Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Melissa of Hello Invite, based in Cincinnati, Ohio! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

The truth is, it found me. When my husband and I got married, I did all of our wedding paper goodies. I loved every minute of it, thinking this would be so much fun to do for a living!  I was so shocked at how many compliments we received from the invites to the programs and reception mementos. On our wedding day, I was talking with one of our guests and that’s actually where my first real “job” came from; rehearsal dinner invitations!  I was so excited. I agreed to do them on the spot! What started through that one set of 30 rehearsal dinner invites, quickly grew through word of mouth and now here we are almost 5 years later and I’m busier and happier than ever. I never could have imagined how this dream would take over my life, make me look at the world differently, and even take up an entire room of our house! It was completely unexpected, and I think those are the best surprises life can give you. That’s how you know it’s truly meant to be!

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What is your favorite color combination?

I have so many favorite colors combos! I’m typically drawn to a more neutral color palette, but my favorite color combo would be: light teal, a bright blue, and a light mint green. Like the ocean! If I can throw in a splash of glitter gold, that would make it even more perfect.

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

Every invitation I design is unique to each & every client, but I think they are each so very different style-wise. My favorite invite to design and produce was one that had 4 different embellishments! It was a pocket invitation, with a sheer bow, a hanging tag and several Swarovski crystals on the tag, invite and on each enclosure card! It had so many different elements, and I assemble everything by hand, so I spent a lot of personal time with each and every one of them. They were beautiful!

Do you have a favorite typeface?

I probably have a new favorite typeface every few months! I love script-y fonts or anything that is whimsical, curvy, or resembles calligraphy! I’ve always wanted to have fancy handwriting and I think a font like that can complement any design or stand well on its own.

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

That’s a tough one! I’m very open minded, so I love hearing everyone’s vision and ideas because they are all so unique and fun to me. I haven’t had any totally off-the wall requests, but I do remember one couple who when I first talked with them had 2 very specific wedding colors that they had swatches for and everything, but then they later decided they didn’t want to use their colors on any of the invitations, programs or reception goodies!  So it went from being a 2-color wedding, to a multi-color wedding that used every color BUT their actual wedding colors. Which actually turned out really fun!

Ampersand or the word “and?”

Ampersand! It’s fun & fun to say.

Any advice for brides?

My advice would be to take a deep breath and enjoy the chaos! I know how stressful it can be, planning every detail of your once-in-a-lifetime day, but truly it is once-in-a-lifetime and so are the days leading up to it! And I promise it will be perfect no matter how many “bumps” you hit. The bumps make for good stories one day that you will laugh about (or at least some) one day! Of course, you do get a husband and a partner for life out of it, so that also makes the stress worthwhile.

Do you offer more than just stationery?

We specialize in stationery, but have created lots of other fun things too!  We’ve designed and produced magnets, favors (decorated in glitter paper, pockets, boxes, etc., of course tied with ribbon and a tag), and have even done things like photo coasters, canvas prints, t-shirts, and more! We are definitely open to trying new things. If there’s something you’re interested in, just ask!

Thanks Melissa! For more information about Hello Invite, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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