Despite everything that's happening, many people are sticking with their date and having safe weddings this year. Others are rescheduling their special day for next year or even the year after that. Soon, a deluge of those rescheduled wedding invitations will flood our mailboxes. And, to be perfectly honest, I hope everyone receives at least one wedding invite made by The Invited Cincy.
Here's the thing: if you get an invite made by The Invited Cincy in the mail, you're not just receiving a helpful piece of paper with some names and a date on it. You're actually receiving a work of art that was custom made for those two people you care about by professional artists.
WHAT IT IS & HOW IT WORKS
At its core, The Invited Cincy is a quality-focused, personalized stationery company that specializes in Cincinnati-themed designs. Owner and artist Alex Carter, along with artists Matylda Kriskova and Laura Sfiat, grew the business over the last few months to become the go-to resource for engaged couples seeking custom, personalized wedding invites.
They offer a little bit of everything. Wedding invites are, obviously, their bread and butter, but they also do seating charts, customized napkins, save-the-dates, and much more. Essentially, if it's paper and someone wants it beautifully illustrated, The Invited Cincy can and will do it. Though they're open to many ideas, illustrations involving elements of the city are most popular.
The idea for The Invited Cincy is a relatively new one. Alex, who has been doing art from an early age, has worked for ArtWorks and done commissioned work for local foundations in the past. Though he was accepted into art school after high school, his self-doubt and uneasiness about his career path sent him to business school instead. After graduating, he reconnected with his love of art and used what he learned in business school to develop The Invited Cincy.
"Now I feel like everything's kind of coming together in this really cool way," Alex says. "Now I really have confidence in what I’m doing."
That confidence is why clients now come to Alex to see a vision realized. They sit down (virtually at the moment) to discuss what's important in the design of their invite, and together they figure out what that invite will look like. Then, one of the artists (either Alex, Matylda, or Laura) spends time creating the piece they discussed. This is the part of the process Alex says takes the most time because it has to be of the highest possible quality.
"Quality is probably the biggest thing for me," he says. That quality work of art not only makes the final product phenomenal, but it also becomes a keepsake; the client gets to keep their custom artwork after it's made, scanned, and sent to the printer.
Couples also have the ability to choose elements from past work The Invited Cincy has done to supplement new works of art for their invites.
If a couple doesn't have a solid vision and wants to brainstorm with the team to develop a neat design from scratch, they can. Alex personally prefers this scenario when clients are open to The Invited Cincy's creativity.
"That seems to yield, at least in my perspective, the best results," he says. "We're a design company. You’re getting the most for your money if you let [us] design something for you.”
While people in Cincinnati have rightfully trusted the team to develop their invites, people in other cities are also taking notice. Couples in Boston, Atlanta, and even a couple in Denmark have commissioned The Invited Cincy artists to create their invites.
Alex is excited about The Invited Cincy's growth since it began earlier this year and thoroughly enjoys his new endeavor.
"Every day is so much fun for me. I feel like I’m really doing something that I love doing every day. It’s just been great," he says.
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You're invited to check out images of The Invited Cincy's work in the gallery above. To learn more, head to their website.