supplier spotlight: knots & kisses 2012 collection
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This morning I’m delighted to introduce you to Nikki of Knots & Kisses. I first had the pleasure of working with Nikki when she provided her Vintage Cameo stationery for our Modern Vintage styled shoot last year, and have keenly followed her designs and new collections since. An artistic, creative type, Nikki worked in the retail industry as a visual merchandiser for many years before setting up Knots & Kisses to provide beautiful handmade wedding stationery for brides looking for something with a quirky, vintage style that can be fully customised to suit your wedding colours and theme.
“When I started Knots & Kisses I had no idea what a wonderful community of people I was soon to be a part of. Most of the people, including other stationers, have been incredibly supportive. By far the best part of being in the wedding industry is working with all the lovely couples and brides and becoming a small part of their day. Weddings are such a happy thing and its easy to become infected by their enthusiasm for their big day”
Having recently launched two new designs as part of her 2012 collection, I asked Nikki to share with us her inspiration ~
Candy Stripes has been inspired by a mixture of clean modern lines and retro sweet packaging, and comes in a variety of ice cream inspired colourways … three to be exact … Aqua & Mocha , Pink & Sage Green, and Lemon & Grey. These could be ordered for your wedding all in one colourway or easily mixed and matched as you wish!
Russian Doll was inspired by my love of Russian Dolls and Travelling Fairs and my love of bright colours. I have a feeling many more brides are wanting an alternative to the pastel side of ‘vintage’ this year … its great to give them this option. I’ve always loved Russian Dolls (I have two in my kitchen!) and the gypsy feel of them, and I wanted to incorporate this with a feeling of embroidery and pattern.
I also asked Nikki to share her thoughts on stationery trends for the coming year ~
The first look ‘Elegant Monochrome’ is what I based my Sketch collection around, especially the mushroom coloured Butterfly range. The key to this look is classic simplicity and muted colours of grey, blacks, silvers and browns mixed with strong typography and a graphic look.
Ornamentation is to a minimum but with influences taken from nature, the look is softened by using wood and metals.
My second look for 2012 is based around Fairytales … but this isn’t some Disney Princess in her castle! This is darker and influenced by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. Much more of a gothic woodland feel. Its what influenced my new Storybook range and its where I see pretty florals going this year for weddings. You can reintroduce the use of gilt and gold here without it looking dated and keep the fashion not overly pretty by using high Victorian collars and old lace.
My third and final trend for next year is based around a Folk theme … hence the Russian Doll stationery! I honestly think we are going to see colours getting brighter and more vibrant at weddings again and the Russian doll is certainly that. I think this look could be really easily incorporated into a wedding style with lots of heavily embroidered fabrics and table runners, colourful vases and perhaps even a fairground caravan for your guests to relax in!
I have a feeling the main thing that is going to continue happening in 2012 though is personalization at weddings … couples are really starting to want their weddings to be a reflection of them and that’s what I think is most important. Use these trends as a guide but let your personal style shine through!
And a few important things to consider ~
What question do brides ask you most often?
What is it going to cost! Couples are getting a lot more budget conscious, and although they don’t want their stationery to look cheap or ‘budget’ they want it to be good value. I always work with brides and adapt ranges if possible to suit their price range but still give them the look they want. It’s really important when contacting any Wedding Supplier to tell them if you are working to a strict budget and then they can work to that… rather than sending you lots of samples which are just totally beyond your reach and ending up disappointed.
What do you need to remember when choosing your wedding stationery?
Timing. Make sure the wedding stationer you really want to make your stationery is available for when you need. Don’t assume and leave it till a month before you need your stationery delivering. If you are looking at handmade stationery, like we provide at Knots & Kisses, your stationer may only be able to take on so many orders per month, so book early and don’t be disappointed!
Make sure you know how many invitations you will need – remember you won’t need one per guest, also the date, time of the ceremony and venue details plus when you wish to receive RSVP’s by … if you are ordering reception stationery you’ll probably need to get any information to your stationer at least 3-4 weeks prior to the wedding.
Finally decide whether you prefer a formal or informal wording … formal is usually appropriate when you’re parents are hosting the wedding, informal when you’re hosting it yourself. Other than this I firmly believe you can say whatever you like on your invitations … don’t be blinded to what you want by wedding etiquette!
If Nikki’s style has caught your eye, check out her website www.knotsandkisses.co.uk to see the full range, as well as further information on bespoke designs.
Before I sign off for the week… please check back on Sunday for a little update as b.loved turns one, and I have some exciting news to share :)