Brides Up North Talks First Impressions

Brides Up North is one of the top bridal blogs in the UK and the only wedding blog especially for brides in the North.

Our Official Blogger for The North West Wedding Fair shares their top tips for picking your wedding stationery.

Paper goods might not register that high up on engaged couples’ priority lists when it comes to allocating planning time and the budget, but essentially stationery is the first glimpse of a wedding that guests receive.

So much more than the when and where details, save the dates and invites, if chosen with care, will also give clues as to what’s to come in terms of theming, styling and colour schemes, whetting guests’ appetite for the big day.

“…The choice of invitations is pretty much endless with couples given the option to get crafty and make their own”

And so remember first impressions are everything. Once the date is set it’s a good idea to start thinking about your invitations, even though they don’t need to be sent out until about six to eight weeks before the big day. If you are tying the knot at a busy time of year, such as Easter, Christmas or late summer, you might want to send out save the dates six months to a year before the wedding to avoid guests double booking.

The choice of invitations is pretty much endless with couples given the option to get crafty and make their own, pick from numerous ready-made printed invitations or commission a bespoke design personal to them. Each has their advantages for brides and grooms, from saving on costs and time to putting an individual stamp on the wedding day.

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For those that choose to go down the bespoke route it’s important to find a designer that can create the look you desire; whether it be traditional, rustic or contemporary. Also think about elements such as paper, printing and quantity when it comes to the cost as all these things can add up and make a real difference to the final price.
Once happy with your chosen supplier be sure to share as many details as you can with them about how you envisage the wedding to be, from the dress and venue, to the season and colour scheme, as designers will find different ways to incorporate such elements. Creating somewhat of a small gift for guests, invite bundles, which include extras such as RSVP, directions, gift list and accommodation recommendations as well as the actual invitation, are proving quite popular. Just be careful on postage as the bundles are often bulkier than traditional invites and so may cost a little extra to send.

“…black and white for sophisticated affairs; pastel tones for pretty, playful weddings; blush and muted tones for elegance and vibrant hues for lively celebrations.”

In terms of design, rustic style stationery is particularly popular with brides and grooms at the moment, a reflection of the increase in couples choosing to take their celebrations outdoors into enchanting woodland locations. Illustrated invites are also being favoured by couples, whether they opt for the design to feature a sketch of themselves, or something related to the setting or styling of the wedding, such as buildings or blooms.

Colour very much comes down to the individual couple and is often a key indicator to the chosen theme and desired mood for the big day: black and white for sophisticated affairs; pastel tones for pretty, playful weddings; blush and muted tones for elegance and vibrant hues for lively celebrations.

Whatever you opt for, remember that wedding stationery extends well beyond the invite to include all paper goods for the occasion, from name places and menus to orders of service. To save time and money it’s a good idea to order all stationery from the same designer, who will then also ensure consistency of design throughout.

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