We love a perfectly designed invitation suite to set the scene for a special and creative wedding day! Recently we discovered a little more about one of our favourite Perth designers, Grey Rabbit Design, and we have some of their recent work which is set to inspire you. For those of you who were fortunate enough to get to our Perth wedding fair recently you may even remember having some great chats with lovely Emily and admiring her fabulous work in person!
Tell us a bit about Grey Rabbit Design and the pieces that you design.
Grey Rabbit Design is my freelance Graphic Design company. I design logos, business stationery and event suites, I also oversee any print requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, save-the-date cards, engagement party invites, hens party invites, wedding invitation suites and envelopes. In addition, anything required on the big day like menus, place tags and seating plans. I can also create signage on a range of non-paper materials; wood & acrylic are my favourites.
We love hearing the story behind how businesses came to be – can you share with us how you came to launch Grey Rabbit Design?
I began designing in my spare time while at uni studying Graphic Design. I officially launched my freelance company when I graduated 10 years ago. Starting out, I was largely creating logos and stationery for businesses but now see more requests for event suites. I changed my company name to Grey Rabbit Design when I got Bobby (my pet bunny) and my style changed from corporate to quirky & personal. Bobby is either on my lap or at my feet when I’m designing, he has been a big presence in my life.
What inspires you when it comes to creating your designs?
Signage, typography & advertising from the 1930s – 1950s. I love the nostalgia when I’m looking through online archives and second-hand books. Considering the lack of technology at the time, the design is bold, fun and striking.
Do you take custom design orders?
So far all of my invitation suites have been bespoke. It’s so rewarding working with a couple closely from the beginning with a blank canvas – what you receive are prints that you helped design which makes it very personal. Not all couples have the budget for custom orders though, so I have created a new range of ‘ready-to-print’ suites that debuted at the Perth Vintage Bride Wedding Fair in January.
Which design of your current range do you think is your absolute favourite?
The best thing about working with like-minded couples is that I get to create designs that I could see myself using personally. I love lace and florals, especially roses. Suites with these elements were especially fun to make.
For those who love your stationery how can they order them? Do you have a studio for those who would like to see your work in person first?
Email is the best method to get in contact but I’m also happy to meet up with couples in Perth, over tea.
Do you offer print it yourself options for any of your wedding designs?
One of the best parts of my job is working closely with printers and taking designs from screen to paper. With a decade of experience in the print industry I know what can work; and what doesn’t. While I’m more then happy to supply files for you to arrange your own printing I highly recommend leaving the print management to me so I can get you the best print for your design. The less you have to worry about during this busy time the better.
How far in advance should couples book in for stationery designs created by yourself?
3 – 4 months is usually enough time if you have a clear idea of what you’d like design-wise and if you don’t require specialty printing. Foil, letterpress and die cutting can take a long time to produce so please add an extra 1 – 2 months if you have your heart set on these finishes. Rush suites for impromptu elopements will always be considered.
What advice do you have for brides when they are selecting their wedding invitations?
Keep your design consistent throughout the festivities. Have elements from your invitations that are replicated on your big day and any stationery after your wedding. This is an important part of branding that creates a sense of familiarity and ties the journey together. From the moment your guests open their invitations they’re taken on your journey from engaged to newly-weds.
When you’re not creating gorgeous designs for weddings what do you love to spend your time doing?
I love to embroider, op-shop and have crafternoons with friends. Also spending time with my husband and fur-babies, Bobby & Thomas the Frenchie.
For 2017 what sort of trends do you think there will be with wedding stationery?
I believe we will see a shift towards more decoratively designed invitations, rather then minimalist looks that are specifically designed with specialty printing in mind; like letterpress and foiling.
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