REAL WEDDING // Cassi & Andrew - Music lovers, retro gamers and all round fun timers

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Last season we were lucky enough to work with Cassi and Andrew to create bespoke invitations for their lovely wedding which featured SO many personal touches and activities to keep guests entertained. This fun filled celebration will definitely bring a smile to your face so read on to brighten up your day! Invitation photography by Miss Imagination Photography, wedding day photography by Simon & Maisie Photography.

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Cassi and Andrew asked us to incorporate their love of music into their stationery with these record sleeve shaped wedding invitations; featuring a portrait and their favourite flowers this was such a fun design to create.

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The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Church a community-based church local to the happy couple, after hopping on vintage double decker buses guests partied at the historical Devonport Guildhall. Read on to hear from our bride Cassi’s top tips for wedding planning…

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MAKE IT EASIER TO RELAX… “My advice for wedding planning is getting as much of it done as soon as you’ve booked the venue. Get all the deposits down and make quick decisions. That gives you time leading up to the event to relax as much as possible and work on all the little details. Also if things don’t turn out how you had planned, you’ll be relaxed enough to resolve them.”

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PAY FOR ACTIVITIES GRADUALLY… “We paid for everything slowly, each month as to not feel the total pinch of wedding costs. We thought it was very important for our guests to move around, we had lots of games and things to do/look at around the room.”

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PICK GREAT SUPPLIERS FOR PERSONAL TOUCHES… “The biggest compliment we had repeatedly, was the attention to detail. Everyone really enjoyed all the personal touches added everywhere. We cannot rate our suppliers enough!”

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HUGE thanks to Cassi & Andrew for sharing their wedding day with us!

SUPPLIERS

Photography - Simon & Maisie Photography
Invitations - Dearly Beloved
Decor, games and styling - The Prop Factory, Hire Class and Unique Designs by Tina
Make up artist - Charlotte Albert
Venue - Devonport Guildhall
Wedding cake - Hannah’s Cornish Cakes
Catering - Devon Vintage Ice Cream Van, Column Bakery and St Maurice Bakery
Florist - Rachael’s Flowers
Bridal alterations and Tailoring - Tina’s Tailoring
Wedding transport - Devon Wedding Cars and Abby Classic Bus Hire

REAL WEDDING: Chris & James - Taking centre stage...

Chris and James planned an awesome, personal wedding at the stunning exclusive use country house Pendrell Hall; if you're looking for some no nonsense advice from a couple that have been there then read on...

Keep track of what you've got and what you want, including budget and when payments are due - the more things you have written down out of your head, the less you have to try and remember

It might sound like a given but getting details out of your head and onto paper will give you the space you need to make those all important decisions. So... cocktails or prosecco?

Do things in advance to avoid disappointment, if there is a certain thing you want at the wedding i.e pianist, research and get it booked!

We love this one, once you have the budget and wedding date sorted start getting in touch with suppliers. It might seem like you need to have all the details ironed out before you book the creative folk you need to make your celebration happen, but we are always happy to chat to couples. Let's talk about the style of stationery you would like; we start work on the designs while you nail down the finer details. We can save your designs and give you a couple of weeks to decide on the final timings etc, just get back in touch when you're ready and we'll send everything to print once you know what time the party gets started.

The highlight...

Seeing all our friends and family in one place having the most amazing time, all to celebrate our relationship together. Seeing people laughing, crying, dancing, singing and just simply having so much fun meant the world to us and brought us the upmost amount of joy. We can remember both taking a moment during our wedding breakfast to look out across the room and take in all the faces of happiness chatting away to people they might not have even met before.

Don't be afraid to change your mind, it's a once in a lifetime day so it is important to get it right!

As well as a bespoke portrait Chris and James added a fun theme for their wedding day stationery inspired by their love of West End musicals.

Musicals are our joint hobby, we love nothing more than going to the theatre and taking in a great show - it is what makes us so happy. We wanted to bring that into our special day as it is what people know us for, so we ensured all the table names were named after our favourite musicals, made the favours linked to the table name and also ensured lots of the songs from various musicals were played. We walked down the aisle to 'Can you feel the love tonight' from the Lion King so we ensured the theme ran throughout the whole day. We loved bringing to life our passion for musicals including the fabulous table plan!

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Thanks so much to Chris and James for sharing a little of what made their wedding day special - Congratulations guys!

A Wanderlust Wedding design for the couple who love travel

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We are sharing a very special bespoke design today... The Groom Jeremy is actually Abi's big brother! We can't wait until the day he marries his wonderful Bride-to-be Rebecca.

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Becky and Jeremy have planned a glamorous destination wedding on the island of Rhodes and wanted personalised wedding stationery that reflected their love of travel. We wanted to give them modern a look that felt like their very own airline (if you look closely you'll see stamps that represent each country Becky and Jeremy have visited together).

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As an added touch to celebrate both families coming together we also incorporated photographs of the couple's parents on their wedding day over 30 years ago.

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We are SO excited for their wedding day this May, stay tuned for more from their big day - We've no doubt it's going to be a beautiful day filled with music, love, laughter (and some excellent dance moves!)

Photography by Freckle Photography

Happy New Year!

Will 2017 be the year you get hitched?

With exciting wedding planning underway (and hopefully not too much stress) it feels great to reach the year you tie the knot... If that's you and your partner then a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS - The celebration is nearly here! Here at Dearly Beloved we know the most important thing is that you are getting married, no matter how big or small the ceremony or who sits next to who at the wedding breakfast it's important to remember one thing... It's all about you as a couple!

Your own unique wedding invitations start here...

We are proud to say that after a fantastic 2016 we are award winning designers and 100% of our couples were happy with our work.

 "Dearly Beloved was recognised by the notonthehighstreet.com Make Awards judges for its contemporary look and feel whilst still capturing the classical romance element all couples-to-be are after. The judges were delighted to see on-trend colours being used (rather than cream and gold) and there is also the opportunity to tailor to same-sex couples."
Notonthehighstreet.com Creative Product Director Sally Bendelow

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

All our bespoke designs start with a conversation and a sketch. As experienced designers interpreting your wedding day into beautiful visuals is what we do best. Want to know more? Check out our FAQs

We can't wait to work with you to make your wedding day special, get in touch!

The Decidedly Different Vintage Wedding Fair, 14th - 15th January 2017

We are really excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Blue Fizz Decidedly Different Wedding Fair.

The fair is on from 14 – 15th January 2017 at the beautiful Exeter Castle from 11 – 4. With some the best alternative suppliers from all over the South West exhibiting their wedding wares it’s set to be a great weekend for couples planning a celebration with a difference. We will be there showcasing both our bespoke wedding artwork and ready-to-go, personalised stationery collections.

We are offering 20% off for couples who order with us between 14 January – 22 February. So if you spot something you like at our stall you have the chance to go home and think it over before placing your order.

Simply pick up a sample pack from us at the fair for the exclusive voucher code.

Create your own unique stationery with our bespoke design service...

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Photo by Weddings by Two

Want something personal? We enjoy celebrating the start of our clients’ life together by creating something personal to them, at the fair there will be a chance to chat to us about how we can represent you as couple on paper.

All our bespoke designs start with a conversation and a sketch. As experienced designers interpreting your wedding day into beautiful visuals is what we do best.


Tie the knot in style with the Dearly Beloved Collections...

Created with the same care and attention as our bespoke designs the Dearly Beloved Collections are a series of wedding stationery suites ready to be printed for your celebration. Simply choose your design and we can customise with your names, details and even edit to match your wedding colours.

BLUE FIZZ GIVEAWAY...

There's also the chance to win 50 Save the Date cards from one of the Dearly Beloved Collections as part of the Blue Fizz giveaway, for the chance to win this and even more amazing wedding prizes head over to the Blue Fizz site

We can't wait to see you there! 

Want to chat to us before the fair? Just drop us an email, we’d love to talk to you. hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk