What Are Artistic Wedding Invitations?
Artistic wedding invitations are art
CharmCat designs original, artistic wedding stationery. I don't buy pre-made designs, I don't work with wholesale designers, and I don't buy clip art. My design process is messy and beautiful because it involves real paint and paper.
That means that your invitations won't just be original, they'll be works of art. You'll want to frame them, scrapbook them, and show them off even on your 50th wedding anniversary. They'll be true to you, because they're completely customized to fit your personality, no limits.
CharmCat’s mission is to offer a personalized invitation service that respects every couple’s personal vision and budget by creating designs and packages that meet their needs.
CharmCat offers a super-flexible wedding invitation service that helps couples execute their own personal vision. By presenting all the options and serving as a guide, I can help couples decide what’s important to them so they feel confident in their choices. Unlike other wedding professionals, I let couples decide what's important to them because I love empowering brides and grooms to attack their wedding planning head-on and come out winners!
When you work with me, you work with just me. No assistants, no staff designers, no binders full of invitations. Just artistic wedding invitations. I offer my advice and expertise freely and use my creativity to suggest invitation options you wouldn't even think possible. I'm not just a designer; I'm a resource for you throughout your stationery journey.
Who am I?
I'm Ashleigh Pritchard, and I'm the owner and sole designer of CharmCat!
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
That's like asking when I knew I had hair! I've always been the artistic type. In elementary school, I was the art teacher's favorite student. My electives in middle and high school always included art classes. I took workshops during the summers and, inevitably, every year for Christmas would get me yet another one of those $10 artist kits that I'd already outgrown.
Do you really do all the art yourself?
Yep! I love the feeling of handling real paint, paper, and paintbrushes in my hands. It's relaxing and challenging at the same time.
I didn't start incorporating my painting into my invitations designs until a couple of years after I started CharmCat. Most of my paintings were for myself or gifts for friends and family. After a while, I started to think about ways I could make that expensive bachelor's of art start to pay for itself.
Why design wedding invitations?
I started CharmCat in 2012 as a part-time side job to make extra money and satisfy my creative direction. At the time, I was working as a corporate graphic designer and while I liked the steady job, it didn't feel like a good match for my imagination. I had dabbled in selling some random art on Etsy, but lacked a solid direction.
I also got married in 2012, and naturally did my own invitations. I loved it! So I listed a few invites on Etsy and went from there. My style has evolved a lot since then but I continue to appreciate the dynamic nature of wedding design.
A Welcoming Wedding Service
This is my commitment to you:
CharmCat will never discriminate against a couple’s race, age, nationality, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
CharmCat wholeheartedly believes in the freedom to express, the freedom to marry, the freedom to love, and the freedom from taking things too seriously!
As an equal opportunity wedding vendor, I'm excited to be able to help couples of all varieties celebrate their relationship.
Purpose of the Welcome Policy
I am a white, straight, (mostly) cisgender female. I was raised in a fairly middle-class household in the suburbs with not a lot of diversity. I was lucky enough to go to college and then on to get a graduate degree because of the encouragement of my family, my hard work, and my privilege. This Welcome Policy comes from a place of support, not of familiarity. I won't always understand the struggles my clients face, but I will always do my best to meet their needs.
If there's one thing I fundamentally believe, it's that a genuine love should be celebrated. CharmCat will never discriminate against a couple's religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
You read that right, 10%. It's a pretty high goal, but I think I can do it!
Assuming I work a standard year, that makes 1920 working hours. So that means my goal is 192 hours of volunteer time, or 192 hours of donated design services for charities, or 10% of my profit (which will be determined at the end of every quarter), or a combination of the three!
Want to request services? Visit my application for stationery services for charity.
A charming attitude
What else do I passionately advocate?
- Feminism and gender equality
- Justice for all
- Community service
- Art as expression of self
- Comic books
- Science fiction
- Freedom to question tradition
- Having fun!
I'm not for you if...
- You're looking for "trendy" designs.
- You want a design that's not in my aesthetic. Take a look through my portfolio to see what I do best. If you want modern, highly stylized, or illustration, then I'm not for you. I might know someone who is, though!
- You want a hands-off approach.
- You are a future in-law. I work directly with my clients.
- You want a DIY template. I know Adobe design programs like my cat's meow. I don't even own Word, and I don't make templates.