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Your day is undeniably about the two of you and sharing this time with special people. Claire Turner helps you with your initial planning and advises on compiling the perfect wedding invitation.


this is personal

Sending beautifully packaged aide memoirs is a good start to alluring guests’ whilst echoing your personality as a couple. Add beautiful calligraphy or personalise each piece by printing guests’ names and addresses. A personal touch to an invitation means even the envelope will likely be treasured as a keepsake – thus savouring the investment. Warm hues of champagne, rose gold and white were classical favourites for 2019. The 2020 English wedding is expressed with azure blues, softer whites and plenty of fresh feminine blooms. Ornate Viennese patterns and monograms are big. But however presented – conception must be all about sustainability. Disregard embellishments and use good-old fashioned design.

It is the small details that matter


guests expectations

Ideally invitations along with reply card and a supporting information sheet should be arriving on guests’ doormats with as much notice as possible. Traditionally 6 weeks has always been a good time to distribute wedding memoirs. For far-flung family and friends it is best to give as much detail of your arrangements to avoid any disappointment – up to 5 months is good planning

Reply? Or not to reply?

The small but mighty R.S.V.P. is a key device to keep markers on whose attending and who is not. Include a reply card and self-addressed envelope as part of your invitation package – and you can ensure a swift reply response. By adding a stamp (although an extra cost) will also save you precious time and establish your preparations as planned.

The tone of your day has begun and you want guests to feel that this day is as exclusive, as you do and entice them to a wedding that they will remember for decades. Less really is more...

Spare your invitation of clutter – and only
include the where, when and who


all in the detail

Your invitation is all about the style. The finer detail such as expected time of arrival can be dropped onto the information sheet, as well as venue address, directions with a map; and other elements such as menu, contact details and even your cheeky wedding present request. A beautifully hand folded information sheet, bound with a band then neatly packed with an invitation and reply card is the attention to recipients that reaffirms just how special they are.