As you may already know, Kirsten Burke designs wedding stationery exclusively for Bride & Groom Direct, under the Mandalay name. She loves to give a contemporary twist to the hottest trends and we hope that when you see her Mandalay invitations, you instantly fall in love with their opulent feel and graceful design.
Bride and Groom's took the chance to interview Kirsten Burke about the inspiration behind her new designs.
Hello Kirsten, lovely to meet you! A few people say you have an almost psychic ability to know what Brides are looking for in their wedding stationery. Can you confirm or deny these theories?
*Little laughter* I’ve never heard those theories before, but I will take them as a compliment! Sadly no I’m not psychic, but I do really believe in getting as much insight from Brides as possible. I speak to over 200 Brides-to-be before I even touch a design. People often forget that choosing your wedding stationery is no easy task. You are trying to post out a ‘little taste’ of your wedding - something that’s going to represent you as a couple and give an insight to the type of event that you’ve got planned. Each of these elements have to be contained within each invitation and it’s a challenge which really makes designers, like myself, pull out all the stops, and come up with something truly enchanting.
From the catwalks of Paris to Mandalay, what do you think Brides are looking for in 2014?
Most of us, however fashion conscious we are, want elegant, timelessness within our wedding. Fun, quirky even, but always pretty and sophisticated. With this in mind, I have used cute fonts and fashion led illustration, bringing in ribbon and pearlised card as well as the current American trend for ‘large flat cards’ which is making its way over here. I hope in the five new collections for 2014 that I have a design to suit everyone.
Visit http://www.brideandgroomdirect.co.uk/mandalay-wedding-invitations to view all these ranges in full.