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  1. This blog is long overdue, so why not make it the last blog of the year.  Looking back over 2018 fills me with pride because most of my clients this year came from recommendations and there is no better advertisement than that.  It also made me realise that past clients valued the work that I did for them enough to recommend me to their close friends and family. 

    Pearl Passion Pocket Invitations

     

    I’ve always prided myself on the level of customer service I give to my clients and I don’t ever want that to change.  Every couple I meet are special to me, their stories are all different and I love learning about them as a couple, how they met, who proposed and what ideas they have for their wedding.

    Seating Plan Cards

    When sitting with them in a consultation I can often tell what kind of marriage they’ll have just by watching them discuss their wedding plans together.  Some couples are so in tune with each other it’s amazing, other couples are polar opposites, a little like me and my husband, but it really works well.

    Dior Bow Bookfold Invitation

    To be involved in a couples’ wedding planning is a privileged position to be in.  It should be the best day of their lives, so to be part of something so important to a couple is a true gift.

    This year has seen Yours Occasionally have a complete facelift.  I redesigned the branding to bring it in line with my core values and style that I wanted to take.  The website was completely redesigned turning it into an e-commerce site, so you can buy online. I’m so happy with results, seeing as I did it by myself and I’m no web designer!

    Logo Design 1 - August 2018

    I introduced lots of new wedding stationery collections so there is now lots of choice for couples, but I still offer a bespoke service where I can design something unique for the couple.

    Peacock Dreams Save the Date

    I’ve been working on bringing regular, recognisable, timely up to date social media posts for couples to read and hopefully learn from.  Engaging with my audience has been a key objective for this year. I want my audience to know not just about Yours Occasionally, but to gain insightful knowledge about wedding planning and ultimately marriage. Entering my tenth year of marriage, I’ve picked up my own tips, tricks and knowledge along the way.

    Funday Friday

    Looking forward to 2019, I’ll be launching The Occasion Club, a collection of bespoke handmade greeting cards for all occasions, from New Baby Cards to With Sympathy cards.  I’m really looking forward to bringing my passion for painting and drawing back into my work.

    Children's Birthday Card with Elephants

    Thank you as ever for your continued support.

    I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful new year.

    Happy New Year from Yours Occasionally

  2. At the stroke of midnight most wedding receptions end, it’s the next day and no longer your wedding day, cue sad face emoji.  The years, months, days of planning are over in an instant and what happens next is married life.

    Most couples will take a honeymoon first…and who can blame them, wedding planning is exhausting.  For me our honeymoon was the down time that I needed to recover from our planning.  Scratch that, I cannot lie, our honeymoon was the down time my new husband needed after he did the majority of planning himself, and he excelled at it.  He planned me the wedding of my dreams. 

    Dior Bow Thank You Card

    However, I digress, what happens after the wedding.  After our wedding we had a week before jetted off to sunnier climes, so we did a very important task.  We wrote all our thank you cards to our wedding guests.  All our family and friends made the day so special for us, it was only right to thank them all as soon as possible.

    We also had a wedding gift list (but that’s a whole other blog, believe me...!) so we wanted to thank everyone for their generosity, including those who weren’t at the wedding but were kind enough to send gifts.  

    Blissful Bow Thank You Card

    We were lucky enough to have a list of all the gifts that people had bought us, so we could thank them for the gift by item, even though we weren’t due to receive them until we were back from our honeymoon.

    We…I say we…I mean I spent a lot of time writing our cards (I let him off, after all he planned the wedding), I wanted my words to reflect how grateful I was to my family and friends for sharing our special day and for their generous gifts.  I appreciate as a wedding guest how much money you can spend on attending a wedding, from the outfit to the gift and more often nowadays the accommodation too.  It’s a lot to ask of a person, but those who truly love you are only too happy to make the effort.

    Pearl Passion Thank You Card

    I hand wrote our Thank You cards, although on reflection after looking at them, I perhaps should have typed them so that they didn’t look like I’d got my friends’ child to write them on my behalf.  The writing may not have been to a calligraphers’ standard, but the words were all heartfelt.

    Subtle Sparkles Thank You Card

    Don’t wait too long to write and send your thank you cards, it’s not good wedding etiquette to leave people waiting to be thanked.  If you’re going on your honeymoon straight away, take some time out over cocktails to plan how you’re going to approach them on your return and make sure they are at the top of your To Do List. 

    08-Flying the Flag Thank You Card

    Stick to an A6 (postcard) size card so you aren’t overwhelmed with the amount of space to fill. This can often lead to writing an essay that doesn’t really say how you feel.  If you have been bought a specific gift, make sure you write this in the card, do not use generic wording which makes it seem like they dropped off a conveyor belt.  However, if you have been given money as a present, do not write, thank you for the £50.  I would suggest writing, thank you for your generous gift, we will put it towards our house fund, new bathroom etc. Recall a funny anecdote or incident that happened to show them that you remember they were there and how much you appreciated it.

    Once they’ve gone out in the post, you can sit back, relax and start your married life together. 

    Lace It Up Thank You Card