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Custom Wedding Stationery & Graphic Design: An Interview with @CSDdesigner

This weeks interview features Courtney from Creative Start Design. Courtney is located in Upstate New York.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been designing wedding invitations for almost a year but I just started my own business in the summer of 2011. I run my little shop on Etsy and do a lot of vintage typography inspired wedding stationery.

I was born in the Hudson Valley of New York but I’ve lived in several areas of the country. I moved around a lot in my teens and finished high school in Wilmington, North Carolina before settling at a great college where I grew up. After I graduated college I moved to Rochester and started my business there…but I’m about to move back to the Hudson Valley. I’m a bit of a nomad!

My schooling and work background is web design and graphic design. I’ve worked for 6 years in various fields of art, design and photography. I absolutely love web design and still try to incorporate that into my business by offering brides custom wedding websites that match their Save the Dates or complete wedding stationery package.

What special things do you create for weddings?
I design all the wedding stationery for a bride’s special day. I love creating custom design packages that fit a bride’s exact needs and style. I create everything from a bride’s save the dates to her invitations, programs, and thank you cards.

You’ll find that I tend to use bold and unique typefaces to create a fun and exciting style for bride’s wedding stationery. My designs with the boldest features tend to be my most sought after designs.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I graduated with my BA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz and was heavily concentrated in the realm of website design. It was my “”niche”” and I sort of fell into the title of “”web designer.”

Even thought I was really happy working in the world of websites, I always had this distinct love for typography that I could never explain. Website design is rewarding to me but I could never do the more complex typographical designs that I longed to do when I was designing with HTML (although that is changing with the new developments in website design.)

I started working in print media a year ago and have really begun to delve into the print process and typographic layout like I always wanted to do. After designing some really fun invitations for friends and family (and a boss’s friend!) I realized that there was really something to it and started to explore the option of opening my own wedding invitation business.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Every single design I have can be or has been converted into a wedding website for my brides. I host their site on my wedding website server tyingtheknot.us for up to a year after their wedding! The real secret is that I’ll do it for a bride’s custom wedding invitations as well.

What is your favorite wedding song?
“You and Me” by Lifehouse

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
I’ve had several requests for rustic wedding invitations recently and I have a feeling that this will be continuing in the next few months for the spring wedding season. I think brides are moving towards a more natural design and wedding theme with rustic and timeless elements.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
The planning process with my brides! There’s something so amazing about e-mailing back and forth with my clients and really fleshing out their custom wedding invitations. I find it so rewarding that I get to be such a huge part of one of the most important days of their lives.


What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Take a deep breath! Don’t sweat over the small stuff. Keep your invitations simple, but make a statement about who you are as a couple. You don’t need seven layered wedding invitations if you’re doing a small backyard ceremony. Also, don’t get caught up in all the latest trends. You will want to look back on your invitations and stationery and know you made the right choice because they told a story about your personalities as a couple…not about what was “”in”” that season!

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
My perfect wedding would be anywhere with a beach and no internet connection!

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
You know, that’s a hard question! I think anyone famous would be really exciting, but if David Tutera featured me on My Fair Wedding I’d probably die a little.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
One of my wedding websites! A lot of the times, when they get to me, they’ve already made their wedding website on one of the big corporate sites. I wish they could all have one of my custom designs!

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
Seventh Cloud Studio , Kapom Crafts, Prunella Soaps, and J Mould Stamps.

To learn more about Creative Start Design visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/creativestartdesign
http://creativestartdesign.com
http://twitter.com/CSDdesigner
https://www.facebook.com/creativestartdesign

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Wedding Invitations & Stationery – An Interview With @izzyandthebean

This weeks interview features Ashley from Izzy and the Bean Design. Ashley is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a graphic designer originally from Iowa, but living in the Nashville, TN area. I’ve been married to my fabulously tall husband and co-worker, Nate, for five years. And we are currently in the process of adopting our first child, a boy or girl from Ethiopia.

What special things do you create for weddings?
We create wedding invitations and paper goods. Everything from save the dates, invitation sets, favor tags, and reception signage. We also create printable files for DIY brides to use.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I designed some invitations for a good friend of mine a few years ago and shortly after someone introduced me to Etsy. It seemed like a perfect fit, and we’ve been enjoying it ever since!

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
Our vinyl record favor tags are being featured as part of a music themed spread in the September issue of BRIDES magazine and we are thrilled!!!

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
I wish Etsy had been around! I feel like we would’ve been able to make it even more personal if we’d had all the custom options Etsy offers. The one thing I wish I had the most though was a custom garter. Something Star Wars probably ha!

What is your favorite wedding song?
Our first dance was to Crazy Love…so it’s my favorite.

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Couples are really wanting their invitation to be personal. To speak to the event. Our vinyl record wedding invitation, our mason jar, and our lovebirds in the tree have been very popular because of how different they are from the traditional wedding invitation, and how personalized they are.

We’ve also seen a big decrease in the number of couples using inner/outer envelopes. And for that matter, most of the couples we work with skip the rsvp envelopes all together and opt to go with a postcard instead.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
The reception! The stress is over, you’re already married, and the party begins!

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Leave yourself plenty of time to order your invites. The brides that order them a couple of months in advance are always WAY less stressed out than the ones that order them late. Which makes sense. That advice can go for anything. Your dress, the programs, your cake. Whatever it is, don’t leave it until the last minute.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Vegas! We went to Vegas for four days and it was awesome. We’re not big into gambling, but we went to a fabulous show every night and ate tons of good food. It was an affordable option, tons of fun, and perfect for the couple who doesn’t just want to sit on a beach and stare at each other all day. 🙂

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
If he weren’t already married I’d say Brad Paisley because my mom would flip out and that would be hilarious to watch.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Besides invitations, our reception signs are a great way to label reserved tables, your guestbook, candy bar items, etc. etc. They’re affordable, quick, and you can use any design and colors.

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
tadacreations is making our future little one an awesome custom doll. Her fabrics are great and we are SO excited about our item. Blackbirdfashion is another great one. We love her doxies.

To learn more about Izzy and the Bean Design visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/arippke
http://izzyandthebean.com
http://izzyandthebean.com/blog
http://rippkedesign.com (design site)
http://liftedfromthewater.com (adoption blog)
http://twitter.com/izzyandthebean.com
https://www.facebook.com/izzyandthebean

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Unique Heart Wedding Stationery Designs

Hearts are a simple, sweet motif option for your wedding stationery. They can be dressed up, stripped down and reinterpreted in many modern ways. When you want to wear your heart on your wedding stationery, here are some ideas from the Etsy Wedding Team:

Heart shaped favor tags

Heart Shaped
The heart shape is a classic. Here it’s styled with a unique scalloped edge.
{handmade by DesignCircus}

 

Sweet Heart Handmade Invitation Set

Sweet Hearts
Use hearts with a cool idea and it breathes fresh life into your designs.
{handmade by cutthecakedesigns}

 

clever heart wedding invitation

Clever Hearts
Hearts are so versatile they can replace letters or parts of letters and make your stationery more fun.
{handmade by merrymint}

 

Modern heart theme wedding menu

Embellished Heart
Or hearts can take on a more rugged look with artful additions.
{handmade by greenquince}

 

Rustic Country Heart Wedding Invitation
Rustic Heart
Hearts can also capture the theme of your wedding, in this case a country theme.
{Handmade by ImbueYouIDo}

 

Find more handmade inspiration by searching “etsyweddingteam” on Etsy

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