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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 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

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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What It’s Like To Be Considered A Plus Size Bride

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Hi everyone – it’s Sussex Bride here! Today is a very personal post that I felt although very sensitive, needed sharing. I’d like to talk with you about what it’s like to be considered as a plus size bride. Many of you might find this subject a little sensitive or awkward but I really want to draw attention to those three little words – plus size bride.


As you know I got married a little over a month ago now on the 5th November, it was an amazing day and I couldn’t have wished for a better husband to share it with. We took about a year to plan the wedding and in that time I felt an unbearable pressure to lose weight for the big day. In every wedding magazine going there were lists of what to do for the wedding – and nearly all of them included starting a fitness regime. Why? Why should marrying the person you love come hand in hand with dieting? Surely they love you as you are?

smiling-bride-and-groom Plus Size Bride

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Sussex Bride: Wedding Day Reflections

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Today I am saying hello to you as a married woman! After a wonderful seven years together Liam and I tied the knot on Saturday 5th November and we could not be happier. I’d like to share with you some wedding day reflections that I have thought about – it has been so much fun to share this wedding journey with you and I don’t want it to stop! We are currently waiting to recieve all the pictures back from our wonderful photographer but I do have one or two to share with you today!


Okay so there a quite a few wedding day reflections I have so I decided to bullet point them for you…

wedding day reflections bride and groom

Photography by D.B Sussex Photography

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Sussex Bride: A Guide To Budget Wedding Planning

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Hello everyone! I may be in the final throws of planning the big day but I’m still here don’t worry! Today I thought it might helpful for some brides and grooms to hear about budget wedding planning. Not everyone has endless amounts of money for that big Pinterest style wedding however that doesn’t mean you can’t have the best day ever. Not forgetting that whatever your budget you will still be marrying the love of your life – and lets be honest, that’s pretty special.


I’d like to share some top tips and advice that I’ve found helpful along the budget wedding planning route and hopefully it will help you a little too!

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7 Signs Wedding Planning Is Taking Over Your Life!

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Planning a wedding is big business, by which we mean…is wedding planning taking over your life? You can deny it all you like but if you’re brushing your teeth while thinking about your guest list then maybe its time to hit the snooze button on your wedding planning. Here we have 7 definitive (by our standards) signs that wedding planning is taking over!

Tom&Susannah wedding planning

Your other half suddenly has not a single clue what half the words coming out of your mouth mean. “I definetely think that the soft lilac dahlias will harmonize better with the maid of honours sheath dress and that the processional music after the signing of the register shoud be less formal”. Say what??

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Sussex Bride: How to Cope with Wedding Stress

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you are all okay and enjoying my little updates on the wedding planning journey! This week I want to talk about wedding stress and how I’m dealing with it. In turn this will hopefully help you if and when you experience any wedding related stress issues (If you don’t then you must be a SAINT).

sussexbride - wedding stress

Wedding stress can be brought on by many aspects of the planning process and affects everybody in different ways. For example, this week my fiancé and I argued about the wedding. It wasn’t fun and it was SUPER stressful. He thought we were spending too much on the wedding and I thought that was ridiculous, considering our budget is £4000 and the average UK wedding costs around £27’000. However that was his wedding stress, mine has been the organisation of everything. He doesn’t get why I am so worried about how everything will come together (it’s only 4 months away and he still doesn’t have a suit). Read the rest of this entry »

FAQ’s – What Is Giving Notice of Marriage?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

During the wedding planning process you will likely be told at some point that you must give notice – but what does giving notice of marriage really mean? Well for starters it will likely cost you around £35 each and most councils only run the service during the week so be sure to book in advance with your work!

Liz and Tom-Giving Notice of Marriage

Image courtesy of Tom Smith Photography

In the UK you and your partner must give notice of marriage in your local Register Office, whether or not you wish to marry in that district. The Registrar will then issue authority for the marriage and you may then marry in any registered premises in any district. In the UK you must give 28 days notice  before the marriage, both partners must be a resident for seven days in England or Wales before notice is given. A notice must state where the marriage is to take place. Read the rest of this entry »

Sussex Bride: How I Chose My Wedding Invitations

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Welcome back! This week I am talking about my wedding invitations! Obviously working for a wedding stationers for me this has been one of the best parts of wedding planning – I loved it from start to finish. Your wedding invitations are the very first impression that your guests will receive of your wedding so I wanted to make them personal and really ‘us’.

sussexbride - wedding invitations

So the first step for us was deciding what style we wanted, I took a few different samples home and we discussed the best option for our needs. We settled on a belly band wedding invitation because it can easily hold the extra information inserts, RSVP card and looks super pretty! We then went back and forth a few times with Ivy Ellen wedding invitation samples but we found that we really wanted to personalise each one.

This is when Liam suggested that I actually design our wedding invitations. I took graphic design as a study and am always sketching away ideas so I thought why not? The original idea was to have a very simple look with our chosen colours and a hint of floral. I then spent some time creating the wedding invitations on Adobe Illustrator and voila, we had created our invites. However, I am very much known as the queen of last minute changes and ony a week before they were due to be printed I re-worked the whole design. Crazy I know! Read the rest of this entry »

7 Wedding Decorations for under £20

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock for your whole life then we all know that weddings are expensive! The average UK bride spends around £23’000 on the big day, however we have seen that more and more couples are looking to have a more budget savvy wedding. One of the biggest expenses can be the wedding decorations, so we have had a little look around and found 7 fabulous wedding decorations all for under £20.

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1. Of course we are going to mention our lovely mini bunting! A huge steal at just £2.95 for 3 metres! Plus you can have it to match your wedding invitations! Read the rest of this entry »