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Sunday, July 12, 2009

STD's

How funny is that abbreviation? Anyway, you all know I'm talking about Save the Dates, right? Well I need some. I was thinking I didn't. I was all about word of mouth. Then, this weekend, we went to my cousin's wedding. It was my first chance to tell some extended family about the wedding, while others knew the news already. And everyone asked about three times, "March 27, right?"

So now I want STD's but I don't want to spend a lot of money. So, if I do this, I need to make some decisions. 1) Picture of us or just design? 2) Postcards or something in an envelope? 3) Print myself or have them printed somewhere?

I guess a lot of this will depend on budget and difficulty of design once I get started. And with just over 8 months to go, I think I better get started!

I just set up an alchemy on etsy because I'd love to find something that coordinates with these vintage postcards, which I am planning to use as our invitations (it's one of those DIY's that will probably end up way harder than I'm anticipating!).

Suggestions? Referrals? Did you print your own and regret it?

4 Comments:

Blogger Miss Charleston said...

My STD's (ha!) were made by one of my graphic design students (I hired her to design our std's and invites and programs) and I printed them on VistaPrint (150 of them) and they ended up costing about $20 with shipping. We did postcards because it was easier on postage. All I had to do was address and stamp them.

If you find someone to make you a .jpg of what you want them to look like, you can send them to vistaprint or you can get them done locally (I know a printer who we're using for invitations that is super reasonable).

here are some super cute postcard std's:-) And all the one's i've received for wedding this year have all been postcards.

http://with--this--ring.blogspot.com/2007/11/save-date.html

good luck!!

Monday, July 13, 2009 8:56:00 AM  
Blogger sK said...

we used a picture of ourselves and with the help from powerpoint, added text to it and saved it as a jpeg which we emailed out. we used shutterfly to print a few of them for those w/o email, but i think the whole thing cost us $12 and a couple hours of time...

Monday, July 13, 2009 9:15:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Chevy Chase said...

I agree with Miss Charleston that postcards are probably the most economical (unless you do an email STD - I've seen some really cute videos). They are cheap to print at vistaprint, overnightprints, etc and postage is cheaper. Also, you can upload an address list to those sites and they will print the addresses on the postcards and mail them for you, if you don't have time to address them yourself.
We decided to send postcard STDs to the OOTs and the people we really want at our wedding (so we're saving $ by not sending them to our parents random but must-be-invited friends), and we wanted something they could put on their fridge or whatever so they'd see the STD periodically and think of us.

Monday, July 13, 2009 9:19:00 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Why not just do an email? That's what we did, and except for a couple of relatives who don't really use email, everyone else received it with no problem. We spent $10 to have a woman on etsy design a fantastic card that she sent us as a jpg file, and we attached it to the email. (We also included the critical info -- date, location, contact -- in the body of the email in case anyone had difficulty with the attachment.) It was super easy and we saved a ton of money.

Monday, July 13, 2009 11:34:00 AM  

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