Borrowed and Blue Diaries | DIY Invitations

Stationary can be one of the hardest things to pick out when planning your wedding- and can sometimes be a real budget breaker. When Seth and I were planning our wedding, we were shocked to see how quickly save-the-dates, invites, and information cards added up. We LOVED a lot of the samples we saw on Wedding Paper Divas, but we had a large guest list and our pricing started getting upwards of $200 just for save-the-dates. Since we were saving to pay for our wedding photography, we knew we had to find another way.

After searching Etsy, and not finding anything that we really liked we started to think we were going to have to settle for something we didn’t really love. Then, one of my good friends offered to design our wedding stationary for us!


I’ve known Alana since high school, and she was one of my bridesmaids! I was so excited to know that our invitations were going to be one of a kind.


If you’re in the same situation we were, have faith! If you have design skills, or even if you just find something on Etsy that you fall in love with- you can save a TON if you’re trying to stick to a budget.

After Alana sent us over her design, we had them printed at Uptown Color in Richmond. Then we ordered those awesome tri-fold envelopes from Cards and Pockets. The larger outer envelopes came from Hobby Lobby. We spent less for EVERYTHING by doing this than we would have on JUST save-the-dates from other sites.


If you’re having a really hard time finding something you like, and don’t think you can design them on your own, reach out to Alana! She is super talented 🙂 You can find more of her work here!


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