How to personalise your wedding: Create a logo and brand your Big Day

One of the most stylish, cost-effective and easiest ways of personalising your Big Day is to create a logo of you and your fiancé’s initials or names and use it on your invitations, RSVP cards, thank you cards, menus and any other printed materials.

But why stop there? How about also printing bespoke stickers or having a custom stamp made and personalising even more elements of your day? It’s amazing how simple this is to do and how much fun you can have branding different details of your day.

For my wedding to Jeremy, I used our initials  J and K, to create a very clean symbol that represented our union. As is often the case with logos, the simpler the better – the litmus test is said to be can you draw your logo with a stick in the sand? (Try that out on your honeymoon!).

Here you can see our wedding logo’s first outing on our ‘Save The Date’ that I designed.
Next on my design list, was creating the invitations and with these I combined the simplicity of the logo with a pop-art influenced collage of imagery that represented the two of us, our childhoods, and important landmarks and locations in our relationship. We wanted to make our invitations fun and also wanted to share elements of our personalities and relationship with our guests. The printing and production techniques were as important to me as the design so we chose to print them on a beautiful thick 640gsm stock called Omnia that has the texture of watercolour paper. I felt like our guests would almost be receiving a small pop art screen print when they received our invitation!

wedding invitation by Karen Cinnamon

The text and logo on the reverse of the invitation also had a quality feel as they were printed with raised thermography, and the font itself was traditional and pretty. No swirly wedding text for us! Our printers, Ashwyk, were fabulous to deal with, gave a really attentive service, and produced outstanding results that we were over the moon with.

image: Ashwyk

The finishing touch was custom made square envelopes from Mount Street Printers with our logo on round stickers from Moo on the reverse. For our address labels we used these fantastic clear labels and printed them at home with the same font we used on the invitation. The result was that the addresses looked as though they were professionally printed direct on the envelopes but it was actually all done on a home printer with these amazing clear labels. I really recommend them!

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Dror & Yoni Smash The Glass In Caesarea!

I love these two – what a truly fabulous picture. Sourced from the wonderful Hatunot Blog that features really beautiful Israeli weddings. See more pictures of Dror and Yoni’s wedding on Hatunot here.

Dror and Yoni Smashing The Glass! [image: Hatunot Blog / Dima Vazinovich]

Dror and Yoni Smashing The Glass! [image: Hatunot Blog / Dima Vazinovich]

5 Creative Table Number Ideas

It’s the little details that your guests will notice at your wedding, and your table numbers are no exception. You can have fun and really represent yourselves as a couple, plus they can break the ice and start conversation and you can let your guests get to know you know as a couple even more.

Here are 5 table number ideas to inspire you:

1. use postcards as numbers. Write a personal message to your guests, or write a note about why that place / landmark / photo is important to you both as a couple.
Postcards as table numbers

2. Use pictures of the bride and groom at ages corresponding with the table numbers.
Use pictures of the bride and groom at ages corresponding with the table numbers.
Image: Mark & Marianne Earthy

3. Table numbers with a date & pictures of the bride & groom during that year.
Table numbers with a date & pictures of the bride & groom during that year.

Image: kristen spencer photography

4. Each table number is a different fact about the bride and groom.

Each table number is a different fact about the bride and groom


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Is this the most creative wedding invitation ever?

Not content with a boring old paper wedding invitation, illustrator, Jessica Hische, and Facebook designer, Russ Maschmeyer, created possibly the most imaginative wedding invitation I’ve  ever seen.
Beautiful wedding invitation

They made a simply gorgeous website, entitled The Story of Jess and Russ (click here to check it out), to tell the story of their romance, from meeting and engagement to career highs and lows, and invite guests to their wedding. A truly modern invite, it even features links out to photos on Flickr and images stored in the Cloud, as well as moving graphics that appear as you scroll down the page.

The design elements from the invitation website were then carried over into their wedding reception in the form of beautiful laser cut lettering and gold foil stamped letters and tiny stars.
jess_russ1 jess_russ2 jess_russ4 jess_russ5 jess_russ7 jess_russ8 jess_russ9

[All images courtesy of the fabulous See the full story and lots of pictures from Jess and Russ’s actual wedding  on the 100layercake blog.]

See more creative wedding stationery ideas here.

DIY Lined Envelopes Add That Super-Personal Touch

Add a decorative touch to your wedding invitations with customised DIY paper liners to reflect the style of your wedding. I love the idea of incorporating maps of your wedding location, photos personal to you, literature from an old romance novel, or anything at all connected to the theme / colour scheme of your wedding.

Below are instructions to create stylish, cost-effective wedding invitations using any type of paper as envelope liners.

See more creative wedding stationery ideas here.
DIY Lined Envelopes

Tracing the shape for the liner:

Lay your lining paper on a flat surface. Using one of your envelopes trace around the envelope ensuring that the top flap is open to get the basic shape of the envelope.

Then move the envelope down slightly and trace a second line around the “top flap” of the envelope. (This is to allow a small seam around the top of the envelope when we glue the liner in.) This is the line you will be cutting along.

Cutting out the liner:

Carefully cut around your marked area,  remembering to cut along the second marker line you made around the top flap. (You can use shaped scissors to give a more decorative look.)

Gluing the liner:

Insert the liner into the envelope, flip down the top triangle and only use glue on this section. (if you put glue on the bottom area the envelope will not close properly).

Instructions sourced from the fabulous wedding website The Lane