Wedding Stationery Checklist

A key factor of your wedding will no doubt be your wedding stationery. With so many creative ideas out there to buy or make yourselves, it can be a little overwhelming. So to break it down I’ve popped together a little go to blog post for a quick low down on wedding stationery. 

 

You’ll notice that throughout your wedding planning you create so many lists! So here’s one already prepared for you – a stationery checklist. You are welcome! Click here to download the PDF.

 

Emily K Weddings Stationery Checklist

So let’s talk about each wedding stationery element. 

 

1. Bridal Party Proposal Cards.

Make your bridesmaids and ushers feel that extra special by putting together a little gift hamper. It could be full of their favourite foods or a nice candle, whatever, you know what I mean, general niceness. A proposal card is a complimentary note to ask your nearest and dearest to be part of your wedding day. 

2. Save the Dates.

Save the dates are typically sent as soon as the venue and date have been confirmed. They are usually only sent to wedding day guests rather than evening. Make sure you have a confirmed guest list when sending these out as they are the heads up for guests not to make plans for that date. You could make your save the dates memorable by designing either a fridge magnet, coaster or even a jigsaw, the ideas are endless. They are the first impression you give to your guests about your wedding, therefore, consider the style and detail. The information is usually kept simple with just the date and location stated and further information to follow on the full official invite.

3. Full invitations.  

Information to include will be all the details of the ceremony, date, time, location. Other information to include might be directions to the ceremony and reception venues, gift details, social media or website details, accommodation details, etc. RSVP. Maybe even include a song request for the evening party to get the dance floor full! Request that they let you know any dietary requirements on the RSVP too!

If you want to keep the information simple and a single page invite, include the main details and then direct guests to a wedding website.

Don’t forget the evening invites too!

 

4. Order of the days. 

These are given to guests as they arrive at the ceremony. They act as a guide for the day and also a keepsake of the day. Usually one per couple is enough. Information to include could be introductions to the wedding party (handy to know in case people forget), the order of the day’s events (people like to know when they’re eating) and even fun things like hashtags or a quiz. If you don’t want guests to share your wedding on social media until you do, a note in here would be a good idea too. A printed booklet is a lovely keepsake for guests as well. Alternatively, the order of day could be on a board and displayed at the entrance of the ceremony. My personal preferred option is a booklet, I’m more tactile and love to keep these little sentiments from a wedding. Also, the info is all there for guests to refer easily. Up to you though, it’s your wedding, do what you want! 

5. The Table Plan.

The information on the table plan should be displayed clearly for guests to locate their seats efficiently, no one likes to see a wondering guest with a lost expression on their face. Ok, funny to watch at times, but not ideal. If you’re having long tables, break them up so people still have an idea of the area where they will be sitting.

Get creative with the table plan, style it up in a quirky way to suit the rest of your wedding style. I love coming up with ideas for table plans so get in touch and let’s brainstorm together.

6. Directions and those little extras.

Those extra bits to communicate other details to guests are key. It can be as simple as a sign for the card and gift table, sparkler send-off or directions to the loos. Again, make these tie in with the rest of your stationery and venue.

A welcome sign is also a key bit of stationery, especially if you have a hidden or remote venue. A welcome sign could go on the roadside so guests don’t miss the turning or at the front of the church to welcome guests to your wedding.

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Welcome Sign – By Emily K Weddings
7. Table Names.

These form part of the table decor so should also be lovely like everything else! Again, make them clear and easy for guests to spot as they’re wandering around trying to find their seats.

8. Name cards.

You’ve worked hard on that table plan making sure conversation flows on every table, therefore, you need people to sit where they’re told (in a bossy bride kinda way!). Again, these can be beautiful details to add to the table. Tent folded calligraphy cards, laser cut names, the ideas go on. You could even double up the place cards with favours, they could be mini sloe gin favours with a name label. Those little details make me happy, you might think they’re not important, but trust me, they really are! They make your wedding that bit more special.

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Photography by Charlotte Wise, Soul Images
9. Menus.

If you have a menu choice and guests have pre-ordered their food, it’s guaranteed that your guests will have forgotten what they ordered or get food envy when the food comes and demand something else. Trust me, it happens, and the caterer usually bends over backwards to accommodate. However, this can all be avoided by having menus on the table. If you have menu options, a personal menu can be printed for each guest and slotted into their napkin. If you just have one menu for all (apart from dietary requirements), you could have a couple of menus on each table. It’s a talking point for guests when they sit down and people get excited about the food coming before it’s even arrived. I am one of those people who get excited when the food arrives in a restaurant, I’m not the only one – at least I hope not!

10. Thank You Cards. 

Do not print a generic thank you card message. Eugh, that’s terrible and your parents should’ve taught you better. A thank you card should be handwritten or at least individually typed to each guest thanking them for their presence on your wedding day and their generous gift. If they gave you money towards your honeymoon fund then let them know what you did with their money. For example ‘Thank you for your generous honeymoon contribution, we used it towards going scuba diving where we saw the most amazing fish and even a sea turtle’. They will appreciate knowing it had a lot more value than just the £50 in a card. 

Final Tip: Ask your photographer to send a preview of photos, maybe even a group shot, from your wedding to use for your wedding thank you cards.

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Photography By Stevie Jay Photography

I hope that gives you a little background info for your wedding stationery. Just ask if you have any more questions or need help with finding the perfect stationery. There’s the whole etiquette saga and how to address and word stationery but that’s a blog post all in itself. We’ve got Christmas coming up so I won’t keep you that long! 

If you need any more planning or styling help with your wedding day I offer a free consultation over a cuppa or drink so get in touch to arrange and we can talk about all things weddings. 

Emily

 

5 Reasons You Need a Wedding Stylist

A wedding stylist isn’t necessarily a key ingredient to the wedding planning recipe, more like the garnish on the top making everything that bit better and taste even more yummy.
Here’s why that garnish is so much more than just a cherry on the top…

 

 

 

 

5 reasons you need a wedding stylist…

1. Save Money

Save money by hiring decor rather than buying it. Hiring a wedding stylist can be cheaper than doing everything yourselves. Stylists know where to get props and decor to help you make your wedding day even more amazing. 

2. Save Time

No one wants to be stressed or under pressure on their wedding day. A wedding stylist can set it all up for you before or on the morning of your wedding. Therefore, you have time to relax, get ready with mum and your bridesmaids, sip prosecco and just enjoy! Trust me, I’ve experienced this first hand on my own wedding day. On the morning of my wedding day, my parents and husband-to-be were frantically running around decorating the venue, they came back so stressed and had to rush to get ready. I felt so bad for doing that to them and I missed enjoying my morning with my mum. So please don’t have the same regret I did!

A stylist can also save you time before the day itself. I will help source decor so you don’t have to and if you have those extra bits you want to do yourself, just let me know and I’ll style them for you on the day. I totally understand if you want to use those Gin bottles you’ve been saving for table names!

 

 

3. Less Effort

It’s a lot more effort than you anticipate doing the styling yourself. Doing all the DIY elements, packing them up the day before then collecting the morning after your wedding is so much effort. The last thing you want to do after your first breakfast as husband and wife is clear up at the venue! A stylist does all that for you. Get yourselves off onto that honeymoon!

4. Better Design

When you’ve got a Pinterest board bursting at the seams with ideas that have evolved and changed so much, you don’t know what you want anymore! A wedding stylist can help you refine your wedding style and put together a more cohesive wedding design for you. My Story of Your Day pack does just that. Aimed at couples who have been bombarded with ideas and worried about which direction to take their wedding style, the pack clarifies those details and ideas to bring your day to life in a narrative. After reading through it, I guarantee, it’ll make you even more excited about your wedding day, maybe even a tear to your eye. My job as a wedding stylist is to then bring the Story of Your Day to life by sourcing, design decor and working with the best suppliers. 

5. Higher Quality

Chances are you might be able to get cheaper props from the high street, but you know what, if I’m being honest, they’ll look cheap. Quality is so important on your wedding day, those little details matter and if you hire a wedding stylist, they will have more high quality or specialised decor to set your wedding apart and elevate your wedding design. The quality of service for a stylist is important too. I communicate with you throughout your wedding planning and draw up a layout plan so your wedding design is exactly how you want! 

Get in touch to arrange your free consultation and let’s get creative with your wedding styling.
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Photography by Boho Chic Weddings
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Lego Bride Diaries: Part 2 – Peru

A little update from Ariane, my lego Bride who has moved on from Bolivia and is now adventuring through Peru. Click here for her Bolivia adventures.

I don’t know where to start with Peru. In such a small space of time I’ve managed to fit a lot in and seen some amazing sites as well as challenging myself  with hikes and heights I’ve never experienced before. I do have some sad news though. Our floral arch used in the salt flats didn’t quite make the journey across the border from Bolivia and it collapsed. However, the scenery in Peru has made the perfect replacement backdrop. I guess these things happen on a wedding day but as long as there is a back up plan, there’s nothing to worry about.

So Rodrigo and I continued our journey as bride and groom into Peru with the first venture been a place called Colca Canyon. Like many moments of wedding planning, it had its ups and downs which happened to be very steep ups and very steep downs. We began the hike down which was surprisingly ok in my dress and carrying my plastic bouquet of spindly flowers. (I wish I had a better one but this lego standard style will have to do). The path was so dusty but I kept telling myself it’ll brush off my dress and it will be perfect again. We stayed one night in the bottom of the canyon, relaxing by the pool and having a well deserved beer. The hike up the next day was the real challenge, the 5am start, managing my veil with my walking poles and trying to keep my tiara upright was a struggle. The sweat was deterimined to ruin my manufactured lego make-up but this was followed by tears of relief as I reached the top. The views and back-drop were incredible. Rodrigo was there encouraging me every step of the way, supplying me with gummy bears on demand. Like every couple planning a wedding, it’s about teamwork and supporting each other, and Colca Canyon symbolised just that.

After a couple of days composing myself, it was time again for another venture to find the perfect backdrop. This time it was Rainbow Mountain, a beautiful landscape at 5000m (yes that’s pretty high). However this was topped dramatically by the ever enchanting site of Machu Picchu. After 4 days of muscle aching hiking and sleeping on cold mountain tops in tents it really was worth it. The Inca trail hike to get there took us over high mountains passes reminiscent of Lord of The Ring and were truly magical and inspiring. The trail and ruins had everything – history, enchantment and an amazing unique character. What every bride aspires for in her dream venue (although maybe with fewer tourists!). I fell in love with the location straight away. My dress, veil, tiara and Rodrigo and I survived the Inca Trail. Everything was perfect!

After all the hiking and excitement of Peru I was ready, as every bride is after finding the perfect wedding back drop and location, to celebrate and rest. We did just that in the desert oasis of Huachacina. A pool, the sunshine, an extensive cocktail list, sand boarding and a Pisco tour. Perfect!

Pisco is a Peruvian spirit made from grapes. They use it to make a fab popular cocktail called a Pisco Sour which by the way is delicious. Here’s a recipe for one below. Maybe one to add to your wedding cocktail list.

Pisco Sour Recipe

50ml Pisco

50ml Lime Juice

1 egg white

Ice and a slice

2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Syrup to sweeten

Method

Blend or shake the Pisco, lime juice syrup and egg white until the egg white is nice and frothy. Serve over ice and add the bitters to taste. (Well that’s what the Peruvian bar tender did anyway).

Our next adventure is in the Galápagos Islands. A last minute 8 day catamaran cruise round the protected islands to see the wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature the world is lucky to have. David Attenborough, we hope to see you there!

Follow more of my adventure updates on Instagram.

Love, Ariane the Lego Bride x

 

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Autumn Romance in the Air

Autumn Inspiration
Image Credits
Floral Arch: via Rock My Wedding . Log stack: via The Pretty Blog . Gin Bar: via Rock My Wedding. Bride: via Amber Bridal. Woodland: Fox Tail Photography . Headpiece: via Etsy. Cake: via Rock My Wedding

It occurred to me the other day that I’m missing out on the lovely autumn vibes at home. I love Autumn! I know it’s probably many people’s least favourite but for me I love going for walks in rustling leaves, getting wrapped up and relaxing with a cosy coffee on the sofa. I also love Halloween and Bonfire night. Again, I know some people think these are so commercial now but come on, brighten up the Autumn by embracing the festivities.

Missing Autumn got me thinking about an inspiration board for an Autumn wedding. Most wedding venues get booked up first in the Spring and Summer months, however, if you’re a bride and groom with your hearts set on a certain venue, don’t let the season ruin your plans. Embrace the off season and create a cosy, autumn wedding full of golden tones and texture.

The colour palette for a true autumn style wedding obviously includes the golden and red tones inspired by the leaves. Teamed with a deep blue/ grey tone for an edge and soft natural tones for elegance and lightness. Don’t think that you have to choose one colour for your wedding style, don’t be defined by one colour. Think tonal and creative.

The florals on the board are organic and rustic representing the true nature of autumn. This is repeated in the headpiece which adds colour to the dress and a wild, bohemian texture. The flowing tulle dress has natural movement, again adding the organic free spirit of Autumn vibes.

The lighting and woodland location is soft and romantic. So romantic you are both whisked away when saying your ‘I do’s’. Lost in a moment with each other surrounded by candle light and nature.

The cake and gin bar are rustic focal points. Adorned with detail and foraged fruit. The semi naked cake makes a statement to Autumn and says it’s ok for the wild walks and lazy days. The gin bar in my opinion is always a must and this could adopt spiced gin flavours teamed with blackberries and wild herb garnishes – warming flavours of Autumn as opposed to those light summer blends.

The overall feel for this Autumn styled wedding is relaxed, romantic and intimate. So when your dream venue only has availability in October or November, don’t rule out an inspiring Autumn wedding day. It can be more magical than you expected. (And sometimes cheaper).

If you’re having Pinterest overload or just don’t know where to start with your wedding planning adventure, get in touch to arrange a FREE consultation and find out how I can help you with your dream day no matter how big or small your plans may be.
View my brochure here.

 

Emily x

Lego Bride Diaries: Part 1 – The Salt Flats

Have we really only been gone just over a week?! It feels like we’ve been travelling for ages as we’ve done so much already! We started our two month travel adventure in Bogota, Colombia for a day while we changed flight. Bogota was edgy, vibrant and bustling. We did a cycle tour of the city, visited flower and fruit markets and soaked in the atmosphere. We even played a traditional Bogota game that involved throwing a rock at a target loaded with dynamite. Good fun but I don’t think it’ll catch on in the UK.

Next stop was La Paz in Bolivia. Blimey is this place high! Highest lego bride ever possibly. We were only there for a couple of nights before our trip to the Bolivian Salt Flats, and man this did not disappoint!


I must admit that before I came to Bolivia I didn’t know much about the country, I can honestly say this country is naturally stunning. The tour to and around the salt flats was 3 days. Zooming over the salt flats into the middle of nowhere in a Toyota Land Cruiser was pretty sweet! My sparkly veil blowing in the wind from the car window. The vastness of the flats was breathtaking and of course we got some fab fun photos on the flats especially some of Rodrigo and I under our floral arch. What a place to say our vows.

 



We then stopped off at a place called Cactus Island. As the name suggests, it’s an island in the middle of the salt flats with loads of cactus plants. The views across the flats were stunning and as dusk approached we watched the sun come down. So romantic! The colours in the sky and across the landscape were so pretty! What a day. That night we stayed in a salt hotel – again, as the name suggests, an entire hotel made of salt! It was very basic but you can’t help wonder that if this was in East London it would be more than £200 a night. I think the Bolivians are on to something.

 

We were up and off early the next day, with my tiara and hair adjusted to the altitude I was ready for the day ahead. The desert’s rocky roads, clouded with dust lead us to the most beautiful lagoons. The most breathtaking one was crowded with flamingos. Rodrigo had promised me flamingos, and his promise was kept! This view was just like the one from a Mac screensaver. I didn’t think they were real. I wish I’d had flamingos somehow in our wedding. Even if it was the hen party. I just love them! Do lego make flamingos? Something I need to look in to.


After numerous vista stops, we came to the geysers. Bubbling away under the volcanic earth, they were enchanting. Smoke from the geysers filled the air. We got to the hotel to find a natural hot spring pool overlooking one of the lagoons. After dinner, we grabbed a few beers and watched the shooting stars within the Milky Way in the dark Bolivian sky. The only light pollution coming from our torches while we topped up our beers. I’ve never seen so many stars and as I sat in the hot water I felt like the luckiest lego bride ever to experience something as special as this.

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It was our last day of the tour and we started the journey back to civilisation and wifi. The salt flats are an absolute must if you’re visiting South America, not just for the flats but for everything else across the landscape. We did a tour with a company called Salty Desert and the bunch of people, drivers and tour guide were fab! Doing the YMCA with a Dutch couple and a Bolivian driver who spoke no English whilst driving through the desert was a surreal but amazing moment to treasure.

Onto the next part of our travelling adventure. Stay tuned for more.

 

Lego Bride, Ariane x

The Symbolism of a Wedding Ring

IMG_5424As I prepare for my travels, I decided to leave my wedding and engagement at home for safe keeping. I know that if anything had to happen to them whilst I’m away, I would be absolutely devastated.

So now my hand is bare and I feel a part of me missing. I’m hoping the constant motion of checking it’s there and panicking when it’s not will wear off soon. Leaving my ring behind made me think about the symbolism of a wedding ring and why do have this connection. Where did it all begin and what are the future trends for weddings rings. So here goes, a little about wedding rings and why they mean so much more than a sign that you’re already spoken for when at a bar.

The tradition of a wedding ring started way back in Egyptian times when they adopted a the circle symbolism for eternity, back then rings were made from rushes or papyrus. Old right? It then became more associated with weddings and marriage in Roman times. The earliest of rings were made from metals and developed into more precious items through time with embellished rocks. Rubies reflecting the heart, sapphires symbolising the heavens and then diamonds for integrity. I won’t bore you with more history.

There are a few analogies as to why we wear wedding rings on the third finger on the left hand and again these have changed and developed over time and traditions. My favourite and the one I like to think has the most meaning is that it is believed that the vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. ‘The vein of love’. Some might say that on a practical level, this is the finger that doesn’t get much wear and tear and therefore a ring won’t get damaged. However, where’s the romance in that?

When you say your vows you state something along the lines of “I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, my faith in our strength together, and my covenant to learn and grow with you.” The ring right there and then has a whole new meaning to you, it plays such a big part of your marriage vows, it is the physical representation of your vows, your marriage and your new adventure together. It is already the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own and the price on it is actually priceless. The ring seals the deal.

Nowadays, you can break traditions, create your path and opt for a more unusual wedding or engagement ring. A diamond is the classic rock to have and it has every right to be the go to engagement ring sparkle. Diamonds are timeless, powerful, last forever and full of sparkle. In fact they pretty much sum up what a marriage should be. However, there are some beautiful alternatives with sapphires, rubies or even birthstones. I think whatever means the most to you is special.

Take a look at Bloody Mary Metal for some alternative ideas and on the other end of the spectrum is London Victorian Ring Company for elegant vintage designs. For the blokes, I can’t recommend Iain Henderson enough, he designed and made my hubby’s ring with us and it is truly amazing and done with such lovely, friendly service.

If you have any other random questions or facts about wedding rings, I’d love to know them so please share away! Get in touch. 

Love Emily x

Oh So Tropical

Oh So Tropical

Happy Monday!

I know spring feels like it’s here but I’m so longing for the heat of a tropical beach. Just to lay on the sand and feel the sun on my face is all I ask right now. I decided to channel these beach vibes into a summery, vibrant wedding colour scheme instead. It’s much more vibrant than my usual style I’ll admit, but I love the contrasting colours, the energy and most of all, the unique shapes from the foliage and details.

The large bridal bouquet is an instant wow factor for high impact. The feature flowers are almost sculptured rather than organic.

I love the ombré detail on the cake which mirrors a Hawaiian sunset setting over Waikiki beach. The soft orange complements the strong green and fun pink to add a romantic pastel tone to the scheme.

How could we forget the cocktails and canapés? The details just make these elements sing and are adorable.

Fun, quirky touches are incorporated through the ukulele guest book and the welcoming floral Leis which reflect the location perfectly.

Even if you aren’t jetting off to Hawaii for your beach wedding, why not incorporate some of these elements into your English wedding for a complete twist. You dream of your wedding day, have it your way no matter where you are in the world.

Oh I’m feeling more summery already. Have a look at my Inspiration Board page for more wedding design schemes and image credits or get in touch if you would like one making just for you. 

Have an amazing week everyone! Emily

 

 

 

Mood Board Image Credits
BRIDE BOUQUET:Photography by Rustic White Photography, Found via Weddings Online  COCKTAILS: Found Via: Wilkie Blog CAKE:By Studio Cake. Found Via Mod Wedding TABLE SETTING: Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Floral Design: Stem Events + Flowers by Anabelle Found Via Style Me Pretty CANAPES:Photography by Nato Welton. Found via Brides Magazine STATIONERY: Alexa Nelson Prints, via Etsy, Ukulele: Photography by Natalie Schutt Photography. Found via Wedding Chicks, SUIT: Found via Well Groomed Blog, Leis Display: Found via Pinterest