Ilona from Paper Sherbet has a lot to share with us today! Along with some words of wisdom, she brings us photos of her great design work. Thank you so much, Ilona!
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
After graduating in Graphic Design I worked in the corporate world of design for a while until a friend asked me to design her wedding invitations. I enjoyed it so much that i saw there was a place in the invitation world for stationery with contemporary and fresh graphic design pizzazz.
The full interview continues after the jump . . .
2. What is your favorite color combination?
This is a hard question to answer as every colour can look beautiful with the right design. Striking colour combinations can be contrasts between different colour groups such as a dark purple and pastel green or pale pink with a deep dark brown. I couldn’t choose a favourite!
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
We offer hand-printed stationery as well as digital printed stationery. Recently we created a Save the Date card for a couple getting married in a cider press with a rustic theme. We screen printed real bark from a tree onto manilla card in a chocolate brown and hand stitched hearts onto the card with the couple’s wedding date. A lovely taster of the wedding for guests to receive in the post, we are currently working on matching wedding invitations.
I have a library of hundreds of typefaces for clients to choose from so to choose one would be an impossible task!
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I was once asked to create a table plan for a wedding and the bride planned to name the tables after ‘deceased’ family pets. It was a bizarre request! After further thought she finally decided to opt for flowers instead.
6. Ampersand or the word “and?”
I do tend to favour the ‘&’ as there are so many beautiful ampersands in various typefaces that can tie a design together really well. For more modern designs we also use ‘+’ which gives it a modern twist.
Regarding invitations, my advice would be to give yourself plenty of time. I recommend to clients that they send out invitations 6 months prior to the wedding and allow 8 weeks for the custom design process – we are happy to keep tweaking until the design is absolutely perfect. If a long engagement is planned that I recommend sending out a Save the Date card once you have a date set, so friends and family can make sure they can be there. As well as custom design, we offer off-the-peg designs which can be customised which is perfect for couples that see a design they like and are keen to send out their invitations quickly.
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
Absolutely. We are based in a screen printing art studio where we create all sorts of art prints that we sell in our shop. We sell guest-frames which are an alternative to guest books. There are various designs but the most popular is our rustic tree print which is a beautiful illustration by talented illustrator Liz Clayton. The design is hand printed in the studio and personalised with the couple’s initials carved into the tree trunk with their names and wedding date below the tree. Each guest-frame comes with two finger printing inks so guests can place a finger print onto the branches and write a message or their name onto the print. After the wedding it can be framed and placed in prime position in the home to enjoy. As well as hand printed guest-frames we also now offer professionally printed guest-frames for only £25.