Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: Kelly King of Affordable Wedding Invites (3)
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Today we’re here with Kelly of Affordable Wedding Invites, based in Salem, IL! Take it away Kelly:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I grew up working in my family’s commercial print shop, helping couples browse the pages of Carlson Craft albums and learning about fine papers. A little later, I found inspiration in local couples who wanted more custom styles. We began offering high quality digital printing on fine papers and new ideas just keep coming.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Denver, CO: Emily A Howell Calligraphy + Design (6)
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Today we’re interviewing the lovely Emily of Emily A Howell Calligraphy + Design! Take it away Emily:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

My husband and I were in the middle of a cross-country move when I realized that I needed to make a change and do something creative for my work. I had made our own invitations a few years earlier when we got married so I knew that I loved the process! After working with a few brides, learning about their weddings and trying to come up with unique and special invitations to match, I knew I was in the right business!

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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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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Amy Zhang, Designer and Owner of Amy Zhang Creative, based in Denver, CO! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I’ve always been obsessed with paper goods, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started on wedding invitations. I started doing some graphic design work for a small stationery company and immediately fell in love with the work and the process of helping couples celebrate their love.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cocoa Beach, FL: Concertina Press (7)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Ruth Bleakley, Owner/Designer at Concertina Press, based in Cocoa Beach, FL! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I’ve always loved paper and stationery stores – I remember one of my favorite hobbies as a kid was collecting and trading stickers! After college, I got my dream job working at a small stationery store on Cape Cod. It was there I put my graphic design degree to work creating wedding invitations for couples who came in the shop. When that store closed in 2011, it was a turning point for me because I decided to take my own designs online and started Concertina Press. I decided to specialize in nautical wedding invitations because I love the ocean and am fortunate to live close by (even now that I live down here in sunny Florida!). I also love old science illustrations, so I often use them to create unusual and beautiful invites for folks getting married at the beach or even at the aquarium. My Cape Cod Save the Dates and Cape Cod wedding invitations remain popular – that’s where I was married too, in 2007.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Winnipeg, MB: Empire Invites (4)

Today;s wedding stationer interview is with Jacquie Rudolf, Sales, Marketing & Design Extraordinaire at Empire Invites, based in Winnipeg, MB! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

My previous job was in the corporate world of Business Architecture. When my husband & I began family planning we hoped for the flexibility to always have one of us home with our kids during their early years. As my husband’s Winnipeg Wedding Photography business grew he began adding themed collections and destination wedding invitations to his list of services (with a background in graphic design, this made perfect sense!). I began lending a hand in customer service and designing proofs during busy times and when our son was born, I knew I had to be a work-at-home-mom and taking over Empire Invites enabled me to do that. Now, we have two beautiful children, our stationery business has grown leaps & bounds (we now provide stationery to couple’s all over the globe, although are proud to boast all our products are homemade with love in Canada!) and we offer, in my opinion, one of the largest selections of theme and destination wedding invitations around.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Boston, MA: Joyously Yours Custom Invitations (5)

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Joy Wieder, the Owner of Joyously Yours Custom Invitations, based in Boston, MA! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I reconnected with a friend from art school who has been doing custom invitations for years, and she encouraged me to get into the business. She brought me to the National Stationery Show in New York, and I was hooked! As a graphic designer, I loved the fonts and papers and printing methods. As an artist, I loved that I could create custom artwork for couples. Each bride and groom is unique, and I create invitations that showcase their personalities and wedding style from vintage to rustic to formal.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cinnaminson, NJ: Shelly's Touch (2)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Michelle Nicosia Coyle, Owner and Creative Director of Shelly’s Touch, based in Cinnaminson, NJ. Enjoy!

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I graduated in 2007 from The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a BS in graphic design. My first job out of college was a graphic designer at Blue Tulip in Princeton, NJ. This was a retail location that had wonderful gifts and accessories. They also had a whole section of their store dedicated to invitations. We were able to set up our own proofs and print everyday occasions on site. I also worked with brides using our albums, but we could do custom as well. I would always talk brides into letting me do something custom! This is the place where I truly fell in love with paper. I was only employed there for a year when they suddenly laid me off and went out of business. The disappointed brides became my first clients. I decided to work for myself, doing what I loved.

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Diane Donato, Invitation Designer & Owner of Starglow Studios Designer Invitations based in Chicago, IL! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I used to make cards just for fun. It was a creative outlet for me. When I threw a baby shower for a friend, one of the guests showed up and gave her a gift of the framed invitation. That was the moment I realized that invitations can be considered art. Later that same guest needed wedding invitations with a lighthouse on them and hired me to create them.

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Vivian, the Founder and Creative Director of For the Love of Stationery based in Sydney, NSW. Enjoy!

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

To be honest, I kind of fell into weddings. I didn’t have ANY intention of getting into the wedding industry as I’ve heard horror stories of bridezillas lol (Luckily I haven’t had any bad experience with that.. Ok maybe like a handful of brides who were really particular about their wedding invitations but other than that, most brides trust me with their work wholeheartedly!)

I got asked by my friends a few years ago to help them with their wedding stationery when I was doing freelance graphic design for small businesses at the time. After helping them with their weddings, I discovered my love for love (I know it sounds so cheesy lol). I realized that I really enjoyed being a small part of their special day & I would love to help more brides do the same.

*When brides order their photo wedding cards with me, a small proceed goes to help The A21 Campaign to rescue women from modern-day slavery.

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