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what to include...
When deciding on the written content for your wedding stationery, in particular the invitations and supportive inserts, we always advise our clients to consider these stationery elements as your chance to answer many of the questions your guests may have. It's a way of giving your family and friends detailed information, hopefully saving you countless emails and phone calls especially on the weeks leading up to the wedding when you will have so many important tasks to complete, appointments to diarise and loose ends to tie up.
Here is a list of the main information to include apart from the obvious date, times and venue details:-
Where to stay
It maybe that you are holding your wedding in a hotel in which case there may or may not be enough rooms to accommodate all your guests. Even if there are enough, its always a good idea to give your guests another, more cost effective, option and if you can negotiate a discount price and provide a reference code for booking even better.
Most people are now very used to using either their sat navs, other mapping device or phone apps to locate and travel from a to b. However, if you feel directions may be useful here is your chance to include this information. At the very least you should make sure that you have the correct postcodes and address details for all venues and its always good to include a relevant website address if possible.
This is also where you can suggest the perfect gift for your generous guests to buy. Make sure there are options from the cheaper end of the scale or a link to vouchers for those who need it. Many shops provide wedding gift services and will assign you with a website link and/or log in codes for your list. You may ask for theatre vouchers or help towards the cost of a dining experience and again this is where to include all the information to assist. The quandary of whether its socially acceptable to ask for money or not is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Pinktash. Many couples have been living together for years and have everything they need and may want to ask for money towards a holiday or new car. This is ultimately your decision, however, we believe as long as the request is worded correctly and politely it shouldn’t cause too much concern.
You may not think this is necessary for your event however, its always a thoughtful idea to warn your guests about certain aspects of the day such as dancing on grass and wearing suitable shoes or if the wedding happens to be black tie. If you want to have a more laid back affair rather than hats and twin sets it may be good to mention this by advising that the wedding will be, for example, ‘semi-formal, think summer party with music and dancing late into the night’ which is something we have included before on the information inserts.
We advise many couples to set up a new email address to deal with the administration and correspondence relating to their weddings. You can also include mobile phone numbers including an emergency number for the best man or chief bridesmaid for all those last minute difficulties on the day.
Clearly these weddings require a lot more information and many people utilise one of the wedding websites on offer where you can include as much information as you want, including flight options, multiple days of celebration and their dress codes (such as a pool party or beach BBQ) or suggestions for local hotels, self-catered villas or apartments nearby. We can steer you in the right direction for this and may even be able to supply you with coordinating image files to decorate your site linking it to the stationery.
where to start...
When we first start speaking with a new couple they tend to fall into one of three categories…they either know exactly what they want to achieve and have a full scrap book or Pinterest page relating to every aspect of the wedding, they have some sort of idea of what the décor or style should be and may have booked their perfect photographer or venue already or, they are at a loss of where to even begin and are in a state of mild panic and confusion! We always find, however, that through patient consultation and discussion with the assistance of supportive and descriptive mood and story boards, creative ideas will start to flow and positive decisions soon made.
A wedding can take shape from the most simple of beginnings such as; a particular flower, treasured piece of jewellery, cherished vintage lace or favourite colour. Your choice of venue may also hold the key as it always helps to be sympathetic to your surroundings. A beautiful and historic hotel may not be the best place, for example, to hold a summer festival wedding with jutes, hay bales, fairy lights and street food, but these ideas can be considered and improved upon with out of the box thinking and innovative interpretation.
The main message to take from this post is not to worry! Take advice and be inspired by those with knowledge of the industry. Here at Pinktash we always listen to our clients and support them as best we can whilst working towards the perfect vision for their most memorable of days. We love a challenge and haven’t been beaten yet!
Please take a look at our Real Weddings page for creative inspiration.
production and print...
After the brief has been discussed, mood boards considered and the designs and colour palette chosen, the next stage is to print samples so that colours and textures can be tried, tested and tweaked. As a bespoke design company we searched for the perfect team to assist in our relatively small print runs and ideally wanted to work with a local company who could offer luxury, quality print and innovative techniques not to mention attention to detail and lots of patience!
Over the years we have been lucky enough to work with Braunston Print who have helped us no end, giving advice and options when creating not only our beautiful stationery suites but the more unusual requests like acrylic seating plans, etched individual place settings and embossed pieces.
This gives us the fantastic opportunity to offer our clients something special and the ability to realise even the most unusual of requests with the convenient luxury of everything being created under one roof helping to produce a cohesive scheme and consistency throughout.
A massive thank you to the team at Braunston Print!
do I really need a wedding planner...
We all lead such busy lives these days don’t we? There never seems to be enough time to get everything done and we tend to cram so much into our weekends that to some, the huge task of planning a wedding may seem impossible!
An experienced wedding planner can take the pressure off and not only assist with finding the perfect venue or photographer but with some of the areas you may not have thought of such as budgets and logistics, saving you money and precious time. You may simply want them there to coordinate on the day or require a trustworthy and reliable person to manage the whole wedding. They are ultimately there to support you and are sure to have a useful list of contacts and local suppliers they can recommend up their sleeve!
If you have had the time to visit our Real Weddings page you will have noticed that we have been lucky enough to have worked with Claire Clarke Weddings and her creative team on a number of wonderful events. Claire offers a number of packages to suit your requirements from an hourly consultation to full wedding design and production. The project briefs have been imaginative, inspiring and a joy to work on and we can’t wait for the next one!
Thanks to Claire and her wonderful team!