Rebecca at Rebpeters Press. We were introduced to each other through a client many years ago that had wanted hops on everything. Well, hops are not something you find on standard wedding invites, so our team did the research and found Rebecca in Portland that would custom make the invites, and better yet they are handmade. We really enjoyed working with Rebecca in customizing not only the invites but all the other paper products, she even worked on making the color of the hops perfect for our couples wedding. We love working with small businesses within the Pacific Northwest region and what led us to recommend her to our clients as a trusted vendor.
Please describe your business and why or how you began. I offer letterpress printing and design services for all wedding stationery. I began my printmaking career printing fine art etchings for a variety of artists – first as an assistant to Master Printer Kay Bradner in San Francisco and then going off on my own. After 9 years of doing that and loving it, I wanted to get into a form of printmaking that had more potential to sustain itself without the need for a second job. I had been taking letterpress classes for a few years for my own enjoyment and decided it would be a fun business. I took a short business course to give me an idea of what I was getting into and get a little more confidence to jump in. I wrote a business plan and jumped in!
Describe one new trend that you have incorporated within your product and, or service offering? I’ve started offering digital guest addressing on envelopes and foil stamping (which I outsource to another local printer), so that people can just have me provide everything they need without having to go to multiple shops. I was having a lot more clients asking for both services, so it was nice to be able to add them.
Please list and explain one skill set that you excel at related to your business. Other than being a very good printer, I also pride myself on my customer service. I want all of my clients to totally love their wedding stationery. I’d recommend checking out my reviews on Yelp, Google, or Wedding Wire to get an idea of what it’s like to work with me.
How would you describe your design or creative process for producing your end product? I regularly create new designs based on trends I see or based on styles I’m asked to create. I then offer those designs as templates, but often times it’s more of a collaborative process with the client to create a custom design that fits a specific vision or a general theme. I leave it to the couple to choose how involved they want to be in the creation of the design. Occasionally, people will bring in a line drawing created by a friend or family member and we can incorporate that into the design. I may be biased, but I think the stationery design process can be one of the more fun steps in planning a wedding. The design helps to set the tone and tie together some ideas the couple may want to be included in their wedding. I’ve had couples comment to me further into their planning process that the invite design helped them to have a starting place with their approach to decor.
Communicate at least one reason why you like working with Blue Wings Events, LLC. I loved working with Angela at Blue Wings because she’s such a great communicator and was really organized with getting all of the info and ideas from the client to me. I’m a big fan of efficiency, so I always appreciate working with an experienced planner who rocks at what she does and who so clearly loves it. There are a lot of moving parts to plan a wedding, so it takes a huge amount of pressure off to have a pro guide you through it.
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