Why Sacrifice Good Design for Affordable Wedding Invitations?


Printable Press Will Give You Both

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

LeafyType

It’s a familiar scene. You’re getting started wedding planning, so you go online and search Pinterest for stylish wedding invitations. You see some you like (so pretty!), except then you discover that the cost of those pretty invitations is the same as the budget you have set aside for food. Like, all of it. Okay, you think. I’ll just go find some affordable invitations. Except the affordable wedding invitations are… not so pretty. And then you cry a little bit, because why can’t wedding planning just be easy?

BotBaroque

Except, it totally can (you just have to slowwwwly step away from the Pinterest). Longtime APW sponsor Printable Press is all about good design at prices you can actually afford. Founder Kimi explains:

Many stationers offer a range of lovely designs, whether printed or printable. But I believe we shine in an offbeat approach. I love big statement artwork, the hottest of new fonts done by incredible artists, and a fun twist to everything. There are so many blah designs out there, or incredible custom work that could break the bank. I want people to find something that speaks to their hearts but also fits their budgets. My favorite saying is from the naturalist John Muir who said, “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread.”

FolkFlowers

As you’ve probably noticed, “affordable” is kind of a subjective term in the wedding industry (affordable for whom?), but with Printable Press, it’s pretty much guaranteed. And here’s why:

OPTIONS, OPTIONS, OPTIONS

With Printable Press, what you’re really buying is the beautiful stationery design, because that’s Kimi’s specialty. (She’s a trained designer with years of experience.) But when it comes to printing, that’s where you have lots of options. You can print directly through Printable Press, and get your invitations on thick textured paper (or 100% post-consumer recycled paper if that’s your jam), for just 3 for 100 invitations and envelopes. Or you can get a downloadable file from Printable Press and print your invitations wherever you see fit—a copy shop, your home computer, or your favorite local printing place. Printable invitations are just . And because Kimi is serious about helping couples get the best invitations possible (even when she’s not making extra money off it), Printable Press has tons of resources for DIY invitation printing to make sure your invitations come out exactly the way you want them to.

Bower

(ALMOST) ENDLESS CUSTOMIZATION

With most affordable wedding invitation designers, the options for customization are pretty limited, which is part of why they are so affordable. But Printable Press lets you choose up to three colors per invitation, from a selection of 42 different available colors, or for just $25, Kimi will gladly create a custom color for you. And for an additional $25, you can even change the fonts on your designs (keeping in mind it’ll change the overall look of the invitation). And Kimi does all this for no other reason than because she believes it’s important for you to have beautiful stationery that makes you happy.

Arbor

Kimi says:

There are two things that make my job amazing. The first is being able to delve into the designing process itself which is endlessly inspiring. I peruse magazines, old engravings, modern trends, and just doodle my own artwork as well. And the second is to hear from customers that we have made them so happy. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that I’ve made a couple’s celebration just a little more special, a little more heartfelt, and a little easier too. We don’t just allow them to cross an errand off their list—we give each person special attention, because this is a special celebration.

NewClassic

On top of the stunning invitation designs offered by Printable Press, there is also a ton of invitation swag available if you want to dress up your invitations. Things like belly bands (which go around your invites), invitation backers, return address stamps, custom wedding logos, and all the normal accouterments that go along with standard invitations suites like save-the-dates, RSVP cards, direction cards, thank you cards, and the list goes on.

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NOW ABOUT THOSE DESIGNS

Printable Press’ designs really are one of a kind (often imitated, never duplicated.) There’s so much care and attention that goes into each one, and Kimi’s flawless aesthetic runs the gamut from elegant and modern to whimsical and nature-inspired. Kimi even recently added two new collections for 2015: New Botanicals and Modern Classic (which are featured right here in this post). So if good design is something you care about, and previously assumed you couldn’t afford, then consider that myth busted. Because Printable Press has a solution for everyone.

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And since today is your lucky day, Printable Press is giving one lucky reader $100 toward their wedding invitations.* All you have to do is go to the Printable Press website, browse the invitations, then come here and tell us which one was your favorite (cast your vote in the widget at the bottom of this post). To get you started, I’ve rounded up ten of my own favorite designs from Printable Press.

Pen-and-Ink

Pen & Ink Invitation

VintageDestination

Vintage Destination Invitation

BearingGifts

Bearing Gifts Invitation

KindredSpirits

Kindred Spirits Invitation (choose your animals!)

Dramatique

Dramatique Invitation

OliveBranch

Olive Branch Invitation

VintageGlamour

Vintage Glamour Invitation

All-Lit-Up

All Lit Up Invitation

StarryNight

Starry Night Invitation

Swallow-and-Bee

Swallow and Bee Invitation

Printable Press is offering 10% off to all APW readers. Just mention this post when placing your order! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Contest ends 1/21/2015, 11:59PM PST. Click here for full contest rules.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Bethany

    Just an fyi, the widget isn’t showing and when I clicked on the link it said that the giveaway hasn’t started yet…

    • Bethany

      Following up to say that the widget still doesn’t show on the post but that clicking on “Rafflecopter giveaway” this time let me enter and said that the giveaway had started :)

    • Meg Keene

      To everyone that left a comment here, you need to click the “Rafflecopter Giveaway” link, and leave your comment there to enter.

  • Emily

    I’m in LOVE with Little Details. It’s like a little indie movie of an invitation.

  • Elizabeth

    Oh I LOVE the Birch Bark design – so lovely! Will definitely keep this company in mind when I need invites!

  • pajamafishadventures

    I love the Kindred Spirits invitations, but I do wish there were a way to bundle your invitations and response cards, as it stands now it looks like you need to pay for each item separately.

  • BB

    Arbor Invitation ::SWOON::

  • Sarah E

    It’s finally time for us to order invitations and get everything set, and we’re definitely using Printable Press! I love that APW can direct me to wonderful businesses like this. While I adore the Sleeping Beauty wedding invitation, we’re likely sticking with their Modern Carnivore party invite to meet our budget and stick with our casual vibe. I’m so glad PP has non-wedding options that we can use, it makes a huge difference for our budget, and I’m glad we can still get a modern, hip invite for our price point :-)

  • Bethany

    I adore the Sleeping Beauty. It would be awesome if there were corresponding stationary with some of the details that then could be used for writing letters after the wedding. I also have a strange fondness for beautiful stationary and writing letters to friends…

    • I’ve actually set the personal goal to send out more physical mail to friends and family. People need more than just bills and junk in their mail boxes.

  • Lauren

    The Blowsy Poppy Invitation is beautiful!

  • LT

    I like the Bower invitation the best.

  • Caitlyn

    It’s soooo hard to pick my favorite, but I narrowed it to the Typewritten Note or the In the Stars. What beautiful designs!!

  • Melody Brenneisen

    It is SO hard to pick just one, but I think I’m in love with the simplicity of the Nutmeg Invitation. It would be stunningly perfect for our wedding with the names in navy blue and the little leaves in green…love it!!

  • Nikki

    I love the Olive Branch invitation. So many gorgeous designs. I also loved checking out Kimi’s wedding on Offbeat Bride, her hand drawn illustrations on her wedding dress were amazing!

  • Bronwyn

    I love the Shining Night Invitation suite the most.

  • Nope.

    Love the olive branch design!

  • lfbprod

    I rather like the “Let’s Waltz” style.

  • Alison M

    My favorite is the ‘Double Dip’ invitation.

  • Hannah

    I lovelove the Olive Branch design!

  • Rachel

    So hard to decide! I am torn between Chestnut, Metropolitan, Ink Crush (and others…..)

  • Eenie

    Kindred spirits!

  • rachel

    I love the pretty simplicity of the folk flowers invitation. They would be perfect for my June outdoor garden wedding!

  • EVERY TIME you run a post by Printable Press I think, “Dang! Why can’t there be more parties in my life where I need to send out fabulous invitations?”

    I’m thinking I need a fabulous invitation party something like yearly in my life. Because I also need more reasons to dress up in fabulous party dresses.

    • Yup. Me too. They are so sosososoosososososososoososososo pretty. I just want them all.

  • Sara P

    I think my favorite is the Vintage Destination Invitation – I’ve been eyeing her designs for a long time now!

  • Fiona

    I haven’t really made up my mind (so many pretty ones to choose from! But…I like the bower set a LOT.

  • Jaimie

    I love the Fun Destination Invitation set!

  • LB

    I love the Gothic Forest Modern invitation design. I’m a sucker for fancy script.

  • Emma

    I love the Ampersand Invitation! So clever

  • Paola

    My favorite is the folk flowers design. Hope I win!

  • Andy

    I like the carved initials invitation – I love the squirrels!

  • Claire

    While I’m hard pressed to pick a invitation from this amazing list, I think my favorite is Banquet in the Woods. Its hard to imagine that anything could capture our wedding feel so much.

  • lindseyjean18

    I love the Olive Branch invitation! Simple and beautiful!

  • Samantha Bryant

    I love the Charleston one!

  • Laurel

    I love, love, love the bearing gifts invitation suite.

  • Haley

    love Ink Crush!

  • Kristina

    I love the Swallow and Bee design and the All Lit Up design.

  • Kathryn F.

    I really love the Charleston collection!

  • Alynae

    I love the vintage glamour invitation!

  • Carly Roberts

    These are fabulous! I’ve been struggling to find affordable but stylish invites – perfect timing. I love so many of them, but I think “Little Details” from the Vintage Modern collection is my current fave.

  • Christina Helen

    I assume that when the Terms & Conditions say “This Sweepstakes is only open to legal residents” this means legal residents of the U.S.? Because I’m a legal resident … just of a different country entirely!

  • Allyson

    Love, love, love the simplicity of the ampersand invitation!

  • Mary

    I just love the winds in the grass set with bower as a very close second!

  • Nicki

    I love the charleston!

  • J. J.

    I like the
    starry night.

  • runnereater

    I like fun destination invitation.

  • Laura Edidin

    I love Dramatique!

  • leahnoodles

    The Charleston Invitation is adorable!

  • Kelly

    My favorite is the Wild Damask suite; elegant and fancy but still fairly simple.

  • laurabird

    Woodland Love!!

  • JennaRose

    I love the Vintage Glamour one! But definitely hard to choose!

  • heather_kaye

    CANNOT DECIDE. I narrowed it down to Folk Flowers and Twining Vines…I going to say Folk Flowers, but what do people think of sending out a mix of invitations? (Really only kidding – but now I’m thinking it might be really fun…just a mix of stuff you love…)

  • Jules

    The Bower. So much so I just googled Michael’s return policy, because I’m not sure I have the time nor desire to DIY the invites from a kit…

  • AGCourtney

    Oh, I love looking at their website. Hmmm…Under the Oak Tree.

  • Danielle

    I would love to send my guests the “Sweet Mix Invitation.” It’s simple and elegant, like my wedding vision, and coincidentally matches our wedding website font! LOVE!

  • romanholiday

    Gah. So much good design! Just realized nearly all of our guests will be coming from out of town, so I might have to select the Vintage Destination Wedding. But don’t hold me to it…

  • PTerp

    I like the Olive Branch Invitation design, might want a slightly different font however.

  • ZAP

    I like the Vintage Destination invitation, especially because of the customization options for a domestic destination!

  • Jen

    I love the Carved Initials invitations! We are doing a wedding in the Adirondacks in northern New York, and the design perfectly compliments our theme.

  • Jackie C

    So many beautiful options! I’m partial to Big Sky Country and the Kindred Spirits with little foxes or the doe-eyed version!

  • kasaro

    i’m torn between the “chalkboard love” and “typewritten note” suites. they’re both right on point with our style.

  • Jessica Brown

    I’m SMITTEN with the Ink Crush invitation!! It would be perfect for our big day. (And the belly band?? I want it all!)

  • caroline

    love the Fern Print and Love Birds! found my own name on one of them so maybe I should pick that!

  • Vanessa Lee

    I want to enter the contest but Rafflecopter said it is no longer accepting entries! I should have one more hour left to enter. If I could enter, I would have picked “Free Spirit”.

  • Stacy {Woodsy Weddings}

    These invitations feature lovely color schemes and calligraphy. I love the grey one with the write writing as well as all the vintage designs!

  • Jennifer Siler

    I love the Ink Crush design, but they are all gorgeous!