A Garden Party Interview: Designed by M.E. Stationery
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Maria Carr, the owner of Designed By M.E. Stationery. Before talking to Maria, I didn’t realize the vast potential for beautiful wedding stationery. I had only seen two types of wedding invitations, DIY and mass produced. Both can be beautiful, but they lack the quality and individuality that custom, handmade invitations, such as those by Designed By M.E. Stationery, can offer. The invitation is the first impression of your wedding, so it makes sense to choose stationery that finds your style and vision. Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more about Designed By M.E. Stationery. Why should engaged couples choose your services?
I truly love what I do, and I like to think it shows in my work and in the way I treat my customers. I understand that most of my brides have never planned a wedding before, and the stationery stage can be overwhelming. I’m here to help with design, wording and walking them through etiquette guidelines (which I’m not really a stickler for). I’m passionate about weddings and design, and I’m a bit obsessed with keeping up with the latest trends in weddings and stationery, which means fresh new designs and ideas will be popping up all the time!
What makes your business stand out?
I don’t know if I design “better” than my competition, but I like to think that I have my own style and my customers share that style with me. I only use high quality materials, and I have an outstanding customer service track record. I custom design, hand-cut and hand-assemble every element of every piece of stationery. I believe this puts me in a class above the DIY kits you’ll find at your local craft store or the invitations mass produced by a machine.
Why did you want to enter the wedding industry?
Weddings are a time to celebrate, and I’ve always loved the romance of it all. I love the colors, the flowers, the music, the dresses and the happy, beautiful photos.
What is your favorite part of being involved in weddings?
When we were planning our wedding, I remember how emotional and thrilling it was for my husband and me to hear that our guests loved their invitations and couldn’t wait to attend. Now, I get that feedback from brides, and I just love it. I get to put smiles on the bride’s and groom’s faces with something I created with my own two hands. How cool is that?
Is this a family owned business?
I guess you could say so! I am the sole owner, and I don’t have any employees yet. However, my husband offers moral support beyond words. He’s pretty good at tying bows too!
What advice would you offer to engaged couples looking for a vendor who provides your services?
Make sure your stationer’s style fits in with yours and that they understand your visions. Also, look at their past work, reviews and testimonials to ensure they are providing the quality of service and product that you are looking for.
Also, try to give your stationer enough time; you should order custom, handmade invitations about six months prior to your big day and wedding day stationery no later than 2 months prior.
What general advice would you offer engaged couples?
Do a little bit of research before you contact your vendors. It helps to have a general idea of the style you are looking for and a realistic budget. There are plenty of wedding blogs and websites that offer ideas and assistance, including mine! Also, try to enjoy every second of planning- it goes by so fast!!
What are your short and long term goals?
Short term goals: Currently, I’m struggling with balancing my business and every other aspect of my life, so I’d love to have some kind of system down by fall. Long term goals: I am working towards growing my business so I can afford a few dedicated employees and a cute little studio where customers can stop by to browse, chat and create.
A Garden Party Florist had the pleasure of working with Designed By M.E. Stationery for Irene and Nick’s wedding. Check out the adorable stationery that perfectly matches the couple’s style.
To view more pictures from Irene and Nick’s wedding, click here. Also, check out Maria’s blog and website. Maria just did the invitations and thank you cards for Mary's sons 2nd birthday just a few weeks ago. Check out the adorable design she came up with here.
We’d love to know, where are you getting your wedding stationery? Share your stories, questions, and advice with us by leaving a comment!