Friday, 25 February 2011

Red Carpet Wedding Style

Our 'Bee*Mine' range of ready-designed limited edition wedding invitations were recently launched (see blog post Bee Mine)  and the design below was inspired by classic Old Hollywood style. It will be available online from next week - but if you're in love with it already, please email us!

'Old Hollywood' wedding invitation by Arbee Cards Bee*Mine

If you're thinking of a Hollywood-themed wedding or just a few fun touches, with just a few days to go until the Oscars - what better place to start for my first go at a wedding inspiration mood board than the Glamour of Hollywood! 

And the Oscar goes to....


1.  Marilyn Monroe
2. Drew Barrymore 
3. Waterford Crystal Champagne glasses 
4. Movie Quote cupcakes (from Eleni's in New York)  
 5. Mini Popcorn favours (favorsandflowers.com)
6. Clapperboard Place Card holders  
7. Sarah Jessica Parker   
8. Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina)

Monday, 14 February 2011

New Stall for Saturdays!



From 19th February, Arbee Cards will be taking up permanent residence at the award-winning St George's Saturday City, Food & Garden Market. 

The Saturday Market is a real gem full of wonderful food, arts, crafts, people, live music and atmosphere, so it's just flipping brilliant to be given a permanent stall there. Yay!

We'll still be going to the Sunday Market occasionally, I love its' relaxed atmosphere and the vintage/antique collectibles stalls & people, but for now we're looking forward to establishing ourselves on Saturdays and getting to know all the regular visitors and other market traders.

Our stall will have all our range of greeting cards, vintage cards, stationery and wedding stationery samples, plus whatever paper creations we've been up that week!

St George's City, Food & Garden Market is open every Saturday from 9am - 3pm. 
More details click here

Friday, 11 February 2011

Bee Mine ♥

We can't wait for this Sunday's Quirky Weddings' Alternative Wedding Fair in Belfast - not just because it's the first alternative wedding fair we've had in Northern Ireland, we'll also be launching our brand new range of wedding stationery. 

Every wedding design at Arbee Cards is different - we create custom designs inspired by each couple, that remain unique to them. The process involves consultation in person, via email or telephone, working through various samples to create something completely personal. 

For those who don't want or need a custom design and just want something they see and like, but would love something 100% original and unique, we've created our new range 'Bee*Mine', and we believe it's something different that hasn't been done yet in wedding stationery. 

Bee*Mine is a range of ready-made wedding stationery that is complete, ready for printing and only ever available in a limited edition of ONE wedding! Once a couple have chosen the design, it won't be repeated for any other wedding. It's literally see the design and say 'be mine!' 

The first of the Bee*Mine range will launch on Sunday at the Alternative Wedding Fair, and will then be available (if they don't sell out!) online in our Folksy & Etsy shops, or by contacting us to request samples of the designs. Plenty of pics coming after the fair - promise!

Quirky Weddings' Alternative Wedding Fair is on at The Black Box, Belfast on Sunday 13th February 2011. For more details go to www.quirkyweddings.co.uk

Friday, 4 February 2011

Do your own thing!

I've been doing wedding stationery for over 10 years for family & friends, mainly as a response to the couples looking for something a bit different. Weddings are now so full of individual style, with couples caring less about the 'done thing' and solely on how they see their perfect day - and that's what Arbee Cards is all about! 
So I was delighted when Cate Conway, Co-Founder of Quirky Weddings contacted me last September to see if I would be interested in Quirky Wedding's first Alternative Wedding Fair. With just over a week until the Fair on the 13th February, I asked Cate to explain more about all things Quirky!


How did Quirky Weddings come about?
Cate: Through an obsession for weddings! I met Saima [Quirky Weddings Co-Founder] last April when she hired me to do some PR for her gym near Belfast. We used to talk about weddings a lot - we've been called wedding obsessed but we're not like 'Muriel's Wedding' obsessed. We're both married.
Her family are Pakistani and so she had a huge, beautiful Asian wedding. I love how different her wedding was from mine. We share the belief that there's too much pressure on people who are getting married and wanted to offer a way for couples to explore idea for interesting or unusual ways to celebrate getting married.

What services do you offer?
C: Our first Alternative Wedding Fair is on February 13th in the Black Box, Belfast. We are also planning 3 future events, hopefully in March or May. We aim to have lots of intimate wedding-related events, not just fairs...such as days to eat and talk about cake. Fun stuff.
Our full website will launch in March, it's a listing site with a difference. We are using the full force of social media to bring together couples & suppliers. It'll have a web TV channel too...I'm really excited about that. Our blog is live now!

What makes a wedding 'quirky'?
C: As far as we're concerned 'quirkiness' is a spectrum. Some people want a totally off-the-wall wedding, and some just want a really unusual cake. It's about choosing things you really want for your day, not things you feel you should have because of 'tradition' or because a wedding magazine told you you should have it.


What is the Alternative Wedding Fair?
C: The Alternative Wedding Fair is a space for couples to meet suppliers who can make their day special by providing them with something a little different from the norm, suppliers there who can create bespoke items such as stationery, jewellery, table centrepieces, and the like. They can create things that reflect the couple's personalities or for a specific theme in mind. We invited every supplier to attend so we had the right balance. We didn't want it to be filled with chocolate fountains and chair covers, things you see at every other wedding fair.
There will be 16 exhibitors in the main hall and 17 suppliers taking part in a Pecha Kucha Lite -  an hour long series of 3 minute presentations where couples can listen to the short introductions from each supplier and then choose who they want to hear more from by ticking the supplier's name on a form they get at the start of the event. It's a no-pressure way to get ideas and meet suppliers.

Entrance is £5 or free if you 'like' us on facebook.com/quirkywed

Any tips/advice for someone not sure how to start planning a 'quirky wedding'?
C: Our advice is look at your budget and allocated it towards things that mean something to you as a couple. Does it have meaning to you or are you getting it because you feel you have to? Can you imagine looking back and thinking was that really worth it?
Also, there are so many suppliers in NI who can offer high quality, unusual and special products and services - let your imagination run wild! Don't assume 'you can't have that for a wedding'. Ask! Our blog aims to uncover all the hidden treasures!

Any Quirky future plans or events to look out for?
C: We're working hard on the first event and launching the website. We have meetings lined up looking at the future events, we'll keep you posted. We're planning 'Wedding Planning Workshops' in the very near future, these are perfect for anyone planning a wedding but has no idea where to start, whether you think you want a large wedding in a hotel or marquee, or a weird and wonderful extravaganza, or even if you are a second time around bride. Anyone interested can drop me a line on tietheknot@quirkyweddings.co.uk and I'll keep you up to date.

Quirky Weddings' First Alternative Wedding Fair is on February 13th 2011 at The Black Box, Belfast. For more details: www.quirkyweddings.co.uk