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.

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Chic Celebration

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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.

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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.*

Son of Steak – Join the Steak revolution

“Steak doesn’t have to be snazzy and expensive. It should be simple. It should be beautiful. And it should taste great, no matter what”

This is what new newly opened steak house in Nottingham believes. I was recently invited to an event at Son of Steak, a relaxed and casual dining style restaurant in the city centre. With an industrial feel, their relaxed style is perfect for my Hubby who loves a great steak but also likes not to feel the need to get overly dressed up to go out. Unfortunately he was unable to join me for the evening, so it was the perfect chance to take my bestie along with me.

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The Drinks

We arrived to be greeted with a Mojito, and a great Mojito it was too. Made with Bacardi and on tap. Son of Steak are proud to be the first place in the UK that sells a ‘Taptail’ so all they have to do is add ice, lime and mint. No waiting around for these tasty cocktails to be made. There is also a full menu of different drinks, wines, beers and spirits, something for everyone.

Son of Steak

For the non alcoholic drinker they have a daily hand-mixed soft drink as part of their unlimited drinks offer. We had a pink lemonade with basil. It was really refreshing and not too sweet. Of course there is a selection of other soft drinks, which are on the refill drinks offer. The lovely FireFly drinks are sold here, plus various hot drinks.

The Food

During the event we were treated to samples of the menu. Starting with with salads, a lovely raw salad with a ginger and pineapple dressing and a delicious avocado and caesar salad.

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Out came a large selection of side dishes. Flat mushrooms, crispy onion loaf, house ‘slaw all from the standard menu. At £2.25 each or on a 3 for 2 offer. On the Gourmet menu there was crushed sweet potato, creamy béchamel spinach, grilled halloumi, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted veg sprinkled with zatar all £2.80 each.

The mac ‘n’ cheese was a massive hit, with everyone going back for more. I loved the sweet potato and the creamy béchamel spinach. They are something a bit different to the normal side dishes you can get in most restaurants.

My favourite items came out next the BAO Buns, which is fairness I had never seen or heard of before. However, they looked delicious and tasted even better. If you, like me have no idea what a BAO Bun is, well it is a Taiwanese street food. They come filled with crispy vegetables, cucumber, and a choice of chilli, soy and yakiniku sauces all sprinkled with sesame seeds. Not forgetting your choice of filling. We had steak in ours, because it was so thinly cut it was well cooked. I like my steak well done and this perfect for me. I can’t wait to go back with my hubby and enjoy a BAO bun all to myself, I think I would opt for the pulled chicken.

The Steaks

“Forget the the fuss… focus on the flavour”

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The Son of Steak’s iron steaks and chips, started off the selection of steaks we were treated to. The steak was all served medium rare. As I mentioned earlier I don’t eat steak unless it is well done. I know, I know, no chef wants someone like me ordering a great cut of steak and wanting it well done. Anyway, I was told that it was soft juicy and tasted amazing.

Followed by more steak. This time Lomito and Picanta steaks, both 8oz, both cooked in a charcoal oven served with a pinch of salt. Lomito is a cut from the tender part of the rump, while the Picanta comes from the top part of the rump. Again these were served to us medium rare and rare, so I didn’t try any. However the men around the table happily munched their way through a fair amount, so my guess it is it tasted great.

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There was also a selection of burgers and charcoal cooked chicken for us to try as well. The burgers arrived served on sesame buns with a burger sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Really just a standard burger, they were the least enjoyable item of the night. When you have so many other fabulous things to try, they just didn’t meet the standard of the rest of the food. However, the chicken was succulent, tasty and I would quite happily have eaten more of it.

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The Puddings

Son of Steak have a limited dessert menu. A bottomless fat free frozen vanilla yogurt with various sauces. A chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip cookie with freshly pipped chocolate mouse, which we sampled. I have to say it seemed a little odd to me, quite a childish style dessert, however it tasted amazing. A light fluffy, chocolatey mouse, yum! That is all they have, 3 different dessert options. Maybe they could offer some other bits. I mean who doesn’t want a big slice of chocolate fudge cake?

Son of SteakI really enjoyed going to Son of Steak and trying samples of almost everything on the menu. It was a great setting with lovely relaxed feel to the venue. Next time I head into the city, I shall be taking my Hubby for a steak, cooked rare for him and a BOA Bun with pulled chicken for me, along we a couple of tasty mojitos.

*Thank you Son of Steak for inviting me to your event. All thoughts and options 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?

My love of stationery – National Stationery week

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I have one for Each Peach Pear Plum  and one for Champagne and Petals, plus numerous others. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

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