Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Elegant Devon Wedding Venue - Hotel Endsleigh

I've lived in Devon for 3 years now ( wow time flies! ) and over that time I've had the pleasure of coming across some really gorgeous wedding venues. The scenery down here is so beautiful that the venues often have really spectacular views as well as great wedding facilities.
One such venue - which I came across when one of my first Devon couples got married there last year - is the stunning Hotel Endsleigh.

Some of you may have heard or come across it before as it is the hotel owned and run by Olga Polizzi ( mother of Alex Polizzi of Hotel Inspector fame ).
It is a grade I historic house set in the most beautiful woodlands and just off the edge of Dartmoor, near the gorgeous market town of Tavistock.

It has 17 gorgeous bedrooms and is decorated in absolutely impeccable taste - combining a very traditional classic look with a fresh modern style. It really combines a traditional English feel but with the elegance of a Italian Hideaway!

They can accommodate weddings of all sizes from an intimate wedding for two to a large wedding for a 150 with a marquee on the lawn and all weddings are bespoke and tailored to suit you.
A fantastic advantage is that all of their ground floor rooms and some of the areas of the garden, including a 'shell grotto', are licensed for civil ceremonies - making it incredibly flexible.

I hope you agree with me that it is a truly stunning venue!
Contact Hotel Endsleigh at  or for more wedding information including prices 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

What Style Of Wedding Invitations Suit You ?

Choosing your wedding stationery can be a bit of a minefield, so I wanted to give a bit of a guide into the various different styles and finishes of wedding stationery you can consider and what would work best for your wedding.
Of course the possibilities are endless, and no-one should feel constricted by existing designs as most stationers, including me, will offer a bespoke service, but here are my Top 5 Ideas and also a few hints and tips on Card Quality & Finish ….

1. Postcard Style

A simple flat printed invitation. This style of invitation is perfect for you if you don’t have too much information to pass onto your guests, and is also a great option for evening invitations which don’t need as much wording on them. They also make a great Save the Date card option.
Postcard style invitations are great for last minute weddings or if you need invitations in a rush as they can be more easily printed quickly for you. I also offer ' Ready to Write' Packs in a postcard style of all of my ranges which are a great budget option and can be filled in by yourself rather than personalised. 

2. Flat Folded Style

A traditional square folded card can make a great wedding invitation, giving your guests a good insight into the style of your wedding on the front cover, and providing plenty of room inside to give your guests the basic details of the day and R.S.V.P information.
These are also often easier to make in a hurry if you order a pre-existing off the peg design.

3. Pocketfold Style

Pocketfolds are great if you have lots of guests coming from further afield or have lots of information you need to let your guests know about your day.
I often include a RSVP card and envelope for guests to fill in and return, plus an information card providing guests directions, hotel suggestions and details about your gift list. Maps can also be included.

4. Present Style

An alternative to a pocketfold, several invitation, information and rsvp cards can be layered up and tied in string or lace. This can really work when you want to include numerous information cards, maps or rsvps, and can be a gorgeous little package or present for you guests to open when they receive their invitations! Some of my most popular ranges are tied with lace such as Victorian Garden below.

5. Banded

Just like the 'present style' invitations but with a slightly more modern feel these invitations have a coordinating Belly Band to 'tie' the invitation, rsvp and information cards together.

Of course there are also several different types of printing and types of card to consider as well.

There are different types of printing for example. Some stationery comes with a digital print which will usually give you a smooth flat modern finish. I personally print a lot of my stationery designs on good heavyweight textured card – such as wove, laid or aquarello – which gives a more substantial feel and also works really well if you are looking for a vintage feel.
Another alternative is Letterpress. Quite a few companies now specialize in Letterpress style invitations which essentially is a technique that involves printing words or designs with ink while simultaneously ‘debossing’ the image into thick, soft paper.

Most professional stationers will make sure they are using a nice heavy weight card. I wouldn’t usually go for anything less than 300gsm, however you do need to take into account that different card types will feel differently at different weights and so 300gsm in one card will feel ‘less heavy’ than 300gsm in another.

What I’m essentially advocating is always make sure you get a physical sample from your stationer before buying! I personally always think its quite important to hold stationery in your hand to get a really good idea of what its quality is, and most stationers will offer a sample order service.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yellow Home Decor

Every so often on the blog I like to share my other inspirations and passions - one of the main ones being interior design.
Currently I am obsessed with adding yellow highlights to my home decor! I recently bought a set of very bright Matthew Williamson bed linen for the master bedroom and I also made a cushion out of this gorgeous fabric which I found on Etsy at 

So today I'd thought I'd share with you some fantastic ideas that I found for adding a pop of the colour yellow to your home interiors...

I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration for your house .. I'm off to paint something else yellow!

Nikki x

Monday, 29 June 2015


Today I'm delighted to share with you some reception stationery which I designed for a couple of clients who got married earlier this month.
I had previously designed their wedding invitation around a rustic brown Kraft and postage theme and designed their reception stationery to match.
They had brown Kraft and string tags for their placecards with a little postage mark on ...

And I designed a table plan to fit in a hessian frame they had already purchased which had the tables on string attached with small brown pegs to continue the rustic theme ...

Here's a picture of their invitations which this reception stationery matched and I designed earlier in the year ...

If you would like me to design something similar for your wedding stationery then please don't hesitate to get in touch via my website or drop me an email to

Monday, 22 June 2015

Bespoke Cornflower Blue, Peach & Lace Wedding Invitations

Today I want to share with some bespoke invitations which I created for one of my clients recently.
Leanne and Steve are having a very classic country house wedding and wanted their invitations to reflect this and also reflect their beautiful Peach and Cornflower Blue Colourscheme.
I worked with Leanne to add some lace details which reflected the elegant wedding and we ended up with a design which had classic scroll motifs and calligraphy style text tied up in lace with a gorgeous little monogrammed tag at the front.
As part of my fully inclusive bespoke package Leanne and Steve also received complimentary address labels for all their envelopes so the invitations were ready to send directly to their guests.
If you would like to enquire about a bespoke package for your wedding please don't hesitate to get in touch either via my website or by email to

To go with Leanne and Steve's gorgeous delicate colour scheme I've created a moodboard for inspiration for this colour scheme if it appeals to you for your wedding .. incorporating lots of the lace details to reflect the stationery and a gorgeous pair of cornflower blue shoes!

credits : ;lace wedding dress - August Jones -

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Its that time of year when a lot of my work schedule is taken up with reception stationery items for couples who are getting married this summer.
My studio is currently filled with order of service, table plans and placecards to name but a few items. Its always lovely to see the culmination of my clients wedding planning in those last few items they need for 'on the day'.

So today I thought I'd go over some hints and tips for when ordering your reception stationery.


Try and set an RSVP date if you can which is 6 weeks to 2 months prior to your wedding date.
As a stationer I like to have your reception stationery with you at least 10 days before your wedding - just in case there is any error from either party which needs correcting before the day - therefore I'll start asking for information like your table plan layout, placecard names etc. approximately a month before the wedding.
If you set an RSVP date at least a couple of weeks before that it will give you those 2-3 weeks to chase any stragglers who haven't rsvp'd yet ( there will always be some!) and sit down and figure out where everyone is going to sit.
Setting an RSVP date well in advance if possible will avoid any last minute stresses with caterers and stationers on your back for information and numbers ... which is the last thing you need right before your wedding!


Remember if you are getting married in a Church or other religious establishment that the Priest / Vicar etc may want to look over your Order of Service before you go to print. Remember to factor some time in for this and try and persuade your vicar to set an appointment to go over the wording etc for your order of service in plenty of time.
In 6 years of experience printing Order of Service for clients for their weddings there is often a 'difference' shall we say in how vicars and priests think an Order of Service should look and how a designer thinks it should look so there might be a few tweaks!


I offer table plans as either printed boards or rolled posters in either A1 or A2 size.
As a general rule I would say if you are having more than 70 guests or more than 9 tables you should probably consider a larger A1 Table Plan - just so the guests names stay nice and legible.
You should also check with your venue before ordering about whether they have an easel etc for you to display your table plan on and what size board that it will fit.
If you are ordering a rolled poster which you want to frame yourselves or pin to a board at your venue check out the dimensions of the board and frame before ordering.


I'm often asked by clients what they should pick for their table names. Obviously if nothing immediate springs to mind then you can always go with just numbers for your tables, but generally I find clients try and pick something which is personal to them as a couple. In the past I've had names of trees, herbs, favourite sweets and chocolates, countries they have visited together or even significant dates. Its often a good idea to think of hobbies or pastimes you share together and go from there ... movies or film stars are also generally quite popular.

Also with Table Names think about how they are going to be displayed at your venue.
Many venues will provide table card holders but some don't so check first and if not think about if you can lean the card against your centrepieces or alternatively ask me your stationer to provide tented cards which will stand on their own.

Hopefully that gives you a few more ideas about what to expect when ordering your reception stationery but if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to drop me an email at

Nikki x

Monday, 15 June 2015

Pretty Floral Wedding Invitations with Rustic Details

I'm always happy to tweek the design of my standard ranges of wedding stationery to better suit your wedding and today I wanted to share with you how I had done this for one couple recently.
Jo got in touch and loved my Pretty Pastels range but wanted a bit more of a rustic touch so, for just a small bespoke fee of £25, we got rid of the belly band in favour of some thin twine and swapped the white envelope for a brown kraft version.
The result looked incredibly pretty ....

You can see all of the original Pretty Pastels range which it is based on on my website at