When I photograph a wedding I often take detail shots of the stationary settings. They always feel like they tie in all of the details of the day in a beautifully subtle way.
One thing that often gets missed in the wedding shots is a collaboration shot of all of the stationary leading up to the day. A top tip would be to get one of your bridesmaids or someone your trust to bring along and pre wedding stationary which can be shot alongside some of your other detail shots.
Helen Provided us with many examples of her work for our style shoot and they were all fantastic! I caught up with her afterwards to ask more about her business.
Here’s what we talked about…
The inspiration behind the stationery was to complement the colour palette of the décor, while also including foliage and greenery such as eucalyptus.
What is your most popular item or package?
Invitation Bundles are my most popular item, these are made up of a main invitation and RSVP card, held together with a matching Bellyband. Extra cards can be added to suit the couple’s requirements. These are ideal, as they include everything the couple needs.
WE LOVE THESE!
I have always had a love for design and after graduating with a degree in Graphic Design back in 2010 I became a freelance graphic designer. It was when my friend asked me to create her wedding invitations, that I noticed there was a gap in the market for modern, printed stationery, after a lot of research and development I launched Helen Scott Design, specialising in Wedding and Event stationery.
I love that I get to work with couples throughout their wedding journey and at different stages of their planning, from the first Save the Date to the last Thank You card.
I also love working on bespoke orders, working closely with my couples on their design brief, as this really lets my creativity flow. I’ve worked on a range of themes such as the seaside, linocut and Formula 1!
I am currently working on some On the Day stationery for a couple who love horse racing.Each table is named after a famous racecourse and the table plan looks like a racing sheet, with each guest having their own jockey outfit and hat!
For the future of my business, I would love to have my own studio where couples can come for a consultation and view my stationery.
Couples can contact me through my website – www.helenscott.co.uk
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m also on Instagram –Helen Scott
When couples first get in touch with me, I do a little consultation to find out what stationery they require, timescales and what design/theme they have in mind, from this design proofs are created for review and approval. This is then repeated closer to the big day, to finalise their On the Day stationery.
Couples usually get in touch via email first. We normally exchange a few emails before a more in depth phone call or face to face meeting to discuss finer details.
When it comes to ordering your stationery, remember it is only necessary to send one invitation per household/couple, rather than one per guest. This reduces your numbers and is more budget friendly.
In the light of COVID-19 what do you recommend couples do re their stationary if they had had to postpone?
If couples have already sent out their invitations, I recommend sending a small ‘Change the Date’ card, rather than reprinting and resending the full invitation set. For any On the Day stationery you might have with the old date on, chat with your stationer about possible stickers to re-place dates.
My one bit of advice would be to research which Wedding Fairs are more suited to me and my target audience. There are a lot of events out there, and it is important you are connecting with the couples that like your style and work.
What did you find were the type of couples that like your style?
I’ve found that couples who want more of a personal touch to their invitations, such as one including flowers to match the bouquets or an illustration of their pet are the ones who match my style and interested in working together.
We particularly love the matching lid of the envelopes with the floral design, very beautiful.
What have been your top 3 most successful wedding fairs?
My most successful wedding fayres have been at Black Horse Beamish, Websters Ropery and Lumley Castle.
Why not check out these amazing venues for a bit of inspiration: