LouPaper offers custom wedding stationery for your special day, all handmade and bespoke based in Berkshire. LouPaper creates unique designs to each and every couple for their big day. The lovely Louise from LouPaper has given her time to show advice on wedding stationery and her approach to her incredible work.
How did you become a wedding stationer?
I founded LouPaper back in 2015, merging my degree in graphic design with over a decade of experience in the wedding industry. Starting with designing for friends and colleagues, the business grew and I went full time last year. My wedding journey started at the age of 15, when I worked as a Saturday girl in a local wedding shop and I’ve loved weddings ever since!
What is your favourite design you have ever done?
It sounds cliché but I have to say my own wedding stationery, it was such a personal journey to go on and I’m lucky that my now husband is an artist so we created our stationery together, and it was every bit us as it could be. It also allowed me to experiment with different printing techniques and finishes so was also a learning process!
How do you help couples choose their design?
Typically, most wedding colour palettes and themes are chosen to reflect the season your wedding is taking place in. I design all stationery following the colour, style and theme each of my couples chooses. Remember your save the dates and invites are the first things your guests see, so it’s the perfect opportunity to make a big first impression and give them a little taste of what’s to come. Fundamentally, your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple, so it should be filled with everything that makes you, you!
What is the process when couples book with you?
I offer two options for clients; semi-custom and bespoke. For semi-custom designs, these are based on a design from my collection and can be tailored to match the colour palette of my couples’ big days. I provide PDF proofs and include 2 rounds of amendments before printing. A final print proof is provided and then it’s off to print. I do all the hand finishing in house, so this production happens when I receive the prints back from my printers. I finalise everything by hand, package up the stationery and courier to my clients. For my bespoke couples, I work together with them using inspiration and styling, theme and décor ideas for the big day, to create something totally unique to them. This option is perfect for anyone struggling to find stationery that’s quite right in the collection.
What trends do you see for 2021?
It’s all about different materials and finishes. For something contemporary, Perspex and vellum are both great materials to use on your big day to bring a modern, minimalist vibe. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, try using handmade paper and gold leaf to bring opulence and a tactile quality to your stationery.
How would you describe your work?
I design modern luxury wedding stationery with bespoke hand lettering. Each item is lovingly designed and all calligraphy is written by hand so is totally unique for every one of my couples. I love working with fine details and luxury finishings like vellum, foil and gold leaf, something to make each invite extra special.
What is your top tip for a couple on their wedding day?
Always take some time out to spend just the two of you. The whole day is a total whirlwind and it’s so important to catch 5 with your new husband or wife and just embrace how amazing everything is. Oh and enjoy every.single.second!!