This Q&A was from an interview in Brides magazine with Lizbeth Holstien co-founder of HoneyTree and our creative director / wedding guru!
Are classic designs boring now?
Classic designs are never boring if they are well designed, at HoneyTree we offer a classically designed format with a slightly modern / contemporary twist.
What wedding stationery does a couple need apart from invites?
Before the Wedding:
It really depends on the couple, some like to send Save the date cards especially if the wedding is a long time in the future, if the date is during the a holiday period (we have seen a trend recently for Christmas and New year weddings) to ensure holiday plans don’t conflict or if the couple have a lot of overseas guests which need a little more time to organize themselves.
We also produce various information booklets with details of the days events for the guests to help them with their itinerary. You can also send out an RSVP card with the invitation, this comes with a pre printed envelope so the guests can simply fill in their reply, often the bride and groom ask other questions on the RSVP regarding dietary needs or accommodation.
On the day of the wedding:
We produce a number of wedding stationery products, such as Order of Service booklets, menus, name place cards, table name cards and favour tags, but we can also create bespoke items for the wedding breakfast such as thank you notelets for the bridesmaids or tags with ribbons tied to bouquets of flowers for the mother of bride. Each of these products can have a chosen illustration from over 1000 illustrations in our gallery that will be perfectly suited for the occasion.
What’s the difference between bespoke and custom?
With HoneyTree all our products are bespoke. This means that every order is created especially for the couple, they choose their fonts, wording, colour of fonts and layouts as well as choosing an appropriate illustration that will set the scene for their special day.
What’s the usual process when you order bespoke stationery?
Our customers will initially go on line and have a look at the templates, they will then have a play around with wording, fonts and font colours on our website, the wonderful thing about the HoneyTree website is that you can see exactly what you get as you put in the data, this gives our couples a chance to really get creative with their choices. They can then either go through the website and order their invites there and then or they can get in touch with our bespoke studio to discuss tweaks and ideas that they might have. It is a very personal process with the couple working closely with our team to ensure that they get exactly what they want.
How far ahead should couples order their stationery?
We recommend that they send our their invitation – 3 months before the event and if they have lots of guest from overseas, we recommend 4 months (if a save the date has been issued). Therefore the ordering should take place 5 months before the ‘I do date’ to enable design and sign off work and the delivery of their Wedding invitations etc.
Do you have a favourite shape for invites?
We design all our invitations on rectangular cards either landscape or portrait. This is very traditional and we feel suits the needs of our customers as well as the formatting we design with the illustrations and wordings. We are looking to perhaps create a square invitation in the future.
Who makes the final decision for the design and sign off of the invitations?
During the design process we frequently are sending proofs to a number of ‘interested parties’….. but at the end of the day we suggest that the couple must end up with something they are thrilled with, that conveys their personality and sets the scene for THEIR day! If they can answer any guest who ask’s ‘why did you choose this design’ they must be able to say ‘because it’s exactly what we wanted’.
I hope this helps and should you have any questions for me or my team of stationery lovers, please do comment and contact the studios.
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Lizbeth – Queen Bee