Tracy and I were so excited about today’s interview! Amanda, from Baci Designer Stationery + Events, has been a huge supporter of WeddingLovely – so it was great to finally get to know her a little more. Amanda put together this awesome guest post for us on the importance of a wedding invitation last year that was a big hit! Amanda, thank you so much for your time today and being such a devoted vendor – you rock our socks off! ;)

 

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

My journey into the wedding industry was spurred like many others – my own wedding!  While planning for our 2007 wedding, we had a less than pleasurable experience trying to purchase custom stationery. So I went home and put my skills to work (I have a background in fashion, marketing and advertising) creating my own stationery – from the invitation suite to thank you cards and everything in between.  Everyone loved what I had created so at the beginning of 2008 baci was born!  Originally, I started part-time while I worked full-time during the day – baci became my full-time job at the beginning of 2009. Throughout the past four years, we’ve added planning and styling to our list of services as well!

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Grace from Paper & Silk Press gave us an interview this morning. Grace is so talented with her stationery, accessories and makeup, talking about a full-service vendor!

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Photo by Grace Niu

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

When I was studying graphic design in college, I was friends with a couple who were about to get married. Even though I had never specifically done a wedding invitation before, they knew I had design skills, so they asked me to help them with their invitation. After designing their invitation, I realized it was something I really enjoyed doing, and began to offer my services through Etsy and also to engaged friends.

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Sarah, of Sproullie Designs, is today’s WeddingInviteLove interview! We’re so happy to share more about Sarah and show you her great wedding stationery!

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Photo by Tammy B Photography

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I made my own wedding invitations in 2007 and had people start asking me to do theirs after they saw mine. In less than a year, it went from just a fun “extra money hobby” to my main source of income. My dream of owning a full-time business for both my husband and I to work in came true.

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A big thank you to Ruth from Concertina Press  not only for sharing your great work and time with us, but for making me CRACK UP today! You’ll see why when you read about her most bizarre request. Now, on to the interview…

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I was fortunate to work at a local stationery shop for a few years which was a lot of fun – I even got to attend the National Stationery Show in 2010 as a buyer! While I was there one of the jobs I really enjoyed was making custom wedding invitations and stationery for brides getting married on Cape Cod. When the shop closed in March 2011 I decided to go out on my own with my own stationery line aimed at coastal brides having a beach wedding, and Concertina Press was born!

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We hopped “across the pond” for today’s interview with Alessia from Idea Handmade Cards. Her shop name truly says it all, as each and every piece of her stationery has a real handmade touch. Thank you Alessia, it was so nice to learn more about you and see more of your beautifully crafted designs.

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I am studying graphic design and since I was very young I have been creating handmade folders, boxes and any kind of decorated packages to get that wow effect. I have been using this philosophy while at the university and pretty much my whole life…

I just love to handcraft special cards and experiment with new materials– so one day, just like that– I thought how fun would be to turn my passion into a business? And that’s exactly what happened.

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Ilona from Paper Sherbet has a lot to share with us today! Along with some words of wisdom, she brings us photos of her great design work. Thank you so much, Ilona!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

After graduating in Graphic Design I worked in the corporate world of design for a while until a friend asked me to design her wedding invitations. I enjoyed it so much that i saw there was a place in the invitation world for stationery with contemporary and fresh graphic design pizzazz.

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A big thank you to Courtney from Creative Start Design for not only giving us her time for an interview but also for sharing some of her great designs with us!

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1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I had always admired the designers on Etsy and had played around with the idea of starting my own invitation shop. My first official wedding invitation was in 2010 for my cousin’s wedding. I was working as a graphic designer for a printing company at the time. When the owner saw my work go through the print shop they commissioned me to do an invitation set for a friend. At that point, I realized there was something to it and started to formulate a plan to begin my own business. I never would have guessed it would be as successful and rewarding as it has been!

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

Oh, that’s easy. If you go to my Etsy shop you’ll find that a lot of my samples are in oranges, reds, and yellows. There’s something so fun about that combination and I just love the way it looks on cream stock.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

Two months ago I was approached by an amazing Norwegian couple living in Sweden. They had a very specific idea in mind of a z-fold invitation with a heart monogrammed front. The catch was that it needed to be designed and printed in Norwegian! Thankfully, the bride was fluent in English and was able to give me line by line translation so that I could design the invitation without much trouble. Now, it’s one of my best selling invitations in my shop.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Right now, I’m in love with RiotSquad. There is this absolutely beautiful contrast in the thickness of the type’s lines. It makes for a fun and unique wedding invitation. I recently used it in my “Best Day Ever!” custom invitations done for a lovely couple in San Francisco for their amazing destination wedding.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I do custom invitations so I can’t really say that I’ve had any bizarre requests as of yet. Sometimes I get brides with really outrageous color combinations and it takes some talking down to make them come to their senses!

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

My personal choice would be an & all the way!

7. Any advice for brides?

Make sure to plan ahead for your invitations and stationery! I think that brides often overlook the intricacies of wedding invitations and they don’t realize how complex they can be until they sit down to plan what they really need. Sometimes I get brides that actually ask me “what do you think I need?” I always tell them to budget for the type of wedding they are going to have and to be realistic. You don’t need a 5 insert invitation for an afternoon, backyard ceremony!

Another really important thing to remember is Day of the Wedding Stationery. Programs, place cards, menus and table numbers are important so don’t forget to budget for that expense. If you’re going with custom wedding invitations it can really tie everything together if you go with matching stationery for your big day.

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

I’m really happy to say that I offer custom wedding website for my brides as well. I can match any wedding invitation of mine to a website for their guests to go and visit! I think it’s a really unique opportunity to tie everything together for my brides. Unfortunately, a lot of the time I have brides that have already gone ahead with their website on a bigger site and I lose the opportunity to offer that product to them.

Check out Courtney and Creative Start Design on WeddingInviteLove or visit her site to learn more!

 

Shayna from Steel Petal Press takes the stage for this week’s stationer interview. We’re proud to have Shayna as a WeddingInviteLove vendor. She also belongs to the Ladies of Letterpress, an organization that we are proud to partner with – I’m sure they are proud to have her too!

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Headshot by Michelle Kafko, Organic Head Shots.

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have been an artist since I can remember. While earning my BFA in Interdisciplinary Art I became interested in Book Arts as a medium which is where I had my first contact with letterpress print. From there I enrolled to graduate school to earn my MFA in Book and Paper Art where my studio focus was on letterpress printing, book binding and handmade paper making. While still in the MFA program I started printing greeting cards for friends and relatives on the side. Once I was out of school, I began to print more letterpress greeting cards, which naturally lead the way to letterpress wedding invitations and stationery. Things really started to take off after I designed and printed invitations for my own wedding 2 years ago.

 2. What is your favorite color combination?

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I love almost all colors for different reasons. I use a lot of bright yellows and reds. I also love muted colors for their subtleties.  Looking over some of my past work, I have noticed I use a lot of navy throughout my collection, paired with yellow, beige or grey.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I would have to say the “Lobster Save the Date” with lobsters holding wedding bands. It was originally created as a custom job and was entirely that client’s idea. Since then it’s been extremely popular and recreated several times since I first designed it.

Also I really loved working on the Carousel Invitation for lighthouse point.  It was such a fun venue to use as inspiration, but also a bit tricky to reconcile the traditional catholic church ceremony with the unique and funky reception venue that followed it. In the end I worked closely with the couple to create an invitation and separate reception card that matched each other while still conveying a sense of each individual location.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

For weddings I love Copperplate because it’s easy to read, classic and very versatile. It can be paired with a script to dress it up, or paired with an old western font to dress it down.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I get many people asking me to print custom 1-offs, which, if you understand letterpress and all the set up involved (mixing ink, setting up the press, etc) you would know is a totally ridiculous request. But that’s OK, most people don’t fully understand the process so I don’t hold it against them.

Other than that, I had a couple request an additional card that was an invitation to watch a football game on the Sunday after their wedding. I don’t want to call it bizarre, though, cause that has a bad connotation. I thought it was pretty unique and cool, and very much a reflection of the couple and their interests (which is exactly what I love doing with my custom work: creating paper products that tells a special story specific to my clients)

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I love both!  I generally decide based on the font I am using (some ampersands look real funny) and whether the invitation was wording in a formal or casual way.  To me, spelling out the word “and” is it a bit more formal while an ampersand seems more casual.

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7. Any advice for brides?

Choose wedding vendors not only based on their work, but also how easy they are to work with.  You can get a sense of this by how quick they are to respond to emails and calls, and how personable they are in their responses. Wedding planning is stressful (it’s a cliche for a reason!) and it’s important to work with people you trust who can help make the planning process easier, or even fun!

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

I also sell custom guest books, ready made greeting cards and personal stationery.

Thanks Shayna! Check her out on WeddingInviteLove or go to her site for more letterpress goodness.

 

Today we met up with Sofia from Sofia Invitations & Prints. Her work is so fun, I love the creative energy behind it. Here she is—wasn’t she a stunning bride? Take it away Sofia!

Sofia Invitations and Prints WeddingInviteLove

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I used to work as a textile designer in New York City, and I began to experiment with my textile patterns on paper instead of fabric through printmaking processes (like silkscreens and etchings). Soon enough I realized I could use my fine art prints to make some really pretty wedding invitations. I began creating some designs for friends on a freelance basis.  When I moved to South Carolina after I got married (and after I designed my own wedding invitations for my wedding in Costa Rica) I decided to make this my full time job, and I have been loving it ever since!

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

I created a wedding invitation design for a friend who got married in an old, redesigned theater in Colorado. She wanted bright red, pink, and orange in the invitation and she wanted the design to look like a theater ticket. It came out great. Ever since then, red, pink, and orange have been my favorite color combination.

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3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I made a hockey-ticket invitation for a couple that loves hockey. It features images of vintage ice skates, a vintage scroll border, and their hockey colors: maroon and black. The couple was really fun, and the design process was exciting.

4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

That’s tough: I like different typefaces for different purposes. For a bold impression I like Budmo Jiggler, for a pretty script font I like Sudestada, and for an easy to read type I like Copperplate.

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5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Nothing seems too bizarre to me because I like a creative challenge and I believe couples should do whatever they want for their wedding day and not worry what other people might think. The most creative request I recently received was to create an invitation featuring the Empire Symbol from Star Wars.

6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

I love Ampersand much more than the word “and” but sometimes an ampersand just doesn’t look right on an invitation…

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7. Any advice for brides?

Do what you want to do and don’t worry about pleasing your mother, friends, or whoever!  This is your day and you should surround yourself with things that make you really happy and reflect you and your husband to be as a couple.  If that means you want invitations featuring a lollipop design because you love candy, and you want candy center pieces…. so be it!  You want to remember this day forever.

8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Currently I only make stationery, but the range of stationery items I offer is wide. I have been making letterpress notecards featuring a saying like “hello” or a monogram. I would love to branch out more in the future and create stationery for children, yearly calendars, etc. I love letterpress as a high end alternative to digital printing and look forward to experimenting more in this medium.

Thank you Sofia! Visit her on WeddingInviteLove or head on over to her site to see even more.

 

Alisa Marie Designs is our featured stationer today! Alisa just got married last year and started her business due to the success of her own wedding stationery. I love stories like this.

Alisa Marie Designs WeddingInviteLove

1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I planned my destination wedding for June of 2011 and in the beginning of the planning stages I was unable to find any stationery (invitations, save the dates, programs, etc.) that suited my taste. So, I designed everything for my wedding and I received numerous compliments from friends and family that saw my work. Then, I was starting to contacted by a few friends asking if I could do their wedding and then friends of friends and that is how Alisa Marie Designs was developed.

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2. What is your favorite color combination?

Right now, I am a stuck on hot pink/fuchsia. I love the combination of fuchsia and tangerine (my wedding colors) and fuchsia and navy.

3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

The most unique invitation that I have designed is the various map boarding pass save the dates and invitations. It started with the Dominican Republic and then I kept on getting requests for other maps. So, I have added Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, BVI, St. Lucia and the list goes on.

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4. Do you have a favorite typeface?

Yes, I love fonts but I have a few that make the top of my list.

They are: Scriptina, Gabriola, Angelina and Felix Tilting.

5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?

The most bizarre request that I have received was to design a tropical inspired boarding pass save the date for a Texas wedding. Texas and tropical don’t really coincide with each other.

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6. Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand for sure! It is just so elegant and chic looking compared to the boring, old word “and”.

7. Any advice for brides?

Yes, enjoy every moment of planning your wedding. It is a day in your life that you will never forget. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff. Things aren’t going to go as you perfectly planned and imagined, but no one else will notice. Enjoy your day and the planning that comes with it because it is YOUR day.

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8. Do you offer more than just stationery?

Yes, we just offered a line of personalized and monogrammed items. We now offer personalized iPhone cases, iPad cases, sticky note cubes, water bottles, coasters, cutting boards and more.

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Check out Alisa Marie Designs on WeddingInviteLove or go to her Etsy shop to see more!