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Save The Date – Reasons Why You Should Send Wedding Save The Date Cards

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Once you have booked the wedding date, your wedding planning to-do list will be full steam ahead. Wedding save the date cards may well be one of the first items on your to-do list. Possibly with a question mark. Whilst not mandatory they are a very useful way of making sure your guests are available for your wedding date. I know from experience that the earlier you can let your guests know of your wedding date, the more likely they are to be able to attend. I chose not to send wedding save the date cards when I got married. As a result some of my most important guests had already booked their holidays. Here are a few useful reasons why you should send wedding save the date cards.

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What is the purpose of a wedding save the date card?

A save the date card is essentially alerting your guests that they are invited to your wedding and a formal wedding invitation will follow. Your guests can mark the date on their busy calendars. This allows them to make plans around your wedding date and avoid double booking. Let’s face it, who doesn’t have a busy schedule these days (well, in normal times which are coming)? Many people book both personal and professional dates and events well in advance. The more notice you can give your guests the more likely they are to be able to attend. Wedding save the date cards are also particularly useful if the wedding is abroad or your guests will need to travel. This allows them extra time to make arrangements. 

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When should we send our wedding save the dates?

Save the date cards can be sent as soon as you have booked your wedding date and confirmed your venue. If you have booked your wedding date a long time in advance and would like to wait a little, then a good time scale would be 12-18 months before your wedding to send save the date cards. Bear in mind that you will need to have a confirmed guest list before sending wedding save the dates. Once a save the date card is sent, your guest will expect a formal invitation to follow so you can’t un-invite them at this stage! My advice would be to only send them to those you know you 100% want at your wedding. You can always add to the list as you go.

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What information should you include on wedding save the date cards?

The great thing about save the date cards is that you can keep them simple. As mentioned earlier, this is simply to notify your guests that they are invited to your wedding and should save the date in their diary. Your names, wedding date, and the location are sufficient. It is important to mention the location if the wedding is going to be abroad or if your guests will need to travel. However, some couples like to keep the venue secret for a little longer. If you plan to send wedding save the date cards to both day and evening guests you should also specify this on the card to avoid any confusion at a later date. My advice would be to send save the dates to your day guests initially and then consider the evening guests a little later on.

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Can’t we just send wedding invitations really early and not send save the date cards?

Quite often a lot of information will need to be included in a wedding invitation. It will need to include the venue, time of ceremony, possibly menu options, local accommodation, gift information, RSVP card with reply date etc. (For more help with this click here.) Much of the information that needs to be included may not have been finalised at the early stages of planning. It is also possible that you may not have finalised your wedding colour scheme. This would need to be reflected in your invitations. It is not essential to show your wedding style and colours in your save the date cards. If necessary they can be made in neutral colours. This also adds to the anticipation of receiving the actual wedding invitation.

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Brides prerogative

So you have booked your wedding date and the excitement is building. You want the whole world to know you are getting married. You are probably simply just too excited and can’t wait to share your wedding date with your guests. This is a perfect reason to send wedding save the date cards! This will also build up more excitement and anticipation for the wedding as your guests will eagerly await formal invitations.

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We are planning for a brighter future

Whilst save the date cards are not as essential as your wedding invitations, they are very useful. It is the perfect way to ensure you have your most important guests at your wedding. With the postponement of many weddings throughout 2020 and now 2021 due to COVID-19, the future is looking extremely busy for weddings once they return. Making sure your guests save the date for your wedding in advance has never been so important as we all begin to catch up on the holidays and events we have missed. We are all keen to plan and fill up our diaries again with exciting things to look forward to. Now more than ever we want to be surrounded by our family and friends so don’t leave it to chance. Send a wedding save the date card!

Let’s get planning and looking forward.

We absolutely love our Save The Day cards that Lisa made for us. We chose a lavender theme and Lisa is going to work with us to incorporate lavender into the place settings on the day. The service was amazing, Lisa is so friendly and we are so excited to send the cards out ♥️‘ – Kerry & Richard

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Wedding Stationery Staffordshire – Instagram Round up of 2020

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Hello, my name is Lisa and as you probably know I make wedding stationery in Staffordshire. Well, I do on a normal year. 2020 has been quite a year right!? A year which we definitely don’t want to repeat. For me, like so many in our beloved wedding industry, it has been tough on many levels. Trying to keep positive, be strong for my couples and actually keep my business afloat has all taken a great deal of  strength. I have had to dig deep and keep smiling.

I want to end on a positive, so here are my top nine Instagram posts which I think sum things up pretty well for me.

1. Handmade Christmas Cards

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Making handmade Christmas cards isn’t something I would ordinarily do as November through to February is my busiest time of year, but not this year. Making the cards gave me a focus and allowed me to do what I do best which is design and make and you guys loved them too which made me smile….a lot! I really enjoyed making the Christmas cards and was so very grateful to all that bought them. Who knows, maybe next year I will do them again!

2. Murphy and Me

photo of Lisa and dog scenic lake behind

I am so incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful location and be able to make wedding stationery here in Staffordshire. Rudyard lake is 5 minutes walk from my house which is in Rudyard village, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. If you ever get a chance, do pay the lake a visit as it truly is stunning whatever the weather. I love to walk with our slightly crazy Labradoode Murphy, and you lot obviously like to see this too as it was my 2nd most popular post. I think Murphy was the star of the show here. Who doesn’t love a doggie post?

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3. Our Wedding Anniversary – 15 Years

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My hubby and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on the 2nd July. Not quite the celebration we may have wanted however the first lockdown just lifted in time for us to go out for a lovely meal. We were very thankful to be able to celebrate and reminisce with our two amazing children, about our beautiful day at Mottram Hall in 2005. Beautiful memories of a perfect day.

4. Reels!

The big thing this year has definitely been TikTok and there have been some fantastic and very inspiring videos throughout lockdown which have kept us all entertained. Instagram, not wanting to miss out on the action, brought out reels which is essentially their version of TikTok. I decided to have a go and do something fun. I cringe when I watch it, but it did do rather well with lots and LOTS of views. You should watch it but just don’t tell me. Ha ha.

5. Giveaway

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I teamed up with two of my favourite wedding suppliers and decided to do a giveaway to say thank you to all of the couples that have continued to support us throughout 2020. Linda at Buttercup Cakes and Chelsea at Chelsea Shoesmith Photography both donated some fabulous prizes along with my £50 wedding stationery voucher and two packs of handmade Christmas cards. The winner was over the moon.

6. Rustic Wedding Invitations

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Having not made many wedding invitations at all this year, I haven’t shared as many photos as normal. It was therefore lovely to see an invitation pop up on my top nine. My most popular image of a wedding invitation this year was a very rustic invitation with a burlap bellyband, twine, personalised tag and a sprig of eucalyptus. It went down very well and the couple were over the moon with their invitations.
‘Lisa oh my god, these invitations are absolutely stunning! They are everything we wanted and more thank you so much for all of your hard work, excellent communication and I’ll be sure to recommend you to everyone I know !!
Thank you, thank you, thank you’

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7. Christmas Cards Again

I made two design ranges for the Christmas cards. When I shared the first photo, it went down a storm and was my number one post on Instagram for the year. This image also did very well and made it to my top nine. I think I definitely need to do these again next year right!?

8. Introducing Lisa

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2020 has definitely been about putting myself out there. I am not very good at putting myself in front of the camera but I knew this year more than ever I needed to put a face to my business. People love to know about people, myself included, so sharing a little about me along with a photo had to be done here and there. I have actually loved the response too so expect to see more of me in 2021.

9. Doing What I love

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I love that this is my last photo as this is me doing what I love, making wedding stationery. Hopefully 2021 will see me doing lots more of this and of course, I will be sharing.

It has been quite therapeutic to do this blog and actually take some time to focus on the positives from 2020. On a personal note, I got to spend precious time with my family and we got lots of work done on our house (which is a renovation project). For my business, I have learnt an immense amount. I have completed courses, attended challenges and connected with lots of other wedding suppliers which has been so valuable. I even won the title of ‘Champion Blogger’ which I am really rather proud of.

So thank you to each and every person that has supported me throughout this strangest of years and a particular thank you to Maddy Shine for encouraging this and all of my blogs. Maddy has been one of my many inspirations and motivators for this year. She also creates the most amazing GIFS. Go check her out here.

So all that remains is for me to wish you and your family a peaceful and cosy Christmas however you may be spending it. Take care lots of love.

2021….BRING IT ON! Cheers.

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Instagram top nine posts

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1. Dare I mention the ‘C’ word!!?
2. Starting my day with a brisk walk with @moofydoodle.
3. Today is our wedding anniversary. 15 years!
4. Who can relate!?
5. G I V E A W A Y – As Christmas approaches, we want to spread some joy and thank our fantastic followers for your support with this FAB giveaway.
6. I am still here, drowning in invitations!!
7. After the AMAZING response to my Christmas card post yesterday (thank you), I thought I had better show you all my 2nd range.
8. T H A N K Y O U – To every single person that has ordered Christmas cards,
9. Hello – I seem to have had lots of new visitors to my page over the last few weeks so thought I would introduce myself. 🙂

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Wedding Stationery Staffordshire – 10 Items of Wedding Stationery you Didn’t Know you Needed for Your Wedding Day

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The wedding invitations were sent months ago! The RSVP’s are finally in and the guest list has been finalised. It’s nearly time for your BIG DAY. Here are 10 items of wedding stationery you didn’t know you needed for your wedding day?

1. Church Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Booklet

If you are getting married in a Church, an order of service booklet is an important part of your wedding stationery. You and your guests will need to know the order of the ceremony and at what points they are required to join in with singing and prayers. The booklet will also include hymns and readings.

Church order of service booklet displayed in basket
Image by James Tracey Photgraphy

2. Civil Ceremony and Reception Order of the Day

We all love to know what is happening and when, right!? A wedding day is perfectly planned and timings are vital to keep the day running smoothly. Including an Order of the Day as part of your wedding stationery will please your guests enormously by telling them where they need to be and at what time. They will especially love to know what time they are being fed!!

Order of the day list of times and events with personalised glitter band rustic kraft card edging
Image by Inspired by Lisa

3. Wedding Guest Seating Plan

This element of wedding stationery can be a real show stopper as well as functional. If you would like your guests to be seated at certain tables for the wedding breakfast, then this is essential. There are lots of creative ways to display your seating plan from traditional ornate frames with floral decoration to individual tables in vintage frames.

Wedding seating plan decorated with gold foil card gold lame ribbon displayed in ornate gold frame
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
Gold leaf decorated eating plan displayed vintage style gold frames on table foliage flowers candles
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

4. Table Names or Numbers for each Table

When your guests have found their name on the seating plan, they then need to find their table. Whether you have simple numbers or have chosen a name for each table, this will coordinate with your seating plan. Choosing a theme or names for your tables can be a great way of adding personal and unique touches to your wedding day.

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5. Guest Table Place Setting

A place setting, possibly a place card or tag, is not just an item of wedding stationery but can often be a wedding keepsake too. Guests love to take home a snippet of your day as a reminder of the fun they had. I also think this is an important part of your table decoration and can be displayed in so many creative ways.

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
Two place names decorated with gold leaf displayed in vintage style gold frames
Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

6. Wedding Breakfast Menu

As wedding stationery goes, I believe this one is vital! Your guests will want to know what they are about to eat. Whether you have a set menu, or your guests have chosen what they wanted to eat beforehand, they will need a reminder. If your guests chose there menu before the wedding day having personlaised menus is a great help. Often they made their choices months in advance. Would you remember what you chose?

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

7. Personalised Wedding Guest Book

This is a very personal and much loved item of wedding stationery for you to keep forever. Asking your guests to leave messages in your guest book is a lovely thing to read as Mr & Mrs after your wedding day. It is also a lovely way to look back in years to come at the ‘expert’ advice that was offered. I am sure there will a giggle or two in there.

Silver glitter personalised guest book with personalised box
Image by Inspired by Lisa

8. Personalised Wedding Card Post Box

Your wedding guests will bring cards, which may often contain gift vouchers or cash. A safe and obvious place to leave cards is really useful. This can also match all of your wedding stationery and be a useful item to store your memories in after the day.

Tall wedding card post box with lid decorated with burlap, lace twine small paper rose
Image by Inspired by Lisa

9. Wedding Day Signage

Signage is a great way to describe or give helpful instructions for certain parts of your wedding day. This can include things such as ‘welcome to our wedding’ sign, cake flavours for your wedding cake, reserved signs on the Church pews, or even to remind guests to sign your guest book. These are just a few ideas of which there are many more.

Wedding welcome sign decorated with burlap lace twine displayed in ornate white frame
Image by Katie Mortimore Photography

10. Finally…..Do you Need Wedding Stationery or Wedding Stationary?

Wedding stationery and wedding stationary are very often confused. A lot of people use the wrong one when contacting me about their wedding stationery. So hopefully this will help;

STATIONERY is a noun that means tools used in an office or for writing such as paper and pens. You can remember E for Envelopes or ER in paper.

STATIONARY is an adjective used to describe something that is still or not moving. Remember the AR in parked car.

I hope this gives you a good idea of what wedding stationERy you will need. You definitely don’t want a stationARy wedding day! If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and wedding stationery, please do get in touch. I can provide all of what you need to match your wedding day theme.

Several of the images used within this blog are from a recent photoshoot that was photographed by the wonderful Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. To see behind the scenes at the photoshoot at The Upper House, please read my blog post. Other professional images where specified are by James Tracey Photography and Katie Mortimore. Non-professional images are taken by me!

Lisa xx

The biggest thank you ever to Lisa for making such beautiful stationery for our wedding day. Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with from my first enquiry before I’d even placed an order, and she captured my vision perfectly. She works to such a high professional standard, I couldn’t find fault with any of her work. The quality of the materials Lisa uses is just stunning and really makes everything feel like it’s been made with love and care. Lisa was so friendly and professional, I didn’t feel rushed at all, everything worked around my timings and when deliveries were convenient for me and when the deliveries came everything was packaged with the upmost care so nothing was damaged – including my table plan which came in a frame! I cannot thank Lisa enough or recommend her highly enough, if you truly want something bespoke and luxurious that’s made with love and care with fantastic attention to detail then you must must must order with Lisa xxx ‘ – Pia

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Rustic Wedding Invitations – Jessica and Mitch’s Rustic Wedding Stationery for their Wedding at The White Hart at Lydgate

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I first met Jessica and Mitch in May 2019. Having found me through Instagram, Jessica got in touch to discuss rustic wedding invitations and stationery. The wedding date was set for Friday 21st February 2020 in a Church and followed by a reception at The White Hart Inn at Lydgate. Jessica loved my handmade wedding stationery, but couldn’t make a decision as to what she wanted for her rustic themed wedding. We decided that a face to face consultation would be best. I met with Mitch, Jessica and her lovely Mum Julie in May 2019. After much discussion and cups of tea, they had chosen their perfect rustic wedding invitations with matching rustic wedding stationery.

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Choosing Rustic Wedding Invitations and Stationery Perfect for Their Wedding Theme

Jessica had already seen one of my rustic wedding invitation ranges that she was in love with. The range is called Rural and features Kraft card (which is a brown, recycled card), with lots of rustic textures. Having viewed many more ideas from my design ranges, she fell in love with an ivory iridescent card which has a beautiful soft shimmer. This was chosen for the main body of the day wedding invitations and evening invitations. This was combined with the Kraft card and textures to make their perfect rustic wedding invitations.

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Rustic Wedding Invitation Styles

I have a range of rustic wedding invitation types including pocketfolds, traditional folded cards and flat cards. After discussing how much information Jessica and Mitch wanted to give their guests, we started planning for the style of invitation. It was also important to Jessica that her guests were able to have their invitation on display in their home.She wanted to put her own stamp on things too, so opted for a traditional folded card with an internal pocket with design adaptions to my Rural design range.

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Deciding what Rustic Wedding Stationery to Have ‘On The Day’?

As the wedding ceremony was in a Church, an order of service was required for the guests. They wanted to keep it simple, so we agreed on a smaller order of service booklet. In keeping with their rustic theme, the booklets would be displayed in a straw filled basket for guests to collect on entering the Church. For the wedding breakfast tables, they required a menu booklet for the centre of each table. Jessica also hired a fabulous wooden, light up heart on which to display her table plan. I made each table separately in the theme of her rustic wedding invitations. Each table was in a wooden frame.

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Image by James Tracey Photography
order of service booklets displayed in a straw filled basket
Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography

Adding Personal Unique Touches to Their Wedding Day

Jessica has a large circle of friends and each of them would have been Bridesmaids had it been possible. She really wanted to make each of these girls feel special and a very important part of her wedding day. She asked me to make small personalised cards to be attached to gifts for each of them.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

Working with Jessica and Mitch on all of their rustic wedding invitations and matching stationery was an absolute joy. After their wedding, they wrote me a wonderful review for which I am very grateful.

‘Lisa made our invites for our big day and then went on to make our order of service, signs, table plan names, menus etc. Everything was such beautiful amazing quality, Lisa was always great to communicate with and everything really was perfectly made. Thank you again Lisa, Love Jess and Mitch! xxx’

Wishing Mr & Mrs Thomson the most wonderful life together. Thank you for choosing me to be part of your special day.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

For more 5* customer reviews, please take a look here. Thank you to Jessica and Mitch for allowing me to use their professional photos from their wedding day by James Tracey Photography. Please check out his beautiful website. All other images are from Inspired by Lisa. If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and stationery, do get in touch. Jessica and Mitch chose my Rural design range as a starting point for their rustic wedding invitations and stationery.

Bride Jessica in her wedding dress
Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey

Wedding Invitations and Stationery – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Wedding Stationer

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Once you have set the date and booked your wedding venue, you will be starting to think about your wedding invitations and stationery. Personalised wedding invitations are pretty important if you want some guests right!? With all of the excitement and planning, you may have great intentions to make your own wedding invites. Here are 5 reasons why you need a wedding stationer instead.

1. Setting the Wedding Day Tone with Your Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Your wedding invitations are the very first insight your guests will have into your wedding day. What a joy to open that luxury envelope to find the most perfect wedding invitation. Setting the tone for one of the most exciting and important days of your life. The quality of your wedding invites says a great deal about what to expect on the day. A wedding stationer knows just how to set that tone for you, working with a variety of budgets. With all good intentions, there is a difference between handmade and homemade! A professional handmade wedding invitation requires a great deal of skill and should exude quality, no matter what the budget.

Lisa making place cards and wedding stationery Inspired by Lisa

2. Making Wedding Invitations and Stationery Requires Experience, Knowledge and Skill

Believe it or not, making wedding invitations and stationery, takes a great deal of skill. We are experienced in what we do and do it all day, every day. It may sound silly, but if a line isn’t straight, you and your guests WILL notice. That takes practice too, even with a design degree! As professional wedding stationers, we have the knowledge to advise on styles, from rustic wedding invitations to elegant table plans, as well as card choice, wedding invitation wording, and ‘on the day’ wedding stationery. Inspired by Lisa has grown from strength to strength since 2007 and I am very proud to have a wealth of knowledge and experience. This experience doesn’t just include designing and making personalised wedding stationery, but also a knowledge of helpful wedding planning tips too.

3. How to Find Inspiration

Wedding stationers are a very creative bunch. Being able to offer clients inspiration based on their ideas is essential. You can Pinterest until your heart’s content, but then knowing how to execute an idea or adapt it to suit your wedding theme takes time. Inspiration is all part of the design process and having somebody to offer you inspiration and a solution is key to achieving the look that you desire.

4. Do you Have Time to Spare?

Time is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of making wedding invitations and stationery. Planning a wedding is time consuming and can be very stressful. Having a wedding stationer is a guarantee that you will alleviate some of that stress. How many people under-estimate their time? Do you really have time in your busy lives to design your wedding stationery, source quality supplies, print, cut and assemble carefully to a standard that you are happy with? I have lost count of the amount of panicked brides that contact me, not realising that making wedding invitations was MUCH more difficult than they anticipated. DIY wedding invitations will cause you unwanted stress!

5. Wedding Invitation Wording and the Many Variations

This can be a bit overwhelming, as chances are; you have never done this before. When it comes to wedding invitation wording, there are a multitude of things that can be included and different ways to word them. Your wedding invites need to look beautiful as well as serve a purpose without going over the top with information. We can also offer lots of advice on how to word your invitations based on your family arrangements. You definitely don’t want to upset your new in-laws with this one. Oh, and not forgetting that elephant in the room….gifts!! I have written a more in-depth blog on What To Include in Your Wedding Invitations well worth a read.

Working with a wedding stationery company will offer you peace of mind. The stationery will be finished on time and stress free. Another tick on your ever expanding to-do list too! Please get in touch for a very informal chat to see how I can help you, so that you can enjoy your wedding planning, without the stress! Check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for regularly updated inspiration.

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