Thursday, 14 January 2016

Baby pink, wishing tree, love bird, custom made wedding invitations and RSVP Card with menu choice card

Baby pink, wishing tree, love bird, custom made wedding invitations and RSVP Card with menu choice card


First day back at the studio Tuesday. Lots of paperwork done, diary filled out, all the forms printed and then a surprise consultant before closing time.

Designed and proofs send Wednesday lunchtime and approved immediately. wedding invitations and menu choice RSVP is all finished and ready for collection tonight. That's the way we roll :-)


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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

10 Most common mistakes couples make when ordering Wedding Invitations

Ordering your invitations and stationery can seem like 
a daunting task. Here's the
10 Most common mistakes couples make 
when ordering Wedding Invitations


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#1   Not ordering enough invitations

This is a common mistake and should not be overlooked. I suggest you order 20% extra to your invitation order. Why? Because you are bound to have forgotten someone and MORE IMPORTANTLY it's expensive to have reprints. Most companies will charge a 'Setting-up fee’, which will have to be paid again if you return for more. Better to spend a few extra pounds at the beginning than a larger price per card if you return. 

#2   Ordering too many invitations
My couples are fortunate. I check and double-check the numbers. So often when I ask, "How many invites do you need", they'll answer "Oh about 100". "So that's about 200 guests then?" (Stunned silence). Remember you need 1 invitation PER family. If a child of that family is over 18 it's etiquette that you send them an individual invitation. 
This is one of the advantages of using a local stationer, remember an on-line company doesn't care if you order too many! 

 #3   Not checking proof thoroughly
Wherever possible I ask that my couples come back to the studio to check and recheck all the details. This includes spelling, grammar and punctuation too. The spelling and typos are YOUR responsibility and not your stationery makers. Noticing typos once your order has gone to print or even worse once your invites have been mailed out can be a costly mistake. You have no option but to pay for your order all over again. So PLEASE CHECK, CHECK and triple CHECK! 

#4   Not signing proofs off in a timely manner
Once you receive your proofs to be checked, your wedding stationer will have pre booked a slot in their diaries to reserve space for production. This is especially important during busy times. If you delay, your space will be filled with someone else's order and you'll be pushed to the back of the queue. Reply promptly

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#5   Setting your R.S.V.P. Date too far in advance
I know it's important and you are excited about your forthcoming wedding, but if you send out your invitations early and put an RSVP date on that is way ahead in the future, your invitation will more than likely be put aside and forgotten. I suggest that the RSVP date be set at 2 months before your wedding date. You'll most likely need to chase up late repliers 6 weeks before your wedding as you'll need final numbers for your caterers 4 weeks before. 

#6   Leaving it till last minuite to order your invitations
This is especially important if you are having custom made invitations. We advise our couples to order their stationery 4-5 months prior to their wedding day. Why? ok, let me explain
RSVP date 2 months before the wedding, you'll need 1 month prior to that to address, send out your invites and allow for postage times. And 1 month must be allowed for, for the stationer... especially during busy times. Remember, after you've ordered. The stationer will have to work up proofs, get them to you, make and changes, proof again, you need to sign them off and then they have to be made. 

Early ordering will make your stationer very happy! It will cut stress on both our parts... and neither of us needs stress do we? 

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#7   Not setting a budget
I'm always amazed at how few couples actually set a budget for their whole wedding, never mind the invites. OK if money is no object then you can have whatever you want, but more of my couples aren't made of money. Invitations vary in price depending on whether you want a plain postcard style or a more fancy pocket style with lots of card inclusions. 

Speak to your stationer about what you have to spend. This will cut time as they can direct you to the invitations within your budget, rather than falling in love with an all singing all dancing invitation that's 3 times what you have to spend. 

If you need RSVP cards and Info cards as well, there are cost cutting measures, so you can still have what you need. Many stationery makers will also do you a deal on bundles. You just need to ask!
Communication is the key!

#8   Not considering postage costs
I've had couples come to me with pictures of fancy cards in boxes, with a large silk rose plonked on the top and been asked if I can make something like 'this'. Another one is a paper scroll type invitation... far cheaper than a card... HOWEVER.... the postage of such items can be 3 times what you pay for posting a card! A few pearls or diamonds here and there will go for standard postage but BE VERY CAREFUL when setting your heart on something you've found on Pinterest. Again it can be a costly mistake. Think about postage costs!

#9   Asking your wedding stationer to copy someone else's design
ACK! ACK! ACK!!!! No! No! No! This is so wrong! While I am fine of couples come with pictures of something they found in a magazine or (again) on Pinterest, I'm assuming that the couple are showing me it for inspiration. If you want something copied and your wedding stationer agrees, question the honesty and integrity of that supplier! The reason? IT'S COPYRIGHT! And as such it's BREAKING THE LAW and LIABLE so some pretty hefty fines! And we are talking THOUSANDS HERE! 
I have a sign in the studio, which says:
"Please do NOT ask me to copy someone else's idea as refusal often offends!" 
Go to and use the stationer whose work appeals to YOU! If you like their style and ideas then ...  buy from them. 

#10   Assuming that because a website is a .co.uk URL your invitations are being sent from the UK 

This is a real biggie for me and one that really gets me mad! There are companies out there, usually but not always based in China. You look at the URL... .co.uk .... But do a company check and you'll find its NOT UK based. Their goods are shoddy, their service is slow (if in fact they turn up at all) and their website can be closed in a flash! 

Don't be caught out! One of the very first Brides I dealt with ordered stationery.... they took weeks to arrive, the special pen enclosed in her order to write on the awful super glossy card had leaked all over the box and to cap it all? They weren't even in ENGLISH! 

Complaining to the company was pointless as they requited a full return of the items and postage would have been a fortune. Be VERY careful if ordering stationery on the Internet. Far better to order from someone local, meet with them in person and get 100% attention to detail over your wedding.Check the company out thoroughly 

AND, by shopping local you are supporting 
a small, dedicated business, 
who will be grateful for your support. 

I hope you've found this article useful. Please feel free to share it using the links below.
If you have any other hints and tips about ordering wedding invitations or any other aspect of wedding planning, please leave a comment..... because we believe... sharing is caring! 

Love Sue xox

Article and photos (c) Sue Simpson - Inspired by Script
Invitations available from  http://inspiredbyscript.co.uk 

Got questions? Email me at inspiredbyscript@yahoo.co.uk 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

TOP TIP TUESDAY from inspired by Script .co.uk #10

TOP TIP TUESDAY
#10



DIY something you feel comfortable with. From one detail to the entire thing… handmade items will always mean more than something you purchase from the store. If you aren’t crafty, find a friend or family member who is and have them help you create something special for your day. Not only will you cherish the project itself – but also the time spent in creation!

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

TOP TIP TUESDAY from Inspired by Script #9

TOP TIP TUESDAY
#9



Get alterations! Make sure that you are 110% comfortable wearing your wedding dress. If you are, it will not only make your day amazing – but it will show on your face! The last thing you want is to be fussing with your dress; pulling it up, itching, or even feeling too snug!

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

TOP TIP TUESDAY from Inspired by Script #8

TOP TIP TUESDAY
#8



Eat a nice sized breakfast and/or lunch and then try your best to actually eat at your reception so many couples dont get the chance! Have your venue pack you some extra food to go, just in case you get hungry later in the evening. You dont want to end up starving on your wedding night.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

#TOP TIP TUESDAY – from InspiredByScript.co.uk #7

TOP TIP TUESDAY
#7 SHOP LOCAL!


There are many good reasons why you really SHOULD do this!
Here are just a few....an I'm betting my Wedding Industry colleagues will agree and can probably add a few of their own! 

1. Local businesses CARE! They care about their reputation, they care about their work and the services they offer and most of all they care about YOU!

2. They are usually small businesses and not part of some giant organisation! Small is beautiful.... any small business will tell you that :-)

3. Because they are local, they get to know YOU... as individuals and as couples and that way they can tailor-make their services to suit you. 

4. Local businesses need your support. We are doing what we love. If anyone is thinking about getting into the wedding industry to make big bucks fast... they can think again. We work hard to find our clients and each and every one of you is important to us.

5. Buying local can work out cheaper! It's all very well ordering things off the internet, but remember... import tax added when the item comes into this country and the extra expense of buying it again if it turns up shoddy, cheap or broken. By cheap, buy twice!

6. Value for money . Because the majority of us, depend on local Brides and Grooms we can often keep our prices low, while still offering great quality items. 

7. Buy local,  means the money stays local

8. Any time you need to chat about products or services you've booked means that things are ironed out fast! Try getting through customers services to any company if you change your mind or want advice on something... and you'll see why we are pushing shopping local as your first choice

9, We are familiar with the various venues round and about and we know the various logistics of each venue, what they provide and what we provide for that venue. 

10. We value YOU! because without YOU we wouldn't have a business... and that goes for every other local business out there... no matter where you live. 

BONUS TIP 11 - We are convenient! Right on your doorstep! 

Hope this helps,
Love Sue x


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and we love to connect with our clients in real life, 
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288a Gigh Street, Northallerton,
 North Yorkshire, DL7 8DW

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Tales from the Studio - How we design and create your foiled invitations and stationery

From the very first time I used gold leaf in my calligraphy work, I've been mesmerised by flashy gold and silver. Adding gold leaf to each invitation would be not only impractical but unaffordable.

Gold leaf was used throughout manuscripts since the very first time ink touched vellum.... but we rarely use ink these days.... never mind vellum. Calligraphers still use Gold Leaf.... but sparingly because of it's high price. 

I've been making invitations and stationery for around 15 years, but it wasn't until 4 years ago, I stumbled upon this machine.... and I was blown away by how much it changed the flat, lifeless printing of invitations into something worthy of Royalty.... and what's more... I could offer 17 stunning colours AND make it AFFORDABLE to almost every couple in the country!

I remember how I whooped and jumped for joy 
the first time I converted my plain black lettering...
 into bright, shiny foil, which jumped off the page 
as it caught the light....If you think 
'Mad woman on the loose' 
it's fair to say, you'd be pretty close 

The foil is exactly the same as used in conventional plate made hot foiling... just the process is slightly different.

It's hard to explain to our couples the exact process that starts, once the consultation is over. the design agreed upon and we set to work on their order....so here it is.... in picture form.....

First is the drawing stage....my favourite weapon of choice is a fine line pen. 0.8mm seems to be the one I pick up most often. I think because the thicker the lines, the more the foil....if that makes any sense? We LOVE foil.... Lovely shiny foil....


Then, it's off to the scanner and photoshop 
to create some magic...



Once I'm happy, off we go to the printer...
(Did I mention the first printer didn't work
for this particular technique? 
EXPENSIVE mistake!)



And out it comes... Printed black....


From there each one is hand fed 
through the foiling machine


And comes out like this.....


Them the folding machine. If you've ever made your own invitation and tried to fold neat, clean and crisp folds, you'll understand why we love this piece of cleverness so much! 



Then each one is trimmed.....


And trimmed again....



And voilĂ .... there we go!




We are only one of a handful of companies in the whole of the UK offering this foiling service. The machine we use was bought from a company in the US and omits the need for expensive plate making that conventional hot foiling machines use..... which has a knock on effect and make the buying of foiled stationery affordable to even the most budget savvy Brides!


Foiling screams luxury, elegance, class and style!
Your guests will love it! 

But then.... we are totally biased ...
so don't take our word for it! 

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