Wedding Stationery – Our Sassi #2015Collection Team
For most of your guests, your invitations are the first glimpse of your wedding – they can set your theme, or just give a teasing hint of what’s to come. First impressions count, so make sure yours is a good one with beautifully designed wedding stationery to match.
We wanted everything to be perfect for our upcoming couture showcase with Sassi Holford, so we worked with Orchards Cards, our preferred stationery supplier, to create the stationery for the event.
As we prepare for our big day, we caught up with Rosie of Orchards Cards to find out more about her love for her job and weddings.
How long have you been creating wedding stationery?
I have been designing and producing bespoke wedding stationery for over ten years. After having my children, I wanted a career that would allow me to work from home. I have always had an interest and passion for art and design and so knew that I wanted to be creative in some capacity. I had started making stationery for family and friends, and as this circle of work and clients grew so did Orchards Cards.
What, do you think, makes wedding stationery so special?
Your invitations are the first impression of your wedding. They set the tone for your day and give your guests an idea of what to expect.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
I think the biggest challenge has been getting the balance between work and home life right. It’s very tempting to sneak back to my office in the evenings to work on new ideas and designs and to experiment with new materials. If I didn’t love what I do so much, I would have a lot more free time on my hands!
What’s your current favourite invitation style for a wedding?
I love simplicity and, right now, my ideal invitation would be black and white with a hint of Tiffany Blue for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s feel. I would use a Dior bow, a heavy weight card and a font that reflects the era, such as Filmotype Honey, which was created in the 1950s. This timeless look is all about elegance and sophistication.
What advice would you give to couples who are just starting to think about their wedding stationery?
I think the best advice I can give is to pick a look that reflects you as a couple and represents your vision for your wedding day. Your design should work not only for your invitations but throughout all of your stationery. A reputable stationer will help you bring all of your ideas together to create a beautiful and unique set of stationery for you.
If you were to create an invitation that represents ITA*, what would it be?
I believe that any invitation created for ITA* would need to reflect the bespoke nature of the business. It would need to be both modern and elegant and have a luxurious feel to complement the amazing no prescription ativan venues ITA* offers.
What ITA* venue would you choose for your wedding day?
The Old Royal Naval College combines everything I love in a venue. It’s elegant and full of character, yet can also offer a contemporary feel. I especially love the King William Undercroft with those amazing vaulted ceilings.
What stationery trends have you seen this year?
I have seen a continuation of the rustic, vintage theme from last year, but I have updated a number of my designs with burlap, which has become very popular this year. I have also seen a turn towards a more contemporary style – simpler but with bright pops of colours such as aqua and coral. Monograms have also been quite popular this year, adding a personal touch to stationery.
What trends in stationery do you predict for 2015?
I think we will move towards a more traditional look, with a softer, more neutral colour palette. Wedding dress trends for 2015 seem to be brimming over with lace and pearls, which play into another trend–1930s glamour. This look is soft, elegant and brings to mind classic movie stars and old Hollywood. I will be continuing with my lace-inspired range of wedding invitations next year and looking to bring a touch of glamour to some new designs.
What is the most memorable wedding you have been involved with?
My most memorable and unique wedding was that of former Liberty X band member Kelli Young. She had a black and white theme, which carried through everything from the invitations to the Jackson 5 inspired table plan! It was exciting to be involved with her wedding and such a compliment when she told me that my design for her invitations had inspired the look and feel of the day itself. Helping any couple define the look for their special day is a big responsibility but also incredibly rewarding.
What makes London so great for weddings?
I think London is excellent for weddings because of the sheer amount of choice on offer. It has something for everyone and offers great diversity, from a thoroughly modern wedding to a more traditional day. London can cater to everyone’s tastes and that makes it special.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The more involved a couple are in their wedding stationery the more exciting and inspirational it is for me as a stationer. Some couples are very relaxed about their invitations and see them merely as a means to an end. For others, invitations are an extension of the wedding day, and they want them to excite their family and friends, to give them a taster of what’s to come. This is what inspires me to create bespoke and unique stationery for couples and why I love my job so much.