I am absolutely obsessed with stationery - and it’s one of the things where I think you can really tell the difference in quality between the professional and the DIY.
I know a lot of people need to do their wedding on a budget, but there are a few reasons I think it’s a mistake to skimp on stationery:
1 - Your Save the Dates and Invites are the first things your guests will see, so you want to set the right tone. Get them excited! 2 - Although people will say it’s just a “small touch”, they add a real sense of consistency from beginning to end, tying together your invitations, menus, place settings, and even the Thank You cards at the end. 3 - Besides, it’s the “little things” matter, right?! These are the touches that elevate your wedding by adding real style and class to the day.
And there are few who do it better than Retro Press.
Retro Press is a home-based studio in the heart of the Cotswolds, run by Kate, Lauren and their little pal Lewi the dachshund! Kate launched Retro Press in 2012 after studying at Art College and finding a passion for printing, and Lauren is now on board helping run the business - answering emails, packaging your parcels, adding the finishing touches… and snapping them beautifully for the ‘gram!
They take care of all your stationery needs - from the invites, signage and table plans at your wedding to important pieces for your other occasions. And they do more over at their little sister company Card Press UK, too!
Everything is produced and printed in house, and these guys love to get creative with their designs! If you need a simple “grab & go” option, they have ready-made templates that you can work from - simply choose your colours and your wording and you’re good to go. But if you want something a little different - something totally unique to you, something that reflects your personality, your theme and your day - then Kate & Lauren will work with you to make it happen.
You can see lots of examples of their amazing work on their website & socials. From blush to bold, traditional & timeless to contemporary & classy - they deliver on all counts. And they think about every detail; not just the colours and the fonts but the extras such as the ribbon, twine, added belly bands and pockets, lined envelopes, wax seals... and let’s not forget their amazing hot foil pressed letters.
Kate & Lauren work with you all the way, from consultations and conception of design, through the decision making process and fine tuning of ideas, until it’s signed off, printed and placed in your hands! They’ll guide you through the entire process and personally, painstakingly produce every bit of it until you have a final product that you just love. The care and attention that goes into each of their products is honestly outstanding - you really couldn’t be in a safer pair of hands!
Their testimonials are incredible, and their work speaks for itself. They're known by so many in the industry and have the most outstanding reputation - and it's easy to see why!
You can get in touch with them to chat about the options, see some samples of their work and get them on board for your special day. Just visit their website, Instagram or Facebook.