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Good morning beautiful 🙂 Did you know it was wedding stationery season? My little studio is filling up with lots of lovely packages from some of the best wedding invitation designers, and this week I’m sharing some of my favourites with you – and reviewing each one.

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Stationery by the fabulous WBD Designer Wedding Stationery (and envelope calligraphy by me!)

I do like breaking the rules, so I’ll never dictate that invitations should be sent X weeks before your wedding; or that you’ll need Save the Dates… but I do find that most couples start shopping for invitations around January time – and many of you are sending Save the Dates before Christmas! So this week’s wedding stationery reviews are designed to help those of you who are about to embark on the lovely journey of invitation shopping… one of my favourite aspects of weddings!

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Hello again! I hope you’re having a wonderful week and enjoying all the lovely real weddings I’ve been sharing with you on the blog recently. There are more to come, but I just had to focus on something a little different today: these stunning art deco luxury wedding invitations my my friend and sponsor Wendy at WBD Designer Wedding Stationery.

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Wendy Bell is a (very lovely!) London based wedding stationery designer who pro­vides a truly per­sonal ser­vice, cre­at­ing strik­ing and unique lux­ury wed­ding invi­ta­tions and sta­tionery which encap­su­late her clients’ per­sonal tastes. Her natural eye for design, and her dedication to creating the perfect invitation, mean these art deco invites are some of the most striking you’ll see.

luxury wedding invitations WBD Designer wedding stationery (1)These brand new bespoke wedding invitations have been designed for an Eltham Palace wedding in an art deco style.
luxury wedding invitations WBD Designer wedding stationery (3)London’s Eltham Palace is a magnificent wedding venue, and one of the UK’s most spectacular art deco venues. It’s officially a royal residence, and is managed by English Heritage. Inside, the decor is art deco at its very best. The venue has been described as a “masterpiece of modern design” (source – Wikipedia)… and these stunningly beautiful art deco wedding invitations have been perfectly designed to set the scene for a wedding there.
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Hello again! This afternoon we’re talking wedding invitations – and I’m sharing a little luxury with you. Incidentally, I was chatting to a reporter from a regional magazine yesterday, who asked for my thoughts on luxury stationery and the rising cost of weddings. My reply to this question is always the same: couples should prioritise, cutting out less important things (cakes, for example) and spending on quality services which are important to you. If you’re a paper lover like me, bespoke wedding invitations are a beautiful wedding essential! Here’s my lovely friend and blog sponsor Wendy Bell to tell you more! Claire xxx

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New! Bespoke wedding invitations by WBD Designer Wedding Stationery

Designed and printed in London, UK, these gorgeous invitations are perfect for the romantic in any bride or groom!

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The first I saw of Louise and Ben’s wedding was the fabulous wedding table plan – and it seems only fitting that I share it with you first. Funny how a gorgeous detail can take me on a journey… and so I found wedding photographer Simon Gough, and got in touch with today’s stunning bride Louise to share this vintage Las Vegas wedding on my blog!

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Louise told me, “We wanted to take our guests back in time, to when Vegas hotels, shows and the stars they boasted were cool and exclusive. The Angel Hotel fitted the bill with its quirky and individual style, large function rooms and stage. I wanted to use props to provide an accent of Vegas and hoped it wouldn’t appear gaudy or tacky. I am a huge Elvis fan and both my husband and I enjoy jazz music. I wanted to incorporate the ‘Rat Pack’ era and ‘Elvis’ as to me they both epitomised Vegas in its most glamorous time.”

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Snowflakes and sparkle today – with a difference. As winter lands firmly this week and we wrap up, light fires and snuggle to keep warm, I wanted to share these beautiful snowflake wedding invitations with you. They’re beautifully designed, unique and different.

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Winter wedding invites – snowflakes!

If you’re planning a winter wedding these gorgeous invitations and matching wedding stationery mix the magic of snowflakes with the rich colours of a more festive theme. They’re by WBD Designer Wedding Stationery in London – where the designer is my lovely friend Wendy Bell whose own wedding featured on English Wedding Blog!
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invitation by WBD Designer wedding stationery (2)I love the detail of Wendy’s snowflake wedding invitations – the careful layout, creative colour palette and rich colours. But most of all when I look at this gorgeous stationery I look with my calligrapher’s eyes and heart – those swirls on the RSVP card are just divine! These are perfect – elegant, different and wintery warm wedding invitations. Recommended!

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Find out more: www.wendybelldesigns.com

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Oh, wow. Nothing sets my heart a-flutter like innovative wedding stationery and design. Today I’m going to show you something pretty special – something I love. Something I wish I could do! It’s black. It’s art-deco. It’s striking and delicious and all with a sense of elegance… just look at this!
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wedding stationery by WBD London (4)The theme for Louise and Ben’s wedding table plan and stationery was Las Vegas (in case you hadn’t spotted it!) and their tables were named after Vegas casinos, with each one incorporating a logo illustration as table names.

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wedding stationery by WBD London (1)Wendy is a talented and creative designer whose talents will turn as deftly to damask wedding stationery patterns, swirls and loops and flourishing, as they did to creating Ben and Louise’s reception stationery. Wendy designed and made table name cards, art deco wedding invitations (above – just look at that gorgeous and intricate detailing!) and menus (below) for their wedding reception.
wedding stationery by WBD London (2)I hope you love these. There’s more I can say – the tiny details are what make me catch my breath, and I love the typography, the bold art deco style lines and impactful borders. Wendy didn’t show me the stationery with a view to sharing it on English Wedding Blog, I had to ask! It took a while – at first all I could say was, “God, I do love it!!”

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Hello, wedding fans and paper lovers… and that’s a very special hello because it’s you I’d like to treat this morning. I have been chatting to my lovely sponsor Wendy Bell recently and she emailed me some images of her most recent bespoke wedding invitation design to show you.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!

Wendy told me, “This was an “all in one” invitation design, effectively a tri-fold which included the invitation, information and RSVP postcard (which guests have to cut along the dotted line and affix a stamp to the reverse). Some of the photos show matching address labels and coordinating personalised Royal Mail stamps.”

Elegant designer wedding invitations

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Ever the curious wedding blogger, I asked Wendy about the design process. I wondered how she could step from a blank sketch pad or piece of card, to such an ornate and luxurious design. How much of the design comes from the bride and groom, and how much is Wendy’s own input as the Designer?