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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