I get many questions on custom wedding invitations but often the harder questions posed are ones such as, “what should I do for the day of wedding paper products?” There are so many options to choose from which will determine what best suits you and the needs of your guests. Good questions frequently asked are “what is the difference between escort cards and place cards? Which are better?” The answers begin with, “It all depends…”
I love color and one of my favorite things to do is sort through my swatches and papers when I start a new custom invitation design for a couple. You might see I have a few instagram pics of swatches that I’ve snapped with a specific wedding in mind. Honestly I could play with my paint sets, paper swatches and pantone chips forever and never tire of it. While in art school we had a class called “color theory”, and as you would expect it was a lot of backstory on how we see color and what effect colors have on our mood and how they impact our daily lives.
You’re ready to get the ball rolling for your “Save the Date” but you’re not sure where to start. There are plenty of things you have to determine now that you are engaged and planning your wedding day. Below are a few helpful hints to organize yourself for sending your Save the Dates to help all the details just fall into place.
Why did you re-brand?
When I started Lauren Rachel Designs one year ago I had never worked in a professional capacity offering my services as a wedding invitation designer in the state of Maine. I took this safe step into the industry spending the last year really trying to figure out what my nitch in the industry would be. I wanted the business to reflect my experience, style, and the type of clientele I wished to attract.
It truly has been a whirlwind time heading into spring this year which included many collaborations on styled shoots with many talented wedding vendors from the State of Maine. In particular, I was thrilled to be invited by Fausto of Blue Elephant and Laurie of Laurie Andrews Design to participate in a gorgeous styled shoot and after party for the first open house at Beech Hill Barn!
Last summer when I first launched Lauren Rachel Design and decided to create custom wedding invitations, I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne Horty, one of my first connections in the wedding industry. Before we met one day for coffee, I learned a little bit about Adrienne and her business, Refinery Events. I was especially curious about her annual wedding show Beswoon. After finding her website and investigating the cleverly named Beswoon event, I wanted to know everything I could about this unique wedding show. After meeting and speaking with Adrienne, I knew that I wanted to participate in the next Beswoon event in 2016.
I’m often asked by couples for ways to make the most of their stationery budget without having to sacrifice style and beauty. When a couple works with me, they will list many options to be included in the initial price quote. It’s ultimately more bang for the buck when you mix and match to create a stationery package that best suits your needs. Let me know if you need help as I’m happy to assist with creative ways to keep your budget in check while still making all your stationery dreams come true.
I’m often asked if I can do hand lettering and/or calligraphy for my custom wedding invitations. The answer is yes and I enjoy the rich history and uniqueness of the art form. I’ve always favored the stylization of calligraphy and letterforms, especially as I began to study it more in-depth at college. I was fortunate during my early college years to learn both skills in ink and utilizing the computer. That study gave me extensive practice in the form and function of the artistry. Since the 19th century, calligraphy has changed dramatically to what is most popularly known as “modern calligraphy”. The number one thing I’ve learned and what I love most about modern calligraphy is that there are no rules.