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Ten Questions to Ask Your Stationery Designer

We’ve covered ten questions to ask your wedding photographer and videographer, and today we’re chatting to stationery designer Nikki from Knots and Kisses to find out the things you should ask anyone you’d like to book to design the paper pretties for your wedding.

Other than your photographer and venue, choosing who to work with to create your wedding invitations is probably one of the first things you’ll need to look at when planning your wedding. Your invitations are that initial glimpse for your guest’s as to the look of your day so for many it’s really important to get right.

I’ve been working as stationer now for eight years and chat to other stationers in the wedding industry on a regular basis and there are a few basic questions you could ask us before booking which would make ordering your stationery so much easier and less stressful!

1. Can I get an idea of the style of your existing work?
Whatever wedding service you are booking, it is essential that you ask to see samples of previous work so you can gauge their style and what they do best before you go any further. Make sure their style already aligns with any ideas or Pinterest board you might have. Don’t assume a stationer can do any style, especially if you are looking for a bespoke design and NEVER ask them to copy something you have seen elsewhere. Most stationery designers will work best if they are creating the style of work they love and you will get the best out of your stationery and invitations this way as well.

2. How far in advance should I book?
If you are in the early stages of wedding planning and are starting to look at the suppliers you would love to work with then pop them an email as soon as you can. Its important to check what their lead times are and how far in advance you should book them. Lead times will vary depending on if they print in-house or outsource it, and if you want something bespoke designed for you that will take longer too.

3. What are your turnaround times?
Again this is something which it is great to find out as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Many stationers outsource their printing so it’s not just a case of ‘pressing print’ and bingo 24 hours later you have invitations. It takes time to go through a proper proofing process to make sure you are 100% sure that everything is exactly how you want it. Then there is the setting up of print files, the printing itself and the hand finishing and packing. Asking this question in advance means you won’t be thinking you have plenty of time to order and then be frustrated.

4. Can I change the colour of an existing design?
Most stationers will offer some sort of service where they will change the colours of an existing design for you at very little extra cost. It can be a really good idea to go down this route if the cost of having a fully bespoke option is outside of your budget, so worth an ask rather than dismissing the stationer immediately because they don’t have exactly your colour scheme in their standard collections.

5. When should I send out my wedding invitations?
While when you send your wedding invitations out is entirely up to you, most stationers will have experience on the ideal time and can advise on when is best based on the type of wedding you are having. Use their experience and you’ll find the whole process much less stressful!

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Katya Katya London: A New Name, A New Flagship Store & A Brand New Collection!

My friends at Katya Katya London have been very busy indeed. Formally Katya Katya Shehurina they’ve not only given their name an update, but they’ve been busily designed their stunning new collection and they’re opening a brand new swanky flagship store in Chelsea THIS WEEK!

To celebrate I am thrilled to not only be sharing their new ‘Morning Mist’ collection with you but to share you a very special, exclusive offer just for Rock n Roll Bride readers!

The new boutique sure is pretty…

The ‘Morning Mist’ Collection is split into two sections – bridal and occasionwear (perfect for those Christmas parties or if you’re a colour-loving bride).

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A Fashion Editorial Inspired Engagement Shoot at a Sinking Yellow House

There are some people that ooze cool by simply existing and I think Nancy and Boogie fall firmly into that camp! Even their names sound awesome together. They wanted their engagement shoot to be more of a fashion editorial rather than traditionally romantic.

They shot at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston in front of a piece of art, a sinking yellow house created by Mark Reigelman. “While I was searching for possible locations, I stumbled upon this art piece my friend visited not too long ago”, Nancy explained. “Because of its unique style and since we’re big fans of art, I knew we had to somehow make it a part of our vision.”

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A December Vegas Elopement with a Glittery Sequin Dress

Is there any wedding more Rock n Roll Bride than a Vegas elopement and a silver sequin dress? Getting married in December with a £6000 budget, Nic and Loz decided Sin City was the perfect spot for them. The ceremony was held at The Little White Wedding Chapel and afterwards they wandered around Fremont Street, Seven Magic Mountains, the Vegas Sign and Caesars Palace for photos. They ended the night with a 30 inch pizza from Pin Up Pizza which they ate back in their hotel room.

“We met on a night out at university”, began the bride. “We had mutual friends and got chatting, he was grumpy but I liked his style. We hung out quite a lot for a while until uni ended and we moved to different places and lost touch. After four years we got in touch again, started chatting on the phone, met up and then got together! He’s cheered up a bit since then…”

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Subtly Halloween Inspired Rooftop Shoot

Halloween is just a few weeks away so what could be a more perfect shoot to share today than this one? Inspired by Memphis (where the session took place), Halloween and autumn, the nods to the season are subtle, but effective. I’m not a massive fan of really over the top, themed Halloween shoots so this one is right up my street. In fact if I was having a Halloween wedding this is exactly how I’d style it!

“The inspiration of this styled wedding shoot was HALLOWEEN”, photographer Ashley wrote. “Kelsey (Connor and Co.) and I wanted to do a bad ass alternative bride shoot and decided it should be Halloween and it was appropriate for the time of year. We took classy and elegant and brought it to a whole new level.”

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An Authentically Vintage Yorkshire Wedding

It was important to vintage-loving Catriona and Mikey that their wedding was authentically vintage, and didn’t just have  a vintage ‘style’. The bride wore a dress from 1948, they handmade all the decor and served afternoon tea.

“We wanted to support as many small, independent businesses and charities as possible so this was at the forefront of how we went about planning”, said the bride. “His suit also cost more than my dress! My dress was only £50 because it was vintage and I bought it off a dealer who’s a friend. She then made my underskirt and alterations for another £50 so was a complete bargain and I loved it.”

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