Opening an invitation from Forrest Paper and Bridal Company is like unwrapping a beautiful gift. Today, Cheryl shares more about her design team and their incredible creations.
Tell us the history behind Forrest Paper and Bridal Company!
“Forrest Paper actually began in the 1930’s as a janitorial company. It changed ownership several times and in the late 90’s it branched out into what I call the ‘pretty paper’ division: gift wrap, ribbon, invitations and stationery. I purchased the business shortly after that and it continued to be strictly paper until 2007, when the only bridal shop in Hattiesburg closed. At that point we added a full service bridal salon, and changed our name to Forrest Paper and Bridal Company.”
Your stationary and invitations are simply exquisite. Describe the design process behind each!
“The design process is really fairly simple. We start by talking with our customer in detail about their event. We want to know things like where it is, what time of year, what time of day. We also want to know if they are going to be using RSVP cards or if they need a map or direction cards. That information helps us understand what sort of feeling the event is going to have. Many brides bring pictures of things they like and that is always a good starting point. Once we have direction, we typically look at samples of things we have done in the past. We try not to have people do exactly the same thing as someone else, so we usually take elements from several designs and combine them to give the customer something unique to their event!”
What inspires each designer's beautiful work?
“Inspiration for each design comes from the personality of the customer and the event itself.”
What makes your invitations and stationary so special?
“Our invitations are very distinctive and unique. The invitation is the first glimpse your guests get of your event, so it needs to be representative of the overall vision.”
What is the best way for a potential customer to get in touch with Forrest Paper and Bridal Company?
“If someone wants to contact us, they can actually set up an appointment right here on our website!”
Cheryl says, “We have recently acquired a 1920’s Candler and Price letterpress machine that will be up and running shortly! So, we will be adding in house letterpress to our available services.” We cannot wait to see the breathtaking results. Visit the Forrest Paper and Bridal Company website here, or click here to like their Facebook page!
A special thank you to Caitlyn Sullivan for the wonderful photographs!