Custom Wedding Invitations and Personalisation Options

July 22nd, 2015 by Stephanie Tags:
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Are you looking for some fabulously unique custom wedding invitations – if so then look no further as we love working with couples to tailor our invites for their ideas. Ivy Ellen pride ourselves on offering brides bespoke look stationery without the bespoke price. We can do this by offering you dozens of personalisation options and working with each couple in detail to gain the look they want. We even offer a special D.I.Y service so that you can have complete control of your stationery! Creating custom wedding invitations needn’t be difficult or stressful, simply give us a call on 0203 034 1200 or email where we can then discuss exactly what you want and work from there. You can even come visit us (by appointment only) at our Studio in Hove, East Sussex. Read on below for all the details on our custom wedding invitations and more…

Custom Wedding Invitations– Pockets

A really easy way to customise your invitations is by adding pockets for your additional information inserts. It’s really useful to send your guests additional information along with your wedding invitations detailing things such as directions, local accommodation and a gift list. We can add pockets to all our single fold and shutterfold invitations and stagger the information inserts at different sizes so that it’s organised and still looks great. In our Gatefold invitations we already provide a pocket, these are very popular in particular with Asian weddings so that you can stagger inserts about the different ceremonies and parties etc.

Our information inserts are available in both Shimmer Ivory, Shimmer White or coordinated to match the designs though this is only available for the new belly bands.

London Custom Wedding Invitations

– Foiling

A great way to add a little glamour or bespoke design to your invitation is by foiling, this is a traditional process similar to embossing. A metal block is etched from your design or text. Our foiling press heats this block up and melts the metallic foil onto the stationery to create a shiny, foiled imprint. We can foil any solid block of colour from your initials, to names and dates, quotes or motifs, in a choice of metallic gloss colours. Examples of the foiling process can be seen below:

Gold Silhouettes Custom Wedding Invitations

The process itself is relatively inexpensive but creates a great impact for your guests when they see your custom wedding invitations. The standard charge is £20.00 for a small custom block such initials or names and £40.00 for a larger motif or image. There is also a small unit charge for the foiling. Once you have sent us the image and you are happy with the position we will get the block made for you. Once we have received the block back you can then use it across your entire stationery range including your On the Day stationery and Thank-You cards. We can foil onto all of our card stocks so this can be incorporated into any design. If think you’d like to create custom wedding invitations with foiling then please contact us at or on 0203 034 1200 and we can send you a free, no obligation quotation.

One of our recent customers got married at The Shard in London. This customer wanted the logo of the The Shard on the invitation and wanted it to stand out. The result was this beautifully finished London skyline foiled onto an invitation along with foiled names and date.  The light catches the skyline beautifully and gives the exact amount of desired impact.

The Shard Custom Wedding Invitations


Every single one of our designs can be customised  to make them even more beautiful! We have over 40 satin ribbon choices, 20 swarovski jewel colours and 7 different twines. You can buy all of these from our D.I.Y store and get creative at home or simply ask us to add on your choice of embellishment for your custom wedding invitations. If you can’t see the colour of ribbon you would like then don’t fear, we can source any finest satin Beresfords colour for you – just drop us a line and let us know the shade you’re after. Prices for jewels depend on the number, please contact us as we’ll be able to help suggest where to add the jewels and advise prices for each design.

Valencia Jewel - Custom Wedding Invitations

In our new D.I.Y store you can shop till your hearts content for packs of jewels, ribbons, twines and even mini-bunting to match the new belly band designs! Why not purchase one of our belly band designs and then then match your decorations by purchasing the same twine and bunting? You can even buy professional ribbon scissors (please contact us for details)

Damask Bunting Custom Wedding Invitations

– Coloured Mounts

Many of our postcard invitation designs already come mounted onto a coloured card stock, however we have many more colours available than those pre-set. If there’s a colour you’re looking for let us know and we’ll send you samples of the available options. This way you can see exactly how your custom wedding invitations will look before going into production. Most of the time there is no extra charge for changing the mounted card colour.

Festoon Board - Custom Wedding Invitations

– Fonts

We now have 34 different font choices available for you to choose from. Every design is font changeable though we do suggest keeping certain fonts for a few of our new belly band designs such as Fade or Peacock Wash. This is because the font is part of the design for these particular invitations. Many people forget about the font but this can be crucial to the look of your invitation and will help reflect your style. We have modern fonts, traditional, bold, script and plain. When choosing think about the look you want to portray and whether that font will match your chosen design. All our fonts are also colour changeable into any of our 192 different colours.

FONT SHEET Custom Wedding Invitations

– Colours

We have developed our own unique wedding colour swatch with 192 options which are available on many of our designs (look out for the 192 colour logo). If you like a design and can’t find your colour, contact us to discuss other ways we may be able to bring your colour scheme into the design. For example our ever popular Vina wedding invitation looks fabulous in all of our 192 colours with silver, gold or black gloss foil, a classic and elegant design that can work into any colour scheme. We can also adjust colours on some of our other designs however please note the belly band designs are created from original artworks and are not able to be changed.

192-SWATCH-CARD Custom Wedding Invitations

– Format

Our wedding invitations fall into five main formats; standard fold, shutterfold, gatefold, belly band or postcard style. Although we only have the images online for one or two styles of each invitation per design, if you would like to see any of our designs in a different style it’s no problem and we can produce samples for you to compare. For example our “Lovely wedding invitation” folded card style has been changed into a belly band design for a customer in the past, it looked great and was very functional for what they wanted. If you have an idea in mind for how you would like your custom wedding invitations to look then please do always ask us as we often can work with you on your design and idea to create something that works.

Invitation Formats Custom Wedding Invitations

We recently converted a standard menu card into a double mounted tall postcard style menu, this particular couple wanted an elegant look that would stand out on their tables. We worked with Sophie and Wulfric to create a menu that matched their invitation style and created a stunning impact for their wedding table decoration.

Lavinia Menu Custom Wedding Invitations

– Caricatures

We now also offer our exclusive range of caricature custom wedding invitations from our fabulous in house caricaturist Will Reardon. (check out his Facebook page here, it’s totally awesome) Both Will and Ourselves will work with you as a couple to create a unique and custom hand drawn caricature of yourselves for a really fun and original wedding invitations. Whether you want to include your children, the family dog or even posing on a beach – they also look great framed after the wedding! All you need to do is contact us on to ask for a quote and then send across a few images for us to start from. Your quirky postcard invitation priced from just £3.75 will be double sided with your personalised caricature on the front and wording on the reverse , sized at B6 (120x170mm). You can then be confident that no-one will ever have the same custom wedding invitations as you – how cool is that!

Caricatures with Will Reardon Custom Wedding Invitations

– Completely Custom Wedding Invitations

– We have even sourced and created wax seals for a customer, by converting the Shutterfold Stardream invite into a Gatefold and then adding a ruby red wax seal to create a luxurious and bold impact for their guests.

– Another Bride wanted us to create a belly band with a quote tab attached to slide over a custom Gatefold style Fairytale invite with added pockets and inserts – the result was simply stunning!

– Many couples have in the past had custom inserts on the inside of their shutterfold doors, an efficient and beautiful way of giving your guests the necessary information.

– We can even turn a belly band invite into a folded card with added pocket, belly band down the spine and foiled text.

– One customer asked for a particular board type, therefore we sourced this board, created 4 custom foil blocks for him and hand foiled each individual card – an invite sure to wow.

Rosa - Custom Wedding Invitations

– Customer Case Study

As you can see here one of our very first custom invitations was created by and with Millie and Baz in 2012. They chose our beautiful Paisley wedding invitation in the shutterfold style, choosing from 9 different colour options Millie and Baz went for the bold Sunshine Yellow with yellow satin ribbon. They then selected our custom wording options and opted for added foiling on the front of the invite. Once the order was placed we worked with Millie to create a bespoke Ganesh foil block and custom text. We hand foiled each Ganesh onto the custom wedding invitations in our workshops. Foiling adds a lovely luxurious and classy feel to these warm invites which is further enhanced by the beautiful silk ribbon.

Ganesh Custom Wedding Invitations

They also chose to add side-panels into the invitations with a fun poem about their gift list and having a child free wedding day. Even their RSVP had us in stitches when we read it:

Guests had the option of ticking any of the following boxes:

– Will attend with a saree

– Will attend without a saree

– Will attend, undecided about the saree

– Will not attend, heard some people are wearing sarees

– Will not attend, regardless of the saree controversy

There is a great buzz to the workshop when we are involved with such unique custom wedding invitations as well as a lovely sense of being part of a process of what was a wonderful wedding day for such a fun loving couple. Read Millie and Baz’s feedback from 2012 below…

“Thank you for making such beautiful, elegant, and completely unique invitations for us and for painstakingly editing until we had things just right. We spent days looking through potential traditional Indian invites but your absolutely luxurious feel and paisley design (which we must add is bang on trend at the minute!) really caught our eye. We’re getting lots of oohs and ahhs as well as giggles from our guests! We hope the day lives up to its awesome expectations now! Thanks again for your wonderful creation! : ) ”

facebook - Custom Wedding Invitations

You can see and read many more fabulous customer testimonials to date on our Facebook page. We also post updates on new custom orders, blogs and discounts so don’t forget to give us a like!

Have we peaked your interest – we hope so! If you have any ideas or designs that you would like on some custom wedding invitations then simply contact us for a quote and more details. You can view all our invitations, our new D.I.Y wedding store and more wedding invitation inspiration blogs all online at


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