venue sketch

venue map bespoke illustrations for your wedding day

One of the things I have most enjoyed over the last few years of designing wedding stationery for my clients is drawing and hand painting  a venue map for their invitations.

It’s a great idea to include a little map in with your invitation packs. Day guest especially may be coming from further afield. They may not know the area that well and so need some guidance. Or the venue itself is spread over a wide area and a map of the internal areas would be helpful.

I create either simple line drawn maps up to fully bespoke hand painted maps in colour to match in with your invitations, and I’m happy to add this service to any of my standard collections … just drop me an email to [email protected]

Here are just a few samples of the type of venue map I can create for you.

This first photo is from a fantastic styled shoot which I hand drew a map for for them to use as part of a wider stationery and styling set up by the super talented fellow stationer Wonderland Invites. This venue map includes small bespoke illustrations of places of interest in and around the local area as well as the venue itself so has lots of detail and is decorated with illustrated olive branches for a slightly Mediterranean feel.


Credits for styled shoot :  Coordination | @wonderland_invites and @carolineopacicphotography /Photography | @carolineopacicphotography
Stationery | @wonderland_invites / Hire & Styling | @vintagegardenweddings@rockthedaystyling and @anthologyvintagehire
Flowers | @a_vintage_wedding / Map | @knotsandkisses / Table Runner & Silks | @katecullenstyle
Confetti | @shropshirepetals / Venue | @houchinsweddings

I’ve also produced smaller bespoke maps as part of a bespoke invitation suite for many of my clients.

This is a more modern map for a wedding in Kew Gardens …

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This is one I hand drew for a ‘apple orchard wedding’ in devon earlier this year for the lovely Holly & Joe.



If you want me to create a map for your wedding or add a map to one of my existing designs just drop me an email to [email protected]

Nikki x

Provence Wedding Invitations and Stationery

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.

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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.

Personalised Venue Sketch Wedding Invitations

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure of doing one of my favourite ‘jobs’ when creating wedding stationery and that is working on some bespoke hand drawn sketches to illustrate orders of my Perfect Place range of wedding stationery. . To be honest it never really feels like a job as I enjoy it so much – and it was always my aim when I set up Knots & Kisses that I kept an element of hand drawing involved in some of my designs as it’s so important to me.

Perfect Place has always been one of my most popular ranges since I launched it as personalised venue sketch wedding invitations really appeal to lots of couples getting married who want to incorporate that personal touch into their wedding invitations.

They send me a selection of photos of their venue, or any other place they would like me to draw, and I sit down with my sketch pad, pencils and fine line pens, and usually a large mug of tea, and create a drawing based on the photos they have sent and then incorporate it into the stationery designs. I always find this process so relaxing – and especially love drawing buildings and beautiful architecture … which is pretty funny as my other half is an architectural technician and this is really his job! I’m sure he would probably find that the scales and perspectives aren’t 100% accurate on my drawings but it’s the ‘essence’ of the place and its surroundings that is more important to me to capture.


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Once the drawing has been done I can use this in all manor of ways to incorporate into your wedding stationery. The Perfect Place range has a gorgeous modern typography and font to contrast with the hand drawn elements – with your initials incorporated in a little monogram on the front and inside. Information cards and an rsvp postcard can also be included in a little pocket on the inside of the invitation and I can even include matching pre-addressed envelopes and liners. Of course a full range of matching reception stationery is also available.

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I’d absolutely love to hear from any of you who would like me to create a bespoke venue sketch and wedding invitations for your wedding … and I’ll happily get my pencils, sketchpad and large mug of tea out!

Nikki x

(The gorgeous photographs of my Perfect Place range were taken by the lovely Clare Kinchin Photography )