Post # 1
I just posted this in the DIY gallery, but I figured I’d post it here too…
A little background: My SO and I met in college. Fast forward a few years, and he pops the question. I of course say yes and the planning commences. However, there’s one small problem: I’m from Wisconsin, he’s from Connecticut, and we live in DC. We spent many months of trying to figure out how to make one central ceremony work, but no matter what we did, we couldn’t get all parties involved (my family, his family and us) to be happy. Solution: we’ll just have 3 events – 1 ceremony in DC for immediate family and two at-home parties in our respective towns for extended family/friends.
With that in mind, I wanted to create a save-the-date that tied into our theme and could easily be altered to fit each event. Here’s what I came up with (at least for the home-parties – I’m still up in the air about our ceremony since everyone coming to that will also be receiving one of these.) So without further ado (and censored for your protection), here’s the prototype:
I still need to print a sample to see how everything lines up and possibly tweak a few things here and there. (I’ve already made a few edits since taking this photo and know there are a few more that need to be made.) However, I must admit that I’m pretty proud of this bad boy and can’t wait to send it out to our guests in a few months with the following letter:
The letter is in MS Word, and I plan to use the mail-merge function to fill in the highlighted fields with the necessary information. Once printed, it’s just a matter of stuffing the envelopes and sending them out. (As a note: I’m planning on using business sized window envelopes so it looks like a form letter you’d receive from a business and so I don’t need to go through the additional step of creating labels/addressing each envelope by hand.)
I’d love to hear any thoughts on what you like/how I can make it even better. *Also, do you think our guests will get it? The at-home receptions are just parties (since the only ceremony is taking place a few weeks earlier in DC.) I just want to ensure they understand what they are getting in the mail.
Edit: The tiny font on the bottom of hte letter says: This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are intended as a SAVE THE DATE and are not required for entry. A (somewhat) formal invitation will follow.
Post # 3
I just realized I probably should have posted this in the DIY board instead…
Post # 5
Thanks 🙂 I hope our guests love them just as much.
Post # 6
Oooo – what a fun idea, to make it look like a ticket! Me like!
Post # 8
I absolutely love it! This is such a fun save the date
Post # 9
Love it such a great idea!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
omg I love it! fantastic idea!!
Post # 12
I really like it – my only worry, though, is that people will see a business envelope, think it’s junk mail, and toss it. That’s what I do. Maybe include something fun on the envelope so it stands out (a sticker or stamp?).
Post # 13
SO cool! What a fun and creative idea! The ticket is definitely worth being proud of 🙂
@StL.Ashley: I do agree with this though. My eyes are always drawn to non-business envelopes first, so I think it is a good idea to put something fun and personal on the envelopes to indicate that it is not fake junk mail, just to be safe!
Post # 14
I LOVE IT! I am def bookmarking this to show to my finace! If you dont mind what template did you use for the ticket?
Post # 15
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the enthusiasm for the ticket. As a joke, I asked a few of my friends if they’d come to our wedding if I sent them a ticket. I’m looking forward to their reactions when I actually end up doing just that 🙂
@StL.Ashley: & @sarahbabs: That’s a really good point… I hadn’t entirely thought of it. Perhaps I can create a fun return address label to catch their eye or put some sort of fun sticker on the back so they will be able to tell it’s not an actual business envelope? Any other good suggestions?
@Luvnseptember: Aww *blush* I actually didn’t use a template. Instead, I googled the dimensions of Ticketmaster ticket, used that to create a custom page in Publisher, and went to town creating it based off other tickets I’d seen (specifically this one and screenshots of real tickets). Mostly, it’s a bunch of square shapes and text boxes, and the barcode and heart are images I found online. I still need to print it to see if it’s 100% readable since some of the font is pretty tiny… As long as it is, I wouldn’t mind sharing what I created with you.
Post # 16
Make sure you find a way to make it stand out as NOT junk mail. I know when I go to my mail box, I don’t even take the “junk” inside, it’s thrown in my outside bin on my way in. Could you maybe order custom postage? My mom has used postage before that she picked out a personal picture for-it’d be really cute if you could use a picture of the two of you!
Other than that, I think that’s an ADORABLE idea!