Expert advice about stationery

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Made with love

Made with love

Q. We're looking for on-trend stationery to match our outdoor themed-wedding. What do you suggest we look for?

A. Abi Lewis says: One of the main ways to incorporate your theme into your stationery is colours. Hues can make a huge difference in your invitations etc. Take into consideration the time of year. If you're getting married in the summer, look at bright whites and flashes of colour, and if your wedding is in the winter, opt for dark reds or blues.

You can also look at flowers for inspiration. Take another look at your venue, and notice what blooms are around you. If you find some you like, try incorporating them into your stationery.

A huge trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere is greenery. Surround your text with a border of leaves and garlands. After all, you can't go wrong with crisp white invitations and a woodland garland.

Abi Lewis,Abi Lewis Design


The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful stationery. How can we spend our money wisely?

A. Abi Lewis says: I'm a huge fan of saving money so here are a few ideas to help you cut the costs.

- Lots of my recent brides have decided against rsvp cards and have chosen to have a dedicated email address for correspondence instead. If you do plan to have an rsvp card, keep it small and remember A7 cards are cheaper and super cute.

- When it comes to invitations, remember less is more. You don't need to pack in everything, just the important bits. If you have additional details such as directions, gifts and accommodation you can create a free wedding website and include the address on your invitations.

- Skip the luxurious touches such as foiling, luxury card and wax seals.

- Plan early. If you leave it will last minute, you'll end up with an additional fee and potential mistakes.

- Double-check your numbers. Most couples initially request one invite per guest, without accounting for families or couples. This will keep the numbers down and save you a lot of money. Always order a few spares just in case of emergencies.

Abi Lewis


The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. I'm looking for gorgeous save-the-dates and stationery for our wedding. The only trouble is that I'm not sure what style I'm looking for or even what I should be asking local stationers – help!

A. Layla Holzer says: Your save-the-dates are the first glimpse your loved ones will have of your upcoming nuptials, so choose a style that will complement your overall theme. This could be the colour palette you've chosen, the décor, style or even the location.

If you've found a local stationer you're interested in working with, describe your wedding to them and ask whether they have any designs that would complement your vision. Ask what finishes they offer in case you fancy foiling, embossing, wax seals, ribbons or calligraphy. These extra little touches will look fabulous!

Layla Holzer


Paper chase

Paper chase

Q. I'm looking for gorgeous save-the-dates and stationery for our wedding. The only trouble is that I'm not sure what style I'm looking for or even what I should be asking local stationers – help!

A. Victoria Kania says: Here are my top tips:


- You can send these out as soon as you've decided on a date and place.

- To keep the cost down, you may want to gather your friends' and families' email addresses and send the information digitally.

- For the price of a first-class stamp, you can send your guests a postcard or greeting card instead of a traditional invitation.

- If your budget allows, you could even purchase personalised fridge magnets or pencils.


- Pinterest can be your best friend for generating ideas and deciding on what styles you like best.

- If you're undecided about your theme or colour scheme, the best thing to do is tell your supplier about your likes and dislikes. Then you can follow a process of elimination where you can rule out designs, styles and hues that you don't like.

Victoria Kania

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