…tied up with string. But I’ll come to that in a moment.
Four years ago, I did something that perhaps isn’t advisable for a 30-year old single woman living alone, I advertised for a housemate online.
Best thing I ever did.
After sifting through the psychopaths and the letchy men, I took a chance on a Welsh guy called Thom, five minutes after meeting I knew he’d fit into my little house perfectly and soon enough we were like brother and sister or maybe more accurately, The Beales of Grey Gardens.
Thom is one of the best people you’ll ever meet, over the two years we lived together the house was filled with his collection of quirky illustrations and weird paper-mache animal sculptures. He moved away to London just before I met Lee, and when we got engaged there was only one person I wanted to talk stationery with. We asked Thom if he would design our wedding invites and we were over the moon when he agreed.
One thing’s for sure, Thom Morgan is not your typical designer of wedding stationery. But the fact that he is so talented, such a beloved friend, and has a slight obsession with serial killers, meant he was bound to come up with something perfect for us.
All About The Hair
Thom took my very clear brief of “look at this vintage lampshade, can they look like that?” and created something really special and unique to us. I’ve mentioned before that a huge inspiration for our big day is our parent’s weddings, taking elements from the past to give our day a really nostalgic, retro feel and Thom reflected that in the invites.
For those of you who know me, I’m often recognised by my blonde mega-fringe. I’m not the only one, Lee also has quite a distinctive head of hair, so Thom came up with a simple hair-based wedding logo and worked it into the design, putting together a series of postcards to make up the invites.
We also wanted to add a bit of fun and give our guests a little keepsake. It was only when I was drying the dishes with my HRH William & Kate wedding tea towel (Cath Kidston, natch) that I realised what was missing. We needed our own commemorative memorabilia!
We wanted to get the best out of Thom’s designs, so to give our tea towels an even more individual and unique feel, we took them to a friend of a friend at a local company ‘In The Room’ who specialise in hand-pulled screen printing. Again, we kept it local for the postcards, taking them to another very kind friend at callprint.co.uk/ and everything turned out just perfectly.
The final job was putting them all together. Firstly, I made some cute little pegs with heart shaped buttons, then parcelled the whole lot up with one of my favourite things – brown paper and string. I won’t lie, it took AGES, but it was so worth it.
I’ve openly admitted before that I’m not the world’s most gifted crafter. Gluing buttons onto pegs is pretty much my limit, but quite early on in this whole process I thought it’d be a great idea to turn the ‘hair’ into a stamp to add that all important finishing touch to the parcels.
Now, this isn’t a DIY post, far from it. But here’s how it went down:
- cut the hair shapes out of paper and trace them onto a piece of foam
- hack at the foam with a pair of scissors until it vaguely resembles the picture
- rummage in the kitchen until you find something flat and chunky (in this instance, a jar of vitamins)
- glue the foam to the lid
- grab and ink pad and stamp to your hearts content
I have to say, I’m pretty chuffed with how it turned out. Maybe I’m not so cack-handed after all!
We’ve been delighted with the response of our friends and family to the invites. Everyone seems to love them and we’ve loved bringing a smile to their faces with our little parcels of happy.
Pop Up Pals
Have any of you ever used Internet dating? You know how these things happen, you meet online, you get talking, you find you have loads in common and then finally, you arrange to meet in real
In a couple of days I have a date! Well, not a real date, but a girly play-date at the Rock My Wedding Pop Up Shop, which is just as exciting.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love our little RMW community, and it really does go beyond these pages. Sometimes as a Bride, you think if you talk to normal people they’ll just think you’re insane in the mind, and they’d be right. So when you find a group of girls who understand exactly why you’re so excited about getting home from work to find three RSVP’s on the doorstep, you know you’ve found something special.
Apart from the other Real Brides of course, there are a couple of girls that I met on these very pages who know every last detail of my wedding, and in time have come to become real friends. We started off talking about weddings, but girls will be girls and we were soon sharing everything about our lives, loves, shopping, hopes, fears and deepest darkest secrets (including one about a late 90’s television personality!)
And so this Sunday, I’ll be road-tripping with our very own ‘One Jolly Girl’ down to Hampton Manor to meet our other ‘internet friends’ Philippa and Charlie at the RMW Pop Up Shop for the very first time! I can’t wait to meet my lovely girls and of course have a brilliant afternoon playing dress up with Team RMW.
Who’s joining us?
Finally, am I the only Bride who has NO IDEA what her Groom is wearing on the big day?
Lee is really taking this outfit thing seriously. He has given me two words and that’s it ‘Savile Row’. Very nice, but it really isn’t doing my colour-scheme based anxiety levels any good at all… Is anyone else in the same boat?
That’s me done anyway, fun times ahead as I head off to Brighton in a few weeks with my girls and gays for my Hen Weekend. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it!
Peace & Love