Expert advice about stationery

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. We want our wedding to be as eco-friendly as possible without compromising on the things that are important to us, like having lovely wedding stationery. How can we marry the two?

A. Gemma Jellicoe says: With climate change being such a huge concern, it's even more important to start looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint in the wedding industry. There are many things we can swap to be more sustainable and this applies to the wedding stationery too. Here's some of my top tips on what to look out for:

- Find a supplier that offers recycled card If you fall in love with a range you've seen, ask the designer if it's available in recycled card. Be aware though that it does normally have a slight fleck in it because of the nature of the recycling process. For many of the more rustic designs though, this works perfectly.

- Look for a business that uses FSC certified card If recycled isn't your thing, then look for a stationer that works with FSC certified card. This means they are sustainably sourced and certified as eco-friendly. ISO is another good certificate to look out for, because it means they have a very low carbon footprint and use low-waste materials.

- Reduce waste This may seem like a very simple step, but it's easy to get carried away when choosing your wedding stationery. Think of ways to cut back on any unnecessary items, like having an RSVP postcard, so there's no need for an envelope.

Gemma Jellicoe


The write stuff

The write stuff

Q. We want to reflect a simple but classic theme throughout our wedding including the stationery to give our guests a flavour of what's to come. What would you advise?

A. Claire Harding says: Keep it simple with uncluttered pieces and elegant typographical styles. Prevent your invites from looking like a leaflet by not putting too much information on them. Opt for an additional sheet instead to include more details. Neutral cream, fresh white and soft grey tones work well for a base. You can always add a pop of colour with velvet ribbon and brightly coloured envelopes. Following the royal wedding earlier this year, magnificent trellis and festoon work printed on wedding stationery is also very on trend.

Claire Harding