I finally found the perfect save-the-date cards. After months of searching for the PERFECT one, I finally decided that instead of ordering “cookie cutter” cards that I wanted to find someone, who would design the ones I wanted in the way I wanted.
Another factor in my save-the-date cards was the fact that, like everything wedding related, they are yet another expense. In talking with a coworker of mine, I found out there her husband owned a sign and graphics company in my community and would able to design a postcard-like save the date card that I really wanted to do. Working with a company besides a traditional wedding-inspired company gave me many options at a fraction of the cost. I wanted to ease of having my cards printed as postcards for all of our outside invites but also to cut back on the cost of postage. I submitted my ideas to her husband and he worked with me on the design to create a save-the-date card that was specifically what I wanted, sending me proof after proof until it was perfect.
We finally sent out our save-the-dates! It’s making a bit more real now that they’ve been sent out and people have been calling to tell us they’re receiving them. I actually ordered our save-the-dates about six months ago when Shutterfly was having a 60 percent off all cards sale. I loved the way they turned out!
Along with the save-the-date, we also included little cards along with stickers that have our monogram on it as well as the date of the wedding. We sent the cards out so that they would arrive on January 2nd or 3rd, so the insert card was meant to wish everyone a happy new year and give them stickers to put on their new 2013 calendars!
I thought about giving a magnet, but the stickers were just as useful and went perfectly with the timing of sending the save-the-dates!
Did you send an extra reminder with your save-the-dates?
The last of our save the dates are going out tomorrow! I’m really pleased with how they turned out, and have been receiving good feedback on them from our guests. I stumbled upon Pear Tree Greeting’s website in my search to find save the date postcards. They did a fabulous job! I’m considering even using them for our invitations later this year. They offer all kinds of services from graduation cards, to bridal shower invitations, and children’s party invites. It’s super easy to create your desired look on their website and shipping is unbelieveably fast.
It sure was hard picking my favorite pictures from our engagement session but I narrowed it down to two different shots, one looking at the camera and the other facing away.
Front of postcard:
What do you think?!
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!
our actual wedding website was in there
A little over a month ago, I wrote about our search for save the dates and when we should send them out. Well shortly after that post, I had found two save the date designs that I liked. One afternoon, I showed them to Mr. Peach. Mr. Peach is usually pretty easy going about decisions, but this time it wasn’t the case. He had an opinion and a strong one at that. For the next hour or so, we searched and searched and searched and could not find a save the date design that we both liked. Needless to say we were both frustrated.
This frustration was completely alleviated when one of our friends offered to design our save the dates. This friend happens to be an amazingly talented graphic designer. Insert major bridal excitement!!!
Not wanting him to go at this blindly, I decided to come up with a general idea of what we wanted. I poorly, let me emphasize again, very poorly sketched a design. Side story (I sketched this poor little design during a rainy car ride pre Hurricane Irene to visit Peachy MOH. I dont think even a smooth ride could have helped my drawing ability).
After I got my Epics DVD in the mail, I instantly started working away at my Save the Date’s! We are using the website MagnetStreet.com to design and order our Save the Dates, they had a design that I really liked (they have a TON of options). The template was so incredibly easy to use and it all came together in about an hour, most of that was trying to decide on which photo’s to use!
The next hurdle was trying to decide on Magnets vs. Postcards – I loved the idea of the Magnet and giving our invited a guests a little keepsake to place on their fridge, filing cabinets, etc. But Mr. Honey was against it from the start, so after much deliberation, I gave in and agreed to the postcards! I think they will be a hit, I am just afraid someone is going to receive it jumbled up in their mail mess and think it is junk mail and accidentally throw it away!
All along, I wanted something bright with our wedding colors (Turquoise and Key Lime Green) with lots of pictures of us to send to our guests! With a destination wedding, I was told to mail them out about 8-6 months out. Right now I am at the 8 month mark so I think it’s a good idea to order them and get them mailed out!
We were finally able to ‘publish’ our Save the Dates.
I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful Aunt (Hence forward known as Auntie Daisy) who is a Graphic Designer (you’ve seen her work all over, but i wont’ go in to that unless she wants me too).
She has been working on our invitations and we got our “save the dates” yesterday.
In order to save a bit of money, since were having nice invites printed, we opted for a cheaper, greener save the date, via email…
and here it is:
Copyright Celeste Rockwood-Jones
I love our save the dates and the design for the invitation are even better. Hope to share them soon.
Our Save the Dates were emailed out and were a huge hit! Poinsettia Dude & I worked for months on a stop-motion video to send to our guests. To see our finished product, Click Here!
We decided to send a funny card from someecards.com to all of our invited guests. When they received the e-card, this is what they saw-
Within the e-card, we typed up a sweet message asking our guests to save the date for our wedding! We then inserted a link to our Stop Motion video that we had posted to YouTube and included the link to our personal wedding website.
When planning a wedding, it is important to set small goals and timelines. These is especially important when it comes to save the dates and invitations. I told Poinsettia Dude that if we didn’t have our stop motion Save the Dates finished & ready to send out by the end of January, we need to move on to an alternate plan. I didn’t really have an alternate Save the Date in mind until I found these beauties! If we don’t meet our end of January deadline, I will be upset but now I have a “glass is half full” outlook – If the stop motion doesn’t happen, it means that I can make this Option #2! Always good to have a backup plan, right?
Olivia Leigh Photographie
I knew from the very beginning that even if I didn’t want to, I had to send out save the dates. I would say about 90% of my guests will be traveling to come to our wedding and I had to get them information as soon as possible to help them make arrangements to come to the wedding. I wanted our guests to have enough time to make travel arrangements (car, bus, plane, hotel) and save up the money to do so. I think that it’s a courteous thing to do… especially in this economy. It’s sort of like a warning that it’s coming up and it’s going to cost approximately this much.
Anyway, I wanted to share my Save the Dates now that they have been mailed out (I mailed them at the beginning of August) and received. As I mentioned above, I knew I had to send out Save the Dates even if I didn’t want to. However, I also knew from the very beginning that I did want to send out Save the Dates, even if I really didn’t have to. I originally dreamed of a picture save the date from our engagement pictures, but since I refuse to take our e-pics until I lose some weight, that wasn’t going to happen for the Save the Dates. And since our budget is smaller than average, I wanted something that wasn’t going to break the bank. I searched high and low, googled like crazy, for the perfect Save the Date. Since most of you readers are in the midst of planning a wedding, or have planned a wedding, you know just what I’m talking about. Stationary for the wedding is a big deal.
Image curteousy of Claire Sowden Design