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Last week I got to pop in and see Nicola & Gareth from Rose Press Stationery. Based in the heart of Nottingham, they have a dreamy studio where all of their stationery is designed and printed in house. One of the only few letterpress stationers left in the country, I was super excited to have a nosey around their stylish studio.

Specialists in hot foil printing and letterpress, everything is created in house and they really do know their stuff when it comes to design and print. From hand illustrated drawings, to personalised embossed coasters, the cutest fold out maps to foiled lettering, they can do it all! It’s the epitome of luxury stationery and if you’re a stationery addict or just appreciate lovely print, then this is the place to go!

I got to watch their vintage printers in action and I was in awe of the stunning stationery they produced and the process behind it all.

If you’re just about to embark on your stationery for your wedding, then be sure to check out these guys. They are true specialists and we’re lucky to have them based here in the East Midlands.

Here’s a little bit more info from Nicola herself on how they can help with your wedding stationery…

What are your most popular stationery requests & designs?

At the moment I’m getting a lot of requests from couples for our pocket fold-out invitations as they’re great for packing a lot of information into one handy design. Apart from that, our save the save coasters have always been one of our most popular designs. They’re great for couples who perhaps haven’t finalised all of the details for their wedding day yet as they are fairly simple and will tie in nicely with most themes.

What stationery trends are you seeing for 2020?

One of the biggest trends I’ve started to see for 2020 is sustainable stationery. This is something that has become so much more important to couples in recent years and is something that we’re constantly looking to incorporate into our service here at Rose Press. Other trends that seem to be continuing well into next year are minimal designs teamed with soft colour palettes in order to create really luxurious feeling wedding stationery.

How do people begin their stationery order with you? What’s the usual process?

The process begins with couples filling in our enquiry form which allows us to collate some of the basic details of their wedding including the date, venue and what stationery items they are looking for. From there we will usually schedule an initial consultation either face-to-face, on the phone or by email in order to discover more about the look and feel they are trying to achieve with their wedding stationery.

Can people come and see you in the studio?

We offer consultations for couples who are based in the Nottinghamshire area and it’s always lovely to get to meet face to face to discuss designs in more detail. These meetings help us to better understand exactly what our couples are looking for and also gives them the opportunity to look through samples for further inspiration. If visiting the studio isn’t possible, we can always arrange a phone or Skype call.

Often stationery is the first glimpse of someone’s wedding, whether this is a Save the Date or invitation – how do you go through the design process?

The design process always begins with gathering inspiration and ideas from my couples. Often this can take the form of a Pinterest board and I like to get a sense of how the wedding will look as a whole so finding out where are they are getting married, what flowers they have chosen, the colour palette etc. is crucial. Taking the inspirational images and details discussed in the initial consultation I will then work on producing two to three different design ideas which are sent to the couple for them to consider. From here, we will work on implementing any changes and will continue to tweak the design until it is perfect and our couple are 100% happy with it.

How important is it that the stationery design is kept consistent throughout their wedding?

It’s always a lovely touch to have beautifully thought out stationery which runs throughout the wedding as a whole, from save the dates through to the final thank you cards. It shows guests the level of detail and planning that has gone into making your day so personalised and unique!


A big thank you to Nicola & Gareth for letting me spend the morning with them in the studio. If you’re on the hunt for your wedding stationery, be sure to check out


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