Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Debra of Florida-based DM Paper Designs! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I had a friend that took me (kicking and screaming) to a scrapbooking/card making convention. Although I told her and continued to protest that I had not one creative bone in my body, I started making cards and invitations for my family and friends, and neighbors asked me to do the same for them. It got serious when a friend asked me to do her Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah invitations. I became an Envelopments dealer/designer and wedding invitations and the wedding enquiries began. That was 8 years ago, during which time I have had a home based design studio. Thanks to the amazing clients and vendors that I have been so blessed to work with, 2012 was such an amazing year that I have outgrown my home studio. We moved into a commercial space in December 2012! We also have formed some amazing partnerships in 2012. Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement about a partnership with DM paper designs and a resort that is an amazing spot for destination weddings!!!
What is your favorite color combination?
I wish I could pick just one! Two of my most recent favorites are graphite/blush/ivory and purple/gold. But even more of a favorite of mine is combining various textures and patterns.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
It’s a tossup between 1. A storybook invitation for a bride and groom who were married at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. 2. An invitation and save the date that were designed for two different couples, but both feature a custom hand-drawn monogram with their names incorporated into the shape of a fish.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I am obsessed with Typefaces!! My favorites are constantly switching and I love getting to know a client and their event and picking the perfect typeface for them! Some of my current favorites are Brioche, Aphrodite Slim Pro, Mescaline and Bellucia Pro.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
To incorporate the thatching from the roof of a tiki hut onto an invitation. We stitched the thatching on to the flap of a pocket fold.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
Definitely ampersand! There are so many amazing opportunities. My iPhone case is an ampersand :)
Any advice for brides?
Always order extra invitations, 10% more than your guest list. Those clients that do not order extras or increase the list because they have the extras, always need more and it is much more difficult and costly to create more later.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Not at this time, but with the new studio, who knows!
Thanks Debra! For more about DM Paper Designs, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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