BESPOKE STATIONERY – KATE RUTH ROMEY’S GUIDE
I’m delighted to have breakthrough Wedding Stationer Kate Ruth Romey and her exceptional designs on the Bijou blog today. Amazingly Kate found some time in her busy creative schedule to offer you Bijou brides her expert advice on stationery trends for 2012 and how to get a look that will not only wow your guests but that you will treasure long after your first dance. So over to Kate…
“Well hello there Bijou Brides, I’m Kate of Kate Ruth Romey Bespoke Wedding Stationery, and I’m delighted to be here. I’ve been asked to give all you lovely ladies and Bijou Boys, some tips on how to obtain bespoke wedding stationery. So here goes, I hope you enjoy.“
OFF THE PEG vs. BESPOKE
If you’re debating between the two, I would recommend bespoke every time (well I would, wouldn’t I!). Bespoke designs will be about you, not some imagined couple and at the same time they set the tone and atmosphere for your day. Whether you’re planning a sophisticated affair at a London hotel or a right old knees up camping under the stars in the Cotswolds, every detail of your stationery should reflect the two of you and what you have in store.
Bespoke stationery allows you to create an invitation suite that incorporates several aspects of the wedding. Couples may wish to have an insert detailing the lavish dress code for a nod to a 1920s wedding. Other couples may want to have a section in which guests’ are asked to pick their favourite song from the 1990s for a party reminiscent of the era the couple met in. You could even have an insert to ask all guests to bring an item personal to them for an intriguing party game later on in the evening.That’s the beauty of bespoke: you’re totally in control.
On receiving such a divine bundle of paper goods, your guests will know how much consideration and effort has gone in to everything, and just how important they are to your big day.
WORKING WITH YOUR STATIONERY DESIGNER
It all starts with your story. Remember the designer you choose doesn’t know anything about you: doesn’t know that you have stripy kitchen cabinets, or that you met in a tiny pub on the Outer Hebrides, so anything you can tell them about yourselves will help them to create an invitation suite that is quintessentially you.
It also helps if you can bring some little sources of inspiration for the designer. Be that in the form of a scrap of patterned fabric, a candlestick holder with a beautiful engraving, an old photograph of your Grandparents, or the back bone of a concept. It is often the smallest of ideas that can turn in to some thing wonderful.
However, this isn’t to say that you should feel pressure to know every last detail, after all you are paying a designer to design for you. They should give you suggestions on font, and colour, and should be confident to steer you in the right direction. Ultimately they have done this before and know what works and what doesn’t. Remember just how important these little bits of paper will be, and don’t be afraid to say if you don’t like something! Neither you nor the designer would be happy if the finished article wasn’t 100% right for you.
As sea-side lovers, Amber and George knew that Whitstable would be the perfect place for their wedding. The invitation suite I created reflected everything they love about the area: soft blues, weathered wood, and beach huts. Amber had brought with her a length of her Grandmother’s beautiful antique lace, which I used as the basis for their wedding announcement postcard – layering it to recreate the shuttering on the outside of the venue and to spell out their initials. The lace appeared again as a miniature washing line from which hung luggage labels depicting the wedding picnic. The sophisticated, yet simple RSVP postcard was a photograph of a paper cut out of the Bride’s engagement ring with the words ‘I Do…’ written inside.
And lastly the directions card – silhouettes of beach huts were cut from patterned and plain papers, then photographed to look like a holiday postcard. All that’s missing is the stick of rock! Amber and George were thrilled and said that the invitations summed up just how they wanted their day to be: relaxed, informal and fun!
2012 STATIONERY TRENDS
For 2012 I see couples moving away from traditional wording. With changes in living scenarios couples have often lived together for years before getting married so don’t feel you have to have your parents announce your wedding: use your story, it’ll go down a treat. I imagine we’ll start seeing a pared down aesthetic for wedding stationery, with emphasis on quality of paper and simple, striking designs, complimented perfectly by gorgeous Deco inspired patterns. I also see a rise in invitations being produced on surfaces other than paper: think laser cutting from wood veneer, screen printed on to hessian or etching on to sheet metal. And of course Letterpress printing will be as strong as ever.
Remember that your wedding invitations aren’t just a means of informing your guests of when the receptions starts, and where to stay. Invitations are the paper embodiment of your wedding day and are something to get excited about and to be cherished. Never has the time old phrase ‘first impressions count’ been more fitting than for wedding invitations. If you want to wow your guests this is the place to start.