Wedding Wednesday Vendor Highlight: chimesdesign – life+running

Wedding Wednesday Vendor Highlight: chimesdesign

This is the last in my Wedding Wednesday Vendor Highlight series that features my wedding. I designed and created a lot of things for my wedding, from my invitations to our decor, so I decided to do a vendor feature on myself (chimesdesign) so I can mention the relaunch of my wedding invite Etsy store.

chimesdesign wedding and party stationery // www.weddingchimes.etsy.com

Decor

I cut and sewed my table runners from various quilting fabrics to match our aesthetic. Here’s a tutorial if you’re interested.

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

Friends and I painted this giant wall-sized mural to cover up a sign Mark and I didn’t like at our venue.

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

Mark and I printed our own wedding invites and signage.

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

I spent a few hours picking out the perfect table decor and bringing it together through reused items, such as beer bottles and records.

Mark and Calee Cecconi wedding // www.lifeplusrunning.com

I also designed a few other pieces of decor that aren’t pictured: a paper dot backdrop and marquee letters (tutorials in links), for example.

chimesdesign wedding and party stationery // www.weddingchimes.etsy.com

Wedding Invitation Suites

After our wedding, I was unemployed for a few months. I realized I had a lot of fun designing for our wedding and that I have almost 10 years of expertise to offer as a designer. So, I decided to do a soft relaunching of my etsy wedding invite shop, weddingchimes. It’s difficult to get traffic on etsy without really trying (and spending money), so I decided to go into this venture with that information, and with the main goal of having fun instead of making money.

Throughout September I designed loads of invitiations and matching pieces. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to list them on etsy without breaking the bank. I figured it out, but apparently my invites are difficult to order (although I have helped a couple of people order through a convo). I’ve designed a new line of invites for spring, and am going to put these up on etsy. If I decide to keep designing invites, I may look into an alternate way to sell, such as a customized e-commerce site (which I did look at briefly, but I’d have to list every permutation singularly, which means more than 5,000 listings — when would I ever get that done?). Anyway — my point is that I don’t know if I want to spend that much time, effort, and money on something that’s fun for me to do. The way I’m currently running this venture costs me about $15 a year, which I’m cool with doing.

Here are a few of the wedding invitation suites. I’ll be featuring these on the upcoming Wednesdays, along with revealing the new designs for spring.

chimesdesign wedding invites: Angie and Christine suites Fall 2016

chimesdesign wedding invites: Jordan suite Fall 2016

chimesdesign wedding invites: Amber suite Fall 2016

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I can’t believe I’m finally done with all of my vendor shoutout posts! 🙂

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