- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
When it was time to pick our save the dates, Mr. Weston and I knew that we wanted to use postcards. They’re trendy right now because postage is cheaper and I find them super fun and casual. Mr. Weston and I are also big travellers so we love the feeling that postcards give.
We took our enagement photos a few weeks ago and immediately picked the images we wanted to use for our postcard. I had created a string of painted wooden letters that we brought along with us on our shoot and they helped us to create the perfet photos for our postcards.
We then scoured Etsy for the perfect printable postcard design. We eventually settled on the Chelsea design by Yellow Brick Graphics but made some changes, including altering the front font and adding a low-opacity (35%) photo to the back. After about 2 days of messaging back and forth, they created the perfect printable design and sent us the high-resolution images. Cost: $20
Next step: Printing. I had heard a ton of great things about Catprint so I thought they were worth a look. I had them send me samples of their various card stocks and really fell for the Heavy linen stock. I was very strong with a great texture and a slight sheen and was easy to write on with fine-point sharpie with minimal smudging. I also loved that I could get the corners rounded, which I thought looked very elegant and eliminated the risk of torn-up corners. I ordered 75, double-sided color postcards with full-bleed on the linen stock and asked for a free, hard-copy proof to be sent to me. This meant it would take about a week more to get my actual postcards, but it gave me the option of seeing them before having all 75 printed. Cost: $58.87
I then impatiently waited for my proof to come in the mail. I was so excited when it showed up and loved it from the moment it came out of the envelope, but I was also a little bit concerned. The image and was a lot closer to the edge of the paper than I thought it would be, probably due to the full-bleed. I was afraid that the information would get covered by post office stamps and was really hesistant to approve the proof.
So what did I do? I mailed the proof to myself. I popped a stamp on it, wrote my own address under “deliver to”, and ran it over to my own town post office right before their last collection of the night. I received it back the next day with all of the stamps and markings on it. I was very relieved by what I saw. Were there marks on it? Of course. That comes with the territory. But luckily, none of my important information (ie. website) was covered or illegible. I was actually pretty impressed by the condition I found it in.
Summary of damages: Front: some scratches on the photo, some damage around the edges, and an almost-invisible neon orange bar code across the bottom
Back: Large stamp over the postage stamp (Happy Holidays? It’s January.), location stamp inching over my poor fiance’s name, bar code across the bottom that, thank god, didn’t go over our website address
I’ve ordered the new Apple postcard stamps, which are ten thousand times better than the old Aloha Hawaiian Shirt stamps that many brides had to resort to. I should get my postcards in next Tuesday (1/15) and my stamps in next Thursday (1/17) and can’t wait to start addressing and get these babies out.
My advice to anyone planning on doing postcard save the dates:
-Use heavy stock paper
-Round your corners to reduce tearing at the corners
-Keep your design away from the edges. I know that it reduces the size of the area you have for your information but you don’t want anything to get covered up
-Mail yourself a copy, preferably your proof, before ordering your full set. It can often take less than 24 hours and will give you a clear idea of what your postcard will look like when it has been stamped silly by the USPS