I’m Carol Vincent and I wanted to welcome you to my world. I founded Pure Invitation in 2004 after a disastrous attempt at creating my own wedding stationery.
When I got married, I planned it out meticulously, detailing everything I could think of. But when I put all the numbers in, it came as a bit of a shock: I was almost £2,000 over our budget! So I set about reducing our costs – but I didn’t want to compromise on style or quality. Does any of this sound familiar?
Our stationery quote came in at over £1,500, but my budget just wasn’t going to stretch to that. So I decided to make my own invitations. After all, how hard can it be, right? Off I went to the craft store and bought cards, decorations and pretty bits and pieces and created invitations that were… disappointing, to say the least. We’d chosen a beautiful wedding venue and our invitations, which would set the scene for our guests, just weren’t up to scratch.
But by this time, I’d spent a fair bit of money so I pressed on with evening invitations, menus, place cards, orders of service, table names and a table plan. I remember feeling utterly clueless about where to start and what to do. In the end, I spent a lot of time and money on stationery that just wasn’t what I wanted.
After the wedding (which was otherwise wonderful!) I reflected on our day and came back time and again to the naff stationery I’d been forced to use. It got me wondering how many other brides and grooms had the same problem I had. That day, Pure Invitation was born. I spent a lot of time researching and learning about craft and card making. I’d always loved fashion and interior design so once I found the right materials designing beautiful invitations became much easier.
Still, I wondered how to share my new-found love of creating beautiful wedding stationery. The obvious way was to sell my designs but I wanted to give you more than that. I wanted to give you the tools to design and make your stationery for yourself. My idea was that even as a complete card-making novice you can create wedding stationery that looks as though the professionals have made it, so when your guests see it you’ll not only be proud of it, you’ll enjoy all the compliments that come flooding in.
This is what Claire, one of my DIY Brides, told me recently:
“I’ve had all my wedding stationery from you and I’ve received really good comments from friends and family about how professional they look. One of our friends commented that it was one of the best wedding invites he’d received, and that’s coming from a man!”