We are a big fan of beautiful wedding stationery, it can really add a personal touch to your day. From your save-the-dates, right up to your thank you cards, it’s a chance to start adding your own style to your big day. We were excited to interview the very lovely Holly Rees and of course to photograph her stunning work.
When did you launch your own wedding stationery business and what is your background?
I began designing wedding stationery in 2014. My background and qualification is as an Architect, specifically focussing on interior refurbishments. I found that training as an Architect taught me a great deal about graphic design and branding. Working on interior projects has helped to define my personal style, my appreciation of colour and my ability to edit ideas, which is one of the most important lessons a designer should learn.
What services do you offer?
I focus primarily on custom design, ranging from wedding stationery suites to branding for small businesses. I aim to provide modern calligraphy as a service also in the near future.
Do you specialize in a certain design or style?
My style is quite contemporary yet classic. I hand draw certain elements, such as the floral wreaths and combine these with digital elements to create something clean and simple.
Where do you find your inspiration for your stationery comes from?
I get my inspiration primarily from the design industry, from interior design magazines and my peers who work in similar fields. I spend a lot of time looking at colour palettes and styled shoots on places such as pinterest.
What's your advice for couples on choosing their own wedding stationery?
Pinterest is an excellent platform for refining the type of look you are after. It helps a designer exponentially if the couple has a clear idea of the style they prefer at the beginning of the process, or have seen other stationery that they like.
Tell us which styles have been popular this year.
Botanicals are having a big impact this year, rather than the traditional floral bouquet we are seeing much more foliage and much more emphasis on informal, asymmetrical arrangements. Warm colour metals such as coppers and brass are prominent throughout the industry and matt, textured linens are also forming the background to many table settings.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy styling and creating palettes, combining colours and textures and refining a concept for a stationery suite or brand.
Which areas do you offer your services to and how long do you advise the couple contact you before their big day?
I would recommend that a couple aim to send out their save the dates as soon as they know the date / location of the wedding. It allows them to be rest assured that their guests will have the dates in their diaries and will give them more flexibility with when they can send out the formal invites. Full invitations could be sent out as late as six weeks before the wedding if a save the date has been used. It is a good idea to allow at least six weeks for the design process of the main wedding invitation, from initial concept to final print. Table plans and place settings should be started at least a month before the wedding.
What is next for your business?
I hope to improve my modern calligraphy as a service, as I love doing this. I hope to be involved with styled shoots and arranging one myself in the near future.
We would like to thank Holly for taking the time to speak to us. To find out more about her stationary business click here.
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