commonly get used for wedding save the dates.  These are the postcard sized cards and the magnets.  The Postcard is the most cost effective, even more so now I offer multiple production techniques so where as the one’s I print (very high quality) are £1.85 per invite.  Using other printers I can offer a more standard quality of print from £1.05 each if you need 100.  The prices vary based on quantities as 50 are £1.80 each.  Though some small discounting may be possible if you book and put deposits down on invitations and day stationery if the designs are similar.

Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)
Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)

The magnets are only available as a handmade item and are mostly £4.  The magnet sits in the middle so the front can be a beautiful design to wow your guests and everyone who sees it proudly sitting on their fridge and the details can go on the reverse.

At the time of writing I’m also running a competition for 40 postcard save the dates on my facebook page so take a look.

Unusual Wedding Fonts

Unusual Wedding Fonts

There are some unusual fonts out there and whilst as far as fonts go these fonts are not the most unusual. In the context of weddings I think they would make very unusual wedding fonts for use on wedding invitations and stationery. I make bespoke wedding invitations and stationery at Artemis Stationery so I am always on the look out for the new and unique fonts to use.

Unusual wedding fonts

The selection of four fonts we’re looking at are similar to each other yet also quite different. Archistico and Cabinsketch are both fonts which look like someone has drawn an outline of the letters and then done a bit of filling in though with quite differing results. FFF Tusj is similar but done in a much more skill fully sketched manner. Then there is Gructshaded, similar idea but where it’s the shading that’s filled in to give a 3D effect.

Examples

So what can you use these fonts for? Well as you’ve probably guessed it’s a hard sell using them if you’re going for all out elegance. But as stated if you’re looking for something more unusual these fonts could be for you.

Coast and Beach Wedding Table Name Ideas
Coast and Beach Wedding Table Name Ideas

Where the style of the invite is more casual or you don’t want something that looks like solid type these fonts could do really well. For example I used one of these fonts the other day with a beach hut design on the blog. They can also work where you want your stationery to look exactly like the style these fonts are. With FFF Tusj it looks like it’s carefully drawn and so could be done where the stationery is meant to look sketched. The other fonts remind me of school and doodles in your work books. To show this I’ve also done a quick example of a school style save the date using some of these fonts.

school style wedding stationery save the date
school style wedding stationery save the date

More Information

The fonts shown here are all free fonts and can be used commercially. I found them on font squirrel.

As if often the case on this blog the examples & artwork here is original for the blog. If you like anything you see though it could be used for a wedding stationery order from Artemis Stationery.

Bespoke Postcard Size Wedding Invitations

At Artemis Stationery we try really hard to offer not just great looking bespoke wedding stationery but also affordable stationery. Now some of our work is quite pricey but we do have items which have every bit as much love and taken in their design and production as our more premium products that are more affordable. So this post is about one of these items.  These our A6 or postcard sized items.

Save the Date or Invitation

Our stationery items are exceedingly flexible and our A6 or postcard sized items are no exception.  They can be used as Save the Dates, Invitations, Thank you cards or any stationery item you need for your wedding day.  They also start from £1 (2013) – see our prices here.  They are most popular as Save the Dates and this post showcases 5 such designs. If you’d like to read how a similar item was design please take a look at these two posts about an A5 sized Save the Date we produced.  Mod files on a new layout for a Save the Date or read about how the design was worked on here.

Guest Name Printing

Like all of our other invitations they include guest name printing in the price.  This is also possible on Save the Dates but most of our clients are not normally 100% sure on their guest list at this point so they tend to keep guest names off of Save the Dates. Our Postcard sized bespoke Save the Dates and Invitations are available across each of our stationery ranges (except Milan), not just the five designs shown here.  Visit Artemis Stationery today to see all of our stationery ranges.

A Magnetic Save the Date

Genoa Purple and Grey magnetic Save the Date

I’m so proud of the bespoke stationery that is produced by Artemis Stationery and today I get to share a Save the Date design that we did for one of our really lovely clients back in the autumn. This particular item is one of our magnetic save the dates, from the Genoa bespoke stationery range. The front features a design using letters from the first name of the bride and groom and the date. The rear of the Save the Date has more details on including the location. If you’re wondering about the magnet that stays in the middle so it can be attached either side.

It is in a purple and grey colour scheme and mixes the free flowing nature of the ‘A’ and ‘L’ in flemish script with the rest of the text in Parisian BT which is a very Art Deco looking font. Art Deco fonts are often angular and without too much fuss (though not short in style) and can contrast really well with the free flowing curves and extravagance of script style fonts.

A big thank you to Annabel for letting me share this, her stationery was really good fun to design. If you would like to see more of Genoa click here and there’s a post on the magnets which can be used for anything, not just Save the Dates here.

An example of how ordering bespoke stationery works

Trieste design

Welcome back to the second post on Sue and Daniels Save the Date. In the last post we went over how we accommodated the extra information within a Save the Date in a new way to suit the needs of our new clients Sue and Daniel. This post shows the steps we took to finalise the design.

If you like the design the one used in this post is called Trieste and you can see it here or find out more about ordering with Artemis Stationery here.

This post is to illustrate how the ordering process can work and how we approach our orders to make each stationery order we produce perfect for each client.

The first thing we got right was the colour. Sue and Daniel chose the colour from a colour chart that was sent out in the samples (these can be sent out in samples when it’s known what colour a potential client is interested in – otherwise they’re sent out when ordering). Sue and Daniel were really good, they knew exactly what font they wanted to use so this got sorted really quickly though quite often I will email out drafts with different fonts in so our clients can see what each font looks like in use. The only question was whether to put their names in grey or more like the off white colour of their design. After showing it both ways we settled on Grey so their names would stand out sufficiently.

Save the Date with White writing
Step 1 trying names with white writing
Save the Date with Grey writing
Step 1 trying names with grey writing

In the next step we tried the design without the colour behind the swirls in the design and we also copied in the extra information we had to include with this Save the Date. The extra information was details for staying at the wedding venue. After this stage we were ready for a physical proof to go to our clients Sue and Daniel. A physical proof is sent so there are no surprises and clients have a clear idea what their order will look like.  I was very glad to see they liked when they received.

Trieste Save the date draft design
Step 3 information added

“Well that was speedy I’ve received it in today’s post. I’m absolutely delighted with the proof it looks fantastic. Before we go to print there is just one more thing I’d really like to add into the information if possible?” Sue

After seeing the proof Sue and Daniel asked if we could include the hotels website address which was no problem at all. We also experimented with adding in a QR code. The QR code split opinion and they decided it was best not to risk baffling older relatives.

Save the Date with QR Code
Save the Date Blog QR Code
Final Save the Date design
Final Save the Date design

So now we were ready to produce the order and a week or so later it was posted out.

“They’ve arrived and are absolutely fantastic. We can’t thank you enough and look forward to the remainder of our order in due course.”

It’s always a relief to know the stationery arrives safely and that it was well received and really looking forward to working with Sue and Daniel on their invites in the new year. Also have to say a big thank you to Sue and Daniel for letting me write about their order.

Magnetic Invites and Save the Dates

Today I would like to introduce a new item from Artemis Stationery I’ve been working on for some time.  It’s a magnet or rather a two sided stationery item ideal as a Save the Date or small Invitation with a magnet in allowing it to stick to fridges and other places.  It’s made from one piece of card which is folded over on itself and carefully glued together at the bottom so it has a very subtle join.  The magnet is then placed in the middle so it’s not visible and allows for printing on both sides.
With two sides this means one side can be used like a cover and be design heaving and the back can convey more information. 

Magnets do make very good Save the Dates. But could also be used as an invite where not too much information is needed to be conveyed. Though if you want to include an RSVP we could make them fit in the middle.

The magnet works for both sides though you just have to press it for showing the reverse side.

The magnets are available to order now and start from £2.20.  They’re available for all ranges except Milan.  If requesting samples of both these and an invite please mention in the comment box.  Like all of our stationery items the colours and fonts can be customised to reflect your tastes and style making them truly bespoke stationery.