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BESPOKE WEDDING INVITATION

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The contemporary couple with an appreciation of refined elegance, the couple with a romantic story to tell and the ones who celebrate with sophistication and style. Our Bespoke Wedding Invitations are carefully and tastefully crafted for you. We work closely with you from start to finish – drawing inspiration from you and your narrative as a couple and distill them unto beautiful wedding paper.

I love when couples put a lot of thought into their wedding invitations and make them very personal, and heirloom worthy. After all, invitation gives your guests a first glimpse into style of your wedding day and an idea on appropriate attire.

Invitation suites include save-the-dates, thank you notes, envelopes and invitation itself. When designing an invitation suite there are so many decisions to make: what style to go for? Do you prefer gold foil, watercolour or hand lettering? What ink colour, fonts and paper to choose? To save yourself some wedding planning stress I recommend working with a professional.

I sit down with Jian from Jianery and asked her a few questions about her process, inspiration and the importance of wedding invitations.

QUESTION

How did you get started with calligraphy?

ANSWER

Surprisingly, I stumbled into the world of calligraphy. I was in Sydney for a weekend getaway and saw a beautiful pointed pen in a gift store. I was intrigued and so I bought it. But at that time, I have no clue on how to even hold the pen properly! Thank goodness there are so many "How-To" videos out there. I started to find the process of writing so therapeutic that I wrote every day. From song lyrics to poems, to even what I heard on the TV in the background. It was my way of de-stressing after a long day at work!

QUESTION

Where do you find inspiration?

ANSWER

I draw inspiration from everything, really. But probably the most impactful of them all is from my travels. I love seeing beautiful landscapes, old architecture, listening to historic stories about how people lived back then, what they wore, what they ate, what they did in art etc. Then I think about how I can integrate them into my work. It is a blessing to be in the wedding industry where culture can play such a significant role!

QUESTION

Tell us about your process.

ANSWER

Generally, my process starts by having a consultation with a client. Just to understand what they are after, what's their story, the type of style that inspires them and so forth. This initial consultation is important as it sets parameters for me to work. I will then put together a proposal of their project - usually with multiple concepts. From there, we will amend until the client approves and the suite goes into production, assembly and finally, shipped to the client.

QUESTION

What elements do you think should be included in stationary suites?

ANSWER

I am big fan of having a beautiful suite with a feature heirloom piece. For some, it could be a sketch of their venue, a story of how they met or even a just their favourite poem. When the wedding is over, that is the one piece that their guest can keep. I love it more when it's wrapped up with beautiful silk ribbons or sealed with a custom wax!

QUESTION

Why do you think invitations mean so much?

ANSWER

The invitation is a sentimental piece of the wedding that you can physically keep. For me, it was really personal... when my grandma passed away, I found that she has kept my wedding invitation in her drawer, neatly stashed amongst with all her belongings. That meant so much to me that she treasured it and felt so loved. I now have her copy on my wall.

QUESTION

What are your favorite or signature elements in wedding invitations?

ANSWER

What are your favorite or signature elements in wedding invitations?
My signature element would probably be the custom sketches, simple elegance aesthetics as well as calligraphy. I find that is what separates bespoke wedding stationery from pre-made ones.

QUESTION

What trends are currently in?

ANSWER

I'm seeing a lot of brides integrating more of their culture and traditions on their big day. Previously its more of an obligation to pay homage to their families but right now, couples are claiming rightfully their role in their own culture and putting their spin to it.
It's absolutely mesmerizing to see the couples' interpretation of their families' customs and rituals come to life - from their gorgeous traditional yet modern dresses, accessories and ceremonies!

QUESTION

What advice can you give to couples who just got engaged (perhaps give an advice on when to start working with calligrapher and send out invitations, etc)

ANSWER

One advice I'd give to couples is to be wary of timeline. Please give your stationer as much time as possible. At least 8 weeks from when you would like to send out your invites. This is because the process of designing, iterations, and production can take up longer than most people think.

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