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

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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.

history of wedding invitation - 1895

Image courtesy of Pinterest

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Wedding Flower Displays with The Blossom Company

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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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Stunning Wedding Cakes with Little Cedars Bakehouse

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Today we welcome Nisha from Little Cedars Bakehouse – creator of stunning wedding cakes! I met Nishi whilst exhibitng at the National Wedding Show back in February. It was safe to say I was pretty amazed by the wonderful creations that Nisha was displaying. The traditional boring cakes are a thing of the past, these new modern, chic and stunning wedding cakes are in and hopefully here to stay!

stunning wedding cakes

A little about Nishi and Little Cedars Bakehouse: “It was all a mere coincidence when I was gifted my first cake mixer for Christmas. My hobby to bake became so addictive, I couldn’t stop. All my efforts to perfect my recipes was only the beginning. Every cake is a canvas that I can express my creativity and individuality. My favourite ingredients are a combination of a perfect colour pallette and finishing it off with just the right accessories.”

“Choose from our unique selection of wedding cakes and our cake flavour menu to create your perfect wedding cake. Alternatively, we can create a personalised design just for you.”

So without further ado here are a few tips and answers from Nisha about her wonderful wedding cakes…

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Meet The Team – An Introduction to Ivy Ellen Wedding Stationery

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Behind the Scenes at Ivy Ellen Wedding Stationery

Today we would like to share with you this wonderful video that we have created to give you more of an insight into Ivy Ellen Wedding Stationery. You can meet our lovely team members; Lewis, Gloria and Steph and of course see some behind the scenes work that they are handcrafting at our design studio.

As you can see all of of the products created here at Ivy Ellen Wedding Stationery are handmade with love, care and attention to detail. We only use the finest quality materials are are keen to ensure that our brides and grooms are 100% happy with their orders. If you have any questions about our wedding stationery or would like a quote for your weddng stationery order then please do contact Stephanie at hello@ivyellen.com or call on 0203 034 1200.

 

We can’t wait to hear from you! 🙂

For more information about wedding stationery see: Ordering Your Wedding Invitations Timeline


Fun and Stylish Hen Party Accessories with The Hen Planner

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Today we have the lovely Claire from The Hen Planner here with us to discuss some super fun and stylish hen party accessories. Our team member Stephanie met Claire whilst blogging at The National Wedding Show back in February and really related to this chic and modern hen party look. Of course Stephanie wanted to share all these goodies that she found with you wonderful brides and bridesmaids so she asked Claire a little more about The Hen Planner…

Team Bride Range Shot- Hen Party Accessories

What is The Hen Planner and what do you provide for brides?

The Hen Planner is an online store focused on selling fun, stylish and modern hen party accessories and decorations. Everything that isn’t your ‘traditional’ hen party items such as tutu skirts or rudely shaped straws etc. We cover a range of themes from classic to boho and fiesta. We also have a range of hen party decorations and party ware that will add more colour and fabulousness to your hen do, bridal shower or bachelorette party. Read the rest of this entry »


Why You Should Have A Cheese Wedding Cake with Godminster

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

On the blog today I am so excited to welcome Sarah from Godminster (who make the most amazing cheese wedding cake creations!). Whilst exhibiting at The National Wedding Show last year in London I stopped by the Godminster stand in awe of their cheese wedding cake tower. I believe my first words were “Oh my word, please can I have some cheese?”.

After a quick chat with Sarah I realised that everyone needs to know why they should be looking at having a cheese wedding cake for their big day. So here we are…

Celebration-cheese wedding cake

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How To Tell Someone They’re NOT Invited To Your Wedding

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

How to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding is tricky. Very tricky. It all depends on how well you know them, what your relationship with them is and how they assumed they were invited! The last thing you need while planning a wedding is more stress. So, we’re here to help. We have come up with a little guide on how to tell someone they’re not invited to your wedding.

First things first, do you know who’s not invited to your wedding? When writing your guest list be sure that you have a defined list of who is invited and how many spaces may be ‘free’. This way when someone starts talking about how excited they are you don’t accidently say “Yes I can’t wait to see you there!”. This is especially common with friends of parents or distant relatives! The next obstacle is being delicate about the topic. You do not want anybody to feel like you don’t care about them, so here are a few scenarios…

CHARTULA BUTTERFLY KISS - not Invited To Your Wedding

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Secrets To A Healthy and Happy Marriage

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Husbands and Wives across the world have all kinds of secrets to a healthy and happy marriage – and we want to find them out!  Today we have asked not only a few real life brides from the fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Wives facebook forum but also my lovely Grandma who has been married to my Grandad for nearly 60 years!

bride and groom kiss

My Grandma, Yvonne

The secret to a happy marriage is about give and take. You can’t expect the world from eachother, nobody is perfect. John and I have had our ups and downs over the years but we never once gave up. We sat down, talked about the issue and decided what was best, together. We have also always put eachother first, when John needed to move for work there was no doubt in my mind that I would follow. He is my rock, always has been and always will be.
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Wedding Day Decorations with Giant Letter Company

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

There is a huge variety of wedding day decorations available to all you lovely brides and grooms – however these really set the bar! Today we have the wonderful Ashleigh & Ryan from Giant Letter Company to talk all about their giant light up letters and why you should have them for your big day (spoiler: because the look amazing that’s why!)

LOVE 2 Wedding Day Decorations

First let’s have a little background information about Giant Letter Company….

The Giant Letter Company started in July 2015, as part of a University project which was then brought to life. Ryan had always wanted to run his own business and so used this as a great opportunity to begin. Soon after, Ashleigh was introduced into the mix to help with behind the scenes work, whilst Ryan moved over to designing the products. The props are hand-made and can be customised to suit your individual style; they can also create original products from scratch! They are based in Brighton, East Sussex (one of the best towns ever we may add) but can deliver nationwide.

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How To Create A Belly Band Wedding Invitation

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

In 2014 we brought out  new collection of stunning belly band wedding invitation designs, all of which are super fun and fresh. A belly band wedding invitation is really handy for holding extra information inserts and RSVP cards etc. all in one neat little package. Belly band wedding invitations look simple and contemporary but can hold alot of text too. Our belly band wedding invitations come as DIY. We supply you with the printed cards as necessary and then you create the belly band with the items we give you.

In your order you would recieve; your printed wedding invitation, any other cards you ordered, the bands, printed and cut tags, clear stickers and pre cut twine or ribbon. So today we decided to create a fun tutorial video. You can follow along with when making up your belly band wedding invitation. This simple guide will show you step by step how to create the perfect belly band.

Have any questions, tips or comments? Let us know in the comments below!

See all our belly band wedding invitation designs here >> Belly Band Wedding Invitations

For more wedding stationery tips see: 5 Tips To Increase Your RSVP Response Rate