For some reason especially this year, with the majority of my couples when they are planning their stationery they are after something ‘understated’ ‘simple’ ‘modern’ and ‘elegant’ for their wedding. Whilst there is an amazing wedding stationery industry here in the UK, a lot of the designers who offer ‘ready made’ collections, do tend to lean towards something more ‘weddingy’ (whilst that may not be an official term it’s certainly one used a lot amongst my brides!). There is a whole host of designs for those looking for something ‘pretty’ – designs featuring floral patterns, feminine colours, lots of script fonts, delicate illustrations and of course lots of hearts and whilst these are all perfectly lovely, they aren’t quite fitting the bill for those wanting something more understated and simple, and modern.
So, on my research I have found a few lovely pieces that don’t necessarily bring all the bells and whistles but certainly keep it classy. Here are my top 10 picks…
I should say, stationery is such a personal choice and if you have found that you aren’t finding anything that quite floats your boat then a lot of stationery designers offer custom work, or they may be able to adapt their collection designs by tweaking colours and fonts. There are also those who specialise in luxury bespoke design, illustration and calligraphy if you have something very specific in mind or are looking for something that little bit more luxe it’s definitely the way to go to create something truly bespoke for you as the options are endless!
Clockwise from top left: Digital Print by Maple Tea / Stylish ‘St Pancras’ Letterpress by Eagle Eyed Bride / Graphic ‘Zoe’ Letterpress by Strawberry Sorbet / Modern calligraphy ‘Black Tie’ by Amelia Lane Paper / Black & Gold Foil ‘Connaught’ by Natalie Power / Inkless Blind Debossed by MapleTea / Luxury Gold Foil ‘Annabelle’ by Natalie Power / Print Reverse ‘Elenor’ by Denote Stationery / Printable ‘Modern Minimal’ by Penny Black Post / Heavyweight Letterpress ‘I Do’ by Invitation Company
I’m having a nostalgic appreciation of the art of marbling….and I think it’s perfect for your wedding. Remember those rainy Saturday afternoon’s with your family marbling pieces of paper to cover your school text books? Well now you can spend rainy grey days doing pretty much the same but put to much better use…for your wedding! Imagine the DIY opportunities on this one, from place-cards to napkins to well – even your nails, the watercolour marble effect looks so pretty across many decorative touches.
Whilst I’ve seen lots of lovely earthy and neutral tones used in marbling which can be more subtle and sophisticated [black, navy and plum in particular look trés chic] I’ve been inspired by the hope of spring, and the sugar coated catwalks that inevitably come with it, I’ve gone for a mood board of ice cream pastel shades. It all looks good enough to eat doesn’t it? Well those Meringue Girls meringues certainly are…
So here’s my marble inspiration for you to marvel at…
CREDITS: Balloons: Via Ruffled Image by Matt and Julie Weddings / Aisle Runner: Via Minted Image by Morgan Blake of Three Pennies / Meringes: by Meringue Girls via This is Your Kingdom / DIY Escort Cards by House of Earnest / Wedding Cake: via Inspired By This Image by Braedon Flynn / Wedding Stationery Suite: Neapolitan.Etsy.com via Martha Stewart Weddings
So, who’s going to get their marbelizing craft on? Whilst I’m tempted to give it a try, I’m not entirely sure I’ll just end up losing my marbles instead of creating them…[flashback to frosties, galaxies, and cats eyes!].
I was so pleased to have stumbled across wedding and social stationery company Amelia Lane Paper whilst casually searching Etsy one afternoon whilst putting together a style guide for a client. Owner and designer Chanel works from central London in a picturesque place, and I think her designs are a reflection of her enthusiasm for romance.
Within the collection, the designs have a gorgeous balance of pretty illustrations, beautiful type, and muted colours and whilst they are modern they still allow a ‘hand-drawn’ craft feel to them making them romantic and whimsical but not overly fussy. I’m a huge fan of illustration and type on wedding stationery, my favourite collection is the above ‘Garden Wedding’ suite with the pretty floral borders and romantic type but I also really like the simplicity of the ‘Modern Calligraphy’ which is perfect for a more urban wedding.
Amelia Lane Paper is run by designer Chanel, who works with clients worldwide to create romantic and modern wedding stationery. If you have a request do get in touch with her by email or visit her website for more information: www.amelialanepaper.co.uk
london wedding map stationery
It’s quite often a need to include a map with your wedding save the dates or invitations, especially if your guests’ directional abilities are as bad as mine, so why not combine a really sweet illustrative map which is pretty and useful? Perfect for a London wedding so your guests can find their way around the busy city!
These maps are hand drawn by Sheree at Cute Maps and they are entirely tailored for you, to tell an enticing visual story and they can be used as postcards, save the dates, invitation inserts or could even be created as a table plan.
I love the idea of including little details that may be personal to you, such as where you met or your favourite place.
london wedding map and stationery
bespoke wedding map illustration
Cute Maps prices are affordable and have a number of flexible options. A bespoke colour illustrated map [design only] is £130 and for 100 postcards with a colour map and bespoke custom back design £215.
Do visit the website: www.cutemaps.co.uk or their store at www.notonthehighstreet.com/cutemaps for more details, pricing and contacts.
Well my paper obsession continues as I welcome a fabulous and talented new sponsor – Golden Apple, who are creators of fun, pretty and contemporary wedding invites and stationery. Leah is a super creative gal who shares my penchant for paper and pens however unlike me, she is rather a dab hand at designing rather pretty stationery too! You won’t find a swarovski buckle in sight [phew] with Leah’s work as she creates lovely bespoke illustrations and designs with each couple in mind. There’s something to suit everyone including DIY or emailable invites for brides on a budget and there’s also a rather fab ‘love shoot save the date‘ package where you and your beau get to have a fun photoshoot with a recommended photographer with your chosen image to be printed into your ‘save the date’ cards. How cute is that? Love it!
Photography / Laura Babb
Photography / Lucy Stendall [top] & Ali Lovegrove [bottom]
For more information or to check out many more designs then head over to – www.goldenappledesigns.co.uk – you even get a lovely personal little welcome, so thoughtful!