Today;s wedding stationer interview is with Jacquie Rudolf, Sales, Marketing & Design Extraordinaire at Empire Invites, based in Winnipeg, MB! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

My previous job was in the corporate world of Business Architecture. When my husband & I began family planning we hoped for the flexibility to always have one of us home with our kids during their early years. As my husband’s Winnipeg Wedding Photography business grew he began adding themed collections and destination wedding invitations to his list of services (with a background in graphic design, this made perfect sense!). I began lending a hand in customer service and designing proofs during busy times and when our son was born, I knew I had to be a work-at-home-mom and taking over Empire Invites enabled me to do that. Now, we have two beautiful children, our stationery business has grown leaps & bounds (we now provide stationery to couple’s all over the globe, although are proud to boast all our products are homemade with love in Canada!) and we offer, in my opinion, one of the largest selections of theme and destination wedding invitations around.

Read the full interview after the cut!

What is your favorite color combination?

Lately, I have been absolutely adoring a classic black & white theme with just a small pop of color! It gives off a fun vibe while still maintaining a sleek, clean overall look.

What is the most unique invitation you have designed?

I have a few super unique designs that were created for niche spaces in the invitation world – the latest are my poker chip invitations for a Vegas themed wedding and instant film camera style invitations for the photography or social media guru. Both very modern, interactive designs!

Do you have a favorite typeface?

I do! I really enjoy Freebooter Script – to me, it’s the perfect mix of formal and fun!

What is the most bizarre request you have received?

Oooh, that’s a great question! I would have to say the most bizarre thing I can recall is having a couple ask me to add a special note on their design asking their guests to please refrain from bringing a certain illegal substance to their wedding festivities. Just the fact the couple felt it had to be printed on their wedding invitations gave my husband & I a good chuckle!

Ampersand or the word “and?”

Data or data? :) Depends on the context in my opinion – I use both regularly.

Any advice for brides?

Give yourself generous buffer zones as it can save you so much potential stress later! There are almost always bumps along the way when it comes to planning a wedding. I mean this in all aspects, not just ordering your stationery, but for RSVP/Meal Option due dates and ordering in dresses/suits. Better to be ready a week early and be able to take a breather, than be running around last minute stressing over whether your bridesmaids will be sporting mismatched gowns!

All Photos by: Empire Photo

Do you offer more than just stationery?

I also offer fantastic customer service :)

Thanks, Jacquie! For more information about Empire Invites, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

Do you have any questions or comments for Jacquie? Add them to the comments below!