As 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.
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.
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.
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!