Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Diane Donato, Invitation Designer & Owner of Starglow Studios Designer Invitations based in Chicago, IL! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I used to make cards just for fun. It was a creative outlet for me. When I threw a baby shower for a friend, one of the guests showed up and gave her a gift of the framed invitation. That was the moment I realized that invitations can be considered art. Later that same guest needed wedding invitations with a lighthouse on them and hired me to create them.

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What is your favorite color combination?

That is such a difficult question for me because I have so many that I love. Color combinations are so important in invitation design. I tend to go through phases with color. Recently, my favorites have been purple and bronze as well as copper and blue.

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I think all the hand painted designs are unique. That is what makes them so popular. Each artist has their own style and their own interpretation of what the couple is requesting. I think you could take some of the top hand painted wedding invitation designers, let us all meet with the couple and we would end up with very different designs.

Do you have a favorite typeface?

I have two that I use often. Bickham Script Pro because I love the glyphs in that one. Corinthia Pro is the other. It seems to work well when you want a script but don’t want it to look too formal.

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

I had a request for two nudes on the front of a wedding invitation. I had to draw nudes to get my art degree, but I just did not think it was appropriate, especially when I found out they were inviting children to the wedding.

Ampersand or the word “and?”

I tend use “and” in the invitation, but I use the ampersand in just about everything else. Since the ampersand takes up less space I usually use it on the seal, the programs, menus, etc. I am very choosy about the ampersand and will usually grab the ampersand from a different font to make it look better.

Photo Credit: Martina Magnusson Photography

Any advice for brides?

Lots, because I used to do wedding consulting. Regarding the wedding invitation, I would tell them to remember that the invitation is the first impression your guests are receiving about your wedding. Ask yourself what type of impression you want to make. Remember that the recipients are going to determine whether or not they are going to attend, what they are going to wear and sometimes even what gift to give all of that first impression.

The other thing is that you have the opportunity to create something very special. This may be your one chance to have something unique done just for the both of you. Many of my clients have said it was a rewarding experience to add your own style and be a part of the design of an invitation. I have couples returning to order invitations for other events because they enjoyed it so much.

Do you offer more than just stationery?

Not at this time but I hope to in the future.

Thanks, Diane! For more information about Starglow Studios Designer Invitations, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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