Greetings Today magazine, giving you the bigger picture

Wedded bliss

Your wedding day is probably the best day of your life and the anniversary should be a reminder of the happy memories so cards for both events are big business. The full wedding and anniversary cards article is in the February print edition of Greetings Today, here we cover a number of other publishers.

Think a little differently

ROSES are red, violets are blue, cards are ace, poetry is difficult! As we enter the season of thinking about one plus one equalling a lifetime together, Candystriped are proud to bring their seasonal focus on some elegant and alternative ways to celebrate these wonderful unions.
While sometimes it’s useful to go all romantic, at least while the fruit cake’s still moist; as the dust settles, sometimes a little sense of humour is what the doctor ordered!
Whether you’re catering for blushing brides or various anniversaries, there’s always room to think a little differently.
T: 0121 562 1984

Deal’s in the bag

A NEW deal between Glick and Wendy Jones Blackett has resulted in a stunning about-to-be-released range of gift wrap and bags.
The new WJB range of Glick products includes this wedding gift collection and follows their successful format of working under a licence agreement with top-end greetings card designers and ranges.
Glick director Becky Dobson said: “We have no doubt that the Wendy Jones Blackett concepts will offer our customers a truly exciting and innovative gift wrapping solution and will complement the already successful gift wrap and accessory offer.”
Available from this month, the new range will be on show on the Glick stand at Spring Fair.
T: 01274 655980

Something for everyone

DAVID Cameron proudly declared he’s a “marriage man” and, as such, married couples are set to receive tax breaks in the 2014 budget, so it should be a big year for wedding cards.
We’ve also witnessed – not before time – the House of Commons backing a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
Full Colour Black are once again on target with their a range of unique Caketopper wedding cards catering for nearly every type of wedding customer.
Their 18 titles take a contemporary approach when it comes to matters of the heart – here you'll find the perfect romantic, sporty, same sex, ethnic or funny cards for your customers. No matter what kind of couple get married, chances are there’s a Caketopper card to suit every personality, interest and style.
From DIY village ceremonies filled with handmade bouquets of hydrangeas to sunset ceremonies in Tuscan villas with a scattering of family around, getting married is back in fashion.
T: 020 7617 7161

Select your design

THERE’S a large selection of wedding and anniversary designs at Portfolio Select, from contemporary and traditional to cute and whimsical.
Karen Tye Bentley creates artwork with a feminine touch, using soft pastel colours on cakes, shoes and flowers.
Jason Benion's artwork includes cakes, champagne and whimsical couples in love, but with a modern graphic twist.
Ian Hallow's cute illustrations have a timeless appeal and a classic look, with teddy bear couples in beautiful scenes.
Ella Rose has a classic figurative art deco style that works very well for Wedding couples and Anniversary styles.
The full range of portfolios is available online.
T: 01442 833458

Fresh new looks

FOR 2014, Me To You wedding cards have a fresh new look, combining vintage-inspired illustration with textured holographic foil to ensure that visually, the cards have immediate impact.
Captions have been carefully chosen to reflect the traditional sentiment that has helped it become such a bestseller, as Me To You brand manager Caroline Holford explained: “Tatty Teddy designs are cute and sometimes playful, but our captions steer away from humour or irreverence.
“The text on our wedding range is sincere without being too serious, focusing on traditional words and sentiment such as love, happiness and congratulations.
Typography – the way in which the words are visually represented – is also an important part of the design process. Text can be integral to the design, especially in cards where we incorporate a key phrase such as Mr & Mrs.”
Textured holographic foil, lace and diamante accents are central to the 2014 card range, ensuring a sophisticated high-end feel at affordable price points.
Classic Tatty Teddy is also represented in 3D for the first time this summer, in the adorable Mr & Mrs wedding card.
Part of the Carte Blanche Group, Wishing Well Studios have a skillfully-tuned ear for words and sentiment that has driven their success and produces several wedding collections including new hand-finished cards in the bestselling Fiesta range.
Creative director Nicky Harrison said: “On very special occasions such as weddings and golden anniversaries, friends and family are happy to pay more for an all-singing, all-dancing card.
“These occasions bring out our more sentimental side, so the text reflects this with captions which express feelings in an affectionate and open way.”
Hotchpotch Publishing are also part of the Carte Blanche Group and for 2014 the creative team have a fun and funky wedding range featuring an eclectic mix of designs from across their portfolio.
From the sophistication, femininity and charm of the hand-finished Bucks Fizz range to the quirky and witty illustrations of Pickle Parade, or the timeless imagery and heartfelt sentiment from Mandy Lynne to the contemporary, luxurious style with elegant flitter finishing of Gold Rush, there really is something for everyone in this beautiful collection.
Finally, Lello Design’s Emporium is a beautiful range of large-format handmade 1920s-inspired cards in shades of white, ivory and silver with glittering letters, shiny pearl buttons, clear gems and pretty ivory satin bows for detail.
The paper tip-ons on an embossed baroque patterned board with silver pearl envelope give an opulent and extravagant feel.
T: 01234 792600

A cracker of a day

CELEBRATE your day in a truly festive way, with elegant patterns, sparkling diamantes and beautifully-finished ribbon, Cracker Cards are perfect for wedding stationery and that special event.
Following interest from others and new ideas from the Cracker Cards team, they’ve designed a wedding selection with classic imagery, diamantes and ribbon in their unique style combining crackers and greetings cards.
For invitations, the noise of the cracker bang will give guests a wonderful surprise to remember, and the cards can also be used as thank yous because they easily fit a small photo and work well as table favours as they also hold flat tokens such as lottery tickets.
All the cards use traditional wording and classic patterns – and are only available from Cracker Cards.
T: 020 7729 8731

Reputation for style

HALLMARK have developed a strong reputation for offering customers stylish and quality cards and gifts for every moment that matters, including two of the most precious of occasions – weddings and anniversaries.
With a focus on continuous improvement, Hallmark is in the process of invigorating its card designs and will be launching the refreshed ranges during 2014. These developments include the introduction of stunning photography by Deborah Schenck, a renowned and well regarded photographer whose striking images will be paired with an increased selection of loving phrases and messages.
The refresh will also incorporate beautiful engagement, wedding and anniversary designs into the mix. With special friend captions and also dated cards, Hallmark have everything to put the happy couple’s special day at centre stage as well as marking their milestone dates.
Hallmark are particularly proud to present the Treasured Moments range iconic wedding imagery such as hearts, champagne flutes and wedding dresses to bring together elegant contemporary photography with loving words and phrases.
For those wanting to give the happy couple a little something extra, Hallmark have a number of beautiful and delicate gift ranges. The Love Birds wedding gift collection and Amore anniversary gift collection bring a real touch of class and sophistication, incorporating the latest design trends across a selection of wonderful items.
Released for purchase in March, the Treasured Memories range will be available from just £2.60 RRP, with Love Birds and Amore ranges starting from £4 RRP.
T: 0800 902 0900

Celebrate the biggies

WHEN it comes to weddings and anniversaries, it’s hard to find a more comprehensive card range than Holy Mackerel’s flagship One Lump Or Two collection by Erica Sturla. There are gorgeous engagement, wedding and civil partnership cards, all with the touch of quirkiness everyone has come to expect from Holy Mackerel, and a superb selection of anniversary cards.
As well as a tempting choice of general anniversary designs, the range was originally launched with some numbered anniversaries – the biggies including silver, ruby and gold celebrations.
A first anniversary was added in and was so successful that the numbers were extended, and now Holy Mackerel offers numbered anniversary cards for every year from one to 15, and then every from years from china – 20th – up to platinum – 70th!
These fun and contemporary anniversary cards have really struck a chord with buyers, with their warm and witty humour, and their young-at –heart themes.
Also from Holy Mackerel is the Head In The Clouds range, a gorgeously glittery collection by Sarah Batey, featuring her beautiful watercolour artwork – look out for her motorbiking bride and groom!
Drop by at Spring Fair to see the full range, or browse them online at the Holy Mackerel website.
T: 01297 33899

Decoupage has decoupage

LAURA Darrington have expanded their popular Decoupage collection to cover all occasion including wedding, special anniversaries and engagement captions.
The designs are printed to the highest quality, luxuriously foiled in various colours, embossed and finally hand-finished with decoupage elements, hence the title of the collection. All products are made in England.
T: 0116 284 9660

Real statement pieces

NEW range Bed Of Roses is one of the largest and most special Laura Sherratt Designs have created.
The handmade cards in this range are available in three sizes, 120x120mm, 150x150mm and the biggest cards they’ve yet created 220x220mm!
The new big cards are a real statement piece and cover a variety of wedding-related occasions, including engagement, anniversaries, and civil ceremony.
All cards in the range are hand painted with metallic paint, and embellished with a variety of sparkly gems, pink glitter and roses. Cards come complete with a striking fuchsia pink envelope and cello bag.
T: 01538 384566

Covering captions beautifully

LING Design have a superb range of wedding and anniversary designs making use of their wide range of beautiful ranges from the classic photographic Beautiful to the stunning water colours used in Bella and Beau – all captions are covered with a wide choice of anniversary milestones, catering to all age groups.
Each year Ling Design also put together a brand new wedding and anniversary package, which includes a selection of gift bags, gift wrap and acceptance/regret designs to make covering these captions a breeze.
T: 01892 838574

And all that Pizazz!

FOR 2014 Nigel Quiney Publications are launching a fabulous themed Pizazz Wedding collection designed by Tina Ramsbottom.
There are 21 cards in total including two new card sizes and the collection includes acceptance, regrets and money wallets.
The designs feature pearlescent foil, fluted foils, silver and gold shimmery sparkly flitter, embossing and blind embossing, luxury pearlescent inserts and pearlescent envelopes.
T: 01799 520200

A personal celebration

MARRIAGES are very personal affairs so a personalised anniversary card is a fantastic way to celebrate, and Mrs L Cards can do just that.
As owner Carol Lewcock explained, for £13 this unique anniversary card features all the places you and your other half have visited together. 
They can be special places, such as where you had your first date, where you got married, where you spent your honeymoon, where your children were born. The names of these places all form together to create the number of 
years you’ve been wed.
Printed on 300gsm white card The A5 design is blank inside for a personal message and comes with a matching 
black envelope and protective cello wrapper.

All set to Sparkle

OPC have introduced two new hand-finished designs to their wedding and anniversary ranges with Sparkles wedding day and wife anniversary.
Created with artist Kimberley Scott, the 9x5 cards have a £2.59 RRP and printed on high-quality textured board and finished with foil and flitter, decorated by hand in the UK with jewels and are cello-wrapped.
OPC have a number of wedding and anniversary designs, in addition to hand finished there are contemporary, humorous and traditional designs available across many Anniversary captions from £1.45.
T: 01932 267300

By brides’ request

HAVING got married herself in 2013, Ryland Studios founder Amy Thorpe has found herself being requested for more and more wedding stationary.
Brides are looking for something more unique that reflects their individual special day, and Amy works closely with her brides to give them exactly the bespoke service they want and the results have been amazing.
Some of this artwork has influenced her latest range, Vintage Ryland, which has come from the feeling of romantic nostalgia that her brides are requesting, it’s also why they’ve chosen to use the luxurious pearlescent card.
The 155x155mm cards have trendy ribbed Kraft envelopes which are reminiscent of brown paper packages and a £2.50-£2.99 RRP.
T: 01400 261745

Locking on to love

SABIVO Design are launching a stunning new anniversary range Happily Ever After, based on their best-selling wedding stationery design Love Locked.
The 13 contemporary and very feminine 145x145mm cards cover wedding and milestone anniversary designs, family relations and the publisher is happy to personalise upon retailer’s requests.
All are blank inside and sold in sixes cello-wrapped with luxury oyster pearlescent envelopes and a very competitive trade price to retail at £2.99.
Sabivo Designs pride themselves on their greetings cards, born and bred in their Midlands studio. Brochures with all ranges, samples and additional details are available on request.
T: 0116 225 8225

Exquisite collection

WORDS ’n’ Wishes have a stunning collection of beautiful cards for the all important wedding and anniversary season.
They offer 30 exquisite traditional and contemporary designs that feature fluted foil, detailed embossing and flitter, covering a variety of key price points.
T: 01942 233201

Pastel hues and whimsy

THE resurgence of letterpress printing – especially in the wedding stationery sector – is the reference for the Great British Card Company’s new project by in-house illustrator Carly Davies and lettering artist Mike Burgin.The colours were also chosen based on the most popular ones for wedding schemes. The mix contains both type and hand-lettered captions in litho and foil finishes complemented with a subtle use of embossing.
After attending weddings in 2013, they found it was fairly easy to produce designs that were relatable and on trend.
Realising the importance of a more personalised, hand-drawn look, most of the designs created were hand-rendered, coloured with soft pastel hues and finished with a more sentimental or whimsical approach to the editorial.
Key trends to emerge throughout the GBCC wedding and anniversary designs were pale pink, jade, ivory, and silver colour schemes and the use of hearts, churches, love birds and typography, with an overall emphasis on togetherness.
T: 01452 888999

Right message, right sentiment

THE name of Grass Roots International and the Write From The Heart branding have always been synonymous with verse and sentiment and their wedding collections play a major role in this element of product offering. With more than 100 titles to choose from, they launch a new wedding collection every January for the coming season, to add to an already very strong portfolio of titles and design.
This season they have included designs from their highly-popular Opulence range with striking colours and an art deco style and design which add a new dimension to the style of product usually associated with Grass Roots.
However, in the true Grass Roots style of beautiful verse and sentiment, their
traditional style of designs are available in all wedding and anniversary titles, for example Son And His Bride On Your Wedding Day, Brother And Sister In Law On Your Anniversary.
With all their cards produced, as usual, on a quality textured board and enhanced with beautiful delicate foiling or strong and deep embossing and finished with a flourish of sparkling flitter to showcase the stunning designs and beautiful words.
This is what Grass Roots cards are all about, creating the vehicle that helps people to send exactly the right message that conveys exactly the right sentiment at a very special and poignant time in their lives – their wedding day.
T: 0151 523 9600

Delicately defined

DELICATE and classy define the new wedding and anniversary designs from Velvet Olive which were launched at Top Drawer.
Founder Kathryn Fletcher’s love of typography and unusual board and paper shine through as she also sticks to her principles of using FSC board and local suppliers wherever possible
0845 25 777 01

For that most special of days

UK Greetings are proud to introduce their wonderful collection of designs for that most special of days, to celebrate a wedding.
Camden delivers strong contemporary art and emotive photography teamed with simple wishes. The four sophisticated, understated wedding greetings in the collection will appeal to the more discerning consumer.
The 15 Gibson designs in the assortment feature a fresh colour palette of crisp blues, soft peaches, and rich creams, as well as stunning hand-finishes, cute characters and meaningful sentiment.
The designs from Carlton are bright, modern and heartfelt, with a mix of trend-led designs and photographic styles. Whether you prefer gorgeous florals, elegant vintage styling, or chic typography Carlton has something for everyone.
As part of the Carlton wedding offering there’s a collection of social stationary including three wedding acceptance, an evening acceptance, one with regret and three money wallets.
The UK Greetings Wedding Assortment is available as a 2ft in-fixture plan, containing 49 designs and supplied with eye-catching point of sale, or smaller alternatives, which feature 24 or 12 items and are supplied with a title flag.
Also available is a 2ft silver wedding boutique assortment, which comes with a silver FSDU, point of sale and 40 designs from the collection.
T: 01924 465200

Marriage made in heaven

FOR Jonny Javelin, wedding and anniversary titles are a large and popular part of their portfolio, especially the anniversary cards.
They do the usual range of titles in this category and, whenever they develop a new range, the anniversary titles are usually some of the first captions on the list because of how well they sell.
The anniversary cards sell brilliantly throughout the year but, strangely enough, the wedding range is now more seasonal towards the summer.
Perhaps in the past, the summer time influence wasn't as important as it is now and couples were just as happy to get married in autumn, spring and winter.
They will be bringing out a new wedding package in the coming months with fresh designs to add to their existing popular Velvet range – a marriage made in heaven!
T: 01423 563740

Jewels and embroidery

BLUE Eyed Sun’s new large-format range Allotment includes wedding designs also based on original, free-hand, machine-stitched embroideries by artist Jo Corner.
Printed with beautiful embossed motifs that give the designs a realistic feel, the 215x215mm cards are hand finished with jewels.
Sold in threes, the cards ate £2.10 each to the trade and retail at £4.99, coming cello-wrapped with a pearlised envelope.
T: 01273 823003

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