Did you know that traditional 'save the dates' cards can easily cost around $2.50 a piece?! (And that's on the low end). This may not sound like much, but a soon to be bride could easily spend upwards of over $500 + on save the dates alone (not including real invitations). If you're like me and can't bare the thought of spending that kind of dough on paper... this post is for you. I wanted to share a few DIY ideas & tips that will help you deliver max style without burning through your entire wedding budget. Save the dates aren't 100% necessary in this day and age (whaddup social media) but are a nice way to get your family and friends as excited as you are! Plus - you know your crazy aunt is DYING to put that thing on her fridge. Let's do Karen a favor, and make this happen.
There are tons of great websites out there that can help make your vision come to life for little or no dollars. A long time favorite of mine is - CANVA. It's a free, online graphic design tool that allows you to make custom and beautiful creations. You can easily edit photos, add text, elements, stickers, borders, frames and more. You're able to create tons of designs on professional looking templates and tweak them to suit your needs. It's a pretty intuitve tool and the basic functions can be learned in around five minutes. #productive. I also plan to use Canva when it comes time to design our wedding invitations later this year. :)
1. Send save the dates 6-8 months before your big day (even 8-10 if you're having a destination wedding). People need time to plan.
2. Make them personal! Have fun by adding your wedding colors, favorite quotes, a photo of you and your fiance, etc.
3. Be sure that the people you send save the dates to are the people you actually want at your wedding! You can't send a save the date to someone you may only want attending part of the event.
4. Don't make them too mysterious. Include where the wedding is taking place (address not necessary), you and your fiance's names, and a personal message, photo, etc. However, this isn't your personal journal so don't include TOO much information. Save the details for your formal invitation that follows.
GETTING STARTED, AN EXAMPLE
Here is a recent draft of our save the dates! I began by looking through the template options on Canva and chose a post card. Next, I uploaded my favorite picture from our engagement for the backdrop (s'cute!). I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate gold and glitter (duh), so I searched for caligrpahy font on ETSY. I chose an instant digital download for only $4.00 that was perfect. Once downloaded, I uploaded them into CANVA and placed them where I wanted. I was pleased how easy, inexpensive and totally glam they looked! Finally, I moved on to the second page (back) of the postcard. I wanted to keep this side really simple and crisp. I fell in love with some free birch print (available for free with CANVA) and added a gold glitter 'g', surrounded by a pretty gold wreath (also from ETSY). A quick message, and the location/date of our wedding finishes off the design. Still feeling a little shy? Check out some helpful tutorials, HERE.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Stuck on which direction to go? Your save the dates should reflect your relationship, style, wedding theme, and time of the year! Here are a few categories your future save the dates may fall into. I chose these examples specifically because they COULD be recreated using a creative design tool like CANVA. If you're feeling particularly non creative at the moment, browse ETSY, Pinterest and other blogs for ideas and fresh inspiration! Enjoy.
BOHEMIAN ROMANCE DESIGNS
ULTRA MOD DESIGNS