Digital Wedding Stationery: How do Custom E-Invites work?

How Does Digital Wedding Stationery Work?

Are you looking for a cheap and easy way to make your wedding more eco-friendly? You might not think it, but some of the statistics around waste at UK weddings make for shocking reading. According to Lucy Siegle’s 2009 article in the Guardian,

…the average wedding produces one third of a metric tonne of solid waste and, in the UK 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide…

With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, more and more eco-conscious couples are looking to minimise the environmental impact of their big day. I’ll look at other options in up-coming blogs, but one small change which can have a big impact is choosing to go digital with your wedding stationery. But what is it, and how does it work?

Digital Wedding Pink and Blue Floral Save The Date

What is Digital Wedding Stationery?

Here at Giftast, you can have eco-friendly personalised digital wedding stationery that doesn’t compromise on style. Because we’re committed to the vegan lifestyle and offering as many eco-options as we can, we offer all our ranges as digital packages. We offer Digital Save The Dates, E-Invitations and Invitation bundles. These will be sent to you as a PDF and/or Jpeg, depending on your preference.

Click here to view our Digital Wedding Stationery Ranges… (Opens in a new tab)

How Does it Work?

  • To get you started and answer any questions, we offer free, no obligation consultation calls – just contact us to arrange.
  • All our range items can be altered to fit your colour scheme for no extra cost.
  • Price includes up to 3 revisions.
  • Revisions will be made and sent for your approval within 24 hours of discussion.
  • Save The Dates and Invitations can be purchased separately or as a bundle.
  • Invitations can be separate for day or night guests at no extra cost. 
  • Your final, approved order will be sent to you as a PDF, but you can also request a Jpeg copy for no extra cost.
  • Once received, you can send out your  digital Save The Dates / Invitations by email, Whatsapp, over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… however you like!

Still have questions? Contact Us here by phone or email.

Click here to view our Digital Wedding Stationery Ranges.

victorian style vintage digital wedding invitation shown on an iPhone

What Are The Benefits of Digital Wedding Stationery?

Going digital can be a great idea for both environmental and other reasons.

  • No paper waste for you or your guests, or as part of the printing process;
  • No envelopes or postage costs – and significantly less air miles!
  • More budget-friendly – same price for small and large ceremonies;
  • Last minute change of guest list? No problem, info can be emailed out in a flash.

It’s That Easy.

Start off your wedding planning on an eco-friendly note. With one small change from paper to digital, you can help make a big difference. If you’d like a chat about your wedding stationery options, and whether or not digital is right for you, get in touch!

Check out our digital wedding stationery ranges here:

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Make Your Wedding Super Special With Personalised Poetry

Guest Post by Rachel @ Veil and Verse

Most brides to be will admit that they have been planning their wedding day since they were a little girl. Sauntering elegantly down the aisle in a pristine white dress, throwing your perfectly preened bouquet and capturing that all important kissing shot in front of the confetti; these are some of the classic moments you might have dreamt about. However, once you delve deeper into the planning process, it becomes clear that personalisation is everything when it comes to your special day.

 

A Bespoke Wedding Day

If you’re planning your own wedding right now, you’ve probably attended others as a guest too. Even if you weren’t engaged at the time, you and your plus one probably (secretly) critiqued every aspect of the day, from the food you ate to the ceremony readings. The problem with some weddings these days are that they often come as ‘package deals.’ The venue makes you an offer that is too good to refuse and your wedding is just the same as everybody else’s. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, it doesn’t give you the bespoke touch that many brides are looking for. You want your guests to be impressed with the uniqueness of your wedding day, so how can this be achieved?

 

Personalised Poetry

One simple, unique and inexpensive way of adding a personalised touch to your wedding day is with bespoke poetry. Arguably, the most important aspect of your day is the ceremony, but most couples don’t even consider the finer details. Plucking a random poem about love or a so-called, funny wedding reading from Google is all good, but will your guests be enthralled by this or bored to death? Don’t worry, Veil and Verse is a bespoke poetry writing service that can create poetic perfection on your wedding day. Whether you’re looking for a rhyming poem that’s all about you as a couple or a show stopping speech, they’ve got you covered.

Why Does Your Wedding Day Need Bespoke Poetry?

Bespoke poetry is the perfect way to make your wedding ceremony, vows or speeches memorable for you and your guests. If you were to ask a wedding guest what they remember most about a wedding day, it will almost certainly be the personalised touches. 

Similarly, once your bouquet has wilted, the cake has been eaten and your dress has been packed away neatly, you will want a little piece of your wedding to hold onto. Your personalised wedding poem will be yours to keep forever; it’s the type of keepsake that will never get old. You could even frame your poem and display it in your home as a memory of your special day.

How Does Personalised Wedding Poetry Work?

When you’re stuck for the perfect words to say, purchasing a poem will take the stress away instantly. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning right now, you may have already spent hours on the internet trying to find the perfect reading or poem. This is the exact story of how Veil and Verse came into fruition; Rachel was planning her own wedding and was completely underwhelmed by the range of poems available online. This is something that many brides to be will be able to relate to and the truth is, ‘the perfect wedding poem’ doesn’t exist unless it’s written especially for you!

When you purchase a poem through Veil and Verse, you will be sent a detailed questionnaire that asks you a whole range of facts. You can explain details of your wedding day, share stories about the way you met and even mention any funny moments that could be included. Even if you are struggling to put it down on paper, a free consultation call with the owner, Rachel, will help you to express everything you want for your bespoke wedding poem.

 

Find Out More Information

Like many brides right now, you’re probably interested in finding out how you can start the process of incorporating personalised poetry into your wedding day. You can discover more about Veil and Verse bespoke wedding poetry at www.veilandverse.com and you can email any questions to veilandverse@gmail.com. When you subscribe to their website you will receive an exclusive discount for your first order. Also, make sure you follow them on Instagram @VeilandVerse for daily rhymes, motivation, wedding planning tips, giveaways and so much more!

Book Lovers Wedding Ideas

Jane Austen Quote - "I declare after all ther is no enjoyment like reading."

It’s no secret – I’m crazy about books. My range invitations are, for the most part, inspired by books – romance and otherwise – that I’ve loved. I see reading as the perfect stress-free activity, which makes it a brilliant help when you’re planning a wedding!

With that in mind, I wanted to pull together some book lovers wedding ideas and inspiration. I’ll be adding more blogs to this theme as time goes on, but for now…

We’ve a new category on the site – a selection of invitations designed for Book Lovers. Featuring our top literary-inspired selections for your book-lover’s wedding. From Jane Austen (of course!) and some of her most beloved characters, through Dickens and on to more modern queens of romance. 

book lovers wedding ideas - mansfield park kraft paper wedding stationery invitation

Featuring gorgeous watercolour greenery, striking classics and beautiful florals.

Check them out here, and keep an eye out for new additions over the next few months. For more book lovers wedding ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Have you read something wonderful that you’d like to take inspiration from for your wedding? Drop me a line and we can talk about your options to commission a bespoke design.

Want more book stuff? Join our Bridal Book Club and get your free printable bookmarks.

 

What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!

Giftast Loves… The Vine Witch

The Vine Witch, by Luanne G. Smith

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had to keep this secret for SO long, but today is the day. THE VINE WITCH is an Amazon First Read for September!! #debutauthor #fantasy

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If I’d not already decided to bring back #GiftastLoves, then I would have to tell you about The Vine Witch. It’s an Amazon First Read for this month, so maybe go download it immediately, then come back here and finish reading my review.

Having escaped from a curse which left her trapped in the body of a toad for 7 long years, Elena Boureanu returns to Château Renard to find that much has changed in her absence. The now failing vineyard has been bought by Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel, a mortal with a distaste for witchcraft and superstition. Elena must fight Jean-Paul’s prejudice, the curious web of hexes which has been cast over the vineyard in her absence, and her unquenchable thirst for revenge, to restore Château Renard to it’s full glory.

"And yet just because a thing can't be seen doesn't mean it isn't real." - The Vine Witch, Luanne G Smith

So let’s start at the beginning.

This book has the weirdest opening I’ve ever read. It’s just – I love it. I think it’s gross, but I love it. It’s a strange, jarring thing, which I’m not going to spoil for you by sharing. But it’s brave, and interesting, and immediately gripping. 

The storytelling is atmospheric and fast-paced, and I absolutely raced through the book because I couldn’t put it down. Elena is a witch, yes, but human and relatable in her overwhelming desire for revenge. I was with her at every stage – first willing her to do the unthinkable, then mellowed by the handsome, kind Jean-Paul and his slow steps towards belief. 

I find witchcraft so interesting. It’s a feminine realm, one crushed and persecuted over centuries. We forget, I think, how much has been lost due to fear and ignorance. Yet we’re currently in a resurgence – I went into a remainder book shop the other day and saw 6+ books on spells, and half of them were for kitchen witches, (the side of witchcraft I imagine is most closely related to vine witchcraft).

The thing about Giftast Loves is that I only put stuff up here that I like.

This way I get to share the things I love, and we all get a little bit more positivity in our lives. I’ve always liked the idea of karma, and so the witchy idea that whatever you put out, you get threefold in return, really chimed with me. It’s encouraged me, since I put the book down, to try and be kinder. Not just because I think I’ll get nastiness back threefold, but because it’s just nicer being kind. 

So rather than a book review per se, I’m more sharing how this book made me feel. It boiled my blood with thoughts of revenge, it cooled and calmed and healed me, and it made me sad. But most of all, it made me want to be kinder, not only to other people but also to myself. 

The Vine Witch is written by Luanne G. Smith and published by 47North.

You can buy it here – it is part of Amazon First Reads for September 2019.

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Get Christmas Party Ready with our Festive Corporate Range

corporate christmas party

Deck those halls and trim those trees – it’s Christmas party time! You’ve been planning since last January, and there’ve been three theme changes. Your spreadsheet is so large it takes five minutes to open.

Add that final gloss on the night with our Festive range, including table numbers, A1 table plan, place cards with optional printed names and multi-use matching cards.

Colour changes and logo included at no extra charge. Minimum order of 30 for place cards and cards. Download our Corporate Brochure for more information.

Where To Start With Wedding Planning

Where to start with Wedding Planning? Pinterest graphic

Where to start with Wedding Planning?

Congratulations! You’re on top of the world, dreaming of your big day, and the happiness of spending the rest of your life with the one you love more than anyone else. There are magazines to buy, Pinterest boards to make, and wedding day outfits to dream of. Life is a whirlwind of congratulations, celebratory catch-ups and general happiness, wishing peace and goodwill to all humanity.

But then… reality kicks in. After a few days/weeks/years of basking in the glow of your own future happiness, you realise that if you want to actually get married, you’ll need to start planning. And boy, is there a lot to do. And who knows where to start with wedding planning?

So, like anything you want to know more about, you google it. 

Woah, that’s a lot of lists. 

Lists of things you should have, things you apparently need, and things you’ve never seen at a single wedding you’ve attended, but are described as a *must have*. Everyone wants to sell you something, and costs start to mount in your head, spiralling out of control before you’ve even spent a penny. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, and like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day, then this blog is for you. Don’t let the overwhelm get you down – you can do it, and it will all be worth it. And don’t forget, you aren’t in this alone.

I’ve pulled together a starter list, to give you an easy place to start. It’s just suggestions, to get you thinking.

This starter list is a companion to the method of Getting wedding sh*t done which I talk about in my book, How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day, but it’s a handy starting place if you just use it on it’s own.

You can download the list HERE.

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This post is in part an excerpt from How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day

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What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!

How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding

How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding?

If you’re struggling for budget, or time, then DIY can be a help or a hindrance. As with everything else in planning your wedding, you need to figure out what’s best for you.

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding, when you’re stressed? Try answering these questions:

  1. How much would it cost to get it done professionally?
  2. Can I afford it?
  3. How much would it cost to DIY?
  4. Would I be able to DIY it to a quality level I’ll be happy with?
  5. Would it be worth the time it takes to DIY?

I’m going to use stationery as an example, as it’s the basis of my experience. I’m not going to tell you that you need to pay someone – specifically me – and that you don’t have a choice.

In fact, if you want to DIY stationery, that’s great! 

I love designing and making stationery, it’s a really cool hobby that I get to do as a job. I love little fiddly bits of decoration, and I love making sure the tiny details are correct. Honestly, it’s my cocaine. And if you like making things, and you find it soothing, then I absolutely encourage you to DIY your invitations. If you’ve a crafty relative who loves to do it, and they want to help, then go for it. 

But sometimes when you’ve decided to DIY, even with the best will in the world, you just run out of time. So you either hire a professional last minute, which can be expensive, or you buy the first decent, generic ones you see in a supermarket while you do the weekly shop, and then have to spend ages hand-writing all your extra details.

I’m not trying to put you off, honestly, and I’m only using stationery as an example because it’s what I know about. So before you commit to DIY or not to DIY, consider the pros and cons, the time investment, and if you will actually enjoy it or not. 

Decided not to DIY your stationery? Check out or ranges here and sign up for our newsletter for a discount!

This post is an excerpt from How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day

As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!

Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

– Jane Austen

Find the adventure with this stylish range, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

Who among us hasn’t gone off to Bath, hungry for adventure, only to end up falling in love with the first man we meet? Don’t get me wrong, Mr Tilney has some great one-liners. If he’ll forgive me for assuming his dad killed his mum then he’s definitely a keeper! Although Catherine learned her lesson, we can’t expect her to give up the Gothic altogether, can we? There’s just a hint of it in what I’m delighting in calling A BLOOD RED HEART motif 😉 

The Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

 

What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

– Jane Austen

Classic and understated – our rustic Kraft Paper On The Day Collection.

Fanny Price gets a bad rap. Mansfield Park is, what, the least popular of Austen’s novels? Edmund is… not to everyone’s taste, but forget all that! Let’s focus on the positive. The enduring, constancy of love, the quiet dignity of standing your ground because of what you know in yourself to be right. Not bad things to base a marriage on, eh?

Our sample here is a classic black ink, but we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

The Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

 

What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

– Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Channel your inner Elinor with this Sense & Sensibility inspired Watercolour Greenery On The Day Stationery.

If you’ve finally come to an arrangement with the honourable but misguided brother of your not-so-nice sister in law. A handsome, older but devoted colonel has engaged the affections of your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this sweet range featuring watercolour greenery could be the one for you!

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. These Orders of Service are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

The Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

Want something different? Learn more about how you can customise our ranges here

 

What next?

If you’d like to chat about your wedding stationery options, you can contact me here, email me on info(at)giftast.com to arrange a free consultation call. 

Looking for something extra special?

Check out our Bespoke Design page for more information on how I can help you realise your wedding-stationery dreams!