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Wedding Invitations – Help Chosing the Right Ones for You

by becqua in the Wedding Stationery category

Pure Flowers Wedding InvitationsWith a dizzying range of contemporary wedding invitations on the market today it’s difficult to know where to start when selecting your invites. It’s important to remember that this is the first indication to all of the theme and tone of your wedding. You probably wouldn’t have a traditional country style invite for a minimalist modern city wedding.

For contemporary wedding invitations there’s something for everyone and for those unsure where to start a few simple choices will help narrow the selection down.

Colours and Seasons

Let’s start with colour as this seems a good starting point for most couples. The choice can seem daunting, but perhaps more straightforward once you consider that bridesmaid’ dresses or floral arrangements can be one of the first considerations for a colour scheme, glimpses of which may then be interweaved throughout the day. For example, a rose pink and spring green could be incorporated into your wedding invitations once softened with white or ivory. The bridesmaids could then be showcased in rose pink, with floral accents throughout the day in pink and green, i.e. f rom buttonholes and handheld arrangements to favours and reception flowers.

Consider the seasons when selecting your wedding stationery. Spring would be the ideal time to incorporate a fresh spring green, and summer lends itself to beautiful shades of cornflower blue. Warm tones in gold and burnt orange suit an autumnal theme and berry red against a snow white card hint at a wintery wedding. A little bit of subtle sparkle also works for a Christmas theme. Should you not wish to relate your invitations to a particular season, then popular choices are classic black and white, or a stylish cappuccino shade.

Once a colour has been selected you can start thinking about the style of your wedding invitations. The wedding ceremony and reception venues could both lend some ideas. For a traditional church ceremony you may want something more straightforward, but for a civil ceremony you may wish for a less ornate invite.

Font Style

Fonts may be adapted to suit the personality of the occasion and with hundreds to choose from there’s something to suit all tastes. From richly ornate to the more minimalistic of fonts, there are plenty to select from. One way of treading the middle ground to good effect is to select an ornate font for the first letter of each word and a simpler font for the remaining letters. This gives sufficient interest to the front of your invitation without becoming overly ‘flowery’.


The etiquette of invitation wording can often become a difficult point when deciding how to put together the actual text required. One point to bear in mind is that your wedding invitations will generally be addressed from the hosts themselves, so decide if you require your invites sent from the Bride and Groom, or from one, or both sets of parents. For families that may have extended families involving step-parents etc. the hosting can be more complicated, but any good wedding stationery will be able to offer advice in this area.


Budget is a major consideration for most couples and if you consider the scope of invitations on the market there is something to suit all, from off-the-peg invites where date, time location etc. is handwritten by the hosts, through to bespoke individually handcrafted invites where every detail can be amended to exact specifications. Your wedding invitations are truly an indication of the type of wedding you have been invited to, and also serve as a keepsake, so their importance should never be underestimated.

All the above offers guidelines only. There are ultimately No hard and fast rules as long as the wedding stationery meets your requirements. There is always scope to do something unique or contradictory. For that laid back sunny beach wedding why not have a traditional invitation with intricate script and pretty ribbons. Or alternatively introduce your own theme, such as the 1920’s theme, a New York socialites wedding or a Las Vegas Casino theme. The world really is your oyster.

How to Make Favour Boxes

by becqua in the Favour Boxes category

When faced with a flat packed favour box for the first time it can seem like a Chinese puzzle, especially the lid as it is just one flat piece of card with loads of pre-scored fold marks. There are also perforated sections that you may think need cutting, but they DON’T. So where do you start?

Let’s start with the base as that is the easiest, and we’ll use a 50mm cube favour box. So what you start with is below: Favour Box Base – Flat. Holding with thumb and fingers on each side of the flat box squeeze your fingers together, this will force out the base making the cube shape. You should feel the base lock, but if not push the base downwards from within with your forefinger. You will then have: Favour Box Base – Pushed Out. Fold in the three shorter flaps pushing the small end tab crease firmly into the bottom edge of the box. Then fold in the longer flap and pinch the top edges so as to get a neat fold, that’s the base done: Favour Box Base – Folded.

Now for the lid: Favour Box Lid – Flat. The first thing to do here is turn the lid face down and pre-crease all score marks, this will help when you come to fold it up. All should be folded up bar the two flaps at the outer ends that fold the other way: Favour Box Lid – Pre Creased. Now starting with the short end, fold in the two perforated bits and fold over the short flap so that the perforated bits are in between: Favour Box Lid – Part Folded.

Do the same for the long end and engage the small lip on the end into the slot on the opposite side of the lid. As with the base pinch the edges to make a neat finish and you’re done with the lid: Favour Box Lid – Folded.

Put the lid on top of the base you are finished: Favour Box – Finished. Now you have the simple task of deciding what to put in it and how to decorate it.