Buying independent designer wedding invitations

Are you buying handcrafted wedding invitations from one of those fabulous designers you see on Etsy, or at vintage wedding fairs? If you are, you’ll know how much more enjoyable and exciting it can be to buy from a small creative business than a corporate giant. It’s something I feel passionately about too.

The experience: buying handmade

There’s something really special about the personal relationship you’ll develop with your wedding invitation designer. From the first chat or email… “Can you make me something with a monogram / our venue in the design?” to the arrival of your first invitation proof in the post – it’s a wedding experience which builds up to the day and makes it special.

Beats nipping down to Marks & Sparks for 6 packs of 12 invites in a little plastic wallet thing, doesn’t it?

I’m passionate about supporting small businesses in the wedding industry. There’s so much creative talent out there: independent designers who are passionate about every design they create, and artists and graphic designers who turn their hands and talents to exquisite design for the couples they work with.

Designers like Zoe from Bunny Delicious are the lifeblood of the creative wedding industry. I asked Zoe why buying handmade and designer wedding stationery is so special.

Using a small company for your wedding stationery can sometimes work out A LOT cheaper than the big boys. With them you get very little choice, and they won’t know your name, just your order number.

“Us small independents, not only can we bend what we do to suit your wedding, we can make you 2 more invites, without a minimum order of 20. We make the process more pleasurable, personal and you know that you really have got one-off stationery to suit your day. We get to know you, you get to know us. Simple.”

London wedding reception stationery

Designer stationery by Bunny Delicious. Photo credit Cecelina Tornberg (Kirsty and Luke’s wedding coming up soon on the blog!)

So when you go to a wedding fair this autumn, watch out for the designers who are showcasing their handmade wedding invitations. Stop and look – the time and expertise that goes into creative wedding design is worth your investment a million times over.

Independent designers are making wedding invitations for YOU. They’ll be unique, personal and a pleasure to buy.

The high street stores are making wedding invitations for everyone. The more couples who buy identical invitations, the better – so far as the big boys are concerned. But ask yourself: who would you rather give your money to?

I hope it’s the indie designers.

Claire x


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Modupe
    8 years ago

    Thanks Claire for bigging us up! 😀

  • Wendy Bell
    8 years ago

    It’s so true what Zoe from Bunny Delicious has said in your post. I get to know my clients personally rather than their order number. It’s lovely when you speak to them about how they met, what their interests are and how they got engaged…I find myself getting swept up by their excitement!

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