The Personal Touch

02nd July 2011
Hi everyone,
I wrote the article below for the Summer 2011 issue of B Wedding Magazine. It covers a few points on how to personalise your wedding stationery. Have a read and let me know what you think.



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Your wedding is set to be the event of the year so make sure your stationery is as stylish and unique as you are by adding a personal touch.
Clare Tunnicliffe, designer and owner of Rosy Days Contemporary Wedding Stationery believes that more and more couples are rejecting standard off-the-shelf stationery, opting instead for something that shows their personality and the theme of their celebration.

Clare shares some of her tips for making your wedding stationery stand out from the rest, without blowing the budget:

1. Co-ordination:
Carrying the design of your invitations into elements of the day itself such as the order of service covers, menus, table settings, guest books and even your thank you cards provides instant style.

2. Colour:
Matching the colour of your stationery to the flowers or bridesmaid dresses brings a touch of elegance to the celebration.
Some brides prefer to keep the colour of the dresses a secret until the big day, so Clare suggests using a complementary colour for the invitations, then co-ordinating the booklet covers, menus, place cards and thank you cards with the dresses.
Recognising the importance of getting the colour right, Rosy Days, offers free colour changes on any of their standard wedding designs.

3. Be part of the design:
Incorporating a little bit of yourself into the design of your stationery is the ultimate in personalisation and a way to get your guests smiling. Clare has recently launched a new personalisation service for all her designs.
“My clients were always delighted with the free colour change option, but I wanted to offer more. Now my designs can be personalised. I can redraw the bride, groom or venue to match their likeness. This option is already proving popular and it allows my clients to have truly unique stationery, even on a tight budget,” says Clare.

4. Theme:
Some brides thrive on the ‘theme’ of a wedding; others dread the thought of it! Clare’s advice is to embrace the “theme” as it can make all those little planning decisions a lot easier.
“A theme can be as simple as your favourite flower or colour. If you don’t have a particular theme in mind, ask your designer for help. Almost anything can be incorporated into the design of your stationery,” she says.

5. Personal to You:
Try to incorporate little touches that are special to you and your guests.
I always suggest that my clients add a favourite poem or message to the inside face of their order of service booklet, and include the directions to the venue on the back. Your RSVP cards should request details of any dietary requirements. You might also consider using the cards to ask your guests to suggest a song for dancing or to share a special memory of you both. You could share a memory or a photo, for example, the proposal, on your menus. The table names are also a good opportunity for a bit of fun. Traditional sweets, pop songs, flowers, honeymoon destinations and place names – anything goes. This gives the guests something to talk about and saves any hierarchy with table numbers.

Let Rosy Days create something to make your guests smile: FREE personalised bride and groom drawings to the first 5 couples who mention this article when they order over €300 on wedding stationery before the end of June 2011.
See more of Rosy Days Contemporary Wedding Stationery at www.rosydays.ie/weddings

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I was really pleased with the article and hope some of the points above help you in planning for your big day. If you want to discuss any of the options please contact me.
Chat again soon, until then let every day be a Rosy Day !

Love

Clare

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