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!

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:

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.

Hannah Larkin Photography – Emma Pink Floral Wedding Stationery

If you weren’t already persuaded that Hannah Larkin is my favourite photographer, then perhaps this gallery will convince you!

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

Hannah was kind enough to photograph my pretty floral Emma range. In spite of the bright pink back, this is a delicate range with a lot of fine detail. I’ve struggled to photograph it, so was excited to see what Hannah would make of it.

And she didn’t disappoint! Aren’t they gorgeous? 

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

Your stationery is a long-lasting way to link your wedding together, from Save the Dates all the way through to Thank You Cards. One thing I love about the Emma range is the monogram, which can be used almost as a logo for you and your partner, into your married life. 

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

I’m going to be talking about this idea a lot more in the future, so watch out for that! But if you get your wedding stationery design right, it can really streamline your wedding planning. You’ve got the theme, colours and feeling of your ceremony, all easy to reference. Then you can use those design elements to tie everything together. 

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

If that’s made you as happy as it made me, then you can see more of Hannah on her website and social media links below!

www.hannahlarkinphotography.com
www.facebook.com/hannahlarkinphotography
www.instagram.com/hannahlarkinphotography
www.twitter.com/hannahlarkin

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. 

You can see more of Chrys on her website, or any of her social links below.

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Transcript

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 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.

Mansfield Park kraft paper wedding stationery rsvp - What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? 

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! 

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 Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

What Wedding Stationery do I need?

When I was planning this post, I did a search on “What Wedding Stationery Do I Need?”

There are an awful lot of posts.

Do we need another one? Well, yeah, I reckon. Because the lists I saw – the lists! So long! So off-putting! So… expensive sounding.

I think there’s this pressure of what you *have to have* for your wedding, which these “What Wedding Stationery Do I Need?” lists can exacerbate. Of course, not everyone will feel this wedding-related peer pressure, but if budget is an issue, it can be difficult to decide what can be cut. 

So let’s talk about what you might actually need, as well as a couple of options which are nice to have, if they suit your purpose.

Northanger Abbey Stylish Wedding Save The Date

Save The Dates

Do I need them? Not necessarily. 

Do I want them? Perhaps. If you’re planning a wedding for, say, 2 years away, then Save The Dates are a brilliant idea. Particularly paper ones – they’ll get stuck on a notice board, so when your most important guests are planning their holidays, they can just look at it. No rooting in emails, or scrolling back through text messages. Definitely worth considering, but if you’re only planning for under a year away? Maybe not worth it.

Sense and sensibility inspired watercolour greenery wedding invitation

Invitations

Do I need them? Yeah, pretty much. Unless you’re eloping!

Do they have to be paper? No. But again, the stick-em-on-the-noticeboard thing. And I would say that, of course!

Your invitations can be as simple or as complicated as you like. If you want to go all out with a beautifully crafted pack, then that’s a gorgeous keepsake your guests can treasure. If you want to buy a multi pack of cards you fill out yourself, that’s your choice. DIYing your own can be a great option if you’re a creative person.

 

Information Cards

Do I need them? Maybe. If your venue is out of the way, or not local to most of your guests, an info card with recommended hotels and taxi numbers could be really useful, and save you answering a lot of Facebook messages individually! You can also add on your gift preferences, dress code, or any other pertinent information.

What are my options? Well, if we’re talking paper, you’ve got 3 main choices:

  1. Double sided invitations – if you’ve space, stick it on the back! Here at Giftast we do that for no extra cost.
  2. Add a separate info card – if your invitations have a back design already (we do quite a few with monograms) then you can add in another card, almost identical, but with your extra info. This will cost more, though.
  3. Add it in to a folded card – for folded invites, extra info can be added in to the front left inside page. We also do this for no extra cost, and it has the added benefit of keeping all your information together.

What Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Sample RSVP, Emma range

RSVPs

Do I need them? Perhaps, but maybe not.

What are my options? Paper RSVPs are really nice, I think, because they’re so smol. Ours are A7, so half the size of a standard postcard, and come with matching sized return envelopes, and free return label stickers to save you the hassle of hand-addressing. When they get posted back to you, they’re adorable. It’s so nice receiving fun post, and it’s a physical reminder of the excitement and build up to your wedding as they are slowly returned to you. 

But if you don’t care about smol cute post, why bother? Well, if you’ve a lot of technically un-advanced guests coming, it may be easiest for them the reply by snail mail. But if you’re on a tight schedule, or everyone you’re inviting loves to text or email, then you could just add those RSVP details on to your invitation/info card and save yourself the trouble. 

 

There we have it. It’s your wedding, it’s your budget, and there’s no one-size-fits all for wedding stationery. Have a chat to your stationer about what you actually want, and what will work best for you. 

I’ll tackle the mind-boggling array of On-The-Day stationery in another post, which I’ll link to here when it goes up. In the meantime, happy planning!

Wedding Season 2018

Range of samples available in Wedding Season 2018

It’s wedding season!

On Sunday we had our first ever Wedding Fair at Healey House Hotel, and it was so much fun! It was great to meet the lovely brides-to-be and give out plenty of samples. If you want to order any samples you can check out our range by clicking the picture above or here

Don’t forget that we can alter the colour scheme of any of our designs to fit your theme. Matching on-the-day sets will be coming soon! 

If you like what you see but nothing fits your theme, please do get in touch as designs can be altered free of charge to fit your colour scheme, or new designs can be created especially for you for £200 plus product costs.