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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25/02/15 Blog , How To # , , , , , ,

Sending, Sending, Sent!

One of the most popular questions I get asked by everyone (and I mean everyone – even people no where near getting married or planning an event) is when to send out [insert: Save the Date/Wedding Invitation/Thank You cards]?

Simply put – the earlier the better. However life is never simple, no matter how organized you may be. In which case, you should follow the rules of etiquette listed below.

Save The Dates

Getting married locally?
You’re good to send these out six to eight months prior to your wedding date. I personally think a year in advance is always best. This allows your guests to book off any time they may need and ensures they keep the date on hold while waiting to get your beautiful invitation.mailout

Got that travel bug?
If you’re taking the destination route, I highly recommend sending out a save the date as soon as you get your bling! Your guests are not only going to need to take time off but some may also need to budget and start saving! At minimum I would say nine to twelve months in advance.

Wedding Invitations

Two – three months is your minimum especially in more popular seasons (Spring/Summer). There comes a time in everyone’s lives where it seems like everyone is getting married – take that into consideration. Letting your guests know two to three months in advance gives them enough time to pencil you in and ensure travel arrangements if they need to attend two events in one night – I’ve never had to do this but I know a few troopers who have.

If you’ve sent out a save the date, then 6 weeks (PUSHING IT) to two months in advance is also considered proper traditional etiquette.

So basically, fair game is two months for your formal invitation.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, you want to send this out as soon as possible. Anywhere between three to six months prior to is considered good etiquette! This gives everyone enough time to book their tickets!

Thank You Cards

The rulebook says that you should send out thank you cards two to three months after your wedding. Here’s where I don’t mind encouraging breaking the rules a tiny bit. Post wedding, most couples go on their honeymoon and then it’s back to the grind. Sometimes you just need time to relax and take in that you just got married! I say, within six months is nice, hey if you can pull it off in three go for it, but if you take a tiny bit longer, it’s all good.

The reason I’m a bit more laid back with this is simple; no one has to book time off. You’re doing it out of love and I strongly believe each note should be personable. So take time and thank everyone who came from near and far to celebrate your big day and do it with love, even if it takes a couple of extra days. Just don’t go over the six-month mark, because then it almost becomes old and you really don’t want to be close to your anniversary date!

Proper etiquette revolves around many things. If you’re looking for more than what this post covers, leave us a comment and we’ll be happy to answer, or might even write a post on it!

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11/02/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , , , , ,

Just Me, A Dream and Passion

unnamedLast night I had the pleasure of attending an industry event hosted by ISES Toronto “How to Run a Profitable Business and Have a Life at the Same Time,” featuring the fabulous Ceci Johnson. If you know me personally, you know that meeting Ceci has always been on my to-do list. Yes, if you look from afar she is a competitor, but I also respect and LOVE her work.

In a digital world the ultimate luxury is paper – Ceci.

This quote stuck with me. I dream, live and vibe with paper every day. Although I’m happy to produce items that will only live online, the ultimate luxury comes from paper products. It’s not something you need to have – it’s something you want to have!

I came home on a high, excited to implement lessons learned into my businesses. However as per Ceci’s advice, I decided to get some sleep – because we all need to recharge! Today is a new day and I’m excited to make a sharp turn on my path and get my business exactly where I want it to be.

Being a creative person in the wedding and events industry, it’s hard not to get tangled emotionally with your clients or your work. Last night reminded many of us that we are still a business. This is really important. We are in the service industry and help people with one of the most memorable days of their lives. It’s hard not to get emotionally involved. Clients often may not realize the countless hours we spend making their vision come to life. Many of us, do not give ourselves enough credit.

Here are my top 3 take aways from yesterday:

  1. “Just Me and Passion”
    Ceci opened her presentation mentioning she had no investors or a financial backing from her family. It was “just me and passion.” This line hit home. Throughout my personal journey there have been people trying to kill my passion with their reality. But if the passion is strong enough it will make your dreams reality.
  1. Get Ready to Sweat
    If you want your dream clients you have to get ready to work hard and create a brand; no shortcuts! By focusing in on what we love doing and the reason we started our business we can build an empire that will sell itself. Most of my clients come through word of mouth. So what does it come down to? Sweating for your clients, building that empire and getting press from those who love your work – for your work! It’s just like what Sam Smith said at the Grammy’s “It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
  1. Know You Value and Stick To It
    This is the hardest one for myself and some of my vendor friends. I never give myself enough credit. Everything I create is hand-drawn. I spend countless hours with my clients from their invitation all the way to their thank-you cards. This includes meetings, emails, phone calls and somewhere in all of that I sketch, create, print, and deliver beautiful invitation and stationery.

    Value yourself, your time and the services you offer. If you don’t, why would your client?

    You also need to create a financial plan. In running a creative business we get wrapped up in the thought that if client is happy everything is good, but what we tend to forget is that we are a business and have a bottom line. I’m sure you’ve all been there – I know I have! So to my industry friends reading this, it’s time we value the work we put out there; only then that can we grow and become the businesses we wish to be.

Thank you once again Ceci for being such an inspiration. I’m taking everything you’ve taught me and implementing it so that Vibrance Designs becomes the studio I know it can be. For all my readers, be sure to check out her work, as an artist I truly admire everything she creates and who knows maybe one day we can collaborate! 😉

XO,

Puja

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03/02/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , ,

It’s Official.

The recovery period is always the hardest when it’s mixed with withdrawal. What was I recovering from?

*drumroll please*

Screen Shot 2015-02-02 at 8.37.12 PMI’m officially engaged! Confused? Let me explain; my fiancé proposed back in August (more about my fairytale proposal to come) and I of course said yes but we’re not considered officially engaged until we get 250 of our closes family and friends together to celebrate!

For those of you shocked by my “small” number I dare you to talk to both sets of my parents (if you’re able to get through to them you get insane bragging rights! I might even make you a plaque.)

Mr. Fiancé and I are both Hindu Punjabi, so customary to this we had a small ceremony, where we welcomed him into our family and vice versa.

This included grand entrances, tons of gifts, delicious food, sweets and an open bar to fuel the dance party! I remember at one point in the night my girlfriend turned to me and said “I think brown people invited the rave.” It was an epic party!

Sure things went wrong; my headpiece took forever to get on, freezing rain made us late, but at the end of the day who cares? I’m the bride I’m allowed to be fashionable late and this my motto for the peanut gallery.

If I could give you one piece of advice – don’t ask the bride why she is running late; the last thing you want to do is stress her out. Luckily being in the industry, I have been on the other side of weddings quite a bit and I know stuff happens so just take a deep breath bring in some good vibes and move things along.

No matter what happened, nothing could’ve ruined my night. It’s so important to not let the little things stress you out on your big day (or your big pre-event in my case). Trust me as the main couple of the evening, your mood will be reflected on to your guests. So happy vibes only! 😉

Now that I’ve gone off topic… back to the party…

Days leading up to this involved packing gifts, figuring out outfits, jewelry, timelines, ordering a weave (hehe ok hair extensions but I feel more Beyoncé when I say weave) and much more. It was CRAZY in both our houses.
Our family flew in from all over the world to celebrate with us for just one night. I had one cousin who drove more than 17hrs! Mr. Fiancé looked at me as we were sitting up on stage and said “all these people are here just to celebrate us tonight. ” That feeling is incredible. I don’t know how to describe it – you feel beyond loved and it makes all the craziness of a big fat Indian wedding worth it. Having all those people just celebrating our engagement made it so real.

It’s now official. I’m getting married.

WAIT! What did my stationery look like? And who did I use for my engagement party? Wouldn’t you like to know 😉 … but that my dear is for another day and another post. Xo

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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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