When you’re planning your wedding, it’s easy sometimes to feel rather overwhelmed by the whole thing.
You might even be waking up in the night thinking “have I told the florist exactly which roses I want” or “did I book the photographer”.
Okay, so you might have checklists galore, special apps on your phone and a long-suffering chief bridesmaid/best friend/mother to let off steam to.
The thing is, you’re probably doing just fine. And it’s important that you enjoy the build-up to your wedding because it’s actually a very special time. You’ve a wonderful day ahead to look forward to, you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with … so don’t spoil it by getting over-stressed.
That also means not taking on too much. For example, you may be dreaming of having a DIY wedding and planning to make wedding favours, cakes, decorations yourself. This isn’t a great idea because you’ll almost certainly underestimate the amount of time all this is going to take you. So work out what is genuinely do-able and outsource the rest.
If you really feel the need for a visual checklist, then we’ve created these handy two visuals which you can print out and stick on your fridge door so that you can assure yourself you’re doing all the right things by the right time.
Look at it month by month and know that you’re keeping up with everything (or there are a few things you still need to be thinking about).
For example, you don’t really need to have sorted out a florist until about 9 months before the wedding – although if you’re choosing one who is particularly popular it’s best to sign them up as soon as possible.
Interestingly, one of the most important things to get sorted early isn’t choosing your wedding dress, booking your venue or asking your friends to be your bridesmaids. It’s actually setting a budget for your wedding day. It’s key because it’s actually going to affect many aspects of your big day – the sort of venue you can afford, whether you have a wedding breakfast and a dinner, how many guests you have, what wine you serve and of course, what you wear. So set a realistic wedding budget between the two of you and stick to it – you don’t want to start off married life in debt.
Get everything sorted calmly and coolly before your big day and you’ll see that on the day before your wedding you can actually have a bit of a relax. Help to decorate the venue and enjoy some beauty treatments (a mani-pedi – but don’t have a facial the day before your wedding in case of breakouts).
In the meantime, cut out these two handy wedding planning guides and pin them to your noticeboard or fridge door!
Pretty Proposal card by Ananya
So the moment you’ve probably dreamed of all your life finally arrived, and you said ‘YES’ to the BIG question. You’re engaged, you’re on cloud nine and can’t wait to tell the world about it. Here we guide you through the different ways to do it, and suggest which way is best for whom.
- In Person
Start with those closest and dearest to you first. If this is your first marriage, your parents should be told first, and if they are within reach, they should be told face to face. It not only shows your respect for them, but allows them to share in your happiness in a much more personal way. It will make them feel involved right away!
If this is not a first marriage for either of you, then any children from a previous marriage should be told first, then parents and close members of the family as well as special friends.
2. On the Telephone
Call as many of the rest of the family and friends as is practical. People always appreciate a personal phone call for special announcements. They can hear the excitement in your voice and can express their excitement and enthusiasm with you.
- By Post
If you have fixed the wedding date, you can send out save-the-date cards. This will announce your engagement as well as let all your invitees know the date and particulars of the wedding so they can make preparations. If you have not yet set the wedding date, we think that writing to each person individually or sending out engagement notes with a little handwritten remark and signed personally by you would be a really nice way to make the announcement.
4. By Email
Many couples these days are opting to send out announcements via email. For friends and family who live abroad or who travel a lot, it is a convenient way for them to be told. However, email communication can seem a bit dry and impersonal for such a major announcement. At Ananya we feel that the all-important personal touch that a hand written note conveys is well worth the time and effort, and people really appreciate an individual card rather than mass communication – after all, it’s a very special announcement!
5. Through Social Media
While Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are also possible ways to announce your engagement, they should only be used for casual acquaintances. Everyone else should be informed by one of the methods above.
6. Throwing an Engagement Party
A great and fun way to let lots of people know and share in the excitement is to throw an engagement party. You can either let the guests know that it’s an engagement party or you can keep it a secret and make a ‘surprise’ announcement at the party. If you’re lucky, your parents may be happy to host the party for you under some pretext so your guests do not suspect the real reason for the party.
7. Newspaper Announcement
Here is another way to make sure that anyone you have not thought of or people from your past that you have lost contact with can get your news. Make sure you call the newspaper to check their requirements in terms of photos, content and who writes it, whether you want the announcements multiple times, as well as the pricing.
As you can see, there are various choices open to you, so go ahead and spread your happiness!
Good Luck! Let us know what announcement methods worked best for you.
Pretty Proposal Card by Ananya
Planning a fusion or multicultural wedding, while offering amazing possibilities to create a unique and memorable blend of two different traditions, can also be a daunting task, and requires in-depth knowledge and expertise to pull it off successfully.
Ananya is delighted to have London wedding planner and designer Ishari De Silva share some important tips and facts to consider when planning a fusion winter wedding. Specialising in both couture as well as fusion weddings, Ishari and her team draw on the latest wedding trends and cutting-edge design for couples on a range of budgets to create an exquisite wedding. This is what she says:
When it comes to fusion weddings, especially Asian/fusion weddings, it is all about the vibrant colour schemes and the term ‘less is more’… goes out the window! So we have created a mood board that is slightly different, opting for a simple yet elegant and regal colour scheme perfect for a winter wedding.
Firstly, the main colours work with white, cream, blush and use gold as the accent colour. When I design I always have three or four main colours, complementing shades or different shades of the same colour (ombre) and then silver, gold or rose gold/copper as the accent colour. Damask linen in champagne or ivory with gold chivari chairs with the matching seating pads to the linens are perfect for this design. Keep the napkins simple in plain ivory/champagne; gold cutlery and crystal glassware with gold edging will tie in the basics of this look as we have discussed so far.
Keep your invites simple with the gold design as seen in the mood board, and I would recommend going for a custom monogram of your initials and laser cut details to compliment this regal look of this wedding design. For the seating plan I love the design in the mood board; it is clearly custom made but if your budget does not allow a custom design like that go for a large decadent gold frame and get your stationer to print the seating plan or get a large mirror with a similar frame and get a calligrapher to hand write your seating plan on it.
The mandap design in the mood board can actually be designed by a few mandap companies in the UK from what I saw at the Asian Wedding Show, and get your florist to mix white, cream and blush flowers to create floral borders and the draping flowers for the mandap. A little tip if the venue permits – create a sea of candles in gold tealight holders around the mandap for effect; it will add a beautiful warm glow.
As for flowers, keep them all white, cream and blush, tall centerpieces or small full centerpieces are your choice, but to complement, add gold candelabras which will create a warm romantic atmosphere. I would also suggest hiring a champagne or dull gold sequin tablecloth for your cake table!
So there you have it – basics to achieve this regal fusion winter wedding!
Ishari De Silva – Wedding Planner & Designer
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It is almost impossible to think of decorating Christmas trees without baubles – they are a must-have accessory in Christmas tree decorations. The variety of baubles available, and their elaborate interpretations is truly staggering!
When did it begin?
It is believed that Prince Albert and Queen Victoria were influential in creating a fashion for glass baubles and other decorations for adorning Christmas trees. Originating in Germany, they soon became popular in England. The first Christmas tree was set up at Windsor Castle in 1841 and this soon became a much loved and fashionable custom.
In celebration and appreciation of the Christmas bauble over more than a century, we at Ananya have created a range of beautiful, colourful bauble cards, ready to send to your friends and loved ones for Christmas. All cards can be embellished upon request.
How will you be bringing the spirit of Christmas into your home?
Planning to get married in summer?
A garden wedding theme is timeless and traditional – and yet you can give it a contemporary feel as well.
You could go along the route of having a marquee outside on the lawns of a country house hotel. Don’t feel you have to have individual tables – long, banquet style seating works well in this setting and if you want to be really rustic, then scatter haybales outside for guests to sit on and enjoy a summer evening.
That said, in the UK you’ll also have to plan for wet weather. Think about umbrellas or a covered walkway to your marquee to allow guests to move between areas without getting wet.
Flowers, pastels and motifs from nature will all set the scene.
Flowers are paramount at a country garden wedding. Think about decorating your tables with hand tied bouquets in jam jars. Maybe add a flower to the guest’s individual napkin.
On the other hand, if you want to be more formal, think about tall arrangements in large candelabras or vases – remember to think about the guests’ views across the tables and ensure that flowers don’t block communication.
Work the country garden theme into your wedding dress, too. Find accessories – maybe your earrings – with flowers and perhaps give each bridesmaid a wrist corsage. And for the bridegroom and his groomsmen, consider cornflowers and buttonholes with one or two blooms, rather than a single rose (although that also looks stunning).
Large wafts of gypsophila in vases are an inexpensive way of decorating corners of the room and create a floral cloud.
If your wedding is moving into evening, create a welcoming atmosphere for your guests by lining the route to your venue with candles in lanterns for a soft glow.
And when it comes to food, the newest way to offer the wedding breakfast is at food stations offering different cuisine – maybe Thai, Indian, Italian, American – so guests can browse and suit their own tastes.
Don’t forget to offer a chill-out area to guests – particularly if you are clearing tables for dancing. Everyone always needs somewhere to sit and chat – and some people might like to move away from the hustle and bustle of the dancefloor.
Remember at Ananya we can create bespoke wedding stationery for your country garden style wedding or pick one of our existing floral designs. We’re always happy to chat your ideas through …
All invitations featured by Ananya.
In all the flurry of getting engaged, it’s sometimes hard to know what style of a wedding would suit you.
You might be a vintage kind of a bride, a traditionalist, a little quirky or like a touch of retro.
Styling your wedding often begins with the stationery choices you make. To help you discover what sort of a bride you are, take our quiz and see what style would suit you. Don’t take it too seriously – it’s really a bit of fun to get you thinking and get the inspiration flowing. And if you feel that you really are a bit different and need something particularly personal to you, contact us and let’s talk about our bespoke options, which could suit you to perfection.
1. Your favourite type of film is: a) A Rom Com b) A vintage classic, preferably with a heroine like Grace Kelly c) Anything featuring Johnny Depp d) Something stylish, that’s beautifully photographed with amazing costumes
2. Your wedding dress is: a) Strapless chiffon with diamante b) Like Kate Middleton’s – long skirts, a train and a lace bodice c) A 1950’s style number with petticoats d) 1920’s style
3. You’d like to live: a) In a townhouse b) In a manor house in the countryside c) On a houseboat d) In a penthouse flat in New York or London 4. Your favourite colour is: a) Pink b) Ivory c) Scarlet d) Platinum
5. Your favourite food is: a) I can’t remember, I’m on a wedding diet! b) Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding c) Japanese d) Smoked salmon and caviar
6. You’d like to call your children: a) Sasha and Jake b) James and Elizabeth c) Stanley and Violet d) Daisy and Scott
7. If you had a dog it would be: a) Yorkshire terrier b) Labrador c) A rescue dog d) Pekinese
8. Your wedding cake will be: a) A white chocolate confection decorated with flowers b) A tiered fruit cake iced in white and ivory c) Doughnuts piled high in different flavours d) A tower of cupcakes
9. In your bouquet you’ll have: a) An heirloom bouquet made from precious brooches b) Roses and lily of the valley c) Gerberas d) Orchids
If you answered mainly a) you’re a contemporary sort of bride. You like to embrace current trends and make them your own.
Mainly b) and you are a truly classical girl. Kate Middleton is your heroine. You’re not one to bend the rules.
c) You’re your own person. You won’t be bound by tradition and you may well be making a speech on your wedding day.
d) You’re a romantic who likes to live in the past.
If you answered mainly a) take a look at Ombre by Ananya
b) You might find Ananya’s Pastel Perfection range suits you
c) Look at our bespoke designs which offer an exotic twist or our Graphic Geometrics
d) Our retro designs such as Gatsby would be perfect for you. Check out Gatsby Glamour
How do you reward your staff? What’s your incentive scheme?
Does your HR department give birthday gift vouchers? Christmas gift vouchers?
The beauty of vouchers is that you can tailor them to the recipient. So perhaps a spa day for the women, a driving experience for the men.
You may decide to give vouchers to spend in a store – John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Amazon. But there’s no reason to use these companies’ branding if you’re the one giving the gift. You can have your own personalised envelopes created.
The trick with giving is to make sure that the recipient is happy with the present and by giving a voucher you can’t go far wrong. You can make it personal, tailored to an activity they enjoy or you can give cash vouchers.
One thing is for sure however, if you don’t brand your company vouchers then you’re missing an opportunity.
And that’s exactly where we can help you
We’ve designed voucher envelopes for various clients so that the recipient gets an attractively packaged gift that reflects the company values and identity.
You can theme your vouchers to the style of gift or to the occasion – a birthday, Christmas or the birth of a new baby. We’ll design something to your specification.
Christmas is approaching and we’d love to design something personal for your company. Get in touch and see how we can help you.
Jewish New Year falls on the 25th September 2014 this year.
And what does it mean to the Jewish people?
Well Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year – is a time to remember the creation of the world and to reflect on one’s priorities in life. A time to ask God’s forgiveness and to think about how to live life over the forthcoming new year.
Observant Jews will attend synagogue in the morning and then return home to eat a special meal, which will probably include apples dipped in honey – symbolising the sweet new year that hopefully lies ahead.
Challah – the bread Jews eat on the Sabbath – is created in braided rounds for Jewish New Year to symbolise the never-ending circle of life.
Family and friends who have gathered together will wish one another “Shanah Tovah” – Hebrew for “A Happy New Year”.
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There is plenty of visual symbolism centred around the Jewish New Year – apples, honey, pomegranates … Pomegranates are often put on the dining table as they contain many seeds – which show all the good deeds that should be carried out over the forthcoming year.
Or create these Pomegranate Coolers – which contain pomegranates and honey, so many of the flavours of Rosh Hashanah.
It’s always wonderful when the family can get together and celebrate. But if you’re not able to all be together, you can say L’Shanah Tovah to your loved ones with a beautiful greetings card from Ananya. Order your cards online now so you have plenty of time to send them out. You’ll find all our Jewish New Year designs here – the difficulty will be choosing which to buy!
Eid ul Fitr: End of fasting, beginning of feasting
Eid ul Fitr, meaning the Festival of breaking fast, is one of two very important religious festivals celebrated by Muslims (the other being Eid ul Adha). It is a time of great rejoicing and marks the end of Ramadan and a month of fasting. Beginning with the sighting of the new moon its exact time varies according to the location it is being observed from.
Breaking fast Rising early and having a light breakfast of sweet food such as dates, Muslim men dress in their best clothes and attend a special prayer and sermon. Before attending the prayer, however, each Muslim must pay Zakat al Fitr, a donation for the month of Ramadan, which can be in the form of money or food.
A feast for the eyes and taste buds Women take great pride in decorating their homes and laying on a feast, including ‘sivai’ – a special sweet made with vermicelli and cooked in milk and sugar. This is an occasion for them to dress in all their finery, decorate their hands with henna and look glamorous.
Giving and receiving
Eid ul Fitr is a day for giving gifts, starting with the children. In addition to receiving gifts from parents, children also get money, called ‘eddi’ from elders. Daughters are not forgotten in the gift giving, and brothers go to their married sisters with ‘sivai’ (special sweet), and presents which may include clothes, money and jewellery.
Greetings for Eid
Ananya’s fabulous range of Eid greeting cards incorporate beautiful designs with the bright and joyous colours of festivity. They can be hand embellished with crystals to make them sparkle and twinkle – a perfect way to wish your friends and loved ones Eid Mubarak as you exchange gifts and wishes for their good fortune.
Eid ul Fitr 2014 falls on July 29. Beginning with the sighting of the new moon, its exact time varies according to the location it is being observed from.
Enter our competition to win Eid cards.
Simply tell us: What was your most memorable Eid? What made it so special?
We’ve 2 sets of 10 Eid Cards in some of our beautiful designs to give away to two lucky winners. Just visit the Ananya Cards Facebook page and tell us about your most memorable Eid. If you like, you can post a picture too.. We’ll then choose the two descriptions that we liked the most. Good luck!
The British ‘Season’ is in full swing with Wimbledon, Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot, weddings and all types of invitations to parties being issued.
Of course, when you accept an invitation then it’s considered polite to say thank you afterwards, especially if you want to be invited again. If you’re the sort of person who keeps putting off writing a thank you letter then read our top 10 tips for writing thank you letters below.
1. Write your thank you note immediately after the event and get it out of the way. Who you talked to, what you enjoyed and all the details will be fresher in your mind so the words will flow more easily.
2. Plan out what you’re going to say on a scrap piece of paper first – just jot down your thoughts and then put them into sentences.
3. Try not to start off with the words ‘Thank you for …” Instead think about a highlight, eg “How clever of you to organise such beautiful sunshine for our day at Henley …”
4. A thank you letter should contain three elements – saying thank you, complimenting your host on the event and the hope that you will talk/meet again soon.
5. Writing in fountain pen is considered smartest and if you’re saying thank you for corporate entertainment then a written note will impress and make you stand out from the crowd.
6. If you have a lot of thank you notes to write at once (for example if you’ve received many new baby gifts) and you’re really short on time, then it is acceptable to have pre-printed cards made with a generic message. For example “Jenny and James Ingram thank you for the lovely gift sent to their new baby son Tom and hope to introduce you soon.” Then just sign the card yourself by hand. Ananya can also create a personal monogram for the couple to decorate the card.
7. Unless it’s a very casual affair, e mailing and texting aren’t the right way to say thank you for gifts, parties, theatre trips, dinner, Wimbledon tickets etc.
8. Write, don’t type the outside envelope. A handwritten envelope with a proper stamp is a welcome arrival in a letterbox and makes a change from brown envelopes with windows. If the letter is being sent to somebody at work, mark it ‘Personal’ so that a secretary doesn’t open it.
9. The top line of an address should be written about two thirds of the way down and every line should be indented beneath.
10. Keep a drawer full of notecards and postcards handy and a book of stamps so that you’re always ready to write.
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We’ve been thinking a great deal about manners here at Ananya lately. It really started because we were talking about the time of year and how sociable it is. Wedding season is in full swing. There are invitations to parties. Corporate entertainment at events like Wimbledon, Ascot and Henley. Weekends away. It goes without saying that one should always say thank you for being entertained – preferably by a handwritten note in ink. A text or e mail just doesn’t really cut it – it’s a bit lazy and hurried and if somebody has taken the time to organise a party then taking ten minutes to write a thank you note yourself isn’t a lot to ask. Here’s a charming one sent by an American TV star to a young fan – which we are sure she kept! Elegant stationery goes a long way towards creating the right impression and remember you don’t have to write a long epistle when you’re saying thank you. Just express your gratitude, how much you enjoyed meeting people, who you talked to and what you will remember about the event. That’s why a notecard is perfect – and if you have a monogrammed set made just for yourself then that’s very chic indeed. Every country has its own take on what makes for good manners (although writing a thank you card is acceptable anywhere). We just came across this useful infographic from Zendesk which shows what you should do and what you should avoid in different countries around the world. For example, did you know that it’s considered impolite in Brazil to eat with your bare hands (always use a knife and fork or a napkin). Every week on Twitter we’re going to be publishing a tip on etiquette and politeness. You can follow us at @ananyacards and see our etiquette tips with the hashtag #etiquette.
If you’ve any to add, please let us know!
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Cool, geometric shapes are a big trend this year and make the perfect design to add a fashionable vibe to your big day. Ananya’s new Graphic Geometrics collection is a bold range of wedding stationery showcasing modern designs in vibrant shades, the hottest colours for weddings, and will be sure to set the right tone for your vivacious, fun celebrations. Let us show you the best of our new designs alongside some of our favourite geometric products.
Our rainbow inspired geometric theme below combines soft colours with a subtle triangular pattern, and is finished off with a traditional script font. The lovely wedding cake accented with geometric patterns in pastel yellow and pink, makes a perfect complement.
A bright and bold wedding theme wouldn’t be complete without some stunning table decorations. The zigzag pattern on this Ananya design along with the different fonts reflects the cheerful layout of the table. The cocktail umbrella style décor in the centre of the table creates a lively space for your guests’ meal, while the different colour shades allocated to each place setting create a sense of individuality for each invitee.
Your wedding stationery could also be reflected through your wedding favours like these small boxes of colourful cookies. The label on the sweet box complements the triangular pattern on our card, and by matching the colours of the sweets to the card, you add another way to harmonise the geometric theme.
Make sure to check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas for your big day! Have you adopted the Geometric trend?
Fancy seeing our latest greeting card designs first hand? Have you ever wanted to find out what inspires our designs? Well, if you are a greeting cards buyer, then you can at the Progressive Greetings Live trade show at London’s Business Design Centre! We are very excited at Ananya to be exhibiting at stand 329 on 13th and 14th May.
Whilst you are at the show, why not log onto Twitter and follow the hashtag #AnanyaCulture to get involved with our Culture Quiz? Culture is a key inspiration to us all at Ananya so we have created a Culture Quiz especially for PG Live visitors. However, you can still join in online even if you’re not attending the event. Watch our Twitter page for details and the all-important questions.
Do you want to give us your own thoughts on culture? When you visit our stand, write down what culture means to you and add it to our ‘Tree of Cultures’ to help us celebrate cultural diversity.
We also like to give something back to our visitors and customers. In celebration of our love for world food we have a prize draw featuring signed books and signed wine from Michelin star Indian chef Atul Kochhar. All you have to do is visit our stand and leave us with your business card – it’s that simple!
First Prize – Michelin Star and TV Celebrity Chef Atul Kochhar’s new recipe book “Curries of the Word” plus two bottles of his signature wine, only available at his award-winning restaurant Benares, in Mayfair.
Second Prize – Two runners up will receive a bottle of Atul’s signature wine.
It has been a very busy few months for us all at Ananya leading up to Progressive Greetings Live but we are very excited to unveil our new greeting card designs – over 100 of them!
We hope to see you there!
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Now that the ring is truly on your finger and you are officially engaged, it’s time to ask a special friend or friends if they would be your bridesmaids. They will play such an important role not just helping you to plan the wedding, but also offer you emotional support and comfort on the big day itself. So why not do something different, make them feel extra special by sending them a “will you be my bridesmaid” card? It’s a formal, official and endearing way to ask.
The best part is that we have made it very easy for you. We at Ananya have designed two beautiful cards – one is bright and colourful, and the other is classy black and white. All you have to do is select the one you want, download and print it at home on the cardstock of your choice, fold it along the lines as indicated on the card, write your personal message and send – a beautiful free card in easy steps – the first of your wedding stationery suite! We also have an extensive collection of greeting cards suitable for most occasions.
Please click on the links below to download your greeting card PDFs.
The card can also be accompanied by a thoughtful gift; something meaningful and different. Use your imagination – it need not be expensive, but it will show how much thought you have put into it and just how much you want her by your side on your special day!
At Ananya, we think any time of year can be wedding season. That’s why we design stationery to fit the mood, colours and themes of all four seasons. Once you set a date, let the season be the inspiration for your wedding preparations. Remember, your stationery is the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding. Therefore, make sure to decide on your seasonal theme early and continue the designs throughout all the other aspects of your big day.
Spring is a great time of year to get married. New flowers are blooming, the sun is shining again and everyone is in better spirits after the long, wet winter. Just have back-up plans at the ready for unpredictable weather and outside ceremonies! We think spring can be full of inspiration for the colour and designs of your wedding stationery. Light and cheerful colours taken from nature such as pink, yellow and peach would work well for your stationery. Designs incorporating flowers or butterflies will also set the tone for a bright and joyous celebration. We’ve infused these spring elements into our Floral Fantasy and Butterfly Beauty designs.
Summer is arguably the most popular time of year to get hitched. The warm weather and relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends. Whether you are having a formal affair or a small gathering in your garden, the summer theme can be incorporated into your stationery in many different ways. Floral prints such as daisies and dandelions will be a hit with garden celebrations. Choose summertime colours such as a bold pink, sky blue, sunny yellow or grassy green. Lace is always a popular design that works well for both formal and casual settings as it can be dressed-up or down based on the colour you use. We’ve used different summer characteristics to create our Summer Meadow and Lace Love designs.
Autumn can also be a wonderful time of year for a season-inspired wedding. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing colours and everything feels fresh and new. Natural and rustic designs such as trees and leaves would help to set the theme in your stationery. Choose cosy and comforting colours such as burnt oranges, warm reds, light browns and caramels. Halloween is becoming increasingly more popular as an autumn wedding theme. Fun couples throwing a monster mash of a wedding can incorporate haunting designs of eerie animals into their spooky stationery. Your favourite vampires, ghosts and zombies will love receiving your bewitching invitation! We’ve incorporated these elements into our Autumn Allure and Halloween Harmony designs.
Last, but certainly not least, winter is a magical time of year for a wedding. There’s a chill in the air, but with a sense of excitement and holiday cheer. Some brides dream of snow for a truly white wedding, while others will have the space heaters blazing in their white tents. Either way, snowflakes make the perfect design for your stationery. No two snowflakes are alike just as no two weddings are the same. Christmas and New Year celebrations can also inspire your theme. Choose traditional reds and greens for cheery Christmas celebrations or black and white combinations for fancy, formal New Year affairs. We’ve created our Winter Wedding and Gatsby Glamour designs to suit either occasion.
As you can see, it’s easy to incorporate seasonal designs, colours and themes into your stationery and throughout your wedding. No matter what time of year you choose to get married, remember to have fun with your stationery and make sure it truly represents you and your partner as a couple. Your stationery might suit the whole season, but you only get one big day!
Planning on getting married in the Spring? Then you really need to look no further than the colours that Nature can offer you.
Spring Wedding Colours Marry in March, April and the early part of May and you’ll be surrounded by inspiration. Just think of the delicate beauty of pink camellias; purple grape hyacinths, pink blossom on the trees and sunny golden daffodils. Springtime colours work together beautifully and create a natural palette of shades to choose from that are perfect for a wedding. Your wedding cake could be full of the joy and exuberance of Spring, like this one from Cakes By Krishanthi.
You can also order wedding stationery designed to your personal design – this might be the perfect time to commission a monogram for you as a couple.
Have you created a moodboard for your wedding day yet? It’s a great place to gather together all your thoughts; put together ideas for dresses, shoes, invitations, flowers, a venue …. Have a look at the Ananya Weddings moodboard on Pinterest. Plenty of inspiration for you there. Follow us to keep up with our latest finds.
You’ll also find a free moodboard tool at Dessy which is really easy to use. You just drag the images you like onto it and play about until you have a Spring wedding theme that you’re happy with.
Think bridesmaid dresses and accessories in fresh, springtime colours .. What colours have you chosen for your wedding theme? Are you letting the season inspire you or do you have another idea? How about a country garden theme? We’d love you to share your wedding thoughts on our Facebook page and post a photograph! Photo credits: Flower images by Wilde Thyme. Wedding cake by cakesbykrishanthi. Wedding invitations by Ananya. Green moodboard, bridesmaid dresses and accessories by Dessy.
2014 has arrived! At Ananya, we love creating wedding stationery that reflects the top colour, embellishment and style trends of the year. If you’re getting married in 2014 then look no further for stationery advice! If you want to make a statement this year, start by choosing one of our picks for the top trends in 2014.
Top Trend: Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2014
Pantone has announced that its 2014 Colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid. This captivating and charming shade of purple is perfect for romantic stationery and is set to dazzle the wedding scene this year. At Ananya, we love this enchanting, vibrant colour and have designed a collection of stationery that radiates love. This colour will be the hottest trend in fashion and interiors for 2014. Expect to see this colour accompanied with complimentary Ombre or monochrome shades. Make Radiant Orchid your stationery statement for 2014!
Top Trend: Signature Style
At Ananya, we specialise in creating bespoke wedding stationery that truly reflects the personal style and image of the happy couple. My team and I will meet with you on a number of occasions to offer suggestions and create exclusive designs. For truly unique creations, we can design a monogram to add an elegant touch to your stationery that symbolises your everlasting commitment to each other. Plus, their versatile use and adaptability make monograms a wonderful keepsake that can be used for years to come. For an extra hint of sparkle, the stationery can be hand embellished with crystals to bring a bit of glitz and glamour to your wedding.
Top Trend: Vintage Luxe
With the success of The Great Gatsby film in 2013, vintage motifs and delicate lace designs have taken over the wedding world. At Ananya, 2014 will be the year of pearl embellishments! Sweet pearls give an elegant and feminine touch to your stationery and set the tone for a luxurious celebration. Pearls can be hand embellished onto any of the Ananya collections and are a special accent for vintage-style designs. Pick pearls for timeless stationery with a romantic glow in 2014.
No matter what trend you choose, you can’t go wrong with Radiant Orchid, Signature Style or Vintage Luxe in 2014!
Just a few days to go before Valentine’s Day! What does it mean to you this year? Are you hoping to be proposed to? Have you just fallen in love? How will this Valentine’s Day be different? No matter how you choose to celebrate, communicating your love for each other is vital. We all love to know how special we are and how much we are loved. The written word has tremendous impact and it endures – it can be read again and again. Giving your loved one a romantic card is a wonderful way to express exactly what they mean to you. Ananya has created a variety of lovely cards just for that purpose. If you are planning to propose on Valentine’s Day, we have special Proposal cards. We have unusual ways to propose and ask that all important question.
If you’re looking for a card that perfectly conveys your feelings, we have a great selection for you to choose from. Whatever else you give your beloved on Valentine’s Day, always accompany it with a card!
We have also designed 12 Little Letters of Love note cards, perfect as a Valentine’s gift which can then be used throughout the year. These are 12 love messages to slip into her handbag, his briefcase, under her pillow, his wallet – just use your imagination! Love by Surprise!
There are lots of ways to be creative on Valentine’s Day – from baking cute cupcakes and cookies to decorating the home with flowers and hearts. Check out our Pinterest board for some great ideas.
What new and exciting ways have you thought of to celebrate this day, dedicated to love?
Back in your grandmother’s day you just got married.
You’d have chosen a fairly traditional white dress, probably with a bit of lace in it. A veil and possibly a tiara if you wanted a bit of sparkle.
Your brideroom would have worn a new lounge suit or morning coat with a smart tie.
Your cake would probably have been a traditional three tier – either square or round, with each tier propped up by decorative pillars.
Flowers? Probably roses, carnations and gysophilia.
In addition, the wedding was likely to have been held in the morning, with a wedding breakfast afterwards and the bride and bridegroom departing for their honeymoon at sometime in the afternoon.
Fast forward to 2014 and it’s all change.
Nowdays more and more brides decide to have a wedding theme and we’ve seen all sorts. Woodland themes, superhero themes, festival themes, Cadbury purple themes… you think of it and a bride has probably done it.
But is all that theming really necessary? Are you as a bride in danger of overcomplicating things when really your grandmother had it just right?
Well, a theme can be as simple or as complicated as you wish. And really, if you have a theme, no matter how basic, it can actually help you with your wedding planning.
To give you an example, the simplest theme you can really choose is a colour you like. It could be a soft blush pink or a vibrant emerald green.
Use the colour for your wedding stationery, your bridesmaids dresses, in your wedding flowers, your table decorations, your table plan, the sashes you have around your chairs … you get the idea.
If you’d like to take matters a little further you could explore a countryside or vintage wedding theme. Vintage could be a nod to the film of The Great Gatsby. Think Art Deco style invitations, a wedding dress with a flapper style, jewelled headbands …
If you’re more of a boho type and you’re having a wedding in the countryside, then you could give it a festival theme. Consider having a live band to play the music at your party afterwards, scatter haybales around for guests to sit on whilst they watch the show, serve a hog roast, place festival flags around the marquee …
Over the last few years, brides have opted to have a wedding theme because in fact, it’s a way to really personalise your big day and show who ‘you’ are. The old-fashioned formal way was fine, but didn’t allow brides and grooms to show much individuality.
Now at a wedding, the bridegroom can turn up in a sharp new coloured suit and it’s par for the course (and if you’re getting married, why not invest in the suit you’ve always wanted, rather than a morning coat you’re unlikely to wear ever again.)
From the moment your wedding invitation drops through a guest’s letterbox, you’re making a statement about who you are and what your big day will be like.
Having a theme doesn’t have to cost you more money either. In fact DIY wedding days are becoming more and more popular. Brides are creating their own table centrepieces, wedding favours and venue decorations. (My only advice would be give yourself plenty of time and not underestimate how long all this will take you).
So – there are pros of having a wedding theme, and not many cons really. Just think of a theme you like, consider how much time and effort you can give it to working it through every aspect of your big day and then just go for it.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 31st, bringing with it a shift in energy and influences for a whole year as represented by the symbolism of the horse. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in the Chinese year, and ends with the Lantern Festival on February 14th, coinciding this year with Valentine’s Day!
The yin, female energy of the snake changes to the high yang energy represented by the horse. The horse has been a much loved animal in China over the centuries, helping to win battles due to its strength and speed. It is therefore considered fortunate and thought to bring success.
The horse also symbolises nobility, intelligence and social aptitude. Admired for its free spirit, strength and speed, it is competitive, action oriented and represents freedom and adventure.
Celebrating the Chinese New Year
- This is a time for families to come together and celebrate. Remembering and honouring members of the family who have died is also very important
- Presents are bought and exchanged and new clothes worn
- Houses are thoroughly cleaned as a way to sweep out negativity and bad luck from the previous year, and making way for fresh, new energy and good luck
- Lights and lanterns are hung outside homes. Doors and windows are often painted in red and decorations in red and gold are hung on the doors with messages of good fortune. Red is considered a lucky colour as it scares away bad fortune, and gold represents wealth
- Younger members of the family are given red ‘lucky envelopes’ to pass on prosperity
The Year of the Horse in Fashion
Never letting an opportunity pass to impress and seduce the label conscious Chinese consumers, global brands have been busy designing special Year of the Horse products.
Here are some examples:
Even RollsRoyce has added the Horse to its horse power!
Not to be left behind, Ananya too, has been putting its creative juices to work and have designed some spirited Chinese New Year greeting cards. Generous use of the ever favoured red colour symbolises luck, happiness and good fortune. Wonderful designs full of blessings to send to friends and loved ones!
What Year of the Horse designs have you seen incorporated in fashion?
So congratulations. He’s popped the question and you’re getting married.
Here’s a list of 10 things that you should be considering from the word go. (And if you’re a bride-to-be and have any tips to add, please let us know by adding a comment in the box below.)
What To Do When You Get Engaged
- Set a date. It sounds obvious but until you’ve set a date you really can’t get on with planning any aspect of your wedding as the time of year you get married (and the location) is going to have a major effect on the venue you choose, what you wear, the flowers you use for decoration, the colours you want to feature … so diaries out and set a date to work with.
- Next on your list should be setting a budget. And keeping it. You really don’t want to overspend and your budget may determine your wedding date … if you want to save up, you could decide to wait a bit longer to get married.
- Book a venue. If you want to, you can hold your nerve and book a venue very last minute but really, all the best venues get booked up well in advance, particularly on Saturdays in the summer months. Remember it can be cheaper to get married on a Wednesday and also you may find more availability for your chosen venue in the winter months.
- Consider using an online wedding planning tool which will help you to sort out your guestlist, budget and to do list. You can also find wedding planning tools as an app, so you can get organised whilst on the move.
- Once you’ve set a date, you should also book a photographer. Have a look at some wedding blogs of real weddings to see the style of photography that suits you. Reportage is very popular just now but you may want something a little more traditional and old school.
- Ask your friends if they’ll be your bridesmaids. They’ll need to put the date in their diaries!
- Send out save-the-date cards. If you’re getting married in the summer, or at Christmas, people have an annoying habit of being away on holiday! Ananya has some beautiful save the date cards to choose from.
- Pinterest is a fabulous place to set up a moodboard to plan your wedding. You can make boards of wedding dresses, wedding cakes, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, venues … it’s great fun, addictive and best of all, it gathers all your thoughts together in one place.
- Okay. The dress. You may already have ideas of how you’d like to look but all the top designers say that you should really keep an open mind. Try on a dress you may not have considered and it may surprise you. If you want to save some money, keep an eye out for wedding dress designer sample sales which can save you hundreds of pounds on your dream dress.
- Book your caterer. As before, the good caterers book up in advance and by booking ahead, you’ll find you have a lot more choice in the matter.
Perhaps most importantly of all, remember to enjoy planning your wedding! It’s a wonderful time, so don’t get stressed out about it. Just relax and try to stay calm.
Have you any wedding planning tips to share with us? Any advice you found invaluable? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Credits: Top image via Pinterest; Mint and peach image by Victoria Grech Photography with styling by Pocketful of Dreams and stationery by Ananya; Peacock theme image designed by Vivah Weddings with stationery by Ananya; Indian Wedding image by Sanjay D Gohil photography; Summer Wedding in Jersey image by Natalie Mayer Photography with stationery by Ananya; Floral bouquet via Project Wedding
The word Christmas conjures up a host of feelings and memories, sights and sounds; from mulled wine to mince pies, office parties to wrapping presents. Beyond the outward festivities and activities, however, Christmas is a time for families, for connecting, for giving and receiving. It is a chance for families to come closer, for businesses to thank employees and colleagues.
Christmas also brings out our sense of compassion, our need to help those who deserve a helping hand – a time for generosity and contributing to others in whatever way we can.
As Christmas draws closer, the excitement is palpable – how are your preparations coming along? How many things on your list still remain to be ticked off?
The shops are decked in all their finery, every shop window beckoning us with its best offerings while sparkling street lights make us feel as if we have been transported into a fairy tale.
At Ananya, we love Christmas; the bright colours, the scents and aromas, the beautiful displays which make all our senses come alive. The excitement of Christmas is reflected in our Christmas cards, which are full of colour and vibrancy. While using the traditional symbols of Christmas, like Christmas trees, snowflakes, baubles and stars, we have added our own unique interpretations and combinations to the traditional symbols, making them contemporary, bright and beautiful. Keeping in touch with friends and family, especially those who are far, or those you are not likely to meet is so important at Christmas. Have you sent out your cards yet?
All of us at Ananya wish you a wonderful Christmas and all best wishes for 2014.
What is Diwali?
One of the most well known and loved Hindu festivals, Diwali meaning a ‘row of lighted lamps’ is approaching. Better known as the ‘Festival of Lights’, it is generally acknowledged to symbolise the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil. To represent this, small earthenware oil lamps are placed around windows of homes and shops and places of worship.
Legends and reasons behind the celebrations
- The Hindu Lord Rama returned from fourteen years of exile after the defeat of Ravana; the citizens of Ayodhya, overjoyed at his return, illuminated the entire city with earthen lamps
- Goddess Lakshmi’s (goddess of wealth) birthday. People start the new business year at Diwali, with blessings beings sought and prayers said to Lakshmi for a successful year. They light lamps to help Lakshmi find her way into their homes
- For those of the Jain faith, Mahavir, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism, attained nirvana on Diwali day
- The third Sikh Guru Amar Das made Diwali a day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Guru’s blessings
- In Nepal, Diwali celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura
- In Bengal, Diwali is associated with the goddess Kali. Kali is known to destroy evil and fights for justice. Through prayers, people seek her blessings for happiness, prosperity and protection against hardships
Preparing and celebrating
- Spring cleaning is a must as a way to usher in new energy into your environment
- It’s a great time to go shopping, especially for clothes and jewellery. Wearing new clothes during Diwali is a must for those who can afford it
- Decorate the entrance to your home or business with a colourful motif called ‘rangoli’. This bright and vibrant design welcomes Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and of course, your friends and family
- Make sweets, snacks, and savouries to offer friends and relatives who come to visit. These are traditional offerings for Diwali and are also sent as gifts
- Light small lamps or tea lights at night around the home. These lamps symbolise inner light which dispels darkness and brings inner peace
- Get together with friends and family, light fireworks and have a blast
- Send Diwali cards to friends and relatives, especially those who you will not be able to meet in person. Keeping in touch is extremely important at Diwali.
Ananya has a wonderful array of bright, colourful Diwali cards to pick from; you’re sure to find the right ones for all your friends and family.
Check out our Diwali Pinterest board for more ideas and images.
Diwali greetings from all at Ananya!
When Halloween comes around on 31st October, we know that winter is setting in and that we’re coming up to the end of Autumn.
Kids love dressing up in Halloween costumes and going off ‘Trick or Treating’ with their friends and parents. Halloween costumes can be cute – like a pumpkin outfit. Or scary – think Dracula or a witch. Although you don’t have to wear a scary outfit at all if you don’t want to – there are plenty of kids going around dressed as Snow White or one of the Incredibles.
You can buy some great Halloween costumes online, like this Lady Dracula number from Marks & Spencer. But if you’re feeling a little more imaginative, making a Halloween costume is a creative way to spend time with the kids.
This cobweb spider cape discovered via Martha Stewart is really easy and inexpensive to make and very creepy!
If you’re going out trick or treating in a group or waiting for it to get dark, you’re going to want to feed your hordes of ghosts, vampires and zombies beforehand – because afterwards all they are going to want to do is get stuck into all the sweets and treats they’ve amassed in their goodie bags.
This soup (recipe via BBC Food) is suitably green. Serve up before you go off and you’ll know the kids have got something substantial and healthy in their tummies to keep them going.
This recipe for ghost cakes made from marshmallows (again via BBC Food) is easy and another way of spending time creatively and productively with young children.
Luxury grocer Fortnum & Mason have some fabulous Halloween goodies. If you’re looking for a Halloween gift, Fortnum’s are famous for hampers and have produced some especially for Halloween with suitably scary contents.
Carved pumpkins lit up with candles are the traditional way of decorating the outside of your house for Halloween (apparently it also lets people know you’re happy to be visited for trick or treating). However, it’s not always as easy as it might seem to craft a really good pumpkin face. Yet again, Martha Stewart comes to the rescue with an easy to follow guide on how to carve a pumpkin and templates for different scary face designs that you can copy.
A great place to look for inspiration for Halloween is our Pinterest board on which we’ve collected together some images which have caught our imaginations.
You might not always be able to get together with friends and family for Halloween in which case it is a perfect time to send a greetings card. Ananya has some beautifully designed Halloween cards for you to send and they could also double up as Halloween invitations if you’re planning on having a party. Here’s one we have produced for a wedding.
We’re looking out for Halloween costumes to feature on our Facebook page – so if you’re making one you’re really proud of we’d love to see a photo!
Tired of attending weddings lacking any imagination? Stumped on how to give your wedding the all important “wow” factor? Why not plan your wedding based on your favourite movie! Movies make fantastic inspiration for fun and fabulous celebrations.
At Ananya, we love a good movie themed wedding! The roaring 20s has always been a popular theme for parties and weddings, but no more so than in 2013 with the release of The Great Gatsby. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby depicts the glamour, luxury and extravagance of the time period. This is the perfect theme for modern brides wanting a bit of old world opulence and sophistication.
Your invitation is the first glimpse your guests will receive of your wedding, so make sure to incorporate the theme early. We’ve designed the striking Gatsby Glamour collection for our fab, flapper brides.
Why not make your big day extra memorable by creating a bespoke monogram design? At Ananya, we create personalised monograms, which are wonderful keepsakes from your wedding and can be used on all manner of things to remind you of your happy day. Here is a Gatsby inspired wedding invitation with a monogram of the couple’s initials at the top.
All little girls dream about their fairytale weddings- many of which aspiring to be a true princess on their big day. This is why movies make great ready-made wedding themes. Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska as The Mad Hatter and Alice, was a huge hit in 2010. Being inspired by Alice would make your wedding day a quirky and creative affair that no one could forget! We designed the Queen of Hearts collection for our fun loving brides who aren’t ready to give up their childhood dreams.
Remember, movie magic doesn’t just come from Hollywood. As 2013 celebrates the 100 year anniversary of Bollywood, we have created this limited edition Bollywood Bliss collection of stationery. This collection brings the glitz while allowing you to showcase your culture.
No matter what movie you choose, remember to stay true to yourself and make your wedding memorable in your own way. Just don’t forget hand embellished crystals on your stationery for an extra spark of magic on the big day!
Pack A Punch With Buntings; We Show You How
Perfect for setting the scene at a wedding, buntings have become hugely popular as a way to add that all important personalised element. With a diverse range of uses and materials from which to craft buntings, you can use them to tell a story, display a symbolic message, or have the bride and groom’s names, as we show you how.
A big display of buntings will look dramatic in a large space, while small ones can stand on guest tables, and even on top of the wedding cake! Easy to put up, they can even be used as decoration for the bridal room. With the incredible choice of colours, fonts, textures and materials available, the possibilities are truly endless!
We at Ananya are all about personalising wedding stationery and below we show you how to create ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ buntings using our template. It’s fun and easy to do, and should get your creative juices flowing to add your own unique touch and flair!
Each bunting template is A5 in size and so there are two templates per A4 piece of paper.
– Download the templates and print on white cardstock.
– Cut around the templates.
– Using a hole punch, punch 2 holes along each corner of the top of the bunting templates (where instructed).
– Using a long piece of string, thread through each bunting template, adding knots after each hole as you go along to keep each of the templates in place.
– Carry on doing this until you have a sufficient length of bunting.
Please click on the links below to download your wedding bunting PDFs.
Enjoy! Please do send us some photographs of how you have used the bunting…we would love to see them!
Choosing your theme or colour scheme for your wedding day is a critical decision as it will set the tone for the entire occasion. Many fashionista brides gather their inspiration from the latest looks on the catwalk. From the dress to the stationery, every aspect of your big day can be customised to resemble your favourite designer’s creative vision.
At Ananya, we pride ourselves on creating dynamic wedding stationery that is on point with the current fashion trends. However, it’s important to remember that this is your wedding and your stationery should truly represent your style. You don’t have to go overboard as there are easy ways to bring to life your favourite runway looks in your stationery. Here we will give you some fun tips on how to reinterpret a key fashion trend, turning simple stationery into haute couture works of art.
Following the colour schemes used by designers is an easy way to show your wedding stationery is on trend for the season. Deeply saturated blue was the hottest shade showcased on the New York runways for A/W 2013. Michael Kors, Lacoste and Marc by Marc Jacobs all incorporated the electric colour into their collections. We love following fashion colour palettes and created these vibrant designs. Plus, they make the perfect Borrowed Blue!
Adapting fabrics and textures into designs is another fun way to make your stationery stand out. At Paris Fashion Week, feathers were all the rage at Louis Vuitton and Alexander McQueen. For the extremely bold bride, feathers can be adorned onto the stationery to truly capture this look. However, if you want to keep it simple, we recommended using feather designs on the invitations. We recreated this trend in our pretty Peacock feather stationery.
Lastly, Baroque designs and styling were commanding the catwalks in Milan at Just Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana. This theme can be shown through black and gold colour contrasts as well as traditional Baroque patterns. This is a great theme for modern brides who want a bit of old world glamour. Here are more options on how to revitalise this trend into your stationery.
No matter what theme or colour scheme you decide on, remember that embellishments are the most important accessories for your stationery. Glamourous sparkles exude luxury and transform your simple stationery into one-of-a-kind works of art. Our love affair with embellishments will continue to dazzle us into the autumn and winter seasons. Whether you choose a subtle hint of sparkle or a completely bejeweled invitation, it will definitely reflect the splendour of your big day!
Remember, your stationery is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will receive. It is important to set your theme early and continue it throughout all the wedding preparations. If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed, just look to your favourite designers for inspiration to be on trend for A/W 13.
Make Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, memorable and innovative by using some creative ways to add your own stamp to the celebrations or give imaginative gifts. At Ananya, we have done some research and offer you some simple, easy, yet effective suggestions.
1. Personalised Place Settings with a Difference
Each place setting uses an apple adorned with a golden leaf on which is written the guest’s name. This is what you will need:
- Heavy gold paper or gold cardboard
- hemp or ribbon
- a hole punch
Cut the gold paper into the shape of a leaf, in proportion to the size of the apple. Write the name of your guest on the leaf, make a hole at the base of the leaf and pass the hemp/ribbon through the hole and tie it to the stem of the apple. Do this for each guest and place each apple at the correct place setting. It’s quick and easy and looks elegant! If you want, you can write Shanah Tovah on each leaf and have the adorned apples as a centre piece.
You can also replace the apples with pomegranates, which are symbolic at Rosh Hashanah. For other craft ideas, check out Creative Jewish Mom.
2. Apples and Flowers, a Great Match!
Using apples in your flower arrangements is another novel idea to create drama to your table décor. You will need:
- A clear glass vase – either tall and narrow, square or round
- Some green apples
- Your choice of colourful flowers
If using a tall vase, place some green apples into the vase so they almost fill up the vase, add water, then arrange flowers in an oasis and place them at the top of the vase. The contrast between the green apples and the flowers will be striking! If you don’t want to arrange flowers at the top, simply place small colourful flowers interspersed with apples along the sides of the vase and fill it with water. The apples and flowers together will look beautiful. If you are using a round vase, you can fill it with water and add decorative twining stems around the interior of the vase, add apples up to the top of the vase, then allow some contrasting coloured flowers to float at the top of the vase – again the effect can be stunning! Use your imagination and create something unique!
Source: Project Wedding
3. Apples + Tea Lights = Ambience
So simple and so sweet – it can be used either as a centrepiece, on a sideboard or coffee table. You will need:
- Tea lights
- Knife to carve
Cut out the centre of the apple to make enough space to fit a tea light comfortably in the apple so it is flush with the top. Then light the tea lights at the appropriate time and watch your friends go “wow”!
Source: Style Me Pretty
4. Going Natural
A gift basket with a difference; an English Ash wood foldable basket from sustainable resources in Cumbria is filled with goodies such as delicious luxury dried fruits and nuts, an Israeli wild flower raw honey, a bottle of Chenin Blanc and a wooden honey drizzler. This is a gift oozing with luxury and will last well beyond Rosh Hashanah.
There are also other choices on offer at Ripe Gifts to wish your loved ones Shanah Tovah!
5. Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year
It is a simple gift, but full of meaning at Rosh Hashanah, from International gift wrapping expert Arona Khan. An apple sits atop a bottle of honey, both tied together with raffia with a bow at the top! Apples and honey to usher in a Sweet New Year!
While you may not be able to invite all your friends to your celebrations, you can let them know you remember and appreciate them by sending them a card; either with a gift, or by itself. A hand written card is always welcome. Ananya has a range of beautiful contemporary cards for Rosh Hashanah that are sure to please your friends. Make them feel special – send them a card.
Looking For Rosh Hashanah Cards? Here’s An Elegant Way To Wish Family And Friends A Happy And Healthy New Year!
Rosh Hashanah – the celebration for Jewish New Year – is nearly upon us, falling on 5 September this year.
What Does Rosh Hashanah Mean?
The Jewish New Year – known as Rosh Hashanah – commemorates the creation of the world and lasts for two days.
When greeting one another Jews say “Shanah Tovah” which means “for a good New Year.”
Observant Jews will attend synagogue where one of the rituals for Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram’s horn trumpet. In a special pattern a hundred notes are sounded out. This is something young children particularly look forward to.
After the service, families disperse for a special meal where the theme is sweetness. Families wish one another a “happy and sweet New Year”. Apples are dipped in honey, as a symbol of the sweet New Year that each Jew hopes will follow and sometimes a sweet carrot stew called a ‘Tzimmes’ is served.
The traditional Challah or Hallah bread is served as a round loaf at this time of year, rather than the plaited loaf usually served. This symbolises the circle of life and the year.
Sometimes a pomegranate is placed on the table too. Tradition dictates that a pomegranate holds 613 seeds, which represent each of the commandments a Jew is meant to keep.
Being with family and close friends is a wonderful tradition to keep over Jewish New Year but sometimes this is not always possible. Talking on the phone is lovely, but sending a beautiful Ananya Card for Rosh Hashanah is an elegant way of sending Jewish New Year greetings and messages to far away loved ones.
Our cards have a variety of designs featuring both apples and the tree of life and a message for a sweet new year. You can order the Rosh Hashanah cards online in plenty of time for the end of September – receiving a handwritten card through the post is always a delight.
Here are just some of our designs – you can find the rest on our website.
What do you enjoy best about celebrating Jewish New Year? Have you any special recipes you’d like to share with us? We’d love to feature them!
Autumn/ Winter 2013 Trends
For those couples planning to tie the knot this autumn or winter, it’s time to start planning your stationery. We have some tips we hope you will find valuable. Planning a wedding can be so stressful and confusing in terms of what is in fashion, so we hope our views on the trends we see as being fashionably forward will help.
All Things Lace
The delicacy and intricacy of lace conjures up romance and love and instantly transports us to fantasy land. A sought after wedding look, its creative use has transformed everything from wedding dresses to wedding invitations. This trend shows no signs of abating, and will continue into the autumn and winter. Adaptable to Western as well as Indian weddings, you can make the stationery as regal or as classic as you want with careful choice of colours and embellishments.
Autumnal Colours to Match the Season
Autumn and winter – a time of transition and a change in rhythm is reflected in the colours of nature. Stationery for weddings taking place in the autumn and winter will adopt some of those changing colours such as burnt orange and golden yellow to signify joy, deep red for desire, purple for luxury and restful green for harmony and serenity. Alone or in a combination, nature in all its glorious shades will be on trend, as well as all things rustic. The weather may be getting cooler, but the wedding stationery will be warm and cosy.
Art Deco Effervesces
The revival of art deco due in large part to the buzz surrounding the soon to be released film The Great Gatsby will continue to effervesce into autumn and winter. Wedding stationery will incorporate all the elements that reflect splendour – the colder the weather gets, the louder will be the clamour for glamour.
Embellishments – the Crowning Glory
Embellishments are like jewellery for wedding stationery. That all-important sparkle exudes luxury that transforms and elevates wedding stationery. Our love affair with embellishments will continue to dazzle us into the autumn and winter, whether it’s a subtle hint of sparkle or a fully bejewelled card, it will lift our spirit.
We at Ananya have a wonderful range of fashion forward stationery to meet your needs. Which of these fashion trends best describes your style, and which are you most likely to use?
Just what is a destination wedding exactly?
We’d say that it’s really when you get married abroad somewhere. Maybe somewhere a little exotic… a little unusual.
You might be the type of bride and groom who’d like nothing better than to get married on a white sandy beach, with the warm blue sea lapping at your feet, palm trees shading you from the sun and an azure sky up above.
Or maybe you’re more the type who fancy a wedding in an Italian palazzo? With picture-perfect mountains in the background. Maybe a lake nearby. Delicious food and warm sultry nights.
Whatever you choose, it’s important to get the invitations and save the date cards sent off for your destination wedding as soon as you’ve decided on a date. Whilst it’s lovely for you to get married on distant shores, it probably means that your friends and family will have to make particular plans – and in fact they may decide to make your wedding day the basis of a holiday.
It’s elegant if your invitations reflect the style of your destination wedding and we have some sophisticated stationery options for you to choose. Here below are some invitations we created especially for a wedding in Mexico.
Afterwards, you could send out wedding thank you cards with photographs of the two of you together where you tied the knot.
Top Tips For Your Destination Wedding
1. If you’re marrying somewhere hot, you’ll need to rethink a heavy, detailed wedding frock and consider something lighter – companies like Dessy have specially designed destination bridal gowns that pack without crushing in beautiful, lightweight fabrics.
2. For your flowers, you’ll need to consider what is available locally and what’s in season. There’ll probably be a wedding planner at your venue so talk about the colours and styles that appeal to you. Alternatively you could consider having a jewelled bouquet for the day – something which is certain to become a family heirloom.
3. You’ll also need to think about your hair. A stiff lacquered style would look out of place on a beach – so if you’re set on having an updo consider something less structured, less formal.
4. If you’re marrying on a beach, ditch the heels and go for manicured toes in flats or even flip flops.
5. A long veil won’t really work at a beach wedding – you could however go for a birdcage veil or just accessorise your hair with flowers.
Take a look at the Ananya Cards destination weddings board on Pinterest for some more ideas.
Are you having a destination wedding? Where are you planning on going?
Photo credits: Top image via Couples Resorts. Couple on lake via Best Wedding Away.
Every year brings subtle and sometimes not so subtle changes in fashion. In clothing it might be the length of a skirt or a particular fabric.
Colour often dictates a changing trend. Think of the 1970s and browns and oranges spring to mind. For the 1980s it’s royal blues, hot pink and metallic highlights.
At Ananya we notice emerging styles and modes and use them to inspire our stationery.
The year 2013 has brought some particularly vibrant colour palettes and ‘looks’ which are on trend but timeless.
If you check our YouTube channel you can watch our film ‘Wedding Stationery Trends for 2013’ which shows the array of shades, designs and options brides and grooms can choose from in our wedding stationery collection for this year. (We’ll be adding other informative stationery videos to the site soon.)
Vaishali Shah talks about her favourite 2013 stationery style – Emerald Green (which is Pantone’s colour of the year) which expresses love, oneness, balance, renewal and regeneration.
Green is also a very easy colour to adapt to a couple’s personality. It can be either cool and serene or majestic and dynamic.
Another look that is going to be key in 2013 is the 1920’s – with the new film of the Great Gatsby launching. This decade makes its appearance in our 1920’s inspired wedding stationery with dusky pinks, greens and bold, geometric attention-grabbing detail.
Ananya’s stationery designs have an exotic opulence and the East Meets West collection shows this to perfection. Luxury brands like Chanel and Boucheron have picked up on this and designed ranges which reflect this fascination. Ananya depicts this East/West fusion with gemstone colours, rich shades … sheer opulence.
If you’re looking for something particularly personal to you, then investigate the options of commissioning a personalised monogram for your wedding day or some stationery featuring photography of you as a couple.
Whatever the wedding stationery trend you find most appealing, you’ll be delighted with the ‘feel’ of our stationery and the sumptuous impression it gives.
Watch our YouTube stationery trends for 2013 video to get the full picture.
Holi, the Festival of Colours, a Celebration of Spring: 27th March 2013
As this most vibrant and fun-filled festival approaches, we are thrilled to have Phillipe Brown, founder of bespoke travel company Brown + Hudson reminisce about India’s most colourful celebration.
Brown + Hudson is a luxury travel company renowned for their bespoke, exquisitely crafted travel experiences tailored to your personal style. Like Ananya, they have a passion for what they do; they create experiences that are completely centred around you, reflecting your interests, taste, concerns and even quirks. Luxury, bespoke and memorable are what both Brown + Hudson and Ananya stand for.
Ananya’s colourful cards embody all the exuberance and joy of this fun festival.
Phillipe Brown reminisces….
I first experienced the sheer joy and craziness of Holi about 20 years ago. It was the day I arrived in Udaipur. I remember it vividly. How could I not? My clothes were colourfully ruined and my hair dyed a chic blend of pink and purple. In many ways the magnificent occasion left a rare and beautiful impression of India that will stay with my clothes and I forever.
Holi reminds me of face painting as a kid; and as a big one myself it’s my favourite festival. There isn’t a more vibrant, inner-child releasing celebration than the ‘Festival of Colours’. I love India’s traditions. Like the country they’re a melting pot of everything colourful from the food, to the dance, to music and awe-inspiring ceremonies. Holi is a 48 hour festival of frolics and sheer uninhibited fun. People of all classes, ages and religions ambush each other with ‘gulal’ and ‘abil’ paint in what must be the world’s messiest party.
I seem to recall a drunken chapatti seller telling me that Holi began as a celebration of the Hindu ‘Holika and Prahlad’ legend – the ultimate tale of good triumphing evil where Lord Vishnu repeatedly saves Holika’s life in reward for her devotion. Bearing in mind his state it sounded fairly convincing. Someone else told me of another legend involving a dark-skinned Young Krishna who became envious of his beloved Radha’s lighter skin so he covered her face with bright powder. Elsewhere I read that he was just a prankster who liked nothing more than splashing coloured water over milkmaids.
Whatever its origins, nowadays it’s all about dancing, singing, gifts, parties and bonfires; basically, anything goes and the phrase ‘Boora na mano, Holi hai,’ (Don’t mind, it’s Holi!) is the motto to live by. You’ll be drenched by purple water balloons, and in turn can return the favour to perfect strangers without fear of consequences – other than being drenched back. To this day whenever my niece’s finger paintings wind up covering her face and hair, my mind wanders to that day in Udaipur 20 years ago.
To see for yourself, check out Xavier Zimbardo’s brilliant video. It’ll whet your appetite (or at least add colour to a grey day).
For further information, please visit brownandhudson.com
Passover : A Celebration of Freedom – 25th March to 2nd April
The story of the Exodus tells how God helped the Israelites escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves. The 10th plague was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were told to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and that would be the sign for God to ‘pass over’ the first-borns in these Jewish homes.
The freed Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). To commemorate this, no leavened bread is eaten during Passover. This is why Passover is also called “The Festival of the Unleavened Bread”, and ‘matzo’, an unleavened flatbread made solely from flour and water is eaten during the festival.
On the evening before Passover begins, a special service called a ‘seder’ takes place over a meal with family and friends in the home.
The ‘seder’ plate consists of:
- A lamb bone
- A roasted egg
- A green vegetable to dip in salt water
- Bitter herbs made from horseradish
- ‘Charoset’ (a paste of chopped apples, walnuts and wine)
On the table, there are three ‘matzos’ (unleavened bread) on top of each other. At the start of the ‘seder’, the middle ‘matzo’ is broken and the largest piece is hidden. Children look for this hidden piece, and the one who finds it gets a small prize.
Four glasses of wine are drunk to represent the four expressions of freedom from slavery. An extra cup of wine is placed on the table and the door is left open for prophet Elijah who the Jews believe will reappear at Passover to announce the coming of the Messiah.
We’ve found some desserts not usually associated with Passover – people love experimenting with new, tempting ways to make Passover dessert!
Chocolate cupcake with raspberry frosting
Saffron cake with lemon-fig compote
Matzo chocolate-mint ice cream cake
Here’s one we found that matches our Passover cards.
Reciting the Story
During the meal, the story of the exodus from Egypt is read aloud from a special text called the ‘Haggadah’, and rituals that correspond to aspects of the story are performed. Everyone takes part in reading the ‘Haggadah’. Children play an important role in the ‘seder’ and the youngest child recites four questions from the book which ask what distinguishes this special night from all other nights, and the father answers the questions.
The story of Passover has a positive and inspiring message; that one can find freedom from bondage, and that the future can be better than the present.
Our Passover cards set the right tone for this significant festival, celebrated by Jews all over the world. Remember to send cards to your near and dear ones this Passover.
The team at Ananya wish all our Jewish friends and colleagues a very Happy Passover!
Just a few days to go before Valentine’s Day! What does it mean to you this year? Are you hoping to be proposed to? Have you just fallen in love? How will this Valentine’s Day be different? What new and exciting ways have you thought of to celebrate this day, dedicated to love?
No matter how you choose to celebrate, communicating your love for each other is vital. We all love to know how special we are and how much we are loved. The written word has tremendous impact and it endures – it can be read again and again. Giving your loved one a beautiful card is a wonderful way to express exactly what they mean to you. Ananya has created a variety of lovely cards just for that purpose. If you are planning to propose on Valentine’s Day, we have special Proposal cards. As we had shown previously, we have unusual ways to propose and ask that all important question.
If you’re looking for a card that perfectly conveys your feelings, we have a great selection for you to choose from. Whatever else you give your beloved on Valentine’s Day, always accompany it with a card!
There are lots of ways to be creative on Valentine’s Day – from baking cute cupakes and cookies to decorating the home with flowers and hearts. Check out our Pinterest board for some great ideas.
What new and exciting ways have you thought of to celebrate this day, dedicated to love?
In a recent survey conducted by Ananya it has revealed that over 92% of gentlemen turn into a big, quivering, emotional wreck the moment they are about to propose and who can blame them?
Gents tend to start the marriage proposal by proclaiming their love for their girlfriend, maybe reminiscing about the time they met, special moments the couple have enjoyed together before landing the big question. But imagine if half way through his planned speech emotions and nerves take over and before you know it a ring is being forced onto your finger without you even hearing those all important words you have been dreaming to hear since you were a little girl; “Will you marry me?”
Well now, we have made it that little bit easier for gents to propose. Our unique new range of proposal cards not only serves an important purpose but they make for a cute keepsake item.
The proposal cards, left blank inside, are designed to help gents pen a meaningful poem, a love story, or maybe some personal sentiments, so no matter how nervous he gets at that all important moment, his new fiancée will always be able to treasure those precious words in a beautiful proposal card.
To make the proposal extra special, we have teamed up with luxury cake supplier GC Couture, who have created stunning proposal cakes ready for Valentine’s Day. Complete with a ‘Will you marry me?’ gift tag and cute dummy ring (which can be replaced with the real sparkler if you want to seal the deal), we reckon there’s only one answer for guys who serve this up for dessert: ‘YES!’
The ‘Pretty Proposal’ cards cost £5 and are available online.
The cost for a cake and card is £55 plus delivery.
How would you like to be proposed to? How were you proposed to? We would love to hear your stories…
The Year of the Snake dawns in the Chinese calendar, and brings with it a whole year of changes and influences represented by the snake. Beginning on 10th February 2013, it is the most important holiday in the Chinese year. Also known as the Spring Festival, it ends with the Lantern Festival on 24th February 2013.
The snake, the symbol of yin, female energy, is enigmatic and full of unspoken mysteries. It is associated with qualities such as influence and insight, intellect, determination and power, and represents material possessions. A symbol of happiness and auspiciousness, the ancient Chinese believed that a snake in the house was a good omen because it meant that the family would always be free from want.
Traditions and Customs for the Chinese New Year
- Cleaning the house thoroughly in order to sweep away any negative energy and making space for good fortune to enter.
- Decorating windows and doors with red coloured paper and poems with themes of wealth, long life and happiness. The colour red is considered auspicious.
- Exchanging presents and giving children money in red paper envelopes.
- Wearing new clothes.
On the eve of the New Year, families come together for a feast. It is a time for reconciliation and letting go of grudges. The night usually ends with fireworks.
At Ananya, we have a fabulous range of Chinese New Year cards for you to choose from, with several designs depicting snake designs using a rich, auspicious red. Remember that although the New Year starts on 10th February, the Year of the Snake lasts the entire year, so feel free to send cards any time during the year.
How will you be celebrating the Year of the Snake? Have you checked out our Chinese New Year Pinterest board for some unusual ideas?
From high street stores to elite fashion houses, designers worldwide have been seduced by the bold and dramatic combination of black and gold. The 2012 fall collections glitter with imaginative interpretations of these two strong colours that inject much needed razzle-dazzle into the colder and shorter days of winter.
Not only clothes, but accessories of all kinds are receiving the black and gold treatment. From Jimmy Choo with gold suede shoes to Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci’s black and gold jewellery, to Giorgio Armani’s handbags, black and gold are the colours of choice.
Old is gold, and baroque is experiencing a grand revival. Mixing textures and patterns, embroidery on tapestry designs, dark velvets with ornate patterns in sparkling sequins – unapologetically opulent , exotic and festive, it’s right on cue as the festive season gets warmed up.
Ananya’s wedding and events stationery captures this black and gold fever to perfection. Our black and gold wedding invitation looks stunning alongside GC Couture’s 7 tiered wedding cake; each layer defined by a striking black and gold lace, and a swathe of gold-centred white flowers draped around the cake – a perfect match.
What black and gold faves have found their way into your heart and home?
They are just some of the fabulous creations of wedding cakes designer Abigail Bloom of The Abigail Bloom Cake Company. We are delighted to introduce our first guest blogger Abigail who will share some ideas that are sure to inspire you and help you incorporate your wedding theme into your wedding cake. As with Ananya’s stationery, Abigail’s cakes, whether bespoke or off the peg are visually beautiful, sumptuous and synonymous with luxury. Abigail talks to us about winter wedding cakes.
Over to you Abigail…
“Coming up to the winter season you may be in the early stages of planning a wedding for winter 2013 or even in the late stages for this year. Our diaries are looking fabulously busy for 2013 and if you love the winter, then it is a great time to be able to reflect these colours and themes in your wedding.
Whether you are just using hints of silver, or you or going full throttle with snowflakes and icicles galore, your theme can be reflected in your cake design and cake table. The use of Gypsophelia between the tiers of a simple white wedding cake can not only work very well, but help keep your costs down. Gatherings of piped pearls on tiers can reflect icicles in your design, or perhaps you love the idea of your cake covered in sugar snowflakes.
There are many winter themes, but the one we love most is the winter vintage glamour theme, with fake fur white wraps, diamante and pearl jewellery, a white and silver theme with hints of blue or black – stunning old world glamour. Whatever your design, off the peg or bespoke don’t forget a cake stand! A cake stand will help display the cake perfectly, whether your cake is contemporary in design and fits well with a white china cake stand, or you prefer the more traditional cake design and a stunning elegant silver cake stand to complement. Don’t forget to make sure your table is covered with a beautiful white linen tablecloth and for those with a real eye for detail – an ironed one!
Final ideas to help reflect your winter theme could include fake snow tree cones covered in fake snow, couple’s initials in white wood or silver that can be later used as book end or how about the theme of the moment – a bird cage entwined with fairly lights and the table adorned in tea lights. Any of these ideas will really help your cake table be a fabulous talking point for your big day.”
For more information on The Abigail Bloom Cake Company and the new 2013 collection, please visit the website.
Ananya’s Winter Wonderland collection captures all the magic and glamour of a winter wedding. Whether your preference is for soft and shimmery or bright and colourful, all the designs have an exotic look and offer tantalising colour combinations.
What theme are you planning for your wedding? If you are having a winter wedding, please let us know what colours you are using and what style cake you have chosen.
If you’re planning a wedding and looking for inspiration then there are some great websites around that offer free advice, hints and tips. Amongst our favourites are Style Me Pretty, Wedbits and of course the unsurpassed Martha Stewart Weddings (which is where today’s idea has come from).
This wedding guest book ticks all the boxes. It’s made up of individual envelopes into which guests slide a personally written card. It’s decorative, elegant and easy to put together. Your guests can put a private message into the envelope, draw a picture (or perhaps even pop in a cheque!)
You need very few materials – this is one wedding idea that looks like a million dollars but actually costs very little.
Materials Needed To Create Your DIY Wedding Guest Book
Paper doilies in different sizes and shapes
Strong paper glue (Pritt sticks work well)
Putting It All Together
- Using the Pritt stick, glue the doiles to the scrapbook pages. This creates an attractive ‘frame’ for the envelopes.
- Next, glue the front of the envelopes and attach them to the scrapbook page on top of the doilies – flap side facing up.
- At your wedding reception, set up your wedding guest table with a sign showing the guests how to use the scrapbook. Encourage them to take a blank card, write a message and insert into the envelope. If they want to keep it really personal they can seal the envelope.
Remember, you can buy different coloured envelopes and doilies to match up with any wedding colour theme you may be using. You could go the classic route and just offer black ink to write in – alternatively you might like to experiment with coloured or metallic pens.
Whatever you choose, you’ll end up with a highly individual wedding guestbook that is sure to cause plenty of favourable comment.
Check out the Ananya Pinterest page
If you’re looking for wedding inspiration, visit our Wedding boards on Pinterest where we’re gathering together a treasure trove of visual ideas.
Credits: Top image via Martha Stewart Weddings; idea and photograph of purple wedding guestbook by Project Wedding, wish cards by Ananya created especially for Kalyn & Todd’s wedding day. Thanks for sharing!
Planning on getting married in the Spring? Looking for a wedding theme? Then you really need to look no further than the colours that Nature can offer you.
Spring Wedding Colours
Marry in March, April and the early part of May and you’ll be surrounded by inspiration. Just think of yellow primroses in the hedgerows; green and golden daffodils waving their trumpet heads in the grass; pink blossom on the trees; scented blue hyacinths.
Springtime colours work together beautifully and create a natural palette of shades to choose from that are perfect for a wedding.
Your wedding cake could be a delicate primrose yellow, like this one from The Abigail Bloom Cake Company.
You can also order wedding stationery designed to your personal design – this might be the perfect time to commission a monogram for you as a couple.
Have you created a moodboard for your wedding day yet? It’s a great place to gather together all your thoughts; put together ideas for dresses, shoes, invitations, flowers, a venue ….
Have a look at the Ananya Weddings moodboard on Pinterest. Plenty of inspiration for you there. Follow us to keep up with our latest finds.
You’ll also find a free moodboard tool at Dessy which is really easy to use. You just drag the images you like onto it and play about until you have a Spring wedding theme that you’re happy with.
Think bridesmaid dresses and accessories in fresh, springtime colours …
What colours have you chosen for your wedding theme? Are you letting the season inspire you or do you have another idea? Maybe a hot pink wedding? Or country garden theme? We’d love you to share your wedding thoughts on our Facebook page and post a photograph!
Photo credits: Flower images (from top) Beauty & The Groom, Emma Lappin, Vogue Blog, G Lily. Wedding cake by Abigail Bloom Cake Company. Wedding invitations by Ananya. Green moodboard, bridesmaid dresses and accessories by Dessy.
Such is the enduring allure of India that time and again, top fashion and beauty houses have kept being drawn to its vast treasure chest of multi-faceted heritage for inspiration. India has never failed to deliver!
More than a hundred years ago Louis Boucheron, the French jeweller, had travelled to Rajasthan to purchase gems for his designs. Recently, Boucheron launched a fragrance in the shape of a bracelet called Jaipur Bracelet, in a soft pink bottle inspired by the ‘Pink City,’ Jaipur.
Clarins, the Paris based company has a new line of cosmetics called Enchanted, inspired by the Hindu festival of colours called Holi, with each colour named after cities in India. Chanel, too, has created a limited edition line of cosmetics called Bombay Express de Chanel. The colours were given Indian names such as Diwali for a nail shade in gold. Diwali is the Indian ‘festival of lights’. These cosmetics were designed for Karl Lagerfeld’s pre-fall 2012 collection called the Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art show, which was inspired by sumptuous Indian fabrics, sparkling with embellishments.
Aveda, which has worked with Ayurvedic doctors for decades, recently launched a new line of products for thinning hair called Invati (the Sanskrit for ‘invigorate’) which has become their best-selling hair care system globally.
The beauty of India’s heritage is that it can be adapted to fit perfectly into the modern context, making the ancient relevant and contemporary. This is what Ananya understands and excels at. Our Eastern heritage and on-going research allows us to create personal stationery, wedding stationery and greeting cards that have their essence rooted in the past, but have a very on trend appeal. Ananya offers exotic and contemporary designs to the discerning, cosmopolitan individual who is looking for a modern interpretation on an ancient culture.
What aspects of India have most impressed you? Do you use any Indian inspired products?
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Ananya is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for the Wedding Industry Expert Best Invitations Award!
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If you’re planning a party, it’s a great idea to have a moodboard in place.
Weddings, Barmitzvahs, Baby Showers, Anniversaries … All need a Moodboard
A moodboard helps you to gather your ideas together. You can collate colours, venues, accessories, clothes, flowers, foods. A good place to find ideas is Pinterest, which lets you cherry pick from other moodboards people have put together to add to your own.
Interior designers have long known the worth of moodboards and when designing a new room or new ‘look’ for the house of a client put together a moodboard of colours, furniture, settings … it’s a great place to gather thoughts in one place. Rather like a digital scrapbook.
We’ve put together some of our stationery in different colours so you can add it to a moodboard you are creating. We’ve also added some other images to get you thinking … and if you’ve any moodboards you’d like to share with us please do so on the Ananya Facebook page. We’d love to see your ideas too … We will be running a moodboard competition in the near future to win Ananya stationery, so keep a look out.
We hope these moodboards have got you thinking. At Ananya we can design a bespoke invitation for you although if you look at our website, we think you’ll find our designs very varied and certainly very colourful. Let us know if there are any colours we’ve missed!
Photo credits: Orchid image via Project Wedding, purple shoes by Aruna Seth, tent by Raj Tent Club, wedding table idea via Project Wedding, orange gerberas via You & Your Wedding, orange one shoulder dress by Dessy.
Take Stirling Castle, a Scottish bridegroom, an Indian/Scottish bride, tartan, henna and you have all the elements for a multicultural wedding…
Sheila and Nigel met at work as lawyers and got engaged during an energetic treking holiday in Nepal, where Nigel secretly lugged a bottle of champagne and glasses around in a rucksack, waiting for the perfect romantic moment. Nigel said that Sheila’s ‘yes’ was the most significant and happy word ever said to him …. sigh
Tartan, Kilts, Henna And Choosing A Bridal Gown
Sheila’s grandparents were Goan and she wanted to incorporate aspects of Indian culture into her big day and decided to wear a modern lengha after visiting a couple of Indian bridal shows. She picked out the colours of Nigel’s kilt in her blue turquoise scarf and had henna designs painted on her hands and feet.
Orange and red calla lilies made up Sheila’s bridal bouquet and she continued the bright Indian colours with her stationery, which Ananya was delighted to provide.
Paisley, Pink And Turquoise Wedding Invitations
Of course, with an Indian Scottish wedding theme, Ananya had to create a wedding invitation with paisley in a dazzling turquoise – perfectly combining the two cultures. Hot pink continued the theme and the wedding guests were very complimentary about the cards they received, loving the rich colours and the embossed texture. Sheila comments “I couldn’t imagine having a gilt edged cream invite, it’s just not me. My Ananya invitation cards were beautifully contemporary.”
The couple made the day very much theirs in other ways. As it was an evening wedding, Sheila and Nigel didn’t feel a cake was necessary and instead extended the canapes and drinks, as that had always been their favourite part of weddings.
Stirling Castle was the most beautiful backdrop and wedding venue and lent a magnificence to the whole day, as you can tell from these photographs … (click on the image to see it in full size)