Today’s stationer interview is with Ashley of Fancy Designs, based in Baton Rouge, LA! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I think I more or less stumbled into the wedding invitation business. In 2009 I opened an Etsy account where I was making greeting card designs. One day a lady messaged me and asked if I could turn one of those designs into a wedding invitation. I tried to explain to her that I didn’t know much about making invitations, but she let me know she had complete faith in my abilities. That one kind soul, who took the time to let me know that she believed in me, turned my greeting card business into an invitation business. By the following year my invitation designs were selling worldwide on Etsy and a print on demand website. I think my natural obsession with weddings, my love for people, and my desire to design has helped expand my little accident into a flourishing business!
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
I’m a sucker for chocolate and mint!
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
That would definitely be the zombie wedding invitations, which border on creepy and unique. Apparently there isn’t much of a marketplace for gory zombiefied invitations, so I’ve made a few people happy by offering something so off the beaten path.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I would say it changes daily, but currently I’m in love with Cantoni.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
A few years ago I was contacted by someone who saw my print on demand shop and wanted something…well we will just call it “custom.” Her request started out like most do, “Something unique, something classy, and timeless.” But then took an odd turn at, “with doves forming a heart, but exploding, their feathers cascading down towards the bottom of the invitation.” A few different things run through your head when you first attempt to process what you’re reading. I sort of thought I was being Punk’d, but I slowly began to realize she was very serious and Ashton Kutcher was not going to be jumping out of my closet. It was the first custom order I turned down, and maybe the first one that I think about quite frequently.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I think it depends on the typeface and the style of the invitation. I find myself using and for more traditional invitations and & when there’s a pretty ampersand involved.
Any advice for brides?
Planning your wedding is an expensive and stressful process. I’ve had brides who have wanted something specific and just immediately assumed they couldn’t afford it. Don’t be ashamed to ask your designer if they have alternative, more affordable options that can work on your budget.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Over the past few years we have grown to add logo designs, marketing kits and materials, custom mugs, iPhone cases, and personalized items such as Doodle Speakers to our collection. Our iPhone cases and Doodle Speakers have actually been featured at GBK’s 2011 Emmy Awards Gift Lounge as well as the 46th Annual Country Music Awards.
Thanks Ashley! For more about Fancy Designs, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to her website.
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