Wedding Stationery & Decorations from Paper Tree Design

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Hey there, tell us a little about yourself!
Hi I am Suzanne and I live in a beautiful little village in West Oxfordshire with my husband, 7 year old son and elderly cat. I love nature and if its not raining you might find me roaming the fields with my camera looking for wildflowers, bees & butterflies!!
I have always made things, learning to make my own clothes aged 6, I went on to study Fashion & Textile Design and Design Management at University before enjoying a 14 year career as a Buyer and Product Developer.

What inspired you to start your business?
I have always loved stationery and have designed cards for as long as I can remember but decided to take the safe option in to buying after university.
When I had my son I decided not to return to buying because of all the overseas travel, so I spent 3 years working for my husbands property business, marketing and bringing in clients, I did really well but I missed the creativity and would design ever bigger and better corporate gifts to give to clients at Christmas, which led to enquiries about the cards from other businesses. At the same time I started designing papercuts for friends and family to keep myself busy and from this humble start Paper Tree Design was born.

Have you seen any trends in the wedding industry recently?
I am seeing a lot more illustrated florals and soft colours, and scripty fonts and calligraphy continue to be strong. I am also in love with the more casual wild flower look in bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations, particularly when pared with Edwardian inspired dresses and vintage table linen.

Have you noticed a difference in the weddings from when you started out to now?
I have only run my own business for a couple of years, but in my previous career I was involved with wedding related products and I think weddings are far more unique and informal now. Much more effort goes in to theming the whole day rather than just thinking venue, dress, cake, photographer. I think couples really have more opportunity to really make there wedding their own.

Top tip for couples planning their wedding?
Just remember it is the people at your wedding that make it special not the things so try not to get wrapped up in all those ’10 must haves for your wedding’ lists.
Choose your suppliers wisely and make sure you feel comfortable with them. If at any point you are made to feel as if you are a nuisance then walk away, wedding planning can be stressful enough without adding a difficult supplier in to the mix. A good wedding supplier will help and guide you through the process.

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