Are you looking for wedding stationery that’s just a little different? Perhaps stationery in bright colours, featuring contemporary designs and in a modern pocketfold format? Then take a look at Chantal Claire Collections.
Chantal Claire’s stationery is vibrant, eye catching and will appeal to the modern couple looking to balance individuality whilst also balancing their budget as you have the opportunity to to personalize your invitations invitations without the cost of custom design.
Each themed stationery set includes an invitation, matching favour tags, table numbers, seating cards, and other items. With so much choice and flexibility let’s hear more from Chantal about her business.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I am an enthusiastic lover of all things artsy, creative and especially wedding and party related. I love to get my craft on in a variety of ways! So it makes sense that I would open a stationery business where I get to work with paper and glue and design.
What motivated you to start your business?
I have never been one who completely fit in… and that was the case when planning my wedding. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted for my invitation, but I knew I wanted a pocketfold and one that was different from what all my friends were sending out.
Yet I didn’t want something totally out there design wise. I had a hard time finding any middle ground… so I created something of my own.
I posted a picture of it on a wedding forum online, and woke up to a flood of messages from other brides to be asking me to create similar invitations for them. And thus, my business was born!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
As anyone running a small business does, I spend some time updating my social media profiles each day – usually with something that I find funny or interesting. Because let’s face it, wedding planning can be stressful, and who doesn’t need a laugh?
Once that is out of the way, I either spend time on the computer working on the invitation with the client or creating the pocketfold from cardstock. My favourite part of the day is definitely chatting with clients via text or email.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A dry sense of humour along with excellent customer service and attention to detail. I pride myself on my work and have created some long term friendships through my work as a wedding invitation designer.
I have also acted as a therapist for a bride or two during moments of bridal stress.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
I feel strongly that a couple should not have their wedding dictated to them by a vendor. It is the couple’s day, they are paying for it, and they should get what they want! (Within reason of course.) If a vendor cannot provide the service, then they are not the correct vendor for the couple.
Often you can get a vibe from a vendor. Does your wedding feel like just another job to them? Then probably they are not the right vendor for you. You want to work with people who are as enthusiastic about your wedding as you are, because hey! You’re getting married! And that’s AWESOME!
I also feel that a couple should not blow their budget. Having been married for a while, I can honestly say that yes, the wedding is wonderful and yes, certain things were worth spending more on, but I am also glad that we didn’t go coo coo bananas and blow all our savings. If a vendor is way out of your price range, or doesn’t give you pricing options, or won’t work with you in any way, then step away.
I realize that as a vendor myself, this is controversial… but I would never want to be the reason a couple goes into debt, or has a huge argument, or can’t afford to, I don’t know, say fix their car, or buy groceries, or whatever. I do need to be paid for my services (as everybody does), but if my tiered pricing structure still doesn’t work for you then I urge you to find someone who does. It is simply not worth the financial stress and any vendor who wants your money over your well being is, in my opinion, not a great person.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
There are just so many! I have seriously met wonderful couples. I think my favorite part is probably seeing people who think they are really uncreative come alive with ideas, and implementing those ideas into the design of their invitation.
When they receive the finished product, they can honestly say, “This was my idea! I came up with that!” That always feels good – to encourage ‘uncreative’ people to find their creativity.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
My designs have been used as christening invitations, baptisms, and even surprise birthday parties. The designs are pretty versatile since they can be recolored and the fonts and wording changed for no additional costs.
What have you got planned for 2017?
I took a break from my business after my kids were born to focus on motherhood, but am back at it with renewed enthusiasm! This year I am focusing on creating new designs and building my brand and online presence. Navigating social media has been a challenge for this lady.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
I’m pretty artsy, so it’s easy to find inspiration pretty much everywhere! My daughter is becoming interested in design and I love that I have been showing her through my work that it’s ok to be a mom, and artist and a business owner at the same time. So in that sense, she inspires me to succeed.
All images courtesy of Chantal Claire Collections