Broke-Ass Tag: wedding stationery


Affiliate Disclaimer NewSome ladies dream of the perfect wedding dress, others dream of the Prince(ess) Charming that will meet them at the end of the aisle and many dream of the minute that they will say “I do.” Before I joined the sorority of engaged ladies, I too dreamed of the above but the most pressing dream and the images that keep me up at night are the Save the Date cards, magnets or whatever the current hot trend is at the moment! Yes, the Save the Date announcements excite me. We did not change our relationship status on Facebook and our pictures are not posted in our hometown newspapers so, the Save the Date is our first formal announcement that we are embarking on a journey of a lifetime.

Over my morning coffee, I’ve pondered on my Save the Date plan. In theory a tangible item sounds like a great idea, something that stands out and something that is an in-your-face reminder of our special day. Basically, our “can’t get enough of each other, so very much in love” faces on your fridge. This all sounds like a great idea, there’s just one small problem … the budget! We need a cost effective — more like free — way to share the date of our wedding with a functional purpose of also collecting mailing addresses from family and close friends. Lightbulb moment: lets send out Save the Date emails! With my deadline of November quickly approaching, I’ve narrowed down some options with my $0.02 on the pros and cons of each one.

Paperless Post

Pros: dedicated wedding section that is easy to find on the homepage. Lots of free style options and I especially liked the simplistic look and feel of the designs. Option to create a Favorites list, which I like to compare the designs. I’m a photo fanatic so I loved that I could edit my image with filters. Tons of options for the envelope, envelope liner and background.

Cons: I wish that there were more options for the  photo filters and correcting features. Limited text changes beyond color, typeface and formatting. I was a little confused by the coins needed at checkout. It appeared that I needed to pay for the service despite selecting a free template.

Real Bride Ciji's Paperless Post Save the Date announcement


Pros: at first glance, it looks as if they specialize in weddings. I liked the option to work with a designer and all of the costs and services were clearly listed. Each of the templates offered multiple color options which is great if I wanted the Save the Date email to match our wedding colors. No option to select free or premium templates, so I am assuming that everything is FREE! I loved the option to select what type of mailing I wanted to do. The options were Save the Date, Invitation with RSVP, Thank You Note and Card/Announcement  My immediate thought was that I would be able to go back in after the wedding and select a digital thank you note that matched my Save the Date card. The image filter options focused on correction vs. a color overlay which is great and the text editing choices are unlimited.

Cons: I went thru the entire process, created my Save the Date and it wasn’t until I hit the Send button that I received pricing information. So I had an “um, say what?” moment! They have two pricing structures, single mailing and yearly membership. The pricing for the single mailing start at $9 to send out up to 20 invites and increases in increments of 20. The yearly membership offers a lot of support and increased services/customization and starts at $120 for up to 40 mailings. The costs are not terrible, I just didn’t like being informed after I designed my awesome Save the Date.

Real Bride Ciji's Greenvelope Save the Date announcement


Pros: There were plenty of free options (100) & premium options (194) and most of the free designs were similar to the premium templates. You can select four different views of your design; design, email, webpage or digital envelope

Cons: Many of the free designs do not offer the ability to add in an image. It was cool to see the four different design options although I was unsure on which one would be best for my Save the Date announcement (I picked digital envelope). The event details section is not specific to date, location, etc,; rather it’s a general message box. This could potentially be a pro for some considering that you can customize this space. This site was a little too basic for me, I was underwhelmed with the experience and decided not to make a test to share in this post.


Pros: Canva has a lot of template options and you can customize them to fit your wedding theme + I love the idea of creating our own design! I like the ability to download as a .jpeg image and insert into a Google form to collect mailing addresses!

Cons: Designing is was more of a time investment than I anticipated. The site doesn’t include an email option, however you can download it in .jpg, .pdf and .png file formats and share on social media. You have to pay to remove the Canva watermark. There are single use costs and multi -icenses.

Real Bride Ciji's Canva Save the Date Announcement

The search continues for me and I am excited to make my final decision and hit the send button! One more thought: For those of you that may think that a digital Save the Date announcement is tacky, the great great-granddaughter of etiquette extraordinaire, Emily Post confirms that it’s not. For my guests that are not email-savvy, i.e. my grandmother, I have a special DIY treat in the works!

  • 9/21

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewAs a DIY, oh-so-poor bride, I have always planned on making my own invitations. I have been fussing with designs, envelopes, and patterns for about two years solid. I even went through a phase where I planned on having an Etsy shop to give brides invitations on the cheap. Then I realized I have no artistic ability. Sadly, that’s kind of a prerequisite for being a designer. Well poop!

    I wouldn’t exactly call a carnival-themed wedding unique, since I’ve seen a few recently. However, it is unique enough that mainstream invitations don’t really do it justice. Invitations are supposed to be sneak peeks of what guests can expect when they arrive at your wedding. If I went with lacy, thick paper covered in hand-drawn calligraphy, it might throw people. As it is, they’re going to be shocked when they pull up and see a bounce house outside. So no, I need to warn everybody before they get there.

    Danielle Invites 2

    Invitations designed by Alyssa Black

    I’d had found some invitations that were perfect on Etsy a few months ago. I’d been in constant contact with the designer asking questions and double-checking information. A lot of invitations you get from designers on Etsy require you to buy them all (save the dates, invite, RSVP cards, etc.) in one shot, so you need to have all the details of your wedding set up front. I was waiting on getting the domain for our wedding website settled before I ordered the invitations. When I finally got that settled, I couldn’t find the listing anymore. I asked the designer and she informed me that she was no longer designing invitations … the same designer that had talked to me about the SAME invitations a week before. Ever heard the saying, “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”? Let me tell you, it was clearly referring to a livid bride yo, I was ready to Hulk smash something or someone.

    Alyssa blue invite

    Original Invitation Design by Alyssa Black

    THEN, I stumbled across my newest goddess of design, Alyssa Black. Girlfriend has got it going on. Awesome designs, polite, and just so dang sweet. I fell in LOOOOVE with her carnival wedding invitation set on Etsy. This was the same design she used for her own wedding. With a little tweaking and lots of sassy convos back and forth, she created these masterpieces for me.

    Danielle Invites 1

    MY INVITATIONS!!!! by Alyssa Black

    So many levels of SQUEEE guys, SO MANY LEVELS! I feel like a proud parent, pulling out these and showing them to anyone with a pulse. Cost? The custom design (with wording change, recoloring, and extra TLC) ran me $110 for the whole shebang. So I have a full suite of slamming invites that are fully Vistaprint compatible in my possession. I printed up 100 save the date post cards, invites, and RSVP postcards on Vistaprint for a whopping $78. I will print the rest of the suite in house. When I throw in the stamps I’ve been hoarding for the past year, envelopes for thank you cards, and the A7 invite envelopes, it brings my stationery total to $247. *wildly dancing*

    Ladies and Gents, go haul some tail and check out Alyssa Black’s designs. If she doesn’t have it on the website, she can whip it up for you like the total boss she is. Love you girl!

  • 8/29


    Finding wedding stationery that suits you and your partner's style while not costing an arm and a leg can be one helluva daunting task, especially as stationery is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding style. With options ranging from huge mass-printing sites to small bespoke boutiques, it's easy to get overwhelmed and not even know where to begin. Which is why…

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    A few months ago, we had received some invitation samples from Minted and fell in love with their Delicate Dots design. I loved the extra elegance foil adds, and since we have a relatively short guest list, we decided to splurge on the invitations a little. We were finally able to get our order in this past weekend, and I can’t wait to receive them!…

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    Disclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we…

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  • 5/27

    Just Married Wedding Announcement by BlissPaperBoutique

    Just Married Wedding Announcement, $6.50 by Etsy seller BlissPaperBoutique Hey BABs! Wedding etiquette can sometimes feel overly formal and antiquated, but we're here to help you navigate the ins and outs. This week's advice request is about sending wedding announcements: My fiance and I are planning a wedding in April of 2017. All of his family is in town and most likely all will attend, but…

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    Etsy JollyEdition

    Happy Friday, darlings! Spring is right around the corner, and I'm starting to feel some kinda way about the promise of nicer weather, activities outside and of course flowers -- lots of flowers! I've been hard crushing on all things floral lately -- from dresses to shoes to paper bouquets -- and stationery is no exception. Luckily, the invitation gods have been paying attention and there…

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    Our first official wedding correspondence is going out in a week or two (as soon as I get around to DIY-ing them) -- our Save the Dates. Everyone we’re close to knows that we’re getting married. It shouldn’t be a secret or surprise to anyone when they arrive in the mail. It’s also not as if our wedding and getting married doesn’t already seem real;…

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  • 1/22

    Wedding Paper Divas Warmly Written Save the Date

    It's been said that invitations set the tone for your wedding, but Save the Dates serve an entirely different function. They don't have to be anything like the invitations and can be personalized in so many ways -- whether you want to include a photo from your engagement session, tell the story of how y'all met or you just want to be mysterious while also…

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