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I always knew I wanted to design my own save the dates. It’s the first impression people have of your wedding, so I wanted it to be fun an unique. Plus if I messed it up, it’s just a save the date right ? I could redeem myself on the invites-if I’m brave enough to DIY those’-let’s mark that one TBD.

I wanted our save the dates to reflect both us and our wedding. So for the “us” part, I went with an engagement photo. Simple. I used Photoshop to edit one of our engagement photos, and then imported it into Adobe Illustrator where I designed the rest of the invite. To represent our wedding I used our colors, blush and sage, and incorporated desert flowers and cactus, to represent- you got it- the desert, where we are getting married.  I ended up finding some graphics I liked via Creative Market. If you haven’t checked out CM, now’s the time my friends. It’s like the mother ship of graphics and fonts. Heaven. So I bought some fonts and graphics and got to work. Not going to lie, it took a long time. Longer than it should have due to my newbie Illustrator skills (or lack thereof). But hey, practice makes perfect. And practice I did. Let’s just say that I watched a lot of YouTube videos.

Once I perfected finished my design, I researched all sorts of paper options for price and quality. There are soo many options out there and it took a while to educate myself on all of the different types and weight of paper- who knew paper could be so complicated? If you ever decide to print invites, all I can say is get samples. Some places will send them for free and some charge a few bucks, but if you are going to be printing something special you need to see what it is going to look like! After lots of research I ended up going with Got Print. They sent a free paper package and the “14pt Gloss Coated Cover” paper was perfecto. I wanted some gloss because of the photo, but not so glossy that it looked cheap. This worked. AND it was a great price.  I paid five bucks extra to get rounded corners, because well, I like rounded corners. The ordering was easy and from order to delivery I think it was 4 days until they arrived. Quick shipping and the quality was great.  I  can definitely recommend Got Print.

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Once I got the save the dates in hand I headed to PaperSource to get some envelopes. I knew they would be more expensive than buying envelopes online, but I wanted to do a fun matchy color, and since I saved so much by printing my own I decided to “splurge” on envelopes. I know, Steve thought I was silly too! I ended up getting A7 envelopes in “sage”. They run $4.25 for 10, which is expensive for envelopes, but the quality is great and I was able to put them through my printer at home with no issues. Yes, I printed the addresses. You would too if you saw my handwriting :)

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For the return address I designed a stamp and used it on the back of each envelope. It worked well but they took forever to dry- I had envelopes spread all over our apartment for 24 hours until they stopped smearing!

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I finished them off with some white rose stamps and dropped them at the post office! I had a lot of fun making these, and all in all it ended up being an easy and inexpensive option. Here is the quick cost breakdown:

Project Cost (100 Save the Dates)

Creative Market Graphics:            $   9.00

Printing:                                            $ 49.41

Envelopes:                                         $ 42.50

Stamps:                                              $ 49.00

Total Cost:                                      $149.91

If you want to save even more money, you can always do post cards and skip the envelopes AND save on postage. Now about those invites… hmm…

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 love and candy,

lindsay