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Being an artist and lover of all things off-beat and original, I was encountering some difficulties in my search for our wedding invitations. After scouring many a blog and website I came to the conclusion that the custom, hand made, artistic looking invitations in my brain, like many such details, would not be the sort to fit in our budget. Enter vistaprint.com to save the day. Not only do they have extremely reasonable prices, but they have this lovely option called uploading your own design. My heart leaps with joy at the endless DIY opportunity that comes with such a phrase. Complete and utter creative freedom. Glorious. So what do I do now? I see an invitation in a Martha Stewart wedding magazine, fall in love with it, and try to replicate it. No, I am not ashamed of my unoriginality.

To get the particular, hand drawn look I wanted, I used a wacom tablet and drew out the design in adobe photoshop. I do a lot of artwork and graphic design and having this tablet has definitely come in handy with many wedding projects so far…

Now while hand drawing your own invitations may be too deep into DIY for some, It’s still easy to create a completely custom design using downloadable fonts from sites like dafont.com. Or, if you’re still looking to lessen the DIY load, Vistaprint offers some pretty great invitation designs at the same price as uploading your own! I wanted a very bold, hand drawn look with the feel of a vintage newspaper headline. I liked the idea of mixing traditional invite wording with a more non-traditional graphic. Here’s what we came up with…

The total came out under $200 for 250 invitaions, and 100 reception cards and RSVP cards. I received them in the mail last week and was pretty satisfied with the quality considering the price. The paper did feel a bit thin to me, however I selected the linen finish when I ordered them and that made them look much nicer. Overall, very happy with the finished product.

So what ideas do you have to make your invitations unique while keeping them budget savvy?

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • http://www.10000dollarwedding.wordpress.com tenthoubride

    They turned out beautifully! Great work!

  • Laura

    These are sooooo great!

    I found a great eco-friendly card thru Etsy.com. Because we had a small wedding and needed less than 100 invites, it ended up being less expensive to go w/ a graphic designer there than one of the big invite houses. We were very happy! And she assembled them for us – wonderful surprise.

    Beside having all your invites and other papers done for you, there are also downloadable templated designs for sale on Etsy. Very reasonable if you want something a bit unique but want to DIY. And many designers will make create something for you if you have an idea in mind.

    Laura

  • http://www.jenlilley.blogspot.com Jen

    these are gorgeous! you are very talented!!

  • paloma

    these are so perfect looking! i just got a tablet so thanks for showing me all it can do :)

  • uk dress

    these are gorgeous! you are very talented!!

  • Kristina

    love it! i'm in the exact SAME boat! love my wacom and trying to do invites for as cheap as possible.

  • @lesleydenford

    Love these Jess! They look so sweet and artsy, but also really professional. I think I'm gonna need a Wacom soon… :)

  • Talia N.

    I love these!!

  • http://www.do-it-yourself-invitations.com/wedding-invitations.html delilah

    Those are absolutely awesome! Totally impressed.

  • jesscurrier

    Thank you all! Yes, the Wacom is a wonderful thing indeed! They also make a smaller version called the Bamboo tablet that is great for the not-so-serious graphic designer or just for fun. They are actually pretty affordable as well. I'm happy to hear there are so many other brides going with DIY designs! I think it would be wonderful to do a "DIY Invitations" post with the different designs you've all created :) If you email me some photos of your invites or designs and a little blurb about your inspiration I can put something together! If you'd like to be a part of the post send them to [email protected]

  • http://www.weddingpantsuitsadvice.com Jane

    Wow – looks great! What a great way to really personalize you invitations.

  • http://www.zossdesign.com Amanda

    Looks Great! Hand Drawn is so personal! And gives you a chance to show off your creativity!

  • http://cheilitistreatment.com cheilitis

    Now that is one really cool looking tablet, makes me want one just seeing the picture…

  • claire

    Hi Jess, Just wondering what was the font called on dafont? thanks so much claire xxoxo