Invitation Maven

About Invitation Maven

Hi! My name is Marlene Widawer, but I am also known as the “Invitation Maven.”

Maven means “expert” in Yiddish, and my clients and colleagues call me a "Maven" because they are so happy with the invitations that I design and make for them.

A creative, interesting and unique invitation is the first thing your guests will see and is the best way to get your party started. I LOVE working with my clients to create the perfect invitation for their event. I also love working with people, and my passion is to make all my clients’ dreams come true.

I have been designing invitations for more than 20 years. What started out as a hobby quickly turned into a passion that I wanted to share with others. I have expanded my design capabilities and work with a variety of design platforms and products. I love creating that one-of-a-kind invitation that reflects my client's unique style and personality. Every client is different. Every party is different. My job is to make the perfect invitation for each client every time.

Invitation Maven Marlene Widawer
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Whether I’m designing a wedding invitation, bridal shower invitation, bar or bat mitzvah invitation, a baby announcement, a birthday invitation, or an invitation for a corporate or charity fundraising event, my goal is to merge my clients’ personal style with the party theme to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all.

I use the highest quality materials and latest design trends to not only create an invitation to an event, but also to create a work of art. I want my clients to enjoy every part of the party planning process, and creating a custom invitation is an integral piece of that puzzle. But it’s not all about the finished product. I also seek to create a memorable experience for each client. Picking out an invitation can be a daunting task, and I work hard to make it simple and fun.

On a personal note, I am a mom of three children (Bradley, Hannah and Max), and have been married for more than a quarter of a century to my husband, Mark. I live in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California with my husband, the youngest of our three kids, and our dog, Toby, a Maltipoo we adopted in 2018.

I just love designing invitations and have designed just about everything from invitations and all the pieces of an invitation suite to 6-foot-tall flowers for a bat mitzvah. In August 2018, I had the honor of designing my eldest son’s wedding invitations, as well as all the decor for his wedding.

I love sharing my experiences with others (take a peek at my blog when you have a chance), and I spend lots of time looking for inspiration and new invitation and decor design trends. In my spare time, I teach art and work on my laser cutter to create one-of-a-kind signs, invitations, seating cards, and other event decor for clients, as well as fun and unique items to give as gifts.

I encourage you to look at my samples and to join my email list to keep informed about my current design projects. Get to know me, and I’m sure you’ll learn about my attention to detail and my passion for my clients and for my work.

I look forward to meeting you soon to help you design the perfect invitation of your dreams!

Marlene Widawer
The Invitation Maven
marlene (at)

Do you have a question about invitations or decor for your upcoming event?

I’m happy to answer your questions for you, imagine the event with you, and share with you what’s possible.