09/02/16 Blog , Design Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , ,

Invitation: Love it or Leave it

Invitation ‘must-haves’ have changed significantly over the years, so what trends do we love and which do we want our customers to toss out the door? – check out our love it or leave it list!

  1. Leave it: Maps Remember real physical maps? Me neither. So let’s talk about those simple sketched maps of the closest intersection to your venue. When was the last one you used this map? I can’t remember the last time I pulled up a map on something other than my phone GPS. All the Auntys and Uncles are punching in your venue address to their GPS too so the verdict: let’s leave it!It’s unnecessary and generally takes away from your beautiful stationery. Also if you do another insert it just adds bulk to your invitations, adding to your print cost and postage too!

 

  1. LOVE it: Stamps Get your OWN personal address stamp! It’s not only budget friendly, it adds a personal touch and saves your hand from writing out your return address a million times on the invitation and RSVP envelopes!A stamp can be made in any font, style and used as long as you don’t move out. Inks are super cheap and available almost everywhere OR you could even get a self inking stamp! Plus it’s fun to sit and stamp while sipping wine and finishing up the last episode of the bachelor!It’s a keepsake for everything like your thank you cards or any future mail outs that could always use face lift! ead68957-c7e4-4566-9ddf-5ecc12a4d4b0

 

  1. Leave it: Too much information I’ve had brides and grooms who are falling into the pressure of adding too much information to their wedding invitation. Keep it simple, include the names of your parents if they are hosting – or just your names. It’s 2016 and it’s time invitations had a fresh start too. Think clean and concise!

 

  1. LOVE it: Seals  1170073_816911278431548_1406231641_nWhether you choose and adhesive wax seal or a full artwork seal; sealing your invitation adds an extra touch of luxury without breaking the bank.
    Wax seals are the ultimate luxury – they bring back a rich vibe and add a vintage touch. Plus they are adhesives now so you really have no work to do!Sticker seals are so budget friendly and can be made in any colour; it’s a wonderful spot to show off your monogram!

    And who says the seals will only be used once?! Order some in bulk and add them to your thank you cards and all your other mail outs (hello holiday cards!)

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07/01/16 Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , ,

2016 | Top 5 Stationery Trends

Happy New Year all! We’re ringing in the new year with our stationery trend predictions for 2016.

Getting married this year? Well you better get reading then.
Here is Vibrance Designs Top 5 wedding stationery trends for 2016!

  1. Bye-bye blush, hello bold12348053_10153003049751362_2275478251195196036_n
    The blush colour pallet trend has been on the rise for the last few years but this is coming to a halt — well kinda. Pure blush pallets are out of here, it’s time get unconventional and welcome a new blush palette with a bold punch of colour! This brings in a burst of luxury to your event. Both the Pantone colours of 2016 Rose Quartz & Serenity have a softness to them which we know will be enhanced with a rich navy, royal purple, bottle green, sunshine orange or a delicious red.
  2. All that glitter and gold
    Metallic is here to stay. They not only add to your wedding but play a significant role in adding that oomph factor to yourbangastudios-004 stationery. We’re talking about that extra spice with gold, silver, some antique gold foiling or even rose gold!If foiling is not in your budget then don’t worry bring in a metallic shimmer paper that adds that extra level of luxury without breaking your budget.
  3. Intimate affair
    This is an ongoing trend taking it’s baby steps in 2015 but in 2016 it’s in full affect! More and more couples are choosing intimate smaller weddings where they know the guests and know that there is nothing but a room full of blessings waiting for them. Maybe it’s just family, 30 people or even just 200 people (vs the regular 500+ at a big fat South Asian wedding) everyone is looking to downsize. This not only creates an atmosphere of love it also helps the couple budget things they really want for their wedding, that could mean a bit more on food, entertainment or even stationery!Intimate affairs always lead to an enhanced guest experience and what’s better than stationery to bring that in. We’re going to be seeing a lot more details in 2016 that pertain to the couples. Whether it’s the classic bar menu, a funny napkin design or perhaps your wedding menu flipped over to be your love story timeline; these small stationery details are the added touches that will make your intimate affair memorable.
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    We’ve seen themes pop up here and there but in 2016 we know it’s going to be the thing to do! With the release of Star Wars – why not! You can make your wedding elegant, beautiful and truly you. So do it -bring hip-hop and Kate Spade crashing into one room together! This is where stationery will play its biggest role. Who says a Star Wars theme wedding can’t have beautiful floral arrangements, with lux linens and a stunning backdrop that is classic – just add in a menu card, with fun illustrations and throw in the theme onto your table numbers – heck why not hint at it in your invitation as well.There is always a way with stationery to bring in a quirky, fun, interesting theme and make it look super classic!
  5. Oh Snap and Please Hashtag #VibranceWedding
    We love intimate weddings, and no one said you need to “disconnect” for this. I will say please never come in the way of a professional photographer or videographer BUT let’s hashtag! Invitations and day of stationery are exactly how you should promote your hashtag – it not only gets people talking it allows them to share their memories with you, so add it to your invitation, perhaps your welcome sign or even that funny bar menu and see the reactions first hand!Make all these invitation and stationery trends come to life for your wedding. Go ahead give us a ring! 😉 
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18/11/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , ,

Florals, garden parties and art deco – oh my!

I want to start off this post by just saying sorry *cue Justin Bieber*. The weekly posts have gone bi-weekly and it’s just because married life + a business is a tricky combination I’m just learning to figure out – so thank you for bearing with me!

Now back to the regular scheduled programming…FibNaI9bniUMke8Cu11knOhGmPBJ7kix426G4ofkVNE

I’m taking a moment to thank a vendor who truly made my wedding flawless. Much of the compliments that we receive today is a direct result of this vendor’s work. Sara Baig from Sara Baig Designs and I were brought together by destiny. It was just meant to be. Her creativity, professionalism and honesty is what made my wedding beautiful.

Décor + Florals are a key component to your wedding – you need to find someone who understands you and your vision. For me, Sara was that person. We met with several decorators that took our style and spun it into their own creative web. This is exactly what we wanted. Although all of them were just as talented and AMAZING; with Sara I felt like she was crawling into my brain and literally picking up visions from there. A match made in heaven. Nothing was impossible and everything was executed perfectly.

I even had a moment to sit and chat with her before I walked down the aisle – and the best part – she was always excited, happy, and professional – which only makes you feel that much better as a bride.

12208537_1047451921952436_2003370071828084341_nFor me personally I wanted to be able to trust my decorator; be able to walk away and let them execute my idea. I knew with SBD I was going to have it all just by the way her team oozed creativity. I can’t thank her enough for making my “Indian Royalty at an English garden party ceremony; mixed in with elaborate florals and over the top art deco reception,” come to life. Sound like I’m taking about too many styles? Sara never thought so… and she fused it up with her own little twist!

My experience aside it was REALLY hard choosing just one decorator. Not only do I work with majority of them, I know what each of them is capable of – and trust me they ALL amaze me! Everyone is whimsically beautiful in their own way. So how do you choose just one?

  1. Set up a meeting and state your style/theme but let the decorator run the consultation and see what they come up with when you let them run wild! This will give you their best possible vision and execution of your wedding style.
  2. Think big and talk budget. I always tell my clients to tell me your dream invitation first then tell me your budget and I’ll make it happen; so do the same with your decorator. A good decorator will find ways to make it all happen without breaking your bank – now that doesn’t mean you can ask for champagne on a beer budget – let’s respect the work, creativity and hours that go into designing a wedding.
  3. Have fun. These are people you’re working with around the most stressful time in your life. Find ones you hit it off with. It will only make you that much happier and stress free the day of.

    PS: We’ll have more beautiful images from Banga Studios soon so stay tuned!

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10/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

Bridal Diary: Designing for my wedding

You’d think designing my own stationery would be easy. I mean the base of the design is done with the invitations and I’m all about branding the event so it should be.

Funny enough I don’t think I’ve every experienced a harder client to please. I am my worst critic. I find myself always trying to be more creative and out of the box with something different that is still within budget (Mr. Fiance favorite word these days – err!!). Maybe it’s the pressure? Everyone is expecting something fabulous so I have to deliver. As invitations roll out, I feel like expectations get higher too. Which is always a blessing of a problem to have.

Part of it has to do with my clients love. I want to love my stationery as much as my clients love theirs. I swear the best feeling in the world is when someone emails/calls or even sends you a nice text message saying how blown away they are by the designs and how they can’t Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 1.29.01 PMwait for the big day.

See that feeling right there, I did that, and there is no high comparable to that. It’s like giving someone happiness through my art. What more could a graphic designer ask for?

But when designing for myself it gets a bit difficult, no matter what I design I never know if it’s good enough. This is where my minions (aka Vibrance Designs Interns for life aka sisters) and Mr. Fiance come in. But should I trust them? What if they don’t want to hurt my feelings and it all really sucks! Haha, doubtful, they are a pretty honest bunch but the thought did cross my mind. Blame it on the bridal brain!

Oddly I also find I have similar concerns that my brides and grooms have with stationery, even when I already have the answers.

Like last night while designing my own stuff  I kept thinking  – does it all look too similar?! I literally had to walk myself through the guest experience to remember my guests are not going to see each element side by side, but rather each piece will stand out as they walk through the event; bringing it all together.

It’s strange I had to remind myself this, but I guess that is bridal brain too. I’m only human at the end of the day!

Okay I’m done my spiel. Back to designing…

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02/06/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , ,

The NEW Cotton Canvas Bags 

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The welcome canvas bag has become a hot item with destination weddings on the rise. I love these; they are fun and personal, plus a great keepsake for all your guests. However, I always find my clients compromising design because they couldn’t afford more than 1 or 2 colours in print. Compromising design always makes me sad and we all know I had to fix that fast.

I could not just sit there and let this happen so I started exploring; looking for quality without breaking the bank. Folks, I have an amazing announcement for all of you!

Drumroll please… 

Introducing our new custom canvas bag! Sufficient in size, durable quality and with a full-colour print!

Now I wasn’t going to start selling this product without doing a test run myself. I created the bags to a couple of my girlfriends and boy oh boy did they LOVE them. I mean which girl doesn’t want a nice tote, with beautiful florals and their name in calligraphy?! It’s the perfect token of appreciation. The product quality was fabulous and my favorite part – I did not have to compromise the colours!

Ready to order yours? These personal couture canvas totes are perfect for:

  • Welcome Packages
  • Bridesmaids Gifts
  • Or a special something for a special person!

What are you waiting for? Contact us today (info@vibrancedesigns.com) for a quote and we’ll get started on something fabulous just for you!

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28/05/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , ,

Custom Design Wax Seals

This week has been full of ups & downs (my phone broke…anyone who has experienced this knows the pain). BUT as always let’s focus on the Happy Vibes!  Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.58.00 PM

We’re introducing a new product to our Couture Stationery line – drumroll please…. custom designed wax seals!

This is the perfect finishing touch on your invitation! I love to keep things a bit more traditional with the dark red, it seems very authentic, but we can supply you with the colours of the rainbow. The best part is that you’re not sitting with a stamp, hot wax and trying to get these done in a clean organized way. They come fully designed on an adhesive that you just peel and stick! You even have the option to keep the seal “irregular” in shape to give it that old school look. (in my sister calls it the Harry Potter look…to each their own I guess)

I’m loving this product so much I honestly couldn’t wait to share it with you… here is a sneak peak of a seal that’s super special to me … any guesses why? 😉

Here’s a hint: #PujaSumit2015 invitations have arrived…

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29/04/15 Design Vibes , How To , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , , ,

Must-Haves | Wedding Ceremonies

What do a vendor, a couple gearing up for their big day or a girl planning her sister’s baby shower, all have in common?

They are all looking for something unique.

Call me bias but nothing is more unique than couture stationery. By hiring a couture stationery designer, you’re creating artwork that’s personable and fit to your event. No two people are alike and the same should go for stationery!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be featuring the Must-Haves –a list of items that will give all your events that extra oomph.

Today we start with the top 3 must-haves for any wedding ceremony.WelcomeSign Deep&Sonya

  1. Ceremony Welcome Sign. The welcome sign is growing popular quick. It’s beautiful, fun and can show a lot of personality (there are no rules to this item and it doesn’t JUST have to say “Welcome”). Not only are you setting the tone for your guests, you’re and making them feel special but also reminding them to brace themselves – this is just the beginning.
    Side note: these are also perfect for pre-wedding events like sangeets or engagement parties and non-wedding events! 
  2. Ceremony Programs. This is a staple. Not only does it add to your décor and design but it’s a way for guests to follow along with the ceremony. The best part – you can get a bit playful with the art and the structure of these. For example, if you are hosting an outdoor event, why not make your program into a fan!
  3. Food Station or Food Labels. Menus can sometimes be a bit formal, so opt for some nicely framed food station signs. Your guests will love it! They will know exactly what they are getting and it helps those guests who are new to any style of cuisine being served.
    Food labels are important, but instead of using those boring black and white ones, add your design to it. Attention to detail will tie your whole event together!
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18/03/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Stationery 101 # , , , , , , , , ,

The 3 C’s

There are 3 C’s in stationery design that I often see people mix up.  As consumers you should know what’s out there and what service suits your vision.

So what do the 3 C’s really mean?

  1. Customizable – essentially this means you’re working with a template. You choose a pre-made design and the stationery designer alters the information or sometimes even the fonts/colours to create something that is perfect for you. Many will have the same design as you – it’s like you and your frienJBW2PXDOL6d buying the same jeans but in a different size. (Side note: check out the Etsy shop for our customizable items!)
  2. Custom– this is similar to customizable design but you have a bit more wiggle room. You can choose from templates,
    pre-assembled structures, pre-made artwork and mix them all together to create your perfect piece of stationery. This is often confused with couture because you’re able to choose from different areas and create something that is your own. There will still be others out there that will have the same or a similar design as you. It’s like you and your friend buying the same jeans, but in different colours and perhaps mixing it up with different accessories to get that distinctive look.
  3. Couture –With a couture service you sit down with your stationery designer and create a suite especially for you. You choose everything from the paper, structure and treatment. Many do couture differently but for us this also means a hand-drawn illustration that matches your style. It’s like creating a custom piece of art exclusively for you. The creation process is definitely something that everyone should experience once in their life. It’s like Marc Jacobs creating clothing just for you – with your body shape, trends and personality in mind! You can only imagine how beautiful that collection would look on you! 😉

For many years, Vibrance Designs only offered Couture Invitations and Stationery, it’s only recently that we ventured into the customizable market with our Etsy Shop. We do offer some custom work but that’s on a smaller scale.

If you have more questions on this topic or another – leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer all your Stationery 101 questions! 

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21/01/15 Blog , Design Vibes # , , , ,

Top 5 | Trends

2015 is going to be another beautiful year in wedding & event stationery. Are you dying to know what’s in store for this year? Fret not! We have the top 5 trends just for you.

1. Picasso Baby

Last year was all about hand-drawn detailed illustrations; this year the trend grows and adding massive brush strokes! From bold beautiful colours to soft watercolour designs. This is a beautiful way to show off your artistic side!

2. A Cut Above 

Who says your invitation has to be square or rectangle? Make your guest do a double take with a hexagon, octagon, even a circle invitation (or day of stationery – check out these fab menus). Anything is possible with custom die cuts!

3. A Touch Of Glamour 

Gold, rose gold, silver, and every color of the rainbow is being foiled into beautiful invitations (and day of stationery)! We’re seeing a rise of couples looking for luxury treatments on their invitation. From foils to letterpress, embossing, and self-designs – anything that adds a touch of glamour!

4. The Ultimate Luxury 

Hard Cover invitations is a traditional trend slowly popping up this year. Although it ups your postage, it’s the ultimate luxury in stationery!

5. Mr. & Mrs. West’s Garden 

Last but not least, my personal favorite: big floral designs! Since the epic floral wall at Mr. and Mrs. West’s wedding, all we want is floral motif everywhere! Now this is not your Grandma’s floral wallpaper (unless that’s what you’re into, love all our quirky brides), we’re talking about epic self-designs, white on white, bold colours or blush tones designed as peonies, roses and more. It’s a beautiful trend that makes you feel like you’re in a beautiful French Garden!

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14/01/15 Blog , Design Vibes , Inspiration Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , ,

Wedding Vibes

And we’re back with that big news I promised! If you know me on a personal level, you know that 2015 is a pretty big year for me. This year, I’m not only catering to my clients but being a bride myself! Yes, you heard right – Vibrance Designs is having it’s first in-house wedding! It’s definitely an exciting year as I get to experiment and play with papers, structures and treatments in ways I have not yet had the opportunity to. At the same time – the pressure is on!!! Everyone is always asking with excitement what I have planned for my own invitations and it’s time I let you in on a little secret… I have NO clue what to do! At this point I might just text everyone a time and location (even just typing that out made me cringe – paper invitations people, always!)

Here’s the thing, my brides and grooms inspire my designs. I listen to them talk, hear what they want and get to know them on a personal level. From there, I magically come up with a concept. I say magic because sometimes I don’t even know how it happens. I tell couples to throw out as many ideas as possible and they’ll often say, “You don’t have to use it all, it might get to busy” but somehow it comes together perfectly. No formula, or special secret, just magic. 

For my invitation… what do I want? I’m not sure. What I do know is I feel a tiny bit bad for my fiancée, because I keep asking him what he wants. See men (or at least my man) just wants to get married, eat good food, drink a lot and throw an epic party (although I’m always surprised to when he has opinions about certain things but that’s for another post). I’m honestly not sure how or where to get my direction and inspiration from. We have sent out the Save The Dates and Engagement Party Invitations (preview coming soon) and both have been with the help of my fiancé even though he doesn’t know it. You see, both times I was on the phone with him doodling and complaining about not knowing what to do and he would throw out the most RANDOM ideas, and somehow got the wheels turning. To my surprise my sketches became my save the date and engagement invitation! So to answer your question, no I don’t know what I’m doing for my own wedding invitation, but I can promise I won’t let you, my clients, friends, family and followers down!

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