Broke-Ass Tag: save the date

6/22

Affiliate Disclaimer NewDisclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we have a fairly large guest list (180+!), and most of them have to travel to attend our wedding, we decided that it was worth it to spend a little dough to make it officially official. Plus, I love getting save the dates! I’ve seen several people say that it just gives invited guests even longer to come up with an excuse to not attend the wedding, but that has never even crossed my mind. To me, it’s a great little peek into what a couple has planned, and I love seeing them on my fridge all cute and happy and filled with love.

Once Russel and I agreed on sending them, I started thinking of ways to keep it cheap. My mom and I love to craft, so I knew we’d do the bulk of the work. I wanted something carnival-y to really set the tone, so I started looking on Etsy for a printable that I liked. Once I found one that looked like a carnival ticket, I knew it was perfect. Before I contacted the seller, I actually scoured the web for envelopes that were the right size and also a fun color. I wanted pink or aqua, which narrowed my choices considerably. The best option wasn’t quite right, size-wise, but I went ahead and bought them knowing we could change the size of the ticket if need be. Envelopes: check ($21). When I finally contacted the Etsy seller, I asked her if she could adjust the size of the ticket to compensate. It was super simple, and $20 later we had our customized save the date ready to print. It couldn’t have been easier. We took them to Office Max to print, and with the help of a coupon, we paid less than $30 for 150 of our cute little tickets.

I had to pick up a few other random things, like the giant paper trimmer Russel borrowed from his office, and hot pink gel pens (middle school flashback), and then it was time for a weekend visit at my parent’s house so we could finish them up. The aqua envelopes and pink pens actually looked really great together, but I decided I wanted a little more pop on the front. Using our personalized address stamp, I embossed 100+ envelopes. It took forever, but I am really glad I did it. Apparently people don’t know what embossing is, so when they see it, it looks super fancy and impressive. If you are one of those people — embossing is simple. I stamped the envelope with our address stamp, covered it with embossing powder and then used an embossing gun (an easy to use heat tool) to melt the powder. It becomes shiny and 3D after it cools, which only takes a few seconds. It really does look awesome, though, so I was glad other people appreciated it when they saw it.

My mom and I sat around trimming tickets, and then cutting the corners with a corner punch. We stuffed the envelopes, and then she addressed all of them by hand with the Gelly Roll pens. I am sure that was the worst part, so shouts out to her for being the best mom ever. The end result was perfect.

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I’d show ya’ll the envelope, but then the entire internets would know my home address. So no. We got these via Etsy seller JKDesignOrlando.

The trip to the post office for stamps was the most expensive part of our save the dates, which is annoying but also necessary, so what are you gonna do? I actually saved a little, tiny bit on that by hand-delivering as many as possible. Sorry friends, some of you were not worth the cost of a stamp. I love you, though! And your invite will be mailed! Between the customized ticket design, envelopes, printing, gel pens, embossing powder and stamps, I would say we spent about $120.00 total. When I see some of the save the date options online ($$$$), I feel like we did a pretty great job of keeping the cost down. And they are adorable! The response was fantastic, and I’ve even seen a few of the envelopes hanging on fridges right along with the ticket.

I don’t know what it is about save the dates, but it made everything feel really real. We had been planning behind the scenes, and a lot of people knew the date/theme/location, but once those little guys went out, 180 people were on notice that this shindig is happening and that we wanted them there to help us celebrate the happiest day of our lives. Eeeek!

  • 2/23

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewValerie's completed save the date

    If you caught my last post, life has been a little unpredictable lately, right in the midst of preparing for an industry talk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and trying to DIY these Save the Dates.

    When I decided to make these myself, I knew that the industry talk was coming, but assumed I’d be able to manage both of those simultaneously. Our unexpected circumstances have absolutely diminished any mental energy I have to complete the Save the Dates. Not to mention, I was way too ambitious about manually stamping the addresses and I mis-judged the amount of materials I need so those are currently en route from Amazon.

    Another issue I’m having is that the ink on the envelopes also ended up a little wonky — I bought samples of the envelopes and cards, as everyone suggests, however, they magically vanished. I remember them sitting on our dining room table, but after that, I have no clue what happened to them. I needed to get started on them, so I just winged it, and hoped for the best. The return address stamp bleeds, and becomes a little illegible. The address stamp pad take FOR-EVERRR to dry, which is fine, but it drastically slows down the process and I can’t leave 40+ Save the Dates laying all over the house.

    addressing save the dates

    I’m definitely not going to say the Save the Dates are a disaster, because they by no means are. I love the way the actual cards themselves came out, and that’s what everyone puts on their refrigerator anyway.

    Real Bride Valerie's Save the Dates

    The envelope is going to get thrown away, so I can get over that. I also found some pretty postage stamps that coordinate well with the elegant/natural/vintage thing we have going on. We hand delivered a Save the Date to both sets of parents, and they seemed to like the way they turned out.

    Valerie found vintage rose stamps to use on her save the dates

    As someone who has always made their own Christmas cards, I thought this was going to be a breeze. I also thought this was going to be a major money-saver, which I can say that it absolutely has not. I think if I could start again, I would’ve left the card the same, but simplified the addressing on the envelopes. I procrastinated pretty hardcore on my industry talk preparation (which was presented Saturday, btw) and it left me scrambling this past week, pushing back any work on the Save the Dates. If you’re going to DIY, keep it simple!

    Any other BABs have DIY struggles?

  • 1/26

    save_the_date

    Our first official wedding correspondence is going out in a week or two (as soon as I get around to DIY-ing them) -- our Save the Dates. Everyone we’re close to knows that we’re getting married. It shouldn’t be a secret or surprise to anyone when they arrive in the mail. It’s also not as if our wedding and getting married doesn’t already seem real;…

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    1/22

    Wedding Paper Divas Warmly Written Save the Date

    It's been said that invitations set the tone for your wedding, but Save the Dates serve an entirely different function. They don't have to be anything like the invitations and can be personalized in so many ways -- whether you want to include a photo from your engagement session, tell the story of how y'all met or you just want to be mysterious while also…

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    1/22

    Hey everyone! Remember back when I showed you a teaser for our engagement pictures? My friends at Traynor's Photography gave me the rest of our pictures over the weekend! And, just like us, our pictures are goofy, ranging from mildly silly ... ... to completely ridiculous. We chose to use a fun picture for our Paperless Post save the date, also. Why not have a little…

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  • 7/23

    One of the things I notice about wedding planning is the amazing accrual of stuff -- from planners to printouts to swatches, you have stuff that you're toting around to various meetings, fittings and brunch with the ladies. It would certainly be nice to have a place designated just for wedding stuff, because everything should have a place, right? Etsy seller Digital Printsess makes sturdy,…

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    5/19

    invitediy copy

    I am admittedly not the craftiest beaver on the block; and it's true, many a craft has beaten my ass to the ground and screamed in my face "Martha Schmartha, yo!" But that doesn't, for some reason probably linked to estrogen and my passion for all things glittered, squelch my lofty craft ambitions and attempts at greatness. Or, more accurately, attempts at not-complete-failure. I used to be…

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    2/28

    People are so darn busy lately that save the dates are becoming necessary to remind them that yes, they do have plans the third week of August, and not only do they have plans, but they have GREAT plans. A beautiful, vibrant save the date makes people excited about your wedding every time they see it, and there's no better place to get custom save…

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  • 11/5

    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…

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