Planning your wedding in Northern Ireland – How to choose your perfect wedding stationery
Need some help with how to choose your perfect wedding stationery? Choosing your wedding stationery is such a great way to really put your stamp of personality on your wedding. Laura from Two Little Words Design Studio is here to give us the lowdown and lots of tips!
Laura, it’s lovely to have you on the blog. Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Well I’m Laura, I’m 31 and Mummy to 2 lovely (when they want to be) boys, Matthew 2.5 and Connor 11 weeks. I’ve been married to my hubby Mark for 4 years this July although we have been together for 10 and I run ‘Two Little Words Design Studio’. I predominantly offer wedding stationery but have been known to dabble in a bit of branding work and illustration such as prints and custom artwork.
Some stuff people don’t really know about me:
I love to run when I can and completed the Berlin Marathon in 2018 as a bit of a bucket list challenge one week before I turned 30! My main motivation for running though is definitely being able to eat whatever you want 😂
I’m a big fan of the occasional ‘wee gin’ although with a newborn in the house it only ever gets to be one or two!
How would you describe your design style?
I would describe my style 100% as bespoke! I have experience in quite a lot of artsy skills, but I predominantly merge illustration- normally pencil or watercolour, with graphic design to create totally personal and one-off wedding stationery. I love textured papers and luxe finishes and really value ‘ the whole package’ when it comes to wedding stationery, so my clients will often find me talking to them about wax seals and envelope liners just as excitedly as the invitation itself!
How far in advance do you need to book a stationery designer?
Well at the moment it seems people are booking further and further in advance but as a standard I would say around 12-15 months away is ideal, especially if you want to post out Save the Date cards which will normally be sent around 12 months before the big day. You definitely don’t need to know exactly what you want at that stage, but I offer couples the chance to pay a booking deposit of £50 to hold their date, then they can come to me a bit nearer the time to talk about designs!
Which part of wedding stationery is the most important part?
Is this a trick question Emma? LOL! I obviously think it is all important but if I HAD to choose I would say the day invites! They are the first true thing that you tick of your list, the first real thing your guests will see of your day and I think that is such a special thing! You have a real opportunity to set the tone for the day and show a bit of your personality as well!
Any tips for invitation wording?
For your main invitation…. Ask you Mum LOL no joke! The amount of times I have had a bride come back to me saying ‘ I’ve spoken to mum and she says ….’ lol Mums tend to offer a lot of practical advice around this matter lol
Other than that, I would say be yourself, and match your style for the day… relaxed and funny wording is going to be out of place for a formal wedding and vice versa so this is often something I really think about for each couple to make it personal and bespoke to them… no one size fits all approach here!
What one piece of advice would you give a bride choosing her stationery?
I have 2 bits of advice LOL
1.) Think about your budget, this is something I think is super important when you are choosing your stationery. A lot of people don’t really know how much these things cost and that is ok but coming prepared with how much you want to spend can save you a lot of time, you don’t want to be coming talking about silk ribbons and hand lettered envelopes if you don’t want to spend a lot. I recommend looking at your overall budget for the wedding and setting aside 5-10% for your wedding stationery. So, if your wedding is £20k overall, then £1k-£2k for stationery!
2.) Pick and book some other key suppliers before you start thinking about the design of your invitations. Things like flowers, dress and cake can really help narrow down the styles for invitations and help guide your mind to a style for your day even if you aren’t having an obvious theme.
Laura, thank you so much for joining us! There were so many helpful tips there, so thank you!
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