FAQs and expert advice about stationery

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds 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 editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding


The WOW factor

The WOW factor

Q. We're looking for gorgeous stationery for our wedding, but we're not sure what style to go for or what we should be asking suppliers. What would you suggest?

A. James Briggs says: First and foremost, think about the feelings or atmosphere you want to create on the day as your stationery should enhance the wedding.

Think about what makes you stand out as a couple and how you can reflect this. Look at examples of different types of stationery and think about elements you like and dislike or how companies can tailor the pieces to reflect your vision.

A good starting point can be thinking about your venue; is it a small and intimate chapel in your hometown, a modern hotel in the city or a rustic barn in the countryside? Also, think about what colours you want to be included. For example, if the bridesmaids are wearing blush pink, you can tie the aesthetic together by including the same shade for the stationery.

Remember, it's not just about how the items look; it's also a tactile experience as different paper types and finishes can further compliment your theme. Ask suppliers what they can do for you, here are a few questions to ask…

- Do they organise the print along with the design?

- Do they have a pre-set design that you need to tweak?

- Can they provide you with a fully-bespoke package?

- What can they do to work within your budget?

James Briggs, Arctic Leaf Creative


Your type on paper

Your type on paper

Q. I want our wedding stationery to reflect our big day, what would your top advice be for this?

A. Francesca Norton says: Don't be afraid to have stationery that breaks from the norm; you don't have to have lovely pastel colours and flowers – if you want bright and bold colours, just go for it. Why not have a tropical, geometric, nautical, polka dot, vintage, art deco, or even a superhero theme? There are some fantastic elements that can be added to your stationery to make it stand out, such as foiling, laser pattern cutting, personalised wax seals, embossing and debossing – the possibilities are limitless. Beautiful stationery can set the tone for your wedding, any on the day stationery such as table plans and menus can be a fantastic part of your wedding décor and a great way to start creating a theme for the venue.

Francesca Norton, Francesca Norton Wedding Stationery


Made with love

Made with love

Q. I want my invitations to wow my guests and match my spring wedding. How can I achieve this?

A. Michelle Fiedler says: All invitations and stationery can be personalised and tailored to your wedding theme and colours, for example spring flowers can be added to create a spring theme. Even if you have particular blooms in mind, I can create that for you at no extra cost. I can also change the colours on any of my designs to suit.

I recently had a bespoke request for a wedding in Scotland taking place next April, where the couple chose my bestselling Blooming Barn range and replaced the floral design with thistles and stags, along with some flag bunting to celebrate the Scottish and English wedding.

Another good example is a save-the-date card where lovely bride Laura requested extra gypsophila added with the foliage on the design.

My most popular invites are the twice folding format, they have the wow factor when guests open them up, and with plenty of text space to play with you can include as much information as you need. This format is also really practical as it's all in one piece of card, so there's no risk of individual or separate cards falling out or being lost. You want your guests to have all the important information in one place!

All invitations and stationery are fully personalised and lovingly created with attention to detail from my home studio in Hertford, Hertfordshire. I work closely with professional printers to ensure a high-quality print finish on luxury card and paper.

Michelle Fiedler, Michelle Fiedler Design Ltd


Setting the tone

Setting the tone

Q. I'm so excited about our wedding and want to ensure everyone can make it. When's best to send out invitations and what tips can you share when it comes to creating a bespoke design?

A. Kelly Simmons says: Sending wedding invitations at the right time can be a tricky business! At Pink Peony Weddings, we recommend approximately four months before your wedding date. This allows guests enough time to make accommodation, childcare and travel arrangements but doesn't give them too much time that they think to themselves 'oh we have loads of time to return RSVP, I'll do it another day' and then completely forget! However, if you're planning a wedding at a peak holiday season time and on a Saturday, you may want to allow a little more time, somewhere between four to six months. This is where save the dates sent approximately nine to twelve months before can save some worry as gives people lots of time to avoid booking any clashing events!

When creating a bespoke design, we always advise our couples to think carefully about their personalities and style of wedding, such as glamorous and sophisticated or fun and quirky. Invitations are the first thing a guest receives and gives a suggestion of what the wedding will be like, so we believe it's important it reflects the couple. Knowing what you don't like is as important as knowing what you do. Do some research of the style you're after to help guide the designer, but ultimately remember they're experienced, and you should trust them to create a design you'll love! We particularly love creating individual designs for couples and get very excited when asked to include things like their horse or the groom's car! So, think if there are any particular defining and recognisable characteristics to you as a couple for a truly special design.

Kelly Simmons, Pink Peony Weddings

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