In this weeks blog we’re having a ‘good auld natter’ with Scottish stationer and designer, Jenni Meechan; the creative behind Two Tabbies Wedding Stationery. For those who didn’t get the chance to meet the gorgeous Jenni at this year‘s Scottish Wedding Unconvention, you’ll soon be finding out everything from their inspirations, to what’s on the dinner menu tonight!
Tell us a bit about you, the person behind the brand?
I'm a graphic designer from Glasgow, living in Ayrshire with my furry family! We moved out to Kilmarnock when my husband, Laurence, and I were ready to buy a house — it saved him a commute to work and we liked the house! I love working from home and being surrounded by my animals — we have two belter cats, Oscar (8) and Penny (5) and an absolute nutter Rottweiler, Arnie (2.5), who loves a beach trip (luckily we have a great few to choose from over here!). I've always loved art and design and can't imagine doing anything else. I'm into the darker things in life — you'll rarely see me in anything other than the colour black, tattoos, skulls, horror films and gothic decor... I'm petrified of spiders though!
I'm happiest when chilling at home with Laurence, watching films or TV shows or eating — I'll never say no to a cheeseburger or a Wagamama's chicken katsu curry!
How did your vision/passion begin? Tell the story behind your brand! Being a graphic designer, I did my best pal Emma's wedding stationery back in 2016. I really enjoyed personalising everything for her and was able to get super creative with it all. After college, I got a job in graphic design for a corporate company with brand guidelines — restrictions on fonts and colours etc, so this was a really nice project to work on and loved being able to have full control and let my creativity run wild! I hoard fonts and graphics too so was able to put them to good use!
I remember at Emma's wedding, her dad kept saying "you should be doing this full-time" and I never thought it was possible, but it stuck with me and wanted to explore it to see if I could actually do it full-time!
What’s your favourite part of doing what you do?
My favourite part of my job is being able to let my creativity out with very little restrictions! I've been really fortunate to work with so many amazing couples who have trusted me to capture their ideas and personalities and design them into wedding stationery that's often really unique and turns out so nice that people want to keep them and not just chuck them into the recycling. Getting feedback from couples about how much they and their guests love their stationery is probably my favourite bit actually.
What one piece of advice would you give to couples?
I wish I'd known that your marriage schedule needs to be collected from the local registrar where you're getting married within the last 7 days before the wedding. If you're getting married a few hours away, this can be a pain in the arse having to plan this into the final week before the wedding when you probably have loads on already! Would totally recommend taking some time off before as well as after the wedding so you have time to wind down and look forward to the day without stressing!
What attracted you to our alternative wedding directory?
I don't really like to do things the traditional way so thought the Unconvention would be the perfect place to meet more of my kind of people — clients and fellow wedding suppliers! I also saw my brother had joined (Alex from the Lockhearts) and got FOMO!
What has been your favourite wedding so far and why?
Our own! We eloped on Halloween 2019, we didn't have a big wedding — it was only our parents and my pal Emma & Jonny there as witnesses along with our photographer (David Ruff) and celebrant (Gary Smith, Humanist Society Scotland). We picked a random spot in Glen Etive (mainly for the colours and vibe we wanted in our photos) and hoped it didn't rain. We got lucky and the whole day was just super relaxed and I got to feed some deer which I really wanted to do! The one thing my dad still talks about to this day is how much he loved that Laurence and I did what WE wanted to do. We kept it spooky with masks and everything — loved it!
Who is your biggest icon, and why?
I love watching loads of animal TV shows (Bondi Vet, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet) but my favourite is Jackson Galaxy AKA The Cat Daddy (My Cat from Hell). He is a cat expert and works with them a lot in homes and shelters and educates people about their world and wellbeing on all his socials. He comes across as a genuinely lovely, caring guy and is just all about cats. He's my hero!
So….What’s for dinner?
It's got to be a cheeseburger or Wagamama's chicken katsu curry!
What an awesome choice, Jenni!
We hope our followers, couples, and suppliers have loved getting to know the person behind this incredible brand as much as we have! Click on Jenni’s directory profile here for more information on Two Tabbies' wedding stationery packages, and contact details.