Beautiful wedding stationery by White Olive Designs

White Olive Designs

White Olive Design Studio launched at the end of 2016 and is run in my home studio in the Oxfordshire countryside. I’ve worked in the creative and design industry for over 15 years and have been lucky to gain the experience required to run my own business as a graphic designer. In the first year of business, I was the proud winner of the Best Stationery Award at The Wedding Industry Awards for the South Central region. Since then the business has grown enormously and I’m proud to be a recommended supplier for Bijou Weddings. 

Where are you based? – Ambrosden, Oxfordshire
Facebook: @whiteolivedesignstudio
Pinterest: Whiteolivedesigns
How many weddings do you do a year? 30+
Average price/cost: This varies depending on the requirements, quantity, print finish etc but on average brides spend around £800 - £1500 on their invitations

 

Stunning wedding reception place setting cards by White Olive Designs
A geometric wedding stationery design by White Olive Designs
A stylish acrylic wedding sign idea for use at your Bijou Wedding
A wedding seating plan idea for your Bijou Wedding
A unique fabric wedding welcome sign to feature at your unique wedding venue
Fleur wedding stationery collection by White Olive Designs
Bespoke wedding stationery ideas for your Bijou wedding venue
Geometric wedding stationery ideas for your Bijou Wedding Venue
Handmade wedding stationery ideas for your Bijou wedding venue planning
Luxury handmade wedding invitations by White Olive Designs
Jasmine collection of wedding stationery by White Olive Designs
Handmade wedding stationery collect by White Olive Designs
Tassel place setting for your wedding reception at a Bijou Country House Wedding Venue
Elegant handmade wedding stationery collection by White Olive Designs

How would you describe your wedding stationery style and what makes you unique? 
My style is luxurious and elegant with a modern and fresh design. My designs are aimed at couples planning a beautiful country wedding who are looking for something unique for their wedding stationery. I love to work with textures and beautiful finishes with many of my designs featuring vellum, wax seals, hand dyed silk ribbons and hand written calligraphy.
I step away from the traditional pocketfold and diamante designs and instead I love to create a piece of artwork for the invitation suite and experiment with different materials as every wedding is unique and I like to add those personal touches to compliment a couples wedding theme.

How long before their wedding date would you advise a couple book you? 
I recommend booking 2-3 months before you’d like to send your save the dates/invitations out if you’re looking to customise an existing design. Or 3-4 months before for a bespoke design. This is so your order can be booked in around my other couples and there is enough time for the design, print and assembly process.
For wedding day stationery I advise booking at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding date.

Do you supply just wedding invitations, or are you able to create wedding place cards, table plans, menus, thank you cards etc..? 
I create everything from save the dates up to thank you cards and everything in between. I work closely with my couples to find out more about their wedding day style so I can suggest the perfect wedding day stationery to compliment the theme. All of my wedding day stationery is bespoke and made to order and I create everything from seating plans and calligraphy place settings to printed fabric ceremony backdrops and signage.

Do you send out samples? 
I have a number of samples available to buy from my website shop page from my customisable House Collection designs. I also have a print sample swatch available to send out to my bespoke design customers which shows the my most popular print finishes from hot foil to letterpress.

Do you meet couples face to face?
I very rarely meet my couples face to face as I’m often working with couples from all over the country. However if I have a local couple I am more than happy to meet for a coffee to show some samples and discuss some stationery options.

Are you able to design bespoke wedding stationery or do you have a set amount of designs that you like to use? 
Yes absolutely! My customisable House Collection designs are great for smaller budgets, or if you see one that perfectly suits your wedding day style. I love to create a completely bespoke design for my couples though and this requires a close working relationship so I can create the perfect designs for you.

What would be your top tips for couples before they choose their wedding stationery? 
As soon as you’ve set the date with the venue and perhaps booked your photographer, start thinking about your invitations and whether or not you want to send out save the dates.
Most good wedding stationers get booked up in advance so even if you’re not quite ready or you want to get some advice on what is required, get in touch with your favourite designer to find out about their availability and what’s required for booking.

Don’t overthink the text required in your invitations. With the majority of guests having access to the internet, unless you have guests travelling from further away, you really don’t need to list all the local taxi firms or hotels. 
It’s also a great idea to have a Pinterest board ready for when you first contact your stationer (and any other supplier) as this is a really useful way to show the style of your day with the colour palette, table setting ideas and any other little details that will help to get a better idea of your requirements and suggest some options.
Also, think about your budget as wedding stationery can vary hugely. If you want a standard print finish with no extra details this will be much more affordable than a luxury foiled design with hand written calligraphy, wax seals, hand dyed silk ribbons and custom venue illustrations etc.

What wedding stationery trends have you seen recently? 
There has definitely been an increase in signage used at weddings with more couples thinking about all the little extras such as ceremony backdrops and Gin/Pimms bar signs etc. There’s also been a lot of vellum which I love as it’s one of my favourite materials to work with.

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