Wedding Vendor Spotlight – Paper, Gowns & Glory!

If there is one thing I have learned during my time as a wedding writer and through speaking with local brides, it’s that every couple wants there wedding to be different.  Even brides planning pretty traditional weddings are always looking for ways to incorporate unique elements.   Whether your wedding is traditional or modern, held in a ballroom or garden, or has 20 or 200 guests, you’re going to love this local company I’ve come across that will make the small details of your wedding stand out.  You have to check them out…


Paper, Gowns & Glory (Paper, Gowns & Glory) creates handcrafted, made-to-order paper sculptures which are perfect to display at weddings.  Cake toppers and paper floral centerpieces have been a big hit since this company started in 2010.  But what I especially love are the re-creations of bridal gowns.  Honestly, it’s such a great way to have a keepsake of your gown.  I love my wedding gown – but I hate that it’s preserved in a box that I am not supposed to open – EVER!  Sure, I have photos and video of my wedding day.  But my dress is my dress.  It’s the single, most-important dress I will ever have worn my life.  I’m sure there will come a day, years from now, when my daugher wants to see my gown (I hope!) and I’ll gladly open the box, wondering what condition the gown will be in. But, in the meantime, how great would it be to have a memento like this? 


I had the pleasure of speaking with Aimee Empee, owner / designer of Paper, Gowns and Glory.  Here’s what she had to say:


Me:  How did you begin making paper sculptures? 


Aime:  I am a mixed media artist, so it was a natural progression. I did have a family members wedding to inspire the first paper doll cake topper in early 2010.


Me:  How long have you been doing it? 


Aimee:  The wedding art business has been about two years. I’ve been an artist my whole life.


Me:  How and when did you start your business?


Aime:  Paper Gowns and Glory started in early 2010. Before that I solely sold my mixed media work. Now I do both.


Me:  How would you break down your business? 


Aimee:  The cake toppers are most requested, by far. I do still sell my other mixed media work and am working on a new show when I have time.


Me:  Do your clients request centerpieces to serve as actual centerpieces or to have a keepsake replica of their actual floral centerpiece?


Aimee:  They are meant to be the actual centerpiece, although the other way around is not a bad idea!


Me:  On average, how long does it take to create a “typical” cake topper?


Aimee:  It really depends on the difficulty of the dress replication. Each piece is so customized. Anywhere from 2 to 4 days for a couple.


Me:  How soon in advance before a wedding do you request couples meet with you / submit a photo to have a paper sculpture done?


Aimee:  The more time the better. It’s often based on availability of the dress image. A lot of people contact me way before the dress is decided upon. I need at least 3 months.


Me:   Do you feel wedding trends influence your business?  If so, how? 


Aimee:  I don’t follow trends, but I have noticed Brides reference never seeing anything like this work before. I think everyone wants to feel as though their event, wedding or otherwise, includes unique and interesting elements. My work is a way for Brides’ to express themselves with a piece of art and hold onto the essence of the day after it is over. It’s more than a wedding album, it lives in the space with you.


Me:  What do you see the future may hold for paper sculptures in weddings?  What other aspects of weddings do you feel you may get involved with someday?


Aimee:  Paper has so many applications, which makes it really fun to brain storm with couples and see what you can do with it to reflect their personalities.  I have already done some paper chandeliers, large floral back drops for photo shoots, & cut paper wedding favors. I would like to see more of those items. I’d like to work bigger.

If you are interested in learning more about Aimee’s paper sculptures and to see what she can create for your wedding, http://www.papergownsandglory.com/ or email info@papergownsandglory.com.

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