03/03/16 How To , Inspiration Vibes , Stationery 101 , Trends # , , , , , , , , ,

Your Wedding Invitations | After the wedding

Invitations are not just paper – it’s the first thing your guests will see about your wedding story, whether they attend or not. But what happens to your invitation after the big day?

I’ve always looked at invitations as something to preserve – it’s a memory and a marking of your wedding day that beautifully illustrates you as a couple joining together; making it the perfect keepsake.

So how should you preserve your invitation?bb9de85c-92ba-4a9c-9916-af18acefc7d8

  1. Frame it. It’s the simplest way for some chic artwork that is actually quite significant to you. It not only looks fabulous, it’s a conversation piece that could very well stick around for generations to come.
  2. Canvas it. We love art canvases so why not take a piece of your invitations and flip it into one? It’s custom artwork that plays two roles in your life.
  3. Plexi-glass it. I’ve done this a few times for several couples, especially those who create fashion illustrations as the cover of their invitation. Like Canvas it’s custom art for your new home but the cool thing with plexiglass is that it’s lightweight and clear, so it enhances your design and it looks super cool when it’s backlit!
  4. Decoupage it. Decoupage will use your invitation and envelope lining to create a plate that is truly personalized on any piece of furniture or material – it’s a fabulous gift for your parents and in-laws!
  5.  Add a Silver touch. For the brides and grooms who came under budget and are looking for a little bit of a splurge investment you can have your invitation engraved on in silver – perhaps a nice tray that becomes a family heirloom!

Any other ideas? Comment below and tell us how you made your invitation into a special keepsake piece!

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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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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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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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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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