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Setting the tone
Q. What stationery trends will be popular in 2022?
A. Lisa Forde says: It's going to be a big year for the wedding industry. Here are some of my trend predictions: Love stories and romantic literary greats will feature strongly in 2022 wedding trends. With the second series of Bridgerton set to air in March, Regency period fascination will find its way subtly into weddings, with literary-inspired touches and splashes of blue. Think of a quintessentially English cottage aesthetic and regal elegance. Perfect for the traditionalists amongst us.
Many couples are already choosing earthy, natural colour palettes and moving away from the whites and pastels of old. Whether it's grasses, pampas, eucalyptus or simple foliage with minimal petals, it will be a strong trend for the year ahead.
If you're looking to reduce your environmental impact, opt for eco-friendly suppliers and reusable items. Environmentally-friendly stationery and reusable decorations and favours will play a big part, as weddings become a statement of how a couple wants to live in harmony with the environment.
Backyard weddings have been booming the past couple of years, and we expect no changes in that trend. Lockdown made us appreciate our homes, and it was a place many of us felt comfortable and safe during such a turbulent time. With COVID-19 still around for the foreseeable future, home weddings give the comfort of safety to both the couple and guests.
Multisensory elements is a huge trend we're expecting this year where guests can experience a wedding at another level. Think food and drink that doesn't just taste and look good, but feels exciting. How about a venue scented with candles to match scented wedding stationery that has been sprayed with your favourite scents and perfumes? Photo booths, immersive bands and surprise singing waiters are all immersive experiences that we think will continue to be popular.
Lisa Forde, Tree of Hearts
Saving the pennies
Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful stationery. How can we spend our money wisely?
A. Anne Thomas says: When it comes to wedding stationery, there is so much choice available and a variety of prices that it can certainly get overwhelming. Quality is very important as an invitation may look pretty online, but the actual feel of it may not be to your liking. Always do your research and get to know your supplier, talk about options and if they're local, arrange a consultation to see their products first hand.
There are lots of ways to keep within your budget without jeopardising the design and quality. For instance, you could opt for a smooth card instead of a textured version but still have the benefits of a beautiful design. You can choose to have a personalised favour tag that also doubles up as a place name to save spending on both. Printing on both sides of your invite can help limit the number of cards you need, and some stationers have existing collections that can be changed to suit your colours, saving the cost of a bespoke design fee.
Remember that a save-the-date or invitation is a very important part of your wedding journey. It's your guests first taste of what to expect on your big day and should reflect you as a couple. Work with your stationer to get the best you can within your price range.
Anne Thomas, Evelyn and Elliot
Q. We'd love to reflect the theme of our wedding in our invites. How do we go about this?
A. Kathryn Atkinson says: Kathryn says: When your guests first open the envelope holding your wedding invitation, you want them to be filled with excitement and anticipation. Your wedding invitation is the first glimpse that your guests have of what your big day is going to be like; it sets the scene.
You may already have some ideas about how you'd like your day to look. Whether you have a fully-fledged plan of the style of your day or simply some vague ideas about a theme, a 'bespoke wedding stationer' can work with you to develop your ideas into a coherent theme and create stationery that's genuinely personal to you both. It's really important to take the time to get to know you as a couple, your shared passions and your style. This then enables me to design wedding 'stationery that tells your story'. The process of having stationery tailor-made is a special and personal experience, so it's important that you find someone that you feel you can work with, be open with and trust. Meeting over coffee and cake (or via a Zoom call now) you'll explore your initial ideas together. It's a good idea for the 'couple' to bring along some inspiration to the first meeting, for example, clippings from magazines, some pictures or mementos.
The infinite decisions that go into creating a wedding stationery suite can sometimes feel a little overwhelming; however with the right stationer you'll be safely navigated through the options, every step of the way.
Last year Rachel and Rob asked me to help tell their 'story' through their wedding invitations as well as their on-the-day stationery and signage. They knew they wanted bikes to feature strongly in their special day having met at their local cycling club. Their invitations were letterpress printed with ink, envelopes and calligraphy that mirrored the colours of the bridesmaids' dresses and fonts that suited their relaxed and fun loving nature. As well as featuring two racing bikes, the design that I created for them also included a tiny robin, symbolising an absent loved one. Adding fine details with hidden meanings that only you and your inner circle will understand, can help you to create something that's beautiful, unique and personal. As the theme evolved, we applied the design from the invitations throughout the 'on-the-day stationery' including on a guest book and a guest fingerprint 'keepsake' picture. As Rachel and Rob had acquired several bikes to use as props, the theme developed and we ended up displaying the table plan on a full sized penny farthing, collecting cards from the guests on a postal bike and having a rickshaw with “just married” tin cans as a photo booth.
Kathryn Atkinson, PoppyKate Press
Make a plan
Q. We want to create a really wow-factor table plan? What quirky ideas do you suggest?
A. Anna Jeffs says: Anna says: We definitely suggest that you make it your own and make a statement with your table plan! It's a chance to do something different and yet keep it really personal within your wedding. First pick your theme, for example it could be travel places you and your partner have visited or want to go; time perhaps significant dates/years in your relationship; hobbies sports or games that you enjoy together, for example Monopoly or Lego, there's also films such as Disney or you could even go with a food-themed table plan. Next choose your style; hand-drawn, frames, Polaroid pictures, plants, acrylic signs, chalkboards there are so many options on items to represent each table. Finally decide how you are going to display it; hanging from a copper archway, with a board on an easel, on a stack of vintage apple crates… we've seen everything from periodic element tables to walls of succulent plants for table plans. Just completely make it your own and don't be afraid to let your personalities shine through!
Anna Jeffs, Pastiche Events
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