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I’m all about being stress free and keeping relaxed. I feel you don’t achieve the best you can whilst you’re busy flapping about and panicking (this is not to say I don’t have my moments of flapping about and sheer panic!). But I believe that if you can remain as stress free as possible whilst planning your wedding you can then really enjoy the whole process and the big day itself.
So who better to give you advice on planning a stress free wedding than past brides and grooms and wedding experts?
Some of my wonderful past clients and some truly fabulous wedding suppliers have been kind enough to share their top tips with you all. Aren’t you a lucky lot!
Some great tips there I think, hopefully this has helped you out if you are in the middle of a wedding meltdown.
My top tip reiterates what these guys have said – remember it is your day so you can do it your way. All that really matters is that you are marrying the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
Failing that, sit down, take a deep breath and write a list! A list always makes things clearer.
Happy wedding planning! x
Following on from my Autumnal Glitter inspiration board last week I thought now is a great time to begin my new feature – Easy Peasy DIY.
When planning a wedding – or any other occasion – it’s a fine line between keeping costs down and having enough time to DIY some aspects of your event yourself. Now I’m all for a bit of DIY, but I don’t want it to take up my precious time or to have to spend a ton of money on it – I might as well get the professionals in if that’s the case. So I thought I would start to share with you some of my Easy Peasy DIY ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding day or another occasion. The rules I set myself are as follows:
- The item I am creating must be super easy to do – no more than five steps necessary.
- It shouldn’t take long to create.
- It should be affordable and the supplies should be easy to get hold of.
So here’s the first instalment! Easy Peasy DIY Glitter Confetti. It’s so easy I don’t even feel the need to explain how to do it – the pictures will suffice.
Glitter card or metallic tissue paper
A hole punch of some description – can be any shape or style you like
You will be able to get these items from your local craft shop or easily online. If you don’t want to spend out on a punch why not use your standard office hole punch instead?
I’ve shown the glitter confetti in use here as table confetti but how about these alternative ideas for glitter confetti below? Glitter confetti is not only a fantastic addition to weddings but with Christmas round the corner why not incorporate it into your decorations?
My OCD side of me just HAS to point out that if you’re using the confetti as actual confetti to throw over people maybe don’t use hard card, metallic biodegradable tissue paper won’t hurt and also will keep your venue happy.
It is officially freezing. Fact. This means I’ve taken to having a scarf permanently fixed round my neck and jumping into my onesie at any available moment. It also means beautiful Autumnal colours; think deep reds, burnt oranges and varying shades of brown, caramel and gold. These rich colours work perfectly together to create a warm, cosy feel that contrasts with the icy, harsh cold.
I’ve always loved these gorgeous Autumnal colours (and admittedly I even secretly love Autumn and Winter) and you will know that I also love glitter. So I thought why not go wild and combine the two?!
As it happens a glam glitter affair actually works perfectly alongside an Autumn backdrop. To create a sense of glamour candles and soft lighting are used in abundance alongside deep, rich tones with gold highlighting to create a sophisticated, moody effect. I’ve a created a board on Pinterest to bring these ideas together, but take a look at some of favourite pins below to see what I mean.
I love the idea of the glittered leaves hung as a backdrop behind the top table or cake area, or why not even use them as a backdrop for a photo booth?
Next week I have another glitter inspired post for you – so keep your eyes pealed!
I love designing and I especially love designing for weddings. I also think great design should be accessible to everyone – whatever your time scale, needs or budget. This is why when I launched my online shop, The Stationery Lounge, I was really keen to include some wedding invitations that are left blank, ready for you to fill in with your details.
I chose 5 of my existing Ready To Order designs and adapted them to suit a variety of weddings by keeping the colours neutral. They are a handy A6 size (so no ‘large letter’ postage costs) and come with white envelopes in packs of 20. They are then packaged beautifully – wrapped up in tissue paper and placed in a rigid ivory box. As these invites are priced at just £21.00 per box (+p&p) they are great if you want unique, modern design but are short on time, only require a small number of invites or simply have a smaller budget for your stationery.
To celebrate the launch of this new range of wedding invitations, and because I love to treat you, I am giving away a COMPLETELY FREE Save the Date printable! Be quick though as they are only available for 3 weeks until 1st December 2013.
The Save the Dates come in the same five designs as the new wedding invitations so you can choose the one to match your wedding invites. Simply click on the image of the design you wish to download and print away!
Handy printing hints and tips
These Save the Date printables are designed to be printed on your home printer. There are four Save the Dates (of the same design) on one sheet of A4. These are slightly smaller than A6 and a border has been left around the edge to account for printers margins etc. All you need to do is buy your chosen paper or card and send the file to print, then fill in with your details. I’ve given you some hints and tips below to achieve optimum printing results.
Tip 1: Check your ink levels – To achieve the best colour and crispness of your print ensure your ink levels aren’t running low, no one wants multi coloured lines running through their Save the Dates do they?
Tip 2: Do a test run – Print off the Save the Date printable on some normal paper just to check that all your printer settings are correct. You want to make sure the size and the colour is right and that you aren’t getting any lines or marks running through the design.
Tip 3: Check your paper – Once you have decided on the type of paper you want make sure that it isn’t too thick to feed through your printer. Most printers will detail the paper thickness they can feed, so check your printer manual.
Tip 4: Don’t forget your envelopes – Finally an obvious one but make sure you buy envelopes the right size – if the envelope says it fits A6 size then you’re good to go!
I hope you love sending these Save the Dates and their matching Wedding Invitations out to your guests, don’t forget you can buy your Wedding Invitations from The Stationery Lounge.
Happy printing! x
At the end of last week I launched my new online shop The Stationery Lounge, and thought I’d give you a bit of insider info on what it’s all about.
I have always loved stationery and paper and notebooks and greetings cards – you get the idea! And I always have a ton of ideas swimming around in my head for new designs and products so thought the perfect way to bring all this together would be to create my own online shop.
The shop is currently a Facebook page whilst I rework and redesign my current website, but I hope to have the online shop fully functional within my website sometime in the New Year.
The Stationery Lounge firstly is for everyone – not just brides and grooms-to-be. At the moment you will find some stylish and modern prints for the home, but you can expect to see some more additions in 2014. I have also created a selection of wedding invitations that are ready for you to fill in with your details – an off-the-peg range if you will. These are based on existing designs by Lemon Pie Wedding Stationery but are left blank for your details. They are perfect if you are short on time or only need a small number of invitations – check them out here.
The prints for the home are lush. They are printed on 350gsm colourplan card; which is one of the best cards you can get; and then framed in a white wooden frame, all for £20. I think they make the prefect Christmas gifts, and they look great dotted about different rooms of the house.
I’ve picked my Top Ten designs below but if you want to check out the full range then take a peak here.
If you love what you see then just get in touch to place your order!
When it comes to deciding on how you want to word your invitations it can become a bit tricky. Not to mention how to word subjects like asking for money for a gift or not having children attend your wedding. My couples always ask me for advice on how to politely word such requests. This led to me creating my ‘Wedding Wording Guide’.
This is a document that contains suggestions of wording for Save the Date cards, Invitations, gift list requests and the non-attendance of children. I send this to my couples once we are ready to start piecing together their information for their stationery. But a suggestion is exactly what it is. The document is there just to give you some ideas and to help you work out the best wording for you. You can change or alter the wording in any way you wish, it’s is simply a starting point.
And as I am feeling ultra generous today I am making it available for all you lovely lot; simply download it here!
If you still have any questions regarding your wedding wording or any other wedding stationery related dilemmas just get in touch!
Until next week, Natalie x
I love colour. I’m not one of those people whose wardrobe is full of black clothes or whose house is ever going to be neutral, I love colour. However, there is something so simply beautiful and stylish about a completely white wedding that I just had to share my ‘White Wedding’ Pinterest board with you.
Take a look at some of my favourite pins below and see for yourself. Doesn’t it feel so calm and chic? I’m also loving the adaption of the Scarlett Invitation to nude and white; so elegant and clean looking.
Would you ever consider a completely white wedding? Take a look at the full board here for some more inspiration.