Lucy Loves… Sweet Ophelia Designs

Floral save the dates with envelopes and wax seals

How exciting – this is my first actual wedding-themed blog post. It’s one I’ve pencilled in for ages and simply haven’t posted. Tonight, I’m talking all about my wedding stationer, Sweet Ophelia Designs. Now let me first point out, it’s not just weddings that Jess (the founder) specialises in – and there was a really gorgeous Christmas range out at the back end of last year, which included tags and wax seals… but of course, despite corona and all the goings on, I am planning a wedding!

I actually went to Uni with Jess and had stayed in touch with her via the powers of social. Sweet Ophelia Designs was originally her side hustle, but last year she took it full-time – which was amazing. After lusting over her Insta grid, which is definitely flat-lay goals, I knew there was only one person I wanted to design my wedding stationery – and we got to work on the Save the Dates. In fact, I’ll be using Sweet Ophelia Designs not only for the invitations themselves, but the menus, place cards, table names and planner – and anything else that needs doing too!

I’ll be totally honest here, as much as I love stationery and I’ve always been into creative subjects, I didn’t actually know what I wanted – and there’s no way I could have sketched out my ideas. Thankfully, Jess made the whole process super easy and in one of her initial emails asked plenty of questions – things such as the colour scheme and theme of our wedding, as well as the style of stationery we were after, and any inspiration (Pinterest boards, Instagram posts etc) that could aid her.

We don’t really have a theme, but the colour scheme is sage and blush (with navy thrown in, as it makes outfit choices a lot easier). I liked the sound of textured card as opposed to standard and I sent Jess a link to my Pinterest board, although I had mentioned that I liked her ‘foliage’ suite on Instagram. But Jess knows her stuff and immediately put my mind at ease before setting to work on the design.

The next step was to receive a digital proof. Not only did I absolutely love it, but I was really blown away – Jess had totally seen my vision and replicated it in the design. I mean I wasn’t the most helpful, but it was exactly what I was looking for. I’m not lying when I said there were no design changes and only one really minor text change – it was perfect! I was so impressed, and obviously was really excited to receive the cards in the post, along with the blush envelopes and ‘Save the Date’ wax seals we had also requested – I thought those would be a nice touch.

Beautiful box with sweets, save the date cards, envelopes and wax seals
And when it was finally delivery day – wow. Everything came beautifully packaged, with the cards, envelopes and wax seals all in separate packets, to prevent spoiling – and secured with branded stickers. There was even a hand-written tag from Jess herself to us both, and a pouch of Candy Kittens sweets which was also a thoughtful touch. Everyone knows how much I love sweets, so I loved that. But it really was the attention to detail, she hadn’t missed a thing. I have to say I got a bit emotional when taking the cards out of their packaging – seeing my vision and the big date in real-life was such a special moment.

Throughout the process, Jess was so helpful, keeping us well informed and nothing was ever too much trouble. Her expertise really guided me – even on things such as A5 or A6 cards, or the colours of envelopes (I was torn between sage and blush), and whether or not I should go for wax seals or just wait and use them for the invitations themselves. We sent these out back in September and now I’m just so excited to get the ball rolling with everything else.

At a time where we can’t do very much and all the shops are shut, I’ve really been lacking motivation to organise anything. Obviously, my dream dress is on hold, my shoes are currently out of stock, and even my floristry appointment was cancelled. I’m struggling with suppliers in a number of areas too. I know once I focus on something else – like the stationery – my mind will be put at ease a bit more. I can’t wait to work with Jess again, and in fact, this post has given me the kick up the bum to message her and get the ball rolling!

I have linked her website earlier in the post (along with her Instagram page), but you can also find Sweet Ophelia Designs on Etsy, too!

Love, Lucy xx

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