I get this question a lot…. “Do you do Disney invitations?” My answer is always “I do Disney inspired invitations but it is a tricky navigation with copyright.”
Let me start with some facts:
So in reference to copyright law…. I will not violate it. If it is a question, my answer is no. This goes for many things, not just Disney wedding invitations. I have had couples contact me with a design and asked me to recreate it. Nope. Sorry. Not that I can’t, just that I won’t. I am happy to reach out and see if any of the stationers I know originally did the design and pass their information on to you. I have done this on numerous occasions.
Etsy…. See my blog about my feelings towards Etsy. It’s not all shade. Just when it comes to the copyright violation that is rampantly allowed. (Insert deep breath here). The major problem I have is that people design illegal products, sell them, and then the customer is stuck with a useless product. Let me tell you a scenario I have experienced more times than I can count. Jane buys a digital design off Etsy and is told “You can print them anywhere” in the listing description. Wrong. They go to get their digital product printed and nowhere will print them. Not Vistaprint. Not FedEx. Not Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Office Depot, Costco or any other printing place. Everywhere tells Jane that it violates copyright for them to print it. This is true. It violates copyright because they cannot profit in any way from it. Jane then comes to me because I am a small business thinking that I will do it. Sorry. I always feel bad for Jane because she was duped.
Now as I said, Disney does license their copyrighted things. They have a very large licensure office and the people there are very nice. I had a couple who wanted to use characters on their invitations and I reached out to Disney to see about licensing. They were happy to give me a price and limitations (and there were many!). But that is their right. If I had a couple that wanted to do that I would happily do it again.
Now that we’ve gotten through all the Debbie Downer stuff, let’s talk about what is possible. I can make a Disney inspired invitation. Options I have done are using colors and fonts that are similar and give the same feel. Using a colored envelope, like a bright gold or lilac color, can fit well with a Disney theme.
So you can have invitations that can be very nice and fit a Disney themed wedding without actually having Disney characters or other copyrighted materials on them.
Check out some of my other blogs for inspired invitations:
Beauty and the Beast
Wizard of Oz
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