Beach wedding Invitations with Palm Trees & Sea Shells

More and more of the clients I see are choosing to abandon the Great British weather gamble and head off to beautiful beach destinations for their wedding day. Looking out of my window on this rainy, November day I can see why! The ‘Palm Beach’ design is a great way to incorporate palm trees, sea shells and natural hessian and twine to give a rustic, beach theme, at one with nature.

Palm tree beach pocketfold wedding invitation
This rustic design incorporated palm trees as it’s central theme with a hessian belly wrap, finished off with twine and a personalised tag. Shown here in white laid card in blush pink and grey colour combination, the invitation is available in many different colourways and card. The envelope is printed with an image of sea shells, palm trees or another logo of your choice on the reverse and nicely finishes off the tropical beach theme. You could have your names and wedding date if you prefer or even a destination ‘stamp’. Envelope lining is also available.

Add RSVP, or insert cards with gift list, directions or accommodation information for your guests so that they have all the information they need to jet off on the perfect wedding holiday. If you like the design but would prefer it without the pocketfold, this design is also available in a flat style rustic invitation stack, tied with twine and a tag.

>Sea shell wedding envelope motif

Palm tree beach pocketfold wedding invitation

Palm tree beach pocketfold wedding invitation

Palm tree wedding envelope motif

Beach destination wedding invitation

The invitation can be adapted to your preferred style and is available in many different colourways. The palm tree design can also be changed to sea shells or another beach destination motif. Choose your own font and ink colour to compliment your chosen design. Matching save the date cards, order of service, place name cards, menus, table seating plans and other stationery also available.

A complete stationery suite is also available in this design. Contact us for more details.

– Evening Invitations
– Save the Date Cards
– Guest Information Cards
– Order of Service/Order of the Day/
– Menu cards (single or folded card)
– Thank You Cards
– Table Plans
– Table Numbers
– Place name cards

Wedding stationery printing techniques

One of the most common questions I am asked by bridal couples is to explain the different printing techniques that are possible and what affect that will have on their finished stationery – as well as on the price of their stationery suite!  Many different printing techniques are available and can make a dramatic difference to your design.  Techniques such as letterpress or raised print will give a lovely tactile finish to your invitations and will certainly add a touch of luxury.  Metal foiling will also add shine and a touch of drama to any stationery suite!  So which printing method should you choose and what is the difference  in cost?  We have outlined some of the common printing methods below to help unravel the mystery of stationery printing.


Digital stationery printing

Digital printing is the most flexible and cost-effective of all the printing methods

Digital printing

Probably the most common choice of printing, digital printing is the most flexible and cost-effective of all the printing methods.   This method uses a digital file to reproduce a full colour image.  The card is not required to go through the printing press four times as it is when printed lithographically, but only once.  This makes it an ideal method for short print runs or when cards need to be persoanlised with guest names as each card can be printed separately.  This would not be cost-efficient with the other printing methods.  This method is used for printing invitations with guest names, personalised place name cards, table plans and any other personalised cards.  The disadvantage is that certain types of card cannot be used to pass through the printer eg very heavy board.


Lithoprint is used by commercial printers to print full colour brochures and many other print products.  For this printing method a plate is made first and the card must be printed four times using different coloured inks – cyan, magenta, yellow and black – to produce a full colour print.  This method is more suitable for larger print runs and does make it more expensive as the card must be passed through the printer 4 times.  It also means that personalisation of individual cards is not cost effective.  The quality can be better than digital if you are using large areas of colour on your invitations.  This is a more expensive method of print than digital unless you require thousands of cards.


Lithoprint can be better quality that digital but is more expensive for short print runs

Letterpress printing

This is a traditional printing method that has grown hugely in popularity in recent years, particularly for wedding invitations and stationery.  For this method a plate with the image standing proud of the surface is inked and then impressed onto the paper.   This gives a card a slight debossing effect (indenting) where the ink is laid.  Designing for letterpress today begins on a computer, and as such, new fonts, embellished ornaments, graphics, patterns, and complicated multi-colur designs can be produced with relative ease.  The printing part is still by hand, one at a time.  This method of printing is labour intensive and has high initial printer setup costs which means it is more suitable for larger print runs.  It also means that personalisation of individual cards is not cost effective.  The cost is usually much higher than digital printing.

Letterpress printing

Letterpress gives a lovely indented, tactile finish to your stationery


Engraving, also known as die-stamping or copperplate printing, dates back to the 15th century.  This is the process by which text or an image is first etched by machine or hand onto a copper or steel die. This die is then used to stamp the sheet, pushing the surface of the paper or card up, creating a raised image. Intense pressure is applied simultaneously with the application of ink, creating a raised image or text in the chosen ink colour.  The result is a very impressive but can be a very expensive printing method.

This historical printing process was the first method used to create a raised image, and now has largely been replaced by thermography which is a more cost effective method of producing the raised print effect.


This is also known as ‘raised print’ as is produces a raised surface to print. Powder is sprinkled onto the ink when still wet.  Heat is then applied which fuses the ink and powder to create the relief effect.  Tios is much more cost effective than engraving and to the untrained eye produces the same effect as engraving.  Traditional designs such as our Classic and Park Avenue designs use this printing technique to add a depth of elegance and luxury to the card.

Thermography or raised print

Thermography or ‘raised print’ lifts the text from the page and is a cheaper option to engraving

Hot Foiling

Hot foil printing is very similar to letterpress printing. Rather than ink, heat is used to transfer colour pigment (usually gold or silver foil) onto the paper or card.  This is perfect for adding shiny foiled designs to your invitation and gives a really luxurious look to the card.

Hot foiling

Hot foiling produces a very dramatic ‘foil’ look


Silver, gold or other metallic foil can be applied to the edge of card to make it more attractive. The thicker the card the better the effect.  Bevelling (angled cut to edge of card) can also be used to show gilding to best effect.  This technique is shown to great effect on our Gilded and Insignia designs.

Gilt edging

Gilt edging produces a luxurious sheen to the edge of your cards – shown here with hot foil initials for even more luxury

Plate sinking

An area, usually square or rectangular that is embossed into the card. The thicker the card the better the effect.  A good example of this is with our Bond St designs which are all heavyweight boards.

Plate Sinking

Plate Sinking gives a raised border effect to heavy board

Blind Embossing/debossing

An impression stamped forcefully onto card creating a relief effect. No ink is used in this process.  This produces a lovely tactile feel to the card and is a very subtle and understated way to add luxury to your card.

Planning Your Wedding Stationery for 2015

Happy New Year to all our customers! If you are planning your wedding for 2015 and are looking for a place to start then why not read our stationery guide to help you decide upon the perfect announcement for your wedding day and the perfect wedding stationery for your wedding breakfast.

From the save the date card or wedding invitation to the wedding breakfast stationery and thank you cards – your wedding stationery sets the scene and tone for your wedding day.  The wedding invitation is usually the first impression your guests will receive about your special day.  So where should you start?

Contemporary & Traditional Wedding Invitations

As with all of your wedding planning decisions, your budget will to a large extent determine the quality and extent of your wedding stationery.  Once ypou have decided upon a budget you can plan for the type of stationery you would like to annouce your wedding day.  A entirely unique design may appeal to you but you need to know that you can afford the costs of a bespoke designer!  To a large extent the type of printing can contribute to the cost of your stationery.  Letterpress, foil printing and gilt edging add a luxurious feel to your wedding invites but can be a little more expensive than digitally printed designs.


There is no definitive answer to this.  Start by making a list of all the  stationery items that yout think you will NEED.  Once you have established the rough cost involved you can consider the additional extras that you can afford that will make your wedding day that extra bit special. Save the dates, invitations, guest cards, maps, RSVPs, order of service, place name cards, menus, seating plans, table name cards, favour boxes and thank you cards – the list is as long as you wish to make it! Here’s our list of the wedding stationery items you may wish to consider:


Save the date cards are sent out up to one year in advance of your wedding and are a great way of making sure that guests keep you date free.  Save the Dates are an especially good idea if you are getting married at busy holiday times  like summer or Christmas/New year or particularly popular days like Valentine’s Day.  If you are getting married abroad or inviting overseas guests, save the date cards will help your guests plantravel arrangements and holtel bookings in advance. The save the date cards are usually smaller than the main invitation and have only basic information such as the names of the bride and groom – and of course the wedding day – but ideally they would be of a similar style as the main invitation that is to follow.

Lavender Save the Date card

Lavender Save the Date card


The main wedding day invitations are sent by the hosts to invite guests to both the wedding ceremony and the evening reception. The hosts are traditionally the bride’s parents but many couples are now host their own weddings and so the invitation may well come from the couple getting married.

Invitations are typically sent out two to four months in advance of the wedding date to make sure everyone has plenty of time to reply and organise travel and accommodation if necessary. If many of your guests are travelling from abroad, or you are getting married during the busy periods of the year,  it may be better to either send the invitations out earlier or consider sending a save the date card.

Letterpress wedding invitations

Letterpress wedding invitations have a wonderful, tactile feel and add a touch of elegance to any wedding stationery suite.


Evening invitations are sent out to the guests that you would like to invite to the evening celebration only (and perhaps the wedding ceremony too). Perhaps you want to have a small number of guests to your wedding breakfast but have a large number of family and friends that you would like to invite to help to celebrate after the reception.

Evening invitations should ideally be of a similar style to the day invitations but can often be a simpler design allowing you to reduce costs.


An RSVP card with reply address already printed is often included inside the invitation so that your guests can reply easily and quickly.  You may include menu options on the RSVP or request information about any dietary requirements that your guests may have.  Many people now ask for song choices!  Not everyone sends out an RSVP.  If you have a wedding website this information is often included on the main invitation with a facility to respond by email.


It’s often very useful to include information cards with your wedding invitations with additional information that my help your guests. This could be and the address of your ceremony and reception venues along with directions and even a map.  Or it could include local accommodation ideas or your wedding gift list, whatever information you think will help your guests to spend the perfect wedding day with you. If you have a large amount of additional information that you wish to include in your invitation you may wish to consider pocketfold or wallet-style invitations which are perfect for including a lot of guest information cards in one convenient place.


Order of service cards or mass booklets are handed out to guests at a church service or religious ceremony to help them follow the service and join in with hymns etc. The order of service is a folded card, oftern with paper inserts, giving details of the wedding service or mass such as readings, hymns, vows and music. The front of the card traditionally has the name of the bride and groom along with the name of the church or venue and the wedding date and time.

The layout of the order of service will depend upon the style of the service – your priest or minister should be able to give you advice. It is usual to provide one card or booklet per guest and don’t forget to include a copy for the minister.

Order of the day cards are usually much simpler than a full order of service booklet and are given to guests at any type of ceremony.  They provide the guests with an itinerary of the day’s events and timings.


A guest book for guests to sign and write their own personal message to the bride and groom, provides a wonderful reminder of all the guests who have celebrated your special day with you. Look back for years at the private messages from friends and family and bring back lasting memories of your wedding day.


If you are having a seated wedding breakfast reception, a table seating plan is usually displayed at the entrance to the dinning area and is a great way to ensure that all your guests find their seats easily.  The seating plan itself can be as simple or elaborate as you wish but it would usually carry the same theme as the rest of the wedding breakfast stationery.  A large, framed table plan can actually be a decoration in it’s own right.  There are lots of unusual ways to direct your guests to their seats and they can make for a fun element to the dining occasion.


A menu card is a courtesy to your guests so that they know what it is that they will be eating during the wedding breakfast.   Individual cards placed on a napkin or on the guest wedding plate will add a lovely element to your wedding breakfast table decorations.


Guest place name cards and table names or numbers are essential if you have a seating plan to allow your guests to see which table they will be seated at and their individual seat.  Again, these give a great opportunity to add wonderful decorative detail to the wedding breakfast table.

Wedding place cards with ribbon

Wedding favour boxes or bags are traditionally positioned at guest place settings and are perfect for adding decoration to the wedding breakfast table as well as making lovely gifts for your guests. Favours are traditionally filled with sugared almonds but many different favours are available now – why not break with tradition and place a lottery ticket or other gift in place of the favour box. It’s really up to you!


It is common courtesy to thank all of your guests for attending the celebrations and for their gifts. Cards printed with a photo of the wedding can provide a wonderful memento for your quests and if you have moved house you can use the opportunity to send your new address and contact details to all your friends and family.

I hope this guide to the main wedding stationery elements will help you when choosing the right stationery suite that reflects your own unique wedding style.  We are available to help you with any aspect of your stationery planning.  If you are looking for unique ideas or need help with wording your invitations or order of service do not hesitate to contact us!  We are here to help guide you through the stationery maze.  Happy wedding planning for 2015!



Lavender wedding invitation suite

Lavender is such a beautiful flower with it’s gorgeous scent and subtle pastel colour tone.   Lavender would be perfect for a rustic summer wedding or country garden wedding theme and can be used throughout the wedding to add beautiful colours and aromas to your wedding day.   You can add lavender imagery or fresh and dried lavender flowers throughout your wedding theme from the save the date cards and invitations to the bridal bouquet, church flowers, wedding breakfast and even thank you cards!


Our ‘Lavender Love’ design is the perfect way to announce your wedding.  The lavender theme runs throughout the whole wedding stationery suite and includes a lavender motif, fresh lavender flowers and your own personalised lavender ‘travel stamp’ with your names, wedding venue and wedding date.   The stamp would incorporate perfectly with a destination wedding – perhaps a rustic French chateau with fields of lavender!

The lavender invitation is tied with twine and you could add a fresh or dried sprig of lavender for a special rustic feel. The card is 5x7in (other sizes available) and you can choose from white or cream card in smooth or laid textures or brown Kraft card for an even more rustic effect.

The invitation comes with two insert cards included and an unlined envelope in white or ivory as standard.  The back of the envelope is printed with the personalised ‘travel stamp’ incorporating the lavender motif, bride and groom names, wedding date and venue. Envelope lining is also available. Add RSVP, or insert cards with gift list, directions or accommodation information for your guests. ‘Lavender Love’ is also available in a rustic pocketfold style, with hessian band and tied with twine and tag.



Lavender Save the Date card

Lavender Save the Date card



Lavender Save the Date card

Lavender Save the Date card



Sophia Plana Photography

Sophia Plana Photography

‘Tying the Knot’ wedding invitation and stationery suite

We  were asked to make a rustic, bespoke design recently with the theme ‘tying the knot’.   The wedding invitation shown here is 5x7in Kraft card design with white or cream laid card in the interior.  A kraft card band or ‘pocket’ holds the RSVP and/or guest information cards and this is printed with the bride and groom initials.  When the card is opened, a knotted string or rustic twine is revealed.   This design is great for a rustic or country wedding and the guests literally ‘tie the knot’ as they open the invitation.  The invitation is £3.25 and includes an RSVP card (postcard style) and a complimentary envelope in white, cream or kraft.

‘Tying the Knot’ wedding invitation in rustic kraft card



Other stationery is also available in this design
– Evening Invitations
– Save the Date Cards
– Guest Information Cards
– Order of Service/Order of the Day/
– Menu cards (single or folded card)
– Thank You Cards
– Table Plans
– Table Numbers
– Place name cards


‘Tie the Knot’ place name cards with twine knot