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Wedding Planning Essentials: Invitations

On our blog March is all about getting the basics right – and today we are looking at the top 10 tips for getting perfect invitations. The invite generally is the first thing people will see about your wedding. It … Continue reading

Budget friendly alternatives to pricey pocketfolds

Customised pocketfold invitation with bespoke band. Pocketfold invitations are the ever popular invitation and it’s easy to see why. They contain everything you need – invitation, guest information, RSVP card – all tucked into a beautiful package. As standard our … Continue reading

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Did you RSVIP?

RSVIP Invitations - Wedding Invite CD Cover

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What suits you!

When it comes to invitations there’s a vast range of options available to choose from, and not just as far as colour and design goes. Format/style plays a huge part in getting your stationery right. Do you want a pocketfold? A wallet? A bi-fold? Or will a simple flat card suffice? Before picking a design and beginning to get quotes you need to decide what you need from you stationery. Do you want to include extra information such as directions or gift information? Do you want to include an R.S.V.P. card? Knowing what you need to include in advance will help your stationer guide you towards suitable options.

So what options are there?

The most traditional and cheapest invitations are flat cards, which are often now used for evening reception invitations.  These are simple flat cards usually include basic invitation wording and an R.S.V.P. address.

Invitation by Graphic Embers for North East Wedding Blog Tyne the KNot

Back Catalogue Design – Ever After by Graphic Embers

Bespoke design by Graphic Embers Stationery for North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bespoke Design by Graphic Embers

One of the more expensive but ever popular options is the pocketfold invitation. Ours include invitation, postcard R.S.V.P. card and information card as standard, but some stationers charge extra for the information card. Do check what is included whenever you buy these.  If you have a lot of information to include we can also switch out the information card for a booklet. These are usually made on paper stock to match the main invitations card stock and have a front cover, six usable sides on the pages and a back cover.

http://www.graphic-embers.co.uk/         Bespoke pocket fold wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bespoke Pocketfold invitations

Upcoming bespoke pocket fold wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot                   Upcoming bespoke pocket fold wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Upcoming Designs by Graphic Embers

Single fold cards (like greetings cards) are another option and can be vertical or horizontal.  Normally these include invitation wording and R.S.V.P. address but for additional cost you can include a pocket, R.S.V.P. card and information card, making them much the same as pocketfold invitations but without the extra ‘flap’.

Single fold wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot               Single fold wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bi-fold cards are very popular with couples wanting to include extra information but who have budget constraints. The two folds divide the card into three sections which fold in, these include an invitation, information section and a ‘cut-off’ R.S.V.P. card.  They can include almost as much information as a pocketfold, but work out substantially cheaper.

Sleeping Beauty wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot         Very Downton wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Alternatively there are wallets, which include an outer pocket and inserts. Ours include an invitation and R.S.V.P. card as standard but you can switch out the reply card for an information card, or add in extra inserts. Our ‘bag’ style wallets are some of our most popular, but there are travel wallet options as well.

                    Tiffany Inspired wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot Vintage Bag Wallet wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bespoke Travel Wallet  wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bespoke Travel Wallet  wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

We also make chequebook and booklet style invitations, which include invitation, information and R.S.V.P. card. You can fit a lot of information in these styles for cheaper than a pocketfold design.

wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot  Damask  wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Bespoke Booklet wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Multi-card invitations include separate cards which aren’t folded or fastened together, often this includes invitation, information and R.S.V.P. cards, but can include as many or as few cards as you need, we’ll adjust our quote to suit. Often these are bundled together with a band, ribbon or lace to keep them together.

Very Downton wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot                  wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

Of course, all of our designs can be re-arranged to suit all invitation formats, so if you love the design of the ‘Vintage Bag’ wallet but practically want a bi-fold invitation that’s fine, we’ll just amend the design to suit. The same goes for all formats.

So now you know what you need to include, what’s next?

Once you’ve decided upon a style of invitation, you need to pick a design or have something designed bespoke. The best way to find what you want is just to look, explore google images and pinterest, browse stationers websites and facebook pages and then see stationers and their products. Some stationers have studios and some will offer at home consultations where they bring their products out to you so you can see what’s available.  If you love a particular stationer but they don’t have anything suitable in their range then ask them if they can provide a bespoke design. We can, and we’ve drawn everything from snow leopard print to hot air balloons to the Las Vegas skyline and a map of St Andrews. Whatever your theme we’ll try to accommodate your requirements.

After that comes something a lot of couples struggle to decide upon, wording.  In times gone by wording was simple, the bride’s parents hosted the wedding and the ceremony was held in a church. Traditional wording for this arrangement would be similar to the following:

 

Mr & Mrs John Smith

Request the honour of the presence of

………………………………………………………………….

At the marriage of their daughter

Jane

To

Mr James Baker

At St Andrew’s Church, Bothal, Northumberland

On Saturday 26th April 2014

At 2 o’clock

With a reception to follow

At Linden Hall, Longhorsley, Northumberland

 

Wording for civil ceremonies and non-religious venues is traditionally changed to sound a little less formal.

 

Mr & Mrs John Smith

Request the pleasure of the company of

………………………………………………………………….

At the marriage of their daughter

Jane

To

Mr James Baker

At Linden Hall, Longhorsley, Northumberland

On Saturday 26th April 2014

At 2 p.m.

With a reception to follow.

However, these days it’s common for the couple to host their own wedding, or to share the cost with one or both sets of parents.  In many of these cases the bride and groom choose to be named as the hosts of the wedding.

Jane Smith & James Barker

Request the pleasure of the company of

…………………………………………………………………..

At their marriage

At Linden Hall, Longhorsley, Northumberland

On Saturday 26th April 2014

At 2 p.m.

With a Reception to follow.

 Of course, you can have whatever wording you prefer. These days it’s perfectly acceptable to deviate from tradition etiquette. We often get requests for the following:

 Jane Smith and James Barker

Together with their parents

Would like to invite

…………………………………………………………..

To help them celebrate their marriage 

However, you don’t need to choose from these examples. The internet is a great way of finding wording to suit your own personal circumstances, and we’re more than happy to give you any help you need when deciding how to phrase your invitations.

Very Downton wedding invitation by Graphic Embers on North East Wedding Blog Tyne the Knot

I hope this makes up for my short post last month and helps some of you. Thanks for reading!

Some photography (the good stuff) is by Matt McGurk of www.mattmcgurk.co.uk (website down for re-design, but will be back soon), the rest is by me.

Angela McGurk, Graphic Embers Tyne the Knot Guest BloggerAngela McGurk

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Perfect in Pink

Hey to all our lovely readers – Spring is here and so is wedding season. Our post from Graphic Embers shows just that – gorgeousness and busy, which is always good! So grab a quick cuppa and enjoy this!

Firstly an apology, this is going to be shorter than my usual blog posts as we’re snowed under with work at present. We’re getting so many enquiries for invitations which need to be sent out in the next four weeks that we’re disappearing under piles of stationery. While we do our best to help everyone who contacts us we are needing to turn people away because we’re more than fully booked. Please remember that stationers, just like photographers, venues, and cake makers, do book up in advance and if you want a good stationer you should be talking to them nine months or more before your wedding, with the aim to be sending your invitations four to six months before your wedding.

Anyway, now that’s said, what do we have for you this month? Well, we thought we’d share some of what we’ve made this month as there’s been a lot of pink coming out of Graphic Embers!

Damask Individual Menus by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Damask Individual Menus

Embellished Menus by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Embellished Menu

Embellished Table Names by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Embellished Table Name

Butterfly and Rose napkin rings by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Roses and Butterflies Place Card Napkin Ring

Vintage Glamour Table Stationery by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Vintage Glamour Table Stationery

Bespoke Client Reception Stationery & Guest Book by Graphic Embers for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

Bespoke Client Reception Stationery & Guest Book

Pink is still a very popular colour whether you’re looking for something traditional and embellished or something modern and illustrated.  It goes beautifully with vintage inspired flower arrangements or can be bright and funky. No matter what the ‘feel’ of your wedding is, Graphic Embers can use pinks to create your perfect stationery.

Again, apologies for the short post. Next month I’m planning of doing something more in depth. Perhaps a review of the various invitation types and the minefield that is picking your wording when the hosts of the wedding are no longer necessarily the bride’s parents. If you have any stationery related questions you’d like answered please feel free to comment and I’ll try and answer them in future posts!

All photography is by Matt McGurk of www.mattmcgurk.co.uk

Thanks for reading!

Angela McGurk, Graphic Embers Tyne the Knot Guest Blogger

Angela McGurk

Graphic Embers

enquiries@graphic-embers.co.uk

www.graphic-embers.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphic-Embers/188936384485560

https://twitter.com/GraphicEmbers

 

Great Scott….

Helen Scott Wedding design - wedding stationery blog for www.tynetheknot.co.uk

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Fabulous and floral

Rennie Macintosh invitation by www.graphic-embers.co.uk for Tyne the Knot

I think we’re all in the mood for spring now and what better way to get us in the mood than looking at fabulous florals! We do quite a lot of vintage inspired florals which are still proving to be … Continue reading

Set the tone with table stationery

One of the first things your guests see as they enter the room where your wedding breakfast is to be held is your table plan. This not only serves to guide your guests to their seats and avoid confusion but … Continue reading