By Gene Axton - [email protected]

Local businesses offer unique wedding stationery options

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Matt Hiller works his platen press at Revival Letterpress on Adams Avenue in Scranton.
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Calligraphy by Sarah Pawlowski of Flourish Grace Calligraphy.
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Custom, hand-painted items are the specialty of local stationery company Momental Designs.
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    Paper is the traditional theme for a married couple’s first anniversary, but their first real experience prepping paper gifts comes at the event held 365 days prior. Invitations, save the dates, menus, place cards — they do more than fulfill their purpose, they act as aesthetic-enhancing gestures from the bride and groom to the guests they’ve invited. Trends change from season to season, but Momental Design’s Krissy Rice and Kelly Nudo have taken note of one trend in particular: floral.

    “Big, bold, in-your-face floral designs,” Rice said.

    “Something we’ve had a lot of this year are venue and landscape illustration,” Nudo added. “Everybody really loves the idea of including the place they’re being married at on their invitation. We’ve done a lot of that, combined with floral.”

    Momental Designs is a Wyoming-based company that creates hand-painted stationery with original artwork. Nudo said they work with around 300 couples from around the world every season, but less than 10 percent of them are local. Rice said it’s best for potential clients to contact the company as soon as possible. Most couples reach out at around the six-months-to-go mark to begin planning.

    Artful stationery is one thing, but in order for most pieces to do their jobs they need to say something. Nudo said they’ve seen a shift away from the bold, modern prints of past seasons to calligraphy; something of which Mountain Top resident and Flourish Grace Calligraphy owner Sarah Pawlowski has also taken notice.

    “I think we’re in such an age of everything being digital and printed that brides are noticing that having something hand-done is really adding that ‘wow factor’ that digital has been lacking in years prior,” Pawlowski said.

    Flourish Grace offers everything from bar signs for signature drinks and chalkboard lettering to envelopes and invitations. Pawlowski said to contact a calligrapher two to three months before a project’s projected completion date.

    “For an area like Northeastern Pennsylvania we’re priced lower than what you would see in other big cities surrounding us,” Pawlowski said. “For something like an envelope it’s around $2.50 per envelope, and then for big lettering or signs it kind of just depends on your word count and how time consuming it’ll be for the artist.”

    Another case-by-case cost option for stationery prose is mechanical letterpressing. Matthew Hiller owns Scranton’s Revival Letterpress and, along with business cards and concert posters, Revival Letterpress offers services to couples for their wedding stationery.

    “There’s no other way to do it than to actually do it,” Hiller said of the look given to stationery created by letterpress. “You can’t really fake it at all. It’s just a different thing.”

    Hiller said he’s seeing a trend toward art deco and rustic wedding stationery designs, but he, Flourish Grace Calligraphy and Momental Designs are all equipped to work with clients to create custom designs within their price range. If weddings reflect the personalities of the couple and wedding stationery is an aesthetic-enhancing gesture that starts with the first correspondence, these local artists make it possible to infuse the couple’s personalities into the entire marriage experience, from save the date to place card.

    Reach Gene Axton at 570-991-6121 or on Twitter @TLArts

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    Momental Designs, Flourish Grace Calligraphy and Revival Letterpress offer couples services that instill personality into paper

    By Gene Axton

    [email protected]

    Matt Hiller works his platen press at Revival Letterpress on Adams Avenue in Scranton.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Matt-rgb.jpgMatt Hiller works his platen press at Revival Letterpress on Adams Avenue in Scranton. Bill Tarutis | For Weekender

    Calligraphy by Sarah Pawlowski of Flourish Grace Calligraphy.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_callig-RGB.jpgCalligraphy by Sarah Pawlowski of Flourish Grace Calligraphy. Submitted photo

    Custom, hand-painted items are the specialty of local stationery company Momental Designs.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_garden-RGB.jpgCustom, hand-painted items are the specialty of local stationery company Momental Designs. Submitted photo

    Reach Gene Axton at 570-991-6121 or on Twitter @TLArts