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Bespoke Samples

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Since we started way back in 2001, we have offered a comprehensive sample service - so that you can see the quality, style and colour[s] of the style of invitation you may be thinking about ordering for your big day..... In our experience the quality of board, finishing and print can vary wildly - we see some great designs out there, but when you get them in your hands they can be very disappointing.  I've recently received a wedding invitation myself - and whilst the concept was great, and the board was actually very nice, the print was completely off centre - by quite a bit.  It's the details that we pay attention to - it's got to be lovely heavy board, printed well, with perfectly tied bows [if the design needs one], using the best quality satin or organza.... and we try to always buy British, to support our talented entrepreneurs and home grown economy.... 

We always used to charge £5 for 2 samples - then we stopped - but we have become deluged by sample requests, and sadly many of these have no intention of ordering anything from us, but are simply looking for ideas to copy/make themselves.... it takes us a long time to create samples, and we are not a huge company with vast resources - so we have decided to go back to charging for samples again..... we've kept it at £5 for 2 - and the fee will be refunded if you later go on to place an order.... 

Of course, if you happen to live near to us [Lymington on the edge of the New Forest on the south coast] then we'd love to see you in our studio. Or we do now have a luxe-B&B converted from a barn in our garden - so you could always have a lovely weekend away, and choose some wedding stationery at the same time! www.newforestboutiquebandb.co.uk 

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