This crafty couple turned their invites into a popping business.
On December 27th 2017, Crystal and I made the crazy decision to do the one thing almost everyone either dreads or dreams of: we got engaged.
I am an Art Director in Dallas and Crystal is a Neuro-recovery Specialist in Addison. Together, we make a crafty couple of nerds, and we couldn't wait to create the wedding of our dreams. We wanted to keep things simple, yet tasteful with just a dash of nerdiness. We wanted it to reflect who we were.
Little did we know, weddings are fucking expensive...
The average wedding cost in the United States for 2017 was $25,764. Couples, on average, spend between $19,323 and $32,205 on their wedding. We had a budget of less than $10,000. Needless to say, we were in over our heads. Our wedding dream was quickly becoming a wedding nightmare as costs added up. Like many couples, we learned to set some more realistic expectations and hand-make many parts.
But we didn't want to skimp on the invites. Custom invites can cost upwards of $4000 for 100 sets. Finding an artist you can trust to create something (on a budget) your guests will want to keep forever can be exhausting. The other option is to settle for generic templates with little to no ability to personalize.
Being an profesional artist, I absolutely knew I could design my own cards. So we got to work. Crystal and I had a blast learning new techniques and creating beautiful art. We fell in love with making every little piece by hand to make beautiful creations.
The rest is history…