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Wedding Stationery



Alice in Wonderland

Even though I got married in October 2013, I still love weddings; the romance, dresses, church and venue decoration, flowers, cakes and in particular, wedding stationery! I cannot put my finger directly onto why I find stationery appealing, other than that I love all the variety of designs, colours, graphics, typography, illustration, card shapes, themes etc….

I get regular emails from wedding blogs, such as Wedding Chicks and Snippet and Ink. They display real life wedding photographs and give you inspiration for your own wedding.

You can get really creative with weddings and there are so many themes to choose from, for example; Las Vegas, seaside, The Great Gatsby to summer floral. For my wedding, my husband and I chose a theme that was personal to us – Alice in Wonderland. We have both enjoyed both films (by Disney and Tim Burton) and have read the book. Deep down I think it is also part of each of our childhoods, reading fantasy stories and enjoying looking at John Tenniel’s illustrations. To add to this, we wanted a fun theme that would appeal to our adult and child guests.

Alice in Wonderland wedding stationery collection

A.I.W.Complete stationery range





I wanted my designs to have a ‘taste’ of Alice in Wonderland, using the rabbit character, heart icon and the queen’s crown only. Thus concentrating on the end purpose, that is for a romantic, informal wedding and not a fancy dress party!

I selected a ‘hand-drawn look’ font and chose colours that were a close match to my husband’s kilt, made in his family tartan. I also kept the images and text centre aligned (seems to be popular in wedding stationery) and added a chequered pattern on the reverse of the daytime and RSVP cards.

For the reception, I designed a seating plan and coordinating table character cards. The tables and decor were styled in Alice in Wonderland too. The overall effect was colourful and fun.


Seating plan,wedding cake and reception venue decorations

Seating plan




Top table


Other Alice in Wonderland ‘Tea Party’ invitations that I have found and liked, by Jag Nagra of Page 84 design




The cerise pink and gold colour scheme together with the type lock-ups really piqued my interest. They stand out very well against the clean white background. In addition, the way that the text and imagery fit tightly together create a visually satisfying composition and capture the fun and crazy element of the story.







Love is in the air….



It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and a time to show your loved ones that you care, they are in your thoughts and that you love them!

Each year I buy my partner and my daughter a card – I think for a few years, it has been a growing trend to send cards to close family, and for me, this will be my daughter. They know that I love them dearly, but it is a good excuse to buy one of the many creative cards sold in all the supermarkets, craft and card shops.

I also came across free printables whilst on Pinterest, and now have a folder with some samples of designs that you can download for free! I do relish a nice bargain, even though you do need to provide the card/paper, envelopes and printing ink – not bad for instant and quirky designs.

Here are just a few of my favourite Valentine’s designs on Pinterest:

Race on

paper aeroplane


Be mine

4 cards



Black & red




A cute idea to make for Valentine’s