27/04/16 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , , , ,

Full Circle

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted – honestly sorry. I do LOVE posting, sharing and giving insight into the world of stationery, but tis’ the season for wedding invitations – and the clients always come first! It’s also a season where we hear common questions and get tons of suggestions for posts – and don’t worry they are all on their way.

When it comes to the 2016 client list – this year is extra special because I had the honour of designing for my “very first clients” brother’s wedding. It’s amazing how relationships you make with your vendors can truly last lifetime. Meeting with then mother-of-the-bride and now mother-of-the-groom was magical. Six years later the family still remembered the quality of work, design style and exactly why they trusted me when my brand was just starting off. I am thankful to those first few clients everyday – if it wasn’t for them Vibrance would have never taken off.

On that note – to my fellow frendors (vendor friends) and especially those who are new to the industry still trying to make their mark, remember one thing, to build a memorable relationship with your client. No matter how big or small your part is on their special day TRUST me as a recent bride and fellow vendor they will remember how everything played out. Every little detail matters – and so does how you handle those details. Never think of a client as a single contract – it’s a lifetime relationship. When you make them feel comfortable and safe, they can trust you and your art. That’s the key.

Till next time! Xo

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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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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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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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14/10/15 Blog , Inspiration Vibes # , , , , , , ,

Dear younger self…

This post is a spin off a viral video I recently saw. It was light years ago in the online community but it’s something that I wanted to step back and think about before posting. In the society we live in, it is important to jump on something viral while it’s still on everyone’s mind but the context of this video needed more depth. I believe the women who created it would agree. Check it out here:  Relax, Breathe & #LetGo

After watching this I kept thinking what I would tell my younger self. I started my business at the age of 23. Many of my older friends thought this was super mature, amazing, and were proud of me – but there is a lot of anxiety, tears and confusion when you’re this young in the game.

So if I had the opportunity to speak to my younger self this is what I would tell her:

    1. Let them talk.Haters are going to hate, and there are going to be many! Some even disguised as your friends. Let them talk, let them try to crush your spirit. Focus on your goals; small goals and big goals. Prove them wrong with your actions. Don’t fight their words with words, fight their words with success.
    2. Competition should inspire you.  Don’t freak out if it seems like everyone is doing this now. Set yourself apart – most people already know your unique talent, but YOU need to know this weapon of yours. Befriend your competition and work together to make a healthy market – there are enough clients out there to feed everyone, so why not work with them to accomplish fair pricing for the whole industry.
    3. Be Selfish. In order to sell your work, you need to look the part and in order to look the part you NEED to make time for yourself. Just “you” time. Go to that extra yoga class, eat healthy do some meditation and it’s ok to get your nails done to brighten up your day. These are all things that will help you stay strong, powerful and make you a better person which benefits your business.
    4. Create a schedule.Family and friends support you and you need to make time for them. There is a misconception that successful people need to be working 24-7. This is not a hard worker – this is an inefficient worker. Sleep, work, eat, and make time for those who love you. You’ll never get that back. Your health and relationships are the number one priority. Without this you would have no business.
    5. Remind yourself why you started.Self – explanatory.

What would you want to tell your younger self?

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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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15/09/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , ,

The night before

It’s funny no one really talks about the night before your wedding. Yes, helpful aunties and millions of previous brides told me “you need your beauty sleep,” but what really happens the night before isn’t always sleep. To be honest I don’t have a word for it.

Hosting “out-of-towners” meant it was a free for all; find a mattress anywhere available and claim it before someone else does! I claimed the one in my parents’ bedroom that night. It was the last night I would be just their daughter with no other role to play in life *cue the emotions.* Also my sisters and cousins were in my room prepping Mr. Fiance’s doom (doli games) so if I wanted sleep it would have to be elsewhere.

I laid, my last night as a single woman with my mind was racing. The dialogue went something like this…

  1. OMG I should totally do a blog post about the night before the wedding (literally started mind-writing that moment onward)
  2. I have such fabulous vendors, I’m so happy I don’t feel stressed at all and I can’t wait to see them… but wait if I’m not stressed then why am I not sleeping?! Should I be stressed?! ERR…
  3. I hope Mr. Fiancé is not going to be too hungover tomorrow.
  4. I wonder what he is doing right now?
  5. What are the girls (my sisters and cousins) doing in the other room?
  6. Why is my mom not sleeping yet, she needs her beauty sleep too, where is she?!
  7. I feel like I’m missing something or someone… but who?
  8. God, I can’t wait to see all the stationery. Please tell me it turned out perfect…
  9. Wait, will I see the stationery?!! Of course I will see the stationery… it’s going to be everywhere and the wedding planner will save it for me. Right!?
  10. Ok, sleep woman why are you not sleeping???

These thoughts were circling my mind the whole night. Then my parents finally came into the room (THANK YOU for turning on all the lights – ouch). They gave me a hug, we had a quick talk and then told me to sleep!

OK so I’m ready now, no more thoughts racing just sleep…

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Nope, not yet, once my dad stopped snoring, my mom decided to for the first time in her life to join the snoring symphony. I wasn’t annoyed though. I had this odd feeling. I kept thinking I should go downstairs and sleep. So eventually after much thought I snuck out of the room, and slept on my couch alone.

Yes you read right – the couch. I’m not sure what time it was but I know it was late. My sisters came down and offered the room but I was way too comfortable. I wanted to stay here and honestly felt like coming down there all night. So they crept back upstairs while I laid comfortably.

Finally…

I’m not sure why this felt so right but I kept thinking about my grandmother who was no longer with us. I missed her a lot throughout my wedding. See, she would always sit on this couch – it was her seat and everyday routine and for some reason I just felt warm being there, thinking of her hugs. This is exactly what I had been seeking all night. No more thoughts racing through my head. I felt like she was there with me, which may sound cliche, but it’s exactly how I felt. I’m not sure if I even slept that night, but I know I woke up very relaxed, calm and ready to get married even though it was 4 am.

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01/07/15 Blog , Wedding Vibes # , , , , , , , ,

Our E-Shoot Story | Part 1

Ok so I know the last few posts have been right out of my bridal diary, but the big day is quite near and that means lots of stories, venting, and advice for future brides (or grooms)! bangastudios-532

Last week we finally had our e-shoot with the FABULOUS people from Banga Studios!
I say finally for a reason. See the first day we were scheduled for our photo shoot, it rained, and rained and rained. That plus an outdoor shoot don’t mix really well.

For whatever reason, maybe it was the universe trying to tell me this day wasn’t going to work; I woke up stressed. Although I was seeing rays of sunlight, I had this horrible feeling it wasn’t going to last. I spent 2 hours getting the perfect curls in my hair, then my MUA raced over from the west end, to make me pretty, only to tell me the storm was horrible there. Trying to be optimistic even after all the warning signs, I hopped in my car and raced over to see Mr. Fiance. I’m not sure why but again for some odd reason we both felt a little stressed and just not our usual selves which, of course, led to an argument – I have no idea what we argued about, but maybe those few rain drops were getting to us. By the time we got to our location, it was pouring.

Our fabulous photographers were already there and gave us the bad news – it wasn’t going to happen. Now Gurminder (who, by the way, is the most humble person I know in the wedding industry) did call me the morning of, but we thought we would risk it and test our luck. One thing I have to say is the minute Gurminder started talking to us, he was very honest – which is what I appreciate about him as my vendor. He instantly saw my stress and knew how important these pictures were, so he suggested a new date. At first I didn’t like this idea, are you kidding?! I just paid for makeup, spent 2 hours on my hair and had my nail done, not to mention threading my eyebrows to perfection to hear it’s not happening. But he made a point that Mr. Fiance agreed with too, you need a certain mood for your images and clearly we didn’t have that this day.

Then came day 2 of the shoot; the forecast? Rain. GRRRREAT! But the thing about this day was nothing could bring me down. I was just super excited and Mr. Fiance felt the same way. Our shoot was for later in the day so we both took a half day from work to figure out things for ourselves. I even had time to meditate beforehand. My MUA was slightly late, but she made me feel pretty as ever!
The best part? Somehow the rain missed Toronto! It was ONLY in the west and east end. So literally there was no rain exactly where we were shooting. A nice overcast and tiny rays of sunshine – it was PERFECTION.

Gurminder made me feel like I was on ANTM. Honestly, his team knows how to make you feel comfortable in front of a camera. Both shoots went flawlessly… and we all had a lot of fun! His team was organized, and he was willing to do anything to get the shot, even if the meant climbing on top of an 11 ft. basketball net (yes this happened). Simirin came up with some really romantic poses; I loved having her there while Gurminder shot because with all the raw imagery I felt she added that really pretty look into the mix. And the third shooter Sahil, although quiet, I could tell he was looking at things through a whole different angle. It was an amazing team to work with and I can’t wait to work with them again for our big day! These are the kinds of vendors that excite you and make all the craziness worth it. 

The one thing I will say is through all the craziness, back and forth, bookings, planning and what not it all was over in a blink of the eye. Just like that the e-shoot, probably one of the things I was looking forward to the most (maybe even at par with the wedding) is done. Now we wait with excitement for our images.

The moral of the story…

You have to REALLY stop and enjoy every second of your wedding because before you know it, it’s done and all you can do is wait for the pictures to come.

THANK YOU once again to our amazing photographers. None of this would be possible without you!

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