Stationery

The Secret Benefit Of Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more of a tradition than a necessity these days. Even in an ever-more digital world, there’s something delightful about being able to hold an invitation in your hands and run your fingers over the beautiful calligraphy. While it might be easier (and cheaper!) to just invite people over the internet or with a phone call, few brides are able to resist the lure of beautiful invitations being sent out to their friends and family.

While these invitations might be primarily ornamental rather than functional these days, the reality is that invitations give you a chance to request more than just an RSVP from your guests. Add a section onto your invitations that allows you to ask a few questions; questions that will allow you to be able to ensure that your guests have the best possible time at your wedding.

Below are three questions you could ask on your invitations, and why they are so important.

Question One: Do You Have Any Dietary Restrictions?

No one wants to be the wedding guest sitting at their reception table, unable to eat anything that’s put in front of them. There’s a wide variety of dietary restrictions that your wedding catering should be able to provide for– but only if you know what restrictions your guests may have. You need to know if they have religious restrictions, allergies, or intolerances such as Celiac disease, so ask the question on your invitation; then you can ensure all your guests are provided for.

Note: This is not an excuse for guests to be picky eaters! Restrictions — which have to be obeyed — are very different from “I just don’t like this much”. Provide a tick box of answers instead of allowing people to write in their own answer, as it helps to eliminate any picky requests.

Question Two: Do You Have Any Seating Preferences?

Figuring out the seating chart for your reception is like playing a human game of Jenga; you have to get people in just the right place, or there’s a risk it will all fall down. If you know beforehand that certain people don’t want to be seated near one another, then it makes planning far simpler. So ask the question on your invite, so no one has to acknowledge the awkwardness vocally– but you are still able to tailor your seating plan to suit.

Question Three: Do You Have Any Particular Requests?

It helps to give examples of the requests, such as:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Mobility restrictions, such as not being able to walk far to get to a room within a venue
  • Questions about gifts or the registry

The vast majority of people replying to your invitation will leave this section blank. However, for those that do want to make a special request, this gives them a chance to do so without appearing overly demanding. If a request is made that you need to respond to, you can either deal with it yourself or delegate the task to a bridesmaid.

As the above reasons show, invitations do have a place in modern weddings. Use them to glean the information you need to ensure you and your guests have the best experience imaginable. Good luck!

Borrowed and Blue Design – Wedding Stationery Review

When planning your big day I think a wedding invitation is important. Unless you are sending out save the date cards it is the first snippet of your wedding theme that your guests get to see.  I feel like they set the scene for your wedding. There are so many wedding invitation suppliers out there that finding the perfect one isn’t always easy.

Having a recommendation is important, or even finding someone who will send out sample packs for you. Even if you have to pay a small fee, I would highly recommended doing this. Having the sample means you are able to see what the quality is like before placing a large order, and it not meeting your expectations.

I recently came across Borrowed and Blue Design over on twitter. An on-line wedding stationery shop. Designed and owned by Hayley, a professional graphic designer, who kindly offered to send me out a couple of her sample packs to have a look at.

Borrowed and Blue Design stock an ever growing range of house designs. The popular house designs are all personalised for you, with some changeable elements. There is also a bespoke service, designing wedding stationery that is completely customised for you. I was sent two different styles. Both quite different from the other.

Midsummer Bloom

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This beautifully floral design was the one that caught my attention on Twitter. It all arrived bound with twine. Pretty red, pink and peach shades of roses and peonies. The quality of these cards can be felt straight away. They are slightly textured, which gives a vintage vibe. Set as a square invitation and save the date cards. They arrive with vintage feel unbleached kraft envelopes. The pretty invite arrives with bound with lovely twine and a ‘you’re invited’ tag. In addition there are RSVP cards and matching envelopes, making sure your guests can easily reply.

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I really like this design, I can see it fitting in with almost any wedding that has floral vintage feel. Perfect for summer weddings. With prices starting from just £0.45, you are able to mix and match the different elements to suit your wedding style and budget.

Borrowed and Blue Design

Chic Celebration

Borrowed and Blue design

Chic Celebration is a more chic, contemporary design and colour way. Peach shades with copper tints throughout and geometric patterns. It’s an eye catching glamorous style that really works well together. The quality is of Chic Celebration is beautiful, printed on to pearlescent card, with a smooth finish. All coming together with a pretty peach coloured ribbon. Chic Celebration comes with plain white envelopes which makes the invitations really stand out.

Borrowed and Blue Design

I love that it gives a timeless feel to your wedding stationery. However, if the colours are not quite how you would like them, then it can be changed to match your wedding colours. With the prices starting from just £0.70 for the ‘you’re invited’ tags. Again, you are able to choose the elements that work for you and for your wedding.

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Bespoke Design

Hayley at Borrowed and Blue Design also offers a wonderful bespoke service allows you to create a design that is personal and unique to you. Hayley will work with you every step of the way to help design the perfect stationery that meets all of your requirements. Using the bespoke service means that you have a blank canvas to work from. The colours, the fonts, the design. All the way down to the finer details, like the ribbon or the envelope liners. You get everything possible with this wonderful service.

Borrowed and Blue Design are offering my lovely readers a discount of 10% off your order, just use the code Champagne10 at check out.

*Thank you Hayley for sending me these beautiful Wedding stationery samples, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Wedition – Your Personalised Wedding Magazine

Are you looking for something a little bit different to showcase your wedding day in words? Are you a book or magazine obsessed couple, wanting to give your guests their very own magazine of your special day? If so then Wedition would be perfect for you.

Wedition is a fabulous new company ran by Liz Gatherer. Liz’s idea is a modern take on Wedding stationery. Your order of service, hymns, readings and menu all in your own personalised magazine. Not forgetting lots of fun facts and photos of the happy couple, their friends and family.

Liz kindly sent me a copy to look at and to see what I thought. The lovely showcase copy had been styled with fabulous ideas, so I could see just what Wedition is all about.

Wedition

Order of Service

Wedition

You can fill this space with all the details of your wedding ceremony. Whether you are having a church or a civil service your guests still like to be able to follow along. If you are having hymns you can make sure everyone can easily sing along. You can add in any readings for your guests to follow, or for those Grandparents who are slightly hard of hearing.

The Bridal Party

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This section gives you the chance to show off your bridal party. Giving information and photographs about all the important people at your wedding. The Bride and Groom’s parents with their names, photographs and a little bit of a biography about them. The Maid of Honour, Best Man, Bridesmaids, Groomsman not forgetting the Flower Girls and Page Boys. Don’t forget that not everyone at the wedding will know all the people in the Bridal Party. So these pages allow you to show off the party with fun images and facts about them all.

I am off to a wedding in June, to which my Hubby is Best Man but I only know the Bride and Groom, and the Grooms parents, so a Wedition would be perfect for this. If you are not having a large bridal party, thats ok, it can be changed to meet your requirements.

Mr & Mrs – About us

Now it’s time to really have a bit of fun. Why not create a mini question and answer section for each other. Just make sure you are happy to share the answers with everyone! Or you could get some of the questions and answers from your stag and hen parties with your slightly drunken answers. It could be funny to read…

The Ring Ceremony has been included within the ‘About Us’ pages. Added for those brides and grooms who are choosing to include this ceremony within their wedding. A lovely concept to get everyone involved and share their love with the newly weds. However, I have not seen been to a wedding that included this. So you would need to change this page, thats ok. Maybe you are having a festival wedding and want to add details of all the festivals you have visited. Or something completely different like a personalised crossword that has clues to things that are special to you both. Wedition’s designer will be with you every step of the way to help create a magazine that perfect for you.

Also included within the ‘About Us’ pages is ‘Our story in numbers’. This fun section is a great way to give little facts about each other. Like, 20 pairs of new shoes that Sarah has but will never wear. Or how many years you have been together. Anything goes in this section.

The Venue

Let your guests know why you choose your venue. Was it because it’s your favourite place to eat, or the grounds are stunning, did you choose it because you had your first date there? What ever the reason you can tell your guests all about it. Why not ask your venue to write a section about why they are the perfect choice for a wedding. You could ask if they would offer you a discount, or upgrade your package for the advertising within Wedition. You never know what a venue would be prepared to offer, it’s always worth asking!

It’s all in the details

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It’s your chance to point out to you guests all the little things they might have missed. It could be you telling them about the hand made table favours, or the different flower verities in the bouquets. The reason you choose the colour scheme or the date. The first dance song, It could be anything you want.

The Honeymoon

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Fancy showing off your honeymoon destination? Why not share details of your plans for a honeymoon. Let your guests know of the places you plan to visit, even if your planning on having it at a later date. Share your dreams.

So, what’s included?

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Prices start from £325. It does seem like a lot of money at £6.50 per magazine. Yet when you think about the items many couples like to have at their wedding: the Order of service, menus, readings, hymns and table plans (that are most likely to be thrown away by everyone, expect your Mum) it becomes much more cost effective. You could also use it as your wedding favours, which alone can add up to serious amounts of money.

Included within the price, are 50 copies of your Wedition, your own dedicated graphic designer and creative writer. Who are on hand to produce a magazine that compliments your wedding style. In addition you get up to three sample copies for you to proof read, so you are able to make any changes. A member of the Wedition team, where possible, will meet with you face to face to discuss your wedding and get to know your personality. However, if face to face isn’t an option then Skype or FaceTime is always possible.

The team at Wedition like to research your venue to help have idea of your personal wedding style. Your Wedition is all about your special day, it will be completely styled and altered to compliment your wedding. If you wanted it to be rustic and floral that’s exactly what you would get.

Have you thought about using Wediton as your invitation as well? You could send it out to your guests with lot of details about places to stay, things to do in the area, gift list details. Your Wedition can be whatever you want it to be.

The Wedition team will contact your wedding suppliers, to see about arranging possible discounts for you. There is also an ever increasing list of suppliers who offer discounts to Wedition customers. You never know your every own Wedition might end up costing you very little.

My thoughts on Wedition

I really love the idea of having of Wedition, a truly personalised way to give your guests something lovely to take home. Just think about how many menus or orders of service sheets that you would be having made and yet thrown away. A copy of Wedition will be taken home by your guests as a keepsake.

Most of all I really like is that you can take pages out of the sample and add anything you would like. I love the idea of having an ‘In Memory Of’ page. A place you for you to add the loved ones that are unable to be there.

Wedition are currently offering an introductory price of £250 for the package, making your Wedition’s as little as £5 each.

I think you would love this concept, it’s something new and different. Why not show your wedding guests something they haven’t seen before?

Save the date cards for Weddings

save the date cards for weddings

Over the last few years it has become popular to send out ‘Save the date’ cards to your wedding guests. The idea is that you send them out to friends and family who you would like to attend your wedding, making them aware of your planned wedding date. As some people are now booking weddings 2-3 years in advance, making these cards a great idea. It’s also exciting to receive something like this through the post box. Instead of the usual takeaway menus and bills.

save the date cards for weddings

It wasn’t something the we did for our wedding. However over the last couple of years we have been receiving them over a year in advance of a wedding. I really like putting them the on the fridge to remind us of fun times ahead. I am someone who loves the added extra’s and place them in my keep sake box.

Save the date cards are generally just a note that gives your wedding date and very little other information. Details on venues and times would be on your official wedding invitation.

save the date cards for weddings

Your save the date cards don’t have to be themed to suit the style of your wedding. As at this stage you might not have any confirmed themes.

I love how save the date cards are now available is many different styles. There are so many to choose from. Note cards, business cards, fridge magnets, pencils, luggage labels and postcards to name a few.

save the date cards for weddings

If you have booked your wedding in advance, make sure your chosen guests are free by sending out a lovely save the date card.

What style would you choose?

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