Today’s stationer interview is with Laura of Lucky Invitations, based in Chicago, IL! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
We were planning our own wedding a little over 10 years ago, and were disappointed with the invitations we were finding. We just wanted something a bit more personal and unique, and thought about creating our own invitations. With my early training in commercial art and his natural born affinity for color combinations, we went to work. It was a very simple and personal invitation which I hand bordered in gold leaf, wrapped with a cotton leaf paper and tied with a ribbon. After that, I made invitations for friends and received requests through word of mouth. Finally, after many years, we made it an official business.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
The hopeless romantic in me loves rose and light gold together, but I love playing with bold color combinations for our clients as well.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
It has to be one we just did earlier this year. It was a 7 inch square tri-fold invitation with a letterpress printed crest on the outside and on the inside onion skin layer which was placed over the invitation. The crest was drawn by the high school neighbor of this couple and incorporated many special memories for them. The invitation was all custom cut and hand assembled, and we loved the end result.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I love different typefaces for different things – but a couple that I absolutely love are Cantoni Pro and Citadel Script.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Invitations for a Dr. Who, Batman and Superman themed wedding. We didn’t end up doing that job, but it would have been fun to play with.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I would say that depends on the couple and the formality of their event, however I do love being able to use ampersand when I can.
Any advice for brides?
I know people will think I’m crazy, but save your money on Save the Date cards. They are adorable, but if you don’t have the money – they aren’t really necessary. It’s painful to hear that a couple who has a tight budget for invitations has already spent as much as $300.00 to send out Save the Dates. With social media, your close friends already know you’re engaged. The only time I recommend sending them is if you are having a destination wedding, or if you are only sending a few to your out of town guests. Save that money OR put it towards a stunning invitation, more flowers, a better DJ, etc.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Absolutely. We also offer ceremony programs, seating charts, place cards, menus, etc. We also offer custom designed and hand crafted guest books, which are hand bound in house.
Thanks Laura! For more about Lucky Invitations, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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