An Interview With Merrie + Bright About All Things Stationery
Pop behind the scenes with the lovely stationery designer Merrie + Bright to see her work magic in the studio captured by Helen Warner Photography, and we talk about what’s hot in wedding stationery worlds right now and how what she loves about her job!
Tell us about Merrie + Bright, what do you do?
Merrie & Bright is a design studio specialising in modern calligraphy, wedding invitations, on-the-day details, décor, laser cut signs and in-person workshops. From pretty paper goods to unique signs and little details dotted throughout the day, my work can be incorporated into almost every element of a wedding.
How did you start Merrie + Bright? What attracted you to working in the wedding industry?
I’ve always enjoyed beautiful handwriting. As a child, I would practice my letters over and over until I achieved the perfect shape. Then, when my grandparents gave me my first glass dip pen and ink, I discovered the beauty of precise letterforms and perfect pen strokes.
Years later, I found myself housebound following surgery and the urge to play with pen and ink returned. I fell in love with calligraphy all over again, and in 2015 Merrie & Bright was born. Weddings are an ideal outlet for my creativity. I’m passionate about transforming ideas into keepsakes that can be treasured forever, and in today’s digital world receiving something beautiful in the mail makes an occasion feel extra special.
What are your most popular designs for wedding stationery?
Since their launch at the National Wedding Show in February, my Curated Collection of semi custom invitation suites have been getting a lot of interest! My laser cut designs are also very popular – as these pieces are hand lettered, they are beautifully differentiated from other laser cut pieces available.
What wedding stationery trends are you in love with right now?
Acrylic. I love the versatility in terms of colour and uses – anything from laser cut cake toppers to screen printed welcome signs or smaller pieces like engraved place cards. I’ve also been playing with it to create a new product which will be making its launch at the National Wedding Show in September this year – keep your eyes open for it!
Tell us about your lovely Laser Cuts – what can couples create with this?
Laser cutting transforms my modern calligraphy into stylish three-dimensional objects. They’re crafted from wood or acrylic and each design is hand lettered, digitised, laser cut, and (if required) hand painted. Laser cuts are ideal for couples who want to add a memorable touch to their wedding. They’re perfect for ceremony backdrops, venue décor, table numbers, cake toppers, wedding signs and wedding favours. I love working on custom designs too, so the only real limit is your imagination.
Do you have any important tips or advice for couples about their wedding stationery?
Don’t leave it to the last minute! As well as printing and production time, bespoke work can take up to two weeks for initial proofs, followed by up to two rounds of revisions if necessary. It’s not a process you want to rush, so I provide clear guidelines on my website about when to order and when to send everything from Save The Dates to Thank You Cards.
Could you tell us something about the importance of couples having their suite to be photographed on their wedding day – maybe tips of what to style with it too?
Your stationery plays a crucial role in the story of your day. Wedding invitations often give guests their first glimpse of the celebration to come, setting the tone, building anticipation, and prompting much excitement. Photographing your suite in its entirety honours this, capturing all the different elements together and illustrating the time and attention to detail that’s been dedicated to their creation.
Beautiful stationery requires minimal styling, but adding flowers, jewellery or other details from your wedding day will help the picture tell even more of your story.
What else do you do at Merrie + Bright?
I’m always looking for new ways to surround ourselves with the timeless style and beauty of hand-lettering. I love working with branding clients bring their vision to life and create something which truly reflects their brand. I have previously worked on some unique projects and designed tattoos, hand-lettered wedding vows, and bespoke home décor. I also teach regular workshops and offer private calligraphy lessons on a one-to-one basis or in small groups for hen parties and corporate events.