Stylist’s toolkit | Rubber stamps

Rubber stamps are one of the most frequently used items in my toolkit and a great way to give weddings a creative, personal touch. So today I’m sharing some of the goodies in my arsenal that you might find useful during your big day styling prep.

Alphabet stamps
Alphabet stamps create a relaxed yet finished feel to your stationery and are ideal if you’re not so hot on Photoshop or your handwriting isn’t the neatest. My Cavallini and Co set is so well worn and used at least one a week for styling jobs, greetings cards, gift tags and much more. They’re definitely worth the investment.
rubber alphabet stamps

Image credit: Bloom Fleuriste by KeCreative | Cavallini & Co rubber stamps, £17.95, Amazon

Personalised stamps
Personalised stamps are a fabulous idea for save the dates or a personalised monogram to use throughout your wedding styling. I highly recommend the English Stamp Company for great quality and speedy delivery. I have two custom stamps of the Bloom Fleuriste logo and use them for promoting my brand at every opportunity. The English Stamp Company has a great selection of inks too.

Custom rubber stamp weddingCustom rubber stamps, The English Stamp Company | Image credit: KeCreative

Decorative stamps
If there’s a shape, pattern, word or sentiment that you want, you can be pretty sure that it exists in stamp form and if it doesn’t, it’s easy to get one made up. I love the idea of creating a wedding motif like the horse below, one that reflects your interests or where you met/got engaged, that can used throughout to tie the whole look together. Try Hobbycraft, Etsy, eBay and Amazon for ideas.

Wedding rubber stampsBloom Fleuriste by Camera Hannah | Bash Please

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Bloom wedding | DIY bespoke stationery

I’ve not shared much about my own wedding here on the blog, but as it comes up to our one-year anniversary, I thought it was a good time to start talking. Since save the dates are one of first things you’re likely to sort after you’ve decided on your venue, let’s kick off with stationery.

My husband calls me a stationery geek and there’s no way I can deny this title, since I do have a love for all things papery. When it came to our wedding stationery however, we planned to go easy on the crafty approach and wanted a bespoke designed suite by a graphic designer or illustrator. A few pricey quotes quickly put a stop to that idea, before I turned to Etsy and discovered the wonderful world of DIY printables. The bespoke look without the hefty price tag.

Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Our invite on the DIY pinboard at my parents house alongside a photo of my dad as a kid and a poem I had published when I was 11!

DIY printables are where you buy a PDF file of a particular design (eg invitation, menu or order of service) or a full stationery suite, which you download, edit with your own details and print-off on your chosen card. It’s amazingly simple and one of my biggest tips for creating a designer look for less.

One lesson we learnt however, is that if you don’t have Photoshop, you won’t be able to save the documents to print later or send to a professional printer. So, ensure you have adequate ink and card in your home printer before you start, so you can edit and print the lot off in one go.

Hannah & Gav's wedding at Shustoke Farm Barns,Our order of service at Shustoke Barn. The wedding stationery suite was from Amy Adams Printables.

My pick of the best DIY wedding printables

There’s a DIY printable suite out there for every taste and wedding style – it’s just a case by searching by keywords to narrow down the many, many options on Etsy. I used terms like calligraphy, watercolour, kraft card and black and white to find these lovely designs. What’s your approach for wedding stationery? Are you going DIY?

Wedding stationery PDFsCalligraphy style / Black & white / Watercolour design / Lace design

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Styling DIY | Cacti wedding favours

We talked about succulents a little while ago and their popularity shows no sign of waning. We’re helping a couple Bloom clients to style some cacti up as two-in-one favours and name cards for their wedding next month, and it’s such a lovely idea to give your guests something living to take home (that they’ll actually want to keep!).

Cute as they are, succulents and cacti often come in non-descript black or brown plastic containers, which could do with a little jazzing up. I won’t share our clients styling DIY yet so as not to spoil the surprise for their guests, but here’s another super quick and easy way to spruce up your pots, whether for your wedding or simply to dot around the house.

NB. I brought these sweet little cacti are from Wilko for £1.50 each as I only wanted three for this project, but if you need a larger quantity of 10+ ask your florist to source them for you as it works out cheaper if you buy in bulk.

cacti wedding favours

Cacti wedding favour DIY

What you’ll need:

  • Collection of cacti or succulents
  • Plastikote spray paint
  • Dymo embossing label maker (find a selection here)
  • Scrap newspaper
  • Water spray
  • Gardening gloves (optional)

neon pink plant potWhat to do:

  1. Gently squeeze the pots and carefully remove the plants – they should pop out quite easily with soil and roots intact (be careful with the prickles if you’re not using gloves). Set aside on some newspaper.
  2. Brush off any soil and set out the pots upside down on some newspaper. You can do a quite a few at once, but allow enough space between them so you can spray all around.
  3. Following the spray paint instructions, apply an even coat of paint to each pot and set aside to dry (about 10 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, get to work on your labels with the Dymo.
  5. When the paint is touch dry, apply a second coat and allow to dry. This may be sufficient, but you may want to apply a third coat for more vibrancy.
  6. The cacti may have dried out a little while out of their pots, so spritz lightly with water spray and pop them back in.
  7. Apply your labels and you’re done!

succulent favours

The finished pots and cacti look so sweet you certainly don’t need a wedding to try out this DIY. My three little guys are happy sitting on the mantelpiece and bring a pretty pop of neon to the living room.

Looking for lots more unique and stylish ideas to personalise your wedding? Get in touch and let us help with inspiration and expert advice.