What we love about our save the date postcard is that it’s not necessarily obvious to everyone what it is, but everyone we sent it to loved it regardless. Matt and I met in Baltimore (I’m from NY, he’s from FL, and we met in grad school) so we wanted to somehow incorporate into our wedding the city where we met and spent two years together and with which we fell in love (and in which we fell in love!). The characters on the front are stylized versions of two Baltimore food and drink icons, Mr. Boh (the face of National Bohemian beer) and the Utz Girl (the face of Utz chips). The two were prominently featured in a billboard in Baltimore in which he was proposing to her, and it was so well-loved by everyone in Baltimore that it stayed up for nearly two years. Matt and I decided we wanted to use that billboard as our save the date, and my dear friend Amy, who is a graphic designer, reinterpreted the billboard into what you see here; we got them printed through VistaPrint for next to nothing. On the back, we included the two characters in their original forms from the billboard and also a link to our website, on which we explained to our friends and family who are not familiar with Baltimore – which is most of them – who those characters are and why we used them on our save the dates. I love when save the dates are fun and unrelated to the actual wedding invitation, so I had to go that route with ours!
[image from Roopa]
Here are my Save-the-Dates, designed by the amazing Erica Miller at Thoughtful Day. Erica worked with pictures of our venues–an art deco movie theater (ceremony) and a 19th century church turned event space (reception.) The “church” has some taxidermy in it, and Erica did a fantastic job of capturing the vibe of our impending Central PA wedding! People FLIPPED OUT when they got these babies in the mail… Erica’s wonderful, and I can’t wait to see our finished invites!
[images from Alison]
I did these on Illustrator and printed and cut them myself. I also used gray A9 envelopes from papersource (where I got that neat embosser) which I lined with a photo of us from our engagement session with Punam Bean ( see here http://www.punambean.com/blog/?p=279). I was going to do custom stamps
but did not like the price so I was excited that the ‘love’ series stamp from the USPS worked well on the gray envelope. My last addition were the moo stickers which sealed the envelope in lieu of licking the glue – we did not want people to use a letter opener so you could see our lovely lining.
[images from Courtney]
Let me begin by saying that I LOVE your blog. I got engaged in February, and Brooklyn Bride inspired me to start my own blog. You have so many great vendor recommendations for folks in New York, and I was having trouble finding unique vendors where I live in San Diego, so I started blogging about it.
Anyway, my fiance and I just got our save-the-dates ordered from a fantastic designer in Seattle, Tere Mendez at Inkfancy. I know I’m a little biased, but I think they are amazing. Jeff & I have been together for 8 years, and we are trying to design a wedding that is elegant but still fun and with the atmosphere of a real, fun party. I think our save-the-dates totally communicate all of that!
[image from Candice]
I think the pictures really captured our personalities quite well – our photographer, Jocelyn Mathewes (www.studiomathewes.com) was awesome. We did an engagement shoot with her in an old movie theater
in Baltimore – the space was really fun and fit the art deco theme we are trying to incorporate into our wedding. We had a great time taking the pictures and had tons to choose from when trying to decide
what to use as a save the date. We sent the save the dates as a postcard, so the pictures are labeled front and back. The blank space on the back is where we wrote in people’s addresses. I hope you enjoy them!
[images from Shauna]