I was flipping through the new issue of Inside Magazine Weddings a few days ago and noting all the beautiful Real Weddings that they publish. Inside Magazine is a great reference for any bride looking to put a little glamour and fabulocity into their wedding day. The real weddings that they write about are usually quite extravagant and luxurious, featuring wedding planners at the top of their game. Often times celebrity weddings are features and it’s always fun to see the details of those events.
This issue I was noting that they were giving a lot of focus to the wedding stationery of each event, and I’m seriously loving that! As I was flipping through I saw this menu and stopped short – it looked so similar to a menu I created for a lovely couple just a few years ago in 2009 for their Maui wedding. The fonts and such are different but the overall idea is the same including the handmade woven paper and starfish. This invitation was created by Arabesque Stationer out of Naples, Florida in 2010. I wish my little menu had equally fabulous photography but alas we will go will this side by side look.
Here’s what today’s post is really about… is copying the sincerest form of flattery? The first point I want to make is that in no way do I think either myself or the other designer copied this idea. Or maybe we did and it came from another source… I will tell you now that there are very few originial ideas floating out there in the world. My job is to give the couple exactly what they want. The 2010 wedding design created by Arabesque Stationer was for a couple who met working at the White House. There was literally an ice sculpture of the White House at their wedding. My fellow readers I tell you now – I don’t roll in those circles. It’s nearly impossible that they saw my idea and decided to use it for their own.
From my point of view I’m totally extatic to see this featured in Inside Magazing Weddings. You know what it does tell me? I’m doing something right!! My designs and ideas and overall love for what I do is right up there with the big dogs. WOOOHOOO! Can I make another point? This little menu that sat on the plates of this extravagent wedding was featured on page 112 of the magazine – ON THE WHOLE PAGE. You may not realize just how amazing this really is; rarely does even a whole wedding invitation set get featured on a full page alone. These honors are usually reserved for the ubber detailed cake, the stunning gown or the event space and rightly so.
But can I take a minute to stand up and applaud whoever decided to feature this little menu on it’s own? BRAVO! It really make my heart swell because if you have read any of my other posts you know it’s all in the details even if it is a little menu.
So yes, I would say that copying is the sincerest form of flattery. I once saw a blog post using one of my bridal shower designs – the girl posted that she couldn’t afford to buy the invitations but referenced my website and gushed about how people should check me out. It’s true I couldn’t make a living if everyone did this but she was INSPIRED. Can I share a secret? There are sooo many local designers that do exactly what I do and they INSPIRE me daily. I don’t feel threatened that we all do the same thing -there are a lot of you brides out there and only one of lil’ ole’ me! So to all my vendors – be inspired by your competition. We all need the support of others who understand exactly what we do. And to all of my brides – you are so lucky to have so many talented choices. We love you, we want to work with you, but above all else we want your wedding to be the best!
These vendors all make absolutely amazing handmade invitations and I’m giving them some love. A big THANK YOU for inspiring others including me. Best wishes as you work on your 2011 wedding season. New and Blue, Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, Hi, Friend Design, Studio Olivine, Portland Paper Dolls, Paper Bloom, & Red Pearl Designs. We all offer such unique and different designs for our brides.
To all those brides out there, Crave Design loves what we do and it shows in everything we create. We hope you continue to follow our blog and increasing sample collection. Call us for a free consultation and we’ll show you why we are the best at what we do!