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Custom Invitations and Stationery: An Interview with Marigold Press

This weeks interview features Katy from Marigold Press. Katy is located in Manlius, NY.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in a small suburb. After getting my BA in Business at Le Moyne college, I went on to the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University to to get my Masters in Media Management. While at Newhouse, I managed to sneak in some classes on Graphic Design and I was hooked! I have always enjoyed a good arts and crafts project but learning design through the use of a computer was a whole new (and exciting) ball game! It opened up a world of possibilities. My husband and I purchased our first home during the summer of 2010 and have spent the better part of the last year fixing it up to make it our own. When I’m not meeting with clients or playing with our kitten Milo, Jake and I are thumbing through home improvement magazines dreaming up our next room.

What special things do you create for weddings?
One of the main things I create for weddings are invitations. They are such an important component of a wedding because they are the first glimpse that
your guests will have into your event. That first look at your invitation gives them an idea of what to expect. I also create pieces for the reception such as table cards, favor containers, place cards and seating charts.

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
When my husband and I were planning our wedding in 2009 we couldn’t find invitations that we really loved. After months of looking I got frustrated and decided that if I couldn’t find what I was looking for then I was just going to make our invitations (darn it!). They were really special to me because I was able to contribute something to our wedding that was made by my own two hands with love. Our invitations were so well received by our guests that I decided that I wanted to be able to share that awesome feeling with others. That’s how Marigold Press was born!

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I pride myself on creating handmade pieces that are of exceptional quality. I pay great attention to detail in all aspects of the production process from proofs, to printing, to assembly. The end product that my clients receive is made with care as if I would be using it for my own event. I also enjoy experimenting with mixed media. Right now I am playing around with the use of paper and fabric together in my invitations and stationery. So far it has produced fun and unique results. I’m excited to be able to bring that to brides and grooms this coming year. One thing that is extremely important to me is customer service. I’ve had my fair share of encounters in my personal life with vendors that are only out to sell their goods and don’t seem to care about the person on the other end of the PayPal account. I really try to get to know my clients because a wedding is an extremely personal thing and one of the most important moments in your life. I make sure that the lines of communication are always open and that I treat my customers as I would want to be treated.”

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
I wish we had been able to get married somewhere in the 1000 Islands in upstate NY. I have spent the better part of my summers at my family’s camp there and it is such a special place to me. I would have loved to be able to share that with all of our guests but it ended up being too far for everyone to travel. We still had a beautiful wedding and I am very happy with our choice.

What is your favorite wedding song?
I actually have two. The first is the typical mushy I love you song and it’s “”Wonderful Tonight”” by Eric Clapton. The other is “”Play That Funky Music White Boy”” by Wild Cherry. Every single wedding/dance/event that my husband and I attend where that song is played he ends up doing the worm. Once friends and family found out he could do it, word spread and now people will request that song just so he will do the worm. At first I was a little embarrassed but now I am proud to say that the guy in the middle of the circle of people on the dance floor is my husband!”

What trends do you see happening in your specialty at the moment?
Purple. Purple. Purple. That is the most requested color I get for invitations right now. It’s still extremely popular and people frequently pair it with silver and white or black. Another thing that is very popular right now is the pocket fold invitations and mixing matte with metallic cardstocks. Metallic cardstock gives an invitation a little extra glam but an invitation that is all metallic can make it hard for the eye to focus on one aspect. Mixing matte with metallic helps to ground the design and give the eye a place to rest.

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
“With my clients my favorite part of the journey is the initial consultation where brides and grooms tell me what they imagine their wedding will look like. The brides typically do most of the describing but the grooms sometimes chime in too. It’s so much fun because they are so enthusiastic and I use the info from our discussion to help me build the design for their invitations. I also love seeing the look on the couple’s faces when they see their invites for the first time. It’s just one of the parts of the whole process that makes my job totally worth it.

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Enjoy it! Don’t get too bogged down with the details. The day goes super fast and in the end all that matters is that you are marrying the man that you love.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
St. Lucia. That’s where we went on our honeymoon and it was exactly what I had hoped for. The weather was beautiful, we got to spend some time lounging on the beach and there were a bunch of excursions you could go on. We were there for seven days and in that time got to tour the island by catamaran, go zip lining in the rain forest, ride horses on the beach, see an active volcano, and eat a romantic dinner at the end of a pier.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Definitely Natalie Portman. She is so down to earth and just seems like she would be a great bride to work with.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
I really think that the two-sided table tent is a great item. It’s made for brides who don’t want the expense of giving every guest their own menu card but would still like to have one displayed on the table. You can choose to put the dinner menu on the front and drink menu on the back or use the back as a place to display the table number. It’s really versatile and a great way to get the look you want at an affordable price.

What are some of your favorite shops on Etsy, wedding or otherwise?
I love NeatThings on Etsy. They make hilarious greeting cards, notes and other paper products. The wording isn’t typical of a card and that’s what’s so fun about it. Abacusathome is another one of my Etsy favorites. They have fun and funky felt accessories for your home. There is this really great pumpkin pillow that I’ve had my eye on that I might just have to have for this coming Fall! Plus they are located in Fayetteville, NY which practically makes them my neighbor!

To learn more about Marigold Press visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/themarigoldpress
http://themarigoldpress.com
http://facebook.com/marigoldpress

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Tuesday Spotlight with: DotStationeryDesign

This weeks spotlight features Carrie from DotStationeryDesign.

A few tidbits about Carrie:
She is located in Los Angeles, CA, and her favorite color is green. Carrie collects children’s pop-up books. “They are so beautiful and the paper engineering fascinates me!” Carrie’s favorite shop on Etsy is nedwards. “She’s a great friend of mine with an amazing talent for sculpture. She found her calling a few years ago with jewelry design. I’ve commissioned her for several custom pieces over the years. My favorite line by her is the pumpkin seeds-so simple, yet elegant and unique.”

For more info on DotStationeryDesign visit:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dotstationerydesign
http://www.facebook.com/Dot.Stationery


Hip, creative stationery for sophisticated individuals: An Interview with Creative Montage

This week’s interview features Aimee O’Boyle of Creative Montage. Aimee is located in Kansas City, KS.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a work at home mom of a very active 3 year old. I love all things wedding and most definitely all things paper. I’m pretty sure my life would stop if I couldn’t see color & texture everyday.

What special things do you create for weddings?
While my specialty is my custom invitation suite work, starting an Etsy shop really allowed for me to expand my offerings to include ready-made invite & accessory designs as well as digital files that customers can print on their own!

Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
I went to school for textile design but was never able to find something in the design field for work. It made me sad to think that my love for design and art was being stifled by a boring desk job. It was in planning my own wedding that I realized a serious need for unique, personalized stationery available to clients over the internet and thus Creative Montage was born.

What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I am a one man show here so customers receive one-on-one attention at all times. We offer a large range of items with the feel of a mom and pop shop. Its because of this that our customers are lifetime customers and come to us not only for wedding items but baby, personal stationery and business items.

If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t?
I wish our wedding was more backyard/rustic in feel so that adding unique personal touches would have made more sense.

What is your favorite wedding song?
By Your Side by Sade (that was our wedding song so I would feel incredibly guilty for not choosing that particular song)

What is your favorite part of the wedding journey?
For me, seeing my husband’s beaming face as I was walking down the aisle made all the stress of planning worth it. (Ok that and the fact that people are STILL talking about our wedding)

What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Plan a wedding that is YOU and no one else. There are so many wedding inspirations out there, its easy to pick something that you like and mimic it. But if the style isn’t really “you” its only going to feel like you don’t belong in that setting.

What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Bora Bora, hands down. I’ve never been there but REALLY wanted to go there for our honeymoon but just couldn’t swing the large price tag.

If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
I know that they aren’t engaged yet but when Reese Witherspoon is ready to marry Jake Gyllenhal, I would jump at the chance to create their invitations. She’s so down to earth that I really feel like her wedding would be very un-Hollywood.

If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
Every bride should have at least one monogram to work with in designing their wedding. Its the easiest way to achieve a harmonious flow to any event.

Links where we can find out more about your work:
http://creativemontage.com
http://creativeoddsnends.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/creativemontage
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?ref=name&id=1339478538

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