This week its all about wedding invitiations. Some of my favourite stationery companies have offered me a sneak peek of their new Autumn collections, and thought I'd share my top five with you.
1. If you're planning a whimsical vintage wedding and are looking for an invitation with a homespun feel, then you'll love the new designs by The Wren Press. They will stitch your names onto fabric swatches and embellish with cute buttons. The cards come with matching hand-lined envelopes which are a nice touch, but if you're passing the cards off as "home-made by you" (ahem) then I suggest you request the plain envelope option! £350 for 50 with envelopes. (www.thewrenpress.com)
2. The new Cocktail invitation by Lila Anna Rose is perfect for the glamorous bride. It's chic, chic, chic. Lace is right on trend, and the black band of lace wrapped around the invitation adds a style rather than making it look frou-frou. Contrast with a brightly coloured envelope for a city wedding; £4.25 including envelope (www.lily-anna-rose-design.com)
3. Winter brides should definitely take a look at the elegant new snowflake design by the Hummingbird Card Company. I've always loved laser-cut designs, and this invitation looks best in the cool blue colour palette. From £3.30 each with envelope (www.hummingbirdcards.co.uk). For an added wintery touch, add a sprinkle of white glitter before you seal the envelope.
4. Modern brides-to-be will love the engraved acrylic wedding stationery from Liquid Blue Designs (www.liquidbluedesigns.co.uk). Simply supply them with the wording of your choice and then have this engraved on a piece of acrylic. £2.50 including an envelope. It's a nice idea to continue the theme on your wedding day with acrylic placenames and menu cards.
5. If however, you're not afraid of breaking from tradition, then opt for a wedding website. Very 21st century. I'm a huge fan of Invite You (www.invite-you.co.uk), a new company which will design a bespoke website to include the details of your big day. Rather than posting out a traditional invitation, all you have to do is direct friends and family to the site. The best bit is that there's an RSVP function which will keep track of guest numbers, so its totally stress-free. Oh, and make sure you get them to design a webpage where you can upload all the photos from your hen party.
Finally, once you've chosen your design, take time to plan your wording on your invitation. If you're in need of guidance, then make sure you check out our Etiquette guide in the Quick Links section of the website. Its not as complicated as you might think!