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Seaview and Sparkle Wedding Fair at The Imperial Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Room setup for wedding breakfast

The Seaview and Sparkle wedding fair is a bi-annual event organised by By Invitation Events in at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, Devon.  By Invitation Events are always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, it’s so nice not to be worrying about packing sandwiches while stressing on every aspect of your stand.  The setting for this fair in Torquay is quite a venue.  From outside I don’t think anyone would claim it’s much to look at but inside, well just wow.  It has a sense, of grandeur, of history, luxury and most importantly given it’s location the coast and sea.   It’s function rooms and hotel rooms have magnificent views out over Torbay courtesy of the hotel’s location looking down on the bay.

I have some great coast and beach related designs for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery so was thrilled to be asked to attend her by Michelle from By Invitations.  Also on a nice day its great to be able to relax and take a walk around Torquay (or maybe run) once you are all packed away.

So see it as potentially good show for my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  These Photos are from the summer version in Sept 2016 and publish the Winter one’s from 2017 soon.  With the first ones being from the hotel.

The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie - The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie – The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay

Now for some photos from the fair itself!

The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay

Hannah Taylor event styling
Hannah Taylor event styling
Fiona Miller
Fiona Miller
Live music with a view
Live music with a view
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for wedding breakfast
Room setup for wedding breakfast

Nick Pearce Photography
Nick Pearce Photography
Talking about styling
Talking about styling
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Smooch Rings
Smooch Rings
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
View from one of the hotel windows
View from one of the hotel windows
Marion Frances Photography
Marion Frances Photography
1 White Dress
1 White Dress
Carictures
Carictures

Chocolate tiers SW
Chocolate tiers SW
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride

 

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

Casino Select was there to although these photos were from a different fair.

And finally some of my stationery, mostly from the day but also a few images that sort of fit the theme!  See them on my website here

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Framed table plan
Framed table plan
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards

Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue

Links to some of my favourites from the wedding fair Hannah Taylor Wedding Stylist, Daisy, Molly and Me Cakes and Flower La Vita.

Rougemont Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

Casino Select

Rougemont wedding fair is an annual event organised by By Invitation Events in Exeter in Devon.  Always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, less popular at this exact location as there’s not much space when 40 or so people turn up at the same time to drop off their stands but the building oozes class and history.  I think they play to the name to as there is a lot of red decoration around the place.  I love the high celings, greek columns, grand curtains and painting of their main room.  It’s a great space.  Last year it was one of my best wedding fairs so I saw as a bit of a must do so was there with my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

I don’t know so many of the exhibitors at this event but am always glad to encounter Casino Select and was lucky to be opposite Eveleigh events who let me take some photos of my stationery on their display.

Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events

The photos feature Casino Select, Eveleigh Events (thanks for letting us take photos with your stand as backdrop), Quite Brazen, Natasha Coles Make up Artist, Katia Marsh Photography, NMC Photobooths, Matt hudson wedding singer, The chocolate fountain company, West Country Wedding Planner, Jonathan Neale Photography, Man of magic, Lille Buttercup cakery, Home Childcare & Babysitting – in Crediton & Exeter, The Bridal Box, Nick Pearce Photography.

If you want links to any of the suppliers follow this link to my facebook post where I have links to them.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtemisStationery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154332318465869

You can see my website for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery here for all across the South West including Exeter and Devon.

Obligato string quartet
Obligato string quartet

Obligato string quartet

Afternoon tea at the Rougemont
Afternoon tea at the Rougemont

NMC Photobooths
NMC Photobooths

Jonathon Neale Photography
Jonathon Neale Photography

Man of Magic
Man of Magic
West Country Wedding Planner
West Country Wedding Planner
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery

Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter

And finally some of my stationery from the day

Cornwall VW table name with sunrays
Cornwall VW table name with sunrays

Pet illustrations on your wedding stationery?

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date

Decidedly Different Exeter Castle Vintage Wedding Fair

Exeter Castle lobby

2017 and saw the 4th version of this wedding fair.  Ridiculously popular with suppliers for it’s fair pricing and high values.  Being there is a bit of a badge of honour as the organisors Blue Fizz Events want the best suppliers not those with the most money so quality and talent is the order of the day.  And it’s as popular with Brides and Grooms.  The first fair when it was Saturday only on abysmal winter day saw over 500 people attend.  Since then it’s been a two day event regularly drawing over 500 people on each day.  So of course I was there with Artemis Stationery.

My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

The side of the stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

From a suppliers point of view this is great, the nearest comparable show at the Bath and West charges over twice as much and has almost twice as many exhibitors.

Exeter Castle is in an event space just minutes’ walk from the city centre.  As such perfect to hit the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and take in a wedding fair all in one easy trip.

The court-yard of the castle hosts the vehicles which this year included a rather cool gin bar and prosecco wagon.  I think I partook in the prosecco but the gin which I’d saved for day 2 didn’t seem such a great idea after the suppliers gathering which turned into quite a late night with one or two drinks on the quay side.  These were Bubbles and Bakes and Culinary Creative.  There was also a really great caterer Gourmet Street Kitchen selling gourmet mac and cheese which was as excellent as it looked.  The Prop Factory rounded off the outside with tonnes of decoration.

Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Exeter Castle lobby
Exeter Castle lobby
Light letters from the Prop Factory
Light letters from the Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Camper Coffee Co
Camper Coffee Co

Pride of place and getting quite chilly in the lobby of the castle was the Remarkable Photobooth Co.  Matt and Tania are two of my favourite people.  They genuinely care about their clients and their business and always push themselves to excel with new and creative innovations and the best props.  They shared the space with Franki Capri.

The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
Franki Capri
Franki Capri

Either side of the lobby are the terrace rooms.  Brilliant high ceiling rooms with great light.  I was in the corner of one of these rooms.  I shared mine with such awesome people as Lucy Wallace Photography and Maxi Photography.  Two awesome south Devon wedding photographers I always love catching up with.  Days of Grace and Rockbeare Manor were amongst the highlights and I was neighbours with Catkin blooms and Polka Jewellery.  I was also opposite Elizabeth Armitage Photography, I’ve not seen her since the first wedding fair at Exeter Castle and it was great to be reacquainted.

Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers
Maxi Photography
Maxi Photography

 

Polka jewellery
Polka jewellery

Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Catkin Blooms
Catkin Blooms

In the other terrace room catching Charlotte Atkinson water colour painter who can paint live at your wedding.  Gemma from Poppies of Exeter always has an awesome stand and is an expert in her field.

Poppies flowers of Exeter
Poppies flowers of Exeter
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Florabella floral wreaths
Florabella floral wreaths
Deer Park near Honiton
Deer Park near Honiton

In the ballroom went I checked in I made a beeline for Kate and Posh Nosh.  Love their food so much and was gutted to learn that this year they were only displaying and not running a pop up café.  I did run away with lots of brownie samples though.  Posh Nosh were situated by the very talented Frances Carlisle Photography, I’ve only come across her a few times but the photos she took at Hillersdon House on a styled shoot I collaborated on were amazing.  The Event Studio did the makeup at that shoot and were styling brides and models in one of the corners.  The ever popular Swing Kings provided the entertainment.

Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
The Swing Kings
The Swing Kings

Hey Jules accessories Heartfelt gifts

The Events Studios
The Events Studios

Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events

Some more stationery shots from my stand!

Visit my website at Artemis Stationery for some of the best and really most unique wedding invitations and stationery in Exeter, Devon, the South West and the UK (google keywords are a swine)

Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers

Days of Grace
Days of Grace

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

New wedding invitation design

clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Coming soon to Artemis Stationery is a new design where things are kept perfectly simple. Eschewing the traditional cover design in favour of putting the invitation text front and centre in the style of a traditional printed invitation. This allows for a multitude of looks, not just the traditional. It’s simplicity lets it show off practically any style to match your wedding simply by changing the font. As well as a traditional look using a classic serif font it could also be modern and minimalist by keeping things spacious and using a modern clean font. It can also show off beautiful elegant fonts. We could even bring a bit of a background if you want to make a rustic, vintage or a shabby chic looking invitation. Keeping it simple though does show off the quality of the card I use and the hand crafted finish of the invitation.

information on the inside of the invitation
information on the inside of the invitation
By having the invitation text on what for many types of invitations I make is the front cover there is more space for information through out the rest of the invite. Seen here is a full page map along with accommodation information.

You can see some of the fonts you could use here on the Artemis Stationery website.

Example showing a full page map
Example showing a full page map

Although at the time of writing I only have one sample design of a large bifold invitation made and photographed any item from this collection can be ordered. Pricing will be the same as the Genoa and Padua collections unless there is a printed background. Just contact me Nathan at artemisstationery.co.uk to order or for more information.

clean and contemporary wedding invitation
clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Brescia – damask wedding stationery (inspired)

Card invitation with damask inspired design

Brescia is one of Artemis Stationery’s more unique collections of bespoke wedding stationery.  As it can look really different dependent on the choices made.  You might have seen photos of different items that barely look like they belong to the same collection.  This article will attempt to explain why and show how the different options look with this damask wedding stationery.

The Background on Brescia & Damask patterns

The basics of Brescia is it’s a damask pattern inspired design.  Damask is an old style of fabric designs created by weaving.  They originated from Islamic cultures and the Byzantine empire in the middle ages.  The term damask was first recorded in France in the 14th century.  These days its not contained to fabric and damask patterns get a lot of use as striking wall paper, sometimes as feature walls and website backgrounds.

If you do a google image search for Damask patterns you will get plenty of results to illustrate what they are.  https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=damask+pattern&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=e_ryUenaD6Si0QWXjIHADA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=963

The main trend is that they’re one design, often quite elaborate, normally from stylised floral elements.  The design is then repeated to form a pattern, some designs interlink quite ingeniously while others are more clearly separated.  The designs generally interlock when repeated.  If you imagine a chess board, turn it 45 degrees and each of the squares would represent one part of the design.

 Back to damask wedding stationery

Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.
Brescia used as a Save the Date with one bold design and background damask pattern.

Back to Brescia, the inspiration was damask so I produced a design that could be repeated across the page.  But since like all of our designs we are in complete control as to how they are used with Brescia there’s four main routes to go down.  The simplest is to have a one off central design and not repeat it as shown in the image at the top of the page.  The second is to just repeat it and have it as a background pattern, this can be as subtle or pronounced as you like.

Brescia as a damask inspired pattern
Brescia as a damask inspired pattern

The third option is to combine the first two, use one big version of the design in front of a background pattern.  The options which have one large central pattern when put on the cover of something are good in a square shape so work brilliantly with square cards as shown at the top of the page as well as bifold and trifold invitations.

vintage damask inspired blue place name
vintage damask inspired blue place name

Some items like our place names and booklet invitations are rectangle shaped.  So in these instances I like to just use part of the design so it’s like a very zoomed in version and this is the fourth option.  But that doesn’t mean any of the options couldn’t be used on rectangular items.  The choice is entirely down to you if you’re ordering Brescia.

Off white vintage booklet invitation
Off white vintage booklet invitation

So there you have it.  Brescia has been pretty popular with wedding ideas magazine, one of our green place names was used in many issues while a purple card design.  You can see it on our main website along with many other bespoke wedding stationery collections.

Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia card as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine
Brescia place name as featured in Wedding Ideas magazine

Padua Wedding Invitation Booklet

Padua bespoke Wedding Invitation booklet

Padua is one of the newer but less requested stationery lines, which is strange since it’s sister range Genoa is one of our best sellers.  I think this means we need more photos out there of it.  So for a starter I thought I’d share this one of a bespoke wedding invitation booklet! The photo here shows off one of our Padua invitation booklets.  Normally we photo them flat so this is a bit of an experiment to show off the card in a different light.  While this one has also proven extremely hard to photo well without washing out the pale Ivory tones on the design which look fantastic in person but are not the easiest to capture with a camera well.

About Padua

If you’re not familiar with Padua it is a very flexible stationery range.  The basic premise of it is to make a design out of the Bride and Grooms name’s in a style of your choosing and the colours you want.  It really puts the Bride and Groom front centre.  Very like Genoa which uses an insignia design based on the first letters of the Bride and Grooms first name.  Both Padua and Genoa are very flexible, changing the fonts used totally alters the style and look of the invitation and like all of our stationery the colours are completely flexible to.  All of our stationery is handmade in the UK (by us!).

Booklet Invitations

Booklet wedding invitations are really great.  They can contain probably all the information a Bride and Groom would want to send their guests in one elegant and stylish piece of stationery.  Perfectly formed and lovingly made If you would like to see more of Padua go here or for Genoa click here.

Red Roses

A5 Mounted Invite Sienna (art deco fonts)

Since it’s recently been valentine’s day I thought I would share an image with red roses and lots of red. Including a very nice bottle of Rioja, needed something to stand the invite up with! This bespoke wedding invitation is A5 in size and mounted on red card, it features Art Deco fonts (which can be changed) and comes from our Sienna stationery range which you can see on the website here. Not shown in this image is that the Sienna design can incorporate Swarovski crystals at the centres of the flowers.

Stripes

Forli Card striped wedding invitation in pink, red and cream with vintage fonts.

If the 2012 Milan fashion week is to be believed stripes are going to be big this year. One of the good things about stripes is that they’re never going to be that out of style as one of the simplest patterns you can have they will always come back around.  Artemis Stationery has had a stripey design amongst it’s bespoke wedding invitations and stationery for a year or two now.  Its name is Forli.

Save the Date as seen in Wedding Ideas magazine
Save the Date as seen in Wedding Ideas magazine

A Forli Save the Date in green and blue has been lucky enough to be featured with Wedding Ideas Magazine.  Another good thing about Forli is the fonts that can work with it as they all can.  Whether it be hand writing, script, serif, calligraphic and sans serif.  This post shows Art Deco & Vintage fonts amongst others.

Forli Postcard sized invitation
Forli Postcard sized invitation in black, purple and pink

Similarly any colours can work with stripes so Forli can be loud and proud or subtle and sophisticated.  For items that need we can apply transparent areas so that text can be more easily read.  The text can be arranged how you wish, small and in the corner or big and bold across the whole item.

Click here to visit Forli on the website today.

Read about the Milan fashion week on the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2012/sep/21/milan-fashion-week-stripes-flowers

or EDITD:

http://editd.com/reports/aw-12-13/milan-fashion-week/

Forli Pink Purple Aqua - Preview
Forli Pink Purple Aqua – Preview

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.

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.

Reasons to use Twitter – especially for business

This weekend’s blog post is on the merits of Twitter since I have a friend who is an aspiring children’s author and blogger who thinks twitter is not for them really and can do without it.  While a lot of my clients have their own businesses or interests and also need a bit of persuading!  
Not a hugely relevant except children’s author?
As a maker of wedding stationery and invitations it’s let me develop contacts with people all over the country and is opening up opportunities that I’d of otherwise never of got.  Oh, wow I persuaded them with the 1st draft.  You can follow the lovely Cherry to see her adventures in twitter here.
I used to think it was pointless and just for the narcissistic or celebrity stalker but was forced on and now see it as an indispensable business tool.  Though I do acknowledge other people are far better at promoting their business on twitter than myself.  Jonathon Fletcher of Living the Cream @LivnTheCream is particularly good at promoting his ice cream business on twitter.  He does have a product to sell over a geographically limited area but most well established blogs like Love My Dresshave good strategies for engaging the public and businesses.
But here are some reasons to use Twitter as a business:
1.      Boosts the website linked from your twitter profiles ranking in Google
2.      It’s free with a potentially massive audience
3.      Supports your brand
4.      Get information and offers out to the public quickly
5.      Find other businesses you never knew existed, even locally
6.      Business networking in an exceedingly convenient manner via computer or smart time when it suits you
7.      Global reach, you’ll probably find that the whole of the English speaking world on twitter is there to be communicated with.  Especially important for blogs which really should consider a global audience.  At the start of 2012 the UK had 52.7 million internet users while the US had 245.2*
8.      Very good format for receiving information
9.      Many twitter only promotions from other businesses
Things to remember
1.      Twitter is a social network, the more effort you put in the more you get out
2.      If chatting on twitter remember it’s effectively a conversation in the pub that the whole world can get a transcript of (so don’t say anything libellous)
3.      Tweet things that will engage the people that follow you.
4.      Most businesses want followers and the main reason for following you is for you to follow them back.
5.      Keep it positive.
6.      Don’t do politics or religion – however right you feel this can you lose you business if your customers have a different view point.  This is business so don’t cost yourself income.
7.      People will unfollow you, don’t be sad.  It either means a) your boring to them b) you’re not relevant to them c) they only followed you so you would follow them and now you do they want to make their follower to following ratio better d) they may have refollowed you, twitter only automatically remembers the usernames of the last 500 people you follow.
8.      Don’t spam, people hate people who all of a sudden fill their timeline with a million tweets.
9.      Your only allowed to follow 2000 people unless you have close to 2000 followers so use tools to unfollow people who aren’t help you
10.  Use lists to get information from the people you like most when you find your twitter stream too full
11.  Retweet things from other people you think are good and you know they’d like to reach your followers.  This helps your credibility with google and many people will remember that when they see your own tweets.
12.  Being a social network, don’t just promote your business and website, I think three or four self-promotional tweets a day is a good level but twitter likes each tweet to be unique.
Tweeting for non-business
1.      Good way of getting information from your interests, be it museums, sport, culture, politics or more it’s pretty much all on twitter now
2.      Receive exclusive promotions from the above.
3.      Find people with similar niche interests from around the globe
4.      Don’t argue on twitter, few people look clever after a slanging match and it may hurt your career
5.      Follow events as they happen using #

All About Pinning

Pins by Artemis Stationery

This isn’t about wrestling you might be relieved to read, even though it’s an Olympic year and non entertainment wrestling will slip into the main stream of public consciousness. If you haven’t heard of it pinning is the big new thing in the social networking world, having overtaken LinkedIn as the third biggest social network in the US. It’s big in the US, not really that widely used in the UK by comparison as yet though I bet that the UK will follow suit. So, time to get ahead of the curve.

What is Pinterest

Pinterest is classified as social networking but I don’t think should really be looked upon as a similar beast as the biggest of social networks Facebook. It can be basically described as online collection of pin boards where individuals collect images they like or inspire them. If you’ve ever seen a mood board it’s like that but on steroids and much easier to use! You can keep adding and adding as you find new and more awesome things. As a pinner you can have as many boards on as many topics as you see fit. The pins you put up link to the website you found them on and it’s recommended that you pin from a permanent link. For example best to pin from the suppliers website than a bloggers website who has featured it. Pinterest also asks that people be nice and give credit.

Interaction

Other people can see your pins whether by searching, seeing what’s trending and what is being posted in different categories. When people appreciate what you have pinned they can express it numerous ways.
They can like it, very similar to Facebook, each pin shows you a list of who has liked it. Getting likes is a good thing!

A pin from Elemental weddings blog on the Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards
A pin from Elemental weddings blog on the Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards

Next there is the repin, which is similar to retweeting in Twitter or sharing on Facebook. If you click repin you pin the image to one of your own boards. In this way something you pin can go viral and spread throughout the Pinterest world!

Commenting, as with Facebook photos and well most things people can comment on your pins and you’ll get notifications when this happens, plus if you comment elsewhere you’ll be notified of future comments.

Follow, this is what you really want. It’s similar to liking a fan page on Facebook or following on Twitter. People can follow you in general or specific boards. The more people that follow you the more people who will see your pins in their general Pinterest feed when they login.

Who Uses It

Pinterest is big in the creative communities and while it remains to be seen if it might be a fad I do personally find it hugely useful. Put it this way, your searching for some crafting ideas be it for a wedding, xmas, childrens games, practically anything! You can search on Google and you find pages after pages of text links or you can search Pinterest and get a page full of images that will probably show end products and pictorial guides to different craft projects. Which is easiest to look through quickly and will more quickly find a useful idea? You’ll often find different pinners whose style matches your own and some of their boards will be hugely useful.

I think this site could last a long time with creative types, it’s so great for bloggers, photographers, designers of all types to show their ideas. Some users may get bored although I think for anyone with a creative streak or looking for tips on style while the creative community stays there many other people will drop in to take a look unless something comes along which does it better. For people looking for wedding inspiration I think it’s the easiest and best way to build mood boards and collect your thoughts. It’s maintains links to where everything comes from while it’s easy to follow links to similar things.

Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards
Artemis Stationery Pinterest Boards

My boards on Pinterest

Some come along join Pinterest, getting pinning and follow Artemis Stationery for some top wedding ideas. It’s not just bespoke wedding invitations and stationery pinned there. You’ll find lots of wedding highlights from around the world as well as anything else that has caught my curiosity.

Suggestions for text for Evening Wedding Invitations

Small funky wedding invitations featuring dots, ideal for use as evening invitations
The following are suggestions on how you can word an evening 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 divorce means mentioning the parents is best avoided for fear of upsetting anyone or where both sets of parents are contributing along with the Bride and Groom.
There is a mixture of formal and less formal wordings for the invite and I would recommend that if you want a less formal sounding invite to phrase things that sound right for you as it is your day and celebration and should reflect yourselves.
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.
Please note, although you can use any wording you want on the front of an evening wedding invitation many people choose ‘Evening Invitation’

Example 1.

Guest(s) name(s)
Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
request the pleasure of your company at an evening reception
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 evening reception
to be celebrated at Time, Day, Date, Month, Year at Venue
Dancing shoes essential;)
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)
For an evening of celebration and dancing.
At Venue, Road, Town/City
On Saturday 10th September 2011 at 7pm
 Venue, Road, Town or city
We would be honoured to have you with us on our wedding day
Please RSVP by August 10th2011
Name and address of who to send it to and where
 

Example 4.

Bride’s name
and
Groom’s name
Hope Guest(s) name(s) will join them
For a night of fun and frolics at
An Evening reception to celebrate their Marriage
On Day, Date, Month, Year
With drinks, dinner and dancing at
Venue Name
Venue Address

Trends – A quick guide to Art Deco

Art Deco place name from Bologna stationery range

This is my attempt to give a quick guide to Art Deco for anyone who is mulling over using Art Deco as a theme or having a wedding at an Art Deco venue and is looking for more ideas. There are links to images which illustrate some of the things the article refers to.

Art Deco arguably never went away as a trend or a style but with the current renaissance of all things vintage Art Deco is making a particular return this summer thanks in no small part to the remake of the Great Gatsby a novel set in the boom and prohibition years of 1920’s America which is considered by many to be the epitome of the Great American Novel. The remake features the acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson.

Art Deco marked the boom times and opulence of the post World War 1 years before the great depression of the 30’s. It’s style could be summed as constructive (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/display/structure-and-clarity), futuristic (See futurism art, eg http://www.artknowledgenews.com/2009_08_06_21_06_33_martin_gropius_bau_celebrates_100th_anniversary_of_futurism.html), modern and symmetrical and often reflected the glamour of 1920’s Hollywood. It contrasted the more natural curves of the Art Nouveau style that was very popular before it. Art Nouveau used more natural curves. prized craftsmanship over mass production and more reflected nature http://artsandfacts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/art-nouveau-is-style-that-was-popular.html. While Art Deco may use floral patterns a lot of the inspiration for it was driven by the coming of an industrial machine age where global transport was being revolutionised by the coming of age of the plane as demonstrated by the DC3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-3 whose elegant curves and shiny aluminium body was a very impressive new sight. While cars first started looking like the cars we drive today http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Airflow and this locomotive looks very futuristic and distinct from the typical steam train people often think of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PRR_S1.jpg. This design shows the aspirations of the age perfectly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iowa_City_Press_Citizen_Bldg.jpg.

While undoubtedly forward looking the coming of age of archaeology also had a big impact. The symmetry and grandeur of modernism often combined with those classical civilisations whose ancient sites were being increasingly and more scientifically explored, Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in the early 1920’s. This image of the Eastern Columbia building in Los Angeles I think shows influences of classical cultures combining with the forward looking aspects of Art Deco http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eastern_Columbia_Building_entrance.jpg to make a really impressive entrance.

This may all sound quite irrelevant but Art Deco has arguably never really went away and if you’ve ever watched Ghost Busters or been to New York you’ll probably be familiar with Sky Scrapers that remain impressive looking to this day such as the Chrysler Building http://masternoname.deviantart.com/art/Art-deco-New-York-43927437 and Empire State Building in New York http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Empire_State_Lobby-27527.jpg which have both been featured in numerous movies and are a huge part of the New York skyline. While in the UK it’s been kept current by things like Agatha Christies Poirot which has been a long running TV detective series and been shot on locations such as Burgh Island Hotel http://www.flickr.com/photos/browniebear/3963368295/ http://www.ianwrightphotography.co.uk/cgi-bin/showpage.cgi?page=burgh.html. While movies like Captain America and Indiana Jones are set in the age and reflect its style in very main stream ways.

Why is this relevant to weddings aside from it being topical and one of Vogues coming trends? Well it’s a theme you can use throughout the day to make your wedding a little bit unique from others which you may have been to. Also it’s not a strong theme like demanding everyone dress up as Super Heroes and can be reflected in many small touches in items like wedding flowers http://pinterest.com/pin/210895195020836874/, jewellery, cakes http://pinterest.com/pin/210895195020828930/ and stationery. Many bridal collections feature 1920’s, 1930’s and Art Deco inspired dresses http://pinterest.com/pin/210895195020850452/. I think the style which can be quite opulent in look is a bit of anecdote to the prevalence of the distressed, shabby chic and make do and mend influences which have been very strong for the last few years while still being a ‘vintage’ theme. The Artemis Stationery Art Deco Wedding Inspiration board has lots of ideas for these and is linked at the end of this article.

From a stationery perspective it’s very easy to make simple stationery with the look and style of the period, this is due to numerous fonts which I think look very interesting whilst being easy to read. These include the likes of Broadway Engraved BD, Parisian BT, PlazaDReg and BernhardFashion BT. While fonts like Eccentric Std and Harrington somewhat bridge the game from Art Nouveau and Art Deco by being a bit more curvy but still feeling of the period. Artemis Stationery have numerous designs that work well with Art Deco themes.

Bologna is very strongly Art Deco inspired design and it’s influences include some of the designs in the lobby of the Chrysler Building in New York while still managing to bring in some more natural floral elements.
Bologna on Artemis Stationery

Capri is very Art Deco influenced, especially if you look carefully at the design which uses a lot of symmetry and 1920’s inspired design elements. Used with Swarosvki crystals it can also look very glamorous and reflect both the design and the glamour of the age. Capri can work well with script fonts but for the full Art Deco effect PlazaDReg should be chosen, while Eccentric Std also works and gives it a period and little bit more natural feel.
Capri on Artemis Stationery

Sienna although more natural than typical Art Deco designs – it’s more similar to Art Nouveau works really well with Art Deco fonts such as PlazaDReg and when used with Swarovski crystals also reflects the opulent side of Art Deco.
See Sienna on facebook
See Sienna on Artemis Stationery

Genoa and Padua are both very adaptable designs. Genoa is a design based on the first letters of the Bride and Groom’s names and can be done in any font. So if an Art Deco feel is selected it will look very Art Deco. Padua works in a similar way, except in this case it uses first names.
See them on facebook

For more Art Deco ideas and inspiration visit the Artemis Stationery Pinterest Art Deco wedding board http://pinterest.com/artmsstationery/art-deco-wedding-inspiration/

Ideas for Booklet, Trifold, Pocketfold and Bifold Wedding Invitation Content

Inside of Reggio Emilia Bifold Invitation showing invitation wording and information

Ideas for Booklet, Trifold and other Wedding Invitation Content

Booklets and Trifold Invitations as well as pocket folds are fantastic looking Invitations which many people choose because they want to present a lot of information to their guests. This article will take you through the typical information that people often put in their invites. Also there are suggestions for when you want to use this type of Invitation but don’t know additional ideas for inclusion in the Invite.

Trifold cards typically have three internal panels for information and ours come with an additional detachable RSVP giving you a total of four areas to fill. Although on our Trifold cards you could also put something on the second cover as you have the external cover you open first and then a second internal cover before getting to the three internal panels. Booklet Invitations typically have a cover and then three additional pages, although there are versions with an extra page.

Typical Information

The Invitation
No one should forget this bit it’s the truly essential bit of the invite!

Location
You may be able to put directions or a map into your invite. Although some suppliers will charge extra for doing a map, you also need to remember that you cannot use copyrighted maps so one will have to be drawn for you or maybe by you unless you purchase the right to reproduce the map you want to use. This means the maps will often be simplified so it pays to think about what is the main information you need to convey and which directions your guests will be coming from. In the UK if near a motorway it’s a good idea to show the motorway junction that’s best to use. This is where it can be useful that you are creating it as it doesn’t have to be strictly to scale.

RSVP
This might be an actual RSVP which can be detached or at least a section detailing how to rsvp, the date you want to receive it by and the information you require. At its simplest this is where you want people to say if they’re coming. Other information that can be required depends on the wedding. For the wedding reception you may want to know if anyone has any special dietary requirements and if there is a menu choice you will need to see who wants to order what. If accommodation is available, depending on how the accommodation is being arranged you may wish to ask who wishes to book it.

Gift List or other Gift Arrangements
If you have a gift list in a store or online this is quite simple as you just need to give the relevant details. The store or website you have used will tell you exactly what information is needed to pass on. It’s also a good chance to explain that if you’re after money why you’re not wanting toasters and other utensils. There’s nothing wrong with being honest as most people will want to make sure whatever they give you is wanted. You might say something like you’ve been living together for several years and have most things involved in setting up home but such and such would be useful as you are planning…. Etc.

Accommodation
If you have guests coming from other areas of the country, from abroad or even if you just think people want to stay at or near the venue after the wedding you should think about giving information on where to stay. You may need to suggest cheap venues for people travelling on a budget or those who just want a bed for the night. Guests from abroad might want sign posting to places which will give them a good experience of the country. Other guests may want to celebrate through the night and so be keen to stay at the venue or where ever the majority of the wedding guests are staying. If places in the venue are limited you may want a say on who gets them so it may be wise to tie them in with the RSVP as you may want to give first opportunity to closer friends or family.

Menu
If you are having a choice at the wedding or before it will be a good idea to inform your guests what the choices may be. It’s also a good opportunity to ask people to let you know any special dietary requirements.

Not so typical

The first thing to say is be inventive, they are your invitations so what you say should go. If you are unsure about part or all of the get either family or close friends to help develop your ideas.

Poems and Text
Why not include a romantic poem or one on a theme which is relevant to the day. Text or verse can look very attractive incorporated into the design of a wedding invitation and it can also set the mood for the day. If you have written the poem yourself or know the author and have their permission (there may be conditions) then you’re free to reproduce the poem. Otherwise you may wish to choose one on which the copyright has expired (see link for guidance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright#Copyright_term). If a poem is not appealing you could write a short bit about the proposal or how you met or something about the wedding day to come. This may be written in the style of a news-paper article or a story or you could include a simple personal message. This could say something like how much your looking forward to the wedding, that you think you have found a lovely venue which all your guests will enjoy and really want as many of your friends and relatives there as possible to celebrate with you on your wedding day.

Pictures
You will probably want to stick to something relevant to the wedding. A picture of the bride and groom is always good, this could be processed to make it look black or white or like a painting if you don’t want a standard colour photo in your invitation. Other choices maybe something involved in the wedding like the venue or the type of flowers you’re having. There are similar copyright issues as listed above and even if you take the photo yourself you may still not have copyright, for example if you have taken a picture of the venue you should check with them first. Similarly though even if the picture is of you the copyright may be held by the person who took the photo if a professional photographer.