Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Save the Date Postcards

I didn't want to put the time into a save the date, but when you're having a wedding of only 75, there are bound to be a few people expecting to be invited who are not. A Save the Date would only start the problems, allowing those uninvited to confront me as to why "they didn't receive their save the date." But I'm going to have to face the scrutiny sooner or later, save the date or no save the date.

And who really made me decide to do them was my sweet grandfather who will be hosting a little gathering at his house after the wedding. On several occasions he said to me, "Are you going to send out one of those Save THAT Date things? Because, I tell you what, those things were so helpful in making travel plans for the other weddings we've been to."

So Mr. Shirlington and I decided to use this novel idea from Martha Stewart Weddings. How cute would this be using a Destin beach postcard?

Then we realized all the Destin postcards were outdated and lacked the bit of elegance we were looking for. So we found a photo we loved of the Destin beach and then had fmil work her magic on it to make it ours! (The real one obviously has our names on it!)We ordered 100 of these from Overnight Prints, and plan to use the extras to put in the out of town bags (pre-stamped) for people to send us messages on!

Next, we ordered 100 3 in. x 3in. envelopes to tape to the back from Jam Papers.

And last, I slaved for hours to design the perfect card for the inside. It may not be as cute as Martha's, but it has all the information anyone could need to plan travel and lodging in advance so as to get a great deal on airfare, etc. And as you will see in the near future, it sets the tone for our other paper-related projects!

Design Idea from Martha: Priceless
Postcards: $45 (including shipping. Google "overnight prints discount codes" and get a good deal!)
Envelopes: $21 (including shipping)
Stamp/filligree design: $4.50 (Paper Source)
Luxe Cream Paper: $15 (Paper Source)

Total cost: $85.50 for 60 Save the Dates (and 40 extra postcards).


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