Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The ultimate wedding battle...

Yes that's right ladies and gentlemen, it's (X Factor voice over voice) 'White vs. Natural' material.

It's a toughie, the toughest of all I'd say after choosing your fave design of course. So here's a close up to show the difference.

And here are a ton of photos to show how they look printed. Hope these help make your decision making a little easier.

Lilac on White Letterpress Love:

Violet on White Apple Tree:

 Gala on Natural Tookies Paradise:

 Fuchsia on Natural Secret Garden:

And to finish with, it's a pile of White vs Natural loveliness:

So which will you choose? I just don't know. Don't look at me though. I can't decide which I prefer either!

If you have any questions or need anything else then drop me an email or you can visit our Gallery to see all our designs.

See you soon
Karen xx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Why the heck do we have to do that? Wedding questions answered by me, Karen Brown!

I can't remember exactly why, but the other day I started wondering why we do certain stuff at weddings. Obviously, we are a pretty non traditional kinda family over here but even so, we still followed a lot of the traditional rules and etiquettes at our own wedding and it got me wondering where the heck these ideas came from... of course, there are loads out there but these ones are my favourite and thought I'd share them with you for a little light Monday lunchtime reading... here goes.

PS Before you start, I must tell you that I am a absolutely MASSIVE fan of the complete bonkersness* of the Bridesmaids & Groomsmen one and also Throwing the Bouquet! 

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
Traditionally at each wedding there were 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen and they all dressed and had their hair etc exactly the same thinking that if they all looked the same as the bride & groom, they could confuse malicious forces and protect them from evil spirits so the demons wouldn't know who to target. *Cripes!*

Throw the bouquet
Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that stems from England. Women used to try to rip pieces of the bride's dress and flowers in order to obtain some of her good luck. To escape from the crowd the bride would toss her bouquet and run away. *Cripes again*

Ring on third finger of left hand
Apparently (according to the ancient Romans) there was thought to be a vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the 'Vena Amoris' or the 'Vein of Love' said to be directly connected to the heart. *sweet*

Cutting the cake
Wedding cakes take centre stage in the traditional cake cutting ceremony and is symbolically the first task that bride and groom perform jointly as husband and wife. 

The tradition of throwing confetti over the bride and groom comes from Italy. Before paper confetti, there were flowers, petals, grain or rice thrown at the happy couple, to bestow prosperity and fertility

The ‘Bomboniere’ was thought to be the first Wedding favour and was given out by the European Aristocracy and Upper Classes. Usually, a small porcelain or crystal trinket box often decorated with precious stones. The boxes usually contained sugar or confectionery which was a symbol of wealth and royalty. Over the years, ‘Bombonieres’ were replaced with almonds. These were given to guests to signify good wishes for the couple’s new life together. 5 almonds were given to signify Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life. *Now of course though, the ultra cool and sassy, give out wedding tea towels*

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

So obviously if you're having a wedding, you need to INVITE people to it first and so check out our wedding tea towels in our design gallery. Choose your favourite and then give me a shout on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk.

Bye for now. 
Karen x 

* I do know bonkersness isn't a real word x

Monday, 23 January 2017

Happy happy couples...

We know it's tough deciding which invitations to go for, we struggled too, there are so many options out there, how can you know which is the best one to go for? Well, I always think the answer is actually pretty simple, see what other couples say and that's the only way you can ever really know the truth about the service you're going to receive and the quality of the final invitation once it's in your hand ready to share with your loved ones...

I've just updated our Happy Couples on the website, you can see them all here. If you want the headline though, it seems they think we are pretty fabulous *shy face*.

As some of you may know, it's only Ben & I here (and our three children - one of which is having her modelling skills put to use above!) so you always know exactly who you're dealing with, and as Ben doesn't speak... it'll always be ME! Hello!

So what are a few of our previous couples saying about us:

Received our 'Save the Date' tea towels today and we love them! Good quality with high definition art work. Karen kept in contact throughout the whole process. Couldn't have been easier. Can't speak highly enough! - Donna Giddings

Our tea towels just arrived today and we absolutely love them! Karen was great from the word go and was quick to respond to all of our question. Anyone thinking about using the original wedding tea towel I highly recommend them! - Joanne Lockwood

Our tea towels have been such a success! We and our guests adore them! Thank you so much for excellent service and for making us such beautiful invitations! - Becky Geary

They are just wonderful, unusual and interesting, we have had so many wonderful comments. We are going to get one framed as they are that good. Thank you Karen - we adore them xx - Lauren Nicklinson

So there you go, I'm sure you get the idea. That's why we're the Original, and we're the best!

To experience our awesome service and invitations for yourself, just drop me an email on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or to see our designs visit our Gallery, any questions, just shout! 

See you soon!

Karen & Ben xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Talk to us...

Happy 2017! Just a quick blog stop by to say a massive 'Hello and welcome to 2017' 
from our NYE kitchen disco (seriously, with 3 kids under 7 it's the best you can hope for 
plus it was AWESOME!). We can't wait for you to see everything we've got planned 
this year. It's going to be a goodun, I can just feel it. 

If there is anything you'd like to see included in our design range for this year, any themes 
you think we're missing or colours you love but don't see then drop me an email on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or contact me on Facebook. We always love to hear 
what your thoughts and ideas. We're in this crazy tea-towelly world together gang. 

In them meantime, to see all our designs then take a look at our Gallery here.

Bye for now
Karen  & Ben x

Monday, 28 November 2016

USA reality TV show WINS at choosing wedding invites

Yep, that's right... you wake up one morning and your email is practically broken because a couple in a US reality TV show have suggested they are going to use wedding tea towels. 

It took FBI level searching for me to piece it all together but eventually I discovered it was Vanderpump Rules. Now, it's been a steep learning curve this week and this is where I am at:

1. Vanderpump Rules is a US spin off of The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills and follows a mum / restaurant owner and the frolics and drama of the restaurants and I quote, 'wild group of employees'. You can imagine the rest. 

2. Despite what they lady from the invitation shop on the show said, they do not cost $18 per invite... I wish they did. I'd be rich I tell you!

3. We love our American neighbours *massive wave* but I am going to go out there and say that mostly, you guys seem thoroughly confused as to what a tea towel is. Let me help... I think you guys may be call them dish towels and you've also probably never printed a wedding invitation on them before, you're maybe a bit confused but don't be, it's awesome and you'll love it. 

More incoming as I work it all out but all in all, good times, I love a TV mention.

If you'd like to see all our non-$18 per tea towel designs then go on right ahead and check out our Gallery and if you've got any questions, email me on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk

Karen xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Great news! We can now PRINT YOUR STATIONERY CARDS! Hooray!

I'll be the first to admit it's been a long, long time coming but like everything we do, we had to make sure we got this spot on and now we have so...

I am so delighted and super excited to tell you that we can now print your supporting wedding stationery cards for you! Hooray! 

What are the details I hear you ask... well the technical bit is that we print on to either white or cream 280gsm card and as always they're A5 size (but the most important bit is that they will look beautiful and compliment your wedding tea towels perfectly).

Bet your next question is how much is it going to cost? Well here goes...


Choose from evening invitations, Information, RSVP cards and if you need them also Save the Dates and Thank you and the cost for artwork is:

£35 for one
£49 for two
£80 for three


When you order your card artworks you've got three printing options so you can choose whichever one works out best for you:

Option one:
We create the artwork for you and you send them on to your own professional printer.

Option two:
We create the artwork for you and you print them yourself and home.

BRAND NEW Option three:
We print your cards for you and post them straight out to you. The costs are detailed below.

Evening Invites, Save the Dates or Thank you cards:
A5 size, one colour, single sided

Information or RSVP cards:
A5 size, one colour, double sided

Super value A5 card bundles for our super savvy couples.

So there you go. If you have any questions at all then please just email me on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or to see all of our designs then head over to our Gallery.

Speak soon! *high kick in excitement*
Karen xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Gosh, we are so flexible we are practically made of rubber.

Imagine this... you're trawling the Internet through hundreds of thousands of boring, seen it all before invitations, save the dates or favours, and then you come across possibly probably the most amazing things you've seen so far in your wedding search - ORIGINAL WEDDING TEA TOWEL! That's us (hi x)

And now you're thinking to yourself, gosh I really love their, say, Love Story design but I wish I could say something different on there, maybe even be in a different language, perhaps include a picture of our pet pooch Bumfluffywuffy or add our own venue to make it that bit more personal. Oh well, they obviously can't help with that so I guess I'll carry on looking at more yawnfest ideas until I work out what I am going to do...

Well HOLD IT RIGHT THERE OUR WEDDINGY FRIENDS! We can totally help. If you love one of our designs but have your own idea then that is totally fine. Check out this example above, one personalised dog friend and an invitation completely in Icelandic!

We've also:

  • Included so many of your own venues that we must have nearly every wedding place on file (don't ask me though as I will never be able to find them again!)
  • Added your children to be with the couples or playing on the hills
  • Included hobbies like walking, cycling, music or skiing
  • Added your furry friends from tiny birds to massive horses
  • Changed countless lady birds to butterflys / horse shoes / flowers
  • Changed hearts to moons or birds to ducks
  • Erased hot air balloons from the horizon with just one click
  • And many, many more

... I think you get the point. Every single design is created totally for you so we can do whatever you want. 

So there it is, talk to me. I'm Karen - karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk - or check out our gallery here:

Bye for now.
Karen xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

*whispers* There's only 11 more weeks until C********..

That's 81 days today or, if you prefer, 7,052,90 seconds (7,052,89, 7,052,88... ).

I'll admit, I have given Christmas a teeny weeny bit of thought already, I'm not exactly excited about it yet as such... but I can definitely feel that it's in the air. Ben & I pretty much have one eye on the big guy in red from the second we step foot back on UK soil after our summer holidays.

So just a gentle mention now so it's been said, everyone wants to hand out their amazing wedding tea towels to their friends and family whilst they're doing their mass socialising over the holidays so if this is you, my advice, get in there with your order as soon as you can. That way, you'll know you've got them ready to wow your guests in plenty of time.

Now, I won't mention the big C again until December... (although I probably will).

See you soon,
Karen xx

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Tie the Knot (this is the last time I will mention it, promise)

 In case you've been hiding from us for the last two days, you might have heard us mention (one million or so times) that we went to our first wedding show in a very, long time at the weekend. 

The one we chose to (re) debut ourselves at was Tie the Knot, a unique and eclectic wedding carnival, and I have to say, the whole thing was absolutely perfect for us. The lovely couples who came to meet us were right up our street and were so in to our lovely wedding tea towels that it made us feel all warm, fuzzy and most importantly, totally creative.

So massive thank you to everyone we met from the all important lovely couples, to the gorgeous fellow suppliers, to the fab families of soon to be wed couples that were scouting on behalf of their loved ones.

We had a blast!

In the meantime though, if you want to chat anything over then do email me on karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or you can see all our designs right here. 

Maybe meet you all again soon!
Karen & Ben xx

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Invites that are definitely more BANG for your buck and here's why...

1. They're awesome. Look at this table ERUPT when they realise they've got wedding tea towels as invitations. "I've never seen anything like this in my life!".

2. Our service. I am Karen, and I run this company (with Ben... but he takes a more silent role!) and I LOVE WEDDINGS! And not to brag but I'm super friendly and helpful and will talk to you about your wedding all day long if you want me too... quite happily! Don't believe me? Want to know what other couples say about me then you can see them here.

3. Free A5 evening artwork with every wedding tea towel order. That's your evening invitation artwork sorted then. They'll match your wedding tea towels so everything will go together perfectly.

4. RSVP and Information card artworks are available too. Beautifully designed and as a complete set will look stunning.

5. RSVPs will come flooding in and they will be CREATIVE. Words can't help me here. The pictures are all you need to see...

So that's why our wedding tea towels will totally rock your wedding! Email me now to chat karen@weddingteatowels.co.uk or take a look at our designs on our site and choose your favourite so we can get started.

Karen xx