Fab Vendor Monday - { Celeste Designs }

August 31, 2009


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This week i'd like to focus some attention on another wonderful twitter friend of mine, Celeste of Celeste Designs. She and I have collaborated on some projects including the NFL Celebrity Wedding of Shantrell Moore and Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers! She is a fabulous stationery designer so I wanted to highlight her and learn more about her. Read on!




Name: Celeste C. Smith

Company Name: CelesteDesigns

Website: www.celestedesigns.shutterfly.com

Blog (under construction!)

Email: celestedesigns@ymail.com

Established: August 2000

Employees:

Just me! With the occasional assembly helper or set up assistant

Pricing:

Everything is custom, so I create designs to fit my client’s needs and budget

Serving areas:

Anywhere as long as we can email or talk on the phone

Services offered:

Custom Graphic Design and Handmade Stationery

Complete Custom Stationery Sets, Logos and Monograms, Bottle and Favor Labels, Inspiration Boards… also photo editing and twitter backgrounds!


How did you get started doing stationery and graphic design?

I have always dabbled in design for fun, but after creating invitations for my own wedding I started getting requests to design for others and before long my advertising agency turned into a design studio and I started getting paid to do something I loved!

How long have you been a designer?

Almost ten years…wow, time flies!

Describe your style:

Hard question for me because I work so much toward capturing the style of my clients! I love to work with photos and custom artwork or monograms so custom details are a common theme in all my work. I love the idea of creating things so personal people will want to keep them!

Do you do have any other jobs or do you just design?

Everything I do is somehow related to graphic design, most of the time it is wedding and event focused, but I also have corporate design jobs and work for a variety of clients, for example I recently designed a book and champagne bottle labels for a high school reunion.

What else would you be doing if you were not a designer?

You’ve got some great questions! Another hard one… I love creating, but if I totally changed careers I think I would work with children somehow as a teacher or special needs therapist.

What is something that few people know about you?

I am a bit of a twitter addict! Though my twitter family gets it…those that don’t tweet wouldn’t know it… until they try it and get hooked themselves of course! @celestedesigns

Do you have any advice to offer engaged couples or those planning a special event?

The day is already special because of what it means to you, so make everything about it personal and special! You can find a way to customize every detail of your wedding and make it an event that represents you! Enjoy the process and the day by finding talented people to work with that will bring your vision to reality.

For planners, if you haven’t found a custom designer – find a good one!! After one event I guarantee you will choose custom design all your events! We can make you even more fabulous at what you do and a star with your clients, even weddings with smaller budgets look expensive with custom stationery and details.

Would you like to say anything about your friends at Creative Custom Card Boxes?

You guys are fabulous! I now refer all of my clients to your site and think your Card Boxes are such a special way to customize a wedding or event! I love that you can customize the colors and design to fit their theme and budget and I can’t wait for the next wedding that I can collaborate with you on!

Have anything else to share with our readers?

I truly love what I do and value my relationships with my clients and also other vendors and planners!

I work closely with planners and clients online and in person to custom design their entire event. From a logo and inspiration board to set the tone ~ to all of their stationery needs. I’ve worked with all sizes of events and budgets. The list of items I can customize goes on and on! Save the dates, invitation sets (complete sets include: invitations, enclosures, addressed envelopes, assembly and even mailing service), announcements, wedding programs, favor labels (if it can be wrapped or tagged we can customize it!) table stationery (menu, reception programs, table numbers, placecards and table signs). My most popular favors have been custom bottle labels with photo or logo, photo candy labels and favor tags.



Thanks so much Celeste for sharing your company and vision with us. We love to work with you and can't wait to collaborate on more projects in the future!


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1 comment:

Victoria Joanne said...

What a wonderful and informative post you have here Marni :) I love the designs that Celeste has done. Such variety and great design style.

Creating labels for the chamaign bottles is so great. It's wonderful when you can branch out into new places such as school reunions!! You go girl. Keep up the wonderful job you're doing Celeste.

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