Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Jack & Jess, who create wedding invitations, wedding day stationery and beautiful personalised prints..
This creative stationery business is based in Edinburgh, and designs save the dates, seating plans, menus and table names, and complete wedding stationery suites to compliment your theme, colour palette and venue.
I hand over to Ann who tells us about her blossoming Business…
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello, I’m Ann, I run a stationery business called Jack & Jess. We specialise in wedding stationery but also sell calendars, planners and prints.
At the heart of Jack & Jess is genuine warmth and friendly service.
The business is named after my grandparents who were creative people, full of life and happily married.
We design high quality paper goods and really care about the people we work with, from our very important customers right through to our packaging suppliers.
We’re really proud of our beautiful house collections that allow couples to order their wedding stationery directly from our website.
We also offer a bespoke design service for people who have a particular design or theme in mind.
When and why did you start your Company?
It’s the classic story – I started designing wedding stationery for friends (lots of my friends seemed to get married around the same time!) and I really enjoyed the whole design journey – from discussing wedding,planning with the couple right through to proudly delivering a set of finished invitations.
What inspires you?
My background is in journalism and creative writing so literature inspires me. I love travelling and have been to 33 countries, although the exploring has slowed down slightly since I had my little boy!
Ultimately I feel inspired when I surround myself with positive, like minded people.
Do trends influence your work?
For us, wedding invitations are like miniature works of art.
We try to focus on timeless design, however it’s hard to ignore certain wedding trends, and I’m often inspired by a colour palette I’ve spotted at fashion week or a beautiful piece of embellishment on a wedding dress.
Do you have a favourite wedding style?
The escapism of a really decadent wedding is always fun isn’t it? Where the cake is 10 tiers high and the ceremony room is decked with roses
from floor to ceiling.
We have worked with some high profile clients who go to town with heavily decorated gold foil stationery which is really exciting for us to create.
But in reality my favourite weddings are those where the couple are completely relaxed and able to enjoy the day.
As a stationer you typically don’t get to see the couple on the big day itself, but most of our clients send us their wedding photographs and it’s lovely seeing their vision come to life.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the perks of running my own business including setting my own agenda and having creative freedom. Of course, there are challenging
days just like any job.
Having your own business means it’s often difficult to switch off at the end of the working day.
One of the highlights is meeting so many interesting people. I’m a curious person at heart (must be the journalist in me!) and love getting to know new people. Many of our customers have also become friends which is a lovely part of the job.
What do you do in your chill time/perfect day off?
Simple things like a hot cuppa, slice of cake, long walks with family, and the odd spa day.
What is your greatest achievement?
Building Jack & Jess from small beginnings into a successful business has been a huge achievement.
We are really excited about the upcoming launch of our newest stationery collections including an ‘Architecture’ themed range featuring a series of beautiful British wedding venues, from glasshouses to castles and stately homes.
On a personal note, my little boy Owen is by far my greatest achievement.
What do you see as the future of your Company?
We’d love to continue working with couples around the world. We recently sent stationery to America and Australia and are planning more international work this year.
We’re also moving towards becoming a plastic-free business because we feel strongly about doing all we can to protect the environment.
Product wise we’ll be branching out into occasion stationery including collections for birthdays and baby showers, and we already create personalised prints.
Most importantly we want to keep making our customers happy!
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