One of the perks of marrying a talented artist is that you can design all of your wedding stationery in-house (at least, that’s a perk to me–not sure how R. will feel at the end of this process). Our save-the-dates have officially been mailed, so I wanted to share a little about the process for those of you who might be taking on a similar project…
Let me start of by saying that although the theme of our wedding is basically GIANT PARTY–and I can expand on that later–I have some very specific ideas about how I want it to look, which extend into our invitations and save-the-dates.
Our venue is an old home in Winter Park, so there’s an inherent historical/vintage vibe there already, and I wanted to honor that with the design of our save-the-dates. Luckily, I didn’t have to think too much about how to do it: I had a map of Winter Park circa 1908 (how’s that for vintage?) hanging in my living room. It had belonged to my grandmother, who passed away in 2011, so it means a lot to me.
“Can we shrink this down and make a postcard?” I asked R., and the answer was yes, so we did. He scanned the map, cleaned up the colors, removed a few, uh, interesting historical references, and then added a white border. On the front, we added “Save the Date” in a swirly, scripty font; on the back we included some very basic information–you know, date, location, etc. Once they were done–and approved by our mothers–we used VistaPrint to print them, and I’m quite happy with the quality; we upgraded our paper stock choice for a few dollars more, so it’s thicker than the standard option (the card feels sturdy in my hand), and both the map and the text are clear and readable.
I should also note here that I have very strong feelings about fonts. I really wanted to use Archer for the type on the back of the card (and we did), and I agonized over the script on the front. It ended up working out perfectly, and R. was amazingly patient and kind about the whole thing, but I have another very specific vision in mind for the actual formal invitation–it involves paint and hand-lettering, or as close to hand-lettering as I can get with a font–so we’ll see how that goes. (Can you hear him screaming in fear?)
Oh, and a pro tip for you: If you’re sending save-the-date postcards, make sure to get postcard stamps. They’re cheaper than regular ones and really, who doesn’t want to save a few cents (especially when you’re wedding planning)?
If you have any questions about our save-the-dates–or how we finally figured out our guest list (which has been the most stressful part of the whole wedding-planning thing so far) so we could actually send them–please ask away. I’m no pro, but I’m happy to answer!
P.S. A story I wrote about local Sarasota weddings, if you’re in the mood for more marriage stuff.