29/01/16 Blog , Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

To connect or disconnect your wedding – that is the question!

With social media is taking over the world, we want to capture picjumbo.com_HNCK8349every moment it and share it with our circle of friends, family or even fans – especially the special moments of life. Social media is creeping levels of our lives so of course we see it making its way into weddings with phones and hashtags everywhere!

Several couples are having none of it and choosing to ask guest to disconnect and just enjoy the moment. And while I 100% agree your guests should be present, I don’t think it is necessary to collect everyone’s phones at the door.

We had a lot of people using our hashtag the day of our wedding but it was something quick – we created an atmosphere where people truly wanted to party and celebrate with us too – not just stay on their phones.

Want proof? The reception ended at 4:00 am! *mic drop*

So hashtag away – because we know you want to!

Here are reasons we loved our hashtag and recommend a connected wedding.

  1. We instantly saw our wedding! Hashtags are a wonderful thing! They are not only gaining popularity but are a playfully add to your day of stationery and let you reflect on your wedding day instantly.  Everything seemed to be happening so fast it reassured us that it wasn’t just a dream.
  2. Raw vs Professional. A big concern always here is “Well we hired a photographer or videographer.” Yes and I will say no one will be able to capture what professional can. Our wedding photos are pieces of art and our video looks like a high end Hollywood movie but your friends and family will be able to capture something different. It’s a bit more raw to say the least. For example – at the end of the night we had a dance off, and let’s just say my inner Beyonce came out in full Sasha Fierce style – this was at the end of the night though when it was just friends and family – no professionals so I loved watching it go down on Instagram and Snapchat (mainly because I wanted to see myself trump my new hubby in a dance off – who doesn’t)!
  3. You get to see your event in the eyes of your guests! And what’s more special than that?

 

PS: Don’t forget to hashtag #VibranceWedding – because you know you’re a #VibranceBride / #VibranceGroom 😉 

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24/12/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

2015

Happy Holidays all!

This year has been incredible. I can’t even begin to describe it. I also feel like I’d ramble to long, so I will try to keep it short and sweet!

2015 has been a HUGE year for us at Vibrance Designs. We opened the year with a fresh look, complete makeover and new perspective on our business. Taking you behind the scenes for the first time with this blog, not to forget bringing stationery advice, tips and tricks – and trust me that won’t stop. The readership on this blog always blows my mind (super thankful for all of you).  While keeping the personal hand-drawn touch to our work we also managed faster turnarounds and brought several new services like laser cut invitations, personal address stamps, wax seals, full colour canvas bags and more! Not to forget the expansion of our Etsy shop. I can’t say this was all easy, 2015 was the year of the hustle, I don’t think our team has ever worked this hard and trust me when I say it’s only getting better! XmasCards

As you know 2015 is a huge year for me personally too. I married the man of my dreams. I knew this new chapter in my life would teach me a lot but I never imagined learning this much. My business expanded and services tweaked the more I became a bride and sat on the other side of this industry. Nothing can help a vendor expand and grow as much as being it’s own client. I still am oozing advice, tips and tricks and trust me there will be more posts on my big day for all of you who have been asking for more. I only think it’s fair!

Lastly I want to thank you. Yes, you! Whether you’re a reader, client, supportive friend, frendor [vendor-friend], family or just someone who loves us – thank you for making 2015 the most amazing year yet. Without your support none of these new services or expansions would come to be.

Without you I wouldn’t be living my dream. Yes it’s a lot of hustle but you make it all worth it.

Thank you and Happy Holidays.

Cheers,

Puja xo

 

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24/09/15 Blog , How To , Stationery 101 , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Creating a seating plan

The hardest thing you will ever do as a couple in your wedding planning process is create a seating chart. I’ve heard this from almost every client I’ve had in the past; but to be honest I never realized how hard it was until I had to make one myself.

Two families coming together for a big fat wedding is always fun, but the bigger the crowd the bigger the drama. There is so much to consider and rethink. I swear it took us about 8 hours. Thankfully it was a beautiful day – and we took (LOTS of) breaks to find music or practice our first dance. Why not?!

Anyways – we had a few different versions and some last min changes before print but we survived! 😉

So if you’re about to create a seating plan for your wedding here are my tips.

  1. Date night anyone? Remember to take breaks, have fun, listen to music – and dress up for the occasion (casual of course), looking at how gorgeous your future hubby/wifey could help relieve some stress! Who doesn’t like a little eye candy?!
  2. Less is more! Do not I repeat, DO NOT invite other people into this process! It’s stressful, you’re going to want to be blunt, honest and not deal with trying be the perfect daughter/son-in-law. So sorry MILs, SILs, BILs, FILs and any other “ILs” you cannot be invited to this party. I do advise for you to speak to your parents/siblings prior so you get their input.
  3. Set a deadline. Set your seating plan date, two weeks after your RSVP date, and CALL everyone that hasn’t RSVPed. Honestly in today’s world everyone SHOULD understand the importance of RSVPs. It’s not rude to call someone if they haven’t responded to you it is however rude to not RSVP and then show up with extended family. Thankfully this didn’t happen at our wedding but oh have I heard stories.
  4. Get the big wigs done first. There are certain people that you know play a more significant role in your life – so give them the best view in the house (this may not be right beside the stage which is sometimes the worst view).
  5. Use sticky notes. The first thing we did was draw a layout of the room on a large sheet of paper. We stuck families/couples/friends on one sticky note; this way they stayed together and it allowed us to easily move people around and see how many empty seats we had left. It is visual aid before the excel sheet list.
  6. Take a picture of your rough chart – trust me the sticky notes will fall and it will unnamedbe a perfect reference point in the palm of your hand.
  7. Use pencil – you will be erasing and adding info all the time.
  8. Have a few extra seats – you never know! There are always a few people that didn’t RSVP but come. Surprise! It’s always nice to have accommodations so that you’re not setting up last minute tables. Our seating chart clearly stated to check with the wedding planner if you couldn’t find your seat. Any empty seats were then filled with these guest. They may not have the choice to sit together but that’s what happens when you don’t RSVP!
  9. Load each name into a Google Doc Spreadsheet. Names in one column and the table number in the next. Google docs are also amazing – you can share the seating chart with everyone and see any updates they make as you go.
  10. ALWAYS stick to alphabetical order. Ok so this is something I know as a designer but this is a VERY common mistake that many couples make. Never, ever, ever, ever set your seating chart by table number. I could go on for AGES about this, but simply put; no one will know their table number walking into your wedding but they will (hopefully) know their name!
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08/05/15 Trends , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bridal Diary: Concept Films

Last weekend Mr. Fiance and I went on a mega date! HerWe did everything we love doing in Toronto, from walking around Yorkville with Summer’s Ice Cream to biking around the Toronto Islands.  It was one of those refreshing weekends. At times I even felt like Beyonce – well mainly because we had someone follow us around town filming our every move. Okay, not creepy I promise – we shot our wedding concept film with the fabulous people over at JF2 filmsHim

This is probably one of the fastest growing trends I didn’t see coming! Who am I kidding though – doesn’t everyone want to feel like a movie star?

I’m not going to lie; at first it was a bit awkward. I’m used to cameras, but, to just be me and showcase my love for Mr. Fiance  – hmm tequila, please. I love him, but I never thought I would have to film my affection.

As the day progressed we became more and more comfortable with the idea (blame it on the Goose?!). A lot of this had to do with our videographer, Joseph! He’s a gem and had us doing some crazy things but like I always say – anything for the shot!

We allowed him to be creative and just direct us. I think by day 2, we were just about ready for Bollywood – hey I mean as long as Joseph is directing. Jokes aside, it was an amazing experience! We can’t wait to see everything come together and what this creative genius will do with these fun shots.

Oh and that’s not all – we always love giving you a little something extra at Vibrance Designs so this week please welcome our fabulous guest blogger – Joesph and find out his side of the story…

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My inspiration to create – my father

Video is my preferred visual medium of choice because it allows me to document movement in more than just one frame.

Portrait {Films} for me are what extreme sports are to a performance athlete – exhilarating, high-energy and doing what I love and know best.

When I met Puja and Sumit in person, one of the first things we agreed on was producing something different and pushing all creative ideas as far as we could with purpose. Portrait {films} are my take on exploring my couples dynamic through video. 

Before I get to filming with my couples we go over a list of potential ideas, locations, themes, outfits, prop ideas, experiences they’ve both had and everything central to why they want to create this body of work. My creative films all serve a purpose; each shot is carefully composed & never documented without a reason. 

Both Puja and Sumit made it very clear that they wanted this film to embody their personalities and foreshadow specific moments during their relationship i.e. Sumit’s proposal to Puja, locations they frequented on date nights and how they felt about each other. Documenting emotions and in particular “love” can feel and become very cliché as I go from one couple to the next. It’s when I dig deep into conversations with my couples and find out what their favourite song is or what they majored in during University or what makes them happy or sad – this changes everything. Understanding my subjects translates well and yields a better result to a finished portrait {film}.

Months later after we exchanged numerous phone conversations and a plethora of emails, it was time for day 1 and 2 of filming. Working with a creative from the wedding industry felt daunting at first but Puja made that feeling disappear quite instantly. Puja and Sumit spoiled me silly & made me feel super comfortable over our 2 days together. The large benefit of working alongside a creative is that they understand the time and efforts spent in creating a vision and finally being able to execute it – perfectly. Every location that we chose was relevant and significant during our shoot and while most people don’t ever see it at first, every frame of my films are carefully thought out from the second I hit record on my camera, down to when bring everything into post production. 

My work and approach isn’t for everyone but at the heart of these Portrait {films} remains one constant – exploring and uncovering a dynamic between my clients that most family, friends or guests at a wedding reception don’t see at first. 

~ Joseph A. Fernando, JF2 Films

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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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22/04/15 Blog # , , , , , , ,

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day all! We love our paper goods here at Vibrance Designs. We also love making the world a beautiful place and making sure it stays that way.

How do we ensure we do our part?

  1. OfficePlantRecycled Papers. Did you know, all our card stocks are FSC Certified? Even our specialty papers – like those beautiful shimmers, are made from recycled materials. (The recycled shimmers actually have a tiny bit more sparkle to them, than non-recycled shimmers!)
  1. Shut Down. Computers and printers take up a lot of energy, so as much as it’s a pain to start it up every morning, we shut down our office computers and personal printers every night.
  1. Paperless Office. Although we produce paper products we do try to keep the office as paperless as possible. This means online calendars, quick notes and all.
  1. Food & Green Bins. Stay green while eating your greens! Our team is big on waste-free lunches. You can easily decrease the amount of garbage you throw out and increase the amount of recycling and compost.
  1. Lights out.  I LOVE sunlight! My office space has a huge window that I can’t live without. With all this natural sunlight why do we need our office lights on? I place my desk right beside the window so I can take in as much natural light as possible and only use the office lights in the winter (when it’s basically dark out at 4:00) or for those occasional late nights.

Every little action can have an effect on the environment. Comment below and tell us how you stay green!

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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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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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