Chapter 13: Weddings and Events by Jenny

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Monday, January 24, 2011

{D.I.Y. Save the Dates}

Save the Dates are becoming increasingly creative and, often, homemade.  Here are some of my favorite ideas for Save the Dates:

1.  Take a picture (professional or self-shot) and create a postcard using your own computer or a photo upload site (shutterfly, vista prints, snapfish, wedding paper divas, etc.).  This allows you to make your postcard or image, exactly the way you want it.  Add a calendar, a cute phrase, information, etc.

2.  Photo Booth save the dates.  This can be done a number of ways.  You could actually hold up signs with the pertinent info in a real photo booth, or you could take separate pictures and create your own photo strip using a photo editing program. These can also be made into magnets (you can buy magnetic strips at any craft store.
3.  Creative paper.  I love colored paper and shaped paper.  Even better, is when it is in a translucent envelope.  Fill an envelope with papers in your various wedding colors an each with a different piece of information and/or picture.  Try scalloped, circled, rectangular, square, and heart shaped papers.  This can easily be done by purchasing colored cardtock, printing from your computer and using a paper punch.
4.  Ticket stub or vintage fold out.  There is a vintage craze occuring right now, which offers so many great Save the Date options.  I love the ticket stub idea and even used it for part of my reception program.  Check out some of the templates at  Creating paper that folds out creatively is also a fun way to send information.

5. Techological Announcements.  Are you a movie buff or a music fan?  Create a playlist of your fave songs, burn them on a CD, make a unique Save the Date label and send each guest their own disc!  Or, create a video announcement to send via DVD. Check out this website:

6.  OK.  I love this one, but it is not for everyone.  Check out the World's Smallest Postal Service.  I found this at :  Very unique!
Get creative and show your personality with save the dates!

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