DIY Wedding: Save The Dates for $130

Luckily, I have some experience with Photoshop and have been able to get a jump-start on our wedding graphics.   Don’t laugh, there are A LOT of graphics involved in a wedding and it’s the one thing I can work on that is free.  Making them look really professional is the key to making your wedding look less DIY and more like you hired someone!

We will personalize our wine bottles so no one has to know EXACTLY what brand we bought...;-)

We are saving a lot of money by designing and making our own Save The Dates, invitations and wedding day signage and labels.

Rough design for our wedding favor labels. We will hand write each guest's name and tie a balsa wood glider to the top with table assignments on them. These will serve as favors AND escort cards!

Design for picnic blanket and table number signs. I think I'll print these on a heavy card stock and cut with rounded corners.

Postcard sized Save The Dates are your first way to save a ton of money since the postage is only 28 cents per card.  I realize that not everyone knows how to use Photoshop, but you can always hand stamp or use a fun photo of yourselves if you do want to make your own postcard style Save the Dates.  Here are a few things I learned this week about the rules and regulations for making and sending postcards.

  • 28 cent stamps are for up to 4 1/4 x 6 inch postcards only.
  • No rounded corners and nothing too thick!
  • Use this site to make sure you leave certain areas on the back blank for the post office and that you put your address, return address and stamp in the right spots!
  • Use high quality address labels or full sheet sticky labels that you cut yourself so they don’t get pulled off in the automatic sorter.

We spent about $130 dollars for 130 postcards including all the supplies and postage.  Printing and assembly took about 4 hours.   Not too shabby!!!

OR you could always just pick one of these designs and have them printed for you for about a buck each before postage!

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8 responses to “DIY Wedding: Save The Dates for $130

  1. keldoo

    ADORABLE! Every last bit of it! Nice work.

  2. sallie

    hey — one of your links is broken. will you fix or let me know what it is? for the site that tells you where the stamp/address/etc should go on a postcard. that sounds super useful!
    XO

  3. Marienkafer

    Big thanks for reposting that link. Neither the old or even the new one will work when I click it (just brings me to a generic “buy this domain name” site), but when I manually enter just “overnightprints.com” into my url bar, that works.

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