Elegant Wedding Stationery With a Creative Twist
Wonderland Invites is owned and run by Creative Director, Jenna Collier, from her home studio in Leigh-on-Sea. The company creates beautiful wedding stationery and signage for brides and grooms to be. From save the dates and wedding invitation packs, to table plans, orders of services and thank you cards, Jenna work closely with each of her clients to create a flawless stationery style.
Jenna is supported by partner, Richard, who provides the technical assistance, and their little girl, Darla, who provides the smiles. Completing the team are the family’s two cats, Frankie Valli & Stevie Nicks (yes, they have quite an eclectic taste in music!). We caught up with Jenna to find our more about life in Wonderland.
What inspired you to set up Wonderland Invites?
Whilst working in marketing in London, I wanted to do something creative in my spare time and learn a few new skills. Then, when I became pregnant, I decided that I wanted to do this full time. I absolutely adore working with happy couples to create their dream stationery, and to know I have contributed to their perfect wedding day makes me really happy.
Sounds fabulous. Any insights to share with those considering doing the same?
Know that it won’t be an overnight thing; it has taken me two years to get to where I am now and there is still plenty of work to be done to get to where I want to be. It has taken time, money and a lot of coffee! But more than that, it has taken a whole lot of self-belief.
There are times where you may want to throw in the towel but it is important to breathe and remember the reasons why you want to be heading up your own business. Have confidence in your product and talk to as many people as you can about it!
Wise words, indeed! What are your thoughts on Buying British?
We have so many amazing resources and products made right here in Britain by talented designers and suppliers; why look anywhere else! What better way is there to strengthen our economy than Buying British? Celebrating and encouraging British products and manufacturing will certainly pay dividends in the long run, and create a general confidence in our own industries.
We’re proud supporters of our British suppliers, too. What attracted you to Love & Lilah?
I first noticed Love & Lilah on Twitter and Instagram. After reaching out in response to a call for new suppliers, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Love & Lilah network. The Instagram feed is beautiful and the tonality of the social posts really appeals to me. I’m super excited to be part of the launch network; for a small wedding stationery business, still in the first two years of trading, it is really exciting to be part of something new and fresh.
We’re delighted to have you. And what is it about the wedding industry that so appeals?
I love, love, love weddings! I have been to so many over the years and I am astounded each time by how one couple can have a completely different vision to the next.
The industry as a whole is so exciting; it is fast-paced, ever changing and ever growing. Suppliers have a real love for getting to know each other and are really supportive of each other’s success. And because we are essentially dealing with love and happiness on a daily basis, it is hard not to be caught up in the romanticism of it all.
That is so true. Speaking of love and happiness, any advice for our brides and grooms?
Make lists; lots of them. And budget well. Sometimes, it is easy to under or over-estimate what each component of your wedding may cost. I think that smart planning is really essential to ensuring that you don’t end up getting flustered in the last couple of weeks.
My other piece of advice is really simple; on the day, please just take yourselves off somewhere for a private moment. Sit, or stand, and take a minute to congratulate yourselves on everything you have accomplished and remember the real reason you are there. You can get so lost in all the goings on that you may flop into bed at the end of the night and realise you haven’t spent a moment alone together all day.
We couldn’t have said it better. Thank you, Jenna.
To browse the wedding stationery collections from Wonderland Invites, visit their Love & Lilah Storefront.