I'm so excited to introduce you to my friend and amazing wedding stationery designer Tricia Kim of Fourteen-Forty. I've had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate and work with Tricia on several gorgeous weddings and styled shoots! I'm absolutely thrilled to have Tricia join us today as part of my ongoing Meet The Expert series on the blog. So grab a cup of your favorite coffee (or tea!) and enjoy! xo, Jainé
I'm Tricia Kim, owner of Fourteen-Forty, a custom wedding invitation studio in New York City. We specialize in luxury, bespoke invitation suites that reflect the personalities of our clients and their unique event. Couples work with us because they want something that is one-of-a-kind, whether we're drawing their venue, creating a map of their favorite places, or stamping a wax seal with their monogram. We really love to dig deep and get to know our clients so that we can design something that is truly a reflection of their story. It's a collaboration that goes both ways, so here are some tips that will help the process when working with a custom stationer!
No. 1 - Know Your Style: We can help you figure out a design style, and one of the best ways is for you to collect images that resonate with you. Whether you're interested in something romantic, industrial, modern, or geometric, figuring out where your taste lies is the first step to creating a custom stationery suite. Pinterest is a great way to get started and we encourage our couples to collect images not just of paper, but of feelings or moods or colors that appeal to them. We can use this as a starting point to really hone in on the perfect look for you.
No. 2 - Be Personal: The best designs we've created are reflections of the couples and their lives. By getting to know them, we discover personality traits or interests that can actually apply to their stationery. For example, a couple might share with us that many of their happiest and most meaningful experiences have taken place near the ocean. From there we can pull colors, moods and textures for a subtle nod to that important aspect of their relationship. Let your stationer get to know you and you will be surprised at how many ways your personality can shine through your printed pieces.
No. 3 - Think Outside the (Paper) Box: While wedding invitations are traditionally printed on paper, there is no rule that says you can't do something else! Invitations can come in many different forms, whether it's a wooden box engraved with your date, a leather-bound book tied with string, or a package of French macarons announcing your upcoming wedding in Paris. Be open to doing something unexpected and making your paper an experience that can be shared.
No. 4 - Don't Be in a Rush: Your stationery will likely take longer than you think it will. We encourage our clients to meet with us 6 months before their wedding date to begin work on their stationery, with Save the Dates going out 3 months before that. There are so many details that go into getting those invites out and the more time you allow yourself, the less stressed you will be. Between gathering addresses, preparing wording, and making numerous design choices, the time will truly fly by.