Something Made design and make luxury wedding stationery, combining the sculptural qualities of origami with intricate graphic patterns. The result is gorgeous bespoke wedding stationery which is wonderfully detailed but with a modern sharp focus, both in colour and design.
Something Made’s wedding stationery has such a great vibe that will suit so many wedding styles and themes. Let them create a full suite of stationery for you from save the dates, right through to on the day stationery and thank you cards. What a wonderful way to set the tone and feel for your wedding.
So, calling all style conscious couples out there, you really do need to check out Something made and we’ll hand you straight over to Rachel now to tell you more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I’m Rachel and I’m one half of Something Made. We design and make luxury wedding and event stationery – we love to combine the sculptural qualities of origami, balanced with intricate graphic patterns and crisp typography.
My business partner, Ali, and I are both architecturally trained so all of our designs have a graphical twist. We both really love traditional printing methods with much of our work screen printed by us in our North London studio.
What motivated you to start your business?
Our business grew organically from producing stationery for friends and family. We relish working closely with clients, helping with their vision and designing a coherent set of stationery for their wedding or event.
I have always been a creative person and a bit of a stationery addict. I love to learn new ideas and techniques and apply them in my work.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Something Made is something I do alongside being an architect. Each discipline inspires the other. It can be quite full on sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I spend a few hours every day either developing stationery designs, marketing, budgeting and responding to emails or social media messages – I probably spend far too much time on Pinterest, but it’s such a great source of inspiration.
Ali tends to be the one screen printing and assembling the stationery – she has a meticulous eye for detail!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
We have over ten years of design experience; creating unique and thoughtful artwork that we hope will delight our clients and recipients. Our clients can expect a high level of input from Ali and I – we are very hands on with all orders; ensuring that stationery is carefully printed, folded and packed. Our architectural backgrounds have instilled a high attention to detail – we really are perfectionists!
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
It’s essential that suppliers and their clients are on the same wavelength and have similar interests. I’d always recommend looking through their website to see examples of their work, but I think Instagram and Pinterest are great resources to find out much more about a supplier.
There is often a lot more detail about how a supplier works, where they work, what their interests and inspirations are etc. It’s really important to find a supplier that really loves and knows their craft – you can’t beat a good phone call to find that out.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
It’s so rewarding to see the venue styling all come together – flowers, table wear, lighting, stationery etc, so my favourite commissions are when we see an event through from beginning to end.
A real highlight was a recent wedding at Hedsor House. In addition to the table décor, we styled simple place card settings fixed on to giant white balloons for guests to find their seats. They were hung in front of a grand bay window and they looked absolutely stunning.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
We design stationery for a wide range of occasions. We’ve recently designed invites for a cocktail party at a New York publishing house and for a gallery opening for an interactive light installation – both using our signature graphical, origami style.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
We are in the process of expanding our range of signature stationery suites and providing more material, colour and font choices for our clients.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Our designs draw inspiration from architecture and an architectural sensibility. Our style is graphical and crisp and is as much about the form and the sculptural quality as it is the pattern work. Materiality is very important, so we only use the finest papers and inks to create our stationery.
All images courtesy of Something Made