Today’s stationer interview is with the lovely and talented Christine of Elegance on Paper, based in Boston, MA! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I had been a graphic designer and marketer for years and always had a love for crafts, so when I got engaged, naturally I wanted to do my own stationery. During the engagement, I saw a website of a custom-designer and instantly fell in love with the idea of spending my career doing something creative and fun.
Read the full interview after the cut!
In addition to doing wedding invitations, I also have a business for wedding seating charts. Most brides that came to my studio saw the sample and wanted that unique piece, well before they became popular. After realizing there weren’t many online shops that offered the type of design & color customization in an easy-to-order format like invitations, I launched the Seating Chart Boutique in 2011.
What is your favorite color combination?
I am a big fan of the silver/grey fad right now…pair that with any bold color, like a pink, purple or teal, and I am in love!
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
My most unique invitation has now turned into my standard invitation style! One of my first invitation clients was my friend, Tracy. I was just starting out and didn’t have much to show her but she knew she wanted pink and black. I saw the use of satin ribbon corners somewhere and thought how neat that would be on an invitation. I mocked one up and she instantly said yes! Her invitation has been my most popular style for the past 6 years and just this year, I launched a full line of twelve designs featuring this ribbon corner technique.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I adore the look of calligraphy and the ability to play with the options to make it not-so-standard looking. Carolyna is one of my favorites now. Even my logo uses it! For a block-style font, I lean towards Trajan Pro or Futura Light.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I had a bride that wanted a very elegant wedding and then she said she wanted pictures of her dog on all the table numbers. The two ideas didn’t quite go together in my mind and thankfully her mother agreed!
Ampersand or the word “and?”
It really depends on the bride and their style, not mine! I like both, but would lean towards “and” for my own.
Any advice for brides?
There is so much pressure these days for everything to be perfect when you look at all the wedding blogs. It is important to take a step back and think about what is really important and what will make an impact on that day. That will really help when it comes to prioritizing and budgeting. Make yourself a good “want” vs. “need” list so if you find something you love but can’t afford it, maybe you can move things around a bit to make it work.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Most of our items are stationery-related, but we’ve also done custom unity candles, guest books, and signage. But if you have an idea, just ask!
Thanks Christine! For more about Elegance on Paper, visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to her website.
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