Offer of the Month: 15% Off Table Plans

May 23rd, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Okay let us start by apologising – we are a tad late on the offer of the month blog post! However this month we are offering you 15% OFF all table plans!

Is your wedding fast approaching? Time to get that table plan sorted!

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All of our table plans come fully assembled in a beautiful swept frame. We also offer the choice of a gold, ivory or white frame along with your choice of wedding stationery design.

If you’d like to save money on your table plan then all you have to do is enter the discount code MAYPLAN at the checkout stage online. You can also email us at hello@ivyellen.com or call on 0203 034 1200.

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<<SEE THE MAJORITY OF OUR TABLE PLANS HERE>>

*If you don’t see the design you want please do let us know!

Below are the links to a few blogs that you might find helpful when looking to make an order with us!

Wedding Stationery: What Do I Need and Why Do I Need It?
We hope to see your order soon! Stephanie x

Royal Wedding Day Inspiration – A Right Royal Affair

May 23rd, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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As many of you will know there was a *sort of* royal wedding this last weekend! Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wed her long term boyfriend James Matthews. The ceremony was held at St Mark’s Church in Englefield. Of course the Duchess herself along with Prince William were both in attendance and keeping an eye on flower girl Princess Charlotte and page boy Prince George. After enjoying a wonderful champagne ­reception at Englefield House, guests then reassembled at Bucklebury village hall for security checks before being ushered to the Middleton family home for the evening festivities. A few pictures have been released of the wedding events and we just ADORE the classic and timeless theme. Of course William & Kate also chose a very elegant and classic wedding theme – so we figured lets get a little royal wedding inspiration…

Of course first is the dress. Both Catherine and Pippa chose very elegant and modest wedding dresses for the ceremony and a more modern and sleek style for the evening celebrations. Both formal dresses were embellished with stunning lace details, a sweeping veil and long train. Pippa’s gown was a custom-made, lace Giles Deacon design, which reportedly cost fourty thousand pounds. Kate wore a stunning gown by Alexander McQueen, which cost more than four-hundred thousand pounds.

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Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette

May 18th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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Today we’re discussing wedding thank you card etiquette! We have made a brand new video for dedicated to this subject in our series of Youtube vlogs for wedding planning and advice, however we thought youmight also like to read all about it too.

Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life and part of what makes that day so special is being able to share it with your friends and family. Sending a wedding thank you card is a personal and proper way to thank your guests for not only their attendance but also their generosity in the gifts they give you.  So here are some pointers…

Be personal – Your guests would have put a lot of thought into your gift and how they presented themselves on the day. So make sure that you return the favour by mentioning how much you loved seeing them on the day and thank them specifically for their gift.

Send ASAP – Make sure you send yourguest their  wedding thank you card as soon as possible. Settling down as a newlyweds can be a busy time but it will make your guests feels really appreciated if you can send them within 2 months of the big day. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivy Ellen’s Top 5 Luxury Wedding Invitations

May 5th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags:
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Luxury wedding invitations are some of the most beautiful options on the wedding stationery market. However so many of them come with quite a hefty price tag attached.  Here at Ivy Ellen we pride ourselves on creating stunning and unique luxury wedding invitations at an affordable price. Ranging from colourful and modern to classic and traditonal – our luxury wedding invitations come in all shapes and sizes.

Let’s see our top 5 Luxury Wedding Invitations

 

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Our first one is our Vintage Floral wedding invitation. One of our most popualar wedding ststainery collections the design was created around a stunning hand painted artwork. Each wedding invitation is hand embellished with six genuine Swarovski crystals and then metallic gloss foiled text is added in either gloss gold or silver. These floral wedding invitations wouldbe perfect for a country garden wedding or even a great gatsby 1920’s inspired theme. These floral luxury wedding invitations start from £3.70 and have a full rnage of ststaionery items avaibale such as RSVP cards and on the day stationery. Read the rest of this entry »

Should You Take Your Children on Your Honeymoon?

April 27th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , , , ,
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As more and more couples find themselves getting married and honeymooning once they already have children, the big question arises. Should you take your children on your honeymoon? Traditionally the honeymoon is a vacation that the newlyweds take together after the wedding, a romantic and fun get away to kick off married life. However would this be the same if you took a little person with you? Many companies are now advertising different types of honeymoon – the mini moon (few days away) and even the familymoon. So with that in mind we decided to ask someone who knows a little more about this situation. Ivy Ellen’s manager, Lewis, is soon to be wed to his lovely fiancé Emma and together they have their beautiful boy Jesse. Together they had to look at the decision of taking your children on your honeymoon.

Children on Your Honeymoon - WEDDING

So, over to Emma…Should you take children on your honeymoon?

 

When we first got engaged one of the main talking points was the American road trip we were going to do for our honeymoon. 4 weeks off work (If Lew’s boss was nice enough), starting somewhere around Memphis and working our way round all the musical cities of the South. Epic. Then plans changed a little when we found out I was expecting Jesse (we put the wedding off for a year to start). Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Planning – Top 5 Ed Sheeran First Dance Songs

April 25th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , , , ,
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There is no point trying to deny it, there are many good choices for Ed Sheeran first dance songs. The majority of his music is soft, romantic and oh so sweet. Of course this is no exception for his latest album release. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months you probably will have noticed that the new Ed Sheeran album is EVERYWHERE! Of course as someone who works in the wedding industry I can’t help but listen to songs and wonder how many people had this is as their first dance music, or even to walk down the aisle.

ed sheeran first dance song

So for a little bit of fun, in no particular order, I have put together the top 5 Ed Sheeran first dance songs, enjoy!

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Ivy Ellen’s New Gloss Foiled Gatsby Wedding Invitations

April 19th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , , ,
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Today we are so excited to share with you one of our brand new design for 2017 – our Gatsby wedding invitations. This hand foiled design has all the glitz and glamour of the 1920’s era, with a modern twist. Gloss metallic foliling has stayed a popular trend throughout wedding in 2015 and 2016, so we went all out this year!

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Gatsby Wedding Invitations Detail

These stunning gatsby wedding invitations were designed and created by award winning artist Jo Corner. They are hand foiled onto the highest quality 350gsm board. The wedding invittaions are available on both smoke grey and black. You can also choose from gloss silver or gold foiling. The Gatsby wedding invitations range comes with a full selection of wedding stationery items to choose from. Including: Save the Date, RSVP cards, Menu, Order of Service, Place cards, Table numbers, Bunting and Thank You cards.

You can find Gatsby right here: Gatsby Wedding Stationery Collection

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The History of Wedding Invitations – 18th Century to Present Day

April 13th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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Why do we have wedding invitations? What is the history of wedding invitations? Wedding stationery is now a must have part of every wedding – the colours available are unimaginable, the designs, styles, techniques and shapes are that of a stationery marvel. However it hasn’t always been that way. We decided to do a little research of our own to find out how wedding invitations, and therefore our little company, have come about. We also thought we’d let you in on how we started Ivy Ellen Wedding Invitations and how we’ve grown since.

So the history of wedding invitations all started at the turn of the 18th century when reading and writing was a sign of eductaion. Therefore only the elite could actually use this form of correspondance and send invitations. Usually a monk, who had the skills of calligraphy, would hand write each elaborate and luxury invitation for the family. The invite was often closed with a wax seal of the family crest – another sign of status. Before this, in the middle ages, a town crier would simply announce the wedding in the square and whoever was in ear shot was essentailly invited to the celebrations. Unless of course you had been shunned by the family – oh the despair!

By 1447 Johann Gutenberg of Mainz, Germany, craftsman and inventor, created letterpress printing. He invented the moveable type and by combining it with exisiting technologies he was able to compete with the handwritten invites created by Monks. His method of printing from lead moveable type, a novel letterpress, and oil based inks allowed for the first time the mass production of books. Letterpress printing is done by inking type, or an engraving, and pressing that form into paper with the use of a letterpress.

Traditionally, there would always be a layer of tissue paper in with the letterpressed invite as the ink would not always dry quickly and may run/smudge. This invite and tissue paper layer would then be placed inside a pristine envelope and then inside another larger one. The larger envelope would have instructions for the courier as to how to deliver it and would keep the main invite clean and dry. Each wedding invitation was delivered by hand, often by servants. At this stage the outer envelope was thrown away and the recipients’ butler would deliver the pristine invitation to the family on a silver tray.

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Wedding Flower Displays with The Blossom Company

April 10th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , ,
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Today we have the lovely Izabella from The Blossom Company here with us to discuss wedding flower displays. I met Izabella whilst blogging at The National Wedding Show back in February. I of course fell in LOVE with the stunning floral arch on display! So much so that I felt the need to share it with all you wonderful brides and grooms. So I conducted a quick interview about The Blossom Company, and here are the results…

floral arch - wedding flower displays

What is your favourite piece that you have created for a wedding?

That would definitely have to be the Marie Antoinette floral arch, it is just such an extreme statement piece to have for your wedding day, and it is very unique. I believe it’s really beautiful and adds that extra glamour to the big day.

The floral arch starts from around £500 to hire however this can vary if you are ordering a larger or smaller package deal. You can also ask for different colour or varieties of flower to match your wedding day theme/look.

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RLW: Emma & Graham’s Stunning Winter Wonderland Wedding

April 6th, 2017 by Ivy Ellen Tags: , , ,
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On the 11th December 2016 Emma & Graham tied the knot in a stunning winter wonderland wedding. Their very special day was held at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, a beautiful location for such a momentous occasion. The bride and groom may have planned their winter wonderland wedding in just three months, but it was defintely worth it! Today we have Emma with us to chat about their big day and offer some tips too…

Who proposed? How did they propose?

I feel I might of taken the whole proposal thing away from Graham. I know he was going to do something and was waiting for the right moment to pop the question. Our relationship has never been a traditional one, very early on after meeting we went on an incredible ‘honeymoon’ type holiday to South America, soon after that our beautiful daughter arrived and then buying our dream home together. So it wasn’t unusual that we often talked about getting married it just seemed like the natural thing to do, question was when? I knew I wanted our venue as it was already very special to us so I rang to see when they had availability in the summer 2017 but of course a beautiful venue like that gets booked up years in advance! However chatting to the lovely Emma the wedding coordinator it came to light there was a special last minute seasonal offer, I immediately reserved it called Graham and said want to get married in three months? Next thing I know we’re  planning our wedding! Three weeks before the wedding Graham surprised me by whisking me away for a night to a very exclusive hotel just down the road from where we lived, he had arranged everything from a gorgeous suite to a pamper treatment for me. There were flowers waiting in our suite together with champagne he cracked open the bottle took me onto the balcony and got down on one knee and proposed. This close to the wedding he still had to do it all the traditional way! And that’s one of the reasons why I love him! Read the rest of this entry »