Wouldn’t you though?
Meet Betty Lou Designs, a brand-spanking new wedding stationery company based in East Anglia
I’m excited to write this post for two reasons: it’s National Stationery Week and nothing pleases me more than walking around Rymans or a department store looking at (and buying) notepads, fountain pens and brightly-coloured pencils with erasers at the end (just imagine my excitement when it’s Back to School time!). Secondly – and more importantly – I’m delighted to introduce you to Nicki James of Betty Lou Design.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Nicki back when we both worked on National Geographic Traveller magazine in London – she was a designer; I was Associate Ed. It didn’t take long to realise that, despite her tender years, Nicki works her absolute butt off. She also has creative talent oozing out of her eyeballs, is pretty, great fun and can belt out a tune like nobody’s business – it’s just not fair! Nicki’s CV also includes being a Designer at Wedding magazine and Art Editor at Olive.
Trying to keep the cost of her own wedding down last August, Nicki decided to design her own invitations – less than a year later, she’s turned her creativity into a successful business, drawing in clients from all over the country. And you can see why – clients can either select designs from Nicki’s own portfolio or upgrade to the bespoke service and have something tailormade especially for their big day.
“For me, stationery is the first glimpse of a couple’s wedding and the chance to show off their own personal style,” she says. “From the invitation dropping through the door to the day itself, I work hard to ensure clients get exactly the look they want.”
And just look at how pretty these are, each design lovingly given its own name. The one is ‘Somethin’ blue’:
This is Secret Garden:
And this – my personal favourite – is Tropical Paradise:
Or how about this superb idea for place names? Yes please!
Or perhaps you prefer this one?
Betty Lou Design doesn’t just create invitations; consider the entire suite of wedding-related stationery covered – from place names and invites to menus and save the date cards (stand still long enough and she might even design the husband-to-be – now there’s an idea for a business!).
If ever I get married, I certainly know where I’m going for my wedding stationery. Now, if only I could get somebody to design me a husband!