Post # 1
Our wedding is a little over one year away and from what I understand, it is customary to send Save the Dates to guests who are quite a ways away. Almost all of my family is within 30 minutes from one another but my fiance’s family is spread across Canada. We would like to invite his relatives to our wedding although we really aren’t sure if they will be making the trip. I have eleven families to send Save the Dates to.
I went on all kinds of websites to look for personalized Save the Dates but I just don’t feel that it’s worth spending $50+ on these, considering we’re not even sure if these people will be coming. So I’ve decided to make them myself!
I was wondering has anyone attempted to make Save the Dates? I am looking for some simple ideas. I visited Staples the other day and found beautifully cut cardstock and envelopes that are perfect for this. My colours are silver, white, ivory and lilac. Any ideas would be much appreciated!
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
Hi Ashley! I’m doing DIY save the dates. I won’t be sending them to print for another few months yet. I plan on printing them at a local print shop.
I got on ETSY and browsed for invitation designs that I liked, then made my own modifications to a design that I loved. I put it together in a Word document. It took maybe an hour or two to put together?
We will be sending more formal STDs — a card in an envelope, so we will be spending on cardstock and stamps. Some people do their STDs as postcards using sites like Vistaprint or Snapfish.
Post # 4
I’m commenting because I am super curious to read the responses!
Post # 5
I attempted…and did not end up using them. I got so aggitated with myself and said, “forget it!”..haha. This was my attempt and I did this with a couple other phots and I couldn’t get it to look like I wanted. Oh well..:( Haha. Etsy does have some wonderful options!! You can buy the digital of it and print off your own:)
Post # 6
I didn’t DIY them, but I was able to order 100 STD postcards through staples for around $25.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Here’s ours. Theyr’e post cards. My sister designed them pretty easily (we straight copied one off Weddingpaprdivas) and got them printed at her work (a printing company)
The printing was $15!! I don’t know what company it was though…
Post # 8
I have. Since I didnt get an engagement session it was basically text and my artistic skills put to the max. I used photoshop to build my STD and used zazzle for printing. It was VERY easy for me. People thought they were awesome and it gave them an idea of what was to come for the invites.
Post # 9
@sevash: I have found that most DIY projects actually don’t cut the cossts. A lot of places get things like card stock at cost or highly discounted. I would recommend Vista Print. They seem to do a decent job and you get a lot of free stuff with it too. Just make sure to use one of their discount codes.
I will point out though, people drop a LOT of money on the invitations which sit on your fridge for two months max, whereas the STD usually sit on the fridge for about a year.
Post # 10
Ours were semi diy. Our colors are eggpant and silver so I got silver shimmer A6 envelopes and aubergine cards from papersource and then designed and printed the actual save the dates 2 to a page on 110lb index card stock from walmart. Then I just trimmed the printed cards down to size and glued them to the pre-cut cards. They look super cute and came out to about $1 each not including postage which was way cheaper than purchasing something similar online. I did look into vistaprint but we ultimately decided we wanted something a bit fancier. I uploaded a pic so you can get an idea of what the end result looked like. In person the card stock is a really pretty dark purple with a texture similar to the cover of an antique book. Sorry about the eh quality, my camera’s not the best.
*Pic was edited to delete our last names and the location of our venue for privacy*
Post # 11
My photographer (a friend from college who was a design major) designed mine after he took our engagment photos. I printed them myself and I designed the invites myself and printed them at home.
Post # 12
I’m DIY-ing my save the dates but nothing I do is a simple project or easy! It also tends to add up quickly. I had custom letter press plates made and I letter pressed them and then hear embossed them. As if that wasnt enough i painted cardstoxk so i could have a subtle blush effect. psycho… im aware! The die cut all 1500 pieces and glittered the back pieces. Here is the prelim. They still have to be out on their ribbons and packed into their own glitter boxes. Phew
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
i did DIY save the dates – bought some magnetic printable paper from ebay, designed them on microsoft word and printed them myself. i think they look great and we have had soooooo many comments on them! (one of our newly engaged friends did magnetic STDs because they liked ours so much!)
SO EASY TO MAKE!!!
Post # 14
I will diy-ing our std’s. I’m using luggage tags (travel theme) and printing will be subsidised using contacts. But with only 70 guests it won’t break the bank.
Post # 15
I did really simple DIY save the dates. I used regular 8.5″x11″ card stock and printed 3 per sheet. The pack of card stock was around $2 (for 50 sheets, in which I used less than half for 70 STD, the ribbon was around $2 (25 cents per roll) and the little rings were $1. The envelopes were on clearance for $2. I just printed them myself on a laser printer and did a little stamping. They took about 2 hours to cut/assemble. The prices reflect Michaels coupons 🙂
Without the ribbon/rings, they would have taken no time to cut and would have cost about $4 for 70-ish.
Post # 16
I did magnets and the template is free from weddingchicks.com