Despite all of the b-e-a-utiful save-the-date inspiration I shared with you in the last post, we opted to go a completely different route.
I was browsing the DIY Boards and found this beauty by hive member Miss Q. She was kind enough to share the template with me at my request, so I present to you my official save-the-date inspiration—as in, this is what we were originally set on:
From the lovely hive member Miss Q / Edited a little to remove her personal information
I was in love with this idea. I believe she used it for a magnet, but I had visions of it in postcard form—of course, with our colors, our date, our information.
Mr. Palm Tree and I are super lucky to have a family friend (actually, GM J’s mom!) who offered to design and print our save the dates as a gift to us. She is co-owner of a fairly large printing company in our hometown and does this on the reg. This saved us a ridiculous amount of money, and I cannot truly, accurately express my gratitude so I won’t try. We sent a really heartfelt thank you and a gift card to her, but she will forever be at the top of my Awesome People list. Moral of the story: accept help when it’s offered (something I’m still struggling to learn).
Without recapping our gazillions of emails, I’m just going to let the pictures do the bulk of the explaining as I take you through our save-the-date process—the journey, if you will, from point A (above) to point B (our finished product):
Personal creation, thanks to MS Paint / Do you all like my standard fonts? Oh, and our prom picture from 2004? This was prior to taking our engagement pictures.
We originally had an idea to use two of our engagement pictures:
Image via Limelight Images
Image via Limelight Images
After quite a few emails back and forth regarding style, fonts, colors, ideas—all the little details—she provided us with:
Personal photos, edited in MS Paint (duh, skillz) / Created by family friend/GM J’s mom
We sent back a list of notes/suggestions…no really, folks. A list:
Personal photos, once again edited in MS Paint & created my family friend/GM J’s mom / Sorry for all of the blurring and hand-scribbled notes. Just wanted to stress the process.
And after even more emails and idea-sharing, Rev. Fun came to me with this b-e-a-utiful find that she had discovered on Pinterest:
Image via Minted / We died. I mean, HONESTLY. How could you not? HOW COULD YOU NOT? Swoon. So perfect.
I hurriedly sent the creator an email, telling her to stop the presses, that I had found THE ONE and needed it immediately or I would perish and simply would not send any other save the date because they just.wouldn’t.do. Or something along those lines. I sent her this, another of my gorgeous mock-ups:
Engagement photo from Limelight Images / Sorry again for the blurring!
And folks, she came through, and this is what we sent:
Wonderful final (well—almost final…we had to fix a typo in Mr. Palm Tree’s name) creation. SWOON. I have this hanging up in my cube at work and on our fridge. No shame.
Some final thoughts and advice about save the dates:
This post is long enough so I’ll end it really quickly: Anyone else have a “process” surrounding their save the dates? Anyone else make seemingly 1,000 decisions only to have them be thrown out the window at the last minute?