Credit: Jonas Peterson Photography
Today’s stationer interview is with Patricia of New York-based Fourteen-Forty — I am so pleased since they are one of my personal favorite stationers on WeddingInviteLove! Check out the amazing designs below (not to mention the interview!)
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
As a graphic designer, when it came time to planning my own wedding, I knew that I wanted the invitations to be something special. I was still a young printer at the time, but what better way to test my chops than to tackle the most important invitations I would ever send out! There was a lot of trial and error and moments of panic here and there, but in the end, the invitations were wonderful and I had such a great time putting it all together. I realized that invitations are such a great medium for design – each one has a story and theme, and there are so many ways to play with materials and processes to make something very special every time.
See the rest of the interview and more beautiful designs after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
My current favorite color combination is ginger and gold – but it changes from week to week!
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
One of my most unique products are these Hand-Beaded Letterpress Gifts Tags (editor note: see them on our holiday design roundup here!). My good friend, Thea Bloch-Neal of hushedCOMMOTION is a very talented bridal accessories designer who incorporates hand-beading on many of her designs. With the holidays approaching, we came up with the idea to design mini beaded ornaments that could be attached to letterpress printed gift tags. It was a wild idea and we weren’t sure it was going to work, but we’re just so in love with the results. The luxury of hand-beading is perfectly complemented by the letterpress and the tags are sophisticated, fun, and festive! I would love to see a similar process applied to invitations someday!
Do you have a favorite typeface?
This gets a little type-nerdy but currently, my favorite typeface is Americana, which was designed in 1945. It was only available in lead type until more recently when a digitized version was created. But there’s something about the original, especially when you see it in the type case, that is just amazing. With lead type, each letter is on its own block, so to get each letter to connect correctly to look like calligraphy was a very tricky task and one that Americana achieved beautifully.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I wouldn’t say the idea was bizarre, but more unique. One of my brides wanted her apartment and city skyline drawn on the invitation, with two love birds flying in to nest or nesting nearby. It was a challenge to pull off but she was very happy with the results!
Ampersand or the word “and?”
It really depends! There are some typefaces where the ampersand is just too gorgeous to ignore.
Any advice for brides?
My advice to brides is to start the stationery process early. Even if you don’t have all your details and dates nailed down, the invitation process can begin. Having enough time will allow ideas to breathe and grow, giving you the chance to create something that will uniquely reflect your story as well as the vision for your wedding.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Definitely – in addition to wedding invitations, we can design all the pieces you need for the day of your wedding, such as escort cards, menus, table numbers, favor tags, programs and more. We also offer announcements of all kinds (baby, party, shower, etc!) paper products for the home (coasters galore!), and branding designs (think business cards and letterhead). We’re open to all kinds of projects and challenges – anything that can be printed, we’ll consider!
Thanks Patricia! For more about Fourteen-Forty, check out their WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to their website.
Questions or comments for Patricia? Leave them below!