When your invitation arrives in the mail, guests are given their first glimpse into your wedding day. It’s a milestone moment and one that, according to Anne George Gibson, founder and owner of the Girl General, shouldn’t be taken lightly.
“Your invitation sets the tone for your whole wedding,” says Anne. “You definitely want to start off on the right foot.”
Creating custom invitations, save the dates, programs, signage and more is the Girl General’s specialty – and, according to Anne, their privilege as well.
“When things are written down, they become history,” says Anne. “Invitations are important for practical reasons, of course, but more so because the become a piece of your story. We’re making little pieces of history, which is an honor.”
Each piece of stationary created by Anne and her expert team of designers is as unique as their clients. The design process begins with a two hour in-store appointment, where couples meet with a designer to discuss their wedding, sketch ideas and see a selection of papers, colors, fonts and verbiage.
“We start with a questionnaire that asks for details like head count, wedding colors, dates and themes,” says Anne. “Then we build from there. We can do a little or a lot, depending on what our clients need.”
Located in Huebner Oaks, Anne’s storefront was designed to foster creativity. Bright colors fill the store; samples of the Girl General’s past work is hung on the walls. In the back, cushy chairs line a large wooden table, where clients and designers meet to get to work. With the help of Anne’s staff, couples leave the Girl General with a cohesive, quality paper suite for their wedding day.
“We get to work with people during the happiest time of their lives,” says Anne. “It’s really wonderful.”
Creativity Without Limit
Anne’s team of creatives includes design professionals, calligraphers, a letter-presser and more. She consistently scouts San Antonio for fresh talent and loves collaborating with clients on projects they’re never seen before.
“I had one couple who wanted to create a viewfinder for their invitation,” says Anne. “You hold it up to the light and it shows all the wedding details. Another couple incorporated their family crest into the invitation and put it on a plaid fabric based on their family tartan. We’ve printed on wood and fabric before. We can really do anything.”
While not all of Anne’s clients opt for highly customized projects, Anne makes sure they all get the same attention, quality of work and joyful experience of holding a product that’s theirs alone. The Girl General offers a selection of customized templates, designed in house, that they are always adding to, and customers can switch up the layout, orientation and colors.
The process from design to production typically takes three weeks. The Girl General offers an array of add-on services, including labeling and mailing, to help their clients see their invitations safely out into the world.
“There are very few things you get to take from your wedding,” says Anne. “Your memories, your photos, and your invitations. We’re creating a part of your life history.”
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