Wedding Stationery by Millie Stone

March 31, 2020

Are you looking into stationery for your wedding at the moment? Yes? Then grab a cuppa, put your feet up for a bit and scroll on…

I’ve been beside myself with glee admiring Millie Stone’s wedding stationery for months and months. With every new piece of work she shares on Instagram I think “that’s my favourite!”. Just when you think you’ve seen everything there is to see, she pulls something new out of the bag. I especially adore her use of textures and unusual materials, and am currently lusting after an engraved mirror, handwritten poems and calligraphy trinket dishes! Swoon!

I’d love to photograph more of her work. It’s such a joy. #justputtingitoutthere

If you fancy some wedding stationery eye candy, want to soak up some ideas and find out more about Millie while you’re at it, check out this interview she very kindly agreed to do.

A display of invitations on mini wood easels on an ornate gold table at Rushton Hall

Millie Stone Wedding Stationer on interior design, llamas & Shakira.

How did you get into the world of wedding stationery?

I’ve always been very creative, and interested in colours, trends and experimenting with interesting materials.

Before becoming a wedding stationer, I used to manage an Interior Design showroom and did an online Interior Design degree.

My wedding work started by producing framed typography (such as quotes and poems) for friends, then picking up a calligraphy pen and creating place cards and table numbers. And after a few months, introducing invitation suites and wedding signage.

I went on a few calligraphy courses to learn the art of calligraphy and now I also teach lovely people around my local area of Market Harborough!

Marble wedding menu with calligraphy and gold details

What’s a typical day like for you?

I started renting my studio on a lovely old farm, The Manor in Tur Langton, in March 2019 and it’s in such an amazing spot. It’s in a renovated container unit with a wall of glass to one side, so I can see the farm’s donkeys and llamas from my desk every day!

I normally get into my studio at 8, answer emails and sort out quotes and invoices. Then I start on design work, either handwritten stationery or digital designs using illustrator.

To keep me going through the day, I listen to a lot of 90s cheesy pop; No Doubt, Missy Elliott and of course Shakira!

My studio is only 8 minutes from my house so it’s a nice short journey home! Often in the evenings, I spend a few minutes updating my Instagram and website.

Vellum & navy table place name with a gold tassel

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I look at Pinterest a lot but make sure that I don’t copy designs exactly; my clients sometimes send me their boards so I can get a general gist of the look they are trying to achieve.

I also like to look in magazines; it is interesting to look at the styled photoshoots that are set up, because even the pattern on a fabric or napkin can give me ideas!

I also really recommend brides and grooms to look at wedding blogs featuring photoshoots because there are so many unique ideas that are put together by the designers and stylists. I have been involved in around 10 photoshoots since setting up Millie Stone and it’s interesting to see the wonderful designs the team comes up with on the day!

Left: Calligraphy table plan on a gold easel. Right: Navy and gold place-setting with beaded charger plate..

What do you love most about creating wedding stationery?

I love working closely with clients and seeing their ideas come together seamlessly.

I often put together mood-boards with design recommendations to make sure both the client and I are on the same page before progressing with designs, which means I can be creative with colour and styles.

I work with most styles and offer a bespoke service where I can create a completely unique invitation suite and on-the-day stationery pieces that are completely personalised.

A display of invitations on mini wood easels

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

The hardest thing about my job is trying to keep developing my product range whilst being so busy in the summer months.

I’m always trying to think of new ideas for place cards, table plans, invitations and even gifts, and feel that I would get left behind if I didn’t stay on top of it!

Luckily in the winter, jobs slow down slightly and I am able to put more time into research and playing around with new ideas.

Being a wedding stationer is good, however, because I can take on new work without having to book myself out for an entire day. If I have a busy month, I can work at weekends and put extra time in to manage my time effectively and give each project the amount of time it needs.

Calligraphy placename with pink ribbon detail

Is there a wedding you’ve worked on that really sticks out in your mind?

I created an entire suite of wedding stationery with royal blue watercolour effects combined with gold.

This included an invitation with an information card, lined envelope and RSVP. This was particularly lovely and extra luxurious because my client wanted it partly hot foiled (hot foiling adds a slight emboss and seems to be growing in popularity)! There was also a matching table plan, and hand-deckled (that means the edges are ripped) place cards and table numbers.

I’m not usually a fan of working with too much colour but everything sat together beautifully. 

Marble and gold foil table number for a wedding

Whose wedding stationery would you most like to design – past, present or future?

Shakira, because she’s brilliant. I love her style; quirky with a strong connection to nature.

I love mixing natural neutral tones and textures in my work to come up with some really unique designs. So I’d love to create her a macrame style table plan with connecting table plan cards and string, with really natural elements; a very boho style.

I’m trying to feature tassels and ribbon and string as much as I can into my designs, which adds another element to what would otherwise be a simplistic piece of stationery!

Navy, gold and white wedding table setting

If you could give a couple one piece of advice for their wedding, what would it be?

I’d suggest looking into keepsakes for your guests for your wedding. A lot of couples choose a lovely bottle of their favourite drink for wedding favours, but guests often leave that memento on the table after the wedding breakfast. Something personalised and unique like a trinket dish or bauble that your guests can keep as a reminder of your special day.

Craving more?

Website: Millie Stone Wedding Stationer

Etsy: milliestoneuk

Instagram: @millie_stone_uk

Facebook: @milliestoneuk

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