Friday, 17 April 2015

New Collection Of Wedding Dresses from Monsoon

To round up the week I just had to share with you some of the new wedding dresses and accessories that are available from the new bridal collection ... I think this fantastic high street store have outdone themselves this season with some amazingly priced and bang on trend dresses - perfect for any bride whether they be Boho, Deco or Fifties Inspired.
Its definitely worth a look!

I think my favourite has to be the fifties inspired one above and the gorgeous sixties Jackie O style coat. What do you think ?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

When to Order and Send Your Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Hello .. bit of an advice post today as I have been asked for lots of advice recently from couples who are really unsure as to when they should send out Save the Dates and Invitations and when they should order all the various elements of their wedding stationery. So here is a little bit of a guide for you. Although I should point out that I am firmly of the belief that you should send out your invitations when you feel it is appropriate for you and your guests as many of you will have people coming from abroad or further afield who will need much more notice than others.

9 months to 1 year before - Order and send out your Save the Date Cards
This gives plenty of time for those who need to book off holiday for your wedding or book flights if coming from abroad.

5 months before - Get in touch if ordering bespoke stationery
If you are thinking that you would like a bespoke design created just for your wedding then get in touch with the stationer you would like to work with now so you have plenty of time to work on creating a design that is just right for your wedding.

3-4 months before - Order your invitations
If you are ordering an off the peg design or have already been in touch with a stationer about a besoke design now is an ideal time to place your order for your wedding invitations.
Depending on their complexity and whether they are handmade or a flat printed design the turnaround time from ordering can be anything from 2 - 6 weeks. You will often have proofs to check over of your wording and want to make small changes once you have received these proofs so make sure you allow some time for this and don't rush proof reading your stationery as you won't be able to make any changes once they have gone to print!

This is an ideal time to also put a deposit on any matching reception stationery you wish to order so you ensure you can book in to your stationer's schedule.

2-3 months before - Send out your invitations
If you haven't sent out Save the Dates you may wish to send out your invitations slightly earlier than this but on average this is around when most people will send out their invitations.

1 month - 6 weeks before - Confirm or order your reception stationery
Ideally set your RSVP date at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding if at all possible. This gives you plenty of time to chase stragglers who haven't RSVP'd ( believe me no matter how well you think you know your guests there will always be a few! ) and sit down and work out your guest list and table plan which will often take some time. You then have all the information you need ready to give to your wedding stationer approximately a month before the wedding to create your Order of Service, Placecards, Table Plan etc.

I hope this has given you a better idea of the timescales you might be looking at when ordering various elements of wedding stationery.

Nikki x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Most Popular Wedding Stationery Ranges 2015

Hi everyone ... hope you're all having a fantastic 2015 so far.
Today I thought I'd keep you up to date with what is happening here at Knots & Kisses in 2015.
So far I've launched 3 new ranges and exhibited at a fantastic two day wedding fair at Exeter Castle.
There are lots more exciting things to come this year ... this week I am starting work on my Autumn Collection of wedding stationery ranges and a new collection of Greetings Cards - all of which will be launched in the Autumn.
We are also looking at giving the website a complete revamp so customers can order all stationery directly online and not just samples and ready to write packs which will be very exciting.

So lots more to come this year .. in the meantime I thought I'd share with you which have been the most popular ranges of stationery so far this year - all of which you can order samples of from my website

'Victorian Garden'
'Midnight Rose'
 'Perfect Place'
'Pretty Pastels'

Friday, 10 April 2015

Sunny Spring Wedding Ideas

What a gorgeous week its been down here in Devon ... and hopefully for all of you too!
Obviously I've spend the majority of the week in the office staring longingly out the window at the glorious weather but managed to get a bit of time off yesterday to enjoy the sunshine and meet up with some lovely wedding industry peeps in Tavistock for a coffee.

The gorgeous weather has definitely got me in the mood for sunny spring wedding inspiration ... lots of yellows, whites, cornflower blues and apple greens make for a gorgeous wedding scheme.
Here are some of my favourite ideas ...

Monday, 6 April 2015

Bespoke Cornish Sketch Wedding Invitations with A Hint Of Tartan

Hope you're all having a lovely Easter. I'm back in the office today and wanted to share with you another of the lovely bespoke designs I have worked on recently.
These invitations for Olivia and Jonathan were created with a brief of a classic Cornish wedding with a Tartan Twist. I incorporated a Sketch of their venue at Boconnoc House and some of the groom's family tartan which will be a feature of the wedding. I also added some Peonies and Thistles which will feature in the flowers.
The design was a square invitation with an internal pocket for information and rsvp card.

If you would like a similar bespoke design for your wedding please don't hesitate to get in touch via the website at or email Nikki at

Friday, 3 April 2015

Desert & Cactus Wedding Inspiration

I've been talking to one of my brides this week who is having succulents as part of her wedding flowers and d├ęcor. I love succulents - especially great for more modern pared back weddings - and then I found some images on pinterest whilst browsing of Prickly Pear & Cactus used in weddings and I was hooked!
I love the laid back desert style of these ideas ... and I don't necessarily think you need to be getting married in the American South West to copy the look. I think cacti and succulents and a laid back boho vibe could work just as easily in a country barn wedding or in a sleek modern hotel with lots of crisp white linen.

Ruze Cake House via

Monday, 30 March 2015

Personalised Bespoke Venue Sketch Table Plan And Wedding Invitations

I love working on orders of my Perfect Place range of Wedding Stationery as each order is so individual and personal to that particular client.
This is because I create a bespoke drawing of the venue or place special to the couple for each order and bespoke tweaks make it feel different every single time.
Earlier in March I was working on the reception stationery for Louise & Matthew who's Perfect Place invitations I had made last year.
Here's a look at their personalised table plan and the invitations that I created previously for them using the same drawing ....

You can order samples of the Perfect Place range via my website at