Polly Crossman creates the most magical and marvellous wedding stationery. Hand drawn and hand painted just for you and your wedding.
Polly is able to create a full suite of wedding stationery from save the dates right through to on the day stationery, even incorporating a drawing or painting of your venue if you wish to make everything feel exclusive and super special. In fact Polly can include just about anything you wish in your tailor made design. We honestly can’t think of a more fun way to begin your wedding journey than planning all of this with Polly.
We’ve noted several time before how excited we are by wedding stationery as it’s the first real and tangible thing your guests will see in the build up to your big day, setting the scene for something so special.
So why don’t you have a chat with Polly and bring your wedding day to life right from the start in the most enchanting and personal way with your very own handcrafted wedding stationery. We wouldn’t mind betting that you will still treasure your original artwork and the fond memories it evokes for years to come. Over to Poly now to tell us more about her fabulously creative business.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I’m Polly Crossman and I’m an illustrator and stationer. I run my own business creating hand-drawn and hand-painted wedding stationery for lovely couples in the UK and beyond.
All my work is to commission and is original which is an incredibly rewarding way to work. I’m based in South London and get to work from a home studio with my cat for company!
What motivated you to start your business?
My business has grown from a very small kitchen table hobby into my full-time job over the last four years. At the end of 2014 a friend of mine asked me to create some art work for her wedding… one project turned into another, friends recommended me to friends and with every commission I gained a little more confidence that I could run my own business that allowed me to be constantly creative and do something that I love.
Eventually I plucked up the courage to leave my day job and go it alone. That was last July, and so far I’ve not looked back. Getting to draw every day is pretty good motivation!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Every day is different for me depending on the commissions I’m working on. All of my work is bespoke and made to order, which keeps it really exciting for me – no boring copying and pasting or re-using old work.
I could be designing a save the date for a wedding, editing a wedding invitation, addressing a big stack of envelopes, drawing a venue or creating a map as a wedding present. I create the full range of wedding stationery, as well as working on some editorial and commercial projects which keeps me on my toes. I also try to do as little as possible of the boring bits that come with running a small business!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A totally personal, tailor-made service from start to finish. I always try to meet a couple, or at least chat on the phone, and establish a real relationship – there’s always a better result. My aim is to provide more than just wedding stationery; I’m looking to create original artwork that can be treasured for many years to come. Also an ‘anything is possible’ attitude – I love it when I get challenged to think differently or try something new.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Definitely there needs to a good dose of chemistry, especially for something like stationery. Do a good chunk of research – Instagram is such a good place to get an idea of whether a company fits with your outlook and ideas – and don’t be afraid to take your time before committing.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
A lot of the wedding work I do comes before a big day… so my best moments are when a couple receive their finished invitations and get to open the box. Though they’ve seen the designs digitally, holding wedding invitations in your hand is so different and their reaction always makes me smile.
Often invites are the first ‘real’ thing about a wedding which is really special! I love seeing photos from weddings too where my work has been used on the day – the thrill of seeing a table plan, order of service or menus in situ never gets old.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
As mentioned, I also take on editorial and commercial projects for illustration. These really vary! One of my best projects has been illustrating for Dolly Alderton’s Dolly Mail and I’ve also worked for The Pool. I’ve done some really fun things, like illustrations for the menus at Fiume in Battersea. I also teach creative classes at MYO London which is a brilliant creative studio near London Bridge. Come and join me to learn calligraphy, illustrate maps and paint watercolour flowers!
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
I am hoping to continue to grow my business and push myself creatively… so bring it on, brides!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
The freedom of being able to work for myself is a constant inspiration – I want to be able to keep doing what I’m doing! I’m always inspired by other illustrators and wedding suppliers. It’s such a friendly industry so the support network is always helpful too.
All images courtesy of Polly Crossman