DIY Lifestyle Wedding

Wedding || Save the Dates

The one thing that Sam and I have tried to stay really mindful about during the wedding planning process is that we wanted to give the people that were going to have to travel internationally as much notice as possible. Which meant that we’ve been a bit ahead of the typical timeline in terms of sending out save the dates. 11 months ahead of time is pretty early on. 

But having traveled back to America for a friend’s weddings, and knowing that it took me a fair bit of time to save up money and organise my schedule for it, I definitely appreciated having been given a similar head’s up. And a lot of my guests are teachers/graduate students/actors, so advanced planning is key to me having my loved ones around me. 

As we are really budget conscious, I decided to make our save the dates myself. I found a free template online and Sam and I took our own engagement photos for them. All you really need to take your own engagement photos is a tripod and a lot of patience with each other. 

After the photos were done and the venue was booked, I did some research online and found some free postcard style Save the Date templates. With a bit of adjusting, I got them exactly to my liking. I then had them printed at StressFreePrint. All I had to do was go online, upload my artwork, size and type of finish (matte vs glossy) and by the end of the week they showed up on my doorstep to be addressed and sent off into the world. 

Here’s a big thank you to C at StressFreePrint, because he was so much help. Their customer service was invaluable and he put up with my myriad of stupid questions and changes. The ease of printing, the final product and all the help they provided gives them a big A* in my book! 
save the dates
save the dates multiple
just us

You may have noticed blurred bits on the front and back of the postcards – that wasn’t a printing error- I’ve just blurred out our personal info like address, and wedding venues because #internetsafety. 

*I received free printing from StressFreePrint in exchange for a review of their services. However, they are so fabulous I’ve already been thinking about getting our formal invitations printed through them as well!* 

What did you DIY in your wedding planning process? 

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  • I love the photos you’ve chosen! They’re great πŸ™‚ postcard style is lovely too, plus saves on envelopes! Alice xx

    • He, thanks so much Alice! Taking out own photos became a fun project for us – we have some hilariously bad ones! xx

  • Aw what a lovely way of doing a save the date! I love that more and more people are diy’ing them it just makes it that much more special!xx

    • Thanks Camila! We want our wedding to be a really awesome, fun day; but not necessarily, the most money we’ve ever spent so the DIYs will continue, I think πŸ™‚ xx

  • They look fantastic! Good for you for creating them yourselves…makes it so special πŸ™‚

  • Those are so cute!!!

  • Thank you so much! Good luck with your 21st this weekend! xxx

  • These look so good Amanda, I can’t believe they were so simple to make! I also love the picture you chose for them, it’s so much nicer than a portrait style one. x

  • What a good idea to DIY them! They look amazing.

  • Gianni Washington

    Your save the dates came out really well! Cute photo ^_^ Making them yourself is a really smart cost-cutting solution. And clearly saving money doesn’t mean losing out on quality.

    • Thank you so much! I mentioned to Cate in a comment above that Sam and I know they aren’t the best engagement photos in the whole world since we took them ourselves in a silly way but it was fun and free- so…. ;D x

  • These are so cute!

  • Can’t believe you took the photo yourself! Looks amazing. I am nowhere near being engaged but I think I would love to DIY pretty much everything when/if I do plan my own wedding.

    • Thank you so much Jessica! It was harder logistically than expected (especially because we don’t have a remote for my camera) but it was a lot of fun! xx

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    This is proper thriftiness, good on you both for taking the pictures yourself. People spend mad money on engagement pictures and such like, cool to see people being sensible haha. You both look lovely in them too πŸ™‚

    Hope everything continues to go smoothly with the planning!

    Cate in the Kitchen

    • Ha! Thanks so much Cate! We both know that they aren’t the best engagement photos of all time, but we had a lot of fun doing them and our family and friends liked them so that’s all that really matters, right? x

  • The cards look amazing and that’s such a lovely and personal picture!

  • I did not do Save The Date cards, because I wanted to keep the wedding small. And nothing keeps it small like asking someone to travel half way around the world for a wedding in 6 weeks. πŸ˜‚

    • Ha! Truth! If I was invited to a wedding in the US in 6 weeks there’s no way I’d be able to go. x

  • Your photo is adorable and I love the postcard idea! I was going to DIY invitations, but then decided I was too lazy and uncreative πŸ™‚

  • That photo is the most adorable of all photos <3

  • So cute! We did ours via e-mail – I know SOOO lame, but we couldn’t trust Russian post haha I would have loved to have a real hard copy though!

    • I think that’s a completely fair reason not to have done it – some things aren’t worth the risk! To be honest, a few of ours went missing in the post – including my mom’s! x

  • This is such an amazing find!!! I’ll have to keep them in mind, I seriously love this idea.

  • Your save-the-date cards are so pretty! They definitely immediately caught my eye when I saw your post pop up on Bloglovin! πŸ™‚

  • They came out so lovely!! I’m loving your blue (purple?) tights there… πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Charlotte! They are a grey-purpley colour. Is there an age at which you can’t wear coloured tights anymore? I hope not! xx

  • Such a great idea – they’re so personal and I bet people will be getting excited already! I got a fab save the date, which featured the couple’s pet guinea pigs dressed in full wedding regalia. πŸ˜€

  • Thank you so much Saskia! If it’s going to save us money, I don’t mind putting in a bit of extra effort! x

  • Yay! Super cute!

  • Hey! Look at you two! Totally official!!! Congrats.

  • So cute!! We also used postcards for save the dates (so much cheaper!) and I DIY’ed the invitations, favors, centerpieces and guestbook (which wasn’t actually book but a piece of wood for guests to “log in” hahaha). We also had almost NO decorations, which was really nice both effort-wise and money-wise. πŸ™‚

  • I am super happy about your early save-the-dates. Being able to know the date so early means I am planning a month long trip over to explore more of England. IAMSOEXCITED!! xxxx

    • Maybe you will become a Northern convert and never want to live in the South again. Or maybe you’ll plan a trip to Edinburgh (not that far away) and find a Scottish husband with an ancient family dwelling, family whisky distillery and a massive dog. (That happens, right?) x

      • Oh man STOP LOOKING AT MY DREAM BOARD. Which is basically Outlander. Have you read/seen that? I mean…I actually haven’t read or watched the show, but that’s what I imagine it’s about. Except with more sex than my innocent brain can fathom … πŸ˜‰ xx

        • I haven’t read or watched it but my mom is ALL about it and says its real sexy… πŸ˜‰ Gross x

  • These look absolutely fantastic Amanda! Well done on DIYing them – the photos you took for your engagement are so perfect too! I think you can easily DIY looks of elements for your wedding and it really helps with the budget too! xx

  • Aww, your save the dates are so lovely and professional looking and you two look gorgeous! Such an excellent way to save money for the big day πŸ™‚ xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  • Ala

    I know I’m late to the party in commenting on this but hey, better late than never! These are so lovely anddddddd it’s given me food for thought hehehe! x