Creative Career Spotlight: Wedding Stationery Star


Amy Long is the owner of A Paper Wedding Inc., a business that provides personalized paper for weddings including invitations, save the dates, place cards and even signage. She says she "absolutely loves designing paper products that put the starting and finishing touches on weddings."


Alysson Copeland Photography

Walk us through a typical day on the job.

Amy: A typical day in the studio would include going to meet up with a bride and discussing all the possible options she has for paper. After that meeting, I would start creating and setting up samples for her to receive in the mail. After the samples are finalized, I go into print production where I actually print all the products I design and then package it to send to the client. I think that is one of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to have a hand in every step of the process.

What are the best parts of your job and what are the most challenging? A: The best part of my job is being able to truly make a girl's dreams come true with what she is imagining for her wedding. Paper has a way of adding the special touches to an event. It all starts with invitations setting the theme of the wedding, to then finishing it with menus placed on the table at the reception. Probably the most challenging part would be staying on top of the newest trends. Weddings themes are always changing with what's new and what's the best way to do things. I always encourage brides by saying  "this is your day, so don't let what is supposed to be in style hinder what you have always dreamed of for your wedding." Why did you choose your career?

A: I chose my career because I absolutely love designing and drawing, but at the same time I have such a passion for working with people. For awhile I tried figuring out how I could incorporate the two, and then after designing the paper products for a few of my friends' weddings, I knew that this was the career path I wanted to take. There's also something just so exciting about hearing everyone's love never gets old.

Any advice you'd give to others who want to enter your field?

A: My advice would be to not give up or beat yourself up over mistakes you make. It's in the mistakes that we make that teach us how to do better the next time. If I gave up after my first mistake in this business, I would have been done with A Paper Wedding a long time ago. I have learned so much about persevering and finishing strong.

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