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June wedding? Roll out the peonies.

In Flowers, invitations, Stationery on April 6, 2009 at 5:39 am
The peony is the classic wedding flower: indulgent, romantic and terribly thirsty

The peony is the classic wedding flower: indulgent, romantic and terribly thirsty

Peonies are sensitive souls, flowering for 4-6 weeks between May and July. However June is their big moment, so if you’re planning for June nuptials the peony is within your grasp. Yay. In fact, what with global warming and the early onset of Spring, peonies could even work for an April or May wedding. Double yay. Post-a-rose is already advertising the arrival of its peony season, starting mid April. Triple yay.

Post a rose's pink peony & green alcimilla robustica bouquet

Post a rose's pink peony & green alcimilla robustica bouquet

Indeed, June is a good bet for an environmentally-friendly wedding, as you can source home-grown English peonies and avoid flying out hothouse flowers. The rest of the year you might be better settling with David Austin St Cecilia roses, which are basically like longer-lasting, counterfeit peonies and can be sourced from the UK.

David Austen St Cecilia rose - the counterfeit peony

David Austin St Cecilia rose - the counterfeit peony

If you’re full of beans or bridal ambition, you could even grown your own. Or not, because that would, on second thoughts, be a ridiculous and highly stressful plan.

Which peony?

Sarah Bernhardt, Sarah Bernhardt and maybe a couple of stems of Sarah Bernhardt? All the florists advise using this one as it’s big, pink and fluffy, just like your dreams. And it’s perfick for cutting.

Sarah Bernhardt peonies - the ideal peony for cutting

Sarah Bernhardt peonies - the ideal peony for cutting

Peonies come in reds, pinks and whites

Peonies come in all the romantic hues - red, pink and white

Making it all about the peony

For the clever bride, you can think backwards and make your wedding iconography all about the peony. Then everyone will assume you have terribly joined-up thinking, not that you’re just retro-fitting the flower that happens to be in season into your wedding.

Luckily the peony seems to be the motif du jour amongst the trendy bridal magazines.

The classic peony invitation - by Papeterie

The classic peony invitation - by Papeterie

And if you want to go matchy-matchy mad, you could even have peony stamps.

Personalisable peony stamps from Zazzle

Personalisable peony stamps from Zazzle

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Make your own invites

In DIY, Stationery on March 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Home-made invites don’t have to look like a sad child’s attempt to copy Blue Peter, full of splodgy glitter and badly cut out stars. OK, you’re not going to get letterpressing on your Epsom printer, but with a little bit of imagination and thought, they can look mighty fine. Here’s how to create that a non-rubbish DIY invite:

1. Create a moodboard of invites which tickle your fancy.

Invite moodboard by Credit Crunch Bride

Invite moodboard by Credit Crunch Bride

2. Question your abilities. Take an honest look at your design abilities. If you’re a bit wobbly on design, then use the K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple Stupid.

3. Buy a border. Istock does all sorts of cute vintage borders.

Delicate scroll and leaf set from Istock

Delicate scroll and leaf set from Istock

3. Choose a typeface. Dafont.com is where all the beautiful free fonts go to hide. Pick up some beauties there and download them to your computer.

The King & Queen font, from DaFont

The King & Queen font, from DaFont

4. Choose your paper wisely. Atlantis art supplies, in London E1, has a big rainbowfest of colours and stock. It’s about 30p per page or envelope. Or, order colour envelopes from UK based Colour envelopes.

5. Get printable wedding invites. If, after hours of trying you realise you’re not the next Saul Bass, you could get an invitation template designed  for you at this Etsy shop to print out yourself. It’s kind of like half DIY invites.

Printable wedding invites

Printable wedding invites

Save the date (and some money)

In DIY, Stationery on February 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm

What is this Save The Date thing that has suddenly become de rigeur? In my mind, just another way to rip off young, insecure couples. However, there are as ever cheap ways of doing it:

1. Use the phone. It’s a nice way to catch up with people. And if you don’t have their number in your mobile, should you really be inviting them?

2. Take inspiration from all over, then design your own. Ooh look at these…

Save the date

Save the date

Or look at this Save The Date Flickr Gallery.

Keep it simple, like this card from minted.com

Keep it simple, like this card from minted.com

3. Just send out the invites really early.

4. Send a postcard and save on envelopes. Clever.

By Turtle Julian

By Turtle Julian

5. Star yourselves. Make yourselves the stars of your own save the date cards.

Courtesy of A Cup of Jo

Courtesy of A Cup of Jo

Invitations without the invoice

In DIY, Stationery on February 4, 2009 at 9:50 am

1. Create a Facebook event. Yay.

2. Email a pdf of your invite. Then you can fill your invites with as many colours and flourishes as your heart desires.

2. Illustrate it yourself, if you’re half decent with a pencil.

Illustration by Liam Stevens

Illustration by Liam Stevens

3. Send a postcard with a handwritten personalised note to each guest.

4. Use online stationery companies, like MyGatsby (a tasteful US company), Friends Invited (a less tasteful but cheap UK company), VistaPrint or Printed4U (UK based).

You need to trawl through some dodgy designs to find anything decent

You need to trawl through some dodgy designs to find anything decent. This quick example is from Printed4U at £50 for 60.

5. Steal inspiration from everywhere then design your own. Look high, then spend low. Try Bumblebee Press, Smock Paper, Sweetbeets and Twig & Fig.

Smock Paper

Smock Paper

6. Embrace arts and crafts. Make your own from lots of templates following instructions here. Warning: some are quite dodgy.

Make your own Calla Lily invite

Make your own Calla Lily invite