I love when people submit photos of themselves at work creating beautiful invitations! Kristin over at 622 Press has some great advice for brides and she also shared many of her invitation designs with us. Thank you Kristin!
© Rick Miller/Milton Courier photos
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I learned letterpress in college while earning my BFA. Buying a press was one of those “someday” goals… then I found one for a relatively good price relatively close to where I live. Fate? I think so!
I had designed a few invitations for friends and clients here and there, but I was extremely excited to be able to produce them as well—especially in a medium as beautiful as letterpress.
Learn more about 622 Press after the jump…
2. What is your favorite color combination?
Tough question! I love yellow with shades of grey, silver with plum, lime with navy, red with light aqua blue … too many! To me, the most important aspect of any color scheme is to pair a traditional or “Crayola eight box” color with something unexpected or just a little off to keep it interesting!
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I start every couple’s invite from scratch, so every one is unique! I did have a lot of fun with my own invites though; I made sure they were as functional as they were beautiful. The three pages were grommeted in the corner and stepped along the bottom edge, and the RSVP was actually a perforated piece guests tore off and mailed back. I incorporated a lot of printed paper into my reception as well in the form of table numbers and luminaries.
4. Do you have a favorite typeface?
In my day job, I’m an art director at a magazine, so I have way too many favorites! For wedding invites, I like Bickley script, its flourishes are so fun to design with. I love a traditional serif such as Baskerville, a clean sans serif like Meta light, and some funky yet well-design display faces. It really all depends on the couple and what they want for their day!
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I had a bride ask if I could have her invites designed, printed and shipped to her within two weeks. Maybe this isn’t bizarre… but I thought it was pretty absurd!
Seriously though, I’d love to do more out-of-the-box work. I’m a creative
person, give me a challenge!
6. Ampersand or the word “and?”
Ampersand! Except within a body of text, then stick with “and.”
7. Any advice for brides?
Slow down, breathe, enjoy being engaged. It’s so easy to get caught up in planning a wedding and forget about the marriage that comes after it. No matter what happens, at the end of the day you’ll still be married to your best friend!
Make your day what you want—don’t let anyone tell you that’s not how things are done or that people will think you made the wrong decision. There are no wrong decisions! It’s your day!
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
Yes! In addition to invitations, I design and print custom notecards and business cards. I also offer readymade note and recipe cards (which are great shower gifts!), limited edition prints and more at 622press.etsy.com.