Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Melissa of Phoenix, AZ-based Posh Invitations! Take it away, Melissa:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I went to the Art Institute of Seattle for graphics thinking I would go into retail advertising. After working in an advertising agency for a couple years I wasn’t really feeling it. I wanted to work for myself. My Grandmother was a florist and did flowers for weddings, so I was around the wedding industry and thought it would be fun to get into. At first I thought it would be fun to be a wedding coordinator. While in the process of putting together a business plan, suddenly I realized “oh wait” I’m a graphics person! I can design wedding invitations. I started out working out of my home, then moved up to sub-leasing space in a bridal shop. A year later my business had grown to be where I needed my own retail space.

See more of the interview and Melissa’s invitation designs after the cut!

What is your favorite color combination?

Well that changes with time I go through phases. Right now, if I am working with a pearly paper usually black and a pearly ivory. I also like green and purple together.

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I have been doing this for 11 years and what was unique ten years ago has become common place now. I think right now the most unique invitations I have are the Thai silk boxed invitations I offer. I can’t take all the credit for them though, I import the boxes from Thailand which are custom made for each client. I create the stationary pieces that go on the inside. Theres not really a lot of places to get these boxed invitations. One of my customers told me I am the only one in Phoenix that has them. She looked all over and really did not want to do something so pricy and complex without being able to talk to someone face to face about what she wanted to create.

Do you have a favorite typeface?

Yes I love Grace.

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I really have not had anyone do anything on their wedding invitations that I thought was really strange. However, in addition to wedding invitations we do invitations for any occasion. I had a client whose birthday was coming up soon. She told her friends that she wanted them to throw her a surprise birthday party. Her friends said well we can’t do it this year it wouldn’t be a surprise. So she went ahead and threw her own surprise birthday party. After she handed out all her invitations she confided in me that she couldn’t decide how to go about acting surprised when she came in.

Ampersand or the word “and?”

Usually “and” however the ampersand sign can be a cool graphic element in modern and unique invitations.

Any advice for brides?

Order early, usually things go very smoothly. But on occasion you could have an out of stock situation or an error that needs to be corrected. If you leave yourself some wiggle room, if theres anything unexpected that comes up, there is nothing to stress about. Most of manufacturers I work with will deliver orders in about two weeks including the shipping time. However, some high end invitations and custom jobs can be up to two months. So if you are looking for something really special allow lots of time.

Also, I find it to be very common for brides to be so excited about their upcoming weddings (as well they should be) they want to send out their invitations waaaaaaaaay too early. Six to eight weeks is the norm with an rsvp date of 2 -3 weeks before their wedding. If you send them out too early people forget. If your reply date is too far out people may just reply no because they cannot commit that far out. There are lots of reasons for this, some people are just not into weddings, some may not know if they can set up child care, list goes on. If you are having a destination wedding a save the date card would address any reason for sending invitations too early. If you have some international invitations then send just those international invitations a couple more weeks before the rest. That is all that is really needed.

Do you offer more than just stationery?

We have a few accessories, but we are phasing that out to focus completely on beautiful quality stationary we need the space for our paper samples.

Thanks Melissa! For more on Posh Invitations, head over to her WeddingInviteLove profile, or straight to her website.

Any questions or comments for Melissa? Leave them in the comments!