Category Archives: Stationery

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I always struggle to get into the festive spirit here in the desert; bright blue sky, warm sunny days and an abundance of sand are all so far removed from the cold, dark and blustery Christmas I grew up with in England.

One thing that always warms my Christmas cockles is present wrapping. I love it. I started last night wearing my new winter scarf and rocking out to all the festive tunes from ‘Santa Baby’ to Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. Oh I do love a good old Christmas tune. I honestly think that they’re good for the soul. I digress….

Today’s post is about inspiring your Christmas day wrapping. There are so many creative ways to wrap your gifts for your nearest and dearest and here are some of them. From fresh greenery and berries to stamping and glitter, there are some simple and some not so simple ideas for you to take on-board when performing your own Christmas routine.

Now I don’t know about you folks but I do find unique wrapping paper hard to come by in Dubai – my go to is Paperchase but if you know of any shout-out worthy stationery shops here in the UAE please do leave a little comment below as I would love to know about them!

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One of the best finds I have come across are printable gift tags on Etsy; perfect for those last minute presents and for those of us wanting something a little different from the norm. There are hundreds of these out there but here are a few of my favourites:

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White Willow Paper: With Love and Stags

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Mooseberry Printables: White Tags and Black Tags

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Order of Service

Your Order of Service for the ceremony does not have to be boring. Whether you decide to reflect your wedding invitations or go for something completely different, you can create the first gasps of joy at your wedding with the right Order of Service.

I never knew how much I loved stationery until I started planning my own wedding but now I’m a fully fledged stationery fanatic. My heart flutters at fonts, succulent card and ribbons. It may be sad but it’s true.

Even if you are creating your own at home then take some ideas from the collection below.

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Classic with a twist
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L: White Loft R: Michael and Anna Costa

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T: Lauren Ross B: Docuvitae

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L: Alders R: Canary Grey

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Trending the American way
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Design by Louma

One of my main aims for this blog was always to showcase local and unique talents and Design by Louma fits that bill exactly. This is talent at its finest and best of all it’s right here in the UAE.

Wedding invitations are the first impression that your guests gets about your wedding day and having something unique that reflects you and your day will make your guests even more excited about your wedding. Each and every design by Louma is unique but my absolute favourite of this bunch has got to be the Greek Save the Date plate…I wonder if the guests will get to smash them at the wedding! To know more about Design by Louma, I’ll pass you over to Louma herself:

Tell me more about how you started your work in designing stationery?

I always loved beautiful papers, I would collect old letters, stamps, note books from my trips. I studied Graphic Design in the American University of Beirut and after graduation went off to work in web design, branding and advertising. It was only when friends & family asked me to design their wedding invitations that I found a passion for it and established my own business “Design by Louma” in Dubai a few years later.

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What makes an experience with Design by Louma special?

The experience is very personal from the day you inquire about your invitations or stationery. We are a graphic design studio not a printing shop, we put forward ideas and design. We work with printers and calligraphers from the UAE and we are proud of encouraging local talent and local production.

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What is it about wedding stationery that you love?

I love the fact a wedding can be made personal by injecting small stationery pieces that would reflect the couple’s personality. I am obsessed with details in terms of production, I always recommend a “wow” factor like textured cotton paper, foil stamping finish, blind debossing, guests notice that difference and appreciate  every detail designed in the wedding. My advice: go personal, reveal cute details about your relationship, why you fell in love, how you see yourselves a few years later, storytelling is what guests like to hear & read.

What style and trends do you predict for 2013 wedding stationery?

We are already half way through 2013 so looking back at the past half a year: vintage chic is still prominent, the Gatsby fever inspires a lot of weddings, but you will always have a classic taste.

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Do you have a favourite design from a wedding that you have worked on?

That’s a tough one, each design project is a different experience that comes with new learnings, my favourite would be a recent project that involved sourcing vintage Lebanese stamps. A bride who had a lovely wedding brunch-style.  Another is a couple getting married in Greece and wanted an unusual Save The Date, so we looked back at wedding traditions and developed a Greek-inspired plate, reflecting the Greek dish-breaking tradition at weddings.

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How do you help couples who are confused about what they want?

I always tell them to look for a photo that best describes the mood of their wedding. It can be a nice furniture piece, or an invitation card, maybe a postcard, basically a photo reference that portrays their ideal wedding day.

What do you like to do when you’re not busy working?

Outside work, I like to take care of my 9 months daughter, cook my mum’s Lebanese recipes, collect colourful notebooks, travel somewhere I have never been to, I like quiz shows and board game parties, and I like to discover the little gems of Satwa & Sharjah and that usually happens when I get lost on the way there.

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 Get in touch with Louma: 

m: 00971 555523801
w: http://designbylouma.com/
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Awesome wedding stationery

I was introduced to Tom Gautier by a friend who thought that I would like this design….honestly, I was left speechless. If I had received this super slick wedding invitation it would have taken pride of place on my mantelpiece , taking over even the space reserved for pictures of my own wedding!

Images are all by Ann-Kathin Koch Photography.

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These images inspired me to see what else is out there for high design stationery and here are some of my favourites:

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The Card Company: perfect Wedding Stationery

The Card Company Dubai create couture, handcrafted celebration cards and stationery for any occasion from weddings, baby and bridal showers, to birthdays, anniversaries, festive and corporate cards – and we deliver anywhere in the world from their workshop in Dubai.

I think you’ll agree once you see their latest collection that The Card Company are a brilliant option for Wedding Stationery in the UAE. Personally my favourite is the passport invitation; perfect for the Dubai Bride.

The very first impressions of your day are created with Stationery so it is important to have something that will reflect how you want your day to feel.

As well as creating something bespoke, there is also a ‘ready made‘ range which may suit your needs perfectly. I think that it’s safe to say that you’re in safe hands with The Card Company.

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Contact Info
+971 4 386 9369
info@thecardco.ae
http://www.thecardco.ae