A great place to begin personalizing your wedding is with the save the dates; while wedding stationery is often quite formal, save the dates give you the freedom to be a bit more quirky and fun. Now, you don’t need to send save the dates–depending on how soon you’re getting married, and the number of people you’re planning on inviting, they might be an unnecessary expense. However, if you’re six months or more out from your wedding date and you’re planning on inviting a number of people from out of town, save the dates are a great way to ask your friends and family to keep you in mind as they make plans for both the time and expense of travel. It’s also a great place to include your wedding website information if you’d rather not include it on the formal invitations. I know that as soon as I receive a save the date, I tack it up on the fridge so as not to forget–and looking at any of the following save the dates would make me smile every single time.
Dana’s friends Ben and Renee just made these adorable Save the Dates based on some of their favorite movies, with a little help from their friends:
When it came to STDs, (insert sixth grade level laugh here), Zach and I didn’t feel the need to be fancy. While I certainly appreciate the beautiful, ornate paper STDs and invites out there, they just didn’t strike me as a must-have item. Plus, we loved the idea of going paperless! Sending the majority of our STDs and invites via email will save trees and save us money! Some may still think it’s iffy, from an etiquette point of view, but as you’ve probably realized by now, we don’t really bow to tradition very much.
To make our STD, all I did was use GIMP photo editing software (Photoshop’s free, downloadable twin) to add text to a cool picture of us taken at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia. I downloaded the awesome fonts for free too! (Check out dafont.com for free fabulous fonts!) I’m no photo-editing wizard, but I think they turned out pretty well for the amazingly low price tag of $0!
To send these out, we just attached the photo to an email titled “Save the Date!” and then wrote a short personal note to the invitee in the body of each email. I think it added a nice intimate touch!
Did anyone else send out e-STDs or e-vites? Would you like receiving an e-vite for a wedding, or would you think it was tacky?