I thought I would do a round-up of those exclusive offers left over from the birthday month that are finishing within the next week, plus a competition that you still have time to enter.
Win an eco-friendly handcrafted wedding album worth £750 when you book Lisa Dawn Photography for your wedding (competition deadline 03/05/12)
Wedding in a Teacup offers all kinds of beautiful details for a wedding with a handmade feel and they are offering an exclusive 15% discount on all items to readers of The Natural Wedding Company – you’ve got just two weeks to claim the discount so don’t delay!
From invitations to guestbooks, favours and table decorations, and a whole section for the crafty bride including ribbon, labels, and luggage tags – many which can be personalised for your wedding day. The lovely Hester who runs Wedding In A Teacup sources items wherever possible that are recycled or fair trade, like the pretty fair trade cotton pouches – perfect for wedding favours.
This week on the Directory Showcase we’ve got flowers, stationery and gifts – so do read on and see some of the businesses you can find on the directory and details on where to find similar businesses that can help you plan a more natural and eco-friendly wedding.
Blossom Flowers specialise in beautiful wedding flowers sourced from ethical suppliers and seasonal UK growers. They also use UK grown herbs and foliage to create their beautiful floral designs. Visit the directory for a full list of florists using seasonal and locally grown flowers.
If you’re an eco-savy bride looking for elegant or vintage inspired wedding stationery then take a look at the beautiful range from Mooks Design. Not only do they have a fun selection of vintage inspired designs but they also print all their stationery on FSC certified board. Visit the directory for a full list of eco-friendly wedding stationery companies.
I am enjoying writing up these Directory Showcase posts, they are a wonderful reminder of the great businesses that you can find listed in the directory – that’s all those categories you can find at the top of the page in the grey luggage tag. If you’d like to find out more about the businesses, do have a look through the directory or read more of the Directory Showcase posts.
Pretty Sweet are passionate about taste and quality, so naturally their wedding cupcakes are coloured and flavoured with fresh fruits and organic ingredients where available. To decorate, Pretty Sweet uses hand-crystallised seasonal fresh flowers that are edible. Visit the directory for full details of wedding cake makers using natural, organic and fair trade ingredients.
April Doubleday is an ethical jewellery designer and maker based in Devon, she uses the coastline, rock formations and the sea as inspiration for her designs. All of her jewellery, including her wedding and engagement rings, are made from Fair Trade gold, and her diamonds are sourced responsibly from Australia and Canada. Visit the directory for a full list of ethical jewellers.
One of my lovely readers, Eulyn, got in touch to share her wedding invitations with me after being inspired by the wedding stationery we made for our wedding. I can’t tell you how lovely it is to get emails and pictures like this, knowing that something you did inspired someone else – and a photo of another couples hard work.
If you’ve been inspired by the ‘save the dates’ or stationery that we created for our wedding, do send me an email – I’d love to hear from you and attach a couple of pictures so I can see (and maybe even share on the blog) what you’ve created – it would make my day. It can get very lonely blogging away, sharing ideas and inspiration, so hearing that you were inspired by something you found here really makes me happy.
I have been overwhelmed from the support and kind words I have received following Thursday’s post ‘when imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.’ Out of something bad, such kindness has come.
I will make sure to get back to everyone who has left a comment or emailed me with regards to that post, I’m just a bit snowed under adding all the finishing details to my new website – to be re-launched next week!
In the meantime, I wanted to make it quite clear that I am 100% happy for all brides-to-be out there who have been inspired or made their own versions of our wedding stationery. In no way was that post about copying aimed at you, I am utterly delighted that you think my wedding stationery was nice enough to be reinterpreted for your own weddings. It was only in the context of going on to sell it (and my artwork), as the unnamed business did.
Once again, thank you all so much. It is heartening to know there are so many lovely people in the world.
Happy Bonfire Night!
This might possibly be one of the hardest blog posts I’ve had to write. I’ve spent the past 24 hours going over how to write without just screaming and shouting. Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook might recall a bit of a meltdown on Tuesday evening – so without waffling around too much, I discovered that another business had taken original designs I’d hand-drawn for our wedding stationery and was selling them as their own ‘unique’ designs.
I unwittingly clicked on a Twitter link and came across this businesses website – as I began to look around at the different designs they were selling I got this sick feeling in my stomach. Not only did one particularly wedding stationery design look unbelievably similar to what I’d designed and made for our wedding, but I began to realise that some details they were using were actually my hand-drawn images (below).
Designs by The Natural Wedding Company
I was absolutely devastated to think that someone would do that, and have the balls to claim that their work was ‘unique’. And pretty pissed off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming these are outstanding pieces of artwork, but they are mine, drawn by me, for something quite personal – my own wedding.