If you have had a glimpse at this blog before you will have seen that most of my posts have been ‘Real Weddings’ posts. Thursday’s are now going to be the day for this. I like to include posts about the weddings we have worked on as some of the stories are just lovely to share but also it will give you an idea of our flexible approach to designing your stationery and what it involves.
Karen & Nick
I met Karen at the very first wedding fayre we did and spent the next year and a bit working on everything from hers and Nick’s save the dates right through to her thank you cards. At this point I was still working from my dining room table so for our first consultation in April 2010 I went to Karen’s house in Ipswich to have a chat about what she was looking for and to get to know her.
She had seen our Lexie design at the wedding fayre and instantly knew it was the design for her! They were having a butterfly theme and so wanted to incorporate that somehow into their stationery. We decided to use a simple graphic butterfly design that fitted in with the modern font of Lexie. Karen’s favourite colour is an aubergine/burgundy colour and we actually ended up matching my colour swatch to her curtains and lampshade! Once we had decided on the design and I had sampled Karen and Nick’s stationery we had their save the date cards printed as well as some save the date magnets produced.
As they weren’t getting married until July 2011 it was December 2010 before I needed to see Karen again to go over the details for their invitations. As with most couples Karen and Nick had a bit of information to give their guests such as a menu, directions and accommodation so we had already decided that booklets for both their day and evening invitations would work best. To mix things up a bit we chose to change the colours over for the day and evening. So the daytime invitations were a silver background with the burgundy text and butterfly and the evening invitations were a burgundy background with silver text and butterfly. Karen had already decided she wanted sparkle and lots of it! Therefore we used strips of diamantes along the bottom of the invitation covers.
Once the invitations had gone out and the RSVPs had been received I met with Karen again in late May and this time she brought Nick along with her. The main reason for this meeting was to size up the table name cards as Karen had purchased some table number holders with gorgeous sparkly butterflies on. We had to make sure that the table name on the card sat high enough so the butterfly didn’t cover it. The butterfly theme ran throughout the whole day and each table was named after a different type of butterfly. We were also going to produce tent style place cards with guest’s names and a butterfly on the front and the guests menu choices on the back as well as an A2 table plan. Nick had one main requirement throughout the meeting and that was NO more diamantes!! Like most grooms whose brides love a bit of bling he was sick of the sight of glittery, sparkly shiny things! So everything had been sorted and was ready for the big day!
When Saturday 16th July 2011 came I thought of Karen and Nick and another of my couples who were getting married as it absolutely heaved it down with rain, however when I spoke to Karen a few weeks after the wedding she said they had just managed to miss the downpour. I suppose that’s the beauty of British weather – it doesn’t matter what time of year you get married it can be so unpredictable even if you get married in the summer.
The final piece of stationery we produced for Karen and Nick were their thank you cards. As with all their stationery the thank you cards were in the same style as the save the dates and invitations with the butterfly included (oh, and no diamantes!) After working with a couple for over a year it always quite sad when I know I won’t be working with them anymore as you build up such a relationship with them during the planning of their wedding, but at the same time it’s great that I’ve helped make their day the way they wanted it.