Stay Bang Up-To-Date with our Modern Corporate Range

Modern Range

So fresh, so clean. Stay bang up-to-date with our Modern range. Also featuring a gradient wash in deep turquoise, this can be altered to fit your brand colours or event mood.

Modern Place Card – available pre-printed or blank

As always, fully personalisable with your company name and logo, and printed on matt silk card for extra crispness.

Modern Card (A6)

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.

Customised Wedding Stationery – How Does It Work?

One of the great things about our Wedding Stationery ranges are that they can be completely customised. I thought I’d take a moment to just run through the process of how this works. Our ranges are really flexible, and there’s a lot you get included, with no surprise costs involved!

sense & sensbility inspired watercolour greenery wedding sample pack

You can find our current price list here:

Giftast Standard Price List 2019

Invitation Suites

All the items which make up our suites are priced individually, so you’re not sold a pack of anything, and you can be really flexible. For example, if you want to miss out Save the Dates and ask for RSVPs by text, no problem! You only need to buy what you actually want. 

customised wedding stationery - how does it work?

If you like a design, but it doesn’t fit your theme, then we can change the colours for you for no extra cost.

The cost on our price list per unit is the cost you pay. 

Want to include extra info on the invite? No problem – just let us know the text you want, and we will look at your options. It may be that we have to make a double sided invitation, or we might suggest you include an additional info card if you have a lot of information to share. We can mock up designs for your approval, so you know exactly what you’ll be getting when you order.

Again, this is all priced by unit, so no nasty surprises. 

gemma pink and grey save the date

The same applies for adding any extra info to Save the Dates and RSVPs – just let us know what you want to include, and we will do our best to accommodate it on the original design, all for no extra cost.

Unit prices also include kraft and white envelopes, as well as a range of different paper finishes and double sided printing.

On The Day

We’ve talked here about what you might want to consider when you’re planning your On The Day Stationery – this also works using our range items. 

Just as with our Invitation Suites, everything can be personalised, from colours to text, to suit your needs. If you want a menu, even though we don’t have one of those in our samples, we can mock one up for your approval using the basic designs we already have, and it will be priced as per the price list. The same goes for any extra signs or notes you want to include on your day.

Elegant Place Cards

Want something different?

Our price list doesn’t include items such as stickers, belly bands or envelope liners. Simply contact us and ask for a quote, and you’ll be provided with a unit price based on your needs. If you want these to match range items there will be no bespoke fee.

We also offer free consultations by Skype or phone, to discuss your wedding stationery ideas and requirements. Just drop us an email to book in.

Don’t forget, you can save 10% when you sign up to our Newsletter!

Rock On with our Marble Corporate Range

Marble Range

For a rock-hard hit of supreme elegance, try our Marble Range for size.

Marble Table Number (A5)

Classic Grey pairs with rose-tinted marble for a timeless yet trendy look which is sure to impress. This versatile range will dress up for black tie, or dress down for laid-back charm. Try our Marble range to add strength and beauty to your brand.

Marble Place Card – available pre-printed or blank

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.

Using Pinterest for Wedding Planning

Here at Giftast, we’re big fans of using Pinterest for Wedding Planning. Whenever I’m planning a new range, or searching for references, Pinterest is always my first port of call. There’s such a wide variety of ideas and inspiration. Whatever your theme, you’re sure to find something you love.

Giftast Pinterest board - using Pinterest for Wedding Planning
Check out the Giftast Pinterest Board for inspiration!

When it comes to planning your bespoke wedding stationery, Pinterest can be super helpful as well. Not only will it give you lots of ideas on what might be possible, but it’s a great way to pass those ideas on to your designer. 

A picture really is worth a thousand words, and creating your own ideas board will save you lots of time.

On the Giftast Pinterest board, we showcase all of our ranges, as well as sharing other wedding ideas we absolutely love! From Cakes to Photographers, and from Jewellery to Bridesmaids’ dresses, there are loads of ideas just waiting for you.

Image by Hannah Larkin Photography

Downsides? Pinterest, like Instagram, is a beautifully curated collection of ideals. Not all the photos you see on Pinterest will necessarily be achievable within a sensible budget. And just like Instagram, not everything you see will be real!

However, as an inspirational tool for when you’re first starting your wedding planning and gathering your ideas together, Pinterest is a brilliant starting point.

Giftast Loves… Top Pinterest Boards:

Join The Winning Team with our Football Corporate Range

Football Corporate Stationery

Love a bit of footie? Whether you’re hosting a charity do at a football club, of engaging in some team building, try out our Football range for size. Change the team colours, names and numbers to fit your brand, and include your logo, all for no extra cost. 

Download our Corporate Brochure for more information.

Don’t see something you need? Check out the full range on our website, or contact us for a quote. www.giftast.com/corporate | info@giftast.com | 07949 910101

Corporate Event Stationery – Sample Packs Available!

With years of experience in corporate event management, we know how little touches can elevate your event and make your guests feel truly special.

corporate event stationery
Deluxe Range

From seminars and company meetings to Christmas parties and client-facing dinners, impress with luxury, hand finishes and personalised stationery. All colours can be altered to fit your theme, and your logo can be added free of charge.

Elegant Table Number

We’ve now launched our gorgeous Corporate Event sample packs!

If you’d like to receive one, simply email info@giftast.com with your details.

We also offer a bespoke design service, if you’ve got something special in mind. While our brochure focuses on event stationery, we can also help with posters, menus, banners, Christmas cards, leaflets, brochures, calendars… So simply contact us for a quote!

And we have more pictures of our corporate range and a full brochure, including pricing and bespoke rates, available at www.giftast.com/corporate.

Bridal Book Club – April – Sense & Sensibility

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen – Sense & Sensibility

It’s Sense & Sensibility month!

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

I’m going to go right out there and say it. Emma Thompson’s Sense & Sensibility is one of the best Austen adaptations ever made. 

It’s fair to say this colours how I read the book! I mean, Alan Rickman is Colonel Brandon to me. Admittedly, yes, the ages are different in Austen’s original, and Hugh Grant is kind of ridiculous as a vicar but… it’s just so good! So if you’re aware of the film but haven’t read the book, hoo boy are you in for a treat! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

However, if you’re unfamiliar with either, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up, Norland Park. Because Norland is passed down to John, the product of Mr. Dashwood’s first marriage, and his young son, the four Dashwood women need to look for a new home. They have the opportunity to rent a modest home, Barton Cottage, on the property of a distant relative, Sir John Middleton. There they experience love, romance, and heartbreak. The novel is likely set in southwest EnglandLondon and Sussex between 1792 and 1797.[1]

Wikipedia

We’ll be asking all the important questions in this month’s book club, such as:

  • Are you an Elinor or a Marianne?
  • Is Edward good enough for [redacted], never mind [redacted]?
  • and many more!!!

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. Let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 25th April 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

There are a couple of adaptations, Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson – 1996), an 80s BBC version, a noughties ITV one which is pretty good, and this book by Joanna Trollope which I quite enjoyed. Besides those, there’s also From Prada to Nada, which I stumbled upon on Netflix, and is a fun modern remake.

And here’s a reminder of the book order coming up, if you want to read ahead:)

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

Personalising your Wedding Ceremony with Yvonne Beck, Celebrant

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Celebrant Yvonne Beck. Yvonne is based in Berlin, but has worked all over the world, and regularly hosts ceremonies in the UK.

Going into the conversation, I had no idea what a celebrant did. Yvonne really opened my eyes to what was available to couples who didn’t want a traditional or religious ceremony. I wish I’d known this much when I was planning my wedding!

Yvonne and I chatted about different types of ceremonies, and how couples can make theirs personal to them. As tends to happen in conversations with me, we also got onto my favourite subject – animals at weddings!

I really enjoyed speaking to Yvonne, and learned a lot. If you’re feeling restricted by the idea of a traditional ceremony, then this is one for you. 

Check out the video below, or the transcript beneath for more info. You can see more of Yvonne on her website, on Instagram, and Facebook.

Hi there, it’s Katherine from Giftast Wedding and Events Stationery, and I’m here today with Yvonne Beck, who is a Celebrant based in Germany, in Berlin. Yvonne, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Yvonne, I’m a celebrant that’s based in Germany.

I divide my time between Berlin and London, but I also do ceremonies in different parts of England.

And also lots of ceremonies now in Southern Germany, where the mountains are. So it’s elopements as well, which have been really coming up this year. I’ve had quite a number of your elopements last year and this year.

That’s nice – very romantic! I always think elopements are the most romantic. How did you get started being a celebrant?

I was looking for a change of career after spending many years working in the public sector, in education and training. I was invited to be a guest at ceremony in Australia, from some friends who’d worked in London but married in Australia. They introduced me to their celebrant, and as we had the ceremony in the vineyard overlooking the ocean at sunset, it was just magical.

I’d never experienced anything like that,

so when the time came, I was looking to see whether celebrantsy was something I could do in in England. I was based in London looking at what kind of training I could do, and I trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in 2011. So I’ve been a celebrant for about eight years now, and yeah, I’ve never looked back.

I mean many of my couples to begin with were from Australia and New Zealand and America because they already understood the kind of role that a celebrant can play in terms of personalising the ceremony. Now that over the years has changed,

so more and more English and UK couples are looking for that kind of choice and flexibility on their wedding day, to have ceremony that’s really about them.

Because you don’t just do weddings do you? You do birth naming ceremonies, things like that. I was looking on your website – so what’s your sort of favourite ceremony to do?

Well I suppose weddings really, because it’s all romantic, and it’s exciting. I mean, it’s a real honour and a privilege to be asked to create a ceremony and lead a ceremony. But I think the whole day, you know, it’s family, it’s friends. It’s usually a slightly bigger event than perhaps a baby-naming, where in actual fact you’ve probably got 100 children and 40 adults. That’s quite a challenge sometimes! I think all ceremonies that celebrate life’s major milestones are really important, so they really resonate with me.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised the importance of celebrating the things you can while you can and enjoying life.

Ceremonies I think are a way that we you know can ritualize experiences create memories. Therefore I think in lots of ways, starting a new life together as a couple is probably one of my favourites, because that couple are standing in front of me looking each other in the eyes, and saying the most heartfelt tender and sincere words. Because they write their own vows mostly, and I just stand there in awe. Love is such a powerful thing, and so yeah, I love weddings.

Ah, that sounds so wonderful. Is there any difference between what people want – because obviously you work globally – so is there a difference between what people tend to want in the UK and other places like Germany and New Zealand and Australia?

I think they want a ceremony that’s flexible and it’s about them.

They also want ceremonies that are outside out in nature, and I’ve done lots and lots of ceremonies in the gardens of manor houses, and private gardens in woodlands open areas that allow people to really express themselves and feel relaxed. I think you feel more relaxed when you’re in nature, because it reminds you of days when you were at the beach or picnicking or doing something – you know, bimbling around and in the woods.

I think that going into a formal situation like a big grand house can be quite overwhelming and intimidating. And I have done those ceremonies, but those are for couples who’ll use historical buildings because it’s their theme.

I think with the celebrant, know that there’s nothing that’s off the table.

So any of their plans and ideas are fine with me. This year I’ll be creating ceremony for a couple from Australia in a castle in Warwickshire, and they’ve asked me to dress up in 15th century costume. And that will be my first one, so I’ve come a long way I think from my first ceremonies. One of my very first ones was on an animal sanctuary in Sussex, and the couple wanted animals to be part of their day. And so the week before the wedding, I was introduced to a herd of thirty bulls and cows that were in the sanctuary, and they were looked after so lovely.

I was just told to watch where they’re putting their feet, because they can step on you. They can’t see where feet are, but these animals were so lovely and on the day and we have the ceremony in the field with the cows and bulls behind us. Because they’re curious animals, they came up behind me, and I could feel breathing down my neck!

It was most incredible, but loving.

I mean the couple actually wrote a poem to themselves, to the animals, and because they both believed very much in animal welfare, and the rights of animals to live a happy life. I mean, these were sanctuary animals, so they’d been kept as pets or in petting zoos or farms – you know in in those sorts of environments where in the end people couldn’t look after them. Huglett’s Animal Sanctuary – big shout out for them, they do the most amazing vegan breakfast and they they were really lovely! So yes I’ve done stately homes and houses, historical buildings and farms.

I think what what couples really want is this ability to express their ideas and their plans and their story.

Well that’s brilliant, I love that you talked about having animals there as well. Having animals involved in your wedding is something I’m so interested in  – big animal lover! That’s the thing I’m always trying to do, because we had a very small ceremony and my cat couldn’t come. Looking back, I wish I’d done things differently – not to have him there, because he would have hated it, but had him involved in a slightly different way. We had a tiny Lego cat on our cake, but other than that, he wasn’t really there. And I think that’s a shame, so that’s why I think that’s absolutely lovely.

Yes I mean we do get ring bearers who were pets now with the family pet,  it can be rabbits or pets but you know dogs. 

A rabbit ring bearer – that would be incredible!

It’s important to give couples that kind of confidence to go with their flow and how they feel. So as a celebrant, I will say to them, you know, there’s no wrong door. Anything and everything you put on the table, we will work through and see whether we can incorporate it. Because there are no restrictions on the time of the ceremony or the length of the ceremony, and it makes for really exciting photography. I’m sure when the couples get their photographs back, not just of the ceremony but of the whole day – you know those memories would just be amazing.

Aw, that’s absolutely brilliant –  big fan of that. Do you have any tips for couples for the ideas and things to help make their ceremony more personal for them?

I think that they should really think about what is important their values and beliefs and how they want to express those.

So whether that’s including rituals like cultural rituals or rituals of heritage. You know many couples come now from different backgrounds, and they want to respect those backgrounds and faiths and so we can include that in the celebrant ceremony. Many couples don’t realise that, because they think it’s a civil ceremony. So they think they can’t have any religion or culture or spiritualism in it, but it can and I can work with the clergy if they want.

I mean I’ve often asked couples if they’d like anything religious, and they’ve said yes, well we have an uncle who’s a pastor or a local priest – my family priest. And if they’re willing to come and give some sort of blessing, then I’m all for that. Because I’m thinking, that is that is truly then authentic, in terms of respecting everything, in terms of the couple’s wishes.

And if they want to have it in a hot-air balloon or  on the beach or just the two of them saying their vows, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Many couples nowadays I think, find that the cost of a wedding, and the size of the wedding and how big  the invitation list gets can be quite overwhelming. I’m seeing a trend to more smaller more intimate weddings, between 25 and 75 guests. So I give them  the opportunity to say what style, what size, where’s the location. And if we want it in our family garden, that’s fine too. You can dress the garden up, dress the tree up.

I’ve often created ceremonies in family gardens. They’ve ranged from a small back garden in London to where the family had a farm, and acres of land. So I think it’s about what makes you happy.

The question really is this:

How do you want to feel on your wedding day?

How do you want be about your ceremony and so what things will make you feel like that? And involving your family your children if you’ve got them. Many couples bring children into the relationship, because they’ve had a relationship and lived together before they decided to get legally married. The ceremony really can include children. With things like a unity ceremony. I don’t know if you’ve heard of these, where the unity ceremonies symbolise the bond that you’re building and the family that you’re building.

So it might be a candle lighting, and you can ask everyone to light the candle, or it might be a hand fasting where ribbons are tied around your wrists and make you tied by family and friends. Or there might be a sand pouring ceremony.

Different colours of sand representing each child and each member of family poured into a vessel creates layered look of these beautiful colourful layers.

The symbolism there is that what is brought together cannot be taken apart,

because you couldn’t then un-mix those grains of sand. So it’s about forming a lasting and enduring bond throughout your married life and family life.

That’s so nice, and lovely that you can personalise it like that. Unfortunately we’re now out of time so that’s been absolutely brilliant, thank you so much Yvonne that’s been great. I feel like I’ve learned loads, thank you very much

You can see more of Yvonne on her website, on Instagram, and Facebook.

What can I do with my 10% Wedding Stationery Discount?

Fancy a 10% discount on your Wedding Stationery? If you sign up to our Newsletter, you’ll receive a 10% discount to use on your first order.

But what can you do with it? I’ve pulled together a quick how-to guide, to help you make the most of your 10% discount code.

Sign up to our newsletter for a 10% wedding stationery discount!

What can I use it on?

First things first – it’s available site-wide. So not just on wedding stationery! You can use it when you commission pet portraits, when you order wedding stationery samples,  for bespoke wedding stationery, corporate stationery, birthday cards, post cards… The only thing you can’t use is the freebie section(!) and it doesn’t apply to postage & packing.

Can I only use it online?

You can use it on any “first order”, which includes bespoke orders made over the phone or via email. Just quote the code when you place your order.

How can I make the most out of my discount?

Place your orders for multiple items at once. If you’ve ordering save the dates, invitations and rsvps, order them at the same time rather than separately. If you commission a bespoke design, the discount will apply to your first invoice, which will include the bespoke fee and whatever items you order featuring that design.

What else do I get out of the Newsletter?

When you sign up, you don’t only receive a 10% discount code. Please note, you will be asked to confirm your email address in order to receive your code, so do check your spam folder! 

You’ll also receive handy blog posts, which will help you with your wedding planning, as well as a little surprise, if you stay subscribed for a little longer…;)

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here and get your discount code today!

Behind The Name: What does Giftast Mean?

One of the questions I’m asked most is, what does Giftast mean

I thought I’d take the opportunity to not only answer this fully, but also tell you a bit about how the company was founded.

Giftast means “marry” in Icelandic.

I started the company in 2017, after designing my own wedding stationery, and taking our honeymoon in Iceland. Several of our wedding stationery collections started life as paintings made on the back of postcards, created as we wound our way around the Route 1 Ring Road.

behind the scenes creating a wedding stationery range

It was such a wonderful country, and one I completely fell in love with. I’m not the best traveller, but Iceland was different. It was familiar and alien all at once. Parts were like the Yorkshire moors, parts felt like the Alps, parts felt like Mars! 

Because it was such a special place and time for us, it seemed most appropriate to nod to it when I decided to found my business. Giftast felt right, and seemed to really represent what I wanted to do with the business.

Hints of Mordor…

Why start a business?

After completing a degree in Illustration in 2009, I began a career combining event management, and managing the work lives and diaries of several extremely disorganised corporate leaders. 

My experience of running high-pressure events and diffusing stressful situations, combined with a love of creating beautiful, bespoke artwork led to the founding of Giftast.

It would have been lovely to go straight into a creative job, but the corporate work taught me about how business works. It also taught me new skills, such as event management, diary organisation and working in high pressure situations. This experience was invaluable when planning my own wedding, and I love to share this knowledge with couples planning their big day.

Having worked in the corporate environment for close to a decade, I provide a high-quality and trusted service to help couples and events coordinators.

Together we can take your events to the next level with bespoke finishing touches, designed to help take the stress out of wedding and event planning.

So there you have it! My career in brief. The more I learn about the wedding industry, the more I want to help couples achieve a wedding that is completely personal to them. There is an enormous amount of tradition behind weddings, and that’s great, but isn’t for everyone. I felt very constrained by expectations when planning my wedding, and wasn’t aware of what other options were available.  

I wish I knew what was available when I was planning my wedding. If I had, would have done a lot of things differently. 

With this in mind, my focus with wedding stationery is to work with a couple using our bespoke design service to create something which really represents you. You can then use this personal branding throughout your wedding design.

If you’d like to arrange a free consultation over the phone or Skype to discuss your wedding stationery, and talk about how Giftast can help you realise what you really want out of your big day, just call 07949 910101 or email info@giftast.com.