DIY Wedding Invitation Kits have arrived!

We are really pleased to finally be able to share with you our first DIY Wedding Invitation Kit.

This kit is just perfect for those who want to make their own wedding invitations. It comes with all the card, paper and ribbon you need. All you have to provide is the double-sided tape. The kit also includes envelopes.

When your kit arrives it will have a full set of instructions, as well as a link to a video guide on how to assemble your invitations. There is also a guide on how to create and print your own inserts.

The kit is available in a variety of colours.

Kit Contents:

  • Pre-Cut Pocketfold Card Blanks in Main Card Colour
  • Pre-Cut Insert Mount Cards for Left Insert
  • Pre-Cut Insert Mount Cards for Right Insert
  • Pre-Cut Insert Mount Cards for RSVPs
  • Pre-Cut Front Mount Card for Name Plate
  • Ribbon for Front – Cut to Length
  • Pocket Tabs
  • Main Envelopes
  • RSVP Envelopes
  • White Paper for Insert Printing

The kit will be on display for the first time at the wedding fayre on Sunday. Check out last week’s blog for more information.

As always if you have any questions feel free to get in touch, via email enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk or phone 07802724899

Rustic Farm Wedding Fayre – Sunday 5th June

If you have thought of something a little different for your wedding venue you need look no further than the location of our next wedding fayre. Thornsett Fields Farm, Birch Vale, is a gorgeous wedding barn venue in Derbyshire, just on the outskirts of Stockport. The stunning site is just perfect for wowing your guests. The barn itself is a wonderfully blank canvas perfect for you to decorate to your heart’s content with your vision. Click the link above to go to their website or right here to see their Facebook page.

Wedding Fayre Derbyshire

As with all great wedding fayres there will be a limited number of goody bags available so get there nice and early to catch the freebies!  Please be aware if you are planning to come along that Thornsett Fields Farm is a working farm and so just be aware of what’s going on around you.

 

We are so excited to be showing our ever-expanding ranges of stationery at Thornsett Farm on Sunday 5th June but here is a look at the other suppliers you can expect to meet.

 

Sprinkle of Magic Wedding Planners – The lovely Sarah has worked hard to organise this event alongside all of her clients’ weddings. With a handpicked choice of suppliers, come and see the care and attention to detail she puts into all of her planning. You can catch her on Facebook too.

 

ATG Photo Booths  – ATG PhotoBooths are the leading name in Photo Booth hire in the Staffordshire and surrounding counties. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Aunt Tilly’s Tea Sets – Specialise in bringing you perfectly pretty tea parties. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Bespoke Events and Styling –  Love the chance to create personal events that are bespoke to you. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Blank Canvas Tents – Bell Tent hire for weddings, corporate events, festivals, children’s parties, glamping, private events. For more details see their Facebook.

Boelle Events – Bespoke bohemian wedding event styling, chair and wooden trestle table hire. More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Britannia Firework Displays – These guys can show you how to celebrate with a bang! For more details see their Facebook or website.

The Cakery – Suppliers of beautiful baked goods. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Cariad Personal Ceremonies – Independent Celebrant offers a personal, professional, individual approach for Marriage, naming, Renewal of vows ceremonies. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Claire Green Cake Carts – You can hire a gorgeous vintage cart with or without cakes and retro sweets. You can find out more on her Facebook.

Clover Leaf –  Offer an exclusive range of handmade bespoke wedding stationery and greeting cards for all occasions. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Daisy May Bridal Wear – Ex sample wedding dresses for sale at a fraction of the RRP. All dresses are in excellent condition! More details can be found on their Facebook.

Derbyshire Ice Cream Bike – The Derbyshire Ice Cream Bike comes filled with luxury dairy ice cream. All ice creams are served in our tasty waffle cones. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Elfmills Carriages – For something a little more unique why not have a look at these lovely horse-drawn carriages. More details can be found on their Facebook.

Fantasticastle – Cheshire based wedding bouncy castle hire. More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Fat Tulips Food – Providing good quality food at local events. From bacon butties to chicken wraps. For more details see their Facebook.

Flowers from the Garden – Carefully grown, nurtured and arranged seasonal flowers using eco methods in Huddersfield. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Hair and Makeup by Saskia – Freelance Hairdresser, beautician & makeup artist, wedding specialist based in the north-west. For more details see her Facebook or website.

Happy Days Wedding Favours and Accessories – A family based business who provide bespoke Favours made to suit your wedding colour scheme. You can find out more on their Facebook.

Hartshead Productions – Professional video productions of weddings, theatre performances, promotional films and more! More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Jacqui Kenyon Photography – A lovely wedding photographer who we’ve hung out with at a few wedding fayres. You can find out more on her Facebook or website.

Jemini Accessories – A mother and daughter team who create occasion jewellery. For more details see their Facebook.

Little Limos – A fun and quirky alternative to traditional wedding cars. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Luxury Loos – Don’t forget these guys at a DIY event! More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

MD Executive Cars – A beautiful selection of wedding cars both traditional and modern. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Nanny Lauren’s Little Stars – Providing an event nannying service to keep the younger guests entertained. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Paige Whitehead, Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist  – Professionally trained Make Up Artist & Hairstylist. You can find out more on her Facebook or website.

Porky’s Hog Roast & Outside Catering – They provide hog roasts and outdoor catering for all kinds of events. For more details see their Facebook.

Raise the Bar Events – Creators of mobile bars and bespoke drink services. More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Rock, Paper Flowers – If you are looking for a fun alternative to real flowers check these out. More details can be found on their Facebook.

The Rumour Mill – a soulful band from Manchester performing modern-day hits and classic floor fillers. Exquisite vocals, great grooves and cookin’ covers! For more details see their Facebook or website.

SC Sweet Occasions – SC Sweet Occasions are a professional and reliable Venue Dressing company covering the High Peak and surrounding areas. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

That Little Cake Place – That Little Cake Place is Sian Forward-Martin, a self-taught cake artist from Cheshire. You can find out more on their Facebook.

Tim Hensel Photography – A great wedding photographer based in the High Peak. More details can be found on his Facebook or website.

Tipi Unique – specialise in hiring gorgeous giant hats (tipis) for your celebrations. Tipi Unique can cater for intimate gatherings to large events. More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Tying Knots Venue Decor By Bramhall’s Amusements – A lovely family run business specialising in making your venue decoration dreams a reality. You can find out more on their Facebook or website.

Venus Creations – Bespoke handmade designs, specializing in flower girl fairy wings & floral crowns. Lavish giant beanbags, cushions & quilts. More details can be found on their Facebook or website.

Village Bride – Based in Marple Bridge, Cheshire, Village Bridal create handcrafted bridal gowns. They also stock off-the-peg designs too. For more details see their Facebook or website.

Urban Daisies – Florist, creating stylish floral arrangements for your event , home or business. Stockists of quality fresh flowers and plants. For more details see their Facebook or website.

 

With food, drink, bouncy castles, and wonderful suppliers to chat to this wedding fayre is going to be one not to miss. If you are planning on coming along, why not register your interest for free either on eventbrite or Facebook? You can just turn up on the day too, so don’t panic if you are reading this Sunday morning you can still join us (we just find it helpful to have a guideline).

Wedding Fair Birch Vale

 

As always if you have any questions feel free to give us a call on 07802724899 or drop us an email enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk.

 

Keeping Up-To-Date…

As some of you may have noticed the last few weeks have been filled with lots of new and exciting product releases. This includes our sparkly foiled save the date cards, pop-up box place cards and our fridge magnet jigsaws, to name a few. We appreciate however that some of you may have missed all these releases as you have been busy planning other aspects of your wedding so we want to show you a couple of easy ways to keep up-to-date.

The first of these is to follow this blog. Nice and simple. Drop your email address in the little box on the right hand side of our blog page. You will then receive an email every time we post something brand new on here!

You can also keep up to date with us via our social media pages. We have a variety to choose from, so feel free to pick the one that most suits you.

Last but not least you also have the option to sign up to our mailing list. The awesome thing about this is that if you put in your wedding date (or a date roughly when you are hoping for) we can send you personalised emails to help you along with your stationery planning as well as information about our new product releases. This may include special seasonal releases appropriate for your wedding, little reminders about when we recommend to be ordering/sending out your wedding stationery and other helpful little tips to make your wedding planning just that bit easier. We will also keep you up to date with any offers or competitions we are running too!

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As always if you have any questions or just want a chat about your wedding stationery/ideas please feel free to give us a ring on 07802724899 or drop us an email enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk

Making a good first impression.

Here at Wishful Inking we aim to create the wedding stationery that you truly want to complement your special day. Your invitations or save the date cards are the first impression that your guests will have of your wedding. This means that you should choose which elements of your wedding you want your guests to get a sneak preview of.

 

Making the right first impression is vital and you don’t want your wedding stationery to feel cheap and flimsy. Luxury

Red, gold and white pocketful wedding invitation available in our online shop.

heavy weight cards and papers are the first step to that feeling of quality. Your guests will be holding your stationery in their hands as they look at it and you want them to know this card, that has dropped through their letterbox, is obviously something important and special.

You may choose to share the elegance and splendour of your wedding day with your guests. This can be achieved using rich colours for your stationery or by enhancing elements of the images and text by using foiling. The metallic lettering can really create a focal point for your whole invitation and capture that feeling of elegance and grandeur in the finished look. Our ‘Time Flies’ invitation uses a rich red colour to create a striking contrast to the white of the main card. To really give it that next level of splendour, the gold foiling is used on the Bride and Groom’s names as well as other key elements of the information.

Summer pocketfold wedding invitations now available from our online shop.

Perhaps you’re having a fun summery wedding and want to give your guests a taste of the sunshine. This can be achieved by using vibrant colours and fun floral motifs. Move away from those traditional calligraphy fonts and bring in something a little more quirky to show off the more playful side of your big day. You can even bring these features in right from your save the date cards too. The soft watercolour feel of our ‘Summer Fun’ magnetic save the date cards really adds to the warm and fun effect of a great day at the beach.

There are so many ways to make a great first impression with your wedding stationery. Why not drop us an email at enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk and find out how we can help.

Printed or magnetic save the date.

Printed or magnetic save the date.

Printed or magnetic save the date.

Printed or magnetic save the date.

Wedding Fayres, what’s so good about them?

So you’ve just got engaged and you start seeing adverts for wedding fayres and suppliers all over your Facebook newsfeed. Not to mention the nudges from family and friends asking how you’re planning is going or if you’ve set a date yet. The expectation to know precisely where and how to start planning your special day is a little overwhelming. Don’t worry we are here to help!

 

Where do I start?

This is where wedding fayres are a fantastic tool at your disposal. They give you a chance to walk around and gather ideas about what you need to plan. Yes, the suppliers there will ask you if you’ve set a date yet, or if you and your partner have chosen a venue. This is okay, it allows you to start the thinking process. Everyone will be handing out brochures and leaflets and sometimes you will get a couple of free bridal magazines too! All of these bits of paper can be popped in the free bag you will more than likely have received on entry and reviewed at home later. Use them to create a list of what you want to organise and book and you can always note down the names of any companies or people you really liked.

 

I already know what I want, I have it all pinned and can buy everything online! Should I still go?

Yes! Definitely, yes! The internet is a fantastic resource for gathering ideas and inspiration, especially with websites like Pinterest at your fingertips. The only problem with viewing everything on a screen is that you can’t feel it, you can’t touch it or truly see the colours. Yes, you could send off for those stationery samples but that can get pricey and does the website you are browsing through have a friendly smile and perhaps offer you a sneaky free lolly while you chat? Suppliers at wedding fayres are there to talk to you and introduce you to themselves as well as their products. Remember that gelling with the supplier can be very important as you will more than likely be working with them on and off up until your wedding and you may even be seeing them on the day. A photographer, for example, will be there when you get ready, right through until you stick on those dancing shoes and sometimes longer so it is important you like them as well as their work. Planning a wedding is a big job and a lot of hard work, speaking to suppliers can also give you the help and advice that you may not have realised was so useful.

 

Can I show my ideas to the suppliers or will I come across as Bridezilla?

We are there to help you make your special day just as magical and wonderful as you want it to be. Discussing what you want from a supplier can really help both of you work out what is best for your wedding. When it comes to stationery we believe that you shouldn’t have to settle for ‘kind of’ what you want if we can create exactly what you want instead.

 

What kind of suppliers can I expect to see?

Wedding fayres host many different suppliers and you can chat to as many or as few as you like. Most wedding fayres are actually held at potential wedding venues and this gives you a great chance to have a little nosey before booking to have a chat with their wedding and event planners. The other people you will more than likely see are a variety of; photographers, wedding dress shops, suit hire companies, stationers, ring suppliers, entertainers, food vendors, hair and make-up experts and oh, the list goes on. Fayres give you a great opportunity to see things that you hadn’t even thought of and have a chat about whether they are the right thing for you and your day.

 

Our upcoming wedding fayres.

Our next two fayres are:

  • MacDonald Kilhey Court Hotel and Spa, Standish. Sunday 10th April 2016 from 12-3pm.
  • Thornsett Fields Farm, Birch Vale. Sunday 5th June 2016 from 11-3pm.

You can always keep up-to-date with our upcoming fayres by popping across to our wedding fayre page.

As always if you have any questions or queries or just fancy a chat feel free to drop us an email at enquiries@wishfulinkingltd.co.uk

Rock ‘n Roll Bride – Feature Friday

Given that many of our designs are offbeat and unusual you can be certain that we love the crazy, the quirky, the unique and the individual. We believe that everything about your special day should reflect you as a couple. With that in mind we wanted to point you in the direction of one of our favourite blog sites.

Rock ‘n Roll Bride

Rock ‘n Roll Bride was launched in 2007 by Kat Williams. Like us she was surprised by the overwhelming amount of formulaic wedding supplies and offerings available, and saw a niche for alternative wedding inspiration.

“Being ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ is not about being cool, being a rebel, or even thinking of the most unique idea you can. It’s about planning a wedding that reflects you and your partner and declaring your love in your own special way.”
Rock ‘n Roll Bride Manifesto

What you can expect to find on the blog site is a home page with fabulous featured weddings from ordinary couples with extra-ordinary ideas, and a list of some kick-ass Rockstar vendors and suppliers. You can head over to the shop to purchase your latest Rock ‘n Roll Bride Magazine, and even submit your own wedding to become featured.
If you are a newbie to blogs or need some help with the site we’d recommend viewing their essential blog user guide: which contains so many helpful links, hints and tips that you will wonder why you didn’t subscribe yesterday.
Check out the essential Idiots Guide to Rock ‘n Roll Bride here: https://www.rocknrollbride.com/2014/01/an-idiots-guide-to-rock-n-roll-bride/

In January 2015 a bi-monthly magazine was launched to accompany the blog site, which sold like hot cakes with over 1000 copies sold on the first release day. The magazine is available to buy at WHSmiths, independent newsagents and online at rocknrollbride.com/shop. If you need a complete overdose on Rock ‘n Roll awesomeness you can get all the latest by following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and subscribing to the RSS feed.

What we love best about this blog is that it features ideas from real weddings with a variety of venues, themes, budgets and couples. We loved the idea of a wedding at Manchester Museum for its quirkiness and amazing photo opps, but equally we found the idea of a DIY wedding in a meaningful place like the back garden of the bride’s parents house so personal and touching.

Put simply we couldn’t agree more with this sentiment from the Kat:

“Don’t let the wedding industry define your day, let you define your day”.

Wishful Thinking
from Sarah

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.

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