We’re sharing our second post in our vendor spotlight series! If you missed the first one, you can read all about Split Second Sound here!
Today’s vendor is Deb Hall of Olive Paper– a custom invitation and design studio. Deb comes from a family of designers and has lived in Charlotte since 2003. Whether you’re looking for custom wedding invitations or event branding, Olive Paper can make your ideas come to life.
This past November, we had the pleasure of photographing Chris + Glenda’s wedding. In addition to custom monogram invitations, Deb also made table cards featuring specific cities that Chris and Glenda had visited together. Each table was named after an airport code and had a photo of Chris + Glenda in that city. I’d have to say it was one of my favorite details I’ve ever seen at a wedding. You can see those below as you read more about Deb!
What do you love about being a custom invitation designer? My favorite part of the process is bringing my client’s vision to life and the reaction they have when they first lay eyes on their special piece.
List three words that describe you. Hard-working, loving and very southern
What are you most likely doing on a weekend off? Taking off for a family weekend in Georgia, spending time with Gunner (my little goldendoodle) or catching up with my best friends over good food and cocktails.
If you didn’t run Olive Paper, what would you want to be? Ohhhh – good question! I am not too sure about that! I have a feeling it would be something completely different than what I do now. When I first started college, I was a nursing major – so who knows!
What is your favorite wedding cake flavor? Well since I don’t get to eat too much wedding cake, I will just go with my favorite cake flavor and that’s gold ‘ole vanilla cake with whipped chocolate icing.
What is your favorite part of a wedding day? Not having to be there! Ha!! But really … when I ran three event venues, that was a huge part of the job. I was there for every event. Now, I can be a part of people’s life celebrations but I don’t have to physically BE at the event anymore! To me, it’s a win-win.
Where do you get your inspiration for custom designs? Inspiration for my designs comes from so many facets. It could be a client’s love of Italy, or a bohemian vibe they want to give, or simply their family’s heritage. When I am working on things for myself, I get the most inspiration from being at the beach and it’s surrounding architecture. It’s my calming place. The place that I think the best.
What’s it like to work with you from initial meeting to wedding day? Typically I like for the client to come into the studio to touch and feel what they are getting … this helps the client know that the final products will be well worth the investment. I am 100% hands-on with every client that I work with so they are getting my designs, my touch and my style infused with their event style. It’s important to me that the client know that everything we do is completely custom and adjustable until they are 110% ecstatic with their pieces. For a wedding, once the invitation suite is complete, there is usually a little time until we start working on wedding day stationery. Once we get into those elements, timing is a factor to ensure every guest has a place card, wedding ceremony program, menu card, etc. – so I am very flexible on those details and final number counts until the last possible minute.
What are some things that couples tend to overlook when choosing their invitations and signage? Ohhh … another great question! I think brides feel “tapped out” when it gets closer and closer to the wedding day. They probably feel like they are hemorrhaging money at that point with every single vendor involved in their wedding day. So some brides forgo detailed signage pieces that don’t cost a lot but make a larger impact than they could ever imagine.
What would you say to the couple that is on the fence about hiring a custom designer for their invitations? It’s definitely a decision that is sometimes driven by budget. So, I would definitely say go with what works best for your style and budget. However with a custom designer, they get that one-on-one interaction and input they will never have with a box-store or online company who only produces mass invitations. Those companies will not create a custom wedding invitation or wedding day stationery as unique as their wedding is. Also, it’s personally annoying when someone else has the same.exact.thing that I have … so if you’re like that too, then custom is 100% the way to go.
What is the best piece of advice you have for a couple regarding their wedding? Ask to be educated in order to understand what you’re asking for. The biggest hurdle I have is brides and grooms that only allocate $500 for wedding stationery and realistically need to budget $1500. This is not something they do on a daily basis so it’s understandable that they aren’t 100% savvy on all things wedding. Also, know what you’re comparing … if you’re comparing my prices to an online company’s prices, that’s not truly comparing apples to apples.