Stationary without a doubt sets the tone of your wedding, paper goods are the first things a guest receives, be it a save the date or invitation and it should give them an idea of what to expect from your day. I don’t like to see people not pay any attention to this part of their wedding.
When we set about finding our stationary I spent weeks trawling the internet, and much like photographers, there is a lot of choice out there. There are some lovely designs at Not on the High Street which is where I found A Bird and A Bee which I adored, especially the summer fayre bunting design. I love the idea of all the information being bound with twine on Kraft brown paper, The Boy had other ideas and stationary was one of the wedding planning realms he had an opinion on. He made a fair point, we were getting married in a church and then onto a rather large and grand Hall, not a tent in a field or full DIY barn venue so the stationary had to be appropriate and his preference was for the traditional, nothing kooky. So this did narrow down my search, I had a crisis when at the National Wedding Show I found, Pretty Made. Their designs are sleek and fun and I really wanted to use them but again, more suited to a chic city wedding not our country Yorkshire affair. I eventually found my stationary on a Google search and sent off for a sample, I liked it, the quality was fantastic, and The Boy approved too. A month or so passed and it was time to start properly organising the paper goods so I returned to the website and their designs had changed and in the meantime I had begun to wonder if our first sample was a little plain, so I sent off for ‘Woodland’ and it came and while I liked it, The Boy wasn’t sure, it wasn’t square but rectangle, and it opened a different way and was darker than he’d prefer. So I contacted the company and they were fantastic, one of the best customer services I have received and I couldn’t have been more happy with the results. They allowed us the design of woodland with the shape of the original sample and in a completely different combination of colours to suit us, we got a bespoke service. Everything was prompt, clear, painless and not that expensive and the evening invites, menus and order of service were all from the same company. If we hadn’t chosen particular table plans and name tags we’d have probably got the lot through them, they were Here Comes the Bride and I urge you to take a look at their fantastic work. That was our story and in the new year I’ll go through how we put together the rest of our paper related goods for the big day, the timings and factors to consider when organising your own stationary.