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!

We WON! Wedding Styling Product of the Year 2016 - Vintage Movie Wedding Stationery

Last month we were absolutely OVER THE MOON to be awarded a notonthehighstreet.com Make Award for our Vintage Movie wedding stationery. Judged by the top minds at notonthehighstreet.comElle Decoration and Telegraph Connect our design was selected as the Wedding Styling Product of the Year for 2016. We donned our gladrags and headed to the beautiful Sky Garden for the award ceremony!

Sally Bendelow, NOTHS Creative Product Director and one of the judges of the Make Awards chose our design because of the fresh colour scheme and the ability to personalise the invitaions for both same sex and straight couples alike. Here's what she had to say...

"The Vintage Movie Collection of wedding stationery by 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. We liked that the collection included save the date, RSVP and table cards as well, making it easy for couples as it satisfies all their stationery requirements at once. In particular, the judges were delighted to see on-trend colours being used (rather than cream and gold for example) and commented on its versatility as it is suited to every season and as there is also the opportunity to tailor it to same-sex couples."

Thanks so much for the recognition  notonthehighstreet.com !

Thanks so much for the recognition notonthehighstreet.com!

We're in Stationery Trends Magazine!

Stationery Trends Winter Cover 2016

Our New York Ombre bespoke invitation has been featured in the latest issue of Stationery Trends Magazine!

Dearly Beloved in Stationer Trends P1
Dearly Beloved in Stationery Trends P2

Stationery Trends is an award winning American magazine dedicated to sharing greetings cards gifts and all things stationery. We're really proud of the work we did for Manjil & Brad so it's awesome their invite celebrated alongside so much other great stationery! Huge thanks to editor Sarah from Stationery Trends

Real Wedding: Manjil and Brad

"Absolutely remember that you are marrying the person you truly love and the process is meant to be LOVING and FUN --- don't get bogged down in details and try to ENJOY this process.. a wedding is one of the most important events of your life!"

We are so happy to be sharing another real wedding with you all! What can I say, we are totally honoured to have played a part in making this New York wedding so amazing! Despite being over the pond we worked with cool couple Manjil and Brad to create a modern range of bespoke wedding stationery that reflected their fun personalities! A massive thanks to the photographers at Weddings by Two for sharing these stunning photos of their big day with us. Read on to hear from Manjil and Brad about their unique celebration...

NAMES OF COUPLE
Manjil Chatterji and Brad Dillon

DATE OF WEDDING
6th September 2015

"...as a gay couple, the idea of marriage has been a relatively new possibility (the US Supreme Court decision just this year!) for us... Bespoke design allowed us to really put our unique ideas forward in a beautiful and modern way"

Instead of the usual order of service booklet we designed Manjil and Brad a full page programme featuring a simple line drawing of the New York skyline.

Instead of the usual order of service booklet we designed Manjil and Brad a full page programme featuring a simple line drawing of the New York skyline.

THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING
Eclectic, vibrant, modern

WAS THERE A THEME FOR YOUR WEDDING?
Yes!   Modern-chic-party-fun!

Flowers by  Bride and Blossom NYC   Grooms' suits by  Hugo Boss  and  Suit Supply

Flowers by Bride and Blossom NYC
Grooms' suits by Hugo Boss and Suit Supply

We wanted to give Manjil and Brad edgy designs that suited them as a modern male couple; colour was also hugely important and so  we created a range of items including invitations, RSVPs, menus and signage incorporating a vibrant hot pink to orange ombre. 

We wanted to give Manjil and Brad edgy designs that suited them as a modern male couple; colour was also hugely important and so we created a range of items including invitations, RSVPs, menus and signage incorporating a vibrant hot pink to orange ombre. 

"Though we had a rough idea of what we wanted, we had no design/art experience to articulate our ideas.  We sent a pinterest board and bunch of clip-art ideas to Abi who transformed our initial designs into a beautiful wedding suite"


WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO FOR BESPOKE WEDDING STATIONERY?
We wanted save-the-dates, invitations and wedding stationery to be very unique - as a gay couple, the idea of marriage has been a relatively new possibility (the US Supreme Court decision just this year!) for us.  To that extent, we didn't want to follow the traditional route.  Bespoke design allowed us to really put our unique ideas forward in a beautiful and modern way, setting the stage for a wonderful wedding for our family and closest friends.

WHAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING WITH DEARLY BELOVED? 
Wow, where to start?  We had the most wonderful experience with Dearly Beloved -- Abi and Ben were extremely responsive and easy to work with.  Though we had a rough idea of what we wanted, we had no design/art experience to articulate our ideas. We sent a pinterest board and bunch of clip-art ideas to Abi who transformed our initial designs into a beautiful wedding suite.

Best of all, Abi was SUPER enthusiastic about the project, injecting a vibrant pulse into the project.   Turn-around time for design ideas was super quick and thoughtful -- we often received design alterations within a few hours. Though the project required a lot more work and money than simply picking out a suite of invitations/paper from a website or pre-designed template, the final product was absolutely 100% worth the effort. The bespoke invitations are an amazing way to set the tone for your wedding!

For the formal invitations Manjil and Brad requested a large screenprinted poster; this was so exciting to work on for us, we approached the design as if it was a gig / film poster and hopefully their loved ones will have them pinned up for years to come - a great example of breaking the norm!

For the formal invitations Manjil and Brad requested a large screenprinted poster; this was so exciting to work on for us, we approached the design as if it was a gig / film poster and hopefully their loved ones will have them pinned up for years to come - a great example of breaking the norm!

Catering by  Real Food Catering , Yen Ngo and Gary Wagener

Catering by Real Food Catering, Yen Ngo and Gary Wagener

Cake created by  Momofuku Milk Bar NYC

Cake created by Momofuku Milk Bar NYC

MANJIL AND BRAD'S THREE TOP TIPS FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING
1.  Absolutely remember that you are marrying the person you truly love and the process is meant to be LOVING and FUN --- don't get bogged down in details and try to ENJOY this process.. a wedding is one of the most important events of your life! When there are disagreements, open your mind to alternatives and embrace the union of ideas (easier said than done!).  That said, giving each other unlimited veto power was also very useful!  
2.  Start early and involve friends/family in the process.. make a spreadsheet with deadlines and expectations and stick to it!  Estimate a budget for each component of the wedding, and try to stick to it!  
3. Closer to the date, planning fatigue is real -- take a break, and don't make hasty decisions.  All in all, remember that the wedding should reflect the couples unique life experiences .. the devil is in the details!

The beautiful rooftop venue is none other than  Studio 450 , a  unique New York City Loft Space and terrace located in Manhattan with incredible skyline views.

The beautiful rooftop venue is none other than Studio 450, a unique New York City Loft Space and terrace located in Manhattan with incredible skyline views.

Wow! 

Wedding stationery; invitation, RSVP, menus, table numbers, programme, signage and web logo - Dearly Beloved Design
Photography - Weddings by Two
Flowers - Bride and Blossom NYC 
Suits - Hugo Boss and Suit Supply
Cake - Momofuku Milk Bar NYC
Venue - Studio 450
Caterer - Real Food Catering, Yen Ngo and Gary Wagener