Today’s stationer interview is with Michelle Marks of Inviting Affairs, based in Austin, Texas! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I actually bought the business eight years ago. Honestly at first I had no idea what I was doing but was excited about the creativity of it all. I taught myself illustrator and put my creativity to work. I loved diving in and seeing the changing trends and growing with them.
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What is your favorite color combination?
My favorite color combination is emerald, navy and gold. I love the way those three colors come together and shine on there own.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
We did an invitation for a Halloween wedding and she really wanted it to be as unique as possible. From the invitation to the liner we incorporated a truly unique design.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I love the new trend of handwritten fonts. Before I would have to have a calligraphy or handwriter write in all out for me by hand but all these talented people have made their amazing work accessible to us.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
We actually got asked to design a My Little Pony invitation. The bride wanted it to be still classy and wedding themed. It was a tall order but we were actually able to put together a cool invitation.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I think it really depends on the style of the invitation and the fonts. A more modern invitation with a block font the ampersand will look the best. As for an invitation with a more script or calligraphy font would look better with a “and”.
Any advice for brides?
I would tell brides to never be afraid to express your self in your invitation. It is the first thing your client sees and really expresses the feel of the wedding. Don’t let the idea of custom scare you away with price. We like to offer our brides a reasonable design fee so they are able to have invitation that really shows who they are and how they would like their wedding to feel.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
We did. We actually use to have a retail location with gifts, stationery etc. We decided to close it to focus on our brides more and design business. One of the best business decisions I have made.
Thanks Michelle! For more information about Inviting Affairs, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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