I’m so excited by how the two new ranges I launched last week have gone down! I’m already getting several enquiries about them and thank you everyone for your lovely comments! Last week on the blog I shared the Spring Garden range and now I’d like to share with you more photos and details of the Watercolour Floral range which was also launched last week.
The Watercolour Floral range stemmed from another photo shoot I did for the lovely Elle at Inspire Hire in Cornwall http://inspire-hire.co.uk/ . She styles some amazing weddings here in the South West and has some wonderful things for you to hire on your wedding day as well. Elle was doing a photo shoot for Wed Magazine inspired by Summer Picnics and asked me to design some stationery and invitations to go with the shoot. I of course love designing stationery, whether for clients or for shoots, so jumped at the chance.
The brief was bright and floral so I kept it simple with really crisp white card and really bright purples, pinks and greens in the florals.
I loved the stationery so much I decided it had to be a new range on the website so I designed a full range of matching reception stationery which continues the watercolour floral theme. Placecards have a contrasting hydrangea motif that matches in with the rest of the stationery.
I had so much fun photographing this range with the lovely Clare Kinchin Photography http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ at her studio. We kept the styling simple with a white wooden background and some sprigs of bright purple lavender. The aim for the stationery and the shoot was fun and floral but also modern and crisp.
I really hope you like the stationery as much as I do. If you’d like to ask any more questions then please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to [email protected]
I do love an good bespoke brief from a client! So when Sophie & Ross got in touch last year wanting a vintage travel wedding invitation I was very excited! I do have a vintage travel themed range of stationery but it wasn’t quite what they were after. So they purchased one of my bespoke fees and we had a consultation over the phone to discuss their requirements.
They really wanted to include a gate-fold style of invitation so I designed a vintage travel themed gate-fold. The background had a vintage aged paper feel and was kept together by a simple belly band with a stamp mark and their names. Although they wanted a vintage feel they also didn’t want it to be too old fashioned and fussy so a clean belly band definitely made it more modern.
The next big thing was to incorporate not only one of their favourite photos but also to create an RSVP card in with the theme which allowed their guests to see a menu and return their menu choices. I designed a lovely little round corned folded booklet with their photo aged slightly on the front. Inside were the menu options and tick boxes for the guests. The tick box section was then perforated so it could be torn off, and on the reverse it was pre-addressed to Sophie & Ross so it could be posted back to them with a yes / no as well as the menu choices. I was so pleased with the design I can’t wait to do something similar again in the future!
The invitation itself sat inside a pocket inside the gate-fold and was in the form of a punched train ticket. There was then also a telegram style information card and a little luggage tag with the gift list details.
I absolutely loved designed Sophie & Ross’s travel wedding invitations. If you would like me to come up with something bespoke for your wedding please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact form or email me [email protected]
Today I wanted to share some more photos I have taken recently of bespoke work. Last year I worked on Claire & Daniel’s bespoke Provence wedding invitations. At the moment I’m working on some reception stationery designs for them so it was lovely to revisit the design. I drew a sketch of their beautiful Provence wedding venue and then incorporated that into their stationery. Adding an olive branch and rose design to create the perfect Provence wedding invitations.
Their invitations came in both English and French versions. I’m always more than happy to do this for client’s. I’ve done lots of invitation suites in the past in various different languages. As long as client’s can send me over the wording in their chosen language. I can then use it to produce proofs in as many languages as they want. I obviously can’t read all these languages so the proofing process becomes even more important! In the past I’ve done invitations in South African, Italian, French, German and Polish for clients.
We’re working on some really pretty reception stationery for Claire & Daniel’s wedding so I hope to share that with you soon.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, either via the contact form on this website, or by email to [email protected] if you would like a bespoke design. Or if you are interested in having your invitations printed in various languages.
I love a fun and quirky design brief for a client’s wedding invitations and stationery and boy did I get one when I spoke to Emily & Ben at the South West Wedding Showcase at Bath Showground last year! Their opening lining was pretty much “we’re having a dinosaur wedding theme, do you think this is something you could do ?” … to which I got very excited and practically had to stop myself from jumping up and down on the spot! Who wouldn’t love to work on a dinosaur wedding theme and invitations to match!
A little later Emily got back in touch and we had a chat via the phone to go into a little more detail about what they wanted from their bespoke invitations.
The colour scheme was a really striking black and white monochrome with a hit of orange … perfect for Jurassic Park fans! The colour scheme was perfect as I was able to incorporate the dinosaur theme without the whole thing looking too childish.
I designed a full suite including a lovely little orange information booklet which incorporated all the details that they needed to give their guests in a handy little guide. I did this for my own invitations and it worked out really well so was glad to use this format again for a client. The invitations were layered up with the information booklet, rsvp card and a belly band to give a really luxe look and crisp white 350gsm card and envelopes made for a really fun but modern feel.
I’m pleased to say Emily and Ben were over the moon with the result and I’m seriously looking forward to working with them again on their reception stationery later in the year!
If you are looking for a unique bespoke theme for your wedding invitations … or are wanting a dinosaur wedding theme yourself! … then please don’t hesitate to drop me ( Nikki ) an email to [email protected] and we can start chatting about creating something amazing!
Its been such a busy few months for me at Knots & Kisses. One of the really lovely things has been the amount of bespoke orders I have had to work on. I love all of my standard ranges of course but its always exciting to get creative and work on something new. So when couple’s order one of my bespoke packages I love to see what ideas they have for their wedding and then get designing something which is perfect just for them. One of the bespoke orders I worked on earlier this month was a Provence wedding invitations suite for the very lovely Claire & Daniel. They are getting married in a beautiful location in Provence next year and so wanted their stationery to reflect the location.
After sending me pictures of their venue I created a pen and ink sketch and incorporated it into a folded invitation surrounded by olive branches and incorporating the roses and lavender colours they were going for in their wedding scheme. The background I created had a slightly vintage aged texture to it to keep in with the theme and I added a rustic brown Kraft envelope to finish the look. I also created a matching rsvp postcard with the olive branch motif and pre-addressed to them with their address and room for a stamp on the back.
As Daniel and Claire are French themselves I was also happy to do the invitations in both French and English versions for them, and they also ordered pre-addressed envelopes making it so much easier to send to their guests.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like a bespoke design for your wedding invitations and just drop me an email to [email protected] or take a look at my bespoke design fees first on the website at http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/
I do love working on bespoke changes to my existing ranges for clients! I’m not in the slightest bit precious about my work so if you have some changes you wish to make to make it ‘more you’ and more suitable for your wedding then please don’t hesitate to ask! One of the bespoke changes I did recently was for the lovely Jacalyn.
Jacalyn really liked my Midnight Rose range of stationery but wanted to incorporate a watercolour flowers painting she had done herself into the design rather than my standard florals which I use. I absolutely loved the watercolour – so bright and fun and colourful! – Jacalyn is incredibly talented … oh and did I mention she is also a florist ? She works for Cottage Flowers in Ilminster if you’re interested in taking a look. http://www.cottageflowersandmore.co.uk/
Anyway I worked on incorporating Jacalyn’s gorgeous watercolour and gave it a dark grey background and the font style of my Midnight Rose range.
I also incorporated a jade green colour for the belly bands to pick up on the colours in the watercolour flowers and of course it came with matching rsvp and information cards. For these I took small elements of the watercolour flowers Jacalyn had painted and seperated them off to give a touch of the illustration to the top of the information card and the side of the rsvp.
I’m looking forward to working on the matching Order of Service very soon!
Incorporating existing artwork you might have is something I am more than happy to do as part of my work here at Knots & Kisses. I’ve had several clients in the past who already have a really lovely painting or sketch of themselves, or their wedding venue that they would like to incorporate. The only thing to bear in mind is that you have the permission of the original artist to do this.
But if it’s something you would like me to look at then please don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]
Wow it’s getting super busy here at Knots & Kisses at the moment! Hence the lack of blog posts on Friday and Saturday – so massive apologies for that! Not only are there still lots of lovely stationery orders to work on but we are getting ready to move to our new home in Torquay on the 16th April. As you can imagine its a bit crazy, especially as we are spending our weekends doing renovations on the house so we can move in with some of the rooms ready to go and decorated.
I love being busy though so its fantastic that I’ve had so many lovely bespoke orders to work on this year. These have ranged from clients who want a full bespoke design from scratch to those who just want small changes to an existing range. Today’s client Suzanne decided on the later – changing my Ombre range to a gorgeous pink and gold ombre scheme to better suit her wedding theme. As well as changing the floral details to a stronger pink flower I also added a belly band detail with their initials to tie the Day Invitation packs together.
The design also came with some pink Ombre rsvp cards which were pre-addressed to Suzanne and Lee for their guests to fill in and return easily. I always find this makes it so much easier for guests and hopefully you won’t be chasing lots of rsvps after the rsvp date! A information card completed the look, with the belly band in a pink and gold ombre mottled watercolour effect.
Adapting one of my existing designs is so easy! You just order the standard range from the website and then add the £25 bespoke package to your basket as well and I’ll be in touch to discuss the bespoke changes you wish to make.
Check out my Pinterest boards as well for lots more inspiration for your wedding https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/
Sometimes you get a brief from a client which really tests your design skills! When Nilani contacted me about a bespoke design for her wedding I knew it was not only going to be fun but a little bit challenging. Her theme was English Garden meets Hindu Wedding. I’ve worked on several multi-cultural weddings in the past, so fortunately creating a wedding invitation suite with lots of different cards for different parts of a long weekend of celebrations was not something new. I loved working though to combine Nilani’s ideas of combining her love of ferns and foxgloves and pretty English wedding stationery with the traditions and patterns of Mehndi.
I kept the colours pretty with some gorgeous pale greys, mauves and pinks and worked a hindu style patterned border along with a floral motif for the main invitation, with a more Mehndi print motif as a header for the Hindu ceremony invitation.
I added rustic touches with the string and kraft envelopes to complete the look and also added a coordinating information card and tag to complete the look. I was so happy with the result as was Nilani and the almost 200 invitations looked incredibly pretty en-masse when I was packaging them up.
I love creating bespoke designs for any style of wedding, and all of my ranges can be tweaked or added to if you are having a hindu wedding or any other multi religious celebration with several ceremonies over the course of a weekend and need a different style of invitations. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me at [email protected] or have a look at the bespoke page on the website for more details of my bespoke services http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/
I love creating Pinterest boards to go with bespoke designs I have come up with for clients and so here is my English Garden meets India inspiration to go with Nilani’s invitations … https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/wedding-themes-english-garden-meets-india/
Today I want to talk about a bespoke navy and pink beach wedding invitation set I created but first … What a wonderful end to the week it was over the weekend! Not only did we discover that we are exchanging contracts on our new house and picking up keys at the end of this week but I also had the fantastic news that I have been shortlisted as a finalist in the stationery category for the South West Wedding Awards this year! The awards is purely voted by past customers so I have to say a massive thank you to any of my clients who got married in 2014/2015 who voted for me! To celebrate me and my other half spent a lovely Sunday looking round reclamation yards for stuff for the new house and treating ourselves to a lovely Country pub lunch.
Anyway back to today and like I said I’d like to share with you one of the bespoke invitation sets I created for some clients recently.
Jamie got in touch to say that he and his fiance really liked my Bohemian Beach range but wanted to know if I could do it in a bespoke navy and pink colourscheme for them. This was, of course, no problem at all as I offer a bespoke package on the website which, if added to any order for one of the standard ranges, allows a bespoke colour change to any design. http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/
So I got to work creating a design in navy and pink for them and I have to say really loved the results … the colourscheme worked really well with the compass motif and the bleached wood effect background to give a slight nautical edge to the Bohemian Beach design.
I also created stickers, envelope liners and added a bespoke navy envelope to the design which finished the look.
If you would like me to change the colourscheme to any of my standard ranges for your wedding and have any questions before ordering please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to [email protected]
If you would like some more navy and pink beach wedding inspiration for your wedding day then check out my Pinterest board for my Nautical range which also comes in this colour https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/wedding-theme-nautical/
Gosh its been a bit of a whirlwind week! Getting back into the swing of things after my amazing Christmas and New Year in Morocco has been tricky but luckily I’ve had lots and lots of fantastic orders and enquiries to keep me very busy! I’ve also been very excitedly starting to think about planning my own wedding as my amazing other half Ant proposed when we were in the Sahara desert on boxing day! I am so very excited to get married and plan my own wedding … I’m starting to already think though that I may know a little too many fellow wedding suppliers and choices and choosing everything is going to be difficult! Plus I’m the sort of person that changes my mind on a fairly frequent basis but luckily Ant will probably keep me grounded in this respect. I of course intend to document some of my planning and choices here on the blog so hopefully any fellow couples who recently got engaged can follow my journey and it will help you all as well. We are off to start looking at wedding venues this weekend which is incredibly exciting … we want to get married in 2017 and are pretty flexible on dates so I’m hoping we’ll come back with a few options to choose from. I’ve already typed up and printed out lists of questions to ask each venue which I will share soon and I’ll keep you updated!
Back to today and I wanted to help those of you who may be thinking of ordering your wedding stationery and invitations soon.
Whenever I send out samples to couples I include a list of F.A.Q. to help them when they order and I thought I would share a few of these tips and answers on the blog to help you when ordering your wedding stationery and invitations. You can order from my range of wedding invitations directly from my website at http://knotsandkisses.co.uk
When should I order my wedding stationery?
I would generally advise sending your Save the Date cards out 9 months to a Year prior to your wedding so think about ordering these approximately 2-3 weeks before then. Invitations should be sent out 2-3 months prior to your wedding (possibly less if you have already sent out Save the Date Cards) although you can send them out before this especially if you have guests who may need to book flights or time off work. I would therefore advise ordering your invitations from the website at least a month prior to the date you wish to send your invitations out if at all possible. Definitely allow more time if your are ordering a bespoke service. If you aren’t ready with your wording and guest list yet I would still definitely advise contacting me to book as soon as possible so I can confirm your order.
Can I make changes to one of your standard designs?
Absolutely. If you would like to make a colour change or a small printed design change to one of the designs on the website then you can go to the bespoke page http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/ and add the £25 package to your basket. Then proceed with ordering the standard stationery range as normal. Once I’ve received your order you will be contacted to discuss the changes you wish to make. Or you can order one of the full bespoke packages if you would like something designing for you from scratch!
Can you pre-print my guest’s names on my wedding invitations?
Yes I offer pre-printed guest names at no extra cost. Once you have ordered I will email you asking for you to send me an excel spreadsheet or word document with your guests names on. It is best to have this ready if at all possible when ordering as any delay in sending this to me will delay the dispatch time for your invitations. Please note that you will not receive a individual proof with every guest’s name on so please make sure you are happy with the spelling of all names before sending.
How long will it take for my invitations to arrive?
Personalised wedding stationery orders are dispatched within 2-3 weeks after I receive confirmation that you wish to go ahead with your proofs. For orders of my ranges which are embellished with lace please allow 3-4 weeks. Delivery will then take 2-5 days after this by our courier. Please be aware that any delay in signing off of proofs or receiving guest names and addresses may delay your order. Bespoke orders will take longer. Please allow 6-8 weeks for a full bespoke design process if possible.
Can you design something bespoke for me?
Yes! I would love to work with you on creating something just for your wedding. Take a look at our bespoke packages on the bespoke page of the website. There are three packages to choose from. You can order a bespoke design package directly from the website and then I will be in touch to arrange a consultation to discuss your requirements further.
Can I change my mind once I’ve agreed to a proof?
I’m afraid not. Once proofs have been agreed to you have given us permission to go ahead with printing and any further changes will mean reprinting and therefore incur further costs.
Can I order if I am outside of the UK?
Absolutely. We take orders internationally. Your postage will be increased accordingly when you order. Dispatch and delivery times will obviously be greater for orders outside the UK. Orders will be dispatched within 2-4 weeks depending on the style of your stationery as normal but then please allow 7-10 working days for delivery on top of this for orders withing the european union and 10-14 working days for all other countries. We can also do your invitations in most languages if you require. Although please be aware that not all fonts are available in all languages so probably best to drop us an email at [email protected] first to check.
I hope this helps with any questions you might have about ordering your wedding stationery from my website but please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to [email protected] if you have any further questions.