Hello BLOVED readers, it’s now 3 and a half months to go eek!! Can’t believe how quickly the time is going.

We are now getting down to all the little tasks that need organising. I feel that I have been pretty calm and chilled out so far with the planning (which doesn’t come naturally to me as a general worrier!) and so I am pretty pleased with myself – maybe that will change in the next couple of months or maybe I will become a new and improved person after it all… will keep you updated!

My mind has definitely been working overtime to fit all the details in, and so I have been compiling excel lists to try and collate all my thoughts and ideas in one place. It has really helped me to see it all together and know what things need ticking off next. This month we have doing lots of very exciting things like menu tasting, meeting our photographer and the biggest thing, sending out our invitations!

We decided against sending ‘save the dates’, mainly to save a bit of money, but also as we felt like we had told pretty much everyone face-to-face anyway… plus to be totally honest we only recently finalised our guest list! Having a small venue, along with our wish to have an intimate do, we’ve just kept it to close family and friends – which has been the most difficult thing to decide on over all.

Luckily with Nick being able to design the invites himself, we had a lot of freedom to get them done in our own time and keep them pretty simple and casual. There are two designs, one for those staying the night with us at The Bell and one for those who aren’t to give slightly different information. For the RVSP Nick came up with the idea of having a z-card lay out with a perforate line on the last page so that our guests could just tear off, pop a stamp on and send back to us like a postcard!

We were recommended a very reasonable printer (, we did have to get them reprinted as they didn’t come out straight to begin with but, as it was so cheap you can’t expect it to all go perfectly! Thankfully they did that for free and sent them back very quickly.

Our hope was to create something to reflect a little about us, the venue and the feel of the day – and I couldn’t resist adding a little crafty touch with the string and label to finish it off. Our initials stamp is from (my new favourite website!) – when I saw it I had to get it as it looked so ‘old pub’ like and a bit of fun – it will definitely be featuring on lots of other stationery bits and pieces.

I am so pleased with them and I am too excited to get back all the RVSP’s!

Gemma x


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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