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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with the super talented Michael from Anticipate Invitations! We’ve previously run features on his work (see his seaside & shore inspired invitation design here!)

Enjoy the interview:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I had just graduated with my BFA and was working as a graphic designer when I got engaged, so I was lucky enough to start by designing my own save the dates. I spend way too much time designing them but I couldn’t help myself! Of course one thing led to the next, word of mouth spread, and after a 2,500 mile move, Anticipate started.

I absolutely love package design and who doesn’t like receiving a special something in the mail in this e-this i-that world. I never would have dreamed it would have taken the path it did, but I love sharing my passion for art and design with the couples that come my way.

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What is your favorite color combination?

Any neutral or metallic mixed with a pop of color (Pink/Copper/Black). Close shades are also amazing (Citrine/Yellow/Mint). Or I wish brides would embrace last year’s neon craze! Pops of neon orange with khaki linen would be fantastic. Actually, I’ll extend a 10% discount to the first bride to email me with a neon scheme–seriously!

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What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

The most unique would have to be a boxed invitation containing a mini bird’s nest and hollowed out eggs, nestled on a bed of moss. The little bit of extra postage was well worth going three-dimensional.

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Do you have a favorite typeface?

At the moment it would have to be Hera Big when used in a bold way. Archer is also a beautiful font for someone looking for subtle sophistication.

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What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I really can’t think of anything I wouldn’t take on! The more bizarre the better as it will best reflect the couple.

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Ampersand or the word “and?”

And. Well-crafted letters are beautiful things so the more characters the better! I’m a big fan of all caps and exaggerated tracking (the spacing between letters).

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Any advice for brides?

Stationery is becoming more and more DIY, but don’t underestimate the skill of a good designer. It is one of the only physical keepsakes from the wedding that you’ll have forever. Plus, time is precious and designing and assembling stationery is very time-consuming. Also remember your guests will probably be invited to multiple weddings each year so that first impression is very important. You’ll want to budget for carrying your design all the way through the ceremony, reception and thank you cards. But, above all, keep in mind that the most important part of any wedding are the vows and commitment to each other (awwww…).

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Do you offer more than just stationery?

For weddings, anything needing a designer’s eye like cake toppers, banners, signs, napkins, favors, etc. Outside of weddings, anything print-related such as coffee-table books, corporate event stationery, business cards, advertisements, etc.

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Photo by Jeremy Hess

Thank you Michael! For more on Anticipate Invitations, check out his WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to his website.

Do you love his designs? Let us know below!


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  • Kathy

    This guy’s got the eye for the extraordinary. Wish he had done my wedding invites!