Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Cheryl & Sherie of Merrymint Designs, based in Summerville, SC! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
We’re both self-taught designers and love playing around in Illustrator whenever we get the chance! We feel like designing wedding invitations came naturally to us. A lot of our friends would come to us for help with birthdays and weddings because they knew we loved to design and after a while we thought, why not start a business doing the same!
See the rest of the interview and Merrymint’s lovely designs after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
It changes almost constantly, but this summer one of our favorite combos is Mint and Gold. It’s both elegant and refreshing and has a certain sophistication to it. We’re also very fond of Pink and Gold. Gold is just one of those really classy, versatile colors that feels both modern and vintage and works for a wide variety of styles.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
The most unique invitation we ever designed was a custom order for a local bride. She was getting married in a historic church in Charleston that had a beautiful ornate wood pattern above the alter that she wanted to include as a part of her invitation design. We designed several other pieces for her as well, including a reception card that included some ironwork from the actual reception site as part of the design. Each of the pieces turned out beautifully and worked so well together. It was an elegant suite and unique to her wedding.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
Wow, that’s such a hard question for a designer! We have so many that we absolutely love. Right now we are very drawn to art deco and roaring twenties designs, so some of our current favorites include Cassannet – a versatile sans-serif that can be used for body or headline text, UpperEastSide – a very stylized decade appropriate font, and Metropolis 1920 – which the designer says was inspired by skyscrapers and the 1920’s industrial movement.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
We don’t know that we have received any “bizarre” requests, per se, though we have had many clients that have unique or particular ideas! We do a fair bit of logo designing as part of the freelance side of our business and those can often be very unique. We try to always keep an open mind and don’t mind thinking out of the box or trying something completely new or different.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
Honestly, we just LOVE a good ampersand! Of course, for the main body text of a formal invitation, we’ll often opt for “and”, but it is always fun to look for and try out unique Ampersands, especially in a more decorative fashion or in a more casual design.
Any advice for brides?
To avoid stress leave LOTS of time for the design and ordering process. Of course, we’re always happy to help a bride in a pinch with a Rush order, but if you can leave more time, you won’t be sorry! The other main tip is never be afraid to communicate with your vendors. The more they know about you and your wedding, the more they can help you. Be open and clear about what you want and ask for help if you need it. Your vendors are “the experts” and if they are a good company, they will bend over backwards to get you the help you need in planning your perfect day!
Do you offer more than just stationery?
In addition to stationery, we offer many design services including logos and business cards, flyers and postcards, media labels and even book covers! Designing is our specialty and we are open to most design projects =)
Thank you ladies! For more about Merrymint Designs, check out their WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to their website.
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