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We loved every minute of our talk and were delighted to be speaking to a packed floor with brides scribbling our tips away in their notebooks, so I thought I’d recap the main points we made so that everyone can benefit from the content.
1. WEDDING BLOGS
We’re lucky enough to be living in a wedding planning world that is packed full of hundreds and thousands of inspiring wedding blogs. Each one caters to a niche with everything from geeky weddings to tattooed brides to of course Jewish weddings and everything in between. Unlike wedding magazines, blogs are free to read so the bloggers who run them don’t need to worry about appealing to the masses or shifting however many copies. It’s the bloggers’ unbiased, unedited opinions and being digital, blogs are also very fast-moving, immediate and very regularly updated.
2. USING BLOGS TO SOURCE SUPPLIERS
The heart and soul of many wedding blogs, including Smashing The Glass, are the real weddings. Each wedding is hand-picked by the blogger with the intention of inspiring you with the fabulously creative ideas of the bride and groom. The wonderful thing is that all the suppliers that contributed to that wedding are listed at the bottom of the feature, with links to their websites, so it’s a great way to directly find suppliers that catch your eye.
And if you’re after a specific type of supplier, many blogs have their recommended vendors section which is a great place to start your search if you resonate with a particular blog.
3. DIY TUTORIALS
Many wedding blogs post step-by-step DIY tutorials that are great for the craft-loving or money-saving bride. Particular favourites for DIY’s are Love My Dress and Bespoke Bride, and don’t forget YouTube for video tutorials too… did you know that Martha Stewart has her own wedding DIY YouTube channel?
Charley and I speaking ‘On The Sofa’ about how to plan your wedding online, at Brides The Show
This is the first in a new series called Dear Karen… where I invite you to ask me any wedding-related question that may be on your mind. Let’s get right in there and answer Vic’s question above:
Hi Vic. Well let’s see, ‘victim’ is genius — if it wasn’t so wrong! Depending on your personalities and/or theme of the wedding, what about doing something something like ‘v+t ‘ ie. using lowercase type and the ‘plus sign’ in a simple, modern font?
Or you could use a beautiful ampersand (&) and make a stylish V&T (see the Victoria & Albert Museum logo below as an example of how you can be clever with an ampersand.)
Or have a look at this example of a logo. See how it’s simplicity is it’s beauty and you can encase it in a shape that you like, or that’s personal to you, that can then follow through in your stationery. I did that with the white crest shape on my save the dates (below) and then followed it through on the menus.
Below is a very quick moodboard for your initials connected to the ideas above that may spark off a few ideas.
For more wedding logo inspiration check out the Smashing The Glass Wedding Monogram Board over on Pinterest and see if that generates any great ideas.
Hope that helps!
One of my favourite websites, when I’m wearing my design hat, is the printing site moo.com. 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:
SAVE THE DATE CARDS
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.
EXTRA WEDDING DETAILS BUNDLES
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.
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.
How about doing something really quirky for your stationery (not to mention totally memorable and eco-friendly) and having these very cool Wedding Tea Towels as your invitations? Your guests will be hard pressed to forget your wedding date with these!
There are options for Save the Date’s, information cards, door hangers, and the invitation itself (including variations for day and evening invitees as well as thank you’s). I know I for one would love to receive something so unusual and memorable from a couple.
Get them from the lovely Karen over on www.weddingteatowels.co.uk