It was about this time last year I first started to think about/plan my save-the-dates…so I know that all you fall brideys out there are starting to think the same thing and are getting into save-the-date mode.
My fiancee (now husband) and I had such a fun time planning, designing, and ultimately being photographed for ours so I wanted to share a little bit about the ins and outs of what some people unfortunately refer to as STDs…no worries I’ll save my abbreviating for another day.
Save-the-dates are the time to get creative! Have some fun, get your photographer involved, and don’t worry… you don’t need to spend a fortune. Something as simple as a postcard (see below) will suffice.
Your save-the-date will be the first thing that your guests see that lets them in on the theme of your wedding. Please refrain from selecting the mini-me version of your invitation. This may be the easy way out, but it is also the most boring. Your save-the-dates should definitely relate to your invitation, but they don’t need to be twins…they don’t even need to be brothers…they should be more like that funky third cousin that wears neon orange socks and glasses that look like this
Yes, now we’re on the right track.
These little vintage themed lovelies cost a grand total of $0 to make and send. This couple did the design themselves and then sent them out as a digital file.
Perfect watercolor details for a seaside wedding. These were created using gouache paints and adobe illustrator. Cobalt and Sunshine yellow are so happy and pretty…slightly biased here since those were my wedding colors.
Here’s the postcard I mentioned…you don’t even need an envelope!
These look professional and not to mention a tad expensive…but nope here’s the DIY tutorial.
Lois and Cris are quite literally tying the knot.
Super cute record save-the-dates, these are perfect for a music or retro themed wedding.
Your save the date can be as simple as a picture. If you plan ahead you can take them at the same time as your engagement session and save some $$. Use props and plan your outfit accordingly-wear the colors that are going to be in your invitation/wedding. And you don’t have to be a graphics whiz to design your own save-the-dates…layout your pictures and text in powerpoint, then take the file to your local fedex/kinkos and they can format, print, and cut everything for you.
Good luck saving the date and if you have created an amazing save-the-date send it to me!