Broke-Ass Category: Wedding Inspiration


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I’ve always been a sucker for details. Little extras. Special additions. Something nice turns into something great with a little extra oomph and as I prepared to send out my formal wedding invitations, I needed that little something extra, so I armed myself with another calligraphy pen, some awesome vintage stamps I purchased on eBay and the sweetest little way to add an extra personal touch: the Epson LabelWorks Ribbon Printer.

calligraphy envelope and Epson LabelWorks printed ribbon

Since there was no inner envelope (hello, extra $$$) in my invitation suite, I was looking for a way to band my enclosure cards together. LabelWorks lets you choose from a buttload of fonts before you add symbols, borders and special characters. The simple script font coordinated well with our invites, but you can go as casual, fun or professional as you want with the choices!

LabelWorks Script Font

The printer works with special cartridges that combine a half-inch ribbon spool with a coordinating color foil for writing. The gold on navy went perfectly with my suite, so after inputting our names and choosing a font and border, I hit print to test it out. The characters filled up about four inches of space and the screen tells you the finished print size when you hit start, but I needed the ribbon to be long enough to wrap around the cards with room to fasten in the back. All I had to do was hit the advance button twice before and after each print before pressing the easy cut button which leaves your ribbon with a nice clean edge. I just used a little craft glue to secure the ribbon and let them dry before stuffing envelopes.

Overall, this machine is incredibly easy to use. You’ll want to grab the instruction book for your first time, but the directions are simple to find and follow. One of my favorite features is the ability to save your work if you need to take a break. Your first design is automatically saved, but if you have multiple uses for the printer, you can switch back and forth with ease!

Epson LabelWorks monitor

The cartridges are a little pricey. A $20 spool yielded 26 ribbons at about eight inches long, so in the end, I chose to wrap the ones being sent to friends and family who would appreciate the extra frill. A short Thank You ribbon for favors will go a lot farther. It may not be a super Broke-Ass way to add a little extra shine, but after hand addressing over 70 envelopes (again!), it sure felt easy, and if you’re a regular crafter like me, it’s a worthwhile investment.

Are you looking for some special personalization to your wedding? What have you tried? Let us know in the comments below!

  • 8/25

    Sponsored Post Disclaimer Minted-wedding-stationery

    We love Minted — we’ve always loved Minted — because they have stunningly amazing stationery. But when we got word through a little birdie (in the form of an email from Minted) that they were launching Print-It-Yourself wedding stationery, we kind of died a little (in a good way). Because, you guys, this super affordable option to get the gorgeous designs Minted offers up without spending a bajillion dollars is totally a Broke-Ass dream come true.


    How’s it work? Well, darling, I’m glad you asked:

    1. Choose a design and plop down the cold hard cash ($50)
    2. Play around! You’ve paid for it, so now you can edit to your heart’s content
    3. Satisfied? Good. Download that sucker (in PDF format)
    4. Get some card stock — your pick but a minimum of 80 lb cover weight paper is best
    5. Print that shizz!

    Uh, easy, right? Right. That’s what we thought, too. Minted’s Print-It-Yourself invitations and RSVP cards take a lot of the hassle — read: cost — out of wedding stationery without sacrificing design and style … because who would want that?


    Speaking of design, because you’re printing these pretties yourself, that also means you pretty much have endless say over the personalized elements you can add to them. Need to get inspired? Minted’s got your back there, too, with this fun DIY idea on their blog.


    Head over to Minted and check out the Print-It-Yourself design options, then come back and tell us which is your favorite in the comments!

  • 8/24

    Remember this post? When I wrote it, I was right about at the 6 month mark. By the time you read this, I'll be right before the 6 WEEK mark. Holy crap, does time ever fly! And I am pleased to report that the checklist has been significantly reduced.  Of course, a couple of those projects are still enormous, and I definitely still have *plenty*…

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    It's official: I have graduated from a Broke-Ass Bride to a Broke-Ass Wife! On Saturday, August 8th Kris and I got married and pulled off our DIY wedding without a hitch! Seriously, it went really well. Our homemade cupcake tower came out better than expected, Kris' homebrewed beer and wine were delish and our decor was on point. To tell you the truth I had my…

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    Fellow BAB's, I have some awful news. Pretty soon, I have to start crafting. Yikes. No BAB wedding would be complete without a certain amount of DIY-mania, and ours is no different. There are three main things we are DIY-ing: 1) My bouquet and the button holes for the menfolk. 2) All the table decorations. 3) The flowers. That's right, we're growing and then arranging…

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  • 8/10

    OMG, just over 60 days to go?? Things are getting a little project crazy up in here, ya'll. With my invitations finally, Finally, FINALLY out the door, I've started working on some small projects. I have a couple big ones left to go (centerpieces and table numbers and escort cards, oh my!), but I need a little recovery time with projects that come in small,…

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    Leanimal Melissa ethereal lace gown on etsy

    It's time for another CAI/GOI post, y'all! Is it just me, or are these summer weeks absolutely flying by?! My goodness. Anyway, this week, we've got a request from reader bluesaltwatertaffy, who commented on this post with: "I absolutely love this dress. But my budget is much smaller, at about $600 or less. I have spent days looking through different websites, trying to find something…

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    Gown WG3532, Headpiece 35986C001, Bracelet 9721|| David's Bridal Busts Out A Big Ol' Heaping of Savings

    It's Christmas in July! No, not really, but pretty damn close, y'all. David's Bridal is having their hugest sale of the season. And by huge, we mean RIDICULOUS. For serious. From wedding dresses to styles for your entourage to all those pretty little sparkly adornments, prices are slashed across the board: * Wedding dresses that were originally $300-$600 are now as low as $99, with…

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  • 7/17

    Photo: Beautiful Day Photography I've coordinated three backyard weddings so far this season, with two more to go until Labor Day. Backyard weddings are conveniently located, they're pretty, and you certainly can't beat the venue fee. But along with the usual issues they can have, I'm noticing a brand new crop of  mistakes that couples are making that are creating even more ... challenges on their…

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