(Closed) Opinion/questions on my self made STD card idea….

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I really like the look of it!  I think that you could print them up on postcards and then just stick some of the magnetic tape on the back to make it a magnet.  It won’t be the entire back of the card like the ones you would order but would probably be cheaper.

We sent our Save-The-Date Cards out about 6 months before the wedding and the invitations about 2 months before the wedding.  Save-The-Date Cards are up to you when you want to send them really, I left more time because a lot of people were traveling.  Invites need to be sent around 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

Post # 4
Member
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s a really nice save the date!

I think if I was you, the only change I would is to bump the calendar a bit so that the top of the text is in line with your fiance’s head.  It just looks a little low to me as it is.  But, that’s just a little thing, so don’t feel like you have to change it!

If you don’t want to make the magnet yourself, which is typically the cheapest option, then I would suggest Vistaprint.  They sell large magnets, not 5 x 7 but they’re a little bigger than 5 x 4.  I think you could do that without compromising the integrity of the picture.  Plus, if you sign up for their email alerts, you can get killer deals!  I only paid for shipping for my STD postcards from them due to their sales.

I sent out my Save-The-Date Cards about 6 months before the wedding.

Post # 5
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721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think they’re gorgeous!!  I agree with the Vistaprint suggestion…I ordered their small magnets but I know they have large magnets as well.

We sent out our Save-The-Date Cards 10 months in advance because we’re on a holiday weekend and have a popular date this year.  I think 6-9 months is pretty standard.

Post # 7
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes, you can buy the sticky magnetic strips at Micheals or Hobby Lobby.  They probably even have them at Target if you search for them.

I don’t think you have to put the ‘Formal Invitation to Follow’ since it’s assumed.  I’m not sure where to look for envelopes but I would make sure to take them to the post office to make sure that they are light enough for only one stamp.

Post # 8
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1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is SUCH a gorgeous photo.  Love that you are looking into the romantic sunset and that is where your date is…looking into the romantic future.  It’s perfect!  Impressive detail with the hand change!

I think you should cut down on some of the text on this side to not cheapen the image of the photo.  Make save the date post cards and then you can put more of the words on the back and save money on the postage.  To be specific, I would delete the calendar and the ‘for the wedding of’. And why are you using so many different fonts?  I think it would look more professional to have max 2 fonts. 

Post # 10
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Gorgeous pic!! And I am a graphic designer myself and she did a good job…I would print the picture and do a rough copy just to make sure the ring doesn’t look like it was manipulated….Once it is printed…you don’t want to see the pixels differently on your hand…if it blends properly with the rest of the pic I would say go ahead and get them done 🙂

Post # 12
Member
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I love the picture! We used Vistaprint to make our STD postcards. Very easy and cheap to use.  My only comment is the calendar dates look out of line not sure might just be the computer image. 

Post # 13
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh and to your second question. I used the backside of the postcard to put our website information and a short message about joining us for the wedding.  That took away from having so much text on the front.

Post # 14
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520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Just one tip if you do use magnets that you make yourself — make sure the envelopes won’t stick together — I heard of that happening before, and the magnets you buy online comes with an envelope that prevents that.

I personally (in my opinion) hate the calendar part of your Save the Date.  I think it would look a LOT nicer if you just put the date on it.  With the whole month, it just looks off, it doesn’t go with the picture…

I used overnightprints.com and made my save the dates as postcards, even though at first I wanted magnets, but it was about $100 cheaper than the magnets (it only cost $20!).

I sent mine 8 months before the wedding, since people need to book flights to Rio de Janeiro.

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