Thursday, June 30, 2011

Modern Invitations for the Modern Bride

Modern wedding stationery can be simple, yet stylish.
Here Emma & Ethan decided on bright colours to match their gorgeous waterview venue, and their vibrant personalities.  Many couples are opting for a less traditional take on invitations, expecially for a reception like theirs with cocktails and dancing. The theme takes its inspiration from the amazing view at the venue - fun, surf and sand.

{Top Tip}
When inviting guests with children it is a good idea to specify if you are inviting the whole family. Children at a wedding can be a tricky social etiquette dilemma. If you invite one do you have to invite all? Emma & Ethan had an age limit (over 5s only) but I guess it depends on your family dynamics. In this case when all of the family were invited the invitations read - The Smith Family, and when it was just certain they read - Francis, Keith & Francis.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Retro Theme Wedding Stationery

If you are looking for wedding stationery that's a little unique, and stands out from the crowd then talk to us about creating an individual design that reflects you, your fiance and the wedding you have planned.  From classic and simple through to a themed event we can create the right look for you.

Here's a retro inspired stationery set:

Pink Damask Invitations - Always in style

A classic damask invitation never goes out of style.  Here we show one of our damask invitation options in pink.  We can customise the colours and fonts to match your wedding theme exactly.  We offer folded invitations, or a flat card invitation. You have the choice of ordering just the artwork, which we supply as a PDF ready for you to print at home or take to your local print shop, or, alternatively, for an additional fee, we can send out fully finished invitations personalised with your guest names printed on each. 

Damask Pink Folded Invitation
Damask Pink Folded Invitation Inside

Damask Pink Flat Invitation
Damask Pink Flat Invitation Inside

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Paua Theme Reception

Add something a little different to your reception stationery with colour and texture.  Paua has a gorgeous pearlence, and reflects light beautifully.  Here we used crushed paua in the shape of a heart on menus and placecards, with a simple font that compliments the design. As the candle light flickers the hearts come to life, shining and sparkling through the evening.

Email us to find out more about our bespoke design service, and how we can create a stunning range of stationery for your perfect day.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Planning a Country Theme?

Planning a really unique wedding?  Perhaps you are celebrating your nuptials at a special location, or the bridal party is arriving on horseback! If so, you may want your invitation to be as unique as your wedding will be.
Ask about our bespoke design service where we create something really special just for you.  Perhaps it is a treasure map for an island wedding or "Wanted" poster style invite for a country themed wedding - it's up to you.
Simply tell us about your theme, the colours and what you envision, and we'll bring it all to life - and then you have the choice of printing it yourself or letting us take the stress and produce them for you.

Email us to tell us your plans

Cowboy Logo 1

Sunday, June 12, 2011

We Design - You Print

We are looking forward to introducing a new concept in wedding invitations.  Perfect for those who love scrapbooking and hand crafts.  We not only offer a full design and print service, but also a design service where we create a unique design that you can then print and put together yourself.  This gives brides the opportunity to save money, allows them enjoy the pleasure in bringing their stationery to life and add their own individual embellishments if they want. With our template options starting at as little as $69 for Invitations and RSVP artwork it's a cost effective way to produce unique and gorgeous invitations for your special day.

Finished artwork is supplied as a PDF ready for you to print at home, or take to your local print and copy shop.

Here's a look at one of our design options using the Striped Invite and RSVP, with a Oval Monogram Seal. Depending on your budget and requirements we can also add a direction card, or create a map, as well as place cards, order of service, menus, thank you cards and anything you may need.

Invite Front

Invite Inside

RSVP Front
Oval Monogram Seal

Time Your Invitations Perfectly

To have everything run smoothly on your wedding day, and to enjoy the lead up it is important to have a timeline and work out when you have to perform each task.  Your invitations should be posted 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding date.  Depending on the style and complexity of your invitations they may take as little as a couple of days, or several weeks.  This will depend on whether you are handcrafting the invitations yourself, using a specialist supplier, or on the extra embellishment and features that you may like to use.

If you are making the invitation yourself it is always a good idea to allow a couple of extra weeks, just incase your schedule changes, and time becomes a little tight.  When confirming numbers it is prudent to order extras.

To determine your RSVP date, check with your venue, normally two weeks before the date works well. Then you can confirm numbers in the week before the big day.

When planning a destination wedding, or if you have guests traveling from overseas to attend a Save this Date card will be beneficial for your guests.  These can be sent up to one year before the wedding.  This will help to ensure the family and friends you want to share your special day with can make the event.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Having fun

Setting the tone in your invitation is a great way of letting people know what to expect at your event, as well as telling them all the usual details such as time, place and the dress code. If you are planning a fun event make sure your invitations represent that. Start with something simple and go from there.

These are the first draft ideas for Claire's 30th Birthday invitations. It's going to be a fun day with just her girl friends, a bit of a throwback to more childish parties when they were younger. We've started off with a rosette (in pink of course) which we have built up into a sophisticated version of a childs birthday badge.

Simple Heart Swirl Invitations

This is a simple, yet elegant and classy design for those of you who are choosing a strong colour theme for your wedding. Whilst we have shown it in a fiery and passionate red, it can also suit other colours and tones to match your theme. The use of hearts in a floral design is perfect for setting a wonderfully romantic tone, especially suitable for a small intimate wedding with close family and friends.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

It's all in the Details

Good planning, and great design are all about the details. Starting simple, and adding luxurious details makes all the difference.

Talk to us about your ideas and let us turn them into a reality.

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Welcome to La Papeterie - the Stationery Shop!

We specialise in designing and producing elegant, stylish and unique invitations and personal stationery for discerning clients who want their event, occasion or function to stand out from the crowd.

We design for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries through to business or governmental events, creating artistic pieces of stationery that have that real "wow" factor. Formal or fun, corporate or casual, we will work with you to produce a design guranteed to get the RSVP's flowing in.

We can work with you from conception of an idea through to the final delivery of the product, be it print or web-based, or, alternatively, we can simply supply the finished artwork for you to use as you desire.

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