I'm starting a new series this week. The first Monday of every month I'm going to be sharing a wedding vendor from the Omaha area. There are SO many amazing wedding vendors in the Omaha area and I love working with a different team each week. As a planner, I want to collaborate with each vendor to make everyone's job easier on the wedding day. So, I'm in contact with different vendors multiple times through the planning process.
Today I get to introduce my friend, Dana from DSY Invitations. She creates gorgeous, custom invitations and stationery. One thing I tell my clients-both planning and design-is to make sure you're working with someone on your stationery design that will keep everything cohesive and really tell your event's story. Your invitations are the first thing your guests see!
Tell me about you and your business! What kind of items do you offer?
I tell my couples, if you can print it, I can make it. So obviously that starts with wedding invitations and everything that goes with a wedding invitation suite (details card, rsvp, envelopes, etc). Before the big day, I love doing Save the Dates, rehearsal dinner invitations, etc as well. And wedding day…the possibilities are endless! A few of my favorites are wedding ceremony programs, custom signs, seating charts, place cards, menus and more. A few unique items lately have been koozies, marble table numbers and place cards, napkins, stadium cups, cake topper…seriously if you can print it, I can create it. I love new ideas too!
Why should a bride consider working with a designer instead of buying a template?
I always get so many questions when designing wedding invitations. One time a bride told me she ordered 300 Save the Dates online…just to realize she only needed about half that amount because not every PERSON needs a Save the Date (think couples, families, etc). So that was a mistake she learned the hard way! There are a lot of those little things that couples don’t realize when it comes to invitations. And trust me, I’ve seen just about every situation. So if you need help wording your invitation or need a custom map on your Details card showing guests where they can park…we create that. Hiring an invitation designer really allows you to customize everything you need on your invitations.
And for me, the couples who hire me really become friends. And I go to the end-of-the-earth for my friends. If you forgot something you really wanted to create for your wedding day, and your wedding day is a week away…I’m going to bust my hump to get it done for you. And that is one less thing on your plate that you need to worry about as your wedding day approaches!
How soon do you need to start the process?
I like to design wedding invitations 4-5 months prior to wedding day. That gives us plenty of time to design and go back-and-forth until everything is perfect. If there are extras you want to add to your wedding suite package, that gives me time to get everything together too. If your timeline is shorter than that, I have made things work!
What are some things that the couple needs to consider for custom invitations?
The most important thing couples need to consider is that I’m 100% your designer. For anything. I’m designing for you, your style, your wedding day. So bring me your ideas, your inspiration and your crazy ideas (if that applies!). Don’t be afraid to put your personalities into these. I mean, the wedding invitation is the first thing your guests will see when it comes to your wedding day. Let’s show them what type of day it’s going to be!
What trends are you seeing for invites and stationery design for 2018?
I love the all-natural look right now for wedding stationery for 2018. Handwritten and calligraphy-inspired fonts are so beautiful and fun. I love that I can dive into so many of these and use them easily from piece to piece. I’ve been surprised to see so much burgundy brought into wedding invitations in the last few months but I love that. I still see a ton of blush, but that bold burgundy is a welcome change! And gold. Still super duper hot right now!
What are some of your favorite things to create?
Unique pieces. And that can encompass anything. I love when a couple brings me a photo of something and ask, can you create something like this? And my answer 99% of the time is “yes.”. I just got done creating hexagonal marble tile place cards and table numbers. All with a silver font that matched everything we created for this bride. Seriously blew myself away on how amazing these looked. I’m creating a glitter pocket invitation right now that is going to blow the minds of guests who get these for this New Years Eve wedding.
What other questions do you have about invitations? Dana is your go to and she'll help you through the whole process! Reach out to her to start your invitation design process! You can also find her on Instagram here!