This afternoon we are talking all things stationery as we talk to Madeleine the marketing...
This afternoon we are talking wedding stationery, as I introduce you to a fabulous company called The Invite Shack. The Invite Shack is the brain child of Liz who set up her stationery company while on maternity leave in 2013. She caters for a whole range of couples, from festival to shabby chic right through to destination weddings and describes her work as Quirky and Unique. Her designs are cute, fun and will set the tone beautifully for any wedding. A fab memento that your guests will want to keep forever.
I grew up in a lovely village called Bearsted, in Kent. During my school years I was always called the “Boff” in my Art and Graphics classes! Haha! They were my favourite subjects!
So I went off to Kingston University in Surrey where I achieved a BA HONS degree in Graphic Design. I worked in the industry for 2 years as a designer and then of all things, I decided to go for a change and became a police officer!
Well….6 years later after starting a family and aspiring to have my own business I offered to help a friend one day and designed her wedding invitations! I impressed a lot of people and found it extremely enjoyable. My passion for design had been missed! I got straight back into it and started to create designs, build a Facebook page and advertise my work. Before I knew it, I was working until 2am most evenings designing wedding stationery!
I have spent many hours working towards my business that I love, all around bringing up my first child and being a police officer in between! I entered The Wedding Industry Awards in 2013 for “Best New Invitation Designer” and was the winner for my county in Kent. This led me to continue with my passion for design and really push my business to grow.
I had my first child and wanted to do something whilst on maternity leave with the hope to running my own stay at home business. I staryed in 2013 and I am based in Gillingham, Kent but I cover the whole world.
What were you doing before you started your business
How would you describe your style
Quirky and Unique
What is your biggest achievement so far
WORLDWIDE WINNER for the wedding expert awards for most popular wedding stationery designer
What makes you different to your competitors
I cater for almost every theme and style – festival (or wedfest), shabby chic, rustic, vintage, destination, retro and bespoke services
What sort of couple do you think you attract
Absolutely everyone lol! Especially as I offer VERY competitive prices! My bespoke service is only £40 which includes a whole new collection designed, and most of my invites are just 80p each!
What would be your ideal wedding to work on
Something really weird and completely out of the ordinary
Can you give me some information on your pricing structure
50 invites £40 (or 80p each) Bespoke service as above £40
DIY bundles (see my website www.theinviteshack.co.uk) 50 for £70
Basically I like to be affordable for any bride as I totally understand how expensive weddings are. My invites are of great quality, price and quirkiness!