Welcome back Real Weddings Magazine brides to another installment of The Recessionista Bride Blog Series by our guest blogger extraordinaire Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events

This week, she addresses the topic of invitations. Take it away Kate! 


“There are many local invitation design companies that offer a semi-DIY option, such as custom-design invitations but you do all the printing and assembly work.

For our Recessionista Bride, Stevie, she wanted a unique design that really expressed her personality and the look for her wedding, but her budget wouldn’t allow a full complete design, assembly and mailing package. So to better fit her budget, we offered to let her do the printing and assembly herself while only charging her for the design work itself.

Again, there are many local invitation companies that will do the same thing — you just have to call them and ask!

Stevie enlisted the help of friends and family to add a few special finishing touches to her Invitation Suite – and you can easily do the same:  

Custom Invitation Liners

We designed a custom pattern that Stevie printed, cut, and mounted into her Invitation Envelopes. As she had chosen to use Paper Source’s A6 Envelopes in Curry, she was able to use Paper Source’s Envelope Liner Template Kit to cut out exact matches for her set.

Monogram Ribbon Wraps

We designed sheets of Stevie & Blake’s Monogram and after Stevie printed the pages, we turned them into sticker paper using a Xyron. She then used a custom-punch to create monogram seals that secured Paper Source Curry ribbon around her Invitation cards.

Rhinestone Accents

This is where the real bling begins – we found bronze rhinestone stickers in three sizes to add a beautiful sparkle to her suite. Stevie placed each rhinestone over a portion of the Invitation flourish, creating a custom bedazzled look at DIY prices.

The options are endless – sewn fabric pockets, custom hang-tags and even loose lavender pieces are only some of the extra special touches some of our Recessionista Brides have used to embellish their invitations. All it takes is a little time and some extra elbow grease!”

Did you DIY any portion of your wedding Invitation Suite design? 

 Tune back in to the Real Weddings Magazine blog on February 20th for the next installment: Recessionista Bride Series: A Non-Traditional Guestbook 

About Kate Miller Events (in their own words): 

Kate Miller Events offers full-scale event and wedding planning of extraordinary detail for the bride and groom looking for that extra-special touch. We will keep you organized, on or under budget, and stress-free while designing the wedding of your dreams. We are committed to making sure your day goes off without a hitch — except for the hitching part of course! 

Kate Miller Events offers new technology to keep all avenues of communication open and organized. Our excellent online client planning tools include customized checklists, payment calendars with email notifications, appointment tracking, online idea boards, and contract filing with easy access for all members of your wedding party. Our top-notch organization enables us to be your liaison to all of your vendors – we worry about the details so that you don’t have to. 

All of our packages are unique and completely customized to fit your budget so that you only pay for the services that you need. We offer a wide range of planning services from Day of Coordination to Full Coordination/Design and everything in-between. 

Be sure to check out Kate Miller Event’s Web site and Kate’s blog or call her at 888-808-KATE. 

Photos above of Stevie’s invitations (by Sarah Maren Photography), one of our featured real weddings in the current issue of Real Weddings Magazine. Kate Miller from Kate Miller Events worked with Stevie & Blake to achieve their perfect day. To read more about Stevie & Blake’s wedding and to view more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the current issue or click here

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