This Cascading Blooms wedding invite from event planner Preston Bailey is affordable...No, really!

Recently a Triple B reader in Atlanta (a groom-to-be) expressed an interest in receiving more scoop on wedding invitation designs. I was eager to help the brother out, especially because I have adored stationery since I was an itty bitty girl. Plus it warms my heart to witness a man happily involved in the planning of his nuptials. So Arthur in ATL, I hope this makes life for you and the soon-to-be Mrs. a little less stressful.

First things first, when I read that Preston Bailey was designing a line of affordable wedding invitations, I got pumped! But Triple B was not ready to launch and I didn’t want to seem late with the news. Since however, I learned that a lot of folks are still not aware of this cool collabo. Bailey, the creative mastermind who designs events for the likes of Oprah and Ivanka Trump, teamed up with Invitation Consultants to produce a sleek collection for invitations that typical working couples can afford. Prices start at less than $150 for 25 invites and designs range from the subtle and sophisticated to the over-the-top and girly. Some styles are currently on sale, too. In addition to the style above, I fancy Happiest Flower and Sophisticated Sensation. (How darling are those coordinating envelope seals?) This gives a new definition to affordable luxury.

Here are a few of my other fave wedding invitation providers:

ATM: Jean M – A wonderful resource for couples looking to get the most bang for their bridal buck and not sacrifice style in the process. They offer a wide range of colors and designs, plus the entire invitation suite (save-the-date cards, menu cards, etc.) can be created on their user-friendly site.

Gold: Blu Orchid by Naked Eye Image – ATL-based graphic designer and event planner Amber Renee is the talent behind Blu Orchid, a boutique agency that tastemakers like Usher and corporate big wigs like MTV turn to for unique invitations. I’m always impressed with her creative usage of crystals and other non-paper materials without forcing the final work to appear gaudy.

Platinum: Smythson of Bond Street – Point blank, don’t consider Smythson for wedding invitations unless you’re ready to spend some change. Many think their prices are outrageous and unwarranted but I have a special appreciation for hand engraved, tissue lined enveloped, bespoke stationery. And my mother taught me it doesn’t cost anything to look. I suggest you pay the site a visit if for nothing else to see what options exist in the wedding invitation market.

By the Way – My homie Anslem Samuel over at Naked With Socks On debuted a feature on his popular relationship site today called, Why I Got Married that you should check out. The premise reminds me of the one I have for Marriage Matters here on Triple B. His initial post is kinda long (…okay VERY long) but it’s a good read and worth the time.