Our stationer interview today is with Melinda of Lion in the Sun and PostScript Brooklyn, based in Park Slope, Brooklyn! Lion in the Sun is one of those stores I just *keep* missing every time I’m in New York, and after this interview, I’m determined to finally visit! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
Actually, Lion in the Sun is a family business, so I literally grew up doing event décor and custom invitations alongside my mother in Huntington, Long Island. After 10 years of graduate school and other outside careers in nonprofit, I decided to make the leap to expand the family business by starting my own branch. I opened our Park Slope location in 2002, which I now run with my husband, Dave.
What is your favorite color combination?
Honestly, it changes regularly! Right now, my faves are peach and copper. Oh, and I’ve been loving mustard and eggplant lately.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
We do so many creative things for clients to make their invitations truly personal. I love the challenge of taking a personal element or something meaningful to a couple and finding a way to put it on paper. Recently one of the girls on our creative team worked with the designers at Bella Figura to come up with a bold graphic design that featured the word “love” in languages from many of the countries our bride and groom had travelled to together. So sweet!
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I’m loving Liebe Erika right now.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Believe it or not, we received a request just a few weeks ago for a calligrapher to attend a Hobbit themed party to write cards for their guests in Elfish. Oh, and of course, the calligrapher would wear elf ears.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I love the look and feel of many ampersands and I think they can be a great design element, but it totally depends on the formality and overall design of the invitation. Sometimes “and” is just more appropriate.
Any advice for brides?
Yes! Trust your vendors. When you’re planning a wedding, you have so much on your plate. Hire people who you believe in and whose work you love, and then let them do what they do best.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Oh, sure! We work with clients to create all things printed, from stationery to coasters to bags. And, we have a retail shop full of notebooks, gift wrap, ribbon, books, and gifts, and of course, a healthy selection of greeting cards and stationery!
Thanks Melinda! For more about her business, check out PostScript Brooklyn on WeddingInviteLove, or head to the PostScript Brooklyn website as well as the Lion in the Sun website. Or follow on Twitter or Facebook!
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