Invitations And You – Listen Up!

Radioactive invitations!

Hola, muchachos!  I was on the radio!  I was interviewed by R.J. Johnson for his radio show Austin Bridal Secrets.  We talked about my invitations, how I started Chantal Claire and we even got into the nitty gritty of my cardstock of choice, Bazzill, and why I love it so much.

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Our popular butterfly invitation recolored in black and pink. If you’ve met our client Richelle, you would know how much this suits her personality.

Signature or Contemporary?

During our conversation, we briefly touched on the two pocket choices I offer.  Our most popular choice is the contemporary pocket, which opens from bottom to top.  The contemporary pocket is in the middle price range.

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Our contemporary pocket with our Circular Floral design.

If the contemporary pocket isn’t quite doing it for you, or you require more options for personalization, then the signature pocket is just right for you.  The side panels provide the perfect opportunity for you to include photos of yourselves, quotes, or photos/information about your location if you are having a destination wedding.

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Our signature pocket with featuring our Circular design.

America’s Got Invitations

In this interview, we of course delved pretty deep into my invitations and how my little company came to be.  But we also ended up talking about my original beginnings… as a sound engineer and singer/fiddler.  Ah, the good old days, when I’d be up all night performing in dirty bars, watching drunk people get drunker with every passing hour.  Listen to hear all the goodies.

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Handmade Invitations

Nano Robot Free

My invitations are handmade.  Yup, I make all the invitations you guys order BY HAND.  No automation or robotic involvement anywhere!  Well, I have the inserts printed by a professional printer, but I make all the pockets and add the rhinestones and whatnot by hand.

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I assembled this beauty myself. We bonded. Well, I held it while it bonded… with glue.

Modern Butterfly Wedding Invitation Suite | Wedding Pocketfold Invitation | Pink and Black | Destination Wedding | Save the Date | Wedding Stationery | Spring Wedding

 

Recently I ordered some samples from some other invitation companies, just to see what my competition was doing.  And they were very nice – I have no complaints.  The samples were fine.  Just – fine.  Nice.

However, it was very obvious that these were factory made.  The pockets from the different companies were identical, but assembled in different types of paper.  I found that a bit of a bummer – two different companies, yet the pockets were the same.  They had obviously been purchased from a wholesaler somewhere.

Printing

The ink was printed right onto the cardstock rather than onto blank inserts.  I’m sure this was a cost saving measure… but you definitely get what you pay for, because it didn’t feel very luxe to me.  Basically, all of the samples seemed very “cookie cutter”. as though a line of nano robots were spitting them out assembly line style.  Wow, that’s quite the image, eh?

Nano robots at the water cooler. “Hey, can you fill me in on Game of Thrones last night?” “Well, I can’t remember anybody’s name, but the angry guy got angrier and then there were a bunch of naked ladies…”

Now, I don’t want to slam these – I realize people have different budgets, and for some this may fit within their budget or preferences and that’s fine.  But for those who are like me and just cannot do things like everybody else, I offer my handmade invitations as an alternative.  Because each one goes through my hands, I make sure every single invitation is up to my high standards before shipping it out.  I painstakingly create a tiny reflection of you and your partner to present to your guests while allowing you to be a part of the creative process.  While the inserts are at the printer, I begin to cut the cardstock that will become the handmade pockets and outer wrap.  When everything is back from print I assemble it all myself.  I am a perfectionist and have set a very high standard for myself.  I am very proud of the work that I do and the high quality I provide.

Cardstock Standards

My try to exclusively use Bazzil cardstock when creating my handmade invitations.  If Bazzil isn’t available in a particular color that has been requested (which doesn’t happen often) I will go with another brand that is of the same quality, but it is my favorite cardstock to use because of the thickness, texture and variety.

There is also a huge variety of colors and even certain gold foil patterns that I’m somewhat in love with.  I’m a bit of a paper snob, so this is a topic I should probably write a separate post about.

When planning your next event, I hope you will consider using my invitations.  I really do believe that a beautiful handcrafted invite sets the tone for your wedding.  Contact me for a free sample!

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Move over, Gin Blossoms. It’s Cherry Blossom time.

Cherry Blossoms.

It’s such a delicate and sweet motif for a wedding, or any party.  It’s a traditional theme but not so much that you can’t play with it to add unique and modern elements.

Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitation, www.chantalclaire.com
Contemporary pocket in Cherry Blossom Collection

Make it your own

With our cherry blossom design especially, changing the color scheme really switches up the overall feel of the invitation.  Sticking to the traditional light pink and brown tones gives a whimsical touch, but going darker reminds me of some artwork I’ve seen in the homes of my Chinese friends back in Toronto.

Cherry blossom wedding invitation in red and black, www.chantalclaire.com
Amanda’s black and red theme worked amazingly well with the cherry blossom invitation! I’ll take a world of this, please.
Cherry blossom wedding invitation in purple and white, www.chantalclaire.com
Jeanine was one of my favorite clients to work with. This was her vow renewal, and this insert sat inside a deep purple pocket. It was amazeballs when it was done. Fer serious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine knew she wanted a cherry blossom motif and pink and black as her colors, but wasn’t sure which one she wanted to see more of.  These pictures are a great way to show you some of my process, and also explain better than words how different the same design can look with a color and font change.  These are three mockups I did for her (out of many) and out of all of them we settled on the last.  I actually think they all look great for different reasons, but they definitely do all have a different feel.  Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment and tell me why!

What’s that?  You want to see what other wedding related cherry blossom stuff I’ve found online?  Well, ok then.  But only because you asked, and also only because I’m busy listening to my murderino podcast and am happy to surf the net for you.

Jewelry

cherry blossom earrings
Golden Kiss Jewelry on Etsy – who wants to buy me these?

I think these earrings from GoldenKiss Jewelry on Etsy are adorable.  They come in silver or gold, and at $16+ I think they’re a really good find for the money.  She’s got excellent reviews, so definitely worth checking out.

cherry blossom earrings
Obsessories LA – as good at making jewelry as they are at naming their store. So, pretty darn good.

I think these itty bitty cherry blossom earrings from Obsessories LA are the sweetest little gift you could give your flower girl.  How adorable are they?

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Favors

Ah, the dreaded favors.  I’m partial to anything edible myself, but then again I think being 6590 lbs suits me.  😉  I did a quick search for you and found a few things that I thought were cute and not coo-coo bananas expensive.

cherry blossom oreos
Cherry blossom oreos? Or really, any kind of oreos. Um, yes please!

Omigod oreos.  Cherry blossom oreos.  Omigod.  Like… omigod.  I don’t think I need to say anything else here.

Oh wait, I should probably tell you the store name.  It’s MerryGoSweets on Etsy.  You need to buy stuff from her.  Even if you decide not to get married, you need to buy stuff from her.  And so do I.  Because oreos.  Omigod.

 

 

 

 

cherry blossom coasters
Super cute and unique coasters. Rockin the old school vibe.

A billion years ago when I got married, everybody considered coasters as a wedding favor. I mean, I didn’t, but that’s just because everybody else was doing it and as I’ve said before, if other people are doing it then I suddenly become allergic to it.  Anyway, I saw these and didn’t break out in hives because these are actually really adorable.  There’s no link because honestly, I saved this picture a while ago and then got distracted by the oreos and didn’t save the link.  Bad blogger.

 

 

cherry blossom wine glass
Let’s get blotto, y’all.

The wine glass in the middle with the cherry blossom motif is pretty cute, and is a favor that I think quite a few guests will actually use after your event.  And let’s face it, if many of them are newlyweds themselves, they’ll need to be drinking some vino to get through the first few years of arguments about in-laws, spending, and stop leaving your laundry on the floor the bin is RIGHT THERE can you seriously not see it it’s like two steps away just lift the freakin lid it’s not that hard- oh wait, this suddenly became all about me.  Sorry about that.

 

Yummies for your Tummies

cherry blossom cupcake toppers
Cherry blossom cupcake toppers. Can I go to a bakery and just order the toppers, I wonder? Will they think I’m weird?

This is the deciding factor for me.  Forget everything.  I’m going to throw myself another wedding, and it’s going to have a cherry blossom theme and instead of a cake it’ll have a few thousand cupcakes with these adorbs edible cupcake toppers on them.  My husband is gonna love it.  No, he totally will.  Stop arguing with me.

WicksteadsEatMe on Etsy.  Rad.

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that about does it for today’s episode of Chantal Spends Your Money For You.  Thanks for tuning in.

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