Becoming Mrs Robertson: Our literary themed stationery
Within hours of getting the rock on my finger, I had requested a wedding invite sample be sent to us in the post. During my casual pre-engagement browsing (ssshhh, don’t tell the husband!), I had come across an invitation which I just loved. It ended up becoming the inspiration behind our entire wedding day theme…
Kara’s Designs (www.karasdesigns.co.uk) had teamed together my two ideals – fairytale and words! Being a professional writer, I adore quotes and a storybook style and was immediately in love with her Once Upon A Time range. One thing I dislike about wedding stationery is something which looks homemade with lots of embellishments stuck on. I’m very much a less is more person who likes plain and simple things. Kara’s background in graphic design means her creations are nothing short of what you would expect to buy in a shop, with the beauty of being bespoke and to your exact requirements. We were able to get Kara to tweak the design and play with the colours until we were content we had the perfect look for our wedding.
The traditional style of the invite – with calligraphy script on parchment – with the literary theme was so beautiful to us, we decided our whole wedding would be based around this, with natural colours throughout and words featuring heavily. Unlike many weddings, the colour our bridesmaids wore (silver) did not dictate anything else on the day. Once we had commissioned Kara to make our wedding day and evening invites and our And They Lived Happily Ever After thank you cards, we knew any other stationery had to match into this theme. The invites would give our guests their first hint at what to expect on our day.
Failing to find the different type of guest book I wanted, I once again turned to Kara’s Designs. Kara was able to create a front page – with the wording Be Our Guest – which we used to order a photo book from Albelli (www.albelli.co.uk) containing a photo of every one of our guests, with space next to it for them to leave us a message on the day.
We battled with several quirky, rustic ideas for our table plan – from a large, ornate multi-frame to a range of mismatching frames hanging from an old plank of wood. One thing we did know, it would not look like so many others we have seen time and again, a piece of white card with ribbon and sparkly bits stuck on. Luckily, I came across Bridezilla Design Company (www.bridezilladesign.co.uk). Gemma already had a table plan in her range which was based on an old-fashioned newspaper. As my background is in newspaper journalism, this got me excited! After a chat with graphic designer Gemma over email and sharing with her our invite designs, we decided a tweak on this idea to create a Once Upon A Time storybook style table plan would be just perfect. I love Gemma’s work so much, the table plan hangs on the wall in my home office and I commissioned her to design the look for A Real Bride’s Guide!
The final piece in the stationery jigsaw was place names for both our ceremony seating (for the front rows, to avoid any awkward moments between divorced parents!) and wedding breakfast tables. I found Edge Inspired (www.edgeinspired.co.uk) on www.notonthehighstreet.com and loved their mini luggage tags tied to the stem of wine glasses as place names. As I wanted to order so many, I decided to contact Charlotte directly to discuss what we were after. After requesting her typewriter font be changed for the same calligraphy font of our invites and table plan, our order was placed. The fact they were tied with twine inspired yet more aspects of our decor. We placed further orders with Edge Inspired for giant luggage tags to act as table names – again, we did not want straight forward table numbers or names and so named each table as a chapter, with a romantic quote underneath to keep the literary theme going.
Our stationery became one of my favourite things from our wedding. By sourcing the right suppliers who had brilliant ideas and skills, we were able to create a look for our wedding which was completely bespoke to us. We know we won’t see the same combination of stationery at another wedding as it was so personal to us as a couple. That’s what helped to make our wedding just a little touch different…
I would love to hear about your wedding stationery. What ideas have you got/did you have, what supplier brought them to life? If you are a supplier, please email your alternative stationery photos to firstname.lastname@example.org