Where are you located and what service/products do you offer?
Located at my home studio in Macclesfield offering bespoke invitations and wedding stationery including RSVP, Save the Dates, Details, Table Numbers and Place Cards.
How long have you been involved in the industry?
Started with my own wedding nearly 2 years ago, since getting married I have designed and produced invitations for friends and family. Around 6 months ago I thought of turning it into a business and march of this year I started offering my services online. ashleyhigginsdesign.com
What planning advice would you give to couples?
Ordering a matching set of stationery can save you money and make the invitation process easier on you, also the style of the stationery hints to the formality of your wedding.
You should have an idea of the type or theme of wedding you're throwing—classic and elegant, casual and relaxed, or glam and modern, the stationery you choose will set the tone of the wedding and will give your guests a clue of what to expect.
Start thinking about stationery 9 months to a year before the wedding. Aim to order your invitations about 5 to 6 months out so they're ready to post 8 to 12 weeks before the wedding.
Send your 'all day guests' invitations out before your 'evening guests' invitations just in case certain people send their regrets, this then gives you the opportunity to think about who you want to invite to the day instead to fill their place and overcome a potentially awkward situation. Think about ordering a few more invitations than you need just in case of this.
Have you got any trend tips for couples planning their own wedding?
Pastel colours, I am currently working on a number of Invitations using soft shades of blue pink and green, I know of several brides who will be wearing pastel coloured gowns instead of the traditional white or Ivory and Its a theme that looks to be in style this year .
Have any weddings you attended left a lasting impression and why?
I recently attended a wedding which had disposable cameras on the tables, this was a good ice breaker for guests and also a great way of getting good photographs from the reception.
Any other information you would like to add?
The service I offer is truly bespoke, I have a Etsy shop with samples available for sale but will design Invitations and matching stationery from scratch in whatever style or theme you require.
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