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!
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?