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A Golden Wedding with a Difference!

laser cut golden wedding invitations

Judy & David celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary last September with a garden party. They came to us to create unique laser cut invitations to invite and surprise their friends & loved ones with something a little different. The invitation was to include two giraffes, a lady & a gent (Judy’s favourite animals!) with some ‘Golden Wedding’ bunting. They loved it.. so did all the guests!

Here’s the finished design, cut in a shimmer quartz card with a gold leaf inlay.


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laser cut golden wedding invitations

Judy & David shared some pictures from their party with us!

The invitation design inspired the cake design..

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golden wedding cake

We  also made lollipop table names so they could be popped into pretty jam jars filled with flowers on each table.

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lollipop table names

..and table plan cards that hung in twisted willow branches.

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Congratulations Judy & David!

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Colour of the Year 2014 from Pantone

Radiant Orchid

Colour trends come and go, sometimes you just have to take them with a little pinch of salt, especially where weddings are concerned! In the last couple of years we’ve had emerald green and tangerine (not the easiest of colours for a romantic wedding.. & trying to get your bridesmaid into a tangerine dress may have  proved slightly difficult!) but this years Radiant Orchid & Dazzling Blue are the colours that experts at Pantone are predicting.

Radiant Orchid is a vibrant, rich, pretty purple shade that works perfectly for weddings, from bridesmaid dresses to flowers and accessories, and, of course, stationery. Here in the studio we believe that shades of darker purples through to paler shades of lilac are going to bring a fresh new colour to our collections. We’ve had a long time loving nudes and peaches and this may just be our new ‘must have’!

Here’s a few pics to get you in the mood for Radiant Orchid.

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Our ‘Boho Bride’ laser cut wedding  invitation with Grape inlay

Boho bride laser cut wedding invitation in Pantone's radiant orchid colour

Dazzling Blue

Dazzling Blue is the brightest of all blues and we’ve found that the best way to capture this shade for stationery is to use a metallic or shimmer finish card.

Its a stunning accent colour and would work beautifully for gorgeous and glamorous weddings to Mediterranean and beach weddings.

Here’s a few pics to get you in the mood for a Dazzling Blue wedding!

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dazzling blue pantone colour 2014

Up & away balloon laser cut wedding invitation in Pantone's dazzling blue colour

Our ‘Up and Away’ laser cut wedding invitation with Dazzling blue inlay.

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Laser cut peacock wedding invitation in Pantone's dazzling blue

Our ‘Art Deco Peacock’ laser cut wedding invitation with Dazzling blue inlay.

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Marston & Langinger’s Magical Winter Garden

When asked by the lovely Ali, the designer for Marston & Langinger (who make stunning glass garden rooms) to laser cut & make their gorgeous corporate Christmas cards, we jumped at the chance.

Ali really loved the idea of laser cutting & had wanted to do something for a long time using it, this was her first opportunity!

With designs under way it was really exciting for us all to see the finished design start to materialise.

 Here’s a few pics to show you the finished Winter Garden Christmas card.

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M&L winter garden laser cut christmas card

M&L winter garden laser cut christmas card

M&L winter garden laser cut christmas card

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Thank you to our lovely customers!

Laser cut vintage garden party wedding invitations wrapped & ready to leave the Hummingbird Cards studio!

This afternoon we just wanted to take a moment to thank you, our lovely customers, for taking the time to vote for us in the recent awards we’ve been nominated for.

We hope you’ll indulge us as we share with you some of the wonderful comments we received..

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Working with The Hummingbird Card Company was a delight. The process was really easy & the final products were finished to perfection! I’m very much a perfectionist but I knew that I could trust the team at Hummingbird to make the invitations to the highest standard.

An amazing product that fitted our wedding day perfectly!

Sally-Ann at Hummingbird was fantastic with what was quite a demanding brief. I have to admit that I was not the easiest client & my expectations were ridiculously high! However, she tweaked & changed as many times as I needed her to without losing patience or making me feel awkward. Bravo!

I have dealt with other stationers prior to Hummingbird & I can honestly say I wish I had found out about them earlier & saved myself the previous heart-ache.

The Hummingbird Card Company was very helpful & professional throughout. Their designs are like nothing else out there.. just amazing.

The Hummingbird Card Company were exemplary. They listened carefully to what we wanted & customised our stationery exactly. They were helpful & quick to respond to emails & didn’t mind my endless changes to the invites! The invitations arrived in a beautiful box & were simply stunning.

“We loved Hummingbird’s unique laser-cut designs. I couldn’t find another company that matched theirs!”

Hummingbird’s stationery was beautiful, elegant & original. Their customer service was friendly & helpful, & the products were delivered speedily & were wrapped in lovely, protective wrapping. The stationery was beautifully handmade & very pretty – a great start to our wedding planning.

“I chose Hummingbird for their innovative ideas & quality of the product they provide. I wanted something truly unique, & that is what they delivered!”

I was kept up to date with the order at all times & they were the most accommodating of companies! I have had no end of wonderful comments about the invitations, which worked perfectly with the style of the wedding, venue & our day. Such special, wonderfully different stationery!

Absolutely beautiful laser cut stationery that was easy to order & arrived quickly.

I decided to use The Hummingbird Card Company because they had a clear & well-presented website which was easy to understand, they had a lot in the range of stationery & had a design that suits our wedding theme. Most stationers provide simple printed stationery but they offered me something nicer & prettier. I also found them very welcoming & polite on our visit to their studio.

I found Sally-Ann at Hummingbird’s professionalism & customer service instantly reassuring. I didn’t hesitate in putting my trust in the company.

We chose Hummingbird after seeing their website & blogs of previous bespoke wedding stationery. We thought a bespoke design would be a lovely touch to our vintage themed wedding as we wanted a truly original & personal feel. The finished invites were simply stunning!

Their stunning & unique designs made Hummingbird an easy choice

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Kind words like these really do mean the world to us.

Thank you!

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We won!

On Monday, we ventured to London to the Perfect Wedding Awards at The Institute of Directors on Pall Mall. With nervous excitement we entered the awesome building (with it’s grand staircases & incredible chandeliers!) & were ‘meeted & greeted’ by the Perfect Wedding girls. With a glass of champagne, canapes & singing waiters the presentations began..

We were so excited to win ‘Best Wedding Stationery’ 2013!

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Perfect Wedding Awards

A big thank you to all our lovely customers & Perfect Wedding Mag’s readers for your votes!

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The Hummingbird Cards Summer Website Makeover!

There’s lots of exciting things happening here in the Hummingbird studio this summer, including a makeover for the website!

Here’s a sneaky peek!

New Hummingbird Website - Summer 2013

From our new home page you can see all our news on events & offers, find out more about laser cutting with our YouTube clip, go shopping for our greetings cards & see all our latest photos from our blog posts. That’s not all though. We are launching four new designs, two for the Whimsical collection & two for the Boutique collection. Our Make Your Own collection will now has three different designs to choice from too. More on those later, so keep following & we’ll be launching the new designs soon!

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Venetian Mask Invitation

When challenged with creating a Venetian style masquerade mask invitation for a joint 21st & 50th summer birthday party by Peri Peri Events we jumped at the chance to come up with a design!

Masquerade masks lend themselves perfectly to laser cutting so with pencil in hand & ideas from the customer we sketched some designs & started to create the perfect invitation.

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The invitation had the front part of the mask opening up to reveal the invite inside.

Working closely with Natasha from Peri Peri we presented the final design to the customer. Then came the fun part & we added the sparkle!

We had a total of 12 tiny gold crystals per invite & with over 200 to make we had roughly 2,500 to apply.

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With beautiful gold leaf matching handmade envelopes the finished invitations looked stunning!

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They were soon packed & sent & we had to wave goodbye to our mask invitations!

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Perfect Wedding Awards 2013


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We’re so excited to let you know that The Hummingbird Card Company has been nominated for Best Wedding Stationery again this year with Perfect Wedding Magazine.

Hooray!

We’d love your support, you can vote online for us from now until 8th August (you can win too! When you vote you will be automatically entered into a prize draw where you can win a luxury beach holiday.)

Here’s just a few pics of some of our designs to remind you of what we’ve been up to:

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Thank you for voting!

 

Wedding Etiquette 2

The Bouquet..

So you’ve probably found ‘The Dress’ & decided upon a theme & colours for the day but now you’ve got to combine it all in a bouquet, buttonholes and flowers.

You may have a favourite flower but traditionally flowers were chosen for their symbolic meaning. Here’s just a few, it’s sweet to know what they symbolise!

Hydrangea – understanding

Lilac – first love

Gypsophila / Babies Breath – innocence

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Anemone – expectation.

Daisy – share your feelings

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 Lily – truth & honour

Lily of the Valley – happiness

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 Freesia – innocence

Magnolia – love of nature

Peony – ambition & determination

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  Rose – love, joy, beauty

Stephanotis – marital happiness

Stock – lasting beauty

Sweet Pea – pleasure

Purple Violet – faithfulness

Sunflower – adoration

Or why not mix all your favourites to create your own precious mix of meanings!

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Fresh herbs have been essential to the language of love for centuries so if you’re having a Garden Party wedding, love all things Boho or simply love a little tradition then here are some perfect herbs to include in your bouquet and wedding flowers.

Lavender – devotion, undying love, married bliss

Rosemary – remembrance, fidelity & luck

Sage – long life

Parsley – festivity

Mint – warmth of feeling

Thyme – courage & strength

Oregano – joy & happiness

Clover – good luck

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 Florist in the Forest

 Keep following – more ideas to come!

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Winter White Wonderland

Last weekend I took the studio pup for a lovely long walk around Staunton Harold. Armed with my camera I headed for Dimminsdale Wood as I was hoping to see the snowdrops out in all their beauty & we weren’t disappointed,  there was a wonderful white carpet of snowdrops all with their heads popping up under the wood land branches with the sunlight shimmering through.

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It was like a little magical glade & reminded me of an old favourite childhood book, the Flower Fairys!

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This got me thinking,  how beautiful would a snowdrop wedding be?

After a quick search I found the stunning Hodsock Priory which offers a ‘Snow Drop Wedding Package’.

What a wonderful idea if you’re planning a winter wedding with a difference!


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For flowers keep it simple like these from Moo Moo Style.

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