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Your Day, Your Way Lurgan

Tell me about your business Amanda?
At Your Day Your Way we design and make hand made wedding stationery, favours, etc.
This includes table plans, menus, Order of Service booklets, rsvp cards, place name and number cards. We differ from other companies by offering the free service of printing the guest names and addresses onto each invitation and envelope. We also offer a bespoke service and are quite happy to work with each couple to design something completely unique to them and their wedding day. This year we are pleased to announce that we will be offering FREE wedding stationery to the value of £800 to the winning couple of the fabulous Bookourwedding.com Bride of The Year competition, and are very excited to launch our new online wedding favour shop with over 300 products and more being added on a daily basis.

How long have you been trading?
Your Day Your Way first opened its doors in 2003 and has been very privileged to have helped so many happy couples invite their guests to their big day.

What ranges of stationery do you have?
Our stationery ranges include everything from Modern & Contemporary to the more traditional styles which still remain very popular

What seems to be the most popular range with today’s brides?
At the minute our most popular range would have to be ‘Diamonds’ and also ‘Niamh’ both cards have miniature diamonds individually placed on each.

What factors should a bride take into consideration when deciding on stationery?
There are a few factors which one should take into account, firstly does it compliment your overall theme for the big day after all this is the first impression of your wedding that your guests will have, also not just the cost of each card but how many are required, this may seem quite trivial but we have given many quotes to couples who have based there figures on the total number of guests attending when the majority are couples and therefore only require one invite, a very easy mistake to make when you are trying to organise everything.

What wedding stationery does a bride require, i.e. what is a necessity and what is desirable?
Day & Evening Invitations are the most important and are a definite necessity, to let your guests no dates, times and place, things like RSVP cards are also important especially for catering purposes. The Order of Service are nice to allow your guests to correctly follow the service and can also double up as an order of day if you require your guests to be at a certain place at a certain time for example if service and reception are being held in different rooms of the same building. I would class anything else as desirable though obviously for some couples some parts of the stationery might be of more importance than others depending on their own arrangements for the day.

How should a wedding invitation read?
Mr & Mrs Jones, request the pleasure of the company of, although traditional, is still very practical, readable and easily understood by everyone, but nowadays quite a few of our brides are deciding to come with their own wording entirely to include lines such as ‘Mr & Mrs Jones, warmly invite..’ And ‘would be delighted if…’ One obvious rule is to include date, time, place, bride & grooms names and the all important rsvp date and address, the etiquette for this is not as set in stone as it used to be, so this is yet another area where the couple can add a little bit of their own personality to things.

Have you in your experience seen any unique requests from brides?
A few this year actually, but as some of their weddings haven’t actually taken place yet it wouldn’t be fair to give away their details.

What could a bride do to make her invitation a memorable one?
As before they could inject a little bit of their own personality by changing the wording to suit or take advantage of our bespoke service to design a card to compliment their own unique theme. Think about how you would feel if you received the invite, if you really want your guests to come and celebrate with you then tell them so in your own way.

Is it a good idea to order extra stationery in case some people can’t make to the wedding and then the couple decide to invite others?
It is always a good idea to do this especially if a bride and groom have specifically kept the numbers down to suit a venue or more specifically their budget.

Do you also do favours?
Yes, we carry a huge range of wedding favours to include everything from personalised votives and mini manicure sets which double up as place card holders to golf tees and bride and groom bottle stoppers and corkscrews, the good news is they are all available from our new online wedding favour shop at www.ydywfavours.co.uk so everything you need to say thank you in style and give your guests something to remember you by is all available now at the click of a mouse and delivered direct to your door.

What are your opening hours?
Our opening hours are 9.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 5pm on Saturday, but we will stay open till late in the evening by request of the couple if required.

Is it by appointment only?
Not necessarily, though we would recommend a phone call first if privacy is required.

How far in advance should one order their wedding stationery?
We recommend at least 4 months before the day to order stationery.

How many weeks prior to the wedding should a bride post out her invitations?
The norm is 8 weeks before the wedding with the rsvp date usually set at 2 weeks before the wedding, although if guests are coming from abroad a few extra weeks would be necessary to allow extra time for travel and accommodation arrangements.

When is payment due?
We ask for a small deposit to confirm a booking and payments can be made from then until collection of items when full balance must be paid.

How much should the couple budget?
This will vary according to the number of guests and stationery required, but I would say the average cost for stationery usually comes to around £500 though this can be a lot less or more depending on the number of guests and the style of invitations. Our prices range from as little as £1.50 to £3.65 this includes printing the guest name and address onto each invitation and envelope. Don’t forget the cost of postage.

Amanda’s Top Tips:

The hardest part of wedding stationery has to be compiling the guest list so here a few top tips to ensure that no one gets forgotten.

It all sounds nice and easy, until you begin to write your guest list, phone call, after phone call is made in order to get the address of that long lost cousin twice removed, who you know might not be able to make it anyway, but it would be rude not to invite them, my experience tells me there’s one in every family. So here are a few tips on how to get what you want without the stress, tears and heartache.

Start with a blank page; divide this into brides Family, Grooms Family and Close friends. Then start to list each family starting with each parent and then their children, this should help to make sure no one is left off, and quite simply do the same with the grooms family…. Still having problems then try these handy suggestions

Don’t be afraid to call in the offer of help from that older relative when it comes to finding addresses, chances are they would be delighted to be a part of your big day preparations and will be truly flattered that you asked.

Check with any other family members who recently tied the knot – could they have that all important address or addresses you’re looking for?

Christmas card lists – usually kept by the mother of the bride/groom a handy resource in this matter.

If none of these help, and it all just seems like too much, then, as every expert will tell you delegate, delegate, delegate, everyone loves to be a part of someone’s wedding plans so make them happy and then sit back and enjoy the best day of your life.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our happy couples for letting us be a part of their special day, and wish them every happiness in their new lives together.

Your Day Your Way
96a Ballinary Nth Rd
Derrymacash
Lurgan
Co. Armagh
BT66 6LQ
Tel: 028 3834 0306
Mobile: 07796 917807 / 07879 415898
www.yourdayyourwayonline.co.uk
www.ydywfavours.co.uk