We are very excited to introduce the newest member of the team, Meredith Heins. Meredith has joined Méldeen to help with account management as we continue to expand the Méldeen brand in 2015.
I’m a West Texas gal with a palette for good Mexican food. I’m a social media enthusiast and obsessed with Pinterest. As an Advertising major at The University of Texas (hook ‘em y’all), I am constantly infatuated by the world of digital and print advertising, and I’m thirsty for creative inspiration. In my free time you can find me swimming Deep Eddy, testing recipes in the kitchen, and always with a cup of coffee.
You can connect with Meredith at @MEREDITHHEINS
In the modern days of weddings, we are seeing the blurred lines of rules as it applies to a couple’s invitation suite. Each couple has individualized needs based on their specific wedding. Some couples need to supply their guests maps and additional information, and some just want to dress an invite up with a textured envelope liner. A couple’s unique invitation suite might include personalized signage at the bar, customized cocktail napkins or fanciful extras the day of. During our first consultation we determine their exact needs for their wedding invitation invite and also begin discussing creative ‘day of’ options.
You may have included all your guest accommodations and website on your save the date, so you choose to do a primary invite and rsvp only for your invite. And you may want to do formal seating and do escort and place cards, or you may want your guests to sit wherever they choose. There is no right or wrong to what you incorporate and what you do not.
Our goal is to brand your wedding details with consistency, personality and customize as few or as many of the details as we are involved with. Our overall goal is that all pieces in your wedding invitation suite coordinate beautifully and share the details you have planned into your wedding; before, during and even after your wedding. (yes, we can create beautiful thank you notes as well!)
The joy of creating a custom invitation suite with Méldeen is that there are no ‘rules’. We are a group of creatives that are always willing to push the boundaries and try new things. Our brides are only getting more and more creative with their announcements, invites and day of extras. We are here to help the truly one-of-a-kind couple express themselves with a truly custom experience.
If you are interested in working with Méldeen to help your dreams come to life, be sure to drop us a note!
The months, weeks and days leading up to your wedding can be an emotional roller coaster. You want to savor each moment of the planning, but you are trying to get to the anticipated morning after, knowing you have begun your adventure with your husband. Michelle is a friend of ours here at Méldeen.
Her words always make us reach deep in ourselves and reflect the areas we haven’t come to terms with. be inspired by her personal day-of journey and follow her on her blog.
The Best Wedding Gift I Gave Myself
Once the ring was on my finger something changed. In that memorable blur-of-a-moment I was suddenly no longer someone’s girlfriend. I was his fiancé. And six months later, I would be his wife. An entire network of friends and family found out and everything changed. It alarmed me. It thrilled me. More so, it made me nervous to lose my last name. A name that I had written down countless times in my life. I’m an avid follower of tradition but this decision did not come easy. In my mind, taking his last name meant I’d be losing a bit of myself and all the years it took to love the name and person behind it. A new name also meant that I’d be a wife. The pressure of getting that right also seemed daunting. By no means did I have a signature dish and plants lasted mere days under my watch.
In the months leading up to my wedding, I became obsessed with the thought of pleasing everyone. Family members bombard me with suggestions and request to have relatives attend my union that I hadn’t seen in decades. Small details suddenly became large decisions. There were opinions. So, so many opinions. Thoughts of taking my husbands name lingered in the back of my head. I knew how much it meant to him, but I had to be okay with the resolution. So I made my last decision. It was to enjoy the process and overcome pressure of pleasing others.
It might have been best wedding gift I gave myself. I knew in my heart that everyone meant well. Everyone wants us to be happy. This big event is really about two people. Us. Getting married. It was that simple.
So I decided to let the pressure go to enjoy the moments.
I married the guy that slipped a ring on my finger in that blurry moment. And I took his name because I wanted to. I knew I was the same girl. Another ring was slipped on my finger and everything changed and it was perfect.
Describe your creative process:
I start with thinking of the big picture. Who is going to see my content, what does it need to say, where is it going, and why would someone relish it… Boom! I have my goals, and I ultimately want my work to not only represent myself well but to express all wishes of the client. Of course, my creative process is far from perfect and definitely messy, but that is what White Out is for!
What was Your most unforgettable Méldeen experience?
The morning of our Austin event, Kaleigh and I managed to fit “Méldeen” letter balloons in her tiny, (but darling) mini cooper. We were so impressed that we didn’t lose any of the balloons! Yet, when walking them into the hotel, we slowly watched the “L” float up into the trees. Thank goodness the number “7” balloon at Party City was a close match!
What do you love most about Austin?
The constant buzz! Where else can you find live music, South Congress bridge bats, and people who claim they “work” running around Town Lake at 1 PM? I’m in love. The drive that people have is inspiring and contagious.
What, in your words, is the vision of Méldeen?
Méldeen strives to deliver an exceptional experience throughout every aspect of the bride and grooms’ wedding plans. Creating your invitations, from save-the-dates to post wedding essentials, while connecting ideas and taste is vital. Méldeen’s mantra? Handmade means luxury.
If you had a list of “Best Kept Secrets”, which would you include?
Always check the guest list twice, press “Command S” to save workboards as often as you can, and always have a note pad ready for ideas. Oh, and don’t get a manicure until after assembly days.