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Finding inspiration for your wedding stationery designs

As a wedding stationery designer, I am often asked by clients and others in the industry where to start to find inspiration for a wedding stationery design.

The first thing I always say is that you have to be passionate about what you take your inspiration from, so definitely come up with a theme or design that means something to you. Although keeping an eye on trends helps you to stay commercial, picking a trend for the sake of it – when it’s not something that immediately grabs you or that you love – is never going to result in a satisfactory design.

Having said that, I am a total magpie and constantly changing my ideas about interiors, fashion and so on, so most trends do tend to appeal! I always aim to work these ideas into something more ‘Knots & Kisses’ and put my own spin on things.

Generally, my inspirations come from art, museums, gardens and fashion, and they often have a foot in the past, as I love vintage fashion and interiors.

Walking around museums or galleries can be a great way to start, as a particular painting or exhibit may click with you and get your creative juices flowing.

For example, my Sketch range of wedding stationery was inspired by a trip to the Natural History Museum. Seeing beautiful botanical and scientific illustrations made me want to create stationery with a hand-drawn motif, so I sketched out a butterfly, bird and apple as motifs to use as a header for the stationery. I also wanted to give it a rustic feel, so I layered it up and tied it with string.

Often it helps to start the design for a scheme or an invitation with a colour. Many couples who contact me for a bespoke design don’t initially have much of an idea of a theme for their wedding, but they will invariably have a colour scheme in mind.

When designing the China Blue range of stationery, my only initial intention was to design something with a blue and white colour scheme, as I felt it was a colour missing from my existing ranges. I then found more inspiration from some old vintage blue and white china I stumbled across while browsing in an antique shop, and from there the ideas for China Blue started to form. Add in the fact I was decorating a guest bedroom in exactly the same colour palette at the time and – bingo!

My other ‘go to’ place for inspiration is haberdashery shops. More often than not, a piece of floral fabric or a scrap of lace is enough to start me thinking about a design. My Country Garden range came from a scrap of floral fabric and some pink gingham ribbon that I found.

I find it’s important to always carry a sketchbook with me wherever I go! My friends are quite used to me suddenly finding inspiration for a new wedding stationery design and scrambling for my pad and paper to sketch it down before I forget. I have lots of sketchbooks filled with scribbles of designs. Many of these never become fully fledged new ranges, but they can often be great to refer to when I am designing something bespoke for a couple. You never know when something you came up with in the past may be absolutely perfect for that couple’s wedding now!

Nikki Ward is the designer & owner of Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery. You can find more of her wedding stationery designs at www.knotsandkisses.co.uk and also buy greetings card designs from her Etsy shop



Comments

David Brookes
28 May 2014 14:47
Lovely range of invitations
claire
30 May 2014 19:48
Must remember to carry a sketchbook!
Victoria
09 Jun 2014 21:06
Great post! I agree that carrying a sketchbook is the best way to record any ideas which might suddenly come to you. Inspiration is everywhere.
Charlotte Barrett
09 Feb 2015 01:06
Lovely ranges love the idea of getting inspiration fro museums etc!
Tam
31 Oct 2015 08:27
Beautiful designs, great post.

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