Here is a selection of Q&As from Your West Midlands Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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