Paperfloré: Thinking About Your Wedding Stationery

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Supplier Takeover: Paperfloré
Est. 2016 | Bournemouth (UK wide shipping)
This post is brought to you by Paperfloré, who specialise in floral and rustic wedding stationery. Becci, the face behind the business, talks everything about her job, tells us 2021 trends to look out for and tells us all the wedding stationery couples should consider (it's not just save the dates and invitations - there's A LOT of on the day stationery to think about too!). Check out Becci and husband Joel's beautiful Florence wedding blog. 

Becci has kindly agreed to offer our readers 10% off everything, from cards and prints to full invitation suits, when you use code FROMBRIDESWITHLOVE.
Tell us a bit about what you do...
I specialise in floral and rustic wedding stationery. From save the dates, invitation sets, table plans, welcome boards, menus, thank you cards and lots more! Most of my designs are created bespoke for couples who are looking for something unique and individual to their day. All of the images you see here started out as bespoke designs to match their theme and colour schemes etc. I also offer template designs, so if you have a set budget but still want beautiful invitations, I offer a variety of packages suitable for a variety of budgets.
When did Paperfloré (previously RLS illustrations) begin?
I originally started RLS illustrations in 2012 from my little box bedroom at my parents home. After studying illustration for 4 years at university, my first products in 2012 were greeting cards and also illustrated gifts such as phone cases and cushion covers which were created from my hand drawn illustrations and sold in small independent shops across the UK. In 2016, after getting engaged myself and creating designs for my wedding, I introduced wedding stationery and never looked back! For many years this was a side hustle alongside my full time graphic design job, but eventually I quit my job to chase my dream!
How did you get into the wedding industry? 
I got engaged in Venice, Italy and as soon as we got home we were straight into planning our engagement party. Being an illustrator and graphic designer for years, I couldn’t wait to design all the stationery for our engagement party such as invitations, welcome board etc. After realising how much I enjoyed creating those, I then went on to design all the wedding stationery for our Italian wedding in August 2018. I then started to experiment more in the wedding world so I created my first product, a pack of 15 wedding milestone cards. These started selling like crazy and also ended up being featured in a monthly bridal subscription box within just a few months of release. From this I started creating more wedding products overtime from greeting cards for the groom/bride to engagement map location prints. Eventually, couples who were purchasing from my Etsy shop were finding me on Instagram or Facebook and this then turned into invitation orders and it grew and grew from there! 
Tell us about other wedding stationery couples should consider after the invitations...
Once you've received your RSVPs back from guests and have final numbers and names ready, it's time to start thinking about the stationery you'd like on the actual day too. You can then go ahead and order items such as guest names, table plan, table names, order of service, menus, stickers/tags for favours etc. I also create welcome signs which are available as large A2 or A1 boards, they're printed onto heavy board to stand on an easel and suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The choices are really endless and I can make pretty much any crazy idea that you may have, from door hangers, reservation signs for ceremony guests, cake flavour flags... the list goes on and on! All stationery items can be designed bespoke to match the colours or theme you have in mind, or if you're ordering invitations with me too, I can make sure everything matches perfectly from start to finish! You can see examples and more ideas here or head to my Instagram page and check out the virtual wedding show video on my IGTV. You'll find me talking you through all things stationery and also showing examples from previous weddings I've worked on too!
What is your favourite part of your job?
Every wedding is different, the theme, the colours, the ideas. Most of the wedding invitations I create start as bespoke designs and are uniquely made for that couple to suit their requirements. Invitations (or save the dates) are the first thing guests see related to your wedding, so it’s a good chance to give a feel of what to expect on the day. Whether that's a more formal approach or something more fun and relaxed, invitations give guests a first impression of what's to come. I love creating bespoke designs for couples, whether that’s hand painting floral patterns to match bouquets and floral decors, matching colours to bridesmaid dresses or creating a drawing of a beautiful wedding venue to add to the invitations. My job is super exciting and different every single day. No day is ever the same and I’ve never had that horrible Monday feeling since I started this, I love it!
Tell us about any wedding trends we should look out for...
I’m seeing a lot more requests for navy and blush invitations for 2021 weddings. I love pink as you’ll see on my instagram page and this works so beautifully with navy too! At my latest wedding exhibition, I had lots of interest in the navy and blush designs that I had on display, and already have bookings in the diary for 2021 stationery for these designs too.
From Brides, With Love xo

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