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Save The Date DIY

In an idea world, the wedding experts say we should send the save-the-date card to our guests approximately six months in advance. Well, we tried…haha, but we are at the five month mark and I’m okay with that. Most of our guests are from the Boulder area so we have been actively spreading the word. But now it’s official…and let’s take a look.

I gave Annie a few save-the-date format options and she ultimately chose a ‘story’ format which relies on different fonts to highlight little snippets from her love story with Kevin and to announce the wedding date.

Ta-Da!! Lots of blood, sweat and tears were expended on this simple project but we produced a save-the-date that we are proud of – complete with a card created from my Photoshop Elements, lined envelope with Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 116 chosen by Annie (which of course I needed to Google and  translate) and beautifully hand-addressed envelopes my sister Megan (the MOB) skillfully penned with gold calligraphy ink.


Save-The-Date created with gold foil

When I tilt the photo you can see the gold shine of the text.


Sparkle of the gold foil

Here’s a quick run-down of the card making supplies…

  • antique gold 5×7 card stock (A7) for background. I wanted a double-matted look.  Paper Source here
  • slate envelope (A7) also from the Paper Source here
  • white card stock 110lb on which text is printed. Staples
  • paper for envelope liner from Michael’s. I chose a paper with a bit of shimmer since we have a metallic color palette. I used this how-to guide from TheBudgetSavvyBride.com to create the liner. here
  • free fonts from Dafont.com to create my text.  here
  • double-sided tape to adhere white printed card to gold background card. Must be ‘permanent’ and not ‘removable’. Can find tape at an office supply store such as Staples.
  • gold calligraphy ink for addressing envelope from Laura Hooper Calligraphy on-line shop here
  • calligraphy pen – Megan already owned a pen but you can find them in art supply aisles of craft stores or Laura Hooper’s on-line shop
  • gold laminating foil here.  roll size 8″ x 100′
  • laminator. here

The biggest stumbling block was the need to have the text be a metallic gold. Talk about stress! I priced out having the cards professionally printed with gold metallic ink. Ouch! Approx $400 to print 85 white cards – and that does not include the gold border stock, liner and envelopes.

So I looked to Google for answers and I found a scrapbook artist Jennifer McGuire of JenniferMcGuireInk.com – who I think walks on water now :)  As she explains, two things are critical for transfering gold foil…

#1 – your black and white artwork must be printed from a laser printer not inkjet. If you don’t have one, then print your original artwork from an inkjet printer and take that artwork to a copy center that uses laser printers – very simple solution. I went to the local Staples and they made copies of my original.

#2 – you need a laminator. I purchased an inexpensive model from Staples for $27 here.  I love it. It is small, easy to use and can be tucked away easily between uses. Now I’m ready for this year’s badge-making for student council election :)

I’m attaching Jennifer’s how-to video here because it is very thorough. She demonstrates 5 ways to add metallic gold  to your projects. Jump to minute 11:28 and you can view the step-by-step process I used.  It’s easy and works!

Our costs for the paper products:                   Cost for mechanics:

  • Envelope –              .43                              Laminator   $ 27
  • Gold Stock –           .21                              Gold Foil     $ 19 (used 1/2 roll)
  • Wh. Card Stock –   .01                              Gold Ink      $ 22
  • Liner –                     .05

TOTAL                  .70/ per card                         TOTAL           $ 68

.70 x 85 cards = $60 + $68 (mechanics) = $128 GRAND TOTAL

Now that’s a savings!!

I must confess though…I am a member of AmazonPrime which allows for two-day free shipping. I pay $100 per year for this service. But, now I don’t hesitate to order what I need from Amazon instead of driving around Cape Cod looking for the product. Makes my life much easier and I have shipped far more than $100 worth in just two short months of being a member.

Our next challenge is the invitation :)

Comments welcome.

Save The Date

Time to think about a save-the-date card.  The norm is to send the save-the-date six months out from the wedding date. Since Annie’s wedding is during the holidays, we will begin to create and pop them in the mail by June for our January 2nd wedding.

Remember, we are on a budget so we are not running to the local stationer and ordering our save-the-dates. But Auntie Kate loves making paper goods so this won’t be any heavy lifting.

A postcard is the least expensive option with a $.39 cent stamp but it’s always nice to receive mail intact so we will use an envelope to carry our message. Therefore, we will be mindful in our design, weight and envelope size so that we do not exceed the next level of postage which is $.49 cents.

I’ve pulled some pictures from the internet to get Annie thinking. No one card answers my aesthetic needs but there are elements within each that are interesting and can be worked into our ultimate save-the-date design.

Ok Annie, here we go…

1. Fun. Since Annie wants a photo booth, this photo strip save-the-date has potential but good photos are critical to its success. I’d like to see some of the traditional elements added such as the ‘location’ of the wedding.


2.  Cute and simple. Again, the key here is to have a really great picture for reproduction and I’m not talking a selfie, Annie.

etsy – MinkCards

3. Engaging. The scratch-off concept immediately engages the recipient and could be made into something fun.

Etsy – CricketPrinting

4.  Visual Surprise. I love the 3-dimensional aspect of this pop-up card below. It’s fun, young and visually entertaining. A great DIY project.


5.  Annie’s job title is actually a ‘matchmaker’ so this box of matches is fun! but would eat into our budget both in creating and postage to send a box.

BUT, we could take the save-the-date calendar card (pictured right), give it a metallic face-lift with gold/silver stock and ink, tie gold-tipped match sticks into our metallic twine, and incorporate the words “sparks are going to fly” .  Just brainstorming….

photo via inspiringpretty.com

photo via inspiringpretty.com

Etsy – LoveofCreating








6.  I love announcements, invites, ceremony programs, etc…  that share little quips about the couple. It engages me and satisfies my need to know the “back-story”.


7.  Vintage Glam. Somehow this woman reminds me of Annie :) I like how graphically simple and visually bold this card is. Swap out the red palette with our metallics, give it double-thickness card stock to add substance, and place an ever-so-small speck of reflective angel dust on the diamond illustration.

Vintage Wedding Posters, by Alexander & Co


OK Annie…has this opened any creative doors for you? There is no one right answer. Instead, what card has elements that are reflective of your wedding vision?

Comments are always welcome.

Hanging Decor

I love chandelier decor at a wedding so I randomly searched it up on the internet and found these great DIY chandeliers. Take a look Annie!

A little spray paint goes a long way. The secret to this chandelier is the quantity of bead strands. This is a case where more is better.

DIY from the Dollar Store

Who knew mason jars could be this pretty. This chandelier is perfect for a rustic wedding. How to glam-up a wagon wheel. I love it!

DIY crystal garland and mason jars hung from a wagon wheel

Ribbon chandeliers provide movement…

DIY with ribbon streamers

Pretty organic chandelier with flowers and dripping jewels…

chandelier with fresh flowers and hanging votives

 For those brides who like butterflies…

DIY butterfly chandelier

Love this !  A bit of industrial chic mixed with pretty.

DIY paper chandelier

DIY paper chandelier

Delicate chandelier made from beads…

DIY delicate beaded flower chandelier

May need to entertain crafting one of these beauties for Annie’s wedding…

Your thoughts or comments welcome.

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