How to personalise your wedding #2: create some easy DIY memorable wedding stationery

One of my favourite websites, when I’m wearing my design hat, is the printing site They provide brilliant customisable printed products at really good prices. I used them for my ‘JK’ monogram stickers that I created for my wedding stationery and they can help you produce all sorts of creative personalised wedding ideas. Here are some lovely ideas that other creative brides and grooms have done:

Another fun idea are these ‘tying the knot’ save-the-date cards. The pictures of the bride and groom (Kerry and Terrell) at various ages are printed on Moo Minicards and then are tied to a home-printed card carrying the details, with a perfect knot.

Kelly Harris personalised Moo’s minicards with the faces of her guests to make everyone feel special (they make great icebreakers too). Kelly laboriously sourced photos of her 300+ friends and family from Facebook and other means and then displayed the place holder cards in corks which she found in on eBay. Absolutely gorgeous!

Gary and Luzel made guest wishcards for their wedding using lots of their favourite photos printed on Minicards on one side, and a printed little “advice for the newlyweds” message on the reverse. Very cute and very memorable.

Chris Hannah designed some Business Cards in the same colour as his invitations to make a cute little package that included cards for things like Wedding Gift List, Dietary Requirements and wallet sized Travel Directions. He then bound them with hand-cut paper strips, held together with round stickers, customised with his wedding monogram.

Use a mix of your official shots on business cards, greeting cards or postcards for Thank you card, like Tania Chau did.
[image: mikomiao’s flickr page]

Have a look at the Moo weddings website and also the Flickr Pool for more inspiration. You can find thank you cards and share-your-photos cards and lots more inspirations for affordable,creative wedding stationery ideas.

Karen & Jeremy | London Jewish Wedding at the Wallace Collection Art Gallery, London, UK

Wallace Collection Wedding
As the founder of Smashing The Glass it’s only right that I share my own wedding day, and all the creative ideas that were behind it, with you.

I love so many of the centuries-old Jewish traditions such as the hora, the beautiful songs, the chuppah, the smashing of the glass etc. but what my now-husband and I very much didn’t want was a party that followed the typical London Jewish-wedding-by-numbers formula… ie. fancy hotel, too many guests, the same kosher caterer that everyone uses, the same band etc…..

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I had always dreamt of an outdoor summer wedding and that’s one of the reasons why I love Israeli weddings – the chuppah under the stars, the all-night party vibe, the abundance of food and having the ceremony and party all in one venue. But when it came to organising our wedding it meant the world to us to have Jeremy’s 97 year old grandmother there and as she is unable to travel, a wedding abroad with guaranteed summer weather was out of the question.

London, our home city, was our next choice and the criteria for a venue was to have a feel of being in the outdoors without worrying about the unpredictable British weather spoiling the party, and a stylish, intimate venue, preferably with an arty slant to reflect our creative sides. Wallace Collection Wedding London
The Wallace Collection, once a family home, and now a stunning art collection, in the heart of the West End was our perfect choice. The stunning Courtyard flooded with natural light and dotted with trees and sculptures felt utterly al fresco, yet protected us from the elements with a phenomenal glass roof. Breathtaking and intimate at the same time, it ticked all the right boxes.

We wanted to have both the chuppah ceremony and the dinner dancing in the Courtyard to really feel as if the majority of the wedding was outdoors. We also loved the idea of the changing daylight from the hopefully sunny (and it was!) afternoon to the starry night sky. In between the ceremony and dinner our guests were able to look around all the artwork on the first floor of the house where all the galleries were open to our guests to meander round as they chatted, imbibed and grazed on Zafferano‘s (our chosen caterers) delicious canapés.

In terms of getting ready and spending our first night as a married couple, we stayed at the gorgeous Home House in Portman Square just a few minutes walk from the Wallace Collection.

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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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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.
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[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.