Tiny Weddings Fair

Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Dusk Designs

TW blog titlesToday’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with wedding stationery designer Hafsah, from Dusk Designs.  Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with her about her handmade cards and stationery.

Please tell us who you are and what your business does.

My name is Hafsah and alongside my full-time job as a children’s nurse in a busy hospital, I own a small design business online which predominately focuses on handmade stationery. My main clients tend to be those looking for wedding, baby or business branding stationery although I am always happy to try something new in an exciting bespoke order.

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What do you love about tiny weddings? 

I love the fact that because so much of the budget isn’t used up feeding and entertaining so many people (because let’s face it, more guests means more cost!), the couple has the scope to be nit-picky on little details. It’s often these small details that really make the day so pretty and special when looking back.

In terms of my business, I love the excitement of making elopement announcement cards for the couple to send out to their family and friends after they’ve tied the knot. I often work closely with their photographers and use raw images to bring the announcement alive.

How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?

I myself had a massive wedding (about 150 guests) because I have a really big family and I spent a lot of the time stressing about what people were going to think. In hindsight, all that precious time could have been spent ensuring the day focused on what was important – the vow my husband and I had made to spend our lives together. I definitely think that the smaller the wedding, the more you can focus on what you want and not lose yourself in traditions and expectations. Tiny weddings are about the couple and not the guestlist!

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What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?

Whilst all my work with couples is unique, tiny weddings allow for such a depth of personalisation and focus on small details that truly make the wedding memorable.

Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple? 

I recently created a bespoke wedding invitation collection for a relatively small wedding featuring laser-cut details and a gorgeous wax seal. The couple had a rough idea in mind and based on my previous work, they were able to pick out elements they liked which I then put together in one beautiful collection for them. The end result was stunning!

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be? 

I personally really like digital elements such as cartoon versions of the couple, of animals or objects that could mean a lot to them. I enjoy designing them and putting colour schemes and design elements together. I also have a love of shimmery laser cut pocket folds – which explains why I use these a lot in my work!

Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties? 

I feel as time passes by, a lot of weddings are becoming smaller. This is often due to cost but may also be that more and more couples are opening up to the idea of weddings being about the couple and not for their families, as weddings used to be for the generations before us.

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Go and check out Hafsah’s website for lot more information on her wedding invitations, baby milestone cards, business cards, religious festival cards and much more, or come and meet her at the wedding fair.  Follow the Dusk Designs Facebook page our Facebook page or for inspiration and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and and Hafsah’s Instagram for custom wedding invite inspiration.  Follow Hafsah’s pins or our pins on Pinterest.  Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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Tiny Weddings Fair Exhibitor – Gettin’ Hitched Rocks

Gettin Hitched Rocks Tiny Wedding Fair

This is the third in our interview series with exhibitors who will be at the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan.  Bespoke wedding website creator guru Mell from Gettin’ Hitched Rocks will be at the fair to tell you all about her brilliant websites and stationery.  The wedding website is ideal for an out-of-the-ordinary wedding, especially one that is far from home, so we think our couples will find these very useful.

Please give a brief overview of your business… 

Gettin’ Hitched Rocks specialises in (awesome) wedding websites that change for every guest. You can show different RSVP forms, hide ceremony details from your evening guests, and ask your wedding party to arrive early without everyone else rocking up at 6am.  We also make (gorgeous) matching stationery, so you can carry the same design, humour, and personality across your whole wedding.

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What gave you the idea to start this business?

I’m Mell (hello) and I started Gettin’ Hitched Rocks after planning (and designing and coding!) my own wedding last year. I knew it would be much easier and faster to organise everyone through a website. I could update details if they changed. RSVPs couldn’t get ‘lost in the mail’. And I could show every guest exactly what they needed to know, so I could tell my wedding party about the hotel rooms I’d booked for them without the whole guest list thinking they were staying in the centre of London for free, and ask my friends with young children if they needed me to organise baby food for dinner without offending my grandmother. So I made a brilliant wedding website, and I made Gettin’ Hitched Rocks to make other brilliant wedding websites for everyone who wants a unique, gorgeous, and easy wedding and *doesn’t* happen to have fifteen years’ design and programming experience behind them!

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What do you love about tiny weddings?

A wedding should always be about you and your partner. It should be a celebration of how awesome you are and how happy you make each other. But it’s easy for that to get lost in a big wedding, when you’re made to worry about etiquette and tradition and table runners and centrepieces.  At a tiny wedding, you can focus on what really matters: you, getting married.

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Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?

Moving your wedding organisation online makes it so much easier. Not only can you see RSVPs as they come in, automatically send reminders to people who haven’t RSVP’d uncomfortably close to your caterer’s cut-off date, and completely avoid the tedium (and papercuts!) of tallying up the beef vs chicken numbers yourself, it makes life easier for your guests, too.

For example, we’ve been asked to make a wedding website for a couple eloping to Jamaica. It’s going to work out a lot cheaper for their family and friends to rent villas on AirBnB than to organise separate hotel rooms – and when you’re trying to convince people to fly all the way out to Jamaica for you, any way you can save them money is a big deal!

We’re creating a section on their website with information on a bunch of villas in the area. Guests can register their interest in staying at a villa and, when all the spaces are claimed, everyone who was interested is sent all the details they need to get it booked. It’s the kind of thing that would be almost impossible to organise offline, whatever the size of wedding.

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If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?

I really love working on weddings that incorporate a couple’s interests and hobbies – it makes everything feel more unique and special to them. I’d absolutely love to work on a full-out themed wedding. I’d have a lot of fun working *Harry Potter* into a wedding website – you’d have to solemnly swear you were up to no good to even see it!

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Are you convinced that you need one of Mell’s websites?  Here are all the online places you can find her awesome stuff.  Follow her Facebook page to see what she’s up to, chat with her on Twitter, follow her Instagram for updates, and see her pins on Pinterest.  Visit her Etsy shop, and follow her blog. Or just go to her website Gettin’ Hitched Rocks for lots more information.

Follow our Facebook page for helpful and inspiring articles and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, chat with us on Twitter and see our posts on Pinterest. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.

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