Vendors We Love: Ink & Honey
Hailing from Queens, Ink & Honey is a boutique design studio offering modern calligraphy, custom invitations, signs and more for weddings and events.
To learn more about the brand, we chatted with Founder and Creative Director Gabby Barikian about all things stationery. Scroll down to get the inside scoop, then head here to see more of Gabby’s work.
What’s your background? I was born and raised in Queens, New York! It’s where I’ve lived my whole life and where I now run my business out of my own home.
How did you get into stationery design? I started Ink & Honey by initially offering custom calligraphy for weddings. I introduced custom stationery not too long after because it’s something I’ve always been interested in. I just love the idea of getting to know a client and having them share their vision with me and then bringing it to life.
What’s a typical work day for you? I like to stay on top of my shit, so typically I will log into the platform I use for project management and see which projects are pending, in the works, and upcoming. Then I make a list of what needs to be done that day. Then I get to writing, designing, getting back to client emails and inquiries, maybe styling some photography shots and preparing and scheduling posts for social media.
What tunes are you playing in your workspace right now? It changes daily, but I do play a lot of Lizzo, Snoh Aalegra, Maggie Rogers and HAIM. I also listen to a lot of hip hop, rap and disco!
How would you describe your overall style/aesthetic? Definitely modern, romantic and fun. I try not to take the wedding world too seriously because it has a lot of antiquated traditions and I just want couples to be able to be themselves and really have what they envision for their day. A lot of my style and designs are reflective of the personalities of the couples that I work with, which I love!
Where do you find your inspiration? Talking with my friends or my partner and picking their brains, browsing wedding blogs and Instagram, walking through the city, walking in my neighborhood.
Favorite materials to work with… Cotton paper, seed paper, linen paper and vellum.
What is your pricing like? It depends on the size of the job, quantities and the complexity of the printing needs, but I would say $1,000 is a healthy budget to start with if you’re thinking of doing custom invitation suites with multiple pieces and envelopes.
What advice do you have for couples getting married? Breathe! Stay calm! Don’t sweat the small things, don’t follow bizarre outdated rules. It’s 2019. This is your day, and you should be able to celebrate it the way YOU want!
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