Stationery Guide: Please Take Your Seats

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Stationery Guide: Please Take Your Seats

Picture the scene: your beautifully romantic wedding ceremony has gone off exactly as you'd dreamed, you're now husband and wife and your  photographer has a camera full of pictures to prove it!

There’s a happy hum from assembled guests drinking cocktails on the lawn, and dinner time is fast approaching. The trick now is to get everybody to their seats, Bellini in hand, with a minimum of fuss. Today’s stationery guide aims to help you do just that.

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Seating Plans

The traditional option is to display a large table plan at the entrance to the dining room. Depending on the design and the number of guests, this will need to be somewhere around either A2 or A1 (a medium - large poster) in size, and in a frame or on a solid backing to prevent it flopping around.  You’ll find most venues will have an easel available to display a seating plan, though it’s worth checking the maximum size and making sure you like the look of it too!

Setting out your table plan can be done in a couple of ways:

1. Listing each guest’s name alphabetically alongside their allotted table name or number. This method works well if you have a large wedding as it’s more space efficient as well as quicker for each guest to find their name on the list.

2. Listing guests under table headings. Personally I think this tends to look more polished, but it does require more space.

 

Table Plan Cards

Alternatively you could opt for a set of small (usually around A5) table plans; each one listing guests on an individual table. These cards give you lots of options in terms of styling; you could put each one in a frame and set them out on a table (perhaps the drinks table, where you know everyone will see it?), string them up with fairy lights, or hang them from tree branches.

 

Escort Cards

These are traditional in the USA and they serve the purpose of a table plan rather than a place card. Escort cards are printed with each guest’s name and their table, and displayed at the entrance to dinner. The lovely thing is guests are able to pick their card up and take it with them. It makes a lovely memento of the day, and saves being so deep in conversation you forget which table you were heading for.

 

Place cards

If you’ve spent time meticulously organising your seating plan, then place cards are an absolute must. After all, you don’t want all your match-making work to go to waste with potential soul-mates at opposite ends of the table! It might seem overkill to tell everyone which exact seat is theirs, but in some ways it makes things just that bit simpler on the day.
If yours is a more intimate celebration, a table plan is clearly surplus to requirements, though place cards are worth considering as part of the table styling and as a keepsake for guests.

 

I do hope that's given you some ideas! If you'd like to discuss your requirements, I'd be delighted to hear from you, just drop me a line.

 

 

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The Beginnings of my Rebrand

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The Beginnings of my Rebrand

You know how sometimes you have a carefully worked out plan and then get completely swept up in something else that’s caught your imagination instead? 

Today’s blog post is one of those; my carefully constructed plan tells me this should be the next installment of the stationery guide, but I haven’t written it yet because I got a bit carried away elsewhere. (Normal service will be resumed next week and I promise to tell you all about escort cards and table plans then!) So I’d best tell you what I actually have been doing this week instead.  

For a while now I’ve been wanting to update my brand and rename the business to better reflect the direction my work has taken. I started on the groundwork back in the spring, but found settling on a new name much harder than I had anticipated. After much deliberation I got there, (nope, I’m not telling yet!) but truthfully I think I’d lost energy for the project.  I always find Autumn is a good time to start on things, (I think the whole back-to-school thing is deeply ingrained in my psyche) and for the last month or so I’ve been plugging away, a little bit each day working through the process; reviewing where I’d got to, really delving deep into how I want my business to be, writing myself a brief and doing all the research.  This week I got my reward for doing all the groundwork and began the creative work. This mood board is the starting point for how the new branding will look and feel. Drawing out the essence from masses of ideas and images has been a real labour of love, but I’m excited at the prospect of where it might take me, and raring to get going.

Until next time,

Rosie x

P.s. If you've got any thoughts on this you'd like to share, I'd be delighted to hear them!

 

 

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Introducing the Anemone Collection

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Introducing the Anemone Collection

Today I’m really excited to be able to properly introduce my new Anemone stationery collection.

As always, it feels like it’s been a very long time in the making; I always forget how much needs doing even once I’ve got all the samples printed!

My trip to Copenhagen last September provided the inspiration for this collection. The gardens were filled with swathes of gorgeous Japanese anemones, all pirouetting like ballerinas on their wiry stems. What I wanted to capture was that effortless graceful movement, the sense of elegance combined with a pinch of the Copenhagen fairytale magic which was seemingly around every corner.

 

In terms of typography, I knew I wanted a romantic script to really bring the fairytale element to the collection. I finally chose this one for its fine lines and flowing movement. I love the way it twirls across the paper!  Copenhagen’s fairytale history sits alongside a present filled with some of the best in contemporary design - elegant and simple with a nod towards the vintage. I wanted the complementary typeface to do something similar, so I’ve chosen something with a clean, modern feel but also with very subtle vintage detailing and a certain lightness about it. I think the two pair perfectly, I hope you agree!

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Developing the colour palette was possibly the trickiest element of the design process. I adore the multicoloured buildings along Nyhavn and was really keen to incorporate their particular combination of freshness and softness; something which proved surprisingly elusive!  
After realising that combining too many colours simply didn’t suit my style,  I finally settled on drawing out individual colours from the Copenhagen palette: a lovely soft warm blue, the verdigris of the city’s roofs and spires, and the pink of the anemones themselves.

So far I’ve added invitations and sample packs to the shop. More options will be coming soon, but do get in touch in the mean time if you’d like other items, I’m always happy to quote for your particular requirements.

I hope you enjoy the gorgeous airy photographs, they’re by the wonderful Bethany Stanley (you can check out more of her work here).

 
 
 

 
 

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Editorial Shoot at Chafford Park with Jessica Davies Photography and Emily K Weddings

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Editorial Shoot at Chafford Park with Jessica Davies Photography and Emily K Weddings

Hello! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.  I’ve started to properly embrace Autumn this week: The boots and big coat have come out to be greeted like old friends whilst my flip flops and cropped trousers have entered hibernation. I’m ready for windswept walks, big jumpers and hot chocolate.  So, in the spirit of all things Autumnal, here’s a beautiful shoot I provided stationery for back in the spring!

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Love is enough: though the world be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter:
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.


-William Morris

 

Taking her inspiration from William Morris, Emily Lancaster of Emily K Weddings set out to style the ultimate ethereal wedding day dream. Combining a blank canvas, rustic venue with fine art styling and delicate details. The finished look is organic, dreamy and elegant, combining a palette of earthy tones, soft pinks and nudes. Delicate gold accents along with flowing silk table runners add a touch of opulence to the rustic wooden tables. The beautiful florals by Jennifer Pinder clearly define this as a Springtime celebration, though using seasonal blooms you could easily adapt this look for any time of year.

 
 
 
 

The fabulous team:

Wedding Planner and Stylist: Emily K Weddings
Video: Dwiko Aire Nugroho
Outfits: Paper to Lace
Photographer: Jessica Davies Fine Art Photography
Model: Chloe Papworth
Hair and Makeup Artist: Amanda Roberts
Flowers: Jennifer Pinder
Furniture: Anthology Vintage Hire
Crockery and Glassware: Duchess and Butler
Stationery: The Tiny Card Company
Ribbons and Linens: Kate Cullen
Venue: Chafford Park

 

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Finding Inspiration: A Trip To The Epic Welsh Coast

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Finding Inspiration: A Trip To The Epic Welsh Coast

After many years of talking about it and daydreaming about how nice it would be...

This Summer Craig and I finally bit the bullet and bought ourselves a camper van. The absolute dream would’ve been a proper vintage one, but to be honest our (much cheaper) nineties version is a much more practical choice in terms of actually getting where we’re going, and he (Sprocket, yes he is a he...) is kind of cool in his own way.

 
Sprocket gazes wistfully out to sea...

Sprocket gazes wistfully out to sea...

 

Last month we hit the road on our first proper trip to the west of Wales, not really knowing what to expect when we got there. 

What we found was epic scenery at every turn, from Pembrokeshire’s generous greenness, to the dramatic peaks of Snowdonia and Anglesey’s unexpected sunshine. And all along the way beautiful, almost deserted, stretches of coastline.

I’ve always been inspired by the sea, I find it utterly mesmerising; the way it’s textures and patterns change from one moment to the next, the way light plays on it like a kaleidoscope never giving the same image twice. Here are a small selection of my photographs, (I’ve tried to be restrained, I could have shared so many more!) I hope you find the Welsh coast just as beautiful as I do (although let's make a pact not to all go at once, it might just loose its magic).

 
 

 

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