October 24th, 2011 by Olive Bud
One of the first things my friends and family would say to me (after congratulations, of course) after Olive Dude and I got engaged was something along the lines of “OMG! I can’t wait to see your Save The Dates/Invites/insert any other printed product or DIY project here.” While this is extremely flattering and I know it was meant as complimentary…it stressed me out. Being a professional graphic designer who has designed collateral for a bunch of friend’s weddings has put me in the spotlight and, therefore, made me nervous that some people might be overly critical of the things I design for my own wedding. Can I admit that ALL of the above might be in my own head? Absolutely. BUT – my Save The Dates are done and I couldn’t be happier with them so I wanted to share my process.
I started by getting inspired. I searched etsy.com’s invites and save the dates and marked down what I liked and didn’t like about each. I picked out 5 “favorites” and sent them over to Olive Dude. In a miraculous moment (lol), we both agreed that we liked the same layout for our magnets. So, my design inspiration was (mostly) found here.
So – I started designing. I always find that the hardest part of ANY design project I’m working on is picking the right font. A font speaks to whether a project is fun, cutesy, girly, uber-professional, etc. I have about 300 fonts saved on my computer. How the heck was I supposed to pick my favorite? I started by going to my favorite site www.dafont.com and entered in the following (using our names, of course) “OLIVE olive DUDE dude AND and &” (Side note – dafont’s fonts are free and I highly recommend trying them out before you embark on making your own save the dates or invites. Even if you aren’t making them yourself – it’s a good basis to get a feel of what you want and most places like etsy or any print shop will download a specific font if you ask them to).
I did this because I figured our names were the focal point of the Save The Date – and once I had those figured out, the rest would fall into place. It’s important to note that when looking at fonts you should look at all uppercase, sentence case, and lowercase. Sometimes things just look better a certain way!
Now, this probably isn’t the norm, but definitely speaks to me being a designer. There are NINE total fonts in our save the dates!
Before I sent them off to be printed – I did send to a few friends as well as our parents to get some feedback. They all pretty much the same thing “I love it! It’s totally you!” So – was I stressed about about nothing? Yes. Did it push me to make the best Save The Date I could? Yes. But, at the end of the day, as I am seeing with all things wedding… as long as you stay true to yourself (and your Dude) and don’t worry TOO much … everything will turn out beautiful and exactly how it’s supposed to!