There is nothing we love more at The Budget Bride Company than meeting gorgeous wedding suppliers who offer their services at reasonable prices for brides on a budget. We are so pleased to introduce you to Quills Wedding Stationery, who create bespoke luxury wedding stationery to your exact requirements.
We had a chat with the lovely Sharon – the lady behind the designs, to find out a bit more…
So Sharon, what’s your favourite thing about working in the wedding industry?
My favourite thing is the lovely people I get to meet! Whether I am talking with the bridal couple about their plans for their special day or other suppliers in the wedding industry, everyone is so happy, positive and excited, it‘s a great industry to be able to work in.
What inspires you in your work?
I get a lot of inspiration from the couples I meet. They are energised by their wedding and eager to get everything just right. This motivates me to produce wedding stationery that reflects them as a couple - making it very personal and special to them. After all, it is one of the most important days if their lives!
What has been your favourite wedding stationery package that you have created?
My favourite wedding stationery package so far has been the one I designed and created for a couple who got married at Woburn Abbey. They wanted a collection with a ‘zoo park’ theme but it also had to be pretty and stylish. The invitation was created from white pearlised card and layered with a classy zebra print paper this was then wrapped in a beautiful fern green satin ribbon. To give the invitations that special look and feel, I embellished them with ‘Peridot’ Swarovski crystals, this added the wow! factor. For the wedding reception, I made table names named after wild African animals and the menus, place cards and table plan were created to co-ordinate with the rest of the collection. I must say that the reception stationery looked absolutely amazing set out in the Safari Lodge at Woburn Abbey!
Do you have any trend predictions for weddings for the rest of this year and going into 2014?
I predict three main trends for the rest of the year and 2014!
I am receiving enquiries regarding Wedding Stationery in the style of ‘Art Deco’. Brides love the elegance and sophistication of the 1920’s with its simple lines designed with an air of luxury. This classic style is back in vogue with the launch of the latest Leonardo Dicaprio film ‘The Great Gatsby’! For colour schemes they are choosing are pastel colours with neutrals to accent, such as chocolate brown, or for the more dramatic choosing red, white and black. Ostrich feathers are being included in their bouquets and they are even hiring a singer or saxophone player whose repertoire includes the Blues, Ragtime and Jazz. I have suggested that to help keep costs down, CD’s could be purchased with all of the classical 1920’s music and played at the venue. For the menus, authentic 20′s dishes include Breast of Chicken a la Rose and the ever popular Waldorf salad. Bags of humbugs make excellent wedding favours for your guests!
Vintage is still in! I am now in the process of creating a collection using ivory pearlised card, lace and pearls. The bride wishes to have her invitations designed around her wedding dress with the theme carried through to her special day. She has asked for the menus, place cards and table plan to be created in the same design. It would seem that this style is as popular as ever. Brides appear to love the ‘shabby chic’ style, old fashioned roses, peonies, vintage crockery and candy coloured bunting. I feel that this will continue well into 2014 and beyond!
Fun Fun Fun!! More and more couples are coming away from the traditional wedding. They are looking at making their special day a fun time by using the Circus, Carnival or Fairground as inspiration for their wedding day. These themes are popular, mainly because they offer a more informal, natural and relaxed alternative to a traditional white wedding that some perceive as overly formal, staid and stuffy. Think of red and white striped tents, candy floss stalls, games, balloons, and photo booths. This is a theme which you can ‘go to town’ with, by using vibrant colour and breaking away from traditional white weddings which will help to keep costs down .
What would be your best tip to Brides to Be who are looking to choose their wedding stationery theme?
My best tip would be to remember that their Wedding Invitations are the first indication to their guests of the style or theme of the Wedding Day. This is where they will need to think about how much they wish to reveal about the day and what they want to keep as a surprise! The idea for their stationery collection should try to reflect the couples own personality and also the general style or theme for the day. When guests open the invitations their first thoughts should be “wow! This is going to be a very special wedding day”.
When you’re not busy making beautiful bespoke stationery, what’s your favourite pastime?
I love Amateur Dramatics and stage work! I like to sing and dance in my spare time and also help out backstage in producing costumes, scenery and props for local plays and musical productions. I guess I just like to be creative!!
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and tips with us Sharon! Quills Wedding Stationery are specialists in creating bespoke collections that are unique to your wedding. Invitation prices start from £1.25 each. You can find out more on the website www.quillsweddingstationery.co.uk or by emailing Sharon direct on firstname.lastname@example.org or call for a chat on 01933 399739.
Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at this week’s Sumptuous on Saturday! It is possible for all brides to have a bit of lux on a budget…