We adore Directory supplier, Ciara Patrick’s feminine and whimsical stationery style. Her designs are distinctive and blend modern and romantic, perfectly. Ciara has kindly shared ten tips for getting your stationery choices spot on for your big day.
1. Finding the right designer – This is so important and it makes the process much more fun and rewarding. We are a team and together we want to create the most stunning invitations. For this to happen we need to be on the same page. If a stationery designer creates modern minimal stationery they are not going to create a sparkly embellished card.
2. Book a consultation – If possible please do! Putting a face to name makes the process more personal and being able to talk through a design makes the design process much easier.
3. Know your style – Stationery is usually one of the last items you will choose because your invitations should be a reflection of your personal wedding style. Create a little Pinterest board of your day and this will tell your wedding story and show your vision.
4. Information – Think about what information you need your stationery to convey. Do you need lots of extras such as maps, illustrations, menu and accommodation details for guests. These additions will inform the format and layout of an invitation.
5. Budget – Be open and honest with your stationer about your budget. I try to advise clients not be pre occupied with the “price per invite” but to keep an overall figure in mind for everything. I focus on the invitations first and getting the design just right, if you are not sure reception and table stationery is in your budget… no worries, we can add it on later if you change your mind.
6. Techniques – Do your research… there are amazing print techniques available such as foiling and letterpress but they come at a cost. Good quality print and finishes are not cheap so be realistic about what is achievable within your budget.
7. Trends v Style – Every season trends come and go, try not to be led by them, stick to your vision and be true to your own style.
8. Ordering extra invitations – Please do! Order at least 10-15… why? Not only is it more affordable for you at the time but there are things to consider, such as invites that could get lost in the post (unfortunately it does happen!), wedding day photos, last minute guests and for you to treasure as a keepsake from your day.
9. Colours – If you want to include your wedding party colours into the stationery it’s always a good idea to take a swatch to your consultation. We want the colours to tone, they might not always be an exact match as some shades will print differently on card than on fabric but as long as they complement each other that’s what’s important.
10. You’re invited – Your stationery is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see, it is going to set the tone and influence how your guests will perceive your day. Remember to keep one for yourself to look back on in years to come.
Thanks to Ciara Patrick for sharing her expertise. You can view more of Ciara’s work here.
(Title image: Photography by Melissa / Feature images: Denise Leacock Photography)