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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The write stuff
Q. We're having a spring-themed wedding and want to incorporate the time of year into our stationery. Do you have any ideas?
A. Vikki Thomas says: Everyone's first thought when they think of spring is flowers. Consider what blooms you're having at your wedding and incorporate the same ones into your wedding stationery, whether it be through the artwork printed on your invitations or flower wreaths encapsulating your names.
- You could have a flower wax seal to accessorise your envelope. Tiny flowers or petals can also be dropped into the wax before the wax seal stamp goes in, which looks classy and beautiful.
- An envelope liner is a cheap and effective way to inject some personality and luxury into your stationery. I'd suggest a delicate repeat floral pattern to tie in with your theme.
- Whether it be soft pastels or fresh greens, the colour that you choose will instantly give you that seasonal feel. As beautiful as the deep maroons and navys of winter are, spring is the time for a light, bright and fresh palette. Pale blues and lilacs are rumoured to be very on tend in 2022.
- If you prefer a minimalist design, you can still brighten up your stationery by adding foil, gold and rose gold.
- Consider accessorising your on-the-day wedding stationery such as menus and place cards with pampas, eucalyptus, or a flower of your choice. A single piece laid in the blank space of your menu instantly adds a seasonal feel and extra layers to your table layout.
Vikki Thomas, Paper Patootie
Setting the tone
Q. I'm so excited about our wedding and want to ensure everyone can make it. When should we send our invitations, and what tips can you share when it comes to creating a bespoke design?
A. Amy Jones says: Traditionally, save-the-dates are sent out one year before your wedding. However, I often find that couples want to send them out even earlier, which is perfectly fine too. I always advise people to do things at their own pace, but I would avoid sending them earlier than 18 months beforehand as guests may lose the card or forget!
I recommend you send your main wedding invitations out three to six months before the wedding. It's important to give your guests plenty of time to rsvp and your venue enough notice. Did you know a lot of modern properties have their own rsvp and menu deadlines in place? Be sure to check with your venue, caterer or wedding planner to ensure everyone is in sync.
When it comes to creating a bespoke design, start by collecting pieces of inspiration to share with your stationery supplier. My favourite places to browse are Instagram and Pinterest, or you could even go old-school and create a moodboard with magazine cuttings. We don't just want to see designs that you love, we also want to see colour schemes, flowers, bridesmaids' dresses, venue styling and wedding cakes. This creates a vision in our minds of the style you want to achieve and is the best way to help us design bespoke stationery that fits perfectly into your overall vision.
Amy Jones, Jones & Joy
Love is in the air
Q. Do you have any ideas of how we can incorporate Valentine's Day into our stationery?
A. Amy Jones says: You design will depend on the overall style and aesthetic of your wedding. Here are some ideas to you get started:
- If your day will be overflowing with roses and littered with heart confetti, then opt for a stationery suite complete with luxury envelope liners, illustrated with extravagant watercoloured roses and deep red envelopes. Finish off with a glamorous gold monogram of your initials.
- Alternatively, if you're after something quirky, then why not go for pastel-coloured invitations? Each dainty card can be laser cut into the shape of a heart, paired with a soft san serif typeface that resembles the iconic Love Hearts sweets.
- Sometimes less is more. Take things back to basics with a crisp ivory card stock and elegant typography. When the design is this minimal, you should pay extra attention to the wording. I would include a poem or try writing your own. The personal touches is what makes it extra special.
- The possibilities are endless, so now is the time to get pinning on your moodboard. The more inspiration you can gather, the better! With the help of a stationer, you'll be able to create the perfect stationery suite.
Amy Jones, Jones & Joy
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