Your wedding invites are the first glimpse guests will receive of your wedding day and so are the perfect way to set the tone! As well as listing all the important details of your big day, is should scream of your distinct style. With this in mind, we caught up with the super talented Kerry from The White Letter Wedding Stationery, who offers some highly sought advice for getting it right!
Kerry, tell us the history behind White Letter. What services do you offer?
It all began after my own wedding in December 2010 (the snowiest day in Northern Ireland in 25 years!). As a fresh, graphic design graduate, I wanted something different from the norm for my wedding stationery and so I set out on my first invitation adventure…
The White Letter is a modern wedding stationery company specialising in graphic design and typography. We offer all types of paper goods from invitations to order of service and table plans to thank you cards – if it can be printed, we can do it!
When should a couple begin their search for the perfect invite? Ideally, when should they book a consultation?
This is completely up to the couple – everyone’s wedding timetable is different. We advise consultations to take place 6 months before the big day, but brides and grooms are very welcome to contact us at any stage and leave their details. Remember, stationery providers are not like photographers or videographers and can take on more than one wedding per day.
Tell us about your design process? How do you work with the bride and groom to find the right invite for them?
I love getting to know my brides and grooms. Consultations are a great way for us all to get acquainted and pinpoint the exact design required for a stationery suite.
The White Letter’s stationery is custom-made to each couple’s specification. All of our current designs can be altered to suit a client’s requirements. If a couple is searching for something very unique we have a bespoke design service available for a small extra charge.
What would be useful for couples to know or have with them before a design consultation?
Couples often get excited about the design and forget that an invitation is a source of information for their guests. It’s very useful to know as many nitty gritty details about your wedding before coming to your consultation, such as: who is inviting the guests? Is the invite from the couple, the bride’s parent’s or both sets of parents? This is a common detail that many couples haven’t actually spoken about or decided on.
How have wedding invites changed in recent years?
Invites have changed massively over the past few years. With social media and technology on the rise couples are realising the beauty of paper and post. A wedding invite is probably the first and last letter a couple will ever send to their friends and family in this digital age, so it’s important to get it right! It’s all in the details – the paper choice, the envelopes, how it feels and looks in the flesh.
What trends are proving popular this year?
It seems we are nearing the end of the ‘shabby chic’ trend and couples are opting for a more polished and finished look. At The White Letter, we love to work with new paper types and printing techniques. Our foil and embossed designs have been very popular with both couples and their guests. Another popular choice are the floral designs – flowers and weddings always go hand in hand.
What is the most unique invitation you have ever designed?
My first foil invite was for a couple called Rachael and Charlie – Rachael was a bride after my own heart with a passion for all things sparkly. Being a fellow winter bride, she trusted me with her entire stationery suite. Her invitation sits pride of place in my studio along with her original foil block to show how the process is done.
What is your favourite colour combination?
The White Letter’s own business stationery is a lovely combination of silver, blush and white (actually, my entire wardrobe, car and house is a combination of these shades!). On the other hand I love working with strong colours such as merlot red and forest greens, as these come out so well in print.
What one piece of advice would you offer brides and grooms embarking on their wedding planning experience?
Work out what is important to you as a couple and fit your budget accordingly. Also, don’t make life difficult for yourself: us wedding ‘pros’ know what we are doing and if we don’t then we will know someone who will so feel free to ask any of your wedding vendors questions about your big day. Lastly, enjoy your planning experience …you only get to do it once! (I realise I have given three pieces of advice but you always get 110% from The White Letter!).
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