Seals and Stickers – When And Where To Use Them

The obvious use for a seal or sticker is to seal your wedding invitation envelopes as you send them out to your guests. They are a lovely finishing touch that seems to make such a difference to the finished look of your wedding stationery.

Stickers are also a great way of sealing little bags of chocolates or sweets that you are having on your tables as wedding favours. Personalised stickers with a little message from the Bride and Groom would be fantastic for this. They really add a personal touch rather than just a piece of tape or a little star or heart sticker.

Some of the quirkier uses for stickers are my favourites!

What about having stickers with a photograph of the lovely couple and their wedding date to send out to people as part of your Save the Date cards. You can encourage people to stick it on their calendar as a fun way to remember the date of your wedding. In a similar style you could also include a sticker with your RSVP cards that is stuck in a certain place on the card by the guest to show whether they are able to attend or not.

Stickers can be a lot of fun and you can really use them in some creative ways. We offer a large selection of stickers in our shop; most of the digital designs have matching stickers available. We can also design you a custom set of stickers if you had something else in mind.

Birds of a Feather – Feature Friday

This lovely invitation is fun and vibrant but not too in your face and is a lovely way to introduce your guest to the colour scheme of you wedding without giving too many ideas away. The invitations are a nice balance between being fun and being formal.

The key features of this invitation are:

-Magnetic Clasp
-Double Mounted Inserts
-Pocketfold

The magnetic clasp on the front of the card is a lovely way to finish these invites. The magnets are strong enough to hold the invitation closed without having to be on view unlike velcro clasps which you can always see. We also feel that you don’t have to use as much force to open the invitations, this is key on some of our more delicate invites.

For this invitation we decided to keep the main card quite neutral with our buff card. We then really lifted the features and inserts by using the purple grape and ocean blue card in a double mount. This double mount style can be applied to any of our handmade wedding invitations though it does affect the cost.

This is one of our most recent pocketfold invitation designs. The little pocket can be filled with all sorts of information cards, RSVP cards and other bits and pieces you wish to send to your guests. Guests can also use it to keep any additional information, train tickets, booking references, etc.

Included in the price of this invitation are the white envelopes for the main invitation and the RSVP cards, amendments to the wording of the inserts, changes to names, dates and times etc., and your choice of colours.

View the invitation in our shop: Birds of a Feather

If you have any questions about this invitation or any of our others, please do not hesistate to get in touch with us at enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk

When Should I Send Out My Wedding Invitations – Feature Friday

When should I send out my Wedding Invitations or Save the Date cards?

This is a question we are asked quite frequently at wedding fayres. Traditionally, and according to several of the popular bridal magazines, you send out your invitations 3 months before your wedding and your save the date cards 4-6 months before the wedding. We would say this isn’t entirely accurate. What you need to do is ask yourself some important questions:

Do you have lots of friends or relatives that will be travelling a reasonable distance?

Do you have friends or family members who are notorious for forgetting to reply to messages?

Are you having a summer wedding?

Are you having a destination wedding?

Is your wedding at an expensive time of year (i.e. near Christmas)?

If the answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’ then you want to consider giving your guests more notice. For example, for a summer wedding, we would always recommend sending your Save the Date cards out about 12 months in advance or if you are just planning on sending out invitations, you may want to consider having them sent out 6-8 months before the date. This gives people plenty of notice and minimizes the chance of people having booked holidays or other events that would stop them attending your wedding.

Do I need to send out Save the Date cards?

You don’t have to, no. Remember though, that the later you leave it to send out your invitations the more likely it will be that someone could be busy. Please also remember your guests may have to book hotels or train tickets and they can be quiet pricey last minute. Some people prefer just to tell people verbally when the wedding is and then follow up with invitations later. This really is entirely up to you.

I am sending out Save the Date cards but who do I send them to?

Again, this is entirely up to you but we would always recommend sending Save the Date cards to any guest you are inviting to the wedding breakfast. If you are getting married in a venue where you can only invite a limited number of guests to the wedding itself these are the guests you send your Save the Date cards to. If you wish to send out Save the Date cards to every guest whether they are invited for the day or the evening you can.

How many invitations or Save the Date cards do I need to order?

Less than you think. The thing to remember here is that you only need to send out one invitation to each couple or perhaps family if they live at the same address. Obviously, this does alter slightly if you have several guests that live at the same address but are invited to different parts of the wedding. You really do need to sit down and work through your guestlist and tally up how many of each type of invite (day or night) you require, we cannot work that number out for you. Just as a guideline a couple of weddings we have created invitations for recently worked out as follows,

100 guests across the day and evening – We made 67 invitations. A couple of those were spares that the couple wanted to keep in albums and scrap books and they also had a lot of guests whose families were split across several locations due to work.

60 Guests for the wedding breakfast – This couple ordered 40 invitations and 40 Save the Date cards so they had a few spare just in case they had miscounted or made any mistake when writing them.

So I now have my numbers and I know when I am sending them out but when should I order them?

You should have ordered with us no later than 2 months before you want to send them out. This allows us time to order any materials from our suppliers in the correct colours and to actually make your invitations. We then aim to have them sent out to you a month before you wish to be sending them to your guests to give you time to write, address and stamp them all so they can go out together.

Please do remember that as it takes time for us to make the wedding stationery by hand it is wise to get in touch and make sure we have a time slot available to create your order when you want it. This is where our deposit system comes in as you can book your time slot months in advance if you wish by paying a 25% deposit upfront and then at the start of the month that we are making your invitations you will be required to pay the full balance. This method guarantees you get your wedding stationery promptly when you want it.

For more details about the deposit system or anything else please feel free to contact us: enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk

Bespoke Design Service – Feature Friday

Bespoke handmade Alice In Wonderland Wedding InvitationAre you A DIY bride? Are you looking for inspiring ideas? Do you have a strong concept and are not sure where to begin? Or do you only have a vague image or your special day?

At Wishful Inking we take pleasure in a holistic approach to product design, and we love to talk and offer advice and guidance. Seriously, no question is too small, or idea too crazy!

If you love our work but don’t see anything that is quite right for you we can offer you our Bespoke Design Service. For a small fee we consult personally with you, take your ideas and transform them into something unique for your special day.
You are under no obligation to have us make your designs…we can send you the prototype design with instructions on how to make them yourself, or send you the digital files for a printed design so you can find your own printers (perfect for a DIY bride). If, however, you want us to take the pressure away from you we can handle the whole making process from start to finish and we simply deduct the cost of the Bespoke Design Service from the final balance.
Head over to the bespoke section of our website or follow our bespoke board on pinterest for examples of bespoke work already created for clients, or be inspired by some of our new ideas.

 

Alice In Wonderland Bespoke Wedding Invitations – Feature Friday

So this week our feature Friday post is telling you a little more about the beautiful Alice In Wonderland bespoke wedding invitations we created.

The concept is quite simple. The clients wanted invitations with a pocket on the inside and they wanted it to fit their purple Alice In Wonderland themed wedding. We spent a while playing with a few different concepts for the front of the invitation before deciding on this playing card. The ‘D’ and ‘K’ in the corners are the first initials of the Groom and Bride respectively. As a secondary colour at their wedding will be gold we decided to incorporate that colour into the invitations with the little gold letters and hearts. The three gold hearts across the front of the invitation flow quite nicely and link the two initials together visually.

The inside of the invitations (more pictures can been viewed in the bespoke creations gallery) feature a beautiful embossed clock motif that was added to fill a big expanse of purple that was too distracting. We also used the clock embossing on the backs of the RSVP cards. The inside of the invitation has a panel on the left inviting all their guests to the wedding itself and then a reversable panel on the right tucked into the pocket with details of the reception on one side and information about local taxi firms and hotels on the other. Also in the pocket you can find the RSVP card and its matching envelope.

The RSVP cards and envelopes were created using custom stamps that we also produced for the couple. This meant it was a much quicker process to address the RSVP envelopes. Although you can’t see the front of the envelopes for data protection reasons they had the RSVP address stamped on and then they were embossed in gold.

The couple had a lot of positive feedback on their invitations and have told us that a few times they have been to visit friends and spotted their invitations up on bookcases or mantelpieces.

Blue Swish Save the Dates – Feature Friday

These beautiful printed Save The Date cards are available on high quality paper or as magnets.

These gorgeous Blue Swish Save the Date cards were designed quite traditionally. Emma started with some blue and purple inks. Starting with one colour she practised creating the gentle waves across paper. When she became happy with her technique she took an A6 card and painted the swishes in both colours, building them up until she was happy. The finished swishes were allowed to dry before we scanned the design in and began adding text.

We wanted to keep the text quite simple. The purple brush style lettering was added as a last minute detail as it just needed a little more.

As with most of our save the date cards this design can be printed onto 180gsm Nettuno card which has a lovely high quality feel to it and just a small amount of texture or they can be printed as A7 magnets. The magnets are a wonderful way of presenting your save the date cards as they can be stuck straight onto the fridge or a magnetic whiteboard planner.

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Welcome to ‪#‎FeatureFriday‬ where we show you one of the products from our collection and give you a little bit of information about it.

This beautiful Dandelions and Dragonflies stationery set is perfect for those bright spring and summer weddings. Our Dandelions and Dragonflies collection uses blues and greens to create the feel of a glorious sunny day. The white silhouettes of the dandelions and dragonflies help reinforce the suggestion of sunlight. Keeping the features in silhouette also stops them detracting from the most important part of the stationery; the names, dates and locations. We used fun fonts, staying away from harsh lines to keep the relaxed feeling of the set.

The set is made up of DL invitations, A6 Save The Date cards and A7 RSVPs all printed on 280gsm Nettuno paper. If bought as a bundle plain white envelopes are included free of charge, you can upgrade to cream, pearlescent white, silver or gold envelopes for an additional fee.

Our printed wedding stationery collection Dandelions and Dragonflies