Vendor Spotlight: 1409 Stationery

I am lucky enough to work with some of the best professionals in the business day in and day out. I like to think I show our vendors love with every wedding I send their way, but sometimes, it’s just not enough. To let my vendors know just how much I love them and how I couldn’t do what I do without them, I’ve come up with a way to shine the light on these incredibly talented artists.

My second post in this mini-series is spotlighting Josh from 1409 Boutique Stationery Design. From the moment I met Josh in a small town coffee shop, I knew he had untapped potential. His ability to capture elegance and sophistication through a set of stationery was beyond measure. 

Here’s what Josh had to say when I sat down with him.

Company Name: 1409 Boutique Stationery Design

Type of Work: We design personalized Wedding and Event Stationery

Years in Business: 2 years

Location: Grand Valley, Ontario

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Tell us a little bit about your company.

The story of 1409 starts in a condo elevator in 2013 on a very normal morning on my way to work, this is where I met my wife for the first time. 1409 is a reflection of the love and happiness you can find in another, even in the most unlikely of places.

 …It was also the sum of our apartment numbers.

 1409 is a boutique shop offering a range of luxury, beautifully designed, cheerful invitations including event stationery and seasonal designs which are infused with charm and charisma to make it easier to bring friends and family to any event, celebration or special moment.

What sets you apart from other vendors within your line of work?

The excitement one gets when they receive a personalized envelope in the mail, that is not the average bill or junk, is almost a rare feeling nowadays. It is the moment when the wedding experience first starts for your guests and the first impression of the most important day of your life.

1409 strives to make this moment perfect, for every couple and for every event.

What’s your favorite part about a wedding?

Successfully completing the almost impossible task of bringing all the most important people in a couple’s life to one celebration. Having experienced it myself, it is one of the most amazing sights to witness.

What is something you wish couples knew?

Not to sweat the small stuff.

It’s inevitable that a couple will stress over minor details with décor, seating arrangements, etc. Once the day comes and you’re with all of your most loved family and friends, those small things will be the absolute last thing on your mind.

Any Tips for newly engaged couples?

 Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Tips and Tricks: Thank You Cards!

Thank you cards can sure be a daunting task after a bridal shower or wedding.  Often you wonder where do you start? What do you write? How do you keep track? I compiled a few tips and tricks on what wording to use and how to stay on top of things!

1. Get them done as soon as possible.  It may seem crazy but the earlier you get them done the less you will forget.  Try not to go beyond the rule of thumb of 3 months after an event.  Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and try to write a few every night! This helps to tackle the list quickly.

2. Start off by thanking them for attending. 

Dear Aunt Jenny, 

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to attend my bridal shower on Sunday.  It really meant a lot to me having you there.

or

Dear Aunt Jenny, 

Thank you so much for celebrating with us at the wedding.  We had the best time ever and were so happy to have you apart of our celebrations.

3. Be sure to let the gift giver know what you plan to purchase or how you'll make use of their generosity.  For example: Thank you so much for the wonderful serving set, we can't wait to host our first dinner party to use it!  Pro tip: if you received a cash gift don't mention the amount of the cash gift but how you'll use it: Thank you so much for your generous gift, we can't wait to get started on our much needed home renovations!

4. Send thank you cards to people who sent a gift but weren't able to attend.  For example: Thank you so much for the wonderful serving set.  We wish you could have been at the wedding to celebrate with us, you were missed on the dance floor! 

5. Finish off with a closing statement that you'll see them soon. For example: We are so thrilled you will be able to celebrate with us at the wedding or We can't wait to see you soon!

PS. Wondering who you should send a thank you card to? Anyone who gives you a gift (guests or not), anyone who helped with the planning process, hostess, wedding party, your parents and any vendors on your wedding day!