...Save the Dates that is.
Sorry guys, the Sex Ed educator in me just couldn't resist :p
I remember early on in this wedding planning journey having a conversation with beautiful Jenn (Rittenhouse) Smith about Save the Dates. What were they? Why do they exist? Isn't that just a waste of paper/postage etc?
Eventually, I came to realize their pre-invitation utility:
- Gets people to stop asking "So, when's the wedding?"
- Less underlying tension while people ponder "am I invited?"
- Gives out-of-towners a heads-up regarding festivity details
- Disperses the wedding website information en masse
- Makes good use of your favorite engagement picture
- And my favorite: Get your latest project hung up on the refrigerator of all your closest friends and family! ;)
I like crafts & Ryan humors me.
10017... Roughly the number of times I called out from behind my computer, "Babe, will you come look at this a second?"
Guys, Pintrest is dangerous. It takes me about 30sec to become completely overwhelmed with potential DIY projects--I want to do them all. Aside from helping me track down some new fonts and providing the initial inspiration/confidence to construct our Save the Dates--I've tried to stay unplugged.
Unnecessarily long story short:
The Save the Dates you should be receiving in the mail within the next week or so were designed and constructed by your's truly. (Shout out to Kathleen for helping me stuff envelopes!)
Save the Date:
- No lie, I made these in powerpoint. After a few years of designing pretty scientific posters to make up for my lack-luster research-- I've gotten pretty good, if I may say so myself.
- Got them printed two to a sheet at Staples. Seemed like a solid plan till I had to cut them all out...one at a time. :/ Upside, I've ferreted all the leftover cardstock to repurpose later. Score.
- ...Did you, um, see that neat design at the bottom? I made that. I drew it. On my Ipad. In PDF Expert, my note taking app, because apparently I like to use the least efficient program for the task. Im kind of obsessed with it. Trees, tree-rings, and their cycle of life has always spoken to me; If you look closely, our "logo" has 10 rings to celebrate what will be both our Tenth and Zero-th Anniversary. :)
- The picture is from our October e-session at Bally Spring Inn with our photographer Emilee Chambers.
- I used Vistaprint.com to design and print "business card magnets" I highly recommend them--customer service was pretty helpful too.
- Get used to these envelopes. I snagged 500 of these 40% post-consumer, 100% recycled Earthwise beauties off Amazon. I love them.
- Our nifty return address was snagged off Vistaprint.com too-- It was a great last minute add-on to our magnet order. Plus, I got to used our logo so more!
- Dude. Postage is expensive. I think for our RSVP cards we are going to set up an online response form/ might not pre-pay postage. We'll see.
bride-to-be, over and out. ♥