I am so excited to share with you the second installment of my guest blogger series! This week the fabulous Abbey of 6.25 Paper Studio is going to share a few things about custom wedding stationary. When you look at the wedding blogs what are a few things that really standout and make a wedding totally different than any other? Well there is the bouquet, the dress might be a little different from others, the shoes, the cake… but what about the stationary. The paper products like your invitations, the program, the menus, the place cards, and the save the dates. These truly are one of the few things that you really can customize to fit your wedding brand and your personalities. When I got married (yes I love to talk about my own wedding) I had custom invitations made. I didn’t go through a designer, although it would have made it way easier, but I designed it myself, bought the special paper, envelopes and had them professionally printed. I would be shocked to see another invitation like mine. That’s what 6.25 Paper Studio can do for you, and make it way easier than doing it yourself! They can give you that unique one of a kind look to your wedding. It’s all of those little details that will really separate your wedding from anyone else!
I’m so excited to share some of 6.25 Paper Studio’s work. Oh and if you didn’t know, they have this awesome store in Downtown Grand Rapids at the MoDiv Shops. If you are looking for a unique little gift, fabulous greeting cards or just something different you have to check it out! Keep reading to find out more about Abbey and all of the gorgeous things she does!
So tell me a little about yourself and how you started 6.25 Paper Studio. What type of background do you have? And how did you come up with the name!
My background is in magazine design. I worked at a local publishing company, focused on party stores, gift shops and stationery shops. I was lucky enough to attend trade shows and get to know the retail/stationery industry well enough to fall in love with it! I left in 2008 to start my own business, which I now promote through those same trade shows.
When changing my business name in 2011, I wanted three things: 1. Meaning to me personally; 2. Numbers because I love how numbers look aesthetically in a logo; and 3. Something EASY to explain when people ask “Why is your name…” It just made sense, all I say is “It’s my wedding date” and people get it.
Your work is just gorgeous! What type of budget does a bride need to have to work with you. I mean custom stationary is expensive right??
Custom stationery is not cheap by any means, but it doesn’t have to be expensive either! All our designs are available for as low as $6.05/set (includes invitation, rsvp and envelope). My prices also include all customizations (fonts, colors, papers) and all proofing. I try to keep it simple and stay away from those annoying “add on” costs. You really get what you pay for. With me, we work together to finalize your details, choosing from the best quality papers. When ordering online, you can’t experience the materials or receive the same personal design service.
How does the design process work for wedding stationary.? What kind of product do you offer?
We usually start with a design or two that the couple has narrowed down, then customize with text, ink colors, fonts and papers. The first round of email proofs may be 10 options — we just continue to narrow down and make changes as necessary until it’s perfect. Once the invite and inserts are finalized, I print an actual proof for the couple to see in person. Then when everything is approved, it takes just 1-2 weeks to have everything ready!
Why should a bride look into custom stationary? How would it make their wedding stand out?
I like to think its an exciting part of the planning. We give brides the opportunity to be more involved in their stationery design and to coordinate all their items together. The idea of coordinating is nothing new, but the design or the look a couple creates with me can be a one-of-a-kind!
What trends are you seeing for 2013? What are some of your favorite designs, trends, colors, etc to work with?
I’m kind of excited to see Emerald Green in action. I’ve mixed it with brown for one of my invitation sets, and I’ve also heard that gold and minty green will be a new wedding combo. I think green is greatly underused in weddings. There are many luscious shades that I hope to see surface in the wedding scene this year.
Tell me about your store. Where is it, why did you open it and what do you sell in there?
Opening a store had always been a long term dream, but the opportunity to be in the Shops at MoDiv came early and I couldn’t pass it up! The location is right downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Center. We’re surrounded by lots of amazing local businesses — the energy downtown is constantly inspiring. In the store we have unique greeting cards, everyday stationery, office products, gift wrap and small gifts. We have procured our products from other businesses who are small, local and/or doing good for the earth.