2019 WEDDING STATIONERY TRENDS

Today we have a great advice on newest stationery trends from Ananya Cards

What will be the top wedding trends in 2019?

  • Destination inspired
    We are seeing more of our couple host weddings abroad, with smaller guest lists and a focus on the multiple day holiday-like experience. This echoes in their stationery through the incorporation of maps, travel inspired visuals, and even scents or flowers local to the country.
  • Illustrations
    We’re seeing more clients commission hand-illustrated designs of their party venue or venue area, and even use this as a unifying narrative throughout the decor. This can be used throughout the suite, and completely customised to the style that suits the theme of the wedding – for example including watercolour or foiling.
  • Sustainability
    Increasingly we’re seeing couples trying to incorporate natural materials, and have plastic-free weddings. This is not a passing trend, but is becoming a global movement, with all suppliers recognising the damaging effect of the wanton use of plastic.
  • Non Traditional Materials and Shapes
    We’re seeing non-traditional materials, like wood, plastic, agate, or translucent mediums definitely entering mainstream popularity. We’re also seeing a departure from the traditional square and rectangular format, with a trend towards thinking outside the box in both shape and container.
  • Deep and bold palettes
    Rich navy and purple hues seem to be the new black, as a formal but modern option design. We love that more couples are opting for bold colours, and aren’t afraid to balance unusual combinations of dark, neon, jewel tones, and neutral hues for balance.
  • Pared Back Luxury
    We’re seeing an increase in clients looking for this understated luxury look, with organic cotton, hand died bamboo silk textiles, and unfussy, tactile calligraphy. Stationery is often minimal with the use of calligraphy on deckled edge handmade paper. Visuals are unstructured and natural, with palettes in subtle and neutral tones.

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AMY AND AILSA’S OUTDOOR WEDDING IN SCOTLAND

Amy and Ailsa got married on a beautiful sunny day in Scotland, and Mirrorbox Photography was there to capture it all. 

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

Like lots of couples these days we met first online.. on a popular dating app. We were both at university in the same city and soon met up on a night out. Our second date was watching the Eurovision song contest in Ailsa’s student flat, and our third date was sharing mac’n’cheese in a supermarket café, so much glamour. One thing led to another and in (true lesbian stereotype fashion) a matter of weeks I had moved in with Ailsa. 

WHAT WAS THE THEME AND INSPIRATION FOR THE BIG DAY?

We wanted our big day to be classic, with a few quirks, and I loved the thought of getting married outdoors. We styled the day ourselves and wanted it to feel very relaxed, friends and family helped with the décor, favours and music. We are both proud Scots and the location of Lunga house felt perfect for a traditional Scottish knees-up, complete with kilts and a ceilidh. Family and friends travelled from all over the world to join us and the day was perfect, as my Dad described it “Scotland was showing off”.

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Wedding planning: 6 Laid Back Entertainment Ideas for Small and Relaxed Weddings

Want to keep your guest list on the small side? Not all weddings have to be big, lavish affairs.

A lot of couples begin their wedding planning, only to realise that a large, traditional wedding isn’t for them. In many ways, planning a small and informal wedding celebration can be much easier to manage and allows you the opportunity to personalise your day.

So what can you do at a small wedding to keep guests entertained? Here are some more reserved wedding entertainment ideas that won’t overshadow your day.


Rob The Guitarist

Solo Guitarist

A solo acoustic performer such as a guitarist offers you enormous freedom in terms of where your musician can set up to perform. As versatile as they come, solo acoustic guitarists are amazing at providing background music to set the scene.

An accomplished wedding guitarist boasts sophisticated and elegant tones that stay relevant all year round, making it a perfect addition to any wedding – big or small.


Steel Pan Specialist

Steel Drums

Just because you’re having a small wedding, it doesn’t mean you can’t be unique with your music ideas. Steel drums are perfect for summer weddings to bring that Caribbean atmosphere and soundtrack to your day.

Better yet, they are a really cool talking point without being too overbearing on a low number of guests. Sit back and relax with your close friends and family with this amazing feel-good music in the background.


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HOW TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE

Hello! Today I have something for wedding suppliers. And really all the businesses out there. 
Spring is the time when we all work on our businesses, update websites, prepare new offers for clients. I thought it would be a perfect moment to share some tips on how to make your wedding business more inclusive. Hope this helps!


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As times change, so do our couples, and all of us business owners in the wedding industry have the duty, and joy, of ensuring everyone feels welcome, represented, and understood. Every photo, video, caption, or snippet we share on our online platforms tells the story of our brand – and the customers we hope to reach through it. Being an awesome LGBT-allied vendor is more than just a badge or a token photo – it’s about making your business truly aware of everyone, and thinking of it as more people to welcome, rather than a larger market to tap.

Here are some guidelines on how to take an open-minded and conscientious approach to business inclusivity:

Brand name and logo.
If your brand name or logo includes a reference to heterosexual partnership, it may be time to think of modernising it to something more inclusive. For example, if you use ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’, or perhaps have a silhouette of a bride and groom, this may cause you to unknowingly exclude some of your audience.

Brand language.
When choosing pronouns and descriptors for any blog posts or social media captions, try to use welcoming and accepting language – by using terms like ‘the couple’, ‘the wedding party’ or ‘your partner’, you can subtly ensure all your readers feel addressed equally. There may be two, one, or no ‘brides’ – and similarly for ‘grooms’. Think about whether you need to modify your website’s contact form or your contract documents to use gender neutral language as well. Don’t forget to include in your posts the keyword phrases these couples might be searching for, like ‘gay friendly wedding vendors in London’, and to use relevant hashtags on Facebook and Instagram (if sharing a real wedding, consider asking your couple which tag they’re comfortable with). Continue Reading

STYLED SHOOT: INTIMATE BOHO CHIC WEDDING

Hope you’ll enjoy this perfectly styled shoot, filled with beautiful details and gorgeous landscapes. 

An intimate atmosphere, boho chic details, two men in a small countryside in Abruzzo and the creativity of an all-female team. The shoot took place in Santo Stefano di Sessanio a small countryside in Italy hit by the earthquake in 2009. After this event, the area was bought by a Swedish manager who fell in love with Abruzzo.

This wonderful side of Abruzzo became a diffuse hotel, the project is known as Sextantio. The aim of the project is to bring back new life to this small countryside. With our shoot we tried to focus on the space; indoors and outdoors, nature and man. Our models are a real-life couple. The boho chic inspiration links every detail of the pictures while remarking on the elegance of nature and love.

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EVENTS: The Unconventional Wedding Festival

Blogs, directories and websites are great but nothing beats chatting to wedding suppliers face to face and getting inspiration in person. There is plenty of wedding fairs and events out there and I’d like to share the good ones with you. Organisers of The Unconventional Wedding Festival got in touch and sent us some details so check it out.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ed Brown Photography

Taking place at Stanford Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed William & Mary House in the heart of the Midlands on 11 and 12 May 2019, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is a new breed of wedding fair designed to cater for the latest trends in the wedding industry.

Unconventional in every sense of the word, The Unconventional Wedding Festival is aimed at couples who don’t want their wedding to be the same as everyone else’s and would rather stand out and be a flamingo amongst a flock of pigeons.

With a growing number of couples looking for ways to add their own unique touches to their wedding and create something that truly reflects their personalities, we have created a wedding fair with a difference which aims to not only inspire the modern couple and connect them with suppliers who can help them make their dream wedding a reality, but also have a lot of fun in the process.

And it’s not just the wide array of alternative and unique suppliers and performers we’ve pulled together that makes The Unconventional Wedding Festival so different, but the set up as well.

Photography by Katie Ingram Photography

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SKANDA AND PAUL’S HACKNEY ROUND CHAPEL COLORFUL WEDDING

Round Chapel is a gorgeous venue in Clapton, Hackney, and location of Skanda and Paul’s incredibly colourful wedding. It was shared with us by their wedding planner Revelry Events.

HOW DID YOU MEET?

We knew of each other through work. We first got to know each other properly when our paths crossed in a bar. I thought it was all going really only for him to invite his then flatmate over to join us so I naturally assumed that it was going nowhere but (after some chasing) it ended up getting to, well, this… 

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Wedding planning: 5 reasons why Portugal is a great wedding destination

PHOTO BY Piteira Photography

My dear friend and wonderful wedding planner Olivia of Nulyweds specialises in planning gorgeous colourful weddings in Portugal. She wrote a blog post to tell you why is her beloved country a wonderful wedding destination. 


PHOTO BY Piteira Photography

5 Reasons Why More and More Couples are Getting Hitched in Portugal

Let’s start this article by saying I am biased. As a destination wedding planner in Portugal, of course I want to share the merits of this gorgeous country and what it has to offer. However as 1 in 5 UK couples are now considering getting married abroad according to Destination Weddings Magazine, there is a clear reason why there has been an increase in interest in getting married in Europe and particularly in Portugal, which has seen a sharp spike in its wedding industry from the international market over the past 5 years. This is not by accident dear reader, and in this piece I’m going to share with you, what is tempting couples from all over the world to tie the knot in sunny Portugal. Speaking of which…

PHOTO BY NULYWEDS

The Climate

Probably stating the obvious here but bear with me, I might surprise you. Portugal is not a sun-all-round-winter-does-not-exist kind of place, so be mindful of anyone who sells it to you that way. Portugal is not all sunshine and rainbows and should never pretend to be. What it does offer is bright, temperate days in the Spring, hot, long days in the Summer and often warm, sunny days in the early Autumn too. For weddings, it’s the ideal evening soiree destination as the warm Summer evenings are great for late ceremonies and dancing into the early hours under the stars.


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KEL AND FRED’S FRENCH CHATEAU WEDDING

Today we have a lovely wedding in a French chateau shot and shared with us by Lionel of Pholio Photographie

TELL US THE STORY OF HOW YOU MET

I would like to say it was great romantic story, but it was just an ordinary Friday night out 8 years ago that turned into something we both did not expect but embraced and loved till now.

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Wedding planning: Alternatives to a classic confetti shot

The blog post today is brought to you by Shropshire Petals who provides real biodegradable delphinium and wildflower petals handpicked and handpacked on their Shropshire Farm. Personally I believe there’s never too much confetti, and if you want to do something a bit different than just a classic shot leaving the ceremony, here’s a few alternative ideas.

The confetti toss is a tradition we all know and love.  It’s that dreamy romantic moment on your wedding day, typically just after you have said, “I do” where friends and family shower you with beautiful, delicate confetti.  As you are an individual and unique couple, why not capture something a little more fun for your special day?  Natural petal confetti growers, Shropshire Petals share their alternatives to a classic confetti shot for your big day.

A confetti shot with a bang

The newest confetti trend has to be Confetti Cannons. They are fun and exciting to use; with a quick twist, out explodes a confetti blast to cover you during your confetti moment.  They are fun and exciting to use and can fire up to 10 metres.

Set up a group shot with the bridal party and twist a few Confetti Cannons for a huge eruption of beautiful petals.  Filled with your choice of natural petal confetti, as petals are released, they will flutter down gently giving your photographer plenty of time to capture some fantastic photographs.  After the initial blast, have fun and be silly in the falling petals for a spectacular confetti moment.

A group affair

The confetti moment doesn’t have to be just for the newly married couple.  Add some of your own uniqueness and personality by including props and photo frames for some alternative and fun confetti shots.  Order plenty of confetti to ensure you have enough for several group shots to include different members of the bridal party and your guests.  Why not supply confetti alongside a photo booth and see how creative your guests can be!

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