Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Reesha of Prêt à Papier, based in Dubai! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I have always loved working with paper, colour and interesting materials and this led me to pursue a Fine Art degree in Graphic Design. When my career started I dove straight into the world of corporate communication design but I realised how much I missed the freedom of working on creative projects when a co-worker asked me to design his wedding invitations. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs I always knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to convert my passion for design and entertaining into a successful business. I found myself creating personalised stationery for friends and family events, dinners, kid’s parties and eventually wedding invitations and the word spread. Now I design wedding invitations for my clients all over the world.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
I love playing with colours and finding new ways to see how unexpected combinations go together. I love the moody marriage of nude rose and grey, and their metallic counterparts in terms of rose gold and pewter.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I believe that you only get one chance to make an impression with an invitation. I always work with that in mind when I dream up an invite. I was once asked to design an invitation inspired by flowers. So I came up with a hexagonal box and lid, which when opened, revealed the invitation inside the centre of a flower. The petals opened with the sides of the box in a way a flower blooms in nature. No mechanics, just paper! Each petal was hand drawn and gold foiled on ivory paper.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I have too many! One for every mood and idea. But for weddings I love to combine fonts. Burgues Script and Apple Garamond are two of my favourites.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
One of my most memorable and fun projects was to design a couple’s table numbers inspired by their pets…yes pets!! They described each of their pets’ personalities and wanted me to capture them on paper. There was a rambunctious 10 month old Labrador, 2 bossy Persian cats, and even a turtle. I designed 10 cards with silhouettes of their beloved animals playing in their own way with a tandem bike which was the central theme of the wedding. They were such a hit! They were the talk of the wedding and the pet owners actually took their cards home as a memento.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
Ooooohhhh! That’s a tough one always for wedding designers. I would have to say Ampersand, but there are some instances that the ‘and’ just has to sneak in there
Any advice for brides?
Share! Tell your stationery designer everything! You never know what can inspire a truly talented designer to come up with your stationery design. Your wedding stationery plays a major part in sharing your story with your guests, through thoughtful design we can communicate details of moments that are special to you as a couple. Stay true to your own style, and find ways to weave it through all aspects of your wedding day. Infuse personalisation through monograms, personalised location maps and on-the-day stationery. Let your guests discover little elements as they go along and they will be talking about these things long after the party is over.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
At Prêt à Papier we focus on invitations and pretty stationery for events. That could be Baby Announcements, Holiday Cards, Birthday Invitations, Event Accessories (menus, table signs), Product Launches, Personal Stationery, Crest and Monogram Design, Packaging Design, Thank You Stationery, Calligraphy services. We also offer branding services for small artisanal companies and individuals that want to make a cohesive statement in their business stationery.
Thanks Reesha! For more information about Prêt à Papier, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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