Small businesses are the heartbeat in the wedding industry. The passion and dedication it takes to keep up with great customer service and new trends is exciting!

Today I would like to share a recent interview with Kathy from Posh Paper!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am Kathy Stout, owner and founder of Posh Paper, located in the heart of the Reading Bridal District. I am a former marketing executive of 25 years. I started Posh Paper in 2015 and have had my retail shop since 2019. I named my company something that was inclusive of any type of paper because I had dreams of opening a stationery shop. We now sell retail and wholesale greeting cards and notecards, and have a line of pet cards called Posh Pet, and are sold in Pet Wants and other retailers in Cincinnati and Kentucky, and across the country. I also have owned KMS Marketing & Design, my own graphic design and marketing company, since 2008, offering packaging design, logo and website design and marketing/PR services, such as social media and press release writing, etc. We keep busy!

How did you get into wedding stationery?

In the 90s and early 2000s, I had a floral wedding business called Flowers by Design for 15 years out of my home in Columbus, Ohio and worked part-time for an all-exclusive wedding shop that offered everything for your wedding in one location — photography, dresses, tux rental, cakes, flowers, invitations, jewelry and more. Back then, there were a lot of the all-inclusive wedding shops – two in our area. I also had a full–time job in corporate marketing – whew! I learned so much about the retail side of flowers for weddings, and wedding planning in general. I drove a van on the weekends to deliver the flowers to different locations, set up the cake and flowers and decorated the venue, etc. It’s exhausting just thinking about it now! My first introduction to invitations was when the owner closed her business and I bought five invitation albums for $50. I sat at my kitchen table and went through the albums with brides and wrote up the orders. It was so simple and a great complement to my floral business.

If I look back on everything I have ever done for my career, flowers are definitely my favorite. The sheer joy I had watching my brides go down the aisle with my bouquets and seeing it all come together on the wedding day does not compare to anything I have done yet. I closed that business when I had our son in 2001 and it got too labor intensive as I was getting older. In 2015, I decided to launch my own wedding stationery company and have been loving it ever since.

What is your favorite part of the wedding stationery business?

I would have to say providing a service to people that brings them joy and happiness. I love that I can give back in some way and it’s a positive, happy experience that puts a smile on people’s faces and mine. I also love graphic design and when I get to collaborate with brides and grooms with custom work. I get very excited when I do a little extra embellishment like foil or letterpress. It’s like Christmas when I receive the finished product and open the box for the first time to see the beautiful designs.

What’s the best invitation design you can recall?

There are so many, it’s hard to pinpoint one, but I would say recently we did a hand-painting of a beautiful mansion in Charleston, SC that was the venue for the wedding, and did letterpress typography. It turned out amazing and they were overjoyed with the finished invitation suite. We are so excited to offer hand-painted watercolor artwork and wedding crests where brides and grooms can have something that is unique to them and memorable.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding stationery companies just getting started?

I would have to say allowing yourself to fail. There is so much to learn in this business and I still keep learning every day. There have been so many setbacks, it’s hard to count, but each one has caused me to continue to grow and get where I am today. It is hard work, harder than I’ve ever done, but I keep pressing on and discovering new ways to design invitations and stationery, market and expand my business by being proactive and seeking education and making connections with other stationers and vendors in the industry. I would also say keep reinventing your business and try new marketing tactics to see what works best. My business is completely different than when it started five years ago, and that’s what makes it exciting!

Posh Paper

Reading Bridal District

118 West Benson Street | Cincinnati, Ohio 45215

Welcome Julie and Theo

Category: Misc. | March 21st, 2020

I am so excited to welcome Julie and Theo our newest couple! Their wedding is going to be next year at the Carnegie Hall at Newport. I love their story of how they met online and how they are going to incorporate their love of Disney. Congrats to Julie and Theo on their engagement – and I can’t wait for the wedding!

Carnegie Hall, Newport Kentucky

Q&A with Chrissy Lane Designs

Category: Favorites | March 21st, 2020

All of the pretty colors today! Want to peek inside how a creative person’s brain functions? Check out our Q&A feature with Christy from Chrissy Lane Designs.

lavender wedding invitation

wedding venue White Diamond Lavender Farm

What is something you love about weddings?
For me I love the union of the wedding and the actual joining of the couple. I love when couples focus on the magic of the actual commitment.

copper wedding ceremony

wedding venue Brightside Music and Event Venue

copper wedding reception

wedding venue Brightside Music and Event Venue

What advice to have for couples planning their design of their event?
Dream, even though you may think I could never have this dream and then let’s design that look you want to have.

bubbly drink celebrate greenery

living wall champagne glass at Cincy Bridal

Norris Lake custom guest book.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Chrissy Lane was a dream of mine. You see, a long time ago in a galaxy far away I had a grandma who named me Chrissy Lane. My real name is Christy Kerley, but that is for another day.  So the name stuck with me. It was my nickname to say or just a part of me. And I love having a brand, as I like to say, that represents the whole of me. I love to create, from paper to wood and all things in between. And I make things that you only dream about. I love to bring the vision to life and make it happen. In 2009 when i started this adventure i worked from my home creating invitations and cards for a small company named Blue Mountain Arts. I sold my designs in 2011 to them and started my own passion of creating art from paper and started making paper flowers. It was at first just fun. Then one day a friend shared them on social media and well from there it was history. In 2014 I won Martha Stewart’s American Made contest for decor/ floral art media and got to shake her hand for 23 seconds. And it was the most exciting 23 seconds of my life. From there I started expanding into weddings and found my passion – creating things for brides that they only dreamed about, creating their vision and dream and making it come to life. 

What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
For me the favorite part is simply the unity of the couple and also the moment they see what we created for them. Oftentimes the items we create truly become what they imagined and it is so exciting to see their reaction. I really love to get creative with their seating charts, welcome signs, guestbooks and sweetheart table areas. To create that special touch that is them as a couple.  One of my favorite designs is coming up for two scientists who are literally creating a DNA seating chart where each letter of the guest is on the DNA strand from beginning to end. Imagine that piece of art in your home afterward! They are also using it as their guestbook where guests will be able to sign the “strand between the molecules leaving a piece of them in the couples DNA. 

custom wedding cake topper

wedding venue The Windamere

What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
I am a CAKE girl i love me some cake and frosting. I mean it is really why I am there. 

wedding venue The Windamere.

What is your dream location to design for in Cincinnati or the world?
Really i want to do a wedding in Greece where the colors are white, blue and bright pops of color. I love color.

If you could design any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Really each couple of mine is a celebrity in my mind. Each one means the word to me as they have chosen to have me be a part of their day to create the beginning of what is to come. However, I think my 30th will be like a celebrity couple’s wedding in December. I cannot wait to tie in the copper, platinum, emerald green and ivory together.

copper wedding invitation

wedding venue Brightside Music and Event Venue

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding wedding professionals just getting started?
Patience, listen to your couples and what they want. Be honest with them if it is going to take 12 weeks to get their designs over then let them know. Don’t over book and think you can do it all. Find your passion, desire and heart and follow it. I get asked all the time are you a planner too. The answer is simply NO i am not that organized. I am a creative and disorganized artist who brings a vision to life.

photo backdrop wall with flowers

wedding venue The Windamere, Middletown, Ohio

My opinion for those couples watching the news.

Turn it off and talk to each other. We are in a whole new world right now where the end of the world feels like it could be tomorrow. If you are a bride who has to reschedule your wedding day, know that weddings can happen any day of the week. Sure weekends are great but just imagine a midsummer weekday wedding where the guests are surrounding you with love and joy and it is those who mean the most to you that are there. Your ceremony can still begin at 5:30 p.m. You can still celebrate till 10:30 p.m., and your guests can still go home and sleep like they normally would for work the next day. But i can guarantee you, after the last month of our lives, they are going to want to just take that mini vacation you just planned with them and celebrate with you. Don’t be afraid to be outside the norm. And most of all, no matter what, serve a Corona beer to your guests and toast to surviving the worst pandemic of the world!  

custom wedding welcome sign

wedding venue The Windamere, Middletown, Ohio