Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Mary of Chocolate Paper Boutique, based in Cincinnati, OH! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
The very first invite I did was for my then cousin-in-law-to-be, back in 2007. I was a graphic designer at the time, working with local and national retailers at a company I absolutely adored, and she asked for my help with her wedding invitations. That next year, and together with input from my soon-to-be-husband, I created our own wedding invitations. After that, people started asking and I found myself writing out names for my business.
See the rest of the interview and stationery designs by Mary after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
I’m always partial to black and white as it is so versatile; it can be classic or modern, subtle or bold. However, color can really add personality and flavor to any design. I know that’s not a straight forward answer, but since I do custom designs fit to each couple, it really depends on who we’re talking about as far as my color preference goes.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I would say the most unique so far was for my good friend Denise and her husband Kenny. They had a beautiful outdoor wedding on a picturesque horse farm in Kentucky. Denise wanted to reflect her love of flowers and nature with a bit of whimsy thrown in and we made sure to include the groom’s likes by taking inspiration from his “outdoorsman” background.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
Again, it really depends on the design on which I’m working, but I recently fell in love with Compendium. I can’t wait to use it in a design!
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Today it might not sound so bizarre, but a few years ago, my very first “official” client asked for a round invitation. But she wanted it to be a folder too and uphold a certain level of elegance to go with her cathedral wedding. After some experimenting, we came up with her circle folder and she was as happy as could be! Now, in the past year or so I’ve ran across a paper company who creates the same type of folder, but at the time it was exciting creating something completely out of the box (or rectangle, if you will).
Ampersand or the word “and?”
It really depends on the design, although a beautiful ampersand deserves to be given its time in the spotlight.
Any advice for brides?
Do what you want. That goes for stationery, the dress, the flowers, everything. This is your one day to show everyone around you how much you love your fiancé and why you two are meant to be, so don’t let anyone get in the way of how you want to express that. That being said; don’t sweat the small stuff either. Things will never go exactly as planned when it comes to your big day, so keep in mind the real reason you’re doing all this.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
I absolutely love favors and am always happy to help brides and grooms with ideas and execution of their favors. Really, who doesn’t love a little gift waiting for them at their seat? I also do freelance design in addition to my stationery, including brand identity, marketing materials, packaging and product design for local and international businesses.
Lovely work Mary, thank you for sharing! For more about Chocolate Paper Boutique, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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