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Do you need Save the Dates?

The simple answer?  Well that = Maybe.

On the plus side they can:

  • Inform your guests of your wedding date and location
  • Reserve your wedding date in your guests diary
  • Give you more time to organise everything you need for the invitation

On the negative side they can:

  • Add cost which can be unnecessary
  • Duplicate your invitation

So in long form I would recommend doing Save the Dates if you really want to and have the budget for them.  Also if you’re struggling to get all the information you need for the invitation together but feel under pressure to officially send your guests something they can be a life saver and buy time to do this.  Though you probably want to be careful not to leave this too late as you don’t want to be chasing RSVP’s in the 6 weeks before your wedding.

But if you can gather everything you need for invites together like meal options and timings why not send your invites out as early as you can.  If you have people needing to book hotels etc the more details they have the sooner the better.  Also if you can inform the people you really need to reserve by other means there’s no need to spend money to do this unless you want to.  They can be nice items to have.  A nice creation on paper or card.  Maybe a magnet or a tea towel.

Take a look at all the stationery I can make here: http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/

Ps do ask if there are any discounts on ordering Save the Dates and Invites as at the time of writing all the items are priced as invites but Save the Dates are simpler if invitations are also being produced.

Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the Date magnet, photo by Laura Cullen Photography
Save the Date magnet, photo used by Laura Cullen Photography
Florence Postcard size save the date
Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)

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

Why Choose Artemis Stationery

Deer wedding invitation in blue, a large bifold invite

Why choose Artemis Stationery?  There’s a lot of ways to make your wedding stationery so why choose Artemis Stationery.
My stationery is made in two main ways. Either in house or by leading trade printers. I produce much of my stationery in house as it’s the best way to achieve quality in the print, materials used and finish. I print to a much higher standard than most printers find possible, this is because my printing equipment is more typically used for fine art reproduction printing and high end photographic prints. It is a digital printer, but prints a much broader range of colours as it’s a 12 ink machine. This means it can do true red, green and blue as it has those colours. It can also print at a higher resolution. As such I design my files at 600 dpi twice the industry standard of 300 dpi. This gives a much clearer and less pixelated look than is standard. Circular lines appear more flowing and smooth, fines lines appear crisper and sharper. This means I can do justice to designs like Trieste that have a lot of fine curving lines.

Close up of Genoa card invitation
Close up of Genoa card invitation

My stationery is mostly printed onto high quality card stock. This is typically used for fine art reproduction and high end photographic prints. It’s textured and resembles etching paper and will maintain the vibrancy of the colours printed for a long time. I like it for its thickness and weight which gives it quality feeling that is soft to the touch.

sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation
sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation

Once printed it is then cut individually on a rotary trimmer, this allows for precision cutting. A typical trade printer has 3mm margins which means the cut can be anywhere in that area. Instead I print a fine line to cut along. This means for items like the cheque book each page can be precisely cut so the pages all fit together smoothly. With my products it’s all about the quality of the finish. Each item is individually made, quality checked and remade if necessary. Since I see invitations as individual works of art made for your guests I am able to print guest names at the same time as the rest of the invite. This is included in the price of each invitation and means that I can tackle individual menus for your guests.

Inside of invitation showing guest names at top
Inside of invitation showing guest names at top

Sometimes it’s the quality and uniqueness of the design that my clients are after and they’re happy with a more traditionally produced printed item. I do work with a leading trade printer that specialises in the wedding trade. This opens a wider range of card stocks to print on and permits for items to be more affordably printed when the quantities are large. Where there are a few techniques I can’t currently do in house as required I can work with the relevant professionals to achieve them.

Cards printed using a trade printer
Cards printed using a trade printer

Why are my stationery designs more unique than many wedding stationers? This is because most of my work uses artwork that I’ve created from scratch. If you look at my illustrations they’ve been created from nothing but the source material (those being photos of the buildings and landscapes in question) or for more patterned designs from my own sketches. A lot of artwork used in wedding stationery comes from image libraries where artists sell their work. So if you think designs by different stationers look very samey they may well have used the same artwork or something by the same artist. I do this on couture projects where it’s the most cost effective way to produce something for the client and they’re ok with this process.

visit Artemis Stationery website now

 

Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Drawn stag stationery cover
Drawn stag stationery cover
Capri menu
Capri menu

Thanks to these talented photographers:

Venetia Norrington Photography (top photo)

Kern Photo (inside invitation photo)

Frances Carlisle Photography (blue stag photo)

Lucy Wallace Photography (menu)

Lord Haldon Hotel illustration

Lord Haldon Hotel

The last blog post was about the stationery created using an illustration of Holbrook House (near Wincanton in Somerset).  You can read about here.  This much shorter post is about a more recent illustration for a wedding at venue I haven’t actually visited.  The illustration was done using photos I found online and approved by the client so I’m pretty happy it bears a good resemblance.  You can check it here though on the hotels website.  My illustrations aren’t meant to be an exact version of what’s present but more to capture it’s essence and show it off at it’s best.

These illustrations can be used for more than wedding stationery. Birthdays, corporate, anything really!

If you want to see more of my illustrated venue stationery you can view it on my website Artemis Stationery here

Lord Haldon Hotel
Lord Haldon Hotel

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.

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

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Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate
Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate

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Woolacombe Bay Hotel is one of my favourite places to go on my wedding fair calendar.  True I have been blessed with great weather each time I’ve been there which is very handy on the coast.  Woolacombe is a fantastic little coastal resort on the north coast of Devon, famed for its long sandy beach and surfing.  Woolacombe Bay Hotel is a Victorian hotel with a prime position with nothing but its own pool and golf course in the way of it and the sandy beach that stretches along the bay.  It’s a beautiful beach, was blessed to see the sunset from the coastal path overlooking it last time I was there.

Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Path to the beach at Woolacombe

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The hotel itself is luxurious inside and has a large ballroom with high ceilings that is a great setting for a wedding celebration.  Other rooms allow you to tie the knot with the Atlantic in the background while you and your guests can be spoilt in luxury throughout the day.

Why am I talking about Woolacombe Bay Hotel?  Firstly, I really like the place.  Secondly I do illustrate wedding venues as a part of my wedding invitation and stationery designs.  They can be the central part of the design or an element within it.  On that note I want to share an image of a canvas table plan design featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel.  This is from my Coast collection which features a seaside beach scene with a beach, beach huts, groins, a sign which lets me put in the bride and grooms name as well as optional bunting across the top.  In this design you can see the Woolacombe Bay Hotel on the hills behind.  The designs are really flexible and I normally change the colours of the buildings, beach huts, signs and bunting to tie in with any colours being used in the wedding.  I like the canvas table plans as they make great keepsakes and come ready to hang after the wedding.

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Visit the main Artemis Wedding Stationery website to see Coast here.  I also have to thank Venetia Norrington for the use of the photo of the table plan she took at a recent wedding fair we both attended at Bridwell Park.  Visit her website here and of course if you want to see more of Woolacombe Bay Hotel visit its website.

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

Part 3 of wedding stationery trends for 2014

Wedding Stationery trends part 3

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving (you are here)

Part 4:  Everything else

Wedding Stationery Trends Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of Artemis Stationery’s series on wedding stationery trends for 2014.  In the past 2 pieces we’ve discussed the prospects for vintage and the counter point provided by clean and crisp geometry inspired stationery in the first piece (view here).  While in part 2 we looked at the prospects for Art Deco and Scrap booking and how the metallic fabric trend on the catwalks may filter down to bridal wear and stationery.  This was a lot of fun for everyone!

So on with today’s trends:

Ethnic Patterns

Is a trend that has landed on the catwalk, you may think of it as native patterns but I think the net can be cast pretty wide.  You will probably being thinking of patterns based on African or South American designs but I think that you could include influences closer to home such as Fair Island style knitting patterns.  After all if you like them why not?  Plus if you like them but not enough to look to incorporate them on a dress then a jacket, cardigan or bolero would make a lot of sense for anyone marrying outside of summer.  I saw a bride in a lumberjack style patterned bolero in a blog piece and that looked great and just the job for keeping warm.  While Love My Dress featured a styled shoot with some great patterned jackets (see here – goes to pinterest, click again to see full article).  Leading blogs like Green Wedding shoes have featured dresses which fit with this (see here – again on pinterest).  I think the catwalk popularity will mean we’ll see an increase in this popularity this year.  It’s a way to be bold and vibrant but with a different and more traditional feel than geometric style stationery.

Illustration and Engraving

Now this is broad, so very very broad but I’ve lumped it together as I don’t think any of the sub styles will be all conquering like vintage has been, smiting all other styles before it.  OK a little bit of an exaggeration, but it was very popular.

A work in progress design, an attempt at blossom in a water colour  style.
A work in progress design, an attempt at blossom in a water colour style.

I think illustrations done well are very personal and unique.  Water colour style illustrations can be so wistful and romantic.  A cartoon style while not everyone’s cup of tea can be quirky and lots of fun.  Obviously there are other styles of painting to.  Illustrations can also include pencil sketches, graphic pens and engraved style.  I always think engravings look like those fine black ink graphic pens.  Used to love using those!

In the case of engraved pictures these are one tone images.  One of the ways of making these  traditionally would be for a drawing to be engraved into a metal plate by etching through a protective layer of varnish (there are more methods but hopefully this illustrates the point)  The ink would then sit in the engravings allowing for the picture to be printed.  These types of illustrations I always think have a real charm to them and I often associate them with botanical and zoological illustrations or scientific drawings of plants and animals.  These have been popular of late and could rise further as there is much more that could be done with the style than just using scientific drawings or illustrations based on Alice in Wonderland.   They can make great patterns and because you print in a dark colour they can print well onto non-white card.  Like the metallic cards mentioned in the last post.

Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.
Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.  Keep an eye on this blog and the website for it’s unveiling in the coming week or two.

20th century Art

Now  this is an interesting one.  I was looking at the catwalk trends thinking now how the heck will that translate to weddings so was going to ignore to it.  Then realised that I’d already created something on the fringes of this category.

I listen to 6 music a lot while I work and one of the biggest events of last year was the surprise release of a new album by David Bowie.  Because he has such a strong visual element associated with him I’ve always associated him with pop art.   There’s also the Andy Warhol connection.  I’m wondering if fashion designers are to as there’s been a lot of pop art and other 20th century artist inspired designs on the catwalks in the autumn.  I’m curious how this influence might filter through to weddings.

That said while looking at one of the designs that I’d come up with for the Geometric collection which actually although using triangles did go more arty than the other designs, maybe a little reminiscent of geometric abstractionism (did have to google the term to check it was real).  I don’t claim that my design is on a par just that it reminded me a little of it and made me think that there might be possibilities even if currently I can’t see them!

Geometric design cheque book style invitation
Geometric design cheque book style invitation.  Another new collection set to be shown soon!

There’s one more article to come in this series and that’s set for next week.  In the mean time please feel free to visit Artemis Stationery to see my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  If you’re in a hurry though and want to order one of the collections shown on this page before they’re fully available on the site email me at contact@artemisstationery.co.uk.  I’m hoping they’ll both be online within a fortnight, but its a very busy time of year.

Wedding stationery trends for 2014 pt 2

Wedding stationery trends part 2

Stationery trends menu

Part 1: Intro & Vintage & Geometry

Part 2: Scrap Book, Metallic & Art Deco (you are here)

Part 3: Ethnic/Cultural Patterns, 20th Century Art, Illustration & Engraving

Part 4:  Everything else

Wedding Stationery Trends Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of wedding stationery trends for 2014.  We’re looking at trends whether they be new or established.  We’ve already discussed how vintage may evolve this year and trends from last year which will probably continue to be popular as they offer a counter point to vintage.  Click to see the previous wedding stationery trends article.  Today’s article looks at the development of two styles which are already popular and another which is newer.

Textures & Scrap booking

The use of texture in stationery has been popular for a few years now.  It’s been used a lot by designers of scrapbook style printed stationery.  What was maybe fun and more innocent a few years ago is looking more stylish and grown up in newer designs.  The range of materials being used is growing to.  At first people were imitating paper, card and fabric.  All things which would be used if you glued together the invite.  Now though textures like wood and metal are being used and objects that couldn’t be glued onto an invite like pom poms.  The big letters with lights on which are currently very stylish are also popular images to use within this type of stationery design.

Love bird design using wood and paper textures
Love bird design using wood and paper textures

This design is not yet on the main site, but it’s just a matter of days till I finish getting all the photos together so if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page on the main website.

Metals & Metallic finishes

Metallic finishes have been lighting up the catwalks of late.  This is bound to filter down to Bridal designers, many of whom have already been using metallic materials for very luxurious looking dresses.   It can be used in a number of ways from using a fabric which is all metallic looking to varying degrees or using embroidery, sequins, feathers or other elements to add to another colour fabric.  Of course once you have a distinctive dress it makes sense that a lot of other elements of a wedding will compliment it.  Like wedding stationery!

Gold wedding booklet invitation using gold colour print and gold pearlescent card.
Reggio Emilia gold wedding booklet invitation using gold colour print and gold pearlescent card.

This trend can fit in with the scrap book style.  This style normally uses images of materials printed onto stationery rather than the material itself.  The trick will probably be not making them look too cold or harsh.  It can also play a part in the move from vintage shabby chic/make do and mend to more a opulent and luxurious style vintage.  Eg metallic finishes or looks can work brilliantly with Art Deco.  Though tarnished, worn or corroded looking materials can also work with a grunge look, which can always make good use of interesting textures and materials.

Most digital printers can’t print metallic effects though some can, so most would be printed with normal ink rather than anything with a reflective ability.  A way around this would be to print onto a metallic card.  If wanting to use a darker card, you wouldn’t be able to print full colour, just dark colours so this would suit engraving style of designs.   This may well mean foil blocked stationery could rise in popularity as these allow you to use gold or other metallic colours for text and you get a real shine from them.

Stationers who use unprinted card in their work and brides and Grooms making their own invites can easily use metallic or pearlescent card.  A good gold or silver effect card can create a really luxurious look.

View our gold wedding board on pinterest to see examples of this style, ideas and bridal dresses.

Miami art deco table number tent in gold
Miami art deco table number tent in gold

View Reggio Emilia or Miami bespoke stationery collections on the main stationery website

Art Deco

Art Deco has probably been more popular than its average level for the last two years.  It’s a timeless style managing to look modern and classic simultaneously.  The Great Gatsby remake which may have been responsible for some of its gain in popularity was finally released last year.  Another way to come to Art Deco is as a luxury or opulent twist on the vintage trend.  Art Deco is centred on the 1920’s.  With the economic prospects in some areas beginning to look brighter this opulent branch of vintage will probably remain popular this year.  There is a lot which can be done in an Art Deco style so designers of stationery and other items have plenty of room to innovate and put new twists on the style without repeating themselves helping this style have a little more staying power than some.

Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.
Art Deco wedding sign and invitation.

You can view Capri (from the image above) here on our main website.  Or view all of our Art Deco collections.  There is also a section devoted to Art Deco on this blog

Thank you for taking the time read this article.  That’s it for part 2 but you can see more stationery here on our main bespoke wedding stationery site.  Part 3 will be along tomorrow.

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

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.

Las Vegas themed Wedding Stationery font

Las Vegas themed wedding stationery

Today a recent project has made me want to look at a specific font rather than a set of fonts as I have done in recent blog posts.  So today’s post is about a font I used for a recent project.  The project was to create a piece of Las Vegas themed wedding stationery, that being in particular a table plan that would have to match with the couple’s desire to name each of their tables after a past or present casino in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas themed Wedding Stationery

This project didn’t have a super big budget so most of the time went on the skyline so had to tackle the table names in a consistent manner rather than doing a name for each table reflecting the style of the place it was named after.  So I went to font squirrel and browsed for a commercially free font.  Eventually I settled on lobster.  It has the benefits that I think it feels a little retro – harking back to Las Vegas’s earlier time.  Therefore I could successfully use it for each table name while staying on theme.  Though I mixed up the shapes behind the letters and changed the colours so the names are not too regimented.  I was also able to use the same font in other places,

The font used

Lobster is a pretty great font.  It’s a little bit retro, a little bit script, quite stylish for headers and titles yet still a reasonably easy read.  So could be deciphered at a distance which is a bonus for a table plan.

This project was in collaboration with an event decorator and will be looked at in more detail in a future post – hopefully with some good insitu pictures as it’s not the full table plan shown here.  More of a taster…  If you like the design please visit my bespoke wedding stationery website to see more stationery or keep looking through this my wedding stationery blog.  This design isn’t available as collection yet but I think it may be soon so if you like the design and want it for your own event feel free to get in contact.  Pricing is likely to be similar to Catania.

To see the person I collaborated go and say hi to the lovely Carol at Laurel Design Stationery.

 

Las Vegas themed wedding stationery
Las Vegas themed wedding stationery

Wedding Stationery tips for your Wedding Day

Wedding Day Stationery tips and advice

This is tips and advice for wedding stationery and by that I mean wedding stationery used on the day of your wedding.  So this isn’t about wedding invitations ( <but that article is).  If you’re tight on budget remember the main thing about wedding stationery is that it performs a function.  If you can find an alternative that costs less or is free as long as it performs the job you need that’s all right.  Wedding stationery can make a great contribution to the look and styling of a wedding but that’s a bonus. Albeit a very good one!

If you would like to see more of my stationery visit the main website at for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery. Alternatively carry on looking around our wedding stationery blog.

Tips from a bespoke wedding stationery maker:

  • Seating plans escort cards or seating charts.  If you’re having a meal with set seating you need some way to get guests to show guests where to head.  100 people wandering around a banquet hall staring at each place name might be a bit chaotic.
  • Don’t produce a table plan or seating chart too early.  Especially with larger weddings adjustments may be needed as guests drop out and replacements come in.
Catania a carnival design table plan
Catania a carnival design table plan
  • For really large weddings escort cards over seating charts or table plans have the advantage that changes can be made right up until the last minute.
  • If making yourself aim to finish your stationery a week or so in advance.  This gives time for any mistakes to be corrected and to enjoy the week before your wedding.
  • Similarly if buying your wedding stationery leave yourself time as deliveries are easily missed or damaged in transit.  Things happen that aren’t anyone’s fault.
  • Orders of Service must be checked by the person conducting the service to check there is no copyright infringement.  You may not be able to print hymns or readings without permission.
Bologne Art Deco style place name
Bologne Art Deco style place name
  • Getting place names that have guest names printed can be a great bonus.  Our place names include name printing as standard.  But we do recommend getting a couple of blanks to cover the unexpected!  Why get them printed:
    • They can take a long time to do
    • Not everyone has really neat handwriting
    • You don’t need to worry about mistakes
    • Maintains a consistent and high quality look
    • Then again you could just hire a calligrapher like my friend Claire
Capri table name tent
Capri table name tent
  • If you think the table name holders are a bit unsightly and spoil the look of your centre pieces look for table name/number tents which offer a lower profile alternative in identifying your tables.
  • If you’re having a civil ceremony although you don’t need an order of service you could have a program giving details of the day and ceremony.
  • If you’re having a religious service with an Order of Service you can include a program for the day in with this.
  • If guests have a choice on the day providing menus can be useful!
Capri wedding menu
Capri wedding menu
  • If the meal had choices chosen in advance menus to remind people what the food was and a way to show guests what they chose is also a good idea.  You could put this on the back of the place names using a code like M: Ch meaning Main: Chicken.
Wedding Sign
Wedding Sign
  • If getting married in a large venue a welcome sign identifying where your wedding is can be helpful.  Especially for guests who don’t know too many other guests and might join the wrong event by mistake.
  • Favour tags can be a cute touch but don’t need to be seen as one of the more essential items.
  • Sweet and dessert tables can benefit from labels or tags to identify what’s on offer.  A lot of time this may be obvious but not always.  Allergy and diet advice could also be given.
  • Hard to find venues can benefit from signs reassuring guests they’re going the right way.  Take them down at the end of the day to avoid trouble with the local council.

The stationery ranges featured in this article are the Art Deco stationery collection Capri, also Art Deco inspired Miami and Catania Carnival wedding stationery collection.

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.

Place names

Wedding Place Names

We’re really proud of the place names or name cards we make for our clients. Like all of our bespoke wedding stationery and invitations which ever design you choose you make the decisions on styling them by choosing fonts and saying how you want them laid out. Though we can help and offer advice with this if needed! The colours are also changed to suit each client and they’re made from the same great card as we use for all of our stationery. Like our invitations the printing of your guest’s names is included in the price. This gives them a really great, polished look, there’s no need to try and write them on neatly yourself or press gang a relative with good writing. While on the reverse we like to also keep the effort up. I like to keep place names of keepsakes of the weddings I’ve been to but have wondered how well I will remember in the decades to come whose wedding it was. With that in mind the reverse of the place names are personalised. What’s there is down to you but it often includes the who (whose wedding), the where (the venue) and the when (the date). How that’s done is down to. Sometimes it’s simple and clean text, other times we can include the insignia that we can also design at no extra cost for use on your stationery.

The photos show our Brescia place name’s both the front and the back. On the reverse is an insignia with a Victorian or vintage style to compliment the font on the front. This place name is in a light blue but a sage green version of this place name has been shown numerous time in Wedding Ideas magazine.

Want to choose a stationery design to get place names in? Visit the Artemis Stationery website.

Vintage Fonts

Now when you read vintage you might well think oh no not more vintage.  Which is fair enough it has been very pervasive these last couple of years.  But though this article’s title is lazily lumping them all under the same banner as vintage fonts, there is a tonne of different styles that fall under the general vintage banner. I do want to showcase fonts that I think are well worth considering whether vintage is currently cool or the equivalent of the shellsuit trend from the 90’s.

As far as I can tell, people have used vintage to cover anything from the 80’s right back to the Victorian era.  This is fairly broad I’ll admit so I’m going to break the vintage fonts I want to share today down into a few groups.

Most of the fonts are ones available to choose from Artemis Stationery but all the typewriter fonts can be freely found online for all uses (I believe – please check the licence though in case I’m wrong).

Starting with Carnival or fairground.  The styling of fairs and travelling carnivals, like most Punch and Judy shows, I think harks back to bygone ages when such things were much more popular.  Beneath are three fonts which I think fit a fairground or carnival theme perfectly and in the case of Rosewood has been used  many, many times for that purpose.

Fonts for a carnival themed occasion
Fonts for a carnival themed occasion

This is an image of our fairground inspired design using the font Algerian.

Carnival Postcard Save the Date
Carnival Postcard Save the Date

Next we have open face (and similar) fonts.  Take one look and I don’t think I really need to explain why they’re called open face.  They remind me of a time when shop signs were hand painted, such signs would take longer to make due to the complexity of the font.  Today I think they add extra interest and reinforce a font’s vintage pedigree.  If I associate this with any particular age to my mind they’re before the First World War and back to the Victorian Era.  The Victorian period had a lot of elegance but at the same time vast and heavy industry including printing presses.

Open face and similar fonts
Open face and similar fonts

Serifs are those little bits of details on a font that makes fonts like Times New Roman look like they have received some decoration as opposed to fonts like Arial which just have the strokes they need to form the letters.  Serif fonts including Times New Roman I think are actually pretty vintage in themselves and good for simulating type writers which are pretty vintage now in themselves!  Although typewriters did make it to nearly the end of the last century.  I’m including serif fonts in this as I think some have some really interesting looks and to be honest you can’t far wrong with Times New Roman which strikes a very good balance I think between style and ease of reading.  The only thing counting against it maybe it’s popularity and its regular use.

Serif vintage fonts
Serif vintage fonts

Finally we’re going for type writer fonts.  So called because they simulate the not quite perfect nature of a type writer where the ribbon hasn’t quite got all the ink it needs.  They’re really good for creating a worn vintage look.

Type writer fonts
Type writer fonts

If you want to see how Artemis Stationery uses different fonts in our bespoke stationery either check out our Facebook page which shows many stationery photos or visit the Artemis Stationery website and see all of our unique and original stationery ranges.

 Update (11th Feb 2013):  if you are looking for more wide-ranging font ideas and inspiration please check out this article I’ve since had published on the English Wedding Blog.