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Formal Invitation and At Home Cards

What is an ‘at Home’ card?:

‘at Home’ cards are a very flexible form of personal stationery which can be used as a formal invitation to any event; from a relaxed coffee morning to large drinks parties and simple suppers.

However, ‘at Home’ no longer means that the event will be held in your own home but merely that you are hosting an event. You may be holding a birthday dinner at a local restaurant but you would send an ‘at Home’ card by way of a formal invitation.

Originating in the 19th century, the lady of the house would invite friends and well-connected acquaintances to her home for, more often than not, a literary, musical or political event.  Traditionally they were sent in the name of the female host. Imagine Elizabeth Bennet, now Mrs. Darcy and mistress of Pemberley, hosting an afternoon tea or evening soiree at her husband’s ancestral home. As hostess, she would have sent out an ‘at Home’ card to invite guests into her drawing room.  Doubtless, recipients would have been delighted to accept!

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12 Wedding Invitation ideas

12 Wedding Invitation ideas

Engraved and letterpressed wedding invitation ideas

Putting together wedding invitation ideas can be pretty overwhelming – particularly with the myriad of choice around these days. The invitation is your guest's first look at the style of your wedding so they’ll get an idea of what sort of occasion you’re planning – elegant and formal or casual chic. The most important thing to remember is that the ‘Big Day’ is all about you and what you, and your husband or wife to be, really want. Don’t be swayed by the conflicting views of others.

Working with a high quality, experienced Wedding Stationer will also help. Discuss the wedding invitation ideas which you already have, the style you’re thinking of, the colours you love and your budget and these should then allow for a clearer understanding of the choices which are available.

With the above in mind we thought it would be useful to share our top 12 wedding invitation ideas and stationery planning tips: 1. Define your wedding invitation style:

Take time out to peruse ideas for colours and themes on Pinterest and Instagram. There are so many beautiful designs to inspire you. Try to choose a design with which you are both happy, even if this involves some compromise. Remember, the style of your wedding invitation will say a lot to your guests about the overall feel of your wedding.

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Wedding Invitation Wording: The Etiquette

 Updated 13th March 2018

 

We are often asked for our top tips for the perfect wording to use on a wedding invite, so here are just a few:

Traditional Wedding Invitation Wording:

The Holkham Wedding Invitation

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Autumn Wedding Trends

Autumn Wedding Trends

As the nights draw in, the seasonal shift therefore influences the trends we see emerging in the designs of our clients’ wedding stationery.

With the cooler weather and the changing light, we consequently witness a move away from the blush pinks and sunshine brights favoured by summer brides to more subtle hues worthy of the chillier months.

Here are just a few of the trends for wedding stationery we’re seeing as we move through autumn into winter.

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What to consider when choosing an outfit as mother of the bride

What to consider when choosing an outfit as mother of the bride

Today’s weddings are often based around a theme, using one colour palette to tie everything together; from the wedding invitations, flowers, bridesmaid dresses and table settings, even down to the food. For the mother of the bride this can be very helpful as it provides guidance and direction, which can make the decision about what to wear a great deal easier. The mother of the bride is an integral part of the bridal party and traditionally her choice of colour takes precedence over the Mother of the Groom (who should never dress to outdo the bride’s mother).

As a mother of the bride, we would suggest having a clear idea about the particular theme and colours chosen for your daughter’s wedding – before you go shopping! Once you start your search, finding exactly the right outfit, in the colour of choice, can seem daunting. Especially if the fashion world has deemed your chosen hue as not on trend that season.

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