Chatting Vegan Skin Care and Sustainable Stationery with Chrys Chapman MUA

A couple of weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting skincare and sustainability with the brilliant Chrys Chapman, MUA. Chrys is based in Harrogate, just up the road from me, and really knows her stuff when it comes to skin science. You can check out our chat in the video below, or there’s a transcript further down the page. 

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Katherine: Hi there, I’m Katherine from Giftast Wedding and Event Stationery based in Batley, and I’m here today with the brilliant Chrys Chapman, a make up artist based just up the road from me in Harrogate, in North Yorkshire. Hi Chrys!

Chrys: Hello, hello!

K: Thank you for coming, lovely to see you. Please will you tell me all about yourself!

C: Yes, so as you said, I’m Chrys, I’m a hair and make up artist and stylist based in Harrogate. I’m clearly not native to Yorkshire, I moved over here from the States, from California, gosh, about 14 years ago, and yeah. Sort of balancing life with two getting very grown up children and lots of makeup and hair fun basically. So that’s what I do.

K: So, I have a couple of questions about preparing for your big day with your makeup in particular. Do you have any pre-wedding skin care tips to get you looking your best ahead of the big day?

C: Yes – so basically when I do I trial with one of my brides, I always recommend that we build in some extra time to go through a skin care routine, even if we haven’t built in extra time, it comes up anyway, because I’m quite a skincare obsessive – probably because I’m quite a science nerd, actually, so

I tend to think that if the skin isn’t right, the make up can be beautiful but it probably won’t stick as well as it could.

So yeah, there’s lots of skin tips, but they’re all very skin type and condition specific, so getting a makeup artist who does have a background in skin. I think that’s the first step, because we can then really speak to what products are best for you, what’s gonna sit really nicely on the day. So yeah, but the rule of thumb for me, you definitely need a really good cleanser, and commit to taking your makeup off every day.

K: We’ve all done that!

C: People are like, “do I really have to?”, and I’m like “yeah, you really do !” So that one, and a really good moisturiser, something with an SPF. That’s it, that’s kind of the capsule, really important stuff.

K: So, does that help with making your makeup last longer on the day, and

are there any other tips you have to help your makeup last longer?

C: Absolutely. So yeah,

the more prepped your skin is, the less makeup you’ll need.

The less makeup we use, the longer it will last. So all if these things really work together and equally, you know. Where we start at the very beginning, with a makeup consultation is trying to figure out if a bride wants her skin to look matt or dewy. I mean, that’s the very basic choice that we have to get to, and we can achieve those things mostly through our skin care, actually.

So the more we can prep the skin for giving the overall effect, the less heavy lifting we have to do with make up products. Then skin tends to look more like skin, which we like, and it always photographs nicer when there are fewer products on, so yeah, that’s kind of the long and short of that, and in terms of making your makeup last longer. I mean, I could probably do a whole 20-30 minutes talking just about primer, because I’m that passionate about it. *Laughs* I won’t, but I will say,

get yourself a good primer, without any silicone in it.

There is one exception to that rule, but that’s the rule.

K: Alright, brilliant. For your wedding make up, I guess you’ll need less time if you’ve got your skin care routine down, but

how long would you suggest people leave to have their makeup done on the day?

C: Yeah, so I do get this one a lot, so rule of thumb is 45 minutes is the industry standard that we would allow for a wedding make up. For a bridal make up, I would definitely allow a little bit more time, because we are going to probably be using more skin care products as well. I always prep a bride’s skin – I wouldn’t necessarily say differently to a bridesmaid, because if a bridesmaid needed more skin care to make the make up stick correctly, I would do it, but a bride I would absolutely be putting that time in to an application.

So yeah, that’s not to say that we can’t do a make up faster than 45 minutes, but to allow for everything to run really smoothly, and I want to be calm, because that’s a really important element, actually.

That when you’re choosing your make up artist, you want the chemistry to be right, because that getting ready time, that’s a massive part of your special day.

You don’t want that to be messed around because we’re frantically trying to get curls put in, and curls are falling, or we haven’t had enough time to set your makeup properly, so, yes, always give a little bit of extra time.

K: Ah, brilliant. So, another question I had is, I’m vegan, so one thing that, when I was looking for – considering a makeup artist for our wedding, something that put me off was not necessarily knowing about whether they’d be using the right products for me, so is that something you can cater for?

C: Yes, absolutely. And I think more and more we are seeing in the industry the brands are getting savvy to this, that consumers – it’s something that’s really really important to them, so while I can’t say that my entire kit is vegan-friendly yet, that is the direction that I’m moving in, and I have got to a stage now where I’m only adding new products that fit that particular bill, because my clients want it, so it’s no good me having, sort of, a non vegan and a vegan kit, like –

I aim to find things that are only cruelty friendly and vegan friendly.

A lot of products, even looking towards like, gluten free, so it is a lot to do with sort of knowing your brands, and knowing your customer, so actually the flip side of that argument, is that I’ve got a couple of customers with very sensitive skin, and we’ve had to work really closely to figure out which ingredients it is that they can’t use, and sometimes those aren’t necessarily vegan friendly.

So we have to find a balance, but you know, as well, if you do have specific concerns like that, you can get the makeup artist to use your own – say, your own foundation, or your own specific products that you feel really strongly like that this is the one that I use, and I have to have it. They’ll advise you if it’s one that’ll photograph well or not, but you can definitely insist upon that. So yeah.

K: Oh that’s so – I had no idea about gluten free in makeup at all, no idea whatsoever. That’s really interesting.

C: Yeah, but it all ties in with a question that I have for you, actually, so I’m gonna take reins. So, in terms of your business, because obviously we’re all very eco sort of centric at the moment, making sure that we’re doing good things for the environment. Obviously, you work with paper, so

what are we doing that’s good for the environment?

K: OK, well it’s a couple of things, because I love paper, I love the feel of it, like I love books, I love holding them in my hand, and I think there is something about wedding stationery – like, we always give out sample packs, because holding it in your hand is just so different from seeing it online, so I am very pro-paper. However, also pro environment, so we do that in a couple of ways.

So in house, we recycle everything we possibly can.

One of the reasons we don’t do a lot of foiling, and we certainly don’t have foil samples, although it is something we can get for you, is just because it’s not so environmentally friendly. It’s more difficult to dispose of, things like that. So it’s not something we like to keep and hold. We also – we do offer recycled papers, although it isn’t our standard, just because of print quality, so that is an issue that the industry as a whole has, but we do make sure we always use vegetable inks, we use a printer that has a really good recycling policy, they plant trees, they recycle 100% of their waste, so it’s just doing what we can within the limited sphere of what we have to the best, really.

So there are always ways we can get better, like we are cutting back on paper we do with a gloss finish, just because that’s more difficult to recycle, and it’s a bit plastic-y. So just to try and trim where we can, just to make it as eco as possible, but we can always do better and that’s something we’re always looking at.

C: Cool. Very good.

And from a design point of view, do you ever coordinate with other wedding suppliers?

So, I don’t know, are there things that, like, you can – cake, say. Could you have the same design on your cake as you did on your stationery.

K: That isn’t something we’ve done, but I would absolutely love to do that. That would be so nice. Because I design everything, all bespoke stuff from scratch, so it’s never going to be elements you’ll find anywhere else, on any other websites or anything like that, so it would be wonderful to carry it through to your cake – that would be amazing, yeah, definitely. Maybe your makeup, can we do some sort of exciting face painting would be incredible.

C: Flowers, and things like that. But even things like, you do see a lot of brides opting for gifting their bridesmaids, like dressing gowns.

K: Oh yes.

C: For the morning of- something like the pattern on your dressing gown, so it all ties in together, and then it’s in your photos, that kind of thing.

K: Oh, lovely, yeah, definitely. I’ve got loads of ideas to take forward, thank you so much, Chrys! And really lovely to talk to you! Thank you so much for your time.

 

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. 

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Becoming Jane – A Behind The Scenes Look at Creating a Wedding Stationery Range

It’s always nice to take a behind the scenes look at how things are made. I wanted to share with you a bit of the process behind how our Jane range was born. This was the first range I created, and as such is very close to my heart!

Inspiration

I always planned to create ranges inspired by romantic novels, and so Jane Austen was an obvious place to start! I wanted a delicate pattern, and I wanted something that reminded me of afternoon tea. 

I’ve always loved the willow pattern, and that classic blue and white design felt right for me. It also has the benefit of being easily alterable to any colour. I experimented with a few different ideas in a sketchbook, but it was the blue sprig design which I liked best.

behind the scenes creating a wedding stationery range

I really liked the versatility – I could repeat it relatively easily, to fit any shape or border. But I didn’t intend to just paint five or six different sprigs and then scan them in to the computer, and manipulate them into any pattern I wanted.

Painting – Behind the Scenes

The thing about wedding stationery is that it’s so special. It deserves extra care and attention. Perhaps given that my background is in illustration rather than design, I prefer the more long-winded effort! As you can see in the video below, it takes quite a while to carefully paint just two sprig motifs.

It’s very soothing, although it can give you hand cramp after a while! To create my range I painted four different, actual-sized borders, several shaped motifs and one full pattern page. 

The great thing about painting every motif and layout individually is the variations between colour in the leaves. It gives it a natural, flowing look which I really love. 

behind the scenes image of painted blue sprig pattern

Once my designs were complete, I then scanned them at a high quality, and matched them with an appropriate text to complete the design.

The Final Product

At Giftast, we offer all colour changes for free. We can do this without losing the flowing nature of the colour, because of how it’s created.

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What next?

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Becoming Jane: A Behind The Scenes Look At Creating A Wedding Stationery Range

Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish Wedding Stationery

Northanger Abbey stylish wedding stationery

Find the adventure with this stylish wedding stationery collection, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

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

– Jane Austen

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 😉

This stylish wedding stationery sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous textured card for an extra Oomph of style. 

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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. 

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Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

Feel handsome, clever and rich with this Emma-inspired Pink Floral Wedding Stationery.

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

Marrying Paul Rudd? Perhaps Jeremy Northam? Johnny Lee Miller? Mark Strong? Whether it’s none or all of the above, show off the union of yourself and your Mr Knightley with this pretty monogrammed set. Done with meddling in the love affairs of others, you can bask in the glory of your own match. 

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper,  and double sided for that extra wow factor. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, to give you that extra pop of colour! Our sample here is pink – could Emma have any other colour? But we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

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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?

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What Do You Need To Include On A Wedding Invitation?

What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? Now you’ve sorted your Save The Date, and your wedding prep is making good headway, it’s time to think about Invitations. Let’s start with the basics:

Date

Including Day, Month and Year. It’s better to be as specific as possible!

Northanger Abbey Stylish Wedding Invitations - What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? 

Time 

It’s worth considering including time of ceremony, time of reception, and time of “carriages”. This information will also be different depending on whether you’re doing separate day and evening invites. Here at Giftast, we can mix and match your invitations for no extra cost;)

Location (Ceremony & Reception)

Let your day guests know if they need to anticipate travelling between venues. Again, the information provided may be different depending on if you’re sending out separate day and evening invitations.

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RSVP Details

Are you including a card, or asking people to reply by text/email? When do they need to let you know by?

Plus One

Who is invited? Are your single friends allowed to bring their current SO? Can the kids come? Specify now, to save awkward questions later, and from making your table plan more complicated than it needs to be!

What do you need to include on a wedding invitation?  Sense and Sensibility Invitation Inside

Also worth considering…

Dress Code/Theme

Want everyone to wear purple? Going for a chilled out, shorts and sandals vibe? Going Gatsby? Now’s the time to let your guests know, so they can begin planning their outfits.

Gift Requests

Whether you have a gift registry set up, or want money for your honeymoon, or even nothing at all, let your guests know your plans.

Eloisa Wedding Invitation- What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? 

Wedding Website

If you’ve too much information to include on your invitation and don’t want to include a separate information card, then you you might want to consider making a wedding website, and including the web address on your invitations. 

Taxi Numbers

Your more organised guests will bring the invitation on the wedding day, so they will have all the timing and location information to hand. Including taxi numbers is especially useful in areas with limited internet access.

Budget Wedding Invitation - What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? 

Recommended Local Hotels

Encourage forward planning and cut down on how many phone calls you get all asking the same question – include your recommendations for hotels, including any information regarding reserved rooms at your venue, if necessary.

Directions

Whether your guests are arriving by plane, train, or automobile, and even though a lot of people will just use Google maps, save your guests some time by including some directions to harder-to-find and more out of the way venues. A lot of venues will have this information on their websites, which you can use.

 

And then… anything you like! Every wedding is different and you need to think about what works for you. When DH and I got married, we had a morning ceremony, followed by a wedding buffet which we then left at 3pm to go on honeymoon. We included this information on our invites, to let the guests know what to expect, but also so they knew that the venue was still available for their use once we’d left. 

All I would say is, the more information you include, the less questions you’ll have to answer and the more time you’ll save! 

 

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. 

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What Do You Need To Include On A Wedding Invitation?

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery Wedding Stationery

Sense & Sensibility inspired watercolour greenery wedding stationery set

“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 Wedding Stationery set.

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 won over your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this watercolour greenery wedding stationery could be for you!

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. A6 items are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

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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?

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What Do You Need To Include on a Save The Date?

If Save The Dates are something you’ve decided to go for, you may be wondering what information you need to include. Hopefully this guide will give you more of an idea of what you’ll need to know in advance.

What Do You Need To Include on a Save The Date - Mansfield park kraft paper wedding stationery save the date

Check out our post on What Wedding Stationery Do I Need? to see if Save The Dates are right for you.

The Date

It sounds obvious, but you will need to know the exact date of your wedding. You will most likely need to have booked your venue before you send these out. If your wedding isn’t on a weekend, it may be helpful to include the day in addition to the date. Timings aren’t necessary on a Save the Date, and you may only be finalising these nearer the time.

Your Names

Again, sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s the most obvious things which get forgotten when you’re stressed! It’s your choice as to whether or not you include your surnames.

Note that an Invitation will Follow

Just to avoid confusion for your guests! Your Save the Date is necessarily brief, and as it’s sent well in advance of the big day, you can’t include much information because you won’t know it yet! 

Budget Wedding Save The Date

Optional – Their Names

If you’re sending the Save the Date to an address where some residents are invited and some aren’t, you may wish to include names to avoid disappointment and arguments later. Our personalised Save the Dates can include either a line for you to write in the names of your guests, or be printed with individual names. Otherwise, you can just include names on the envelope and confirm with the invitation which follows.

Optional – Location

If your wedding is taking place in a different country, or somewhere difficult to get to, it can be nice to include a location. Your guests may need to save dates around the big day for travelling.

Optional – Anything else you want.

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. This is your wedding, and all the above is only a suggestion. There is a lot of tradition around what is sent when and what information it needs to include. This may not always be relevant to you and your wedding. The most important thing is that it works for you.

Your Wedding, Your Rules!

 

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. 

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What do you need to include on a save the date?

Pride & Prejudice Inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery

Pride and prejudice inspired glamorous wedding stationery

Treat yourself to this Pride and Prejudice inspired Glamorous Wedding Stationery Collection.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Having rejected his first proposal and teaching him both humility and hope, your affections and feelings have changed! Congratulations on your imminent move to his beautiful grounds. And what does a Darcy wedding need (other than to be a joint affair with your sister and her fluffy beau)? Why, the best and the fanciest invitations, of course!

Silky smooth card is printed with an antique plaster texture and topped with a sheen of gold foil. Super fancy. Only the best for the Darcys! Colours of foil and background image can be changed to fit your theme. Please contact us for options.

This glamorous wedding stationery collection includes:

Sample packs are not currently available in this range.

 

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?

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What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Following on from my previous Wedding Stationery post, let’s answer the “What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?” question.

Unlike the last post, this one is.. well, it’s a big un. There are so many options for on-the-day that it can seem overwhelming. But again, it’s a matter of pick and mix – you may want some, and you may want none! 

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Order of Service

Order of Service

Do I Need It? Maybe.

This one probably depends most on the type of ceremony you’re having. If you’re including a lot of personal readings, it can be nice to include these on your order of service. That makes this a really nice keepsake both for your guests and yourselves. You can also use your order of service to let guests know the timings for the rest of the day.

Victorian Wedding Style Table Plan - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Table Plan

Do I Need It? Probably.

For my own wedding, a very small affair, and mostly including DH’s family/friends rather than mine, we decided against a table plan, however we are the only people I’ve heard of doing it that way!

This worked for us because we had

a) 40 guests who mostly knew one another already, and

b) a serve-yourself buffet meal.

I made a poster explaining that guests could pick their place cards up at the door (copper plant markers with their names on) and stick them in the table centres (decorated herb pots) on the tables of their choice. This definitely won’t work for larger parties, and is unlikely to work for sit-down meals, but it’s worth noting that other options are available.

Elegant Table Numbers - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Table Numbers

Do I Need Them? Almost Certainly!

If you’ve opted for a Table Plan then you almost definitely need table numbers/names. But do they need to be printed? Not necessarily – this can be an opportunity to get creative with your table centres, and merge the two.

Rustic Place Cards - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Place Cards

Do I Need Them? Probably.

Unless you’re going all out on a scenario similar to my wedding breakfast, you’re going to need to do place cards. If your budget can stretch to it, I’d recommend getting your guest names printed on (at Giftast we always include a few blank spares for those last-minute changes). However if your budget is tighter, either buy blank to write yourself, or consider ideas for combining place cards with wedding favours. There are loads of ideas for how to do this on Pinterest. 

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Menus

Menus

Do I Need Them? Perhaps, but probably not.

Some people like their guests to know what they’re eating, some don’t mind. If your guests have picked their menu choices, this can be better added on to the inside of their place cards, as most people will have no recollection of what they asked for months/over a year earlier! If you’re serving everyone the same, a menu can be a nice touch, and also an opportunity to include some more handy information. For example:

  • Timings for the rest of the day
  • Special thanks
  • Information re any donations you did in lieu of wedding favours
  • Taxi phone numbers for later in the night.

Signs

Do I Need Them? Well, it depends on what information you want to communicate to your guests.

Are you having:

  • flip flops,
  • blanket baskets,
  • photo booth,
  • wedding hashtags,
  • Please-don’t-post-on-facebook-yet instructions,
  • welcome messages,
  • sweet stations,
  • reserved seats….

Then a sign can be a really nice way of flagging these up to your guests. But most people know a sweet station when they see it, so just go with what feels right for you! At Giftast, if you order table numbers, we will make matching signs the same size and shape for the same price (£2 ish each). But talk to your stationer, as you can also have posters, chalk boards, standing banners, table-plan sized boards… 

And there you have it! A non-conclusive list of things you can have – but don’t necessarily need. Here at Giftast, we don’t sell Wedding Stationery as a package – you can mix and match to fit your needs, and we can always personalise everything to be just what you want.

If you’d like a free consultation to talk about your options, you can Contact Me or call the number at the top of the screen to arrange a phone or skype call. 

Happy Wedding Planning!

 

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!

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Persuasion Inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery

Introducing our Persuasion-inspired Watercolour Wedding Stationery Collection.

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

– Jane Austen, Persuasion

Your wedding stationery needn’t be a wash-out with this watercolour set. Whether or not you’ve waited eight years for your beloved to propose again!

The umbrella scene inspires this delicate pink and grey wash set. You know the one! In the coffee shop, when it’s raining and Captain Wentworth offers Anne his umbrella. *Swooning sigh* I just love this scene, although I don’t entirely know why. Perhaps it’s the umbrella/giant hat combo. Anyway…

The sample pack includes:

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. I’ve also included a monogram on the back, which is particularly befitting the daughter of a foolish spendthrift Baronet!

Order your Sample Pack 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!