Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{wedding wednesday} save the dates.

good morning! i have held off doing a wedding post for awhile for several reasons, 1.) laziness, i kept forgetting to take pictures of our finished save the dates, and 2.) i am torn on how much of the final wedding details i want to share with everyone before the wedding. here is a glimpse into our save the dates, that were dropped in the mail a few weeks ago.  they came out just like we wanted, both budget friendly and classic.

we purchased our save the dates from minted, an online stationary company which i came across in one of my MANY wedding magazines.  we wanted to keep our invitations timeless and classic, so after ordering 30+ samples, we settled on cheree berry paper's "charming go lightly" design in magenta, to go with the pink peonies that will be throughout our wedding.

the save the dates, came with the save the date card, and a stock white envelope which we opted to upgrade to the silver envelope (seen below, sorry the sheen didn't photograph well).

on the envelopes i used a custom stamp i bought of the emilie friday's calligraphy esty shop. i highly recommend this shop, even after my first stamp got lost in the mail thanks to hurricane irene, they promptly sent a new one which came very fast. for ink i used a Colorbox Archival Ink Pad in "wicked black".  after doing some research i found archival ink is smudge proof and quick drying which seemed like the best choice. you can find colorbox ink pads at most craft stores.

sorry as much as i love everyone, was not trying to share our address with the world, but you get the idea.

after some much debate over magnets, matt and i decided, that we were not magnet people. but we did want to incorporate our engagement photos into our save the dates, especially for those friends and family who may not have met one of us. so we opted to include a wallet size photo, with the save the dates sent to our immediate families, family friends, or people who may not have met matt or me. we did not include photos with the save the dates. for our close friends who see us all the time and would have little use for a wallet size photo of us, we decided to spare you, with pictures of us (we realize not everyone loves having photos of us, as hard as that is to believe : ).  here are the two versions:

save the date with photo. after lots of trips to michael's and testing how to best secure the photos to the save the date, this is the final product. i was obsessed with them (details below on where i got all the materials).

save the date without photo:

some more details:

Save the dates and envelopes: Minted
Glassine Envelopes for photos: Arte Stamps on Etsy
Silver Ribbon: The Paper Source
Custom Address Stamp: emilie friday's calligraphy on Etsy
Archival Ink in "wicked black": babyjewels on Etsy

by the way, i never realized how hard it is to take pictures of stationary, getting the color right seemed impossible, hopefully i will perfect it for our invitations! enjoy!

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