Image by Hannah Blackmore via Natalie & John’s Dreamy Milton Park Wedding

1. Plan Ahead 

Your wedding stationery sets the tone for your celebration and gives your guests a little sneak peak of the style and theme of your wedding. Ensure you have your ceremony, reception, RSVP details and of course your wedding date locked in before you place your stationery order. Save the Dates are generally sent out six months before your wedding day and invitations three months prior. Always order a few spare for those unplanned guests and also a keepsake for yourselves to remember your special day.

2. Remember Postage

A great rule of thumb is to stick to standard postage sized invitations. It is much easier and less stressful to source pre-made envelopes and boxes which will be accepted by most postage facilities. A custom size invite may actually cause more issues than happiness. Don’t forget to also include a stamp on your RSVP cards as guests may send this back and forget to attach one.

3. Match Your Theme
One of the first things we do when planning a wedding is to choose the overall theme and this can consist of colour or style  – country chic or modern glamour. It is important to choose an invitation design that reflects your chosen wedding style. If you are planning a rustic chic wedding, then a wooden engraved invite might be just what you are looking for.


Image by Personalised Favours

4. Say It with Words

Apart from the obvious wording, it is important to structure your invitation so it is informative, clear and contains all the necessary information to ensure guests are well-informed. It needs to be clear who is exactly invited and to extend whether your guest can bring a plus one or children. Your tone in your information should be clear to demonstrate whether the occasion is informal or formal.


Image by Day One Weddings via Forest Elopement Inspiration

5. Timing

Aim to order your invitations at least four months prior to your day. The biggest mistake couples often make is leaving the organising of their wedding invitations to the last minute. Designing your invitations takes time and there can be some back and forth with your supplier to ensure all the details are correct and there are no more changes to your guest list. Once your invitation design is finalised, allow reasonable time for your supplier to make your invitations and also consider postage time.

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some great advice about timing – and remembering the postage stamp for easy RSVPs!

At Marry Me Movies, we enjoyed filming the wedding between Courtney and Michael-Jon so much! Courtney looked stunning as she walked down the aisle. We loved how the gorgeous page boy ran down the aisle, a flower girl needed just a little bit of coaxing, and another flower girl, who was feeling a little shy, was carried by a bridesmaid! And then finally, the bride made her spectacular entrance!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a gorgeous film – the little page boy just melts my heart!

About Marry Me Movies: As wedding cinematographers we don’t just ‘video your wedding’, we capture priceless moments and memories. We use cinematic quality imagery combined with a documentary style of storytelling to create a spellbinding wedding film. A ‘forever film’ that will ignite memories and infuse magic into any moment of any day, for the rest of your days – allowing you to fall in love again and again.


What is your favourite wedding theme? Eclectic.

What inspires you? I am often inspired by contrasting themes, visions of other worlds, but also the things around me: nature as a backdrop first – as I find it a grounding element, but I am also inspired by certain themes, fairy tales, and poetry, writing, and any form of storytelling.

I love Pre-Raphaelite paintings. They give me a lot of inspiration – particularly the light and the way it hits the skin, and also the colours as well. I think that painters are such interesting subjects because they have to decide each time they change a picture, exactly how and why they are going to do something. This is a mindset that I cherish, particularly when working on my images post process.



What is special about weddings to you? All the emotion of the day that unfolds in front of my eyes. The absolute high you get from being swept up with a couple and their families’ love and happiness.



What is your favourite image of all time? Tough one… maybe The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse.

What book are you reading at the moment? ‘Book of Hours’ by Rainer Maria Rilke.

What is your Number 1 tip for brides and grooms? Make your day your own, skip trends and do things your own way.



What is the one tool of your that you can’t live without? My Visual Diary.

What are you excited about right now? A very special conceptual project I am working on at the moment. I can’t give away too much just yet, but I have always had a fascination with dark art and anything that made me think outside of my normal spectrum.

What is a special personal talent you possess? Follow the child within..

Where is your favourite place to escape to for downtime? Byron Bay.

All images by Peppermint Photography

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: The emotion of a wedding day is so special; how lucky you are to be able to share in the couple’s joy and excitement!

About Peppermint Photography: Hi, I’m Amanda. I come from a background in Fine Art, Photography and Visual Culture. I fell completely in love with the creative freedom that comes with photography and the art of visual story telling. My work is moody, authentic and raw. It is also vibrant, bright and full of life. I will laugh with you and share your joy – whether it’s on a mountain top or in your family’s backyard, a free spirited adventure or an intimate elopement. I would love to tell your story.