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. 


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 :-)


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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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Saying goodbye is hard to do!

I love this place... I really do, but the big being a one-man-band... (ok 2 man if you count the Fridays and Saturdays when Steve's here to help) makes it a military exercise to organise.

Brides and Grooms getting married in the week leading up to and the week after the holidays need to be sorted. They rely on me to get their 'on the day' items finished in time to be collected BEFORE the wedding... it's not much use afterwards.

Then there's another issue....being away from my creative space! All those pen, pencils, ink, card, glue, foil.... yes let's not forget the foil.... and you can bet your bottom dollar the minute I step away and close the door, the idea fairy will wave her magic wand and sprinkle a ton of inspiration dust on my head.

I'm sure only other creative's will understand how hard it is to walk away. Our art materials are our crutch... both emotional and spiritual. Being creative is both a joy and a pain. If you are away for any length of time it's like someone has chopped your arms off. Itching to do something... anything.... but not just sit and relax.

I know, I know, we're only shutting up shop for a week.... but honestly it will feel like a lifetime. I'll remind myself that no-one will die because I am not open, all orders to date have been done and any new couples will still be waiting for me on my return.

Whether it rains or shines.... we'll be having a well earned rest. 
We'' be back on Friday 1st August 
with a spring in our step and hopefully not too spaced out. 

Now..... where's that bell tent!

30 MORE Creative Ideas for Alternative Wedding Seating Plans

After writing THIS POST about 

15 Creative Ideas for 

Alternative Wedding Seating Plans

I sort of got the bug to have a look around and see what other wonderful and creative ideas people came up with... here's what I found. 

Some great ideas eh?

You can find many, many, more ideas on PINTEREST!
If you haven't joined yet... I suggest you do!

It's a great sharing platform to source ideas, share your own and generally, build up idea boards which truly represent you! Creative people and couples about to get married, especially love it! 

And so do we!
Follow us to see some great ideas!

Monday, 21 July 2014

FREE - Easy Peasy way to plan your WEDDING BUDGET

I can't believe it's over a year since I wrote this! So I'm reposting for those of you who are struggling while trying to work out a budget.

If you find it useful... please SHARE on social media. There's a link just after the end of the post.... on a little bar. And please LEAVE US A COMMENT! We love hearing from you!

I deal with a regular flow of Brides and Grooms to the studio, to make and create their wedding stationery. I try to offer a service to fit ALL budgets. One thing that always amazes me is the answer to my question 

"OK.... so what's your budget?"  

At this point I usually get one of 2 answers.

1) "We haven't got one"
or 2) "We don't really know"

When probing further I realise that most couples 
have no idea where to start. 

I've promised to write this article for some time and today I feel I really MUST get round to it.... I hope it helps in some small way.

Couples would do best to see what they can afford and work from there, instead of working on what they want, costing it all out and then having to postpone their wedding when the harsh reality of EVERYTHING COSTS kicks in.

Remember: £35 a meal can sound like a bargain, but it can be a real eye opener when you times it by the number of guests you have coming!  And that's just the 'food side' of things. 

Far better to work out a final budget and work it like this, then at least you will know where to cut back if you need to and f you save money on one thing you have more to spend on another.... SIMPLES :-) 

So.... to make it easy for me to work it out for you.... lets say you have £10,000 to spend.

Reception 45% (£4.500)

Your food and beverages will eat up the largest percentage of your budget. This category includes:

  • Site fee, if applicable
  • Catering costs 
  • Bar and non-alcoholic drinks, punch, shots, etc.
  • Drinks for toasts
  • Wedding cake and sweets
*Don't forget to haggle on price here. If you don't ask, you don't get! You have nothing to loose. If you find that the cost is far more than your budget and you are determined the venue is the absolute place you want to get married and there's no way you are going to shop around for somewhere cheaper.... consider 1 of 2 things.

1) Cut down on your daytime Guest list
2) Have a late Wedding and 1 buffet evening reception 

Transportation 5% (£500)

If you are on a strict budget, this is one place you can save. Transportation should be one of the smallest percentages of your budget. This category includes the following:
  • Limousines
  • Speciality cars, etc.
If your Wedding is at a venue and you are staying there over night, there's no reason why you shouldn't get ready at the venue itself. If the venue is 50 yards down the road, it's quite a saving if you get a friend with a posh car, to add ribbons and get you to the Church on time. Do you really NEED this?

Entertainment 10% (£1000)

This category includes the following:
  • Ceremony music 
  • Evening reception buffet
  • Reception Music (DJ or band)

Flowers 10% (£1000)

Be very careful. It is easy to get "carried away" ordering the most "visual" aspect of your wedding. This category includes:
  • Ceremony - site flowers
  • Bridal bouquet
  • Wedding party flowers
  • Parent's flowers
  • Reception centrepieces and floral displays

Attire 10%  (£1000)

This is another category that is really easy to go wild on. While selecting your "gown" keep your "bottom line" in mind. This category includes:
  • Dress
  • Headpiece/veil
  • Lingerie
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes/wrap/gloves
  • Hair and makeup
  • Grooms tux or suit

Photography 10% (£1000)

Your memories will eat up another 10% of your budget. This category includes:
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Engagement portrait
  • Wedding - album package

Stationery 4% (£400)

This is another category in which you can save by choosing a simple invitation. This category includes:
  • Daytime and Evening Invitations
  • R.S.V.P and other enclosures)
  • Announcements
  • Menus
  • Order of Service
  • Guest Book or Wishing Tree Tags
  • Seating Plan
  • Wedding Post Box
  • Place Cards 
  • Thank You Cards
You can cut down a little on this budget, like having only 1 Order of Service per couple for instance. Talk to the person who is designing and making all your Invitations and On the Day stuff and negotiate a discount.
We at Inspired by Script give our customers a whopping 15% discount on our couples ' On the Day' items IF they have come to us for their Invitations. It's our way of saying a big THANK YOU for choosing us in the first place :-) 

Talk to whoever is making your Wedding Stationery
and see how they can help!

Extras 6% (£600)

This is where you put all the miscellaneous items that can really add up to BIG MONEY!! If you choose all of the little extra touches, you will go way over your allotted 6%. You need to make a choice on how important each category is to you and "borrow" percentage points from other categories which may be less important to you. Items usually needed:
  • Attendants gifts
  • Wedding gifts for each other
  • Favours
  • Wedding rings
  • Rehearsal Dinner (not usually included in budget)
  • Marriage license
  • Church/ceremony site fees
  • Officiant fees
  • Speciality linens
  • Chair covers
  • Other reception or ceremony decorations

I hope you have found this budget planner useful.
If you have, please share with your friends...
if you haven't or need to know more,
contact us... we can only improve with your help :-)

Don't forget.....

If you need any help or advice 
regarding your Wedding Stationery
or phone the studio on 01609 776 866
We're always happy to give advice :-)

(c) Sue Simpson x 

Have you any useful hints and tips on saving money? 
We'd love you to share them with us.
Leave a comment by clicking the comment box below :-) 

Ivy themed, Personalised Daytime and Evening Invitations and polite money request cards - Rebecca & Graham

Rebecca and Graham choose an Ivy Themed, 
personalised,  daytime and evening wedding invitation set
after seeing this ivy post box I made some time ago. 

I used the same ivy graphic, but added a few more....

A gate fold invitation is not the easiest to construct
and measurements must be accurate.
They chose a silver foil an hunters green ribbon.
We considered green foil but it was a bit over kill.
The silver set it off nicely. 

The design was reproduced on the flat evening invitations too
this time the couple chose an emerald green foil.

A money not gift poem completed the order. 

Rebecca and Graham chose this graphic to fit their winter wedding theme. As the wedding is close to Christmas it's tempting to go for a Holly or snowflake idea. The ivy worked beautifully as it doesn't stop them choosing other things to decorate their venue. In this case, ivy was a safe bet and it's so nice and easy on the eye. 

Don't forget... for more ideas

Friday, 18 July 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY! - Personalised Wedding Postboxes


Here's where we get to be really creative!
We have a huge amount of unique ideas 
to throw at the Bride and Groom.

My latest one has been to incorporate Calla Lilies
on the outside.

Once the wedding is over I'll share them here.
In the meantime here's just a few of the many we have made. 


If you order by Mail Order... all our boxes 
will be sent decorated but Flat Packed for ease
of posting and to prevent crushing in transit.

Emma & Stephen 
Chose hearts with silver, Purple and Green as their theme

Holly & Geoff's 
was a bit more subtle with 
pale pink butterflies

I LOVE it when Brides get a bit creative with their colours
and choose 2 complimentary colours that go together.
This purple and hot pink was one of them

And here... for an Autumn Wedding....

Emily and Tom's theme was to be Bombers and Butterflies.
As Tom had already compromised on letting Emily have her butterflies
it was only fair she let him have his planes on the box.....

Amy & Ian had Ivy trails.....

And how's this for a rather different 
knock yer eyes out colour scheme
The Orange, Yellow and Hot Pink
were the colours of the Brides gerbera bouquet

And... this is perfect for the Rainbow themed wedding....

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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