In praise of home crafted festivities and celebrations

Logos on BuntingLogos on BuntingThis morning I heard on the radio how someone thought it was a pity firework night had become so professional. He missed the old-fashioned back garden sparklers and pathetic rockets. But I thought; that was just what we were planning on doing! A back garden sparkler and maybe even a mini bonfire, if we can find enough space.

Home made events are so much more fun – the thought put into them, the preparation and the economy of making something from nothing.

On Halloween night the little ‘monsters’ who came knocking on the door were just as happy to have their costumes praised (or rather told they were horrible) as to be given sweets (after I had run out of them). It was obvious they had loads of fun putting on some make up and dressing up in improvised costume – to my mind far more effective than just a bought costume. Decorations are great to make as well. What is better than a carved pumpkin lantern?

Recently, a local W.I. group made the news for having such a long queue of women wanting to join – yes, I was there. I think this reflects how people want to be involved in the community and have fun learning new skills.

Many of these principles can be applied to other family festivities – Christmas, Birthdays and don’t forget Weddings as well.

What can you do to add your own personal touch and contribution?

Personalise Your Country Style Wedding

With all the lovely local apples at their best at the moment I was inspired with this idea – which you still have time to add as a finishing touch to an Autumn country style wedding.

appleFeature an apple as the base of place, table settings or decorations.

Use the method as described in Save the Date blog to make labels, and adjust to a suitable size/scale. Use a wooden skewer to thread through and push into an apple.

At different times of the year you can use other seasonal fruits, as long as they are firm enough to take the weight of the skewer and not go squishy.

This style of banner label can also be used to display on cakes or flower arrangements.

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If you are lucky enough to have a family member or friend to make jam as favours, give the jars a special home made label too.

You could customise wine or water bottles for the tables in a similar way.

Remember to measure your jar or bottle to make the right size label to fit.

Designer detailing for your wedding

Do you need inspiration on how to style your wedding? Would you love a designer element tailored just for you? An elegant and attractive image that will unify the design of your wedding and personalise it as yours. An element that you can use creatively from the start of your wedding through to the finishing touches.

Romantic Type can help you by producing a personalised wedding logo that combines you and your betrothed’s initials and names into an ‘off the peg’ design. Each logo style has been professionally designed to enhance your wedding and produce a great designer look. There are many designs to choose from on our website. Great care is taken by our graphic designers to make sure your initials and names look perfect in your chosen design.

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Or to be even more unique, you could have a ‘bespoke’ design created, just for you, including a favourite image or a special interest you both share. Tell the designers your thoughts and let them draw up some ideas for you.

Your romantic wedding logo can be used on home printed, hand-crafted or out-sourced items.  It’s your turn to get creative – all you have to do is insert one of the digital files provided into a computer document to make your wedding save-the-date notices, invitations or place cards. Alternatively you could out-source to a professional printer or supplier. What about getting the girls/boys dressed in your own fashion item for the hen/stag parties with your logo printed onto T-shirts? You can even have edible delights at the reception with logos on chocolates and the icing on the cake!

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Valentine Romantic Types

February has arrived – and so it will soon be Saint Valentine’s Day.

Romance, hearts and flowers are everywhere!

Trevor and Zoe Mock Invite

There is still just enough time* to surprise your loved one with a personalised Romantic Type logo, combining your initials together, to put onto your home printed card.

You could even use the logo as a prompt to a marriage proposal! Then go on to use it for your wedding.

* 6th February last date for receipt of orders for completion before 14th February.

Wedding Invitations – making your own

There are many guides on the formal etiquette of traditional wedding invitations. But, if you would like to make your own contemporary invitation there are only a few things you need to remember – ‘Who, Why, What, Where, When’.

When producing your own invitation, you don’t need to worry about the precedent of whose names come first – which order you put the information in is up to you. The most important thing is that you let your family and friends know all the details of your wedding and that they will be in the right place at the right time.

Who – you are inviting. It saves confusion and embarrassment to spell out exactly who is included in the invitation (children, partners?) Write names, if possible.

Who – is doing the inviting, yourselves or parents?

Why – to celebrate your wedding – don’t forget to say who you are*.

What – the ceremony, the reception, a party? Let everyone know which part of the celebrations they are being invited to – all or part.

Where – each part of the wedding is taking place. You may like to add a separate more detailed sheet with maps, transport links and suggestions of places to stay.

 

When – date, times.

 

Additional considerations

Reply – also include whom guests should reply to, address and a by-when date. To make this simple you could include an addressed card they just complete and return.

Size – something else you may want to consider is envelope size and postage. Look at everything you are thinking of including – what size envelope will be needed to fit it in and how much will it cost to post?

Web page – There are dedicated sites where you can easily set up your own website. You can include information about the venue, travel, gifts – anything you would like to share with your family and guests. New information and details can be updated quickly.

* A really romantic way to do this is with a personalised Romantic Type wedding logo.