Alice in Weddingland – Wedding Stationery Dramas

When I (used to) hear the words ‘wedding stationery’ I automatically thought of either a) plain and overpriced stationery that you can get on the high-street or b) the hand-made versions I used to make whilst kidding myself I was good at art in school.  And quite frankly, I don’t know which is worse! Looking back on the ‘pre-stationery enlightenment’ Alice I just nod my head sadly… if only I knew then what I know now!  After getting stuck head (and heart) first into exploring various wedding stationery options I feel like the ultimate authority on the subject, and this is largely from the lessons I have learnt along the way. So this is what I’m going to share with you today in this little column, so that hopefully at least one person feels less helpless in the sea of wedding stationery options!I started thinking of my wedding stationery options a couple of months ago, so around seven months before the wedding day itself. And I say ‘stationery’ because it is not just an invite you need to consider. This was my first mistake: not doing any research into appropriate timings for sending out various wedding-related information to guests.  For example, I didn’t send out save the date cards.  Having never been to a wedding myself I had never even heard of save the date cards!  Essentially being a way to let everyone know the date of the wedding (helpful for booking up hotels etc in advance, and planning time off work) a save the date is also a great way to give your guests a glimpse of the theme that’s running through your wedding (and getting everyone talking excitedly about your big day!!)

I only realised that it might be time to look into wedding stationery when Graham and I were talking about our Honeymoon-gift list (more on that topic next month…) and how the deadline for contributions was the middle of March. March! As in, 10 weeks away March! It was only when I read a post on Rock n Roll Bride by guest blogger, and stationer-du-jour Lucy Ledger that I saw all my options clearly for the first time.  Firstly I had to decide: DIY option, or get a company to design it?  My man is an illustrator so he was immediately keen to go down the DIY route, and designed a header that he planned to screen print onto each invitation individually.  This would have been perfect, had it not been for the time scale involved in said production. As we realised how long this would take we had to sadly knock this idea on the head. Graham was gutted, and I felt as if I had failed as a bride-to-be, by not knowing and researching our options at an earlier date.

I then took to my twitter profile and posted a generic question about wedding stationery to my followers. This got a great response, with other brides/industry workers/Mrs Rock n Roll Bride herself all offering their advice. Getting a stream of information on tried and trusted wedding vendors is always reassuring and I immediately got stuck into research. We realised that there was no point in sending out a save the date this late in the game, so decided to go straight for the big-boy: The Invite.  After searching many websites and companies I came across a familiar name… Lucy Ledger.  Following a personal recommendation from the pink lady I contacted her, asking all about the process of ordering one of her pre-designed invites to going down the custom made (or bespoke) route. Her reply was amazing – I have never had such a friendly email from ANYONE! She explained that one option is to order directly from her website any of her main designs (options range from nautical to cherries to a cool-Britannia theme, all with a vintage-chic finish).  I looked into her prices (all advertised clearly on her site-no hidden charges on this one!) and was amazed to see that beautiful and quirky stationary was within our price range.

She also told me that for a fee she could design something completely unique for me, all based on my own theme and ideas. Another great option: You can also carry this custom design through to any other stationery you need, such as RSVP cards, menus, table plans, even mounted poster-boards to adorn the venue!  So I was happy I had found the perfect wedding stationer… but nothing’s ever that simple right?!

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Believe in People

Yesterday was my last day as an employee.

After nearly 5 years service to the shopping TV industry I’ve left those studios for the last time. It was a bitter-sweet moment and I left in tears, so unbelievably sad to be leaving my friends. Yet I know making the scary move to running my wedding blog full time is the only way for me. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me…for us.

My best friend sent me this card. It also made me cry.

“I just wanted to say I am uber proud of you and that I’m chuffed to bits. It doesn’t feel that long ago since we spend two long days standing in the cold, leafleting outside the National Wedding Show. Now there isn’t a person in the wedding world who doesn’t know about the gorgeous pink haired lady. You deserve every single bit of sucess, credit and love that has since come your way.”

TEARS Carly, you make me cry actual TEARS.

Recent Press – January 2011

Yep, 2011 is continuing to get better and better (my friend Gala is calling 2011, “two thousand and heaven” – I think that’s quite accurate actually!) Here’s a snippet of my press for the month of January. I’ve decided for future to just do a quick round up of most of my press on the last Saturday of every month as I want to save more blog space for all the awesome real-wedding I’m being sent!

All magazines are available in the shops right now.

Photo Pro

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This month I talk to Californian photographer Amelia Lyon about her awesome Lyon Shop training courses for budding wedding photographers.

WEDDING Magazine

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I wanted to share with the readers of WEDDING Magazine some of my favourite, unique bouquet ideas. There’s much more out there than roses don’t you know! There’s a special mention in this article to one of my utter favourite bouquet creators, Princess Lasertron.

WED Magazine

The Cornwall based magazine asked me to write an article about my favourite ways to rock your wedding. Check out the HUGE photo they used of me. Scary…but kinda cool!

Wedding Ideas Magazine

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I ran a full feature on this a last week as I’m pretty chuffed that they have now featured our wedding in their mag twice!

Perfect Wedding

I was contacted to help out with an article on unique wedding ideas. I spoke about some cool venue and reception ideas. They even used a photo of me (to illustrate the wackiness I guess!)

Jo & Johan’s Eclectic Cocktail Party Wedding

Jo & Johan and we were married on the 25th of September in Brisbane, Australia. Their wedding was an eclectic mix of their own personal styling ideas.

“The wedding planning for me was a process of questioning absolutely everything that was the ‘norm’ when it comes to weddings,” Jo told me. “We kept the traditions that had value to us, but completely reinvented or simply discarded those that we felt were unnecessary. One of the very first decisions I made was that I knew I didn’t want to have a traditional bridal party. Instead, we asked all our guests to wear black and white, then our bridal party and immediate family members wore colour – that way they stood out as important, without having to be matchy-matchy. I’m so glad we did it, it was one of my favourite things about our wedding.”

The couple wanted an intimate and special chapel ceremony and so chose Broadway Chapel. Their criteria for their reception was to have a rockin’ cocktail party – not in anyway a traditional wedding reception – but finding their perfect venue was quite difficult, “We knew we wanted to have a cocktail style reception, because we wanted it to be casual and social. We finally found a converted warehouse called Lightspace which we fell in love with – and we were their first ever wedding!”

Jo’s dress came from Bridal on James and it was the very first dress she tried on. “The dress originally came in standard white and ivory, but the ladies there were brilliant and helped me source the perfect colour fabric,” the bride continued. “I’ve known pretty much all my life that I wouldn’t get married in a white dress, and I couldn’t be happier with what I ended up with! In fact, I tried on two other dresses that day, but that was it – I didn’t even bother looking elsewhere. It was quite liberating!”

Jo asked her bridesmaids to wear different dresses (I love this look!) and she tied their styling together with shoes from Novo (same style, different colours) and those awesome Chanel temporary tattoos. This idea RULES!

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Tony & Cindy’s Pin Up & Tattoo Themed Wedding

“Tony and I have always been into tattoos and are both big pin up girl fans, both classic and modern,” begins Bride Cindy. “Neither of us ever thought we get to have a wedding that truly expressed who we were, and we were soooooo wrong. The tattoo / pin up girl theme was one of the first things we decided on. If we were going to do it, we were going to do it right and really have our own wedding … for us and no one else … we got our wedding tattoos during our engagement photo shoot.”

The pin up and tattoo theme was integrated throughout the wedding – from the pin up style bridesmaid dress to the temporary tattoos. All the bridesmaids were given heart tattoos to wear with their husband’s name in it. Well except for Cindy’s 9 year old niece … her tattoo said “Jacob” (from Twilight!)

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