Wedding ideas inspired by the tale of The Owl and the Pussycat from illustrated invitations to a owl and cat cake topper


Wedding ideas inspired by the tale of The Owl and the Pussycat from illustrated invitations to a groom in a pea green suit

With much of last year spent getting to grips with motherhood and juggling my business alongside this challenging new role, I am thoroughly enjoying getting back into blogging – like really getting back into, being inspired by the fantastic products and services that our businesses are creating, and dreaming up ways for them to be incorporated into your wedding.

Recently Julie from Hollyhock Lane got in touch to tell me about some of her new wedding stationery designs, and it was her ‘Owl and the Pussycat’ collection that immediately grabbed my attention. I love the poem and the images it evokes, and then I was reminded of some great ideas I’ve been saving that would tie in perfectly with Julie’s designs for anyone wanting to incorporate the poem into their wedding day.

If like me your love the poem, I hope my feature inspires you to incorporate some elements into your wedding day. Over to Julie to tell us why she loves the tale of owl and the pussycat so much…

“I think the tale of the ‘owl and the pussycat’  appeals so much as it’s so whimsical and fun, but it’s also an old classic which no doubt inspired many a childhood with it’s fantastical and nonsensical story. It’s a great ‘alternative’ theme for a wedding, espeically if you don’t always relate to more typical floral and feminine wedding themes. There’s so much milage with the imagery that you could create a really beautiful and very original wedding day.”

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding stationery from Hollyhock Lane

“The owl and the pussycat suite was actually inspired by a bespoke stationery commission that I wish I had thought of myself. It was particularly apt for this couple, as she and her fiancé had been together for 10 years, so the “too long we have tarried” line was a cheeky nod to their own tallying to walk down the aisle.

I felt it would be such a strong design that would resonate with so many couples, that I asked her permission to turn it into one of my ‘ready to print’ designs in exchange for a discount on my usual bespoke design prices.”

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding invitation from Hollyhock Lane

So kicking off our suggestions for other ways to incorporate a bit of an owl and the pussycat theme to your wedding, I couldn’t resist but to start with this porcelain cake topper with an owl ‘groom’ and pussycat ‘bride’. These animal style cake toppers have become quite iconic, so I was delighted to discover they are available in the UK (details at the bottom).

Owl and the Pussycat wedding cake topper

For those couples who want to bring in elements that they love to their wedding without it being a brash in-your-face theme, why not subtly weave them in. When I was thinking about subtle ways to incorporate the owl and the pussycat theme into your wedding, I was reminded of this image of a groom in an unusual green suit.

A green suited groom to hint at the ‘pea green’ boat from the owl and the pussycat tale – there’s no need for your guests to know that’s why you chose it, but sometimes a ‘theme’ can bring fresh ideas that aren’t super themed.

Groom in a green suit

Julie also suggested “The stars and the moon theme could easily be exploited for decorative ideas. I love huge moon props for the bride and groom to sit on for whimsical photo portraits as well as DIY photo booth backgrounds. And little silver sprayed card stars could be strung up from the ceiling or tied together as garlands as part of the decorations.”

A romantic row in a boat on a pretty lake, what could be lovelier? This lucky couple got married at Cornish Tipi Weddings, one of our recommended wedding venues located in a stunning secluded valley in Cornwall. Another way of letting something you love or cherish (in this case, the tale of the owl and the pussycat) steer your wedding choices to something really special.

Bride and groom in a rowing boat at Cornish Tipi Weddings

The illustrated owl and the pussycat that Julie was commissioned to paint for a save the date was just the sort of work she loves: “this job totally suited my skill set as I love creating wedding stationery that is highly illustrated, and more akin to a small piece of artwork as my background was originally in fine art.”

I couldn’t agree more about this beautifully illustrated design, more artwork than wedding stationery!

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding save the date from Hollyhock Lane

This wedding cake was showcased in our Cake Love feature and remains one of my favourites for it’s fun and colourful decoration. I believe this cake topper was homemade and I’m sure a crafty couple could create their own with a little imagination and glue.

Owl and the Pussycat wedding cake

If it’s the quotes you love (I considered the poem for a reading at our wedding), why not be inspired by this idea of writing some of your favourites onto mirrors around your wedding venue.

Owl and the Pussycat quote decorated mirror

I asked Julie for her suggestions on how else the owl and the pussycat theme might be incorporated into a wedding:

“I also imagine wrapping tiny pots of artisan honey in fake five pound notes as favours and I’m planning on incorporating a runcible spoon illustration into the menu and name place card designs that I will be creating to match the set. The bong – tree (whatever that is) has lots of potential too. I can picture lots of paper leaves and flowers or actual branches arranged around table centres with a Bong-Tree wishing tree for guests to write their messages of good will.”

I love the idea of honey wedding favours wrapped in fake five pound notes!

Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding RSVP from Hollyhock Lane

The Owl and the Pussycat illustrated wedding stationery from Hollyhock Lane are printed with eco vegetable inks in the UK onto thick matte 100% recycled card. For more details on this wedding stationery from Hollyhock Lane view the full The Owl and the Pussycat collection.

Hollyhock Lane is a recommended supplier of The Natural Wedding Company. Based in East Sussex, artist and illustrator Julie Annis creates produces hand drawn invitations and stationery printed on 100% recycled card using vegetable based inks. Quirky and alternative, charming and beautiful, perhaps a little bit vintage and always lovely. Visit or contact Julie at

Individual Images: (1 + 2) Hollyhock Lane; (3) Cake topper from PeaGreenBoat; (4)  M&J Photography via Love My Dress; (5) Ryan Jarvis Photography; (6) Hollyhock Lane; (7) Marianne Taylor via 100 Layer Cake; (8) Anthony Amos via Martha Stewart Weddings; (9) Hollyhock Lane


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