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 editor@yoursouthwales.wedding

 

Setting the tone

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
www.jonesandjoy.co.uk

 

Love is in the air

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
www.jonesandjoy.co.uk

 

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
www.abilewisdesign.com

 

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
www.facebook.com/abilewisdesign