Singaporebrides | Editors' Notes

October 2014

9 Creative Wedding Invitation Suite Designers in Singapore

Want to announce your wedding with gorgeous and personalised wedding invitations? We’ve sussed out nine paper goods designers in Singapore who will brighten your celebrations with a beautiful wedding stationery suite.

Bearers of glad tidings, your wedding invitations give your family and friends the first hint of what your celebrations will be like. And wedding invites these days have come a long way; from your Save the Dates all the way to your ceremony decor, you can now pretty up your whole wedding with a full wedding stationery suite of beautiful paper goods like patterned envelopes, illustrated menus, and escort cards emblazoned with your wedding logo in a wax seal. To help you select a wedding stationery suite that befits your happy occasion, we chat with nine beautiful paper goods designers in Singapore whose lovely work will bear your joyous smiles and heartfelt welcome in the mail.

1. THE PAPER BUNNY

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WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FROM?

Jaime: Nature and fashion; romantic soft lights and beautiful set ups.

BEST PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Jaime: We enjoy seeing our clients happy, so definitely the part where we finalise a project and see a happy client is the best part of the process. That said, we also enjoy conceptualising and getting creative with the selected theme chosen by the couples, and putting their story into design.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TREND RIGHT NOW?

Jaime: Palm prints and floral motifs!

Services and goods: Full range of custom design services from wedding invitations to menus; art prints; stationery and clutches
Design styles: All types of design, with a primary focus on graphic art
Print methods: Full suite of print options, from digital and offset printing to metallic foil stamping, letterpressing and embossing
Minimum print quantity: N.A. Quantities affect print costs
Lead time: 3 to 6 months encouraged
Website: www.thepaperbunny.com
Email: hello@thepaperbunny.com

2. Kalo Make Art

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Kalo: I gain design inspirations from various things, of which nature is an important aspect. I visit botanical gardens and zoos to draw regularly, and a lot of my In House designs are original artwork from these drawing trips. Important people that influence my artistic career include contemporary New York illustrator Yuko Shimizu, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, British children’s book illustrator Anthony Browne and the late Austrian painter Egon Schiele!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Kalo: Kalo Make Art is dedicated to provide Bespoke Wedding Invitation Design services, so most of our designs are created in response to a customer’s requirements. As the designer, the diversity of design styles among each project is the most enjoyable part of my job. Each wedding invitation design is completely different from one another. My projects range from an elegant watercolour map of Singapore to a sweet, cute couple in cartoon style for a wedding in Bali!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TRENDS RIGHT NOW?

Kalo: Foil stamping used to be popular in the old days and this trend seems to be coming back. In the past, foil stamping did not have a huge range of colour options. Nowadays, there are a lot more yummy trendy colours to choose from, such as fushia, turquoise, lime, plum and charcoal! Couples can also choose to foil stamp the wedding invitation’s edges. I personally really love foil stamping as it gives a special touch and glamour to the overall invitation suite, and used purple foil stamp for my own barnyard wedding invitations.

Services: Bespoke wedding stationery design and printing
Design styles: A wide range from line drawing, vintage, graphic, painterly, watercolour, illustrative, typography to calligraphy.
Print methods: Letterpress, digital, debossed, offset, foil stamping, laser cut, die cut printing, pop-up cards, and monogram wax seals and embossed seal stamps
Minimum print quantity: 100pcs for offset, debossed and letterpress printing
Lead time: 4 to 6 months for Bespoke Designs; 5 to 7 weeks for In House collection
Website: www.kalomakeart.com
Email: info@kalomakeart.com

3. Stoic Girls

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WHAT GETS YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING?

Melissa: We’re inspired by the love stories that the couples share and their backgrounds as we translate them into prints.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Melissa: The reflective practice of us coming together to look into the best possible ways to translate a bespoke theme through certain illustration styles and to stay true a client’s vision.

WHAT ARE SOME DESIGN TRENDS THAT YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

Melissa: Pastel, handcrafted vectors, modern lettering and craftsmanship.

Services: Illustrations and wedding stationery suites; live portrait illustration sessions and services for event
Design styles: Illustration, portraits, watercolour, graphic, calligraphy
Print methods: Flat ink digital printing, offset, foil, letterpress
Minimum print quantity: 100 cards
Lead time: 4 to 8 weeks depending on the size and the complexity of the design
Website: www.stoicgirls.com
Email: hello@stoicgirls.com

4. The Fingersmith Letterpress

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?

Jackie: I am inspired by vintage tin cans and packaging with beautiful letterings and colour combinations that complement each other. I am also inspired by sign painting along shop fronts and buildings when I travel.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Jackie: The “ping-pong” part when I throw out an idea to friends and they throw back their thoughts, shaping and moulding the initial idea further. Though some ideas do not materialise, I love it when they get really wild and sometimes ridiculous. It keeps the creative juices churning in the blender.

YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TRENDS RIGHT NOW?

Jackie: Often, clients come to us knowing that we specialise in hand-lettering and illustration. Though each wedding invitation design is personalised to the client, they all contain similar elements that we specialise in. I guess we have developed a certain style that people associate us with and that is what we would like to continue doing instead of keeping up with what is trending.

Services and goods: Bespoke design services for personalised stationery; art prints; post cards
Design styles: Hand-lettering, calligraphy, and illustration
Print methods: Focus on letterpress printing, with an array of complimentary finishing services like die-cutting, duplexing and edge painting
Minimum print quantity: N.A. Larger quantities cost less per suite
Lead time: 6 to 9 weeks
Website: www.thefingersmithletterpress.com
Email: info@thefingersmithletterpress.com

5. Pearlyn and Paper

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Pearlyn: Pretty weddings and dreamy love stories! I enjoy playing a small part in completing the mood of a wedding with customised stationery. Wedding invitations create the first impression – it gives your guests a hint of what to expect at the actual wedding party, and I love to get them all excited! I like finding the right balance, creating looks that are soft and romantic, yet not overly girly. I’m an avid fan of floral and fauna. Painting botanicals can be so therapeutic!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Pearlyn: Getting to know my clients is always a joy, sharing ideas and filtering a hundred and one concepts into one. And when it’s all done and my clients tell me how much they love it, the sense of happiness and satisfaction is truly priceless.

FAVOURITE DESIGN TREND RIGHT NOW?

Pearlyn: Undoubtedly, florals! It has always been popular, but I love to challenge myself with different interpretations. Many Singaporean couples are going for the rustic theme these days, and I too am in love with it. It really shifts the idea of the standard, traditional wedding invitation.

Services: Wedding stationery suite design; custom illustrations
Design styles: Illustration, watercolour, graphic art and calligraphy
Print methods: Laser cutting, hot stamping, embossing, debossing, letterpressing
Minimum print quantity: N.A. Costs vary according to specifications
Lead time: 3 months
Website: www.pearlynkmin.com
Email: hello@pearlynkmin.com

6. HelloAm

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WHAT GETS YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING?

Daphne: My biggest source of inspiration is my family. My little girl is the inspiration behind this creative business; just watching her display her creativity each day as she learns and grows, simply inspires me. It’s the most amazing experience.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Daphne: Being a wedding invitation designer has a completely different set of expectations and satisfaction from the corporate world I came from. I find my deepest well of satisfaction coming from being able to contribute to a wedding, where I know I’m part of the process where a spiritual connection occurs.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TRENDS RIGHT NOW?

Daphne: I make it a point not to follow trends blindly, but it’s important to know what they are. If I need to follow a trend, I will infuse them with my personal creative style. At the moment, I’m leaning towards gold tones and scripted fonts.

Services and goods: Custom designs for weddings and special events; wedding guestbooks; love quote prints
Design styles: Graphic design, illustration, and typography
Minimum print quantity: 30pcs for wedding invitations
Lead time: 3-5 working days
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/HelloAm
Email: hellodearam@gmail.com

7. PapyPress

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

Corby: Over at PapyPress, we are inspired by the stories of our couples. Each couple, no matter how uneventful their lives may be, has a unique love story to tell. That’s the reason why we love illustrating these stories as it injects our stationery designs with a special personality that you won’t find in generic, non-bespoke stationery.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Corby: The conceptualisation stage is always the most challenging but also the most enjoyable. Finding out the stories of our couples and their likes and dislikes allows us to know our client better!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TRENDS?

Corby: We don’t exactly follow or have a favourite design trend. We believe that all great designs have to fulfil the key criteria of being timeless and classic – something that you won’t cringe at when looking at it on your 20th wedding anniversary. Of course, our specialty is in illustration and sketches, especially of landscape and buildings, and we believe that will always be something that’s on trend.

Services and goods: Custom design services for full wedding stationery suite from invitations to menus
Design styles: All types of design from graphic and watercolour to illustration and calligraphy
Print methods: Specialisation in letterpress, thermography print and foiling;digital and offset printing
Minimum print quantity: N.A. Min. cost applicable
Lead time: 2 months for full bespoke services
Website: www.papypress.com
Email: renee@papypress.com

8. Happy Hands Project

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What inspires you?

Pauline: My creativity usually gets a boost by being around fellow creatives. There’s something inspiring about being able to exchange ideas with other artists and designers. Singapore has a lot of interesting spots as well, and taking a walk along its bustling streets is enough to fill my mind with quirky typography and artistic eye candy.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BIT IN THE DESIGN PROCESS?

Pauline: When everything is coming together – type, hand-painted elements, colour – that’s what I enjoy most. It’s like having a visual epiphany, when every piece of a certain design falls beautifully in place.

WHICH DESIGN TRENDS DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

Pauline: I’m very much drawn to anything rustic and vintage right now. I love art in its simplest form – organic and unaltered, and I’ve always been a lover of handmade goods. Modern calligraphy and muted tones are also one of my favourite design characteristics right now.

Services: Calligraphy and lettering for paper goods such as posters, wedding logos, invitation suites
Design styles: Calligraphy, hand-lettering, hand-drawn illustrations and watercolour painting
Lead time: Up to a month for calligraphy wedding logos; up to a few months for wedding invitation suite designs
Website: happyhandsproject.com
Email: info@happyhandsproject.com

9. Elixr Bespoke

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WHAT ARE YOU INSPIRED BY?

Grace: The world at large – nature, fashion, food, music, paper, shapes, colours, jewellery, flowers, spaces, photography, textures.. the list goes on. And of course, anything that’s elegant and tastefully done excites me.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF THE DESIGN PROCESS FOR YOU?

Grace: Getting to know each client and working together to create something that is tasteful yet personal – bringing the bride’s personality and mood across in the choice of colours, graphics, and fonts etc. The fact that every client is different makes it never a dull moment.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TRENDS RIGHT NOW?

Grace: The resurgence of letterpress. Minimalist design and pairing of unexpected materials and colours are always inspiring!

Services and goods: Wedding stationery suites; custom designs for special occasions; personal stationery
Design styles: Typically graphic based – using typography, illustrations, colours and unique paper and printing methods
Print methods: Offset printing, foil stamping, embossing, letterpress printing, die-cut/laser-cut
Min. print quantity: N.A. Larger quantities cost less per suite
Lead time: 6 months encouraged
Website: www.elixrdesign.asia/bespoke
Email: hello@elixrdesign.asia


Image credits: All images courtesy of respective vendors. Second Happy Hands Project image by Nelwin Uy Photography, third by Bloc Memoire Photography. Feature image by The Paper Bunny.