Pandora Sykes’ Frankly Fashionable Wedding Invitations

Of all of the key moments to celebrate in your life, for many their wedding is at the top of the list. The invitation is what captures the aesthetic of the event and you as a couple, it is your guest’s first hint as to the celebrations that follow. When you are renowned for having impeccable taste this can be a daunting task, but that is where we come in…

We asked Pandora Sykes, wardrobe mistress of the Sunday Times Style to inspire us with the story of her bespoke Smythson wedding invitations.

Bespoke Wedding Suite by Smythson

Why do you think wedding invites are such an important component of a wedding for the bride (and groom)?

“They impart your aesthetic to all your guests. They get people excited for the event and you want to feel your invite is pretty enough to make the mantelpiece!”

What inspired the style of your wedding invitations?

“My parents are pretty traditional, so I wanted something chic and old school! The party invite was a nod to the fun that would be had after hours…”

Pandora Sykes Bespoke Smythson Wedding Invitation

What inspired the illustration?

“My fiancée and I have nicknames for each other – I am Otter and he is Mole. Don’t ask! I wanted to ‘out’ us (not many people know our nicknames) and the invite seemed a sweet way to do it. My friend Fia Grimaldi is a lovely illustrator and it felt meaningful for her to do a little sketch for us.”

McQueens flowers
Pandora Sykes Wedding Reception Invite by Smythson

How did you find the experience of creating something completely bespoke?

“The bespoke service was seamless. Any tiny change was immediately attended to and it was brilliant to see the proofs at various stages via email. Details I had not even thought about were suggested by Ruth, and being able to see all the different envelopes, linings, colour of paper – was tremendously helpful.”

“I can’t fault the process. There was nothing more exciting than receiving all those recognisable blue boxes with both our wedding and party invitations inside. After all, Smythson is iconic for a reason.”

Smythson Wedding Invitations photographed at Claridge's

Pandora’s wedding invites were handprinted on our specially milled Mayfair Smooth White paper using the Portland Place lettering style. The accompanying envelopes have been hand tissue-lined with light blue tissue.

For more information please contact a member of our bespoke team at 

Special thanks to Claridge’s and McQueens for the beautiful setting and flowers.

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