We know it can be a daunting task wading through all of the options available for brides and grooms for their perfect vintage inspired wedding day. With this in mind we have a series of wedding vendor features over the coming weeks for you to get to know a little bit more about the people behind some of our favourite businesses.
Today we’re getting to know the creative wedding favour business, Wooden It Be, who specialise in creating laser cut wooden decorative elements.
Share with us how you came to launch Wooden It Be?
Wooden it be……came about after discovering a niche in the market for beautifully laser cut wooden pieces suited to couples having rustic/country weddings. I am a qualified Graphic Designer and was lucky enough to work at a printery first year out of university, which had a laser engraving machine. This is where my passion began and it has just grown from there.
I love working with couples and creating special pieces to add a unique touch to their wedding day.
Wedding stationery & decorative elements featuring laser cut wood are really growing in popularity, can you tell us a little bit about how your pieces are made and the design process behind it?
Each piece is created and designed by me. This allows me to continually come up with new and exciting products and personalise items to suit the couples requests. The designs are all designed on computer and then sent to a laser machine for it to work it’s magic! The end result is gorgeous rustic pieces.
What inspires you when it comes to creating your designs?
So many things inspire me, I try to keep up with industry trends and quite often ideas come about by special requests by couples. It is such a creative outlet as what I can create is only limited by my imagination and that is very exciting from a design point of view. To be able to feel and touch the product also makes it that extra bit special.
For those who love your pieces how can they purchase them? Do you have a studio or stockists for those who would like to see your pieces in person first?
My pieces are sold online through my online shop and via etsy.
I also attend a local wedding Expo in Wagga Wagga twice a year where I have products on display. I am happy to send out samples of small products such as a swing tag if people want to touch and feel the product and wood for themselves. I don’t have any stockists as many of the products are custom made at the time. (if anyone was interested in stocking some of my more generic products, I would be happy to discuss though)
Do you take custom orders?
Yes definitely. Many of my orders are custom made and I believe that is what gives them a unique touch. Nearly every product I sell has the option of personalisation. This includes cake toppers, Guest Heart Frames, Wedding Bomboniere, invitation swing tags & ‘In Memory’ bouquet tags. If there is something someone is after that I don’t have, I would definitely be open to discussing creating it for them (as long as I had the resources to achieve it)
What advice do you have for brides when they are selecting their wedding invitations and guest favours?
Have a theme and stick to it the whole way through. If your theme is ‘vintage’ ensure your invitations and guest favours embody this. If you can think outside the box, and look for something different, something that you haven’t seen as a favour at a wedding before! Personalising a wedding favour I believe always makes it that extra bit special too.
When you’re not creating gorgeous rustic pieces for weddings what do you love to spend your time doing?
I am a mother of a gorgeous daughter with another baby on the way so when I’m not creating gorgeous pieces, I get to spend precious time with my daughter and hubby. I also loving hanging out with family and friends and just enjoy the simple things in life (including chocolate). I also graphic design outside Wooden it be….. with my other business Smarti Design & Advertising. With this business I work on promo material, and design the layout of two local magazines including the Wagga Way and The Riverina Wedding Guide.
For 2016/2017 what sort of trends do you think there will be with wedding invites and guest favours?
Luckily for me, the rustic/country theme is still very popular (hopefully it will stay this way for years to come) I have seen a range of different ideas when it comes to favours including fresh herbs in pots and homemade Jam/sauce.
There is always something new and exciting coming out on the market though and the possibility these days are endless.