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Wedding Invitation Wording for Same Sex Couples

What to write on a wedding invitation if you are a same sex couple?

This is something we are asked more and more, so we thought we’d share a few tips, which we hope are helpful. The good news is that there are no strict rules for same sex wedding invitation wording etiquette.  However, we would caveat this by saying that just as with a heterosexual wedding, the key thing to remember is that you need to get the important information across – in the most concise, clear way possible.

What type of thing should I think about for my wedding invitation Wording?

Good question; there are quite a few things that we would recommend taking into consideration. So we have compiled a useful checklist of key details that should be included:

Name of the person/s being invited – include the name of children, if they are invited too Who the invitation is from – i.e. the name/s of the host/s Names of the bride and bride / groom and groom Wedding location, date and time Make clear what the invitation is for – i.e. the ceremony, reception and/or an evening party Information about the reception / evening party – to include venue and timings etc. Dress code How to RSVP With this in mind, the next question is whether to use informal wedding invitation wording or keep it more formal?

Many same-sex couples, we’ve designed wedding invitations for, have found themselves treading a fine line between tradition and innovation and as a result they have opted to retain at least some of the more traditional wedding invitation wording formats.

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The Ultimate Guide to wedding stationery

 

A wedding is one of the most important events in a lot of people’s lives. A celebration of love where two people stand up in front of their friends and family and make a lifelong promise to each other. It’s hardly surprising therefore that people invest so much time and money into planning their big day. This allows them to ensure that every last detail is perfect. Generally, weddings have a carefully considered color palette or specific theme. It is often the wedding stationery that provides the first opportunity for couples to share this with their guests and provide a sense of the overall tone and feel of the upcoming event.  For this reason, many people will spend hours looking though different luxury stationery options to find the ideal solutions for their particular wedding.

In this ultimate guide to wedding stationery, we’ll talk you through all of the different stationery items you might need before, during and after the day itself. There are invitations, RSVP cards, table stationery and much more to consider, so keep reading if you’d like to know more.

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The Fox Pops Up!

Big excitement in the Pemberly printery, as we are hosting our very own

Pop-Up Christmas event

Tuesday 11th December from 1pm-8.30pm

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Eating Your Pets - a Koilinary Adventure

Hands up if you ever had a gold fish. I did. It was as bulbous as a puffer fish, the colour of an orange highlighter, mesmerisingly silky tailed and lived for exactly four days before it perfected the fish equivalent of a really slow backstroke... aka the corpse. Seeing it floating on the surface of my tiny fish tank I was distraught. I had dreamt of teaching it tricks, telling her (and I knew it was a her), my latest school gossip (Katharina Ochs had come into school with the new Sea World pencil case; Herr Dettweiler had painted red nail varnish on my cat painting without asking), but alas 'Sanella' (named after a German margarine brand) did not survive in my lonely, but perfectly manicured underwater paradise. We held a short funeral procession across the corridor and ceremonially sent her down the porcelain telephone. 40 minutes later I was back at the pet shop jabbing my finger at Sanella II, a black beauty with heavily lidded eyes and a tail like French chiffon. My fish obsession didn't last terribly long (and neither did Sanella II), but the thrill of hearing the ding of the pet shop door bell and the smell of pond algae and rabbit droppings hitting my nostrils remains to be one of the most exciting memories of my childhood. Now just imagine you aren't dropping 5 Deutsche Mark on a pet fish, but $2.2million. That is what a select few people will pay for one prized koi carp.

Where did Koi Carp come from?

Koi Carp originated in China, where they were initially bred to feed the Chinese army as they invaded Japan (somehow I imagine they taste like soap) and later for their beauty as pets. Systematic breeding of the Koi Carp with the most beautiful back patterns began roughly in the 1820's. Glass bowls and aquariums didn’t exist yet, hence the view from above was the most important. Their popularity peaked when the Japanese emperor Hirohito was gifted with Koi Carp for his imperial moat and boom, subsequently they were the most fashionable thing you could own. Breeders popped up all over Asia and the trend, like all cool Asian fads, eventually reached Europe. A wave of beautiful Chinoiserie prints, screens, porcelain and you guessed it, fish, spilled into the drawing rooms and ponds of the upper classes of the early 20th century. But even centuries earlier Koi carp had been revered in Chinese and Japanese culture for their beauty, endurance and tranquility. However, I did come across a rather baffling image of a baby wrestling a friendly looking, but enormous koi carp. These 19th century folklore prints show the infant Kintarō, a sort of Japanese baby Hercules with superhuman strength. He was even said to have the ability to speak with animals having grown up among them in the mountains. The myth was based on an actual person Sakata Kintoki, a warrior monk, who probably lived between 894-1185AD, but with time his story was exaggerated to the myth of Kintarō. What exactly the koi said or did to warrant this little brat leaping into the water and shanking him is not quite clear, but what struck me was the size of the carp. Like me, you probably think his scale is exaggerated, but we are wrong.

On the left: Saito Oniwakamaru Fighting a Giant Koi Carp" by Yoshitoshi 1839 - 1892 On the right: Oniwakamaru and the Giant Koi Carp Fight Underwater by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1835

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Love Bugs and Wallace’s Balls.

A couple of years back while living in London I would take the number 11 bus past an old shop called 'Artiques' every morning. Noisily sliding my squished face along the top deck window I would try to catch a glimpse of the wall covered in framed insect taxidermy. After months of smudging my makeup I finally went in and emerged an hour later laden with an iridescently blue butterfly, two shiny green jewel bugs, a pistachio walking leaf insect and a rather pompous pink lobster (it wasn't cooked). It made me feel like a million love bugs. I was going to crush Christmas that year and could not believe they were in their original state; no colour or gloss had been added whatsoever with the exception of the leaf insect, which loses its natural camouflage after death and was tinted by hand. The brilliant colour of the jewel beetles tickled me and I wanted to find out more about their uses and discovery.

 

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