If thick paper, foiling, hand written notes and ribbon make you swoon, then this feature is for you. We’re celebrating paper goods today and let me tell you, when it comes to weddings the world really is your oyster. The creativity of stationers knows no bounds and I’m constantly blown away by how gorgeous their designs are.
Yet for some, there’s a misconception that wedding stationery is overpriced and a waste of money. No no no, my friends – this couldn’t be further from the truth. So, let’s bust some of those stationery myths, explain the costs behind the design and print process and celebrate the joy of receiving a beautiful wedding invitation through the post…
Mastering Calligraphy is on that virtual list, emblazoned on the brain of things to conquer in life. Dreams of having beautiful written Christmas cards and correspondence. The reality is, it’s really hard and takes time, practice and dedication to get remotely good at the art. Thankfully our exclusive wedding directory, The List has some amazingly clever folk who have done the hard work for us.
Drawberry Jam creates a beautiful range of illustrated stationery and wedding gifts, but their primary service are these fabulous bespoke wedding maps, which are brilliant accompaniments to your wedding invitations and a fabulous tool for your guests to know the general lay of the land.
Drawberry Jam will work with you to tailor a map to your venue so it is completely bespoke to your wedding location. It can feature all the local landmarks and details, an illustration of you as newlyweds, and of course where you are getting married. Drawberry Jam will happily adapt her drawing style to suit your wedding theme or preference.
Every map is made to order and can be turned around within 2-3 weeks. Drawberry Jam welcomes your input and feedback at every stage of the design process – this is really important to ensure that every detail is true to the occasion and reflects you as a couple as well as your wedding day.
I’m having a bit of a moment with paper recently. Being a personal obsession of mine, I do love finding a new stationer that makes unique and pretty wedding invitations. Paperbird does exactly that, and I’m really excited to be introducing you to their gorgeous origami stationery – something I think guests would love to receive and that is perfect for setting the tone for a contemporary wedding…
How pretty? I love…
Of course, Paperbird don’t just create Origami invitations but there is something really special about the lightness of these designs and the clear effort that goes into origami, that just makes them stand out massively amongst the sea of often uninspiring invitations available.
And it’s not just invitations that Paperbird offer – the range extends to place cards, menus and everything you could need to set the tone for a beautiful day. I’m thinking they would look stunning in an all-white scheme punctuated with super bright accents… soft and modern all at once.
Eve, the creative genius behind Paperbird, told me a little bit more about her designs…
We make each origami invitation by hand in the UK. Each design is created from a crisp cotton organza and hand folded, we then stitch a ribbon to each and add a personalised tag. We can create some bespoke ideas as well which have ranged from microphones to boats!!
We actually also have a very broad range of clients with many from abroad – Australia, France, Italy and America. Our laser cut wish tree has proved very popular since we launched it and is available in wood, card and acrylic starting from £100 for just the tree.
We love wish tree’s here at Rock My Wedding – they’re such a great way of getting your loved ones to leave a message and we think this one is particularly pretty.
Paperbird are currently in the running for an award at the County Brides Awards and if you love them as much as we do, you can cast a vote for them (or your preferred wedding supplier – there are lots of categories!) before June the 7th.
Have you found something unique for your invitations? Do tell, we always love to hear about new paper pretty!
P.S. Paperbird don’t just do origami – they actually make stunning laser cut invitations too, so do head on over to the site and have a look round at all their bespoke creations!
Well, Good morning readers! Have we got a treat for you today! Remember way back in June (My! How time flies!) when we shared the Wedding Tea Towel with you? Well, today we get to exclusively show you their new design range… and I don’t mind saying, they are fabulous!! The range launches today on their site so do head on over and have a look around (in the Gallery) if you’re still uuming and ahhing about Save the Dates or Invites.
Always a brilliant idea, the Tea Towels started off with a very individual style, which unique though it was, was quite specific. Since expanding the range there are heaps of new designs in really varied styles to suit nearly every type of wedding you can imagine!
Via Email, Karen from Wedding Tea Towels told me about the inspiration behind the new designs… ‘We have teamed up with some of our amazing designer buddies and asked them to create their own designs so they are in a totally different style to our original designs and they are just brilliant!’
I’m absolutely thrilled Wedding Tea Towels have expanded their range of designs, particularly as they make a great way of being eco friendly in your wedding choices. Previously being suited to quite a relaxed and rustic style of wedding, there are now options which lend themselves to a more traditional day in the elegant scrolling design above, or the majestic Peacocks below.
Vintage wedding? Try the postcard design (particularly clever when it arrives in the post I think!) Or if you’re still looking for a really fun vibe, the top two designs would be hard to beat.
So can we tempt you readers?
As ever, let us know your thoughts on the new designs and if you’ll be considering them for your wedding….
One of the things I still get really excited about when it comes to wedding style is Paper. Stationery has always been a bit of an obsession of mine and one of the many things I think the US streaks ahead in when it comes to designs and variety. I’m always pleased to see the UK keeping up in terms of creativity and unique inspiration and this particular company is doing exactly that. And when Katy introduced herself and her company I was really really excited :). This is what RMW is all about…
Coquette Paper and Press offer a variety of wedding stationery designs that, for me, suit almost any wedding style, encompassing our current love for all things retro vintage and reminiscent of days gone by, right through to more modern or romantic text based designs with gorgeous fonts. Katy, the lady behind the designs, has written a little bit about Coquette Paper and Press so I’m going to hand you straight over…
Coquette Paper & Press was born when a lifelong obsession with stationery collided with sisters and friends who were getting married and discovering that their wedding stationery options were as limited as they were uninspiring. As a self-confessed font-geek, hopeless romantic and lover of all things stationery, I couldn’t help but get involved in making sure they found their heart’s desire.
When Coquette Paper & Press began, I had just given up my job as a graphic designer and was on the brink of retraining as a make up artist, so while my days were filled with lipstick, powder and paint, my evenings were consumed by paper samples and typography. Like a kid in a candy store I have continued to explore and develop my two loves, make up & design and the two now sit side by side quite happily, inspiring & motivating each other.
The current collection features 10 invitation suites, all heavily influenced by the US ‘Indie’ wedding and letterpress trend, along with a special design called Kitty. Named for the bride it was first designed for, the scrapbook style ‘folder’ wraps around a traditional or bespoke invitation, and gives guests all of the info needed for the special day, while featuring bits and pieces from the bride and groom’s life together, symbols of a first date, postcards from the ‘proposal’ holiday, letters and poems shared by the couple.
Alongside letterpress, thermographic, lithographic & giclee printing, I also offer “Print at Home” designs for brides looking to save on the pennies.
It is so good to see a product as good as this available on a more cost effective basis for those planning brides who don’t have the biggest budget to stretch around. It just goes to show, you don’t have to compromise on DIY paper with a smaller budget. And for those of you who can afford a bespoke option, such as the Kitty, the sky’s the limit in terms of the creativity you can show off. I would be so impressed to receive an invitation like these, I think I’d have to sit down and just gaze at it. For me, every wedding invitation sets the tone for the wedding and my brain would literally explode imagining what was to come in a day that started with aCoquette Paper and Press design!
Tell us your favourite… text based, retro graphics or scrapbook style?
Once Upon a time there was a lovely stationery designer lady called Vicky Trainor who decided that the world of pretty paper needed something new. And by something new what she actually meant was something new created out of many unique shiny items of old.
With a selection of vintage linens, appliqued ditsy florals, buttons, beading and embroidery Vicky was able to make some the most delicious invitations and favours in all of the land, suitable for the very fairest of them all…… the discerning fairytale bride.
Vicky Trainor :The idea behind our new little collection ‘made with love’ arrived one day whilst sorting and organising my endless boxes of collected haberdashery. At the bottom of this box was my little sewing case that I made when I was 7 years old. I spent hours, when I was younger, collecting and making endless pieces, some useful some not so useful, pressing flowers, organising my grandma’s button box….
We were starting to work on ideas, at the time, for new collections for 2011-2012 – we wanted to create something very different to our current printed collections and we had been researching embroidery and haberdashery from the 40’s and early 50’s and, from this, ‘made with love’ was born. This collection is the first to be created from our new ‘Vintage Drawer’ label.
A little collection of linen booklet invitations, favour sewing cases, embroidered table numbers, lavender bags, linen and ribbon place ties and named chair back ties and still more to be created. Each individual piece made, here in the studio, will be a bespoke one-off item, made from new and vintage linens and haberdashery finds.
‘Made with Love’ will be available from January 2011, although images can be emailed through to anyone who may be interested in these early stages. We wanted Rock My Wedding to be the first to see the new collection and let you, their readers, have a little sneaky peak first.
I mean really – I would die for a favour as pretty as this.
And if not a gift for every guest how about a little something for your maids? a beautiful and undoubtedly useful keepsake.
Vicky Trainor is offering Rock My Wedding fairytale brides a very generous 10% off all stationery ordered before the 31st January, that includes the Made With Love range.
I’m a stationery lover, obsessed with paper and to me the invitation for my wedding had to really set the tone. I wanted people to get excited when they saw it and it really upsets me when people don’t care about their paper goods. Sadly they’re often expensive so get cut in the great budget debate but the invitation not only heralds the day, they are often kept in photo albums alongside the photos as a memento so I really think it’s worth taking the time to get them right.
Sadly, as it seems with everything (although we’re working really hard to change that!) The US leads the way in terms of quirky cool and beautiful stationery and letterpress is a huge trend right now but this quirky and super pretty company Emma Jo popped into my inbox a couple of weeks back and I just had to share.
*Save the Date, Invitation and RSVP card, all part of the Chloe range.
Emma Jo create letterpress stationary with whimsical designs and vintage flair. The Chloe range (above) is prettily Victorian in it’s style and flourishes, lending elegance to your announcement and would suit a very classic English Wedding.
*Save the Date, and Invitation, all part of the Victoria range.
The Victoria range draws on the romance of Victoria and Albert using classic silhouettes as were popular in the era. Simple and elegant, it reminds me of an Austen novel and would be perfectly suited to a thoroughly modern millie who’s finally found her Mr Darcy and is planning a country house wedding in the heady summer months.
Another design with a Vintage Victorian flair is the statement Olivia. Using a range of diverse typography from the same era, this is a quirky addition to a wedding full of uniquely styled touches, perfect for a city pub wedding.
*Save the Date, Invitation and RSVP card, all part of the Rosalind range and Invitation (middle) from the Olivia collection.
Similarly simple in it’s elegance is the Rosalind collection, using the couples name and scrolling font to keep it chic with modern stripes to update the look.
*Save the Date, Invitation and menu card, all part of the Esme range.
Always a fan of the floral, combined with these preppy stripes I’m in stationery heaven and wish I’d found Emma Jo before my wedding. Make sure you head over to the site to check out the full range and show her some Rock My Wedding love :).
Are you planning on making stationery a priority in your plans and which of these pretty paper treats tickles your fancy?