My very own wedding : the venue & the stationery

After years of writing this wedding blog, and just over a month ago, on the 12th September, I finally got to be the bride. And it was amazing!

The plan was to blog about all the different details of the day and the planning process in the run up but, to be honest, I was so busy I just didn’t have time! And so I’m blogging it all now, in several posts over the next few weeks/months, starting with the venue & the wedding stationery…

A camping wedding

We decided early on that we wanted our wedding to be set over a weekend, with the option of camping for our guests. I say ‘we’ but I’d actually decided years ago that a camping weekend wedding was for me and just had to convince Ant that’s what we should do… luckily he was all for it!

So the weekend we got engaged I got on Google and started the search for a wedding venue that allowed camping. I found several venues that could work but some of them were just so insanely expensive and were written off immediately. And then I came across a venue that I hadn’t seen in all my years of blogging and reading wedding blogs.

Less than two weeks after getting engaged we drove to Wales, viewed just that one venue and knew that there wouldn’t be any point in wasting time looking at others. By the next day it was booked for the 10th-14th September, a date of 12th September 2015 was decided on for our ceremony, and I could crack on with the rest of the planning!

Llyn Gwynant Barns

The Llyn Gwynant Barns are set in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales, aside a lake and against a backdrop of mountains. The scenery is stunning, and hiring the barns also comes with the use of two private camping fields for wedding guests. Now we just had to convince our guests to camp over!

We decided to hire bell tents from The Tipi Hire Company as most guests didn’t own tents and we wanted to make their camping experience as pleasant as possible. The other way I wanted to persuade them was with the wedding stationery…

The invites

My main aim for the stationery was to get guests excited about the weekend, along with (of course) giving them all the info they needed to know. I designed them with camping in mind and some guests said they reminded them of Scouts & Girl Guides which I liked! I really wanted them to feature an embroidered patch and found an awesome UK company called e-patches that could make them for me. I got to work designing and ended up with this…

The heart, mountain and trees are there for obvious reasons, the bee and ant are due to my name Debbie meaning ‘bee’ and Ant… well he’s an ‘ant’! I thought it was a cute idea, especially as the insects fitted in with the natural setting and I kind of liked the idea of a logo for the wedding so that’s what the patch eventually ended up being, with the bee and ant details taken throughout other details too.

e-patches were amazing and helped me edit my design so that it would work as a patch. The font I’d picked couldn’t be used as it was too fine but we were still thrilled with the end patches…

Now we just had to decide what to do with them…

I decided on a felt booklet that contained two pockets to hold all the stationery elements and was stitched together with blanket stitch. The embroidered patches were ironed on the front with Bondaweb and looked really rather cute if I do say so myself!

An invite was needed to go in these felt booklets. I took certain elements from the patch/wedding logo and created a two-colour design…

This was then separated into two plates…

… and printed on my letterpress printer…

Wedding stationery

As well as the invite I also included an RSVP form for guests to fill in and a pre-printed envelope to mail it back to us. For all the information guests would need to know for the weekend, I created a ‘Wedding Weekend Pocket Handbook’ with a fold-out map of the Llyn Gwynant Barns & campsite in the back…

The result

Finally I popped the felt booklet, with all it’s stationery parts nestled inside, into a kraft envelope, added a belly band that had the floral design from the embroidered patch on it, and finished it off with natural twine and a personalised laser-etched wooden tag. Here it is…

The two awesome images above are courtesy of Taylor Roades Photography

It was a hell of a lot of work, turns out these ideas are always way easier to come up with than they are to execute! And of course I didn’t just have to make one, I had to make 50! But I was really pleased with the final outcome, and luckily our guests were too :)

Debs

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4 Responses to “My very own wedding : the venue & the stationery”

  1. The patch is such a great idea! That would definitely get me pumped for a wedding. The colors chosen were perfect too and give an outdoorsy, whimsical vibe. Great job!

  2. Enhorabuena, preciosas ideas para el matrimonio.

  3. Great colors, great idea.

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