Weddings are beautiful, wonderful, expressions of love and one of the most important parties you'll ever throw, and I love them. This blog is an extension of my invitation business, but really I wanted to share tips and tricks that I've learned from my years in the industry and from all the weddings I've participated in.
It all started the year all three of my older sisters got married. Yeah, three weddings in one year. That's nuts. I don't know why my parent's agreed to that or how it even happened, but it was certainly an exciting year! My sisters are a bit older than I (being 15-16 years old when all this went down). Because I was so much younger, there wasn't a lot I was heavily involved with, but I remember helping with the invitations. I didn't design them, but I was the most computer savvy and helped format and assemble and get ready for mailing. It was a long and exciting process and I was hooked! "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "Invitation designer!" Pretty sure my design professor in college laughed at me when I told him that.
Wedding invitations are often made by hand by the couple or family members and don't have much of a design sensibility. I was passionate about bringing better design to paper goods, so I got a degree in graphic design from Western Washington University. While I was at WWU, I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Brittany O'Brien of Spruce. I just have to tell you, she is amazing. Not only is she a phenomenal designer, but she was a priceless teacher. I am so grateful to have had this sort of mentor that so many other designers and event professionals don't have.
Invitations should be an experience. That's the heart of design for me. The invitation should represent the people and the event - it's the first thing your guests see; a blueprint for what to expect at the event. They should be exciting to open, not just a paper thing that people throw away. So make it about you! Your day! Your style! And your guests will be excited to be with you at your party!