Today I am thrilled to welcome Olivia Samuel, makers of personalised & DIY wedding stationery as new Sponsors on the Plans and Presents Blog.
The Brand is based in Southampton and has been creating stationery since 2003.
I hand you over to the team to tell you all about themselves…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“We are Lisa & Matt from Olivia Samuel Wedding Stationery, we produce wedding stationery with timeless appeal.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“We started the business in 2003 making completely handmade wedding stationery to offer couples something a little different from the standard printed wedding invitations that were available at the time.”
“As a husband and wife team we wanted to spend more time with, and be available for, our children as they were growing up, and being self-employed gave us this opportunity.”
“Over the years we have moved away from the fully handmade designs that are so labour intensive due to costs and the demand, but we still like to have handmade elements with all our cards inserted by hand, and we add elements like ribbons and Swarovski crystals.”
What inspires you?
“All sorts of things really, nature, especially flowers, and pretty colours give endless inspiration but then again you can’t beat a bit of sparkle and bling.”
Do trends influence your work?
“Yes, to a degree you have to in order to stay in business, but we like to have a timeless appeal and there are lots of amazing designers in the wedding industry that are able to offer very ‘on trend’ designs, so we tend to stick to what we know and love which is quite simple and classic design that stand the test of time.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Keeping the business going through some very rough economic times!”
“It was tempting to pack it in and go back to the day job, but we had to learn to let the business change to survive and become a new entity.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“We are going to launch a new website soon that will feature simple flat cards and will allow our customers to proof their wedding stationery online in real time, as well as adding their guest names for free.”
“This will allow for a much quicker turnaround on these designs. We are also going to be adding social stationery such as christening and party invitations as well as personalised Christmas cards.”
Thank you so much to Lisa and Matt for sharing their timeless Wedding Stationery designs, and coming on board as a new Sponsor.
To Contact Olivia Samuel Wedding Stationery
Phone: 0845 5399594