2/29 Real Save the Date: Ashley’s DIY and Yummy Teacher-Inspired Project

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Happy Leap Day, Broke-Asses! Since this is kind of an odd day out, we’re going to take a break from our regularly scheduled weddings and engagements to bring you a very Broke-Ass Save the Date from the lovely Ashley. She channeled her and her husband’s professions as inspiration and used her money-conscious mind to dream up these babies. Take it away, ladyface!

Real Save the Date: Ashley's DIY and Yummy Teacher-Inspired Project

Since my fiance and I are both teachers, we have sprinkled tiny little “teachery” elements into our wedding planning such as these save the dates, schoolhouse chairs and personalized pencils as party favors. We love our jobs, our students and each other very much, so why not highlight that with our wedding!?

I got my inspiration for our save the dates from things I already had around the house. I think I saw the heart apples on Pinterest, but pairing them with the books and chalkboard was my idea. As far as the emailing them out decision, that was all my fiance. He had NO preconceived notions of “wedding etiquette,” which has turned out to be pretty helpful. When I mention something like “we need to go buy $50 worth of stamps for our save the dates,” he replies “what is a save the date?” His obliviousness to all “do-it-because-everyone-does-it-that-way” wedding issues has really helped me to think about things. So, we decided to email our save-the-dates. It was FREE, people could click on our wedding website link, and it was FREE.

To make this scene, I used cookie cutters on the apples, a window chalkboard and old books. I then took pictures of it and created a collage in Picasa.

We are both secondary teachers in East Tennessee. We are having small ceremony in the forest where we got engaged, but are meeting up with all of our friends and extended family at a barn dance later that evening.

Thank you so much for sharing this, Ashley! Please come back and share you wedding and/or engagement pictures with us!! And congratulations!

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  • This is super cute! My boyfriend and I are also both school teachers, and I like the idea of incorporating the profession!

    • Incorporating common interests really helps make your event personal. My husband and I met on karaoke night, he proposed on karaoke night, we karaoked at our bachelor/ette parties and had an impromptu karaoke sesh at our reception.

      As teachers, I'm sure there's a bajillion ways to incorporate it! *gears in my head spinning*