Today I get to introduce on of APW’s newest sponsors: E.M. Papers. What E.M. Papers does, and does beautifully, is affordable printable wedding invitations – you buy the fill in the blank Adobe Acrobat file, you make it way whatever you want to say, and you print the invite in the comfort of your own home (yee-haw!). Eleanor, the powerhouse behind E.M. Papers, is a member of Team Practical (she had her civil wedding in Munich this winter, and I’m currently twisting her arm to be a wedding graduate), and a designer. She described her wedding paper business to me as, “By a bride for brides.” She said that sounded silly to her, but I actually thought it sounded awesome.
Eleanor told me, “I came up with these templates by scratching my own itch helping friends with their weddings and for my own wedding. I saw for myself and believe that there is a lot you can do with some smart design, a pack of plain white card stock, and an ancient HP 960c ink jet printer. That’s how I put all of these items together, with a lot of trial and error for events that were important and meaningful to me or my friends. With every design I ask myself ‘Would I use these for my own wedding?’ If the answer is no, I revisit it.” Which just… is every d*mn thing I think a wedding business should be. Just… I would like to ‘exactly!’ that.
I know some of you are overwhelmed by print-at-home wedding invitations, but kids? It’s so easy. EM Papers has a ton of printable how-to guides, and Eleanor described it as half-ass DIY, which is *EXACTLY* my kind of DIY.
Other things you should know: her designs are cheap, ladies. Like, categorically affordable. She offers the black and white invite suite above for free, invitations alone are $15, more elaborate wedding correspondence sets go for $40, and the full shebang goes for $65. Because of the prices, what you see is what you get (no changing colors or this’s or that’s), but she also does semi-custom work ( making adjustments to pre-designed invites) with varying prices (email her for more info). And holy h*ell kids, can we look at what the lady can do when she goes custom:
Yeah. Those are invites to her wedding celebration in California, and I want to eat them up.