Happy almost Friday! Today, we had a chance to catch up with Carrie from Birdhouse Stationery. We just love her designs and are sure you will too. Take it away Carrie…
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I have a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois and a compulsive need to make things: bread, jewelry, hats, anything. When I got married 3 years ago, buying my invitations was not an option – I absolutely HAD to make them. I received so many compliments that I began doing invitations for my friends’ weddings, and after several successful jobs decided to go pro.
Learn more about Carrie and see her lovely stationery after the jump…
2. What is your favorite color combination?
I think my favorite colors change with every job. Right now I really love ivory and black – it has such a classy feel. But I’ve also been feeling ivory with pale coral, navy blue with lime, and pink with orange.
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
All of my clients end up creating custom orders, so every project is unique. That’s probably my favorite and sometimes the hardest part of my job – trying to discover how to best translate a bride’s personality into paper. However, I once had a bride with an incredible story – she was in her late 60’s, getting married for the first time to her high school sweetheart. They’d gone their separate ways after school, he married and had a family, but when his first wife passed away a few years ago, he “Facebooked” her, rekindled the romance, and they are now married. Their invitation featured a photo from their senior prom.
4. Do you have a favorite typeface?
This is something else that changes with every job. But I really love to mix a flourish-y script with a classic block font, like Adios Script with Adobe Garamond in all caps.
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I haven’t had any bizarre requests yet. The most unusual request was probably when a client came to me with all her own materials and wanted me to do the design and assembly, but in the end I talked her into my own card stock which were much nicer and, believe it or not, also more affordable.
6. Ampersand or the word “and”?
Totally depends on the design. Every name sits differently on the page, and sometimes one or the other just feels “right”.
7. Any advice for brides?
First – do what feels right. So many aspects of “traditional” wedding etiquette just don’t fit with the lifestyle of a modern bride. Second – don’t get hung up on matching your invitations to your bridesmaids dresses – no one will be comparing them during the ceremony. Besides, I find that multiple shades from the same color family make a much more interesting invitation than sticking with a single color.
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
I do anything printed – from invitations to holiday cards to birth announcements and more. I’ve even designed custom photo books and business cards!