Post # 1
Hi all so I’m DIY-ing my Save the Dates. I’m using one of the Wedding Chicks free templates and printed them on some fabulous card stock. I was thinking I’d do 4 to a regular page when I print, but they looked so small and flimsy….and THEN I thought if I made it into a magnet that would make it less flimsy and be incredibly convenient!
But as I looked into the costs to do that I got a bit hesitant. It’ll cost me $50-$60 for the magnets. And then on top of that I won’t be able to use a single regular stamp because each magnet weighs about .080 lb. It’ll either be a two stamp item, or I’ll need to bring it to the post office so I can pay exact postage.
My question to you all (and myself), am I excitedly going to this extra expense and hassle for the better? Will everyone I’m inviting enjoy them in magnet form? Or should I just not bother?
If I don’t do a magnet I’ll probably get crafty to make the card less flimsy with a nice card stock border glued to the back.
Post # 3
We got magnets from VistaPrint, and we’ve gotten great feedback about them. With a groupon, I think we paid about $70 for 200 of them. They’re always offering great sales if you don’t want to DIY.
Post # 4
I love the magnets!
I couldn’t afford to do them myself, but I love it when other people do them. It’s so convenient. I keep it on my fridge and then when your invitation comes in I use it to hold that too.
Post # 5
So, two things. We did magnets and people love them. I see them on their fridges all the time, and people always comment on them. That being said, I feel you with the postage issue. I had it easy because my office sends stuff out for you and takes care of figuring out the postage, then they just charge your paycheck. But, for what it’s worth, I would have done the magnets regardless because they were such a hit.
ETA: We also used Vistaprint with a Groupon so it was super affordable.
Post # 6
I liked having magnet save the dates. Magnets always go right on my fridge and it keeps the event on my radar. Otherwise the card ends up in a drawer or the garbage and I forget until I get the invitation.
I’m doing bookmarks because I thought they were super cute, but I really do like the magnets.
Post # 7
No. My fridge is stainless steel. It would not be used.
Post # 8
Magnets don’t work on stainless steel, so I opted for postcards.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I honestly would prefer a card becasue I use a bulletin board to keep track of invites that my finace and I get. My fridge isn’t magnetic anyway
Post # 10
We did magnet save the date’s- not the whole thing, but it had two magnet’s attached to the card with a removable glue dot… Everyone loved them & they weren’t expensive to DIY & I was able to use regular stamps. I used the roll of adhesive magnet from Michaels & it was only $5 I think & very thin. I think it was a 12×24 roll & I still haven’t used it all….
I posted our end result here: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-magnet-sticker-stds
Post # 11
I don’t care either way. It doesn’t mean I’d put them on the fridge..I only do that if I’m really close to the couple, anyway.
Post # 12
While magnets are convienant. I voted for “I couldn’t care less”, not because I wouldn’t put it on my fridge, but because I have magnets on my fridge already I can hang it with. If you’re on a budget, put the money elsewhere. No one will judge you for not having a magnet. In fact, if you just do post cards you save even more money on postage!
Post # 13
@BeckyS0: I’m going to go there right after work then! The cardstock I got that I LOVED was only like $6 for 100 sheets (because of those amazing coupons Micael’s does). How did you get those liners in the envelopes? Did you cut them to the shape of the flap and just glue them on top or do they dip down into the envelope?
Post # 14
@lovelyduckie: the liners were super easy! I ordered some liner samples a while back & got a cardboard backing for the liners inlcuded so they didn’t bend. It was the exact same shape so I just traced it over some heavier weight (bond) paper, stamped it up, & then cut them. I attached them to the enveleopes with double sided tape & it worked awesome! You could unfold one of your envelopes & trace over the front inside with the flag extended all the way to get a easy template…
Mine did go all the way down into the envelope but were only on one-side (flap side)…
This is what my template looked like
Post # 15
@BeckyS0: Where do you recommend for requesting a liner sample? And you already knew the size of your envelope before you requested them, right? I have to finalize my envelope size this week.
Post # 16
im doing magnets thru Vistaprint. I got them custom made thru Etsy for about $20 and got them printed thru Vistaprint for $12 with groupons and 50% off. I bought 200!