What's your business called and who makes up your business, introduce us to the people in your business?
Papeterie Crafts Wedding Stationery. We have a team of 5 in the shop at the moment. Charlotte Mitchell is the manager and Debbi Glennie is our lead wedding consultant.
Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings, are these available for other events or occassions?
We are a stationery business based at Stoneywood paper mill. We are the largest independent craft shop in Scotland and are proud to be the winner of Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland 2016.
We are slightly different from other stationers with what we provide our customers with. We offer a free no obligation consultation in our dedicated studio, which has literally hundreds of invitations. At the consultation we discuss the client’s ideas for their wedding, show them the samples we have and discuss how we can create the stationery that is perfect for them. We then design a free of charge custom sample for them.
We can supply everything from save the dates to invitations, table plans and even quirky signs.
These services are not exclusive to weddings we cover birthdays, anniversaries, christenings and corporate work.
What's your favourite part of the job? Is there a part that you really look forward to or enjoy?
I absolutely love working with clients to create their dream stationery and hearing their ideas for their wedding. I love a challenge and find it great when a couple come in and say oh I’ve got a bit of a quirky idea. As each and every couple are different each day is different in the shop so there’s always a new challenge which is great.
What sets you apart from your competitors? Why should prospective clients choose you over your competitors?
We create invitations for our clients rather than saying this is what we have and you can change the colour. We also offer a DIY package. Some people look at me like I have 2 heads when I first suggest the DIY option but it’s a great option for people who either want to save a wee bit of money, get more involved in the creative process or simply want the satisfaction of saying they made their own invites. With our DIY packages we print everything, cut everything, score everything, provide all materials needed and show the clients how to put them together. All they need to provide is a smile.
One of the things that really sets us apart is that there are 2 main designers who can both put their creative spin on things so you are not limited to one person’s imagination.
Do you have an unusual, interesting or funny story about your business/previous clients?
One of the weddings which always stands out in my mind is an appointment where the couple wanted their invitations to be based on their tattoos and to show me his tattoos the groom took off his top in the wedding area. That was definitely an unusual day.
Which wedding exhibitions are you attending in 2017?
D2Weddings at the Beach Ballroom
Hallmark Hotel, Dyce
Village Urban, Kingswells
Glen Tanar Ballroom
Barn @ Barra Castle
And will had our own open day on Sunday 28th January with more to follow later this year
Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame? Have you worked for a celeb?
We are very fortunate to have won some amazing awards in our time:
Most recently we have are a finalist in the Aberdeen Business Awards 2017 and Visitor’s Choice Best Stand at YWE at the AECC in January.
As well as:
Top 5 Wedding Stationer in the Confetti Awards 2017
Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland at the Scottish Business Awards 2016
Best Craft and Creative Business Aberdeen 2016
Achievement of Excellence from British Airways for work with their charity
Best Craft Shop Scotland
Best Independent Craft Shop Scotland 2013, 2014, 2015
We have also received a highly commended from the AECC organisers for our exhibition stand.
Along with the shop awards I have been featured as a Best of British Card Designer. Both myself and Debbi have had numerous work published in international craft magazines.
We have designed and made invitations for Aberdeen FC players.
Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland? Is there something couples often forget?
A top tip for stationery is to be organised. It may sound like a simple tip but stationery takes longer to organise than people realise and it is the first indication people will see of your wedding so you want to get something you are definitely happy to send.
I recently got married so now see things for weddings from both a suppliers perspective and a Brides, and I would say that my top tip is not to get stressed out and make sure your day is about the pair of you and what you want not what someone else wants you to have.