Curated Gift Box Business Marigold & Grey Now Hiring for Studio Assistant Position

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Between wedding welcome gifts, corporate event gifts and the holiday season on the horizon, things have been straight bananas around here. As a business owner, it’s always a challenge determining if craziness is merely a spike or if it’s legitimate business growth. Because I believe it’s sustainable business growth, I’m thrilled to announce that it’s time to add to our gifting team once again!

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We’re searching for the perfect Studio Assistant to join us in our Kensington, Maryland studio location. In case you know of anyone or if the special someone we’re hunting for just might be YOU, here’s the official job listing…

Established in 2014, Marigold & Grey is an artisan gifting business specializing in custom gift design for weddings and corporate events all while operating a thriving e-commerce platform for lifestyle gifting. We believe that gifting should not only be easy and stress-free for our clients but also well-curated and beautiful at the same time. Through hard work, dedication to our clients, non-stop teamwork, and an eye for design, we have enjoyed significant growth over the last 3 years along with the honor of being featured in publications such as Martha Stewart WeddingsWashingtonian Bride & GroomThe Knot and more.

WE’RE HIRING!

The Position: Studio Assistant

We are currently searching for a highly organized, energetic and detail-oriented Studio Assistant to join our team and work onsite in our Kensington, Maryland studio! The Studio Assistant position is designed to support the CEO with administrative duties as well as regular involvement in the day-to-day operations of the business. This is an entry level position with potential for advancement.

Responsibilities Include:

— Review and answer incoming emails and phone calls
— Manage CEO’s calendar and files
— Data entry and report generation
— Local errands, business related and personal to CEO
— Research for upcoming gift designs, newsletters and blog posts
— Assist with client follow-up
— Assist with gift assembly and delivery
— Assist with shipping, receiving and inventory management
— Special projects as assigned

Must Haves:

— Completed undergraduate degree or degree in progress
— Administrative experience
— Strong organizational and research skills
— Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook a MUST; WordPress and Photoshop a PLUS!
— Ability to travel within the DC/MD/VA area via own transportation for gift deliveries and occasional errands
— Excellent written and verbal communication skills
— A can-do attitude and excellent work ethic
— Upbeat personality
— Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail
— A genuine desire to assume a hands-on role and contribute to a growing creative small business

Details:

— 30-40 hours per week
— Monday – Friday
— Paid Vacation & Holidays
— Casual Dress Code

How to Apply:

–Submit resumé, cover letter, and pay requirements to hello@marigoldgrey.com with “Studio Associate” in the subject line.
–Applications submitted without all of the requested information will not be considered.
–Due to the anticipated volume of responses, we will only contact candidates who most closely match our requirements. Only local candidates will be considered.

If you think you’re a good fit for us and us for you, we look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for all of your love and support over the last several years. We wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for our loyal customers and readers. We aim to grow our team so we can continue to provide the high level of service and attention to detail that we’ve come to be known for. So, thank you thank you thank you!

Neutral Wedding Welcome Gift Boxes for Classic DC Wedding with Soco Events

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Neutral weddings are a favorite of ours here at studio Marigold & Grey and so are modern wedding welcome gifts. The more neutrals the better, if you ask us! This project combines elements of both and so naturally, we are over the moon excited to share with you a recent custom gift design project we created for a classic Washington DC wedding at the iconic Mellon Auditorium, planned by Soco Events!

To achieve this classic modern aesthetic, we selected white gift boxes that tie with white grosgrain ribbon. The boxes even featured the couple’s gold foil monogram on the top. For this particular curated gift box design, we ditched our usual calligraphy gift tag all together in order to achieve this clean, sophisticated, chic look.

As for gift box contents, our goal was to incorporate local items native to the DC, Maryland and Virginia area. Therefore, we included Virginia peanuts, a custom cookie in the shape of the US Capitol dome by Sugar Studio, and local artisan chocolates. The groom happens to be obsessed with Garrett’s popcorn and so, of course, we included a bag of their “Garrett’s Mix” which combines both sweet and savory together! It was also perfect the Garrett’s bags were all in neutrals. It was meant to be!

In addition to sweet and savory snacks, the gift boxes also included useful items such as Voss water and custom hangover kits with Advil, Pepto, and the cutest little Altoid tins. We packaged them in our signature drawstring pouches with a soft grey first aid symbol for added effect.

It’s not a secret that we are huge fans of custom welcome letters and these were certainly no exception. One side has a sentimental welcome message with an illustration of the DC skyline and the back side had important details such as the transportation schedule and weekend itinerary. By the way, in case you’re looking for tips on how to write a fabulous welcome letter for your own wedding welcome gifts, visit HERE.

At the end of each year, we do a recap of our very favorite welcome gifts (perhaps you caught our recap from 2016?) and I have a feeling that these are definitely going to make the list! They have modern gift packaging, a cohesive color palette, locally sourced gift contents, a coordinating custom welcome letter, gold foil monogramming…need I say more?

We’d love to know what you think of these gifts! Please leave us a note in the comments or reach out via our contact page. For more information on our Custom Gift Design Service, you can access our inquiry for here. We appreciate you reading and as always, we’d love to hear from you!

Featured on Ruffled | Winter Wedding Welcome Box Inspiration at Virginia Wedding Venue The Black Horse Inn

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

When Cate Thorin, owner of Ivy & Honor, approached me about creating a fall-into-winter wedding welcome box for her upcoming editorial shoot with Lissa Ryan Photography at the Black Horse Inn, I was immediately on board. While there are countless wedding planners and wedding photographers who get together to create beautiful fall wedding inspiration, I immediately knew that this opportunity was be unique because of the special focus on family heirlooms.

We selected an antiqued wood crate with a slight grey wash to give it an older more weathered look. We filled it with a black bottle of bubbly, some citrus to mirror the citrus elements used throughout the rest of the editorial, and gourmet cookies packaged in a drawstring pouch.

For finishing touches, ivory tulle lined the crate for a softened look along with pine cones, dusty blue silk ribbon and a hand-lettered calligraphy tag by Poppy & Scooter. Now let’s check out some of the other gorgeous details that the design team pulled together, starting with this lush tablescape complete with dreamy autumn florals (La Fleur du Jour).

As I said before, the heirlooms that played a role in this editorial gave it a meaningful and everlasting feel. First, a bible that had been in the family for generations along with vintage family photos and even an heirloom engagement ring (Trumpet & Horn)!

And can we talk about this cake (Catherine George Cakes) for a second?! The classic white with the pops of deep navy and plum really make a statement together! And then the stationery suite complete with custom illustrations and endless hand lettering, all by Lady G Paperie.

And now for the most important part of all, the bride and groom. With the bride’s dramatic makeup (Makeup by Kevan) and dreamy, feminine gown (Wren Bridal) plus the groom’s dapper attire and sincere expression, this is one is one for the ages.

It was such an honor to collaborate with such a talented team and we cannot wait to do it again. Even though we are super busy with creating custom wedding welcome gifts and corporate event gifts for “real” events, it’s always a great to exercise your creativity with editorial shoots. Thank you Ruffled for the feature and thank you Ivy & Honor for including us…again soon please!

Vendor Lineup

Photography: Lissa Ryan Photography
Planning: Ivy and Honor
Floral Design: Le Fleur du Jour
Venue: Black Horse Inn
Wedding Dress: Wren Bridal
Jewelry: Trumpet and Horn
Hair: Jewel Hair Design
Makeup: Kevan D’Damery of Makeup by Kevan
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes
Signature Cocktail Spirit: Catoctin Creek
Vintage Rentals: Bella Villa Shop
Table Linens: Nuage Designs
Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey
Stationery: Lady G Paperie
Models: Pablo Redondo and Stephanie Knight

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Wedding Needs Welcome Bags

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

As the owner of an artisan gift box business, of course I’m biased when it comes to the need for wedding welcome gifts. But today I’m sharing the top five reasons why you really should provide welcome gifts to your guests, especially when your wedding involves out of town guests!

Shows Appreciation

Travel to and from a wedding can be very expensive. Not to mention, guests also have to shell out money for a hotel stay and in some cases, even request a day off of work to make sure they arrive in time for all of the wedding festivities. They’re also spending on bridal shower gifts, chipping in for bachelorette celebrations and even buying a wedding gift from your registry. With all of this time and money being invested by friends and family to be there to celebrate with you, showing them appreciation with a welcome gift upon arrival is the least you can do. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t panic. There are definitely ways to create wedding welcome gifts on a budget if you find yourself low on funds as your make your way through wedding planning.

Comfort Items

Again, with guests traveling near and far to attend your wedding, you want them to feel at home. Wedding welcome bags are a great chance to include amenity items in addition to snacks so your guests will feel at home even while traveling. Bottled water, Advil, and Pepto Bismol, and sweet & salty snacks are some fantastic basics to include so your family and friends have these at their fingertips. You can package the amenity items in cute little amenity kits for an added touch!

Give a Sneak Peek

Wedding welcome gifts are a fabulous way to give your guests a sneak peek into the theme and/or aesthetic of your wedding. You can introduce your color palette with ribbon and gift tag. You can even introduce the wedding style with the type of box, bag or basket you choose. For example, a modern wedding might feature a sleek black gift box whereas a rustic wedding might feature a kraft box.

Communicate Logistics

We’re big fans of custom paper around here as you may have checked out our post on ways to create the perfect welcome letter. The welcome booklet is a perfect way to communicate logistics to your guests to include the weekend itinerary, transportation details and nearby things to do and see. True, you probably already communicated this information in your invitations and/or on your wedding website but it doesn’t hurt to include it in your gift boxes so they have it handy. After all, it’s highly unlikely that everyone remembered to pack your invitation suite!

Image: Red October Photography

Image: Red October Photography; Paper Design: Bella Jenna

Tells Your Story

You may have seen our previous post on how to tell your love story with wedding welcome gifts but in case not, including items that are carefully curated to tell the couple’s story is a great way to take the welcome gift basket to a whole new level. Selecting a sweet treat from the bakery where the couple had their first date or perhaps a cookie of the alma mater where the couple met and fell in love. The possibilities are endless!

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to provide welcome gifts for your wedding guests, I hope that this quick list of reasons has been helpful! To inquire about Custom Gift Design Service, fill out our short inquiry form here or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

Gender Neutral Spa Themed Curated Gift Boxes for DC Corporate Event

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

If you regularly read our blog, or even just sometimes, you’ve probably heard me say that corporate gifts do not need to be boring or, as we like to say around here…”corporate-y”. Corporate swag should be well-curated, on-brand, and feel just as luxurious as other types of gifts such as wedding welcome gifts, mom-to-be gifts or even hostess gifts.

Today I’m sharing another example of non-boring corporate gifts, these for Utah First Credit Union for a recent event in Washington DC. The attendees would be spending a whole day walking Capitol Hill and therefore the goal for the gifts was to offer rest and relaxation following a long day on their feet!

Because the crowd was both male and female, it was important to create gender neutral gifts. We began with mini kraft boxes and filled them with Formulary 55 body polish, Sugarfina Pale Ale Pints, and a travel-sized candle with gold foil matchboxes! The black, white, and gold in these four items were absolutely perfect in appealing to both ladies and gents.

We also created custom paper to add Utah First’s branding to the welcome gift boxes. Mini notecards designed by Just Write Studios featured a welcome message from the company’s leadership along with their logo. In addition to the custom welcome notes, we also designed matching “relax & recover” gift tags with the logo as well.

Lastly, we finished the gifts off with soft grey satin ribbon to round out the client’s branding. The gifts were then hand-delivered to the Marriott Metro Center by our team. The best part is that these gifts were not the only ones that were gifted to the attendees. They also got traditional welcome gift boxes upon arrival on the very first day. Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing those soon as well!

As much as we love creating various types of custom gifts such as bridal party gifts, mitzvah welcome gifts, client gifts and groomsmen gifts, we also love corporate gifts. It’s our mission to make them less boring and more meaningful! To inquire about custom gift design, visit here or reach out via our contact page. We’d love to hear from you!

DC Themed Corporate Gift Boxes for Pike Productions

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

We absolutely loved creating custom corporate gift boxes for Pike Productions but even more amazing was the opportunity to make them DC-themed and supporting local small businesses in the process.

We selected natural pine boxes as the vessel to hold the gift contents and beyond that chose Compass Coffee tins, a set of cedar coasters with map etchings of various DC neighborhoods, and artisan chocolates featuring the DC monuments.

The cedar coaster set came in it’s own drawstring pouch, further highlighting how special the “gift within the gift” really was!

We finished the client gift boxes off with black ribbon, fresh greenery and a custom gift tag featuring the brand new Pike Productions’ logo.

We love the versatility of this custom gift design and are highly considering making it available in our online shop where clients can order with no order minimums and shipping is included. What do you guys think?