Guest Post: Jane from Pretty as a Picture

As our big day draws ever-closer (Nine months? It’ll positively FLY in), our attention will soon be turning to our wedding stationery. Today I am delighted to welcome Jane from Pretty as a Picture who shares her top tips for choosing the right stationery for your taste, style and budget.

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I’m very excited and flattered to be asked to be a guest contributor to Bride and Joy’s blog, so firstly a big thank you to Lisa for the opportunity!!!!
My name is Jane and along with my business partner Ailbhe, we are the creative directors behind Pretty as a Picture – an online stationery boutique. We spent most of our professional careers as graphic designers, working in the same publishing house and moving on to setting up our own design agency. Now we are both delighted to work in an area we both adore – designing wedding stationery!! Luckily the primary goal in both professions is the same – creating something aesthetically pleasing for our clients. When it comes to wedding stationery, here is my advice:
Your wedding invitation is the first thing your guests will see so it should set the tone and theme of your wedding day – formal, semi-formal, or casual. Traditional wedding invitation styles were either white or ivory paper with black ink… and always engraved. This style of invitation works beautifully for formal and semi-formal weddings and is known as ‘letterpress printing’.
This method of printing is labour intensive and regarded as a true craft. Modern printing methods such as digital printing offer full colour printing at a more cost-effective price. This is a great method of printing if you would like to add photographs or full colour images to your invites.
There are many different design styles available for couples to choose from – floral, graphic, typographic, vintage, modern, formal and more… The design style should be chosen in conjunction with the style of wedding and the personalities of the couple. Budget permitting, commissioning your own custom design allows you to express your individual personalities and tastes in a unique design only for you!!! This is great if you have a quirky idea or unusual story to tell… at Pretty as a Picture we love to bring unique ideas to life through your wedding stationery and are happy to offer free consultations with couples so we can get to know you and your story better and represent this through either one of our current designs or by creating a custom design especially for you both.

We also offer a multitude of optional extras to our standard letterpress stationery suites to make them truly stand out from the crowd. These include edge painting, envelope lining, patterned backing, corner rounding and folios. The amount of variants to each suite mean that two stationery suites are rarely the same!!

Formal Invitation Suite


The colour theme running throughout your wedding can be introduced by your wedding stationery. With letterpress stationery one or two colours can be used. If using two colours, make sure to use two colours that compliment each other well. Another option, particularly for a more formal wedding, is to go for a one colour option. This colour doesn’t necessarily have to match your wedding theme – it could be black or gold which go well with any colour. Black works exceptionally well for a black tie wedding.









Edge Painting

There is wedding stationery for every budget. From e-mail invitations to custom designed letterpress – the choice is truly endless. Thorough research is essential – it is important to see samples of the stationery sets you are considering so you can get a true feel for the quality and various colour options. If stationery comes high on your list of priorities then you should budget accordingly. List all the essential stationery items you need, i.e. Invitations, RSVP Cards, Menus, Place Cards, Directions Cards, Accommodation Cards, Mass Booklets etc. If there are some of these you can sacrifice, i.e. Direction Cards & Accommodation Cards, you could put these details onto a website and put your budget into extra options on the invitations.

Invitations should be sent out 6 weeks before the big day to give your guests adequate time to book accommodation etc. RSVP Reply Cards can be sent with your invitations. However, it is now becoming popular to organise your RSVP’s through a website or by e-mail. This is up to the couple and whichever method you feel most comfortable with.An RSVP date should be given and if possible, this should be 2-3 weeks before the wedding day so you have time to do up your seating plan and finalise numbers with the hotel.
If your wedding is abroad it is a good idea to send a Save The Date Card. These should be sent 4-6 months before the wedding to allow guests time to organise flights and time off work.
Your stationer will help you with the wording for your suite – believe me they are well used to all scenarios!!! There are also lots of helpful websites with details on wording your invitations.

The hunt for wedding stationery should begin no later than 6 months before your wedding to give you adequate time to choose a style and design you are 100% happy with. Aim to order your suite with 3 to 4 months until your wedding to allow you plenty of time to get your invites printed and written before the 6 week mark and in the meantime remember to collect all those addresses!!!
I hope you’ve found this post helpful. if you would like to discuss letterpress wedding stationery or custom stationery please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.
Best of luck and congratulations!!

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  1. Loving those lined envelopes Jane!

  2. I had to look at the gorgeous invitations first! But great article too and you fit a lot of info into that post!

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