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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow, what a way to start a blog post, eh? But seriously, what makes Chantal Claire more awesome to work with than, say, the next wedding invitation company?
Well, we are humble, to begin with. That’s always a great virtue to have. 😉 And there’s this.But we also remember clearly what it’s like to plan a wedding, even if it was hmmrmph*mumble*mmmmph years ago. Not that we are old or anything.
Awesome Wedding Memories
I myself remember meeting with vendor after vendor while planning my wedding. Meeting after meeting, I would find myself in rooms that didn’t match my wedding vibe, and they would tell me what my wedding would be like when I hired them. And if I made the mistake of telling them I was marrying a guy from Serbia – whoa nelly! Then I was having this type of wedding, and we would need to play this song and of course everybody would expect that… except… none of it matched the wedding my fiance and I were planning. (See how I included my fiance there? It’s because I’m awesome like that. Cuz everybody knows it’s really about the bride, and she really does all the planning, but I still included him. Because, as I said, I’m awesome. But I digress…)
We were planning a small wedding, and we were (and still are, in our old age – ha) a quirky pair, and we didn’t want a lot of the expected wedding stuff at our event. It just didn’t work for us. But when I tried to explain it to these vendors, I was brushed off and ignored. “Your guests will miss it,” was the most common phrase I heard. My gut instinct was to reply – no, you will miss it, because I won’t be paying for it and you won’t see it in your bank account. And then a few other maybe not so awesome and not so wedding related words and phrases followed – in my head of course. Because I’m awesome and wouldn’t say it out loud. #PoliteCanadian
Wedding vendors that get “awesome”
At Chantal Claire, we want to be the vendor that “gets” you. We don’t want to be the vendor that tells you what your wedding invitation will be like, or what your guests will miss, or what you have to have. We want you to tell us why you are awesome, and we want to make an invitation to show you off. And we think your wedding invitation should get people excited about your event, and should showcase your quirky, goofy or romantic side – whichever side you want to show. And we don’t think you should pay custom prices to be able to do any of that.
At Chantal Claire, we love awesome people, and we love weddings. We love awesome weddings, and I don’t mean the big expensive crazy over the top ones… I mean the ones that really show off the couple. We would love to be a part of yours. Get in touch with us for your free sample.
A color scheme is important to have during your wedding planning. It helps to narrow down your choices and to bring everything together in a cohesive manner. Following a color scheme can make an event go from looking like you picked up some mismatched dollar store finds to hiring an upscale event coordinator, and you’ve basically spent the same amount of money. If you need some color scheme inspiration, check out my color palette pinterest boards. I’ve got one for spring and summer themes and another one for fall and winter themes.
I need a color scheme and I don’t know where to start
I’ve been seeing this a lot on bridal forums lately. Brides who are at the beginning of their planning, and feel lost with their color choices. I get it – there are so many great color pairings out there, and all you have to do is play around on pinterest for a while to have your mind changed twenty times.
The best thing you can do, I’ve found, is to use descriptive words – don’t focus on big picture right away, but rather descriptive words for your event. Elegant vs funky, timeless vs modern, traditional vs unique. Is there anything you absolutely do not want? If you know you are more of a traditionalist, then you probably won’t want to go with a black and bright pink color scheme. Love the drama of Hollywood red carpets and want to emulate that excitement at your event? Then maybe black, red and gold is something you’ll want to lean towards. If you are using descriptive words like fun and lively for your wedding then maybe something bright like orange and pink are going to be more appropriate. Descriptive words are the best way in my opinion, after years of doing this, to narrow your focus on the feel of the event you want to have.
There are probably some color combos you want to avoid because they are associated with certain things. Be wary of color combinations like red and green because they are Christmas colors, orange and black because of Halloween, pastel purple and yellow because of Easter and black and yellow because you’ll have a bumblebee wedding. That being said, if that’s what you’re going for then have at it.
Sometimes it’s easier to start by ruling out what you DON’T want. If you like my designs, but haven’t seen the right colors either on the website or here on the blog, then get in touch and we will work together to come up with the right color scheme for you. I can show you samples of previous work to give you ideas, and whip up some mockups until we find the right thing. I don’t charge based on the number of mockups I do, so if it takes twenty tries, it takes twenty tries. If we get it right after three tries, then that’s awesome too.
It used to be that I had to do a face to face consultation. But I am no longer living in the dark ages! With the advent of me not being a lame-o and having a smart phone and ACTUALLY KNOWING HOW TO USE IT (insert the voices of a thousand angels singing here) we can now do scheduled consultations no matter where you are. So email me and we’ll set something up.
Good luck! Let me know if you need some direction!