As promised, here are some snapshots about my progress on the save the dates! If you missed my previous post with the card prototype, click here. The coffee table was literally a mess, as I had 3 paper cutters, cardstock, pencils, rulers, tape, envelopes all over the place. But they’re done, so I’m slightly relieved. We opted to send them only to our out-of-town guests to cut down on costs, considering it’s already 7 months until the wedding. Hopefully, we’ll have the full formal invites out by January which gives guests about 3-4 months to reply.
For those who aren’t familiar with save-the-dates, they let people know in advance that you are planning to have your wedding on a certain date, so they should try to keep it open for you! Save-the-dates are not necessary for everyone and are best used for destination weddings and/or if you have a wedding with a large number of out of town guests.
I chose to put the return addresses on the top-back of the envelopes, all in one line. I guess it was my minimalist tendencies kicking in! There was a bit of trouble with my new inkjet printer because it seemed to smudge on the linen envelopes, but for some reason, it worked like a charm on my old printer. It was super easy and all I used for my envelopes was Microsoft Word.
Here’s some of my tips for when you’re making your save-the-dates:
- ALWAYS have extra envelopes & cardstock ready. I ended up throwing away about 5 envelopes because either the printer messed up or I accidentally printed two for the same address.
- Ask for help! I tend to be a do-it-yourself person, but after this, I think I’ll be asking for all the help I can get for the numerous invitations.
- Invest in a high quality paper cutter. The worst thing is to end up getting a dull blade that makes the sides of your cards look frayed.
- Be creative! Save-the-dates are you opportunity to show your personality through the color or design. Maybe make a magnet for people to stick on their fridge or provide stickers which your guests can add to their calendars.
- Double check who you are sending your save the dates to. Once you send them one, there’s no turning back.
If any of you have done save the dates, I’d love to hear from you. I’d love to see them! firstname.lastname@example.org