By Jordan Gore
Starting her journey studying graphic design at UGA, Liz Townsend took her love for colors, fonts, and celebrating and started Liddabits Design Shop, a paper goods, decorations, and stationary business. Liddabits operates out of Atlanta, Georgia, but has an international market through etsy.com. Ranging from banners and flags of all sizes to photo booth props and gift tags, Liddabits has infinite creativity to customize your paper goods. Liz was a huge part of our game-day themed engagement shoot and our Weddings in Athens team sings her highest praise! We are so thankful that Liz shared the story behind her passion with us and a small treat for you (read all the way until the end!)
Weddings in Athens: What led you to your career?
Liz: I went to UGA for Graphic Design because I was passionate about art, good with computers, and wanted an art related career that I knew I could make a steady income doing after graduation. I went to a full-time corporate day job as an in-house graphic designer for 5 years, and eventually felt the pull to do something on my own. I started Liddabits as a side business in 2011 not knowing exactly what it would evolve into, other than I wanted to work with my hands, use fun fonts and colors, and sell a product to another person. That fuzzy vision eventually manifested itself into what Liddabits is today – fun and colorful paper decor that is affordable, customizable, and just plain cute!
WIA: What do you enjoy most about being a wedding vendor?
Liz: How excited my clients are when they realize the level of customization I offer, and of course, delivering a product to a happy client! I also really love when they send me pictures of my products in use at their wedding. I rarely get to see how they are used in-action!
WIA: What is your favorite wedding or aspect of a wedding you have ever done?
Liz: I sell these celebratory flags that can be used for all kinds of things, and for years I’ve told my brides they can use them in decorations or in place of rice at their exit. The third use is one I’ve always wanted to implement at my own wedding, and that’s placing one in each chair or program at the ceremony and writing a message in the program to wave the flag when the bride comes down the aisle. That way when everyone turns around to see the bride come in, the bride gets to see everyone they love sending so much joy and love directly at them. When it came my turn to be a bride it was the most overwhelming and joyful feeling and it made me sob tears of joy and laughter (I was a hot mess!) walking down the aisle with my dad. By far my favorite part of my wedding besides, of course, marrying my best friend was that mental picture I’ll always have of everyone I love so happy all together at once.
WIA: Describe your style!
Liz: Liddabits’ style is a little bit preppy in a fresh way, with bold clean fonts and LOTS of bright colors. The great thing about our company though, is we can customize to accommodate the bride and groom’s style too! We work hand-in-hand with our clients to make sure the final product is something they love and fits with everything else they’ve planned/designed.
WIA: What is a piece of advice you would give to brides?
Liz: Don’t be afraid to show your personality at your wedding. It’s your day so if you want to do something funky or off the wall, do it! And if you need help figuring out how to pull it off, call me!
Looking for ready-to-purchase paper? Visit liddabits.etsy.com or if you’re looking for more customization, contact Liddabits directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-248-6150. To browse or become a fan, visit liddabitspaper.com or facebook.com/liddabits.
Special Treat from Liddabits: For Weddings In Athens readers, we’d love to offer a 20% discount code good through January 31, 2015. Use code ATHENS20 at checkout or email email@example.com directly to get your discount!
Jordan Gore is a Magazine Journalism Major at the University of Georgia. She enjoys blogging, spending time at the beach, and reality TV. Follow her on twitter @jordanbgore and follow her personal blog at http://jordanbgore.blogspot.com/
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