Today’s interview is with Blue Envelope Boutique was a first of it’s kind—we got to speak with not one stationer, but two! Double the fun and double the answers. Thanks for your time Rachel (RT) and Rebecca (RM).
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
RM: By accident. I’ve been doing graphic design my whole professional life, and people started asking about me designing their invites. It’s a great creative outlet and step away from corporate and industrial design.
RT: I was working professionally at a sports magazine and really wanted to do something a little fluffier, girlier and less intense. I was kind of getting tired of using so much grey, black and red! So, I asked my sister if I could design her invitations when she got married; they were pink, purple and fit for a princess — as girly as you can get! Once I did those, word got out and I started designing for her friends, then friends of friends and so on!
What is your favorite color combination?
RM: I love orange and yellow together; they make me happy! However, in print, black and aqua — well, I’d say “Pop,” but I hate that word, so I’ll use rock my world!
RT: Depends on my mood, the time of year, the project — I can’t pigeonhole myself to just one color set. That said, I love grey and red; aqua and red; aqua and yellow; red and yellow; green and orange — and the list goes on.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
RM: A flame-themed invitation that had to pretty. Yea, I made it happen.
RT: Ooh, let’s see. I think it would be for a Mexican destination wedding. They were open to anything bright and beachy, and it came out looking almost like a beach concert bill — super awesome!
Do you have a favorite typeface?
RM: Futura, because it’s so clean and well-balanced, and Scriptina, because it’s the complete opposite.
RT: Again, changes with the wind, but I always love Geosans light, especially when paired with something soft and easy, like one of the Jellykas.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
RM: See answer to question 3. Seriously, I had to design pretty flames.
RT: To have the invitation look like a label from a Pabst Blue Ribbon bottle.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
RM: Amerpersand. Always.
RT: Ampersand if I can use it as a design element. Otherwise, the word. Word.
Any advice for brides?
RM: Don’t be afraid; have fun with your design.
RT: Relax. In 3 years, maybe even 3 months after the wedding, you won’t believe how much time you spent making sure the envelope color was the exact shade of the bridesmaid dress or that the bouquets were slightly bigger than you imagined. Be happy and enjoy the process and be confident with your choices.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Both RT & RM: Is that a serious question? We live and breathe all things paper. So if you want it designed and/or on paper, we do it. We design everything and our boutique offers the following and then some: Bags, Wrapping paper, Greeting cards, Journals, Calendars, Planners, Art, Pencils & desk accessories, Mugs & Bags, Local artisans’ jewelry and work, Baby gifts, And list goes on and on and on.