Saving the Date

Having sent our save the dates means that we’re really, super, completely getting married and we’re going to have some guests there to watch it happen! Yay!

Our save the dates are really pretty simple. Probably in February or so, McGlovin saw a deal for Vistaprint on LivingSocial—something like $70 worth of printing for $17. Always a deal lover, he bought a few of them and then I read the fine print and realized that the deal was only good for the next 90 days. Under no circumstances did I ever plan to order our invitations or anything a full seven months before our wedding, so I pushed it out of my mind for exactly two and a half months. (I also never planned to order invitations from a mass printer like Vistaprint. This wedding has led me to agree to many things I never would have pictured myself agreeing to.)

Anyway, two weeks before the deal was due to expire, Mr. G and I sat down on the couch to select a design. Full disclosure: I threw a complete temper tantrum when he insisted we order our invitations from Vistaprint. I love paper, I love design, I love the tiny personal touches that brides are able to use when they don’t use a mass printer, and I had originally loved the idea of one of my best friends designing them. I was so incredibly opposed to Vistaprint and insisted that everything would look awful and not at all like the beautiful, classy wedding we were trying to throw.

Huh, OK. Well, McGlovin pulled out the “Wedding Sample Pack” that he had conveniently ordered from Vistaprint the week earlier, showed me a few samples of their paper, printing, etc., and tried to suggest that maybe invitations, which we’ve never, ever really cared about before regarding other people’s weddings, were not the place where we wanted to spend a huge sum of money—maybe we would rather spend that on food, or jewelry, or gifts for our wedding party. Sound logic, yes, and the printing was better than I expected, but I was still completely salty. Mr. G wasn’t budging, though, and threw together a few designs.

As it turns out, Vistaprint has some designs which I didn’t hate—in fact, many of them are really cute! And, after I let it marinate for a while, I realized that he was completely right. Paper products are not a battle I’m trying to fight. Mr. G and I agreed on a modern design, dark with an oversized ampersand (to appease me), and ordered the entire suite. He also agreed that I could alter them in any way that I liked, so be prepared for some pretty sweet and semi-DIY’ed invitations.

Anyway, back to the save the dates:

Personal blurry photo

We love the idea of a photo magnet, but kind of hate oversized magnets that have tons of info that we never want again. So, we chose to use a postcard that contains all of our wedding info.

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Personal blurry photo

Then, we also included a small magnet, the size of a business card, with one of our engagement pics and the date. That way, you can keep the magnet if you want to, but it’s not a mess of text that’s completely outdated.

I’m pretty happy with the way these turned out! There are so many really beautiful and expensive invitations out there—did anyone else go the less expensive route with good results? Want to share them?

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Mrs. Gloves

Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
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    abbylyn 409 posts, Helper bee @ 7:48 am

    We didn’t do save the dates, but we did order our invites from Vistaprint using one of those Groupon deals. I didn’t realize that the deals would run so often, so I bought the first one I saw and ended up having to order my invitations nine months ahead of time! Luckily we had to pick dates and times early anyway since some family members have to request time off a year ahead (!!) so it worked out, but I’d wait a little longer on the invites if I was doing it again.

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    KYbride86 307 posts, Helper bee @ 7:58 am

    I love Vistaprint — we’ve ordered so much wedding stuff from them and it has always looked great. Plus, the prices/sales are awesome :)

    Also, I’m super impressed by Mr. G! he looks out for sales and takes initiative on STDs and paper products?! Wow!

    Your STDs are very cute, BTW :)

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    sn2bmrsmntgmry 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:02 am

    I’m a vistaprint bride too!! Love them!! We used them for our save the dates, invitation suite, programs and menu cards. Oh and rehearsal invites and place cards as well! They have such great deals and their products are just fine.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:08 am

    These are so cute, I love the quote :D

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:10 am

    We got a Groupon for a stationery site that is normally very overpriced, and I kind of regret it because their customer service is so terrible. And honestly, the site is so overpriced that we could have gotten something comparable from a site like VistaPrint or Minted for the same price of the Groupon anyway. In retrospect, I think I would have done things differently.

    Oh, well. C’est la vie. Your STDs (giggle) are very cute! And I think your engagement pics are some of my favorites that I’ve seen.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:27 am

    I like the design with the big amperstand, but I really like the picture ones, they’re more personal and I feel having that on your fridge helps people build the excitement about your wedding, but that’s just my idea, I’ve never get any kind of save the date.

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 8:37 am

    Love your quote on the back! And you put perfectly into words how I feel about magnets. I got one from friends that had a calendar with their date, and it takes up so much room that I don’t really want to hang it up anymore since the wedding is over…. oops.

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:42 am

    I don’t know if you’ve ordered your invitations yet, but you can pay a bit more and upload your own design to VP! So, if you’re still interested in having a friend design them but really want to go the VP route, I think there’s an option for you :)

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    Your postcards match the envelopes we used for ours! There’s something about the navy blue that must scream “January Wedding!” :) Lovely save the dates, Gloves.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:43 am

    Those are really cute! I’ve found that Vistaprint’s products are quite good quality.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:13 am

    I used VistaPrint for our save the dates and added in a few DIY extras! I think it’s a good combo — yours turned out really nicely!

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    Purple People Eater 12 posts, Newbee @ 11:24 am

    Great STDs! I got our save the dates from Shutterfly (loved being able to use our engagement pics!) and we ordered our invitations through Vistaprint. (We went with the Groovy Flowers design and so many people have complimented us on it since it is so non-traditional!)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    I like the idea of having both a postcard and a magnet.

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    tonejis 73 posts, Worker bee @ 12:00 pm

    If you look the DIY projects that i post i did everything in vistaprint because they have this deals were you pay only shipping that is about $8.00!
    they came out great and every body love them
    your look great i love the photo magnets

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    Kris, Guest @ 2:39 pm

    I used VP for my STDs and invites both, using the same 17-for-70 Groupon you did. I designed mine myself though and just uploaded the final designs to VP. That way, we had stunning postcard-plus-magnet save the dates (using a glue dot to secure the magnet to the card) and very nice, richly colored linen finish invites plus included cards for $17 plus shipping for each… just over $50 all said. Spent another $50 at Cards & Pockets for our petal folds because I was too lazy to made enclosures myself and voila, $100 for gorgeous, custom invites. I sent them out Tuesday and the first few comments I’ve gotten on them have all been about how amazing they look. YES! :-D So, long answer short: used Vistaprint, VERY happy, and wish I’d remembered to take a single photo before sending every last invitation out. ;) May need to order a few more!

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    pixiestix6089 60 posts, Worker bee @ 5:59 pm

    I am also a vistaprint bride! My favor cards are the free business cards so I was able to get 250 of them for the cost of shipping, just under $8.00. I also ordered my STDs from them and plan to order the invites. So far I have been really happy with the quality and the price!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:50 am

    Gorgeous save the dates! I wouldn’t have known they were vistaprint, and I remember I was admiring some with the huge ampersand in the DIY section trying to figure out how they did it… now I know!

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    Beezysbreezy 540 posts, Busy bee @ 9:36 pm

    I ordered our STD’s, wishing tree cards, thank you “cards” for each favor, and DJ request cards from vistaprint! I plan to order more and have been VERY happy with the results. I’ve also ordered some items, including invitations, for a bridal shower I’m hosting. I like the quality and you can’t beat the deal!

    Great job Mr. G!

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