What is your most memorable wedding?
I was asked by a couple (who are now very good friends of mine) to design them a Rockabilly Wedding set. I made their invitations, place cards and also table plan in black, red and polka dot. We became such good friends that I even got an invite to their wedding day! The most nerve-wracking thing was seeing the A1 table plan I had made and hearing people comment about it without knowing it was me who made it! Thankfully, everyone was very complimentary!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Versatile, Contemporary, Elegant, Cost-Effective, Simple
What about your business are you most proud of?
Elle Bee started life as a cardmaking business - over five years we've evolved where the majority of our work is now in catering for couples and their wedding day. In 2018 we moved digital printing from an outsourced printers, to investing in a commercial-grade printing system, enabling us to reduce our pricing and increase our versatility. In 2029 we expanded again to become the only stationer in Worcester to offer specialist white ink printing in house. And in early 2021, we are set to receive our brand new foiling machine that will allow us to offer foil embossed stationery (known as hot foil).
Making these investments have been big steps for Elle Bee and ones that we're exceptionally proud of.
Alongside this, we are happy to work alongside a number of West Midlands venues on either an informal or formal basis, all of whom trust us to professionally support them, whether it's a wedding fair or an open day.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Take your time and allow plenty of time for planning. We see a lot of couples leave certain things to the last minute which can result in disappointment. It is never to early to book anything, even stationery! Always make sure to get as much booked and sorted as you can right at the start - its saves a lot of unnecessary worry and stress later on!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Wax seals. As we have the ability to have any emblem/monogram/image engraved onto a coin to make the wax seal, we love the creative and unique ideas couples come up with. We have engraved a dragons head, four leafed clover and dog paw to name a few! We love our couples to get creative with our wax seals!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We encourage all clients to order a sample first. This way you can get a real idea of the quality of our materials and our work. We then arrange a consult either face-to-face or via zoom if not local where we go over every aspect of what the client is looking for (if required). We then use our expertise to help guide them through the process of choosing their stationery. Following this we create a quote based upon the clients choices. If clients are happy the order is placed at their convenience and we begin the process of designing their stationery immediately. Proofing is completed electronically and once formally signed off, we can then print the items, quality check them and ship them. The process can take 2-3 weeks from start to finish but we have been known to complete orders in less than a week if needed.
What is the most important piece of stationery for a wedding and why?
Definitely invitations! Invitations are the first impression guest will get of the day that they are going to be involved in. Romantic invitations give the impressions are love and warmth, elegant invitations give the impression sophistication. Handmade stationery is particularly tactile and also weighs a fair bit; I have had couples contact me after their Wedding to say that family members have held onto their invites as a keepsake, one even framed it! So for me invitations are the most important part of what I do.
What is your best seller?
Our specialist White Ink is very popular with couples. White ink printing is uncommon within stationery circles due to the equipment needed to produce. At Elle Bee we are very lucky to not only have access to it, but we own the machinery to do it! This makes us the only Stationer is Worcester to offer this unique finish in-house.
How do you add romance to any wedding stationery you do?
We can engrave and supply handmade wax seals to nearly every element of stationery. Wax seals are a wonderful way of bringing a real personal touch whilst remaining classy and elegant.