Save the Dates Parte Dos: The Reveal

As you might recall, I had quite the ambitious idea for our Save the Dates. The most intimidating factor to me was the actual print-at-home process. Fortunately, I had lots of practice with that. The other barrier that stood in my way was finding a company who could print on balloons…affordably. After lots of Googling (and emailing to make sure that some companies were still in business…some weren’t), I discovered Extra Twist Custom Balloon Printing. They were an absolute joy to work with, mostly because of their excellent communication. I emailed the printer our desired balloon text as a jpeg, and we went back and forth about font choices and so on. She was very careful to ensure that I created a design that would produce a high-quality print. I really appreciated that. After about three weeks, a box of deflated, printed balloons showed up on our doorstep. Sister Lioness was in town visiting, so I recruited her for help and we got to work.

Materials:

A printer that has the ability to adjust according to paper size (look for an envelope feature)

The first thing I did was print out the envelopes. My printer was a little temperamental about this. It only worked if I hand fed each one, one at a time. Even then, it was problematic at times.

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Other times, it was beautiful.

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I then printed out the cards. The front read, “Hello! Please inflate the balloon.” It then listed our wedding website on the bottom of the card. The back looked like this:

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We used Wedding Chicks’ template, added our favorite picture from the proposal (in black and white, except for my ring which is an aquamarine), and circled our date in a matching aquamarine. With the help of the Weddingbee Boards, I was able to identify these fonts as Monterey BT and EcuyerDAX, both of which are available for free on dafont. I downloaded these fonts, used them on the front of the card and the envelope, and I plan to use them on our invitations, programs, menus, etc.

Sister Lioness then used the corner punch to round out the edges of the cards.

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Then, I embossed a little balloon on each envelope. Side note: embossing totally intimidated me, but the lady at Paper Source convinced me that it wasn’t scary and I’m SO GLAD she did.

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While I was embossing, Sister Lioness finished up the cards. Now while you read this last part, you have to sing it to the tune of a certain SNL Digital Short. Ready, go!

Step One: Punch some holes in the card.

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Two: Thread your twine though that card.

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Three: Attach a balloon to that card.

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It’s a balloon on a card! Ooooo! Okay, I’m done singing inappropriate things. Here is the final product!

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{all personal photos}

So were our guests as psyched about these as we were? Stay tuned to find out!

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Mrs. Lioness

Location:
Atlanta
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 1:58 pm

    Ahhhh!!! These are amazing!!!!

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    bridecat 355 posts, Helper bee @ 2:04 pm

    haha that SNL digital short is classic!
    OK looove the balloon idea…well done!!

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    aruka11 619 posts, Busy bee @ 2:09 pm

    Love, love, LOVE these! So cute and creative!

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    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:12 pm

    Wow, these are so freaking adorable!! Love them!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:16 pm

    Supercute, I wanna see the balloon!!

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    HisOctBride 26 posts, Newbee @ 2:21 pm

    WOW! I love this i think I might take it and change it a little bit for my goddaughters birthday invitations!

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    Swiss Miss to Bee 1004 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:25 pm

    haha, very cute :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:28 pm

    So Awesome!

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    msatl07 34 posts, Newbee @ 2:43 pm

    OMG! I bet we went to the same Paper Source in Virginia Highlands?!?!?! They got me on the emobossing kick too and their clearance rack is AMAZING!!!

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    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:45 pm

    Wow!! Those turned out amazing!! They look GREAT!! Love them!!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    OMG what a great idea!

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    Violet Violet 985 posts, Busy bee @ 3:07 pm

    Wow–so cute!

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    rachspiegel 16 posts, Newbee @ 3:50 pm

    Not to burst your bubble, um balloon, but did you send out latex balloons? I have several relatives with a severe latex allergy. If they received a save the date in the mail and opened it to find a latex balloon they would have an allergic reaction… just something to be aware of.

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    KayMeiBee 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:07 pm

    You left us in suspense! What did you end up printing on the balloons??

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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 8:03 pm

    @HisOctBride: That’s a great idea! Post pictures on the boards when you do :)

    @msatl07: Yes! Love them. I also love any excuse to play in the Highlands.

    @rachspiegel: Ha love the balloon pun ;) The thought actually did cross my mind, and I asked around to make sure it wouldn’t be an issue. If any of you are thinking of doing something similar but you know you have wedding guests who have latex allergies, I believe some balloon companies make natural rubber balloons. Might be worth looking into!

    @KayMeiBee: You’ll see…

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:14 pm

    Those are so great!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:23 pm

    Adorable!

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:37 pm

    Love this!!! What a unique idea!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:26 am

    Omg amazing post! I wanna see the ballon all inflated! Your STDs are amazing!

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    Save the Dates Parte Tres: The Love | Weddingbee, Guest @ 10:15 am

    [...] we got about these Save the Dates! People got such a kick out of them! As you may recall, Sister Lioness helped me make them and even she was psyched to get hers! She and her BF even did a little photo shoot to show their [...]

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:55 am

    Those are soooo cute!!

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    jules 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:21 pm

    So original and adorable! Love it!

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    Lauren, Guest @ 10:32 pm

    I am havng such a hard time with the file from wedding chick’s. How did you edit the file? And I love love love the save the date.
    Lauren

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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 4:20 pm

    @Lauren: Unfortunately, I’m reeeally not too tech savvy but I’ll do my best to try to explain what the heck I did! I have a Mac, so I used Pages from iLife. I inserted the file into a word processing document (as an image I guess?)…the circle around our date was just a circle shape that I made transparent. Then, I grouped both of those images together so that I could resize the whole thing as I needed to. You could probably do the same thing with Word if you needed to. PM me if you need more help. Good luck! :)

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    Inspiration for the Invitations | Weddingbee, Guest @ 2:30 pm

    [...] we could save money and still have something beautiful if we went the DIY route, like we did for our Save the Dates. Sister Lioness offered to design something fabulous and we planned to print it at home using our [...]

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    Lioness Invitations: The Breakdown | Weddingbee, Guest @ 6:30 pm

    [...] had already bought many of these materials for our Save the Dates. After subtracting those previous purchases, the grand total we spent on our invitations was [...]

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    a4020090, Guest @ 7:29 am

    I’ve said that least 4020090 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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    Love is Where We Are: Balloonity | Weddingbee, Guest @ 11:45 am

    [...] probably wondering why everyone was looking to their right. Remember that balloon from our Save the Dates? Our photographer brought his along so that we could take these [...]

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