Settle in with a cuppa, and read on…
I’m Cara Green, the owner and Creative Director at the Little Paper Shop – a boutique design studio located in the heart of Cheshire, specialising in creating beautiful wedding stationery and illustration work for our lovely couples and creative businesses.
Quite simply – wonderful! It’s such a privilege to create designs that invite loved ones to (probably) the most important day of someone’s life.
Your wedding invitations set the tone for the style and feel of your wedding day, and it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously here at TLPS, ensuring that your stationery says nothing else but sheer class and creativity!
There’s not really another industry in which you can have so much fun within your design work – I absolutely love the creative freedom and briefs we get to collaborate on with our couples.
Well, I’d normally start the day with a good latte (obviously!), before checking in on our design diary with the team to see what’s coming up for the day and week ahead, plus any feedback or inspiration that our customers may have shared with us overnight.
We may have a meeting or two scheduled with a new couple to discuss their ideas and requirements, before dreaming up a design concept for their Big Day stationery.
The team and I will then either be working on creating design layouts for proofing or carefully drawing & painting illustrations to feature on a lucky customer’s designs; before preparing any approved jobs for printing and production, ahead of carefully putting together any orders and packaging them up beautifully to send out to their new homes.
And more coffee throughout of course!
Our studio is very inspired by material finishes and the stunning effects that can be created with them. For example, the simplest design with just a few lines of text on can look absolutely stunning when paired with a gleaming foil impression, beautifully textured card stock and luxury envelope. We find that the printing process and chosen materials usually inform the design, as we want to show them off to their full potential and wow your guests!
Plus our illustration work – our venue drawings are definitely our most popular request!
No one place really; there’s so much to be inspired by out there and consider with the lure of social media nowadays! We’re certainly aware of and informed to a point by wedding trends, but you also want to create a timeless design that stays true to the couple. So for the most part, we’re inspired by our couples themselves, and what makes them tick!
I also love to see the Pantone Colour of the Year at the start of each year – they never seem to get it wrong!!
A wonderful suite we created last year was a particular favourite of mine – and a labour of love for sure! Our bride really wanted to create an experience for her guests opening their invitations, and so I learnt and practised the art of creating an Origami Tato envelope wrapper to enclose her invitation suite within, before being finished with a custom wax seal.
The couple were to become The Kings and were married at Exeter Castle, so it was only right that I created a custom Crown motif and monogram for them in a rich, colour palette of copper and ivory for a truly regal feel.
I’m also now an expert at folding Tato envelopes on any napkin I see at restaurants!
As I’ve already mentioned, I think it’s important to keep in mind your likes and dislikes as an individual couple, rather than being led too much by what you find on Pinterest. You want to aim for a creative middle ground that is a timeless design that represents you both as a couple, that is still not out of place amongst current fashions.
Oh – and always give yourself and your stationer more time then you think you need! You want them to be able to do their best work with no pressure of rushing out your invites as it’s been left too late.
Lots, and lots of pet illustrations!!!
Our customers love to include little drawings of their beloved pets nestling within their designs for their guests to spot. One pair of cats we painted even had their own Instagram account with a bigger following than our own!
We’re very excited to currently be setting up a new, collaborative design platform for our couples to work with us on – creating a much more seamless and fun design process. They get to enjoy being part of the design team with none of the hard work!
Consider how long that stationer has been in business for, as the benefit of experience cannot be underestimated when dealing with the most important day of your lives! An organised booking experience is a good indication of the level of professionalism you can expect.
You want them to be a creative thinker, with great knowledge of printing and design processes, and your material options. Advice throughout the process regarding etiquette and practical considerations such as postage restrictions is of course super useful. Plus a friendly manner! Designing your wedding stationery can be so much fun for you with the right person. We have the most fun at the studio with our TLPS couples.
A wedding is so much more than just a day. It’s more than a dress, an invite or a venue. It’s the start of something special – a treasured memory that will last a lifetime and a moment that can never be forgotten.
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