Photo Credit: Ashley Nicole Photography

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Dana Osborne, Graphic Designer and Owner of Dana Osborne Design, based in Omaha, NE! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I jumped into the world of full-time freelance graphic design 7 years ago. At that time, I’ve done a few wedding invites for friends. And then a friend’s friend would contact me. And then her friend, etc. I was always scared of bridezilla, so I held off of really promoting this as a service of mine. But I did my first bridal show and LOVED it. I was hooked after that.

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What is your favorite color combination?

I’m a simple elegance person, so I’m always drawn to lots of white space and using neutral colors. It’s the trend right now which fits me well. But I must say, when a couple comes to me with a unique, bright color…I’m gitty! I don’t see things like bright yellow, fuschia pink or cobalt blue too much, but when I do, it’s a nice change of pace.

Photo Credit: Ashley Nicole Photography

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I designed a pocket invitation package a few years ago with a rainbow theme. At first, I was like HUH? But it was done so elegantly. The couple requested all the wedding guests to wear white. The bridesmaids wore white, but their shoes were different colors of the rainbow (maid of honor red, next bridesmaid orange, etc). Same thing with the groomsmen and their ties. So their wedding invitations were white metallic pockets with white envelopes and the design incorporated a watercolor rainbow look. It was as classy as I coulda made something like that and the couple was over-the-moon in love with them!

Photo Credit: Melissa & Beth Photography

Do you have a favorite typeface?

This is sad, but right now for main text of invites I’ve been using Times New Roman italic. Is that a sin in the design world? But I love the classic look it brings. For script fonts, I love using Samantha…that font has so many fun varieties. And anything calligraphy inspired is fun now too.

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Maybe not bizarre, but last year I made 550 panel fold ceremony programs, which I adhered the program pieces onto the panel fold (they were gold foiled…gorgeous!) and then sealed each with a wax seal. 550 of these guys! The bride felt bad for even having me do it, but I actually enjoyed it!

Photo Credit: Ashley Nicole Photography

Ampersand or the word “and?”

Depends on the font. Right? Is that a common response? I do lean more towards “and” just because some of those ampersand signs are funky.

Any advice for brides?

Oh, man. Such much advice. My go-to advice for couples is to do it your way. I meet a lot of wedding planners who tell me how invitations should go because of tradition. I like to tip my hat to tradition, but do it how you want to do it. I think that’s why couples like me. I’m never going to tell them what they can and can not do. That’s not my job. My job is to make them happy. And if that means making Emily Post cringe, then sign me up. And that goes for any aspect of your wedding. Don’t do something because “that’s how it’s always been done” or that’s how your grandma thinks it should go (or insert opinionated friend/relative in that sentence). This day is about two people in love. Those two people should be the ones calling the shots. Just my opinion.

Photo Credit: Molly B Photography

Do you offer more than just stationery?

Stationery and all the fun things associated with that. I love doing wedding day items. I’ve done everything from koozies to stadium cups, playing cards, napkins, beer & wine labels, marble hexigonal place cards and 5’ wooden monograms. Those things are the super fun items that really personalize your big day. Those things are fun.

Thanks, Dana! For more information about Dana Osborne Design, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.

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