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This is a chance for us to share new creations and give you updates on any news we have on our wedding stationery business... The Wedding Stationer www.weddingstationer.co.uk
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We can design unique invitations for any occasion along with lots more things to include in your celebration, please contact us for a chat :)

Friday, 25 March 2011

New Designs for March 2011

If you're on facebook then chances are you've already seen these designs. But for those who visit via The Wedding Stationer website, it'll be a first for you :) These are the latest designs which I've made.

The two invitations in the picture below are made using card with real precious metal pigments, a high quality beautiful card.

Keeping with the high quality the ribbon bows are finished with a Swarovski gem a range of precisely-cut crystal. You can choose to have your names on the front including the date of the wedding.

As each is individually made by hand you can change the design to suit you :)

These are only £3 per invite and bearing in mind the quality, it's a really good price. Remember you don't need an invite per person, only one per household. Many brides often make the mistake of thinking they need one for each guest.

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The next design I have put together to be a bit kinder to the budget.

Not only do you get the invitation but there's the menu and rsvp included! So no extra cost, everything you need from your invitation in one price.

These new 3 in 1 invitations are only £2.50 each you can also get matching evening invitations (which just includes invitation details) for £1.50 when you you order them together (normal price £1.90).

If you want something a little different, this invitation is the same style but is that little bit less informal having stars included in the font :) I love them!

Can be made using any colour ribbon did I mention, I have over 55 ribbon swatches to choose from so plenty of choice :)

Printed to match your ribbon, gorgeous!

I am getting booked up for this year, and already taken many bookings for 2012. So please book early to avoid disappointment. You don't need to confirm your design or colour until nearer the time, a £50 deposit books the time needed to make your stationery and is deducted from your total order :) Please get in touch for a friendly chat either via www.facebook.com/weddingstationer or by email invites@weddingstationer.co.uk
If you would like to speak with me direct call me on 01229 314004

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Muncaster Castle Wedding fair and the origin of favours :)

Riot of Rhododendrons

This Weekend I had the pleasure of exhibiting at the historic and most beautiful venue of Muncaster Castle at the Wedding Fair organised by Lakeland Bride.

I was exhibiting in The Drawing Room along with Simon and Alison from Simon Hudspeth Photography and alongside Maggie and Janice from Maggie D'Silva to name but a few and not forgetting the dozens of presiding, family portraits of ancestors of the Pennington family. I felt like my every move was being watched by their piercing eyes...they say it is haunted, I can see why! eeek!

Having set up on the Friday evening and being told by Sue, a member of staff, about a door handle turning on her, this was enough to give me the Heebie Jeebies! ha...I think this pic took by Mairi Donaldson just captures the eerie feeling.

On a much more positive note, I got to meet many Brides to be and it was also nice to see a few Grooms making the effort and enjoying the day out to plan their special day. One groom asked me a very good question, 'What do the Almonds in favours represent?'. I couldn't remember them all and with Jordan Almonds slowly going out of fashion, I thought I'd do a little bit of my own research to try to keep the tradition alive.

There is a lot of controversial information regarding where the wedding favours originated. My own favourite dates back to Anglo Saxon times where it was believed to be lucky, as well as magical, for guests to receive something from the bride. During the middle ages it was a rarity for a bride to make it to their marital home with her dress intact!!! During the Renaissance it was still seen as lucky for the guests to take home something belonging to the bride, however, it often resulted with the brides dress being destroyed. It was during this period that the Italian brides started adding flowers and bows to their dresses, in the hope that they would finish their wedding day still clothed! This later evolved into giving wedding favours.

For centuries Italian brides have given little bags of confetti and sugar coated almonds known today as Jordan Almonds, representing the bitter-sweet nature of married life. These are given in numbers of five to signify five wishes for the bride and groom:- health; wealth; happiness; fertility and longevity. Nowadays with the diversity of weddings, brides and grooms are looking for new innovative ideas for wedding favours for their guests.

As much as I do love tradition, helping a bride and groom come up with new ideas is very rewarding, and yesterday I did just that with Bride and Groom, Caroline and Steven. I am, obviously, sworn to secrecy for now but really looking forward to working with them and you guys make such a lovely couple :)

Some pics of me at the exhibition...don't laugh!

Anyway back to the Almonds.....from now on I think having a little poem explaining what the almonds represent... may help to keep the tradition alive so if you like this idea contact me and I'll be happy to make your favours in the traditional way. Any colour bag (to match the colour scheme of your day) filled with 5 white (also tradition) sugar coated almonds attached with a tag with a Jordan Almond poem:

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and his new wife
For health, wealth, happiness, children and long life!

Along with the date of the wedding and the Bride and Grooms names :)
Only £1.30 per gift

or if you would like to come for a free consultation to discuss and explore new ideas, please also get in touch.

Thanks to Rose at Lakeland Bride for organising the event, also to all the brides and grooms and exhibitors for a most enjoyable weekend and thank you for stopping by :)