UK VS INDIA Where will you be ordering your wedding invitations ?
As a designer and having been an Indian bride myself I am able to understand all the cultural and religious ceremonies that need to take place during an Asian wedding. As a British Indian being brought up in the UK, I found myself questioning my parents over all the details, why certain ceremonies needed to take place. What was the reason for it? I’m sure my parents aren’t the only ones who face this now ( i will share another blog post about this later!)
So as an Indian bride, I wanted to share my stationery and of course wedding journey with you. I’m going to be truthful that yes I had my wedding invitations done in India, I wanted to do this myself and looked at all my options but it was proving too stressful! With a guest list of over 500 people, I knew as a bride I wanted to enjoy the planning and the event.
I was travelling to India to get my bridal outfit and do my wedding shopping there and I thought I was prepared with all my gift lists, checklists and stationery requirements. Truth be told, having my stationery done in India was actually proving to be just as stressful, who would have thought, considering I went armed with a USB, printed word document and e-mail version that the invitation company would still manage to misspell names and make errors.
Firstly I found it hard sourcing a stationery company in India, we didn’t know many and the one’s I was seeing before hand were not the styles I was looking for. My initial plan was to design them myself and get them printed in India, this wasn’t a viable option out there. You had to pick one off the shelf, I really struggled, but due to time constraints, I was pushed to select a design and go with it. Don’t get me wrong I was happy with my invitations, but it wasn’t what I had envisaged what I thought I’d be having.
1.Get some costs here, you never know with the shipping and weight of the invites they could work out the same.
You could find your perfect stationery here in the UK. As a UK designer, I work with clients to design what they want and even offer a semi-custom collection where you can edit the colours, fonts and to some extent change the layout.
2.Do your research before hand.
I struggled to even source an invitation designer out in India unless you have a contact.
3.Don’t be forced into something that really isn’t working for you or your event.
Spell check everything, even your name (Trust me, mine was printed wrong, as they felt they knew how to spell my name correctly for me!)
4.Get a proof copy printed or digital version done.
The benefits of choosing a UK company and designer is that as an independent business, I give you ideas, options and work with you to create your unique event stationery. I allow up 2-3 sets of changes. Give you access to a plethora of skills and ideas to really refine and design a beautiful invitation.
You are not rushed to make decisions, the process takes about 4-6 weeks for our semi-custom ranges or quicker depending on the number of amendments. But can be up to 3-4 months for my bespoke service.
Every attention to detail is taken into consideration and some of my semi-custom ranges are hand finished too.
This is just a handful of tips, which I hope helps any future Indian brides looking for their stationery. Happy hunting for those perfect invites. But remember, I'm always here for you