We’re Talking Process, People!

Well hello there wonderful readers! I don’t know quite how its turned into September already, but our summer has been a whirlwind so who knows! Whilst on that topic, thank you so much to all our lovely new readers, and those who have been incredibly patient with us during what has been our busiest month ever for wedding stationery!

As most of you will know, we’re a small business, made up of a husband and wife duo, with a few extra hands thrown in to help, and so we’d like to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all those who are continuing to support us in our mission to provide seriously stylish wedding stationery and oodles of foiled goodness to couples and businesses from far and wide. We couldn’t be more grateful!

We thought we’d take it back to basics today and talk process. How does it all work? What does the stationery timeline look like for a wedding? Why select us to create your stationery? All very valid and interesting questions, and we hope this blog will help all of those who are going through a slight stationery panic (we’ve been contacted by a fair few in the last few weeks so we know you’re out there!)

Our process usually starts with you. Whether you found our work through Instagram, or at a wedding fayre, or heard about our stationery through a friend, we always love getting to know new clients and learning more about their vision for their big day. Our suites are fully customisable, and we also take on completely bespoke work too, for clients who have an incredible idea in mind! (Last year’s personal favourite? Neon, and lots of it on an incredible grey suite headed to Ibiza!) We will work with you to provide individual pricing guides for the pieces you need, following the requirements you have, and are always available to give advice or to talk through ideas if you need an experienced ear.

We also ship worldwide, and have been lucky enough to work with clients from across the globe, incorporating different languages, colours and symbols into our designs, adding depth and meaning to each suite we produce.  

Now, for all those hosting a fast approaching shindig, our first piece of advice… Don’t panic. We’ve spoken to some lovely couples who are terrified they have missed the boat when it comes to ordering their dream wedding stationery and worry their guests will be all booked up for the year ahead. Whilst we would usually state the following as an ideal timeline for ordering your wedding stationery, don’t panic if you’ve left it a little later, or if perhaps you’re organising a wedding in a shorter time frame. Many companies will be more than happy to offer advice, whether that be photographer’s, floriests or indeed purveyors of deliciously foiled goods, such as ourselves.

  • Save The Dates – we would usually suggest ordering these at around the year out mark, especially for those marrying in the summer months or who are lucky enough to be planning to tie the knot abroad. This gives your guests ample time to organise their calendars, book flights, or think about other events they may have at that time.
  • Invitations – Gone are the days of the 6 week rule. In the twenty first century, it’s hard enough to arrange a lunch with the girls six weeks out, let alone commit to a full wedding, especially if there could be added hurdles such as childcare or travel to organise. Venues will often require a final head count around a month out too, so for RSVP dates, this traditional time scale is not practical. We would recommend an ideal send out time of around 8 to 12 weeks before the big day.
  • Day Stationery – Planning on adding personality to your big day by means of perfect paper goods? We would suggest discussing and ordering items such as place cards, table plans or orders of service around a month before the big day (another reason to be organised with your invitations)

It is so important for your wedding that you work with suppliers who get you, who understand your vision as a couple and are able to translate this seamlessly into their medium, be that floristry, catering, stationery, photography etc. However, it is also important that you do a little research and find suppliers whose ethos matches yours. For us, our drive is to create luxurious, innovative and incredibly memorable pieces of stationery that are both minimalist and style driven in their approach, but are also functional.

Our aim is to provide each and every couple we have the pleasure of helping with a stationery suite that reflects them, their values, their style and their big day. We find true magic in working in tandem with these wonderfully creative humans on something which they will cherish as part of one of the most important days of their lives. So that’s us! If you’re reading this thinking oh yes, these guys sound like the kind of people we’d love to work with, then please do get in contact with us, either through our contact page or by sending an email directly to info@eyilove.com. We can’t wait to hear from you.    

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