Handmade Wedding. Day Five; Stationary

Wedding Guest Book

I’ve decided that when planning a wedding it is much easier once you decide on a theme, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a colour, an era or whatever, it gives a focus to decisions about stationary, flowers etc. I remember years ago (like over 25!) one of my friends had a themed wedding, at the time it was unusual, I think my mother found the whole idea somewhat amusing, but actually I think her mother was ahead of her time!!

Table namesOur theme was roses, particularly the roses we grew in our garden. Our tables were named after them, they adorned our stationary, we even gave Champagne Moments (a lovely rose) potted as a lasting gift instead of a bouquet of flowers. At the time there was a shop in Leeds called Confetti and Lace, they sold pressed miniature red roses, I used these for all the stationary.

Menu and Invitation DesignInvitations are traditionally posted around six weeks before the day, which for us meant late January / early February, either way they needed to be made before Christmas! As we were only having 30 guests I didn’t have too many to make, however I made spares for menus and thank you cards.

I worked out a very simple design of a rectangle of gold ribbon with a rose glued on top. A ribbon round the fold completed the card. We printed out our own centre pages on the computer, both for the invitation and for the menu.

Wedding Place name cardsPlace name cards were made with a rose on the side. I learnt calligraphy as a teenager so I wrote all the names out and also made a table plan. I’d often read in magazines that an average of 25% of guests can give back word for a wedding but I never quite believed it, however I have to say that 7 of our guests had to back out during the last week!!! At first I rewrote the table plan by hand, but I must admit that the last four ‘substitutes’ I just said ‘ok, you’re Janet and John, you’re Fred and Florence!Wedding Candle

I used the same ribbon and roses to decorate a candle, two of our sons lit the candle to represent the joining of two families.

I also made favours which included a hand written gift tag with our initials and the date on, together with a rose of course! A book of handmade paper was used as a guest book, I wrote the first page, it turned out a bit fuzzy as handmade paper absorbs ink really quickly!

Favours gift tag

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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2 Responses to Handmade Wedding. Day Five; Stationary

  1. Natalie B says:

    This makes me dead excited for my modern calligraphy course this weekend, shows the value of investing in skills like these! I can’t believe you can make cakes like that too, surely there is something you are bad at?! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


  2. craftycreeky says:

    Modern Calligraphy sounds interesting, hope you enjoy it. Lol, I’m pretty bad at painting pictures, I have only ever framed one painting, a small ‘wishy-washy’ view of Catbells, oh and I’m very bad at housework, especially ironing 😀


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