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FAL-WIN 2017

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1 2 F a l l | W i n t e r B R I D E Ask the Expert INVITE DESIGN PAPER MATES What kinds of requests do you get? Schiller: "We've done a lot of letterpress invitations." Brewer: "Watercolor save-the- dates. That's probably the bulk of what we see." Schiller: "People tend to get a little crazier with wedding signage." Brewer: "There's the formal suite with formal envelope and reply card and then there are couples who want a minimal, single sheet of paper with RSVP online. It varies by couple." You mentioned letterpress. What are options to make stationery different that people may not think of? Schiller: "I think letterpress is really fun. The feel of it is Hannah Schiller and Laura Brewer, of the design, hand- lettering and calligraphy team Riley + Ko. Photos by Honey Heart so unique and interesting. Foil printing is beautiful but can be a little bit pricier. I love vellum. It's kind of like a translucent paper, a little cloudy. I think that's really pretty. I think acrylic and vellum, they're about to be at the forefront of wedding trends, especially acrylic." Brewer: "To tie into that, different ways people package the invitation suite, either with a ribbon around it or in a trifold. You see a combination of things that, in addition to printing, can make it stand out and feel unique. We're also looking to try out some new styles and diversify." Schiller: "Coming from a design background, were not totally stuck in the calligraphy world. I've seen different styles of typography pop up in invitations. I'll look at Wedding Paper Divas just to see what else is out there. I've seen some cool different styles pop up — some fun lettering styles, even if it's not calligraphy." How do you find pretty stamps? Brewer: "I love stamps." Schiller: "She's all about the stamps." Brewer: "USPS, the postal service, has way more options online than they do in stores. That's a good spot if you're looking for something more traditional. Etsy also has a huge selection — that's my go- to. Even Amazon sells stamps. Search based on the theme of the wedding or even the color scheme." What are some ways to display a return address? Schiller: "Stamp embossing, calligraphy, printed. Hound Dog Press does a letterpress return address. I love when people do the wax seal. You get a little seal that looks like what a notary uses and just drip wax, and then you just press it and wait until it dries and pull it up." What are some budget-friendly ways to do invitations? Schiller: "My go-to solution is to print on a nice, textured paper because everybody likes the texture of letterpress and how thick that paper is. For one wedding, the bride got a nice paper from Papersource and then printed at home. That's as budget-friendly as you can get." Brewer: "Printing digitally." Schiller: "We've been working on putting together some semi- custom designs. Right now we do full custom. That's stepping back from full custom of, like, a hand-drawn crest or something and instead just having to pick from five." Brewer: "Obviously an envelope liner is going to be more expensive." Schiller: "Keeping it at a normal size for a stamp. Stamps add up. When you're sending out 250, you don't think about the stamps and then you're like, 'Oh, my gosh, I just spent $150 on stamps!"

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