I simply can't get enough of bold florals on dark backgrounds. Have you seen the stunning floral wallpapers of late? Gone are the days of the cottage chic Chantilly styles and hello to in-your-face wall murals.
A particular favourite of mine is Dark Floral II Black Saturated wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design.
So bold and simply breathtaking.
Feeling inspired by this, I have decided to design a collection based on moody florals mixed with my personal favourite, geometrics. I'm super excited for this collection as it resembles my personal design style more than most of my previous designs.
These are the first two designs for an invitation and wishing well:
I will be posting more designs in due time!
If this style is something you love too, drop me a line! I would love to design a suite like this for your wedding!
The wishing well is one of those topics that always comes up in my consultations with my clients. I know there are couples that feel very uncomfortable asking their guests for money instead of presents. The act of giving and receiving money is still taboo in some respects mainly because we associate this with charity funds. However couples moving in together before marriage is becoming very popular in our modern world and add in the fact that renovating and styling your own place is now an exciting activity (i.e. The Block style) there really is no need for unnecessary household gifts anymore.
While the main point of having a wedding is to celebrate and share your marriage with your loved ones, everyone knows that an awesome party costs money. Unless you live a Gatsby life, weddings usually mean credit card debt and perhaps even loans. Hence having a budget and spending within your means. Even though most wishing well poems will have something along the lines of "your presence is present enough" we all know that at the end of the day, if you host a wedding celebration you can expect that your guests will bring something with them whether it's a present or money in a card. This is just wedding etiquette passed on from generations.
In my opinion the best way to work out this dilemma is to honestly figure out what you would like to receive on your wedding day. Unless you imply a very strict no presents rule, it's better to have your guests give you something you would want and use rather than a shed full of useless items that you will probably re-gift later on. If you prefer to have cash over anything else then by all means use a wishing well. The fact is that your guests are probably quite close to you and will understand your request. This will also free up their time of looking for a gift for you.
If having a wishing well is not your thing (and that's completely fine) I think a gift registry is a great option where you can choose what items you would like and control how much your guests spend. Most department stores and specialty stores have gift registries so you can choose to your heart's desire. It's sort of a win-win situation for everyone.
Another option is going digital through Envelope Registry. It takes the awkwardness out of asking for money and is a great concept!
In conclusion I don't think the wishing well is a terrible thing. It saves your guests a lot of time and wasted money. You can be creative with the text on the wishing well making it a fun thing rather than an awkward request!
Get ready to see a lot of blue-based purple trending in 2018. Pantone has released their colour of the year as 18-3838 Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone website this colour is "A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."
Purple is such a unique colour that it will definitely add individuality to designed items. Last year's colour Greenery added some much needed freshness and nature into our lives and I believe that the bold Ultra Violet will allow us the freedom to be more expressive creatively.
In celebration of Ultra Violet I have designed three invitation suites based on it. These are available for order and customising if you'd like to use Ultra Violet as your wedding theme!
But first, here's my purple inspired mood board (you all know my love of them!):
Florals! I combined my love of florals and geometry to get this design. This suite can have a floral pattern printed on the back of the invitations.
Minimal and crisp for the white space lovers out there!
Mixing it up a bit with contemporary and abstract patterns.
If you're interested in any of these designs or have any enquiries, please feel free to drop me a message!
I hope Ultra Violet adds some creativity and inspiration to your life this year!
Cass is the owner and designer of The Hello Bureau. A lover of visually pleasing aesthetics and a tea and coffee enthusiast. She has a BA in Graphic Design and a diploma in Styling. Besides designing Cass is interested in product and editorial styling for photography.
When Cass isn't doing arty stuff she enjoys reading paperback books, hosting tea parties, attempting to cook for friends and exploring places.
She resides in Melbourne, Australia with her furball partner in crime Mister Watson.
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