Today’s addition to our exhibitor interview series is with wedding stationery designer Hafsah, from Dusk Designs. Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan to chat with her about her handmade cards and stationery.
Please tell us who you are and what your business does.
My name is Hafsah and alongside my full-time job as a children’s nurse in a busy hospital, I own a small design business online which predominately focuses on handmade stationery. My main clients tend to be those looking for wedding, baby or business branding stationery although I am always happy to try something new in an exciting bespoke order.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
I love the fact that because so much of the budget isn’t used up feeding and entertaining so many people (because let’s face it, more guests means more cost!), the couple has the scope to be nit-picky on little details. It’s often these small details that really make the day so pretty and special when looking back.
In terms of my business, I love the excitement of making elopement announcement cards for the couple to send out to their family and friends after they’ve tied the knot. I often work closely with their photographers and use raw images to bring the announcement alive.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
I myself had a massive wedding (about 150 guests) because I have a really big family and I spent a lot of the time stressing about what people were going to think. In hindsight, all that precious time could have been spent ensuring the day focused on what was important – the vow my husband and I had made to spend our lives together. I definitely think that the smaller the wedding, the more you can focus on what you want and not lose yourself in traditions and expectations. Tiny weddings are about the couple and not the guestlist!
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?
Whilst all my work with couples is unique, tiny weddings allow for such a depth of personalisation and focus on small details that truly make the wedding memorable.
Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
I recently created a bespoke wedding invitation collection for a relatively small wedding featuring laser-cut details and a gorgeous wax seal. The couple had a rough idea in mind and based on my previous work, they were able to pick out elements they liked which I then put together in one beautiful collection for them. The end result was stunning!
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
I personally really like digital elements such as cartoon versions of the couple, of animals or objects that could mean a lot to them. I enjoy designing them and putting colour schemes and design elements together. I also have a love of shimmery laser cut pocket folds – which explains why I use these a lot in my work!
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
I feel as time passes by, a lot of weddings are becoming smaller. This is often due to cost but may also be that more and more couples are opening up to the idea of weddings being about the couple and not for their families, as weddings used to be for the generations before us.
Go and check out Hafsah’s website for lot more information on her wedding invitations, baby milestone cards, business cards, religious festival cards and much more, or come and meet her at the wedding fair. Follow the Dusk Designs Facebook page our Facebook page or for inspiration and information, and show your interest in our Facebook event to see updates. Follow us on Instagram for lovely photos and inspiration of small weddings, and and Hafsah’s Instagram for custom wedding invite inspiration. Follow Hafsah’s pins or our pins on Pinterest. Most importantly, buy yourself a ticket in advance.