Friday, 29 August 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY - Personalised Wedding Seating Plan

Seating plans can be as simple or as decorative as you like. They tell your guests where to sit. My seating plans are usually created in conjunction with WEDDING POST BOXES and decorated to match.
The MOST POPULAR DESIGN 
so far has been the Butterfly design.



Here.... although it's not a fantastic photograph
 is one in HOT PINK & CADBURY'S PURPLE



And this one which was ordered from 
London was CHOCOLATE BROWN & GOLD


And... ROYAL BLUE for Claire & John


It's amazing how different they can look, 
depending on the colours used.



This one for Amy & Ian, saw me cutting out Ivy.


Given the idea I can turn my hand to many things lol.




And my latest one here is for Emily & Tom. 
The table names were named after old 
R.A.F. Bombers..... so of course we had to have planes! 




And a simple green with mini red hearts. 


Here's a close up of the names and
 the butterflies are in flight :-)






I write the Bride and Grooms name in 
calligraphy...makes it look extra special.



Of course.... you can just get 
us to make the cards for you...


And you can decorate them yourself,
or get us to do it for you...


So.... whatever your colour scheme or 

theme.... we can usually come up with 


something, TOGETHER. 




Prices start at at £4 per table for DIY cards

and £6 a table for the full version complete with board..

As usual, call me at the studio on 01609 776 866  or if you are close to Northalerton, North Yorkshire call in for a no obligation chat. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY - Personalised Save the Date


Save the date cards 
and fridge magnets are sent
(usually) when the wedding date has been chosen 
but the venue and other details have still yet to be sorted




We produce Save the Dates
as either cards or fridge magnets,
each one is designed and printed especially for you....

Here's one in a Magnet format....



And one made as a card.....


Call us at the studio on
01609 776 866
or call into the shop at
288a High Street, Northallerton,
North Yorkshire DL7 8DW

for further details

Friday, 15 August 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY - Personalised Wedding Stationery

Below is a selection of
bespoke Wedding Invitations....
Created during 2013!


Our Invitations come 
in a choice of 2 sizes


DL Either Portrait (upright)
or Landscape (horizontal) 

ANNE


Card Size is around 10 cm x 21 cm
And Square
14.5 cm x 14.5 cm 


Generally people choose 
Folded Invitations for the Daytime
and Flat Postcard style for the Evening.



The choice is entirely up to the couple
and there's no reason why each format 
cannot be used for both... Ideal 
if you are on a VERY tight budget.


REMEMBER: 
As well as picking a style, size and format
you can choose from over 15 foil colours 
too... so there's something for everyone.


AND... we now have available Ivory coloured card 
as well as the classic white....
this is proving to be VERY popular.


ALSO: Each card is designed specifically 
FOR YOU... with no 2 designs exactly the same!
So it is truly unique to YOU!


Imagine how impressed your friends will be,
when you tell them you had your invitations 'Especially Designed For You'....
DESIGNER STATIONERY at an affordable price! 

POSTCARD STYLE INVITATIONS Start at £1.50! 
The FOLDED STYLE at only £2.50! 


These prices include FULL consultation and DESIGN! 


And we are just at the end of the phone 
so for FREE advice and guidance
Contact me (Sue Simpson) on 01609 776 866 
or call in if you are local to Northallerton, North Yorkshire. 
We have many more designs at the shop 
and there's something for everyone. If you can't see 
what you are looking for, share your ideas and see what we can come up with.

Get creative and save money on favour boxes!

Get creative and save money on favour boxes!


I've made tons of these boxes in the past...
and they really are easy!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ivy Themed, Personalised Wedding Invitations - Rebecca & Graham

I love making something, just that little bit different....
The Ivy themed wedding postbox was the starting point.
Made some time ago for my late husbands, cousins wedding
and long before I bought the foiling machine. 



Ivy symbolises eternal fidelity & wedded bliss. 
A popular Victorian tradition was for a bride to plant the ivy in her bouquet after the wedding and watch it grow through the years, passing down sprigs from the same plant for her daughters & granddaughters to use in their weddings.


The couple chose to have their Evening Invitations
 and Money Request cards in a lush green foil....



And the Daytime, gate folded 
Daytime Invitations in Silver Foil 
so as to not over power the green ribbon.






Have you ever wondered about the traditions and customs
 attached to weddings?I found this an interesting read

Wedding Traditions - Wedding Custom


Another great article, this time covering flower traditions 
around the world is this one, by 'The Knot'

And if Medieval is your theme.....
 then you could do far worse 
than read this 


Thursday, 7 August 2014

"It's not HOW MUCH you spend on the day... It's how you SPEND the day!"

My partner Steve found and read out THIS ARTICLE, claiming that up to a quarter of a million couples will get married this year and with an average budget of... £21,000!



The article 

Hold the bubbly:  

How to have a wedding on a budget 

It's well worth a read!


While I agree with a lot of the article... I have to say... I've never met a couple in North Yorkshire or for that matter, Cleveland, County Durham and Cumbria, who are prepared to spend anywhere near as much as that! Most of my couples are spending between £7,000 & £10,000 ... making the 'average' £8,500.

I understand why suppliers of services hike their prices (and for the record we charge the same, whatever the occasion). It takes far longer to consult with a couple... often many time and with many changes, than it does for all other events. Couples can help themselves more by being clear right from the start and only agree to something once they have firmly made up their minds.

While we don't charge extra for Invitations, no matter what the occasion, we are having to consider a charge which will be incurred if the couple (usually the Bride I'm sorry to say) changes her mind and wants changes to the original consultation.

For a supplier of services, it can be a daunting task when dealing with many, many, emails backwards and forwards and often with days and sometimes weeks in between getting an answer. All this takes time, time that could be better spent producing items for a decisive bride.
In my opinion... why should a couple who come for a consultation (these often take an hour) pay the same as one who changes her mind, before (or even worse after) you've sent her idea for approval. Keeping track of brides emails can be a nightmare.... especially if they are slow to respond to any questions/concerns you may have.


What I don't agree with

£21,000 seems to me to be a ridiculous amount of money to be spending on one day! Certainly in North Yorkshire the budget is far lower. Do you think that the Brides have any less of a 'perfect day'? Absolutely not! I swear that these are London prices! Perhaps the Yorkshire couples are just a bit more savvy with their money and know a bargain when they see one. Hopefully they have more sense. Set a budget and know how to work through it by shopping local.

According to Wedding Budget Planners, Wedding Stationers get the lowest cut of the cake, just 4%.
Now if this is right... that means I get £840 per wedding! Ohhhh YES PLEASE! If this is true then I'm not pricing my work right. Even on an £8,5000 budget I do not get 4%.



If I leave you with nothing else...
it's with this thought....

"It's not HOW MUCH you spend on the day...
It's how you SPEND the day!" 


There's something you should know about me....

And if my Brides and Grooms are Creative People too...
It all helps to make a magical mix! 




What the world needs ....
is MORE creative people! 

Friday, 1 August 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY! - Those Little Extras

I HEAR YOIU SAYING......

So..... what do you mean by 
Little Extras?

We have been asked for and made, 
many different items over the years. 


This page shows just a few of them :-)


Our tags are great  for people who want
 to make things themselves and add a bit of 
personalisation to their WEDDING FAVOURS or

anything else you-may have in mind.  



The quotation reads
"All because two people met,
and fell in love"

But you can have any quotation printed that floats your boat.

Here they are being used on mini buckets, 

filled with love hearts ... cute aren't they?



Probably the most popular quotation I have ever come across....
 I have lettered this on paper, canvas and greeting cards that many times I've lost count.


'Two souls with a single thought,

Two hearts that beat as one'


And here it is used on a mini candle favour. Light a candle, make a wish....

Candle_favour

Now..... these I just HAVE to share with you. A client came in having an Easter Wedding and wanted me to make some egg cups, so that she could use them as both her Wedding Favours AND her place cards. We first tried wood.... but they didn't turn out so well.... then we found some china pens... this is the result...And I have made many more since then. The Bride added a Kinder Egg, bought in bulk from a wholesalers. FAB IDEA!


WEDDING SIGNS in paper, wood and card are increasingly popular. These signs below are made from MDF. The size of the board and therefore the cost is determined by how many words you want on them. Prices for these start at just £7.50


WISHING or BLESSING TREES are largely taking place over guest books these days. There's something magical about writing out a *WISH* and tying it to a tree for the happy couple to be....


I made these tags which can be personalised 

and a message of your own choosing can be added. 



Here's a close-up with some brightly coloured stuffed hearts. You could hang MDF or wooden hearts if your Wedding is more VINTAGE or SHABBY CHIC.

I hire the Wishing Trees out, but the tags look just as good hanging from twisted hazel or willow, available from most florists, popped in a jar :-)

A word of caution though, which might be a blessing or a bind... the willow will root pretty well in water.... as I found out when I tried this at the shop!

Strewn with battery powered fairy lights these look magical! 


I know a lot of Brides are into DIY these days to save a bit of money wherever they can... these personalised Wedding Tags can be glued to larger more colourful pieces of card and a cut out paper butterfly can look pretty cool! 


You can make them any size you want.


We produce all kinds of printed and foiled items. 

The only limit is your imagination 

Prices are based on size and not quantity 
Wishing Tree Tags for example
Start from as little as 45p each
Even less if you are 
using your own ribbon.


WE ALSO PROVIDE.....
Table name cards....
Gift ideas..... 
Table number cards.....
and LOTS MORE!


So.... if you are looking for something entirely different
and have an idea or 2... give us a call and we'll see what we can do.

As always.... contact us for further details.
If you live in North Yorkshire, you can call into the studio
288a High Street, Northallerton DL7 8DW

If you live some distance away...
call us on 01609 776 866 


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Friday, 25 July 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY! - Personalised Wedding Albums and Guest Books

Looking for a Wedding Album or Guest Book?

As well as training to become a fully qualified Calligrapher and Lettering Artist 
I also took courses in Creative Bookbinding.





The Wedding Albums and Guest Books
below are all made by me and I made 
them to each clients requirements .

No 2 books are exactly the same! 





Matching albums to colour themes
is all part of the job...
and makes it a little different from the 
usual, shop bought, Ivory or White





Some couples, prefer to have white with coloured accents.
such as in the ribbon or behind the name plate



This one was very different, but as the 
Bride and Groom chose Green and Black 
for their wedding and found it impossible
 to actually find a book that wanted, 
they were delighted to find I could
 make one to their specifications.






The book below was made for a couples 
SILVER Wedding Anniversary! 
They had never got round to actually 
having a proper Wedding Album, 
but  promised themselves they would 
get round to it someday.... 
that 'someday' was 25 years later lol 



Hand made Indian petal inclusion paper
 was used for the binding. 





IBS__Wedding_Album_Cover



I have made hundreds of books over
 the years and not just for Weddings either... 
Here's one for a Birthday.... 'It's all about Steve!'




And one of the great things about being 
a qualified calligrapher is that I can 
personalise the inside pages BEFORE
 I sew up the binding.




Here's a close up of the inside wording....



Here's a pretty pink guest book  
showing some really sweet hanging charms. 
It's great to personalise them in this way :-)

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Prices: Fully personalised 
Guest books from £20
Honeymoon and Hen/Stag Albums from £50
Wedding Albums from just £65


Prices vary depending on the paper used and the simplicity or complexity of the book


So.... if you are looking for something entirely different
and have an idea or 2... give us a call and we'll see what we can do.


As always.... contact us for further details.
If you live in North Yorkshire, you can call into the studio
288a High Street, Northallerton DL7 8DW

If you live some distance away...
call us on 01609 776 866 

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