In the past, I have been in the fortunate position to have worked with some of the most amazing wedding suppliers in Suffolk and across the UK, with many of which becoming great friends. I know that many of my prospective and current clients check out my blog from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, which got me thinking. What better way to introduce some of my trusted vendor friends to my clients than to give them the spotlight for 5 minutes here on my blog where they could tell us about their business, their inspirations and what makes them tick. So here you have it, a new series of interviews has been born, I hope you enjoy them. Today I had the chance to sit down with the very lovely Natalie Welch from Lemon Pie Design, who are based in Suffolk, UK.
Photo credit: Tree Frog Photography
Ross: For those readers who may not have come across your work before, please can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into creating wedding stationery?
Natalie: I trained as a Graphic Designer and having designed wedding stationery and greetings cards for friends realised there was a gap in the market for modern, personalised and unique wedding stationery. I did some research and noticed that there wasn't really many places couples could go to in Suffolk and the surrounding areas for bespoke stationery that was designed especially for them. My thought was that your wedding is going to be different to everyone else's so why should you have to have the same stationery as everyone else?! So Lemon Pie Design was born to give couples the stationery they want and that is individually designed to suit them.
Ross: In three words how would you describe your brand/business?
Natalie: Modern, stylish and friendly
Ross: Who or what inspires the creativity in your work?
Natalie: I get inspiration from everywhere! It can be from magazines, interiors, window displays, books - literally anything. I will maybe see a colour combination or style of typeface that I like somewhere and it can give me the inspiration for new designs. I also read a few American blogs and get inspiration from ideas and trends I see on there as I believe a lot of the trends we see in the wedding industry here often have started in the US.
Ross: What trends are you currently seeing and how do you predict the future looks for wedding stationery in the UK?
Natalie: The vintage vibe in Suffolk is still pretty strong so I am seeing lots of florals and pastel colours but also I have a few couples who are going for a more elegant, opulent look with script fonts and flock patterns. I think couples are now really starting to realise that their weddings don't have to be the same as everyone else's and so I think we will be seeing couples bringing their own individuality and flair to their day. There is so much inspiration and encouragement from the magazines and especially the blogs to create something unique to you that I think couples are taking this on board.
Photo credit: Tree Frog Photography
Ross: How far in advance do you suggest couples come talk to you about their wedding stationery?
Natalie: I always suggest couples need to come and see me at least two months before they want to send their save the dates or invitations out. This then gives us plenty of time to work on their design and get it exactly how they want it. However I am getting very booked up already for 2013 so would suggest couples book their complimentary consultation with me as soon as they can even if it's just to get their printing space booked in.
Ross: Which wedding blogs or magazines do you recommend that couples check out?
Natalie: I love Brides magazine but tend to read more blogs now. Favourites are London Bride, Rock n'Roll Bride, Style Me Pretty and Bow Ties & Bliss and also The Perfect Palette is brilliant for colour combination inspiration. I also love The Suffolk Wedding Showcase that has recently been launched as I think a blog representing all the fantastic suppliers and weddings that take place in Suffolk was long overdue.
Ross: What advice would you give couples when choosing their wedding Stationer?
Natalie: Think carefully about what you want as a couple. Don't be pushed into a certain idea or style just because its tradition. I always encourage my couples to think about their personalities and the style of their wedding when choosing their design as your stationery is the first glimpse your guests will see of your big day so it is vital that the stationery is personal to you and as unique as you and your wedding are.
Ross: Finally, what's the best thing about being a wedding Stationer?
Natalie: Helping couples create their perfect wedding day! It's a great feeling to think I have helped contribute to setting the style and tone of the wedding through the stationery. I also love it when my couples tell me how much their guests loved the stationery.
Photo Credit: Tree Frog Photography
My thanks to Natalie for her time taken to chat with me. If you would like to speak to Natalie about your wedding stationery, please visit check out her website at www.lemonpiedesign.co.uk You can also follow Lemon Pie Design on Facebook & Twitter.