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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! 🙂

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.

Visit Artemis Stationery here

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
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/

DIY Wedding Invitation Advice: Paper and Glue

DIY wedding invitation advice and tips - part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our DIY Wedding Invitations and Stationery tips. They’re also applicable for non-wedding stuff to. If you missed Part 1 that can be found here and covered some general tips as well as printing yourself.

I hope these tips are helpful to someone out there! They have come from many years of selling bespoke wedding invitations through our website Artemis Stationery.

DIY Wedding Invitation Advice

Paper & Card

10. Coloured card is made in batches. Some manufacturer’s colours can vary quite significantly between batches. It may be worth buying all you in one go to try and minimise the risk of a colour changing if this is important to you.
11. Some producer’s products changing regularly, as with above if you decided on something it may be best to purchase all you need in one go.
12. Metallic card can tends to have tiny reflective bits in the card.
13. Mirror card has a highly reflective and smooth finish.
14. Pearlescent card has and iridescent lustre reminiscent of a pearl.
15. Metallic, Mirror and Pearlescent cards may only have this finish on one side and be plain white on the other.
16. Metallic, Mirror and Pearlescent cards where double sided may have a white core. This means white will be visible from the side making it less desirable for some applications.
17. Christmas paper in the sales can be good for scrap book style invites. Used Christmas cards can be useful to but harder to get quantities for making identical cards.
18. If making a table plan you probably will want to use mount board rather than card. Mountboard is thicker and does much better at supporting it’s own weight making it ideal for placing on an easel.
19. There are a lot of shades of white out there, many of which don’t match with others.
20. The weight of paper and card – normally given in gsm (grams a square metre) normally give a guide to an items thickness and rigidity. Higher being more likely to be thicker and more rigid. Though this is not perfect and we use card that is 315 gsm and is thicker and more rigid than typical 350gsm card stock. Better quality cards are normally 250gsm upwards.
21. Finding green products in this can be tricky. One company whose card is good and has an easy to find environmental policy is Eco-Craft.

Keeping it together

22. Double sided tape can be a blessing and a curse. The joys is that it won’t show through and is clean to use. The negatives are once it’s down it has no room for you to shimmy it to a better position. Ironically it is likely to fall off at some point (probably months later). It will also gum up your scissors so be prepared to clean them off, a lot.
23. For gluing card there are lots of crafting glues out there which are essentially all PVA glues. I recommend going for a strong one and buy one that’s as good as gluing wood decks together as card.
24. Spreading glue thinly will make it stick faster. Keeping it thick will give you more time to adjust when gluing together.
25. Glue can show through even if it doesn’t soak through. So test your glue and materials to see if you’re happy with the results.
26. Glue can bend card. Putting items under a heavy book while going can help avoid this.

Come back next week for part 3.

Handwriting fonts…& a few others (sorry)

Handwriting fonts are great for helping to create a casual, informal and friendly atmosphere for an event.  An interesting one can also be very stylish and are often much more readable than many of the more decorative styles of fonts.

There is a lot of crossover between handwriting and script fonts as essentially script fonts are handwriting, albeit very good and in some cases elaborate handwriting.  You may notice some of the fonts shown here have script in the name.  I’ve also included some fonts that I think cross over from what some sites may consider hand drawn.  Consequently that has meant this list is fairly huge and I apologise to anyone on dial up, you might want to make yourself a nice cup of tea while you wait for the complete chart to download (or coffee if outside of the UK).

It’s also very easy to make your own handwritten or drawn fonts.  There are even apps out there which allow you to do so really easily.  Just remember what you’re aiming for at the beginning and try not to evolve the style too much as you draw each letter.  A lot can happen from A to Z.  Read about doing this on A Beautiful Mess.

If you’re not looking to make your own stationery (for wedding or any occasion) but want a stationery designer who gives a huge choice and goes to great lengths to make each piece of stationery designed really unique and special visit our main website Artemis Stationery.

Hand writing, hand drawn and script style fonts.  F's represent fonts probably freely available online.
Hand writing, hand drawn and script style fonts. F’s represent fonts probably freely available online.

Any font with a big red F by them are freely available online and I think for all uses.  Although as ever please check the licensing of each font – in case I misread the license or it’s somehow changed since this article was written.  The others are font choices available to Artemis Stationery clients, though if you’re looking to obtain them most have come with various art programs over the year and are probably not too costly to purchase in their own right.

Script Fonts for Wedding Stationery

Script fonts for bespoke stationery

Script fonts range from some of the most elegant fonts out there to fonts which basically look like someone with really nice flowing handwriting.  The style of writing on which todays script fonts are based was made possible by the introduction of paper.  It replaced parchment which had a much rougher surface and prevented free flowing writing.  If you would like to see what writing prior to this looked follow this link to the Wikipedia page on Blackletter fonts.  Script style fonts may also be known as cursive fonts.

I think fonts can be hugely useful and important in styling stationery.  I design bespoke stationery and I like to give my clients as big a choice as possible so they can truly reflect their style in the stationery I design for them.  If you’re making your own stationery choosing an interesting looking font is an easy way to bring artistic elements and style to what you’re making.

Script fonts can really bring a touch of sophisticated elegance with the delicate and artistic flourishes that many of the fonts use.  Whereas those that look more like regular hand writing can make an occasion seem more friendly and informal.  If you want to use a font that is hard to read for large amounts of text, use it for headers or titles and pair it with a plainer font for the bulk of the text.  This doesn’t have to be a script font and using them with serif fonts can provide a good contrast.

Below is a selection of freely available script fonts which can be found online as well as chosen by clients of Artemis Stationery.  These fonts will be added to the main selection on the website (click to see) when the newest version of the website is released.  To find out more about stationery from Artemis Stationery visit the website now.

Script fonts which are available online to freely download
Script fonts which are available online to freely download

 

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.

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

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.

Ice cream at Weddings

Living the Cream

Second post in two days! Trying to make up for the blogs summer neglect (see why in a previous post)

The second is a guest post from Jonathon Fletcher of Living the Cream who in their own words provide: Living The Cream is not just about the ice cream, it’s about creating an event. We recreate the atmosphere and ambiance of times gone by with our vintage style ice cream tricycle, gramophone and seaside style peep through board. As well as creating a unique back drop for those all important photos, it’s enormous fun and keeps your guests amused for hours.

It’s also worth noting that ice cream doesn’t have to be soley a summer thing.  It tastes great all year round even if you don’t need it to cool you down.  But Living the Cream can also provide hot chocolate fudge sauce for when it is that bit colder.

Of course being a stationery blog, what stationery range could go well with ice cream, maybe the funfair and carnival inspired vintage design Catania

Catania a carnival design table plan
Catania a carnival design table plan

Back to Jonathon:

10 reasons why you should have ice cream as a dessert or canapé, in no particular order:

1. It’s Fun (No explanation required)

2. It’s Memorable (Can you remember what you had for dessert at the last wedding you attended?)

3. Kids love it (Put something fancy in front of their noses and they don’t want to know)

4. It’s cool (Like Fonzy)

5. No washing up (Either eat the cone or throw the tub in the bin, result)

6. Variety of flavours (Lemon meringue, Rhubarb & Custard, Turkish Delight and safe old Vanilla. There’s a something to suit everyone)

7. It’s cold (Different to cool, ideal on a hot day)

8. The accompaniments (Colourful plastic spoons, cardboard tubs, flakes, sauces etc.)

9. Cost effective (Wedding catering can cost between £25 – £50 per head, ice cream’s less than £2.50)

10. No preparation (No cooking required, just scoop and you’re away)

So there you go, I did think of a couple more reasons but I wanted to stick to 10. I’d love to hear your suggestion too.

Happy licking.

Jon

 

Jon has provided Ice Cream at an event I ran and from that experience it was really good and his services proved very popular through the day which was good as it was only a balmy 18 degrees C.

First Post

Hi, I’m Nathan Gardiner and I’m the founder of Artemis Stationery and I have also started this blog for Artemis Stationery. For the post I thought I’d give a bit of information about what Artemis Stationery does and why we do it.

At Artemis Stationery we create and sell stationery that can fit into almost any wedding, that is unique and yet affordable to everyone but are still of the highest quality. All the stationery we sell is designed and made by us. All our artwork is one hundred percent original.

I have always had a passion for art, design and photography from primary school where I got in trouble for doing his friends drawings for them. After a life time of sketching I found a way to put that passion to good use after working as a designer in various other fields. I started making wedding stationery after my brother and his fiancé asked him to help with their wedding. That went well and after doing stationery, party invites and prints for many of my friends Artemis Stationery was born in 2009. Anything and everything can be inspiration from that well-known inspirational architectural program on channel 4 to the glorious countryside that surrounds where we are based. The beauty of nature and the joy and happiness of weddings are the main inspirations.

All our stationery is highly personalised. You chose the colours you want from our colour charts, these have thousands of colours on, we use the fonts you chose and will write what you want your stationery to say whether on the front or inside. This means all our designs can feature the bride and grooms names on the front of the invites. We will also print guest names on invites and place names as standard. We make many of ranges at a variety of price points, our invitations start from £1 each for many of our postcard invites.

I hope you if your reading this and haven’t seen our website we’ll take a look. In future we’ll use this blog to post news on Artemis Stationery like exhibitions we’ll be attending as well as news about new products we’re releasing. Also if you wants to ask any questions about our products, make suggestions or ask questions about wedding stationery in general we’ll do our best to help.

Thanks for reading,

Nathan

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