Wedding Planning Q&A

What Wedding Stationery Do I Need? with Katherine Holt from Giftast

November 6, 2018

What Wedding Stationery Do I Need for my Wedding? Katherine from Giftast explains just how bespoke you can go, where to start and what to be thinking about!

Listen to Katherine on the Wedding Espresso Awesome DIY Wedding Planning Podcast…

 

Katherine Holt from Giftast
https://weddingespresso.co.uk/tag/giftast
https://giftast.com

 

James: [00:00:04] Katherine thanks so much for joining me today. 

Katherine: [00:00:07] Pleasure to be here. 

James: [00:00:10] Excellent.

So we did a bit of digging around and we found out that Brides and Grooms to be have got this question that they just keep asking. And it’s quite a simple one, but it’s quite a powerful one as well. It’s “what wedding stationery do I need”? 

Katherine: [00:00:26] This is such a great question. It is one that I get asked a lot when I talk to couples when you meet them at fairs and things. And I think there’s this idea that because in our sample packs we do save the dates, invitations and RSVPS, that you have to have them all, like a set. But that’s just not relevant for all couples. So for example if you’re planning a wedding for mid next year, you won’t necessarily need the save the dates. Or if your friends and family are a bit more techy, and you talk to them more on the email, and text, then you might not need a paper RSVP. So it’s really worth just chatting to your stationer to find out how to make it work for you. So for example we worked with a couple recently who didn’t want save the dates, and for their invites, we didn’t do RSVPs. We actually added on an info card which had all their hotel, taxi information and how to RSVP on that as well. So it really is just making it work for you. 

James: [00:01:24] Brilliant.

So what we’re saying here is that when somebody approaches you for wedding stationery, it is super bespoke. I mean it’s not like they have to take the whole gamut, or it really is finding out what they need and then designing a package to suit them. 

Katherine: [00:01:42] Exactly, and changing the ranges that we have on our website to fit your theme. So we can change the colours and we can add things that match really easily, but just that really work for you, and your wedding. It’s the same with on the day stuff. So table plans and things like that. I mean at my wedding we didn’t have a table plan, we just have place cards and everyone just picked where they sat. So it really is different for everybody and we can just make it work exactly for you. You don’t have to have the set amount of things. It’s really personal. 

James: [00:02:13] Excellent. So In terms of personalisation then, and thinking back to our wedding. We wish we hadn’t gone DIY, but we did, and that was perhaps because it was a massive workload and we didn’t realise how hard it would be. So that’s something I think going back and doing it again, I think we would have our stationery professionally made. But having said that, going the bespoke route, I asked my dad who is a graphics designer to draw us a logo. And it was a J and an R with a kind of a Celtic dragon, because we got married in Scotland, so we wanted to kind of incorporate all these themes. And it ended up on the on all the stationery, the invites, the order of ceremony and stuff. So if somebody approached you with something similar, is that is going to work? 

Katherine: [00:03:04] Oh absolutely. We have these examples and samples on our website, that is like a starting point. It’s almost like ideas for what you want. So if there’s something that sort of looks right, you can go “can we have that but, we want it for us”, and things like that. We do a lot of monograms on our stationery. So there’s like back pieces that can have your initials on and things like that. So we are absolutely incorporating like a logo or, you know, your own crest for your new surname, or anything like that. It’s my job to make it possible rather than to constrain you with that, with what WE want to have. 

James: [00:03:44] Brilliant. And…

I’ve actually seen from some wedding stationers that there are… Limits is not really the word, but there are certain size restrictions. Or would you say something like a table plan, if it’s a big, big wedding, are there any limits on the size? 

Katherine: [00:04:06] Yeah it really depends on how you want to do it. So there are going to be creative ways of making things work. So obviously your standard limits are your paper size. Your A1, A0 is what we go up to and A0 is huge. Generally that will fit most things. But there’s loads of creative table plan ideas out there, like lines with pegs on that you can clip your tables to, things like that. It’s really limited by your imagination. But if you’re having the super, super massive one, there’ll be a way to make it work. 

James: [00:04:43] Brilliant. You answered the question perfectly there by… you just came straight in with creative, and I think that’s one of the main advantages of maybe going to a professional stationery person. You get that creative input don’t you? You’re not alone in the process. You’ll be able to use your vast experience to help them. 

Katherine: [00:05:02] That’s it!

Because I’ve experienced a lot more weddings than necessarily couples may have. So I’ve seen all the different ways that we can do it, and what can be built on to make it work for you. 

James: [00:05:14] Fantastic. Brilliant. Well that’s excellent and we’ve just got a little bit of a fun question for you actually, which we’re going to sort of throw at you and see what happens. It goes a little bit something like this. “What would you say makes your work different or stand out, and what do you pride yourself in?” 

Katherine: [00:05:34]

I like to try and bring the things that I love into the design I do. So all of our ranges, or almost all of our ranges, are named after authors or characters from books. So I do try and bring that literary theme in there.

I’m currently working on something, which is launching in the new year, which is like a Jane Austin theme… invites for all of her heroes and heroines. So that’s kind of my angle, it’s I love that whole literary thing, and that has inspired all the work I’ve done, my sample packs and things like that. I just love historical romances. That’s the thing that I’ve brought into mind, that whole romantic, pretty kind of pastel love thing. Yeah it’s been a big influence of mine. 

James: [00:06:25] Awesome. Have we touched on the Bronte’s then yet? 

Katherine: [00:06:28] Bronte’s are after Austin. They’re my next one although they’re a little bit darker. But very Yorkshire. 

James: [00:06:36] Very Yorkshire, yep, that’s why I bring it up. Got to be asked! 

Katherine: [00:06:36] Brilliant! 

James: [00:06:44]

Thank you that’s been amazing. That really, really clears up what wedding stationery do I need? I think the question has been answered in its entirety. That’s incredible. 

Katherine: [00:06:53] Excellent, thanks a lot James. 

James: [00:06:53] And obviously it’s, you know, it’s that creative energy and excitement, enthusiasm and ideas that you bring to the table, and that’s what’s really going to help people get through it. Because we almost botched it. So absolutely go and get the professional help guys, that’s my advice. 

Katherine: [00:07:15] It does save you a lot of time and make it a little bit easier. Because you have enough on your plate when you’re organising a wedding! 

James: [00:07:20] Completely yes… Just printing individual… No! Just don’t do it! Don’t even try! Brilliant Katherine, it’s been amazing to speak to you today so we’ll see you soon! 

Katherine: [00:07:29] Absolute pleasure, thanks a lot James. 

James: [00:07:29] Brilliant, thanks again, see you. 

Katherine: [00:07:29] Thanks! Bye. 

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