Stressing out over organising your wedding? Don’t!
True love endures even the most trying of times; true love lasts a life-time.
Stressing out over organising your wedding? Don’t!
True love endures even the most trying of times; true love lasts a life-time.
Are you getting married in a wonderful exotic place!? If so we can create a really special range of stationery especially for you. Just send us your photo from a digital camera by email. Or if you don’t have that perfect photograph why not check out istock.com where you’ll find lots of images from all over the world that we can then print onto your stationery – tailor-made, personal and a one-off.
So, what can you find? Well, it really is simple; you have two options:
1) If you know what you are looking for, use the site search-bar, typing in key words to find a wide choice of images selected by your key-word search.
2) Browse. Use the titled collections to browse through galleries to find the perfect picture!
It’s that easy! …
You heard it here first but we have BREAKING NEWS!
BREAKING NEWS — BREAKING NEWS — BREAKING NEWS — BREAKING NEWS!!
One of the biggest wedding trends for 2014 is going to be: THE PARASOL! Yep, that’s right, the parasol is having a huge come-back and is going to be the ‘must have’ item for all weddings for 2014.
Stylish, effortlessly elegant and eternally practical, the parasol is perfect for bakingly hot summer days and for sheltering under in wintery rain storms!
Vintage-inspired parasols were first trend-spotted when they featured prominently in Reem Acra‘s 2014 bridal collection; as the folks of T.O.W.I.E would say, this trend is truly “REEM”!
THE HISTORY OF PARASOLS
History of the parasol reaches much further back than that of the umbrella; discovered millennia ago, the parasol finally evolved into it’s modern form around 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, Assyria and China…
Say hello to Adrienne Chagas, the creative winter wonderland bride!
This crafty bride meticulously hand-painted these gorgeous monochrome, black and white parasols for her and her bridesmaids to carry on the day, in place of the traditional wedding bouquets for the bridal party. They look absolutely gorgeous in this photo and they’d be a lovely memento to treasure in years to come.
Just be sure not to pick bridesmaids with really long first names!
Parasols don’t have to be just an accessory, why not use these useful umbrellas in your decorating scheme?
1) Hang them from the ceiling to jazz up a plain venue or to give a summery feeling in less clement weather.
2) If you’re having an outside wedding attach them to your seating or simply place a parasol at either end of your aisle rows so that they are handy and accessible for guests who are feeling a little ‘shady’.
3) Use a parasol as a table centre-piece at your reception breakfast. Pick a different coloured parasol for each table and place it in a vase or secured to a bouquet with florist’s wire. Use the arch of the parasol to drape flowers, beads, feathers, bunting etc over the table, adding height and depth to your centre piece.
This is a particularly good trick if your holding your reception in a small venue: the parasol carries the eye upwards, distracting from a immediacy of a small space.
Steal a private moment with your new spouse and hide away behind a parasol! Parasols provide elegance, shade, rain-cover, privacy and style; be sure to use each and every element that they have to offer.
Remember: they don’t have to be just a bridal accessory either!
1) Keep the little girls in your guest list in the shade by making sure your younger guests have a parasol to hand: you’ll keep them sun-safe and they’ll feel like a princess too!
2) Give your photographer a parasol: you’ll never know when they’d appreciate it – it can be useful to block out bright sunlight glare or to provide an instantly dry roof for vital photos on a dreichy day- and of course, hide and keep expensive equipment safe and dry!
With an increasing veering towards rustic lifestyle and La Dolce Vita, with key cultural moments like the making of the film ‘Nine’, classic Greco/Italian books like ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ and Italian cuisine channelled through our favourite cook and yummy mummy Nigella, haute couture fashion and music being more popular then ever, we “did it (our) way” and give you our favourite Pinterested thoughts on an Italian Wedding style.
We love this beautiful Mira Zwillinger wedding gown from a real-life rustica Italian wedding held by the sunny banks of the famous Lake Como.
The dress is totally at home with the Catholic old Italia style of the church, marrying (‘scuse the pun)both the couple’s own individual style and the presented style of the ceremony venue.
We think that the bride looks absolutely beautiful and we adore the classic architecture of the old church; just look at that gorgeous stained glass window in the back wall: beautiful!
Italian wedding soup is a staple of the Itie wedding and here’s the low-down…
Made up of endive, escarole, cabbage, lettuce, kale, spinach, meatballs, sausage and chicken broth, the Italian wedding soup is actually a total misnomer. The original Italian title is “minestra maritata” (married soup) which is a reference to the fact that the meat content and the vegetable content of the soup marries well together, is a successful combination, and NOT anything to do with weddings at all!
Traditionally, the soup is served at Christmas and was originally hugely popular in Toledo, Spain, before pasta became an affordable commodity to most Spaniards. The modern wedding soup is a considerably lighter affair than the original Spanish version, which initially contained more meat than vegetables.
However, despite all the mix-ups, Italian wedding soup has come to be fondly included in Italian weddings, usually as a small starter course; so for that reason, we include it!
How much fun does this wedding reception, held in Positano, Italy look?
The guests were all handed out tambours and tambourines to accompany the traditional band and ribbons in the Italia colours are tied to anything that shakes. The groom is getting involved in some native percussion pounding, a dad is picking away at the mandolin and the bride herself is up on the rostra busting some shapes!
We particularly love the idea of the sweet-sounding, timeless mandolin being a part of the reception; it’s such a integral cultural sound to Italy and we feel an Italian wedding would be amiss without it. Bound to produce tears from even the most chirpy of Italian mothers, how unutterably beautiful would a First Dance to the lamenting sound of the mandolin be? We’d love “Pelagia’s Song” from the beautiful soundtrack of the hit film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” (not actually played by Nicholas Cage, although he did learn the mandolin for the role!).
Gorgeous! You can feel the fun from here!
Surely, the ONLY way to leave your Italian wedding has to be on the seat of a Vespa (we have a sneaking suspicion that a Cinque Cento might not be quite so glamorous!) Obviously if you’re in a long dress with a train you either need to change outfits or sacrifice the Vespa adventure; but for us, it looks perfect.
We can see it now, you jetting off, into the sunset, hanging on to your new spouse, on the way to some quiet pensione as your honeymoon begins! Ah! Perfect!
However, if you really can’t bear the idea of a bike, opt for a classic vintage Fiat like the touring explorer couple here, shown right.
We’d go for a yummy traditional Italian menu, like this one!
The final thing we’ll leave you with is this beautiful shot of an Al Fresco wedding reception, held near Rome. The setting is so romantic that the decoration can be left to a really minimal style, using clean white lines to compliment the old architecture.
If all this doesn’t get you reaching for “Roman Holiday”, a Frankie B-side and a big pizza pie, we don’t know what will; we love the Italian style and there is huge potential for wedding inspiration to be taken, even if you don’t intend on going anywhere near Italy or in marrying someone Italian! With the culture becoming so popular, an Italian style wedding would be a popular, happy choice for all concerned and most definitely a day to remember for the rest of your lives.
Here are our bullet points for an Italian wedding!
Why not make your wedding day a day to remember by making your special time a film-themed day, with nods to all your favourite flicks! Forget thoughts of tacky gimmicks and pinch the creme de la creme of cinema’s wedding ideas.
Here’s how WE would do it if we had a Movie-Themed Wedding…
The go-to for fashionistas, Sex And The City has been providing women with trend-setting tips for over a decade and we think that Carrie’s wedding dress from the SATC movie is the height of bridal haute couture.
This gorgeous dress, worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, was made for the film by Vivenne Westwood.
Style SATC style and book in with a good dress-maker who can copy the pattern for you. Accessorise the dress, as Carrie did, with this year’s in-colour: Emerald – fascinator and shoes.
If you’re feeling particularly flush, get yourself some Manolo Blahniks, in true Carrie style!
Elia Kazahn’s classic film belongs to a pantheon of Hollywood hits for a reason; it is tangibly raw, real, sensual and steamy so why not take wedding day inspiration from the best?
Mid-way through the film comes the sequence where Marlon Brando’s character - Stanley, screams for Stella and she (ever so slowly) slips her way down each step of the stairs before clasping Stanley in a smothering embrace. It’s one of cinema’s most thrilling and suspense-laiden pieces of footage and, having a beautiful winding wooden staircase like the Kowalski’s, would make a really stylish addition to any ceremony or reception.
Steal Streetcar’s style by choosing venues with long, elaborate staircases. If you can’t find one, you can have one made – try comissioning a carpenter to build you the romantic stairway of your dreams!
Have fun with your wedding cake and go for something a little bit silly, steer away from an austere cake and have a giggle with your guests - we’ve chosen Harry Potter but it’s really up to you!
We love this chocolate Sorting Hat cake with it’s edible Gryffindor scarf, Golden Snith and rosewood wand – very nerdy but very yummy.
Pixar’s “Up” took the nation, and it’s tear-ducts, by storm when it came to cinemas to tell the story of a little old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and takes off to see the world, just as his wife had always wanted to.
So, why don’t you echo the sentiment and have a balloon release on your wedding day. Recently, balloons released in the UK made it as far as Australia, unharmed – so why not see how far your wedding can reach!
Tie a tag onto your balloon with your names, the date, your email address and a message saying “Email us when you find our balloon!”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fuerris goes to extreme lengths to get hold of this car but eventually sees his automobile ambitions go – quite literally – out the window.
You don’t have to make anywhere near the effort Ferris does: hire for your wedding day, then drive away with one of these little red beauty. Perfect!
Make like the lads in the late Anthony Minghella’s stylish film, and party at your wedding with a jazzy kareoke session; nothing gets people involved like a good sing-song of everyone’s favourite tunes.
In the film, Jude Law’s character, Dickie plays the sax – be sure to ask your musical friends to bring their instruments for a reception jam-sesh!
Steal the style of the stripping W.I ladies in Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls” by having a beautiful bunch of sunflowers for your arrangements, buttonholes and bouquets.
“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
So, we’re not suggesting the groom comes dressed as Thor, but how about making a subtle tribute to the Marvel movie selection? We love the Avengers cufflinks sets by Rosemary White; they would be a perfect way of working a cinematic wedding for the men of the party:
1. Ask the groom and each of his ushers to pick an Avenger (groom gets first choice…!)
2. Treat them to the corresponding cufflinks and have them wear them on the day.
This way, you kill two birds with one stone: thank you pressies and groomsmen attire!
Why not serve something yummy from the on-ship First Class menu for April 14th 1912?
You could have yourself a Star Line buffet of: salmon mayonnaise, potted shrimps, norweigan anchoives, scoused herrings, sardines; roast beef and veal and ham pie – to name but a few of the nautical treats on the cards.
If the buffet doesn’t thrill you, steal their cheese plate: Chesire, Stilton, Gorgonzola, Edam, Camembert, Roquefort, St Ives and Cheddar – all washed down with a tankard of Munich Lager Beer.
But where do ScissorPaperStone come in?
You can customise your personal wedding stationery with any design or image you want with our bespoke stationery service. 2013 marks ScissorPaperStone’s 10th Anniversary and over those ten years, we’ve done a real variety of individual bespoke designs, ranging from film stills and posters, to childhood paintings and holiday caricatures! We really can do whatever you it is you want.
Here are a few of our ideas – feel free to nick them!
- Use a film quote to tie in all your stationery with one theme: “You had me at hello”, “I love you, I am who I am because of you” or “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her…” would work particuarly well!
- Use a strong image taken from a key moment in the story-telling of your favourite film and use it as the design inspiration for your stationery.
These freeze-frame film stills could make very romantic design ideas!
- If you want to incorporate cinematic vision whilst thinking more outside the box, use a film motif as stationery inspiration; maybe you’d like the white feather from Forest Gump or the Love Actually heart graphic?
This Autumn is set to be a trendy one, with the major fashion, style and wedding inspiration being: NATURE.
So, why not reflect this earthy, down-to-earth, trend in your own wedding, moreover, in your wedding stationery, with our fabulous contemporary wedding stationery designs, off-the-peg OR designed as bespoke pieces, especially for you.
Here are four of our favourite, off-the-peg ScissorPaperStone designs…
CHERRY in Wine
CHERRY in Gold
1930s SWIRL in Wine
CRYSTAL in Gold
BUT – IT DOESN’T STOP THERE!
We can also print bespoke designs for brides-to-be who want something unique. Why not try www.istock.com – an online library of thousands of images covering every subject imaginable. Enter your search requirements (eg: nature, autumn) and browse.
Here are just a few of our favourite options from the millions available!
Flowing Autumn Leaves Frame
Fallen Leaves Background
Autumn colored maple leaves hanging on clothes line
So, go for it!
Here are some ideas for keywords to search:
AUTUMN, NATURE, LEAVES, FALL, HARVEST, AUTUMNAL, EARTHY, FALLEN LEAVES, NATURAL, AUTUMN COUNTRYSIDE, COUNTRY CODE, CLOSE TO NATURE, MOTHER NATURE
As summer swings into picture, we’d like to sing the praises of one of our favourite designs, the BLOSSOM range.
BLOSSOM is perfect for a summery wedding and it’s so easy to co-ordinate to!
The BLOSSOM range is made up of 4 different colours: Green, Lilac, Peachy Pink and Blue and is completely perfect for the PASTEL TREND for 2013.
Pastels are such a big trend for the year and with ScissorPaperStone, you can use this trend in your wedding stationery. Pinks, blues, yellows, greens are particularly popular; with these tones proving popular with power-woman and First Lady Michelle Obama; on the catwalks of Balenciaga, Nina Ricci and Valentino and in wedding inspirations everywhere!
If you would like to choose your own bespoke colour for any of the designs, send us a swatch to match to and an we’ll use the colour of your choice; this exclusive service only costs an additional £20, inclusive of proofing and new design.
Invitation: Booklet & envelope
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Tied with ribbon. This is the only format that can be typeset with your guest names. The back page can also contain guest information (included in the price).
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Card: White Pearlescent
Reports are now officially confirmed that a third film in the Bridget Jones franchise is now in the pipeline and Helen Fielding has finished her third paper-back publication in the popular saga.
The first film, Bridget Jones’s Diary was released in 2001, with the label of being a great British rom-com, based Fielding’s novel of the same name. The story is a reinterpretation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and the adaptation stars Renee Zellwegger as heroine, Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget’s “true love”, Mr (Mark) Darcy.
The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released in 2004 and further follows Bridget’s adventures in life and love; work and play. This, equally successful film, concludes with Bridget accepting Darcy’s proposal of marriage and her catching the bouquet at her parents’ wedding vow renewal ceremony.
So, it is perfectly logical that this third film could be the one that finally brings us the much-awaited Bridget Jones’ wedding! Here in the ScissorPaperStone office, we can’t wait, so we decided we’d bring you our version of events and create our own diary-planned wedding for Bridget. Here goes; Universal and Miramax, take note!
DAY BEFORE WEDDING
3PM: Venture to gym for fantastic work-up, ensuring beautiful body tomorrow.
4PM: Go to M & S and buy lovely Meal for One.
4.20PM: Call mother and father.
5PM: Text round friends and check everyone is clear on tomorrow’s dress-code.
6PM: Eat lovely, lovely Meal for One.
7PM: Avoid thinking about most important day of life; watch The One Show.
8PM: Have long bubble bath and immerge as a goddess, clean and beautiful.
9PM: Drag self to bed. Do not sit up worrying, drinking copious amounts of Pinot Grigio and eating Dairy Milk.
10PM: Read life-enrichening book such as ‘War and Peace’ or something by Proust.
10.30PM: Lights out for beauty sleep.
8AM: Wake up. Must not sleep through own wedding day. Potential disaster.
8.15AM: Get up.
9AM: Eat good breakfast. Do not attempt to cook. Croissants?
10AM: Shazzer and Jude arrive. Best friends come bridesmaids: vital for today.
10.10AM: Tom arrives with pants.
10.30AM: Force self out of PJs. Put on wedding underwear: sensible knickers.
11AM: Make-up artist arrives. Must not attempt own make-up.
11.15AM: Start on the coffee. Must stay awake.
11.25AM: Elevenses. Small biccie.
11.30AM: Hairdresser due to arrive at 11.35AM. Must avoid temptation to iron own hair in attempt rid self of frizz.
1PM: Wedding dress on. Check weather report for next hour.
2PM: Get car to church.
2.2oPM: Get out car. Stand somewhere without rain, mud, sticky food and all potential mess-makers.
2.35PM: Walk down aisle. Do not fall over.
2.40PM: Become Mrs Bridget Darcy. Look effortlessly elegant.
3PM: Leave church. Be showered by confetti and have fabulous photos with new husband.
3.02PM: Hold head up. Must avoid fat neck/double chin look for wedding photos.
3.30PM: Wedding breakfast (not cooked by self, but by wonderful caterers suggested by mother - avoid turkey curries)
4PM: Speeches. Do not make speech.
5.45PM: Cutting of scrummy wedding cake. Help self to teeny slither.
6PM: First dance. Do not attempt ambitious moves. Stick to safe slow-dance.
6.05PM: Wedding disco. Do not allow Mother to dance.
7PM: Evening buffet provided by Una and mother. Steer clear of pickled eggs and the gravy.
9PM: Do not get drunk and attempt to sing karaoke.
11.30PM: Leave venue with wonderful, beautiful new husband.
12AM: Arrive at hotel. Change into genuinely tiny knickers!
How many of these wedding facts do you know?
*The state of polygyny (husbands having more than one wife) occurs in 84% of human societies, but, even in wholly polygynouscultures, approximately 90% of human beings actually live in monogamous relationships.
*In the United States, there is no law or religious dictate that says the bride must take the groom’s last name. However, approximately 70% of Americans agree that a bride should change her last name.
* The average length of a British marriage is 11 years and six months, which is about the same as it was for 12th century peasants (though their marriages tended to end through the death of one of the partners rather than divorce).
*The Penan nomads who live on the island Borneo maintain that women do not have a soul until their wedding day.
* Although the percentage of couples getting married in Britain in 2010 fell to its lowest rate since 1862, for those who are married, the divorce rate (at 11.5 per cent) is also lower than it has been at any time since 1977. For reasons that aren’t immediately obvious, couples from Sevenoaks, are almost 3 times as likely to stay married as couples who live in St Leonards-on-Sea.
*Because white is the colour of mourning in Eastern cultures, white wedding dresses are uncommon.
*At the Dunmow Flitch Trials (a test of marital even-temperedness held in Essex every four years since the 14th century) ethe winning groom win a side of bacon because in “twelvemonth and a day”, they have “not wisht themselves unmarried again”.
*In many countries, a yellow wedding dress has traditionally been seen as a sign of a wife’s intention to cheat on her husband or of jealousy.
* According to the 12th-century Indian erotic handbook, the Ratirahasya, written by the poet Kokkoka, a happy marriage was one which didn’t involve redheads or girls named after mountains, trees, rivers or birds; girls with rough hands or feet; girls who sighed, laughed or cried at meals; girls with inverted nipples, beards, uneven breasts, flap ears, spindle legs or who were scrawny; girls whose big toes were disproportionately small; and girls who made the ground shake as they walked past.
*An average wedding in the United States has 175 guests.
*Because eyebrows are considered intensely alluring in the Orient, historically the bride’s eyebrows were shaved entirely, rendering her powerless to attract a man.
*Since 1959, it has been legal to marry a dead person in France, provided you can prove the wedding was already planned. The law was introduced following the Malpasset dam disaster in which 421 people died. Irene Jodard appealed to President de Gaulle for permission to marry her fiancé, who had drowned. Around 20 posthumous marriages are approved by the French president each year.
*Queen Victoria created the vogue for the white lace wedding dress. Previous royal brides wore big gowns embroidered with white or silver, and European and American brides wore whatever colour they liked. It was quite usual for the dress to be worn again. Victoria was also responsible for introducing choral music during the church service; before then there would only be music after the ceremony.
*Legal documents such as wedding certificates are signed in special thicker ink made from green vitriol, which is designed to grow darker with age. The ink contains chemicals that react with the surface of the paper and oxidise, turning to a black that will not fade in sunlight and is resistant to water.
Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 take on Fitzgerald’s roaring 20′s great American novel is out in cinemas now and, as predicted in our March blog, everyone’s got Gatsby fever. So. we thought we’d quickly re-cap on our thoughts on this cinematic trend!
OUR GATSBY MUST-HAVES
If you’re having a Gatsby-themed wedding, go for bold period choices with a dramatic feel.
Ladies: It’s flapper head-bands and hair-pieces, sequins, feathers, lace and dropped waistlines. Hair is short or up and be sure to drape yourselves in loads of luxurious jewellery!
Lads: Get your Bryl Cream out and slick yourself a side parting. Top a classy look off with a pale-coloured suit, a large pocket handkerchief, and good old reliable brogues.
Colour-scheme-wise, you’re looking at a really monochrome vibe with Art Nouveau and Art Deco being huge influences of the time. Black and white is simple, elegant, timeless and most of all, truly GREAT for GATSBY.
The 1920s was a fierce reaction to the stiff upper lip approach to the early 1900s and the “set that’s smart” were all about living the life of a wild child in a new, vibrant Jazz age.
Set the tone for your wedding and hammer home ‘The Great ‘Gatsby’ inspiration by starting on the right foot and having GATSBY wedding invitations and Save The Dates; you can also then follow up with co-ordinating service and reception stationery, but start with this invites and you cannot go wrong!
1920′s GATSBY is part of our VINTAGE wedding stationery range and is printed at A6 size on white pearlescent card.
As seen in PERFECT WEDDING magazine
Save The Date Card & Envelope - £2.05 (inc. vat) per card
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