Magnificent Milestones, one of our fabulous Chicago retailers, dreamed up this lovely, golden variation of our Alyssa suite. Blending our Sparkle Gold and our Bright White papers with our Tan and Transparent Gold inks created this warm, gilded suite. The Sparkle Opal paper used for the intricate laser wrap adds another dimension of warmth and elegance. Top it of with one of our jewels and it becomes a one-of-a-kind invitation fit for a sophisticated soiree!
I know I am starting the year off right given this latest magazine feature for Spark. With all of the New Year’s resolutions I set each year, it is always at the top of my list to have our work covered in major publications. I think any stationer will agree with me that is a wonderful feeling to see something you’ve done shot beautifully for any magazine, let alone Martha Stewart Wedddings!
I couldn’t be more excited to announce that our work is featured in the Martha Stewart Weddings Winter 2013 issue. If you check out page 418 in the All That Shimmers article, you will see a full suite of lovely, simple type done in a rose gold foil on soft white museum board in 2ply and 4ply. It is hard to discern in the photo, but the pieces also feature edge painting in a complementary color.
We can’t say enough good things about working with the team over at MSW, and their efforts truly shine through in each issue. This Winter 2013 issue is no exception. It is their largest issue to-date and is jam-packed with everything a couple could need for planning a wedding and just to be inspired about all that is possible for the wedding of their dreams.
This invite suite is available for purchase through any of our fine retailers located around the United States and internationally, as well as through Spark directly. Please contact a Spark representative today to find out how we can customize this suite for your big day!
Creative Director at Spark
All of us at Spark would like to take a moment and thank everyone – clients, vendors, happy couples and letterpress enthusiasts – for a successful 2012. We are truly lucky to do what we do each day and feel very blessed. Thank you to those of you who worked with us for the first time and to many of you who continue to come back with exciting projects. As a small, family business, we value the relationships we have with each of you.
Last week, all of the Sparklers and their families gathered together in celebration. It was a wonderful time filled with great food (we can share some favorite recipes), laughter and goofy photos. The family members of the Spark were a little teary at times because we feel lucky to have such a great staff. When you have the right team in place, anything is possible, and that means that 2013 should be the best year yet for Spark!
Happy holidays and cheers to a prosperous new year!
This year we had the pleasure of creating a holiday tablescape for SHE, a local Sioux Falls women’s magazine. When trying to decide what theme to go with we thought it best to steer away from the traditional reds and greens and try something a little out of the box. One of our outspoken sparklers blurted out, “why not make it a frosty Christmas – we live in South Dakota!” We decided on blues, whites, and crystals/sparkles for our dinner tablescape. Putting our heads together and gathering our resources we collected anything in blue hues that we had around our houses, Christmas related or not.
Alana, Spark's resident wedding consultant and avid dinner party hostess, had some tips about decorating to share. “When decorating for something, it’s important to use what you have. None of your guests will know that everything wasn’t purchased for that certain dinner party. Also, don't be afraid to mix and match styles and textures to add visual interest to your table."
To incorporate a little Spark flare we used our silver striped party papers: placecards, gift tags, and table signs. The final product was an inviting display good for a frosty Christmas party or a dinner party to ring in the new year.
Join us this Saturday, November 24th, as we sparkle in-store with a 20% discount on all products plus special clearance bins on paper, envelopes and more!
Enjoy cider and cookies while you SHOP SMALL this weekend! Spark Stationery, 524 N. Main Ave, Ste 100. Tri-State Creamery Building, 221-5997.
The Village Invites - Midtown
Owner: Linda Schonfeld | Manager: Adrienne Kierans
10 East 39th Street, 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10016
Contacts: Adrienne Kierans, Ariel Markowitz
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.villageinvites.com | Phone Number: 212.220.6199
How long have you been in business?
8 years and counting!
When did you realize that the stationery business was the right one for you?
After working in the fashion industry for several years I loved the idea of creating a personal stationery wardrobe for stylish new yorkers...complete with the most current patterns, prints, colors and typestyles.
What part of working with new brides is the most exciting?
On our initial meeting we sit with the bride and have her describe how she envisions her big day. This is where all the magic happens and the brainstorming begins!
When people say, "well it's just paper…it's going to get thrown away anyway" what is your reaction?!
My first reaction is that we are probably not the place for you. However, if you recognize that your invitation is the first glimpse that your guests will have into your wedding day and that first impressions make a big difference, then you're speaking our language.
What do you do with cards and invites you receive from family and friends?
I display them on my mantle for a few weeks. Invitations will then accompany pictures from the party in a photo album. Special cards I will keep and if the design is unusual I hold on to it for inspiration.
What tip can you give a bride about the invites she might order?
The wedding should not only reflect the location of the ceremony but also your own personal style. Don't be afraid to include personal touches like patterned envelope liners, colors and fonts you love.
What is a color combo that you're in love with right now for invites this season?
Metallic gold and tiffany blue. Elegant and happy all at once :)
Do you find Pinterest and Facebook helpful when relating with potential clients and how do you utilize social media?
We've been so busy this past year and haven't had a chance to use social media as much as we'd like too. Stay tuned…we are planning a social media makeover this season!
Brides rarely have a clue what they want when they sit down for invites…how do you lead them in the right direction to find their dream invites?
If a bride is overwhelmed with the choices she has we start with simple questions…"Do you see your wedding day more modern or traditional in style? Formal or informal?" Then we take it from there and start painting the big picture.
What trend are you seeing this season for invites?
Metallic ink, edge painting in bright colors, bold patterns and hand calligraphy accents. Custom illustration is also very popular, brides love having their own personal work of art.
Best advice for bride or bride-to-be about finding the perfect invite suite?!
Choose a stationer who will get as excited as you are when you describe your wedding day. When you start brainstorming ideas you'll end up with an invitation suite that is more beautiful than you've ever imagined. This should be one of the most enjoyable parts of the planning experience.