Create luxury stationery at affordable prices.
SERVICE - We endeavour to always give our customers the best shopping experience possible, from our responsive design process, our courteous manor and our production and delivery speeds.
QUALITY - The finished product looking its absolute best is one of our key driving forces. We are perfectionists and will never compromise on quality.
SUSTAINABILITY - We're 90% plastic free right now and will continue to reduce our impact on the environment going forward
THE STORY OF TAVERNCREATIVE
From a Lewisham bedroom to the pages of Vogue
In 2017, I was living in a house share in Lewisham, London. I had been working for a high-end printers in Mayfair for 2 years, submerged in a world of traditional print finishes, fine materials and a long list of A-list clients. It was a chaotic and challenging couple of years, in which I learnt more about one area of expertise, than I did in all my school days combined.
In September of that year, I decided I wanted to take a leap of faith, to follow my life long dream of having my own company. With a full cup of optimism, a half cup of direction and zero regrets, I quit my job and founded TavernCreative on October 1st.
The plan was fool-proof: create beautiful invitations, launch an Etsy shop, sell thousands of invites, become the Google of the wedding industry. Let's go! Three weeks into October, I have no job, I've made no sales and my limited savings are almost on empty. Who knew it would be so hard to make that first sale.
On the 22nd October 2017, I was driving from London to Kent, when out of nowhere I heard one of the sweetest sounds I've ever heard in my life - the cash register sound the Etsy app makes when someone purchases (cha-ching). Someone had taken a chance on an unknown store, with no sales history and no reviews. Thank you Lauren H from Edinburgh (Lauren ordered save the dates from us and then returned for all of her wedding stationery over the following 2 years).
From then on the sales began increasing, 5 star reviews came rolling in on a daily basis and the reputation of TavernCreative was beginning to gain traction. With a consistently high standard of customer service, great designs and excellent print quality, we began receiving recommendations, return custom and in April 2018 we made our 1000th sale.
2018 was a very exciting year with lots of growth, but as you can imagine, dealing with lots of orders as a one-man-band has it's challenges. Crack of dawn starts, 17 hour work days, working from a hotel room in Lisbon on a weekend away - all in the quest to maintain my 24 hour response rate guarantee. By the end of the year I was more than ready to double the team to 2 and in April 2019, Holly joined the team.
We're now based in my hometown of Ashford, Kent, operating as a team of 3 - myself, Holly & Chloe. In December 2019, we were featured in a Cosmopolitan article entitled '17 of the best wedding invites for your big day' and in April 2020, we appeared in Vogue's 'Save The Date' article.
Our products and offerings have evolved over the years, but our values have remained the same. We are forever grateful for all the support, reviews and recommendations we receive from all of our fantastic customers. Thank you!
Let's see what the future holds for TavernCreative
- JOHN LALLY