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April 2, 2013

We are obsessed with wedding invitations. For a bride, they're really special when it comes to spreading the news about her big day! And what better way to say it through beautiful graphic design and pretty colored paper? Dress it up in ribbon or twine, and you have yourself a gorgeous invite to send out to family and friends. So how do you choose the designer who best suits your needs? Research your favoite styles! Today we spoke with Julie Hanan about her wedding invitations! Check out the interview and her beautiful designs below. We hope you enjoy!

 

How did you get started on wedding invitations?

I actually fell into the invitation business on accident. I previously worked as an Interior Designer for a large company and unfortunately lost my job due to the economy. After looking for a job (without much success), a few close friends of mine were getting married and I offered to design their invitations for them since I had done graphic design work since I was young. Soon after designing their invitations, other friends saw my work and quickly asked for my pricing. I soon realized that I could turn my hobby into a business and Julie Hanan Design officially opened in 2010. I focus mainly on wedding and party invitations/stationery, however I do some side graphic design jobs for businesses as well!

What are your favorite materials?

I love any kind of embellishment that makes the invitation a little special. IE: Ribbon, Twine, Raffia.  I received my degree in Industrial Design, so having a product design background has really made me focus on the entire presentation rather than just on each individual card. 

Whats the craziest invitation youíve been asked to design?

I used to do more custom work than I do now, but every now and then I will do some custom jobs for close friends and family. A few crazy jobs in the past have been some birthday invitations. One girl wanted an invitation for a 1st birthday party and we used hand-made rice paper mixed with ribbon, metallic papers, etc.. to give it a very soft and elegant look. Each invitation was die cut in the shape of a balloon. The invitation turned out amazing but it was definitely time consuming!

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What do you love most about your work?

I love the feeling I get once I send out an invitation set and knowing that each invitation was hand made and the utmost attention to detail is put into each and every invitation. Getting the email from the bride saying how much they (and their guests) love them makes me so happy and makes the whole process worthwhile!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations?

I definitely recommend checking around a lot of different sources from local shops, to online. I ask my brides how much a card at Hallmark costs, and look what you get for that cost. Research the pricing and come up with a realistic budget. Determine which style invitations you love the most and what type of feel that you want your invitation to set for your wedding since this is the first thing that your guests will see.

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March 5, 2013

Shoes. They are a girl's best friend, or total nightmare when it comes to finding that special pair! Trying to match your wedding dress? Or a particular shade of blue at the reception? Look no further, brides and bridesmaids. Today we spoke with Kate from Design Your Pedestal. She's been designing since 2007 and specializes in customizing wedding shoes! Take a look below to hear more about her and take a look at her beautiful creations!

How did you get started on bridal shoes?

I originally started doing custom designed everyday wear shoes for women, but then I found that working on wedding shoes and incorporating each bride's theme into her shoes was a lot more fun!

When did you start designing for weddings?

I've been doing wedding shoe designs since May 2011. I now also do sashes, handbags and hair accessories.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Rhinestones and lace! Definitely! I love softer romantic looks that sparkle.

Whatís the craziest project youíve been asked to design?

I'm not sure I'd call either of these crazy, but I did have one bride that was getting married in an old library and she wanted "book pages" incorporated into her shoes. So, I found some fabric that had print on it and I used it to make the leaves of the flowers of her shoes. Then, I had another brides whose mother had passed when she was a teenager. Her mother's veil was pink thule and she wanted to somehow incorporate it into her wedding, so we used pieces if it for her shoes. (The ivory shoes with maroon flowers and book leaves and the pink wedges with pink flowers).

What do you love most about your work?

Being creative and being my own boss. It's a perfect combination. I get to play with pretty things all day!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal shoes?

You have to feel confident, so it's a matter of defining your style and then expressing it. It's fun to watch it come together. I ask for a lot of details so I can help brides with their designs.

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posted by Laura at 10:19PM
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February 20, 2013

Accessories are an important part of a bride’s big day. It’s a must to have that perfect wedding bouquet from the moment it accompanies you all the way down the aisle to the final toss as a gift to the lucky bridesmaid. To Vala from Parsi Flowers, flowers are one of the most beautiful creations and they have to be the perfect reminder of life and love for a bride. We spoke with her about her lovely creations! Enjoy.

 

How did you get started on wedding bouquets/favors etc.?

I love arranging flowers and it took me to the path of designing family members' and friends' wedding bouquets and center pieces. Later I learned about clay flowers and started to make flowers out of clay, first for favors and later for wedding bouquets, traditional Persian wedding tables and center pieces.

When did you start designing for weddings?

Almost 15 years ago I started accepting orders for weddings.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Clay and beads.

What do you love most about your work?

I love that I always have to deal with flowers which are one of the most beautiful creations in the world.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding bouquets/favors?

To look into her heart and see what flowers inspire her for a good and happy life and remind her of her love. Disregard of trends and what market forces brides. For favors I always like the multipurpose ideas. Like when they can use favors as part of the wedding decorations as well.

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posted by Laura at 2:49PM
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February 13, 2013

Are you looking for gorgeous elegant and timeless accessories? Look no further, because today we have a vendor feature with Serephine! Serephine creates exquisite bridal sashes, hair flowers, head bands, hats, and more. We were lucky to get a chance to ask Serephine's founder, Erin, some questions about her gorgeous work and some advice about choosing a bridal accessory. Enjoy!

 

How did you get started on bridal accessories etc.?

I started my company shortly after my own wedding. My cousin was getting married a few months later, and she asked me to borrow the headpiece I had worn. I had had trouble finding my own wedding headpiece and ended up ordering a lovely one all the way from Australia, which worked great, but the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking and I wasn't sure it would last another wedding. I was a classical dancer for nearly 20 years and am quite familiar with accessories and costuming, so I decided to make my cousin a really special piece for her special day, myself. I did a LOT of research on high quality feathers, adhesives and found some gorgeous, claw-set vintage rhinestone jewelry and some French veiling, and got started. Since then, in the last 2.5 years, I have continued to grow my techniques and I have moved toward using more fabrics instead of mainly feathers, have begun using a millinery petal press, and I love mixing textures and materials.

When did you start designing for weddings?

After I made my cousin's piece, I got a lot of support from my husband, family and friends that my work was great, and decided to start a little online shop just to see. I then incorporated an etsy store as well and I'm still going strong 2.5 years later!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

I love using organza, silk organza, tulle, veiling, rhinestones, and ostrich feathers.

What’s the craziest project you’ve been asked to design?

I haven't really been asked to design anything crazy. I did have a bride send me her mother's beautiful, cathedral length wedding veil to repurpose into a very bold style for her, and I absolutely loved working on that special project.

What do you love most about your work?

I love having a creative outlet and getting to design beautiful things. I love more that I get to work closely with my brides and make them happy, and that I get to be a small part of such an important day in their lives. I also love the many, many talented wedding vendors I've gotten to know and work with. There is a LOT of talent and creativity in this industry and it's wonderful.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal accessories?

I think it's important to look for quality and craftsmanship. Make sure the item is made with the best materials, and that it is going to be durable enough to last the length of your day, and beyond. Also, the style is very important. Pick a piece that reflects you and compliments your gown. You want something that speaks to your personality, so if you're bold and fun, maybe go with something a little riskier such as a larger piece, or one with some fun color accents. If you want a subtle, pretty touch, go with something that matches the shade of your gown, and is a bit on the smaller side. Also, I think its nice to pick something that you could see yourself wearing again for special events, and that you could see yourself passing to a sister or a cousin, or even your own child someday, to borrow for her special day as well.  

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posted by Laura at 12:03PM
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January 8, 2013

How did you get started on bridal accessories?

I started in bridal 30 years ago fresh out of college with my fashion arts diploma in hand. I started mainly making gowns for brides as my first job and fell in love with the bridal business, it wasn't until 15 years ago that I started making accessories for the bride. I was looking at the accessories & jewelry brides were bringing in to go with the gowns, and what bridal stores were selling and always thought I could offer something more style wise, so I started to design.

What are your favorite materials/weapon of choice?

I love delicate french laces, silk fabrics, freshwater pearls and of course lots of crystal, with Swarovski being my crystal of choice. I also love vintage and love to incorporate little touches of vintage into my designs through the use of vintage jewelry, lace, & tulle. I love to imagine what the story is behind every little vintage piece I find.

What do you love the most about your work?

I love to make a bride feel pretty for her wedding day. I only sell on-line these days so I don't often see the brides wearing my designs, and when a bride sends me a photo of herself on her wedding day I am so thrilled. It is such an honour to be a part of one of the most important days in a women's life.

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posted by Laura at 11:35AM
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November 13, 2012

At Tying the Knot, we love a well-designed wedding invitation, and are huge suckers for lace! We found both in one when we spoke to AnnMarie of Lavender Paperie. She specializes in lace wedding invitations for a "vintage, rustic and shabby chic themed" weddings. We asked AnnMarie some questions about her work and her gorgeous Etsy Shop.

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How did you get started on wedding invitations? 

I love everything wedding and also love the art of creating something beautiful for ones big event.  Since I was little, I always had a love for paper and decided to take that passion and combined it with my love for weddings and decided to start creating wedding invitations.

When did you start designing for weddings? 

It was right after I had lost my job teaching 3 years ago.  It was my opportunity to go full force and start my business.  I'd have to say, at the time, losing my job was devastating, but looking back it was the best thing that ever happened to me. 

What are your favorite materials?

Lace is a pretty obvious one, since almost all over our invitations have lace on them.  Right now though, I obsessed with glitter paper.  I can't get enough.  We are in the process of creating our glitter line. I can't wait to reveal it!!

What’s the craziest invitation you’ve been asked to design?

Since most of our invites are for couples with weddings with a vintage flair we really don't get many crazy requests as most of their themes are very elegant, classic, etc.  I'd say, out of all our invites, the only one that sticks out the most would be the one we created for a couple where we used hot pink lace, ribbon and cardstock.  That one was definitely out of the norm of our usual realm of colors.  I'd have to say, it was also probably one of my favorite invites to create!  I loved working outside the box!

Ampersand or And?

Either or, really have no preference.  It all depends on the style of the invite and what works best!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations? 

Make sure to start early if you are looking for custom invitations.  The whole design process can take up to 6 months or more to create.  This way you can avoid having to pay rush fees and also have the comfort of knowing that the invite you fell in love with can be created in time. 

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October 23, 2012

Recently, we sat down with Laurel from Go Against the Grain, a shop specializing in all kinds of cupcake toppers, drink stirrers and labels for different occassions...including weddings! She was kind enough to let us know all the ins and outs of her absolutely adorable Etsy shop and give us a little discount goodie (see the end of her interview for more details.) We also added a few extra photos in the spirit of Halloween. Maybe you will be inspired to use that discount code?

We hope you enjoy!

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How did you get started on your cupcake toppers?

I noticed that most cupcake toppers were in the shape of a circle and wanted to do something different. Buntings and pennants have always been popular so I tried out the flag shape and they are quite popular! They are a fun and simple way to add a little extra something.

When did you start designing for cupcakes?

I have always been a fan of cupcakes, even before they gained popularity. I started designing my cupcake flags around 2008 for holidays with my family. 

Everyone would comment about how great they were so I thought I'd try selling em! Now I've branched out quite a bit to flags for drinking straws and other fun things you can use to adorn cupcakes and treats!

What are your favorite materials?

I would be lost with out my trusty Macbook Pro, some sharp scissors and a paper cutter, lots of colored cardstock, my printer and various types of adhesive.

What's the craziest project you've been asked to design?

I had a company called Knurture contact me for 1,000 custom cupcake flags! To date it is my largest order. It is also a pretty random one as they didn't use the flags on cupcakes!

They were included in kits that they sent out to their prospective clients as part of a contest! The kit included little stuffed aliens with my flags stuck in their hands.

The contest was to take photos of the aliens doing all kinds of things. It was great to see such creative thinking! You can see some of the entries at www.knurtureinvades.com.

What do you love the most about your work?

I love that while the products are essentially the same, they are each very unique in their own way.

Is there anything else you'd like to add for our Tying the Knot readers?

Readers can get 10% off in my shop! Use the code: TTK10

 

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