I do love an end-of-year wrap-up, don’t you? And it seems like everyone is doing it. So, here’s my version. A little peak into 2023 here at the By Jo studio in Cardiff.
We made stationery for 115 weddings
Thank you to the 115 couples who have allowed me to play a teeny, tiny part in their big days. It’s been a blast!
The busiest month for weddings was, unsurprisingly, August when I worked on a whopping 21 big days. Closely followed by June with 20 weddings. The most popular day for By Jo couples in 2023 was June 17th, you all love a midsummer wedding! Interestingly, the second most popular day was October 7th, and we loved all the Autumn theme stationery for those.
And 83 of those weddings in were here in Wales
Of course, a big chunk of those weddings were held here in Wales. I do love to work with local couples. Most popular venues? Well, those were Llechwen Hall and Canada Lodge, both practically on the doorstep of my little studio here in Taffs Well.
We made 5216 wedding invitations
3939 of those were wedding invitations, and 1277 evening invitations. Flat card style invites were by far the most popular, followed by pocketfold and concertina styles.
What about on the day stationery?
Well, as you might expect, top of the pops was the humble place card. We made a whopping 2451 of them. Next on the list were menus, with lots of you opting for a personalised one for each guest.
You loved seed paper for your wedding invitations and stationery
You are loving the eco friendly options for invitations and stationery. Over 20% of invitations and 15% of the place cards we made were printed onto plantable paper. I love this material and I really hope to be using it more in 2024!
Floral themed wedding invitations and stationery were most popular
Florals have been a huge trend, with over 40 of the weddings we worked on having a theme. But, the most popular design overall was my Modern Monogram collection. It’s so versatile!
Blogs, blogs and more blogs
I’ve really enjoyed writing this year, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading! I’ve published some gorgeous real wedding stories, lots of ideas and inspo, and a good helping of tips and advice. Here are my top three most read blog posts published in 2023
And out of all the real wedding blogs I have published this year, this most recent one was probably my favourite.
Award winning stationery, again!
Rounding off the year on a high, I was delighted to be awarded Regional Winner for the Best Wedding Stationery in East Wales. A huge DIOLCH to all of you who voted for me!
So that’s it, my 2023 here at By Jo wedding invitations. I’ve really enjoyed meeting all of you and working on all your wonderful invitations and stationery. Thanks again to all of you who have chosen me to make your stationery and invitations.
Now, I’m looking forward to a week off and some quiet time with my family before I get back to my desk on January 2nd. I have lots of exciting things lined up for 2024, and I can’t wait to get started on all those 2024 and 2025 weddings.
See you in the new year! Jo x