Every Love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite.
I have always had a thing for stationary and anything calligraphy based always has a yes from me. I am determined to learn how to do calligraphy but I am definitely not there yet! We took part in a Styled Photo shoot and we were lucky enough to get to work alongside Olive and Millicent. They focus entirely on Wedding Stationary and they have most definitely found their niche. They can take you from Save The Dates to On The Day Stationary and it is all stunning. Everything is custom made and bespoke stationery can also be commissend, so you know that your Stationary will be individual to you and your big day. I've just started planning my Wedding, with that and all of the Weddings Carpe Diem Pizzas has been involved in, there is one thing that is universal. You want your day to special for you, it is personal and you want it to be unique to you as a couple.
For myself another thing that I want is for whoever is apart of my Wedding to be as passionate as I am. If the people that are helping you have no passion; that is my nightmare. When people love what they do you can see the extra mile that they take in every single project. Katy is a self proclaimed romantic and this really shows in every single piece of her work. You only have to look at some of her feedback to see that she really loves what she does. For me your stationary is the guests first insight into what to expect on your Big Day. As they say, first impressions are important. So it is great to know that your first impression is going to be in the hands of somebody who truly cares. Each piece lovingly made by someone who is super talented and passionate, the perfect combination.
What made you get into the Wedding Business?
One of my best friends was getting married and she asked if I could create some designs for the wedding and of course, I said yes.
I've got a degree in Visual Communication but hadn't actually done any sort of design work in years, so I was a little nervous but I instantly fell in love with the process again. I started to get requests from other friends getting married, which led me to think 'maybe this could be my job?' and so Olive & Millicent was born.
What is the favourite part of your job?
I absolutely love getting to know the couples I'm working with, finding out about the ideas they have for their day and coming up with designs that tie it all together. Bespoke design orders are the best for this, as we discuss anything from colour schemes to hobbies and pets.
I also love working on the finishing touches for a suite, for example wax seals, envelope addressing and envelope liners are all firm favourites of mine!
What makes you stand out from other suppliers?
All of my designs feature hand painted illustrations and calligraphy created by me, so when a couple places an order, they know that their design is completely unique and won't be seen anywhere else.
A lot of love and care goes into every order I work on, I'm pretty much a one girl band, so every stage of the process (apart from printing) is done by me; that way I can be sure that everything is perfect before it's delivered to the couple.
What advice do you have for future bride and grooms?
Don't leave it too late to book your stationer, particularly if you're looking for something bespoke. Bespoke designs involve a lot of work (and a lot of emails) to get everything perfect, so it's always best to get booked in at least 6 weeks before you need to send your invitations.
Stationery can sometimes be overlooked by couples, but it's actually pretty important as it's the very first glimpse your guests get of the big day (and we all know how important first impressions are!). Wedding invitations often take pride of place on people's fridges or notice boards, so you want yours to be the one that stands out.
Some non-stationery related advice: Enjoy the planning process but try not to get too worked up about keeping all of your guests happy. Firstly, it's pretty much impossible and secondly the day is about you, if you want a vegan menu, then have a vegan menu, if you need to put certain people on a table together even though they may not get along, then just do it. Everyone is there to celebrate you and your marriage, so I'm sure they'll put aside their differences for one day.
What has been your most memorable Wedding moment?
That's a tough one but it would probably have to be getting wonderful feedback from my first ever bespoke client (that wasn't a friend or relative). When you run your own business there are so many moments where you doubt yourself, so getting such great feedback from couples you've loved working with is a real confidence booster.
What is your most memorable foodie experience?
There are too many to choose from! But if I absolutely had to pick one, it would probably be trying lots of different street food in Malaysia. I didn't know what a lot of it was, but it was all so delicious! Malaysia is so culturally diverse and the food is the perfect mix of Asian cuisine.
What is the one food you cannot live without?
I'm a huge foodie, so that's one of the hardest questions you can ask me but if I had to be specific I would say either cheese or chocolate (don't make me pick one!).
What is your most memorable travel experience?
I spent a year and half in Western Australia, working on farms and camping in beautiful places up and down the coast. They have some of the most stunning beaches in the world there and they're so unspoilt, you can have the whole beach to yourself!
In terms of cities, going to New York was a dream come true for me, I loved every minute of it and would go back again in a heartbeat. Hong Kong is also a favourite of mine, I'm lucky enough to have family there that I can visit.
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