I am back to finish up our STD discussion. Since people are acknowledging that they have received their postcards, I figured it was safe to let the cat out of the bag. Last time we discussed the Scooters’ ideas on STDs, we came up with a list of how we wanted our little beauties to look. This list included:
- Must be postcards
- Must be unique
- Must include important information
- Must tie nicely to our theme
As we discussed the design, we decided to incorporate a cool idea. I hadn’t seen it on a wedding save the date in the same way we incorporated it (if I may say so myself). So what did I decide we wanted on our save the dates, you ask? We incorporated a QR code into our design. It wasn’t just a regular QR code that would send people to our website—I wanted it to actually SAVE OUR DATE. It took a lot of time to find a QR code that, when scanned (with the right app), would actually populate your smart phone calendar!
Card 1 front
Card 1 back
Card 2 front
Card 2 back
Yes, you noticed right. We have two different versions. One version went to family friends. The other went to our Purdue friends (or those who can relate to the meaning of the picture). It was too hard to pick just one. I am overjoyed with the way they turned out! I must say, they are currently my proudest wedding idea so far.
We went through plenty of failed versions. So many that, at one point, I considered just adding our website and being done with it. The design was finalized for at least five weeks waiting for us to get the QR code created. I was not willing to give up on it. Just in case any readers out there are interested in doing something similar, here is some advice I would give you:
- Decide what information you want. This will determine if you need a dense code or a regular code. The more information you want “held” within the code, the denser the code will be.
- Don’t pay. Maybe I should rephrase this tip to WHY PAY? There are so many QR creating engines out there that you do not need to pay for one.
- TEST TEST TEST. I am in IT, and I know all of the benefits of having your product tested prior to “going live.” That was a lot of work lingo to tell you that you should spend time testing the code before you put it on the finished product. Although it seems simple, you will be creating plenty of these codes and you could easily mix them up. Not to mention, you need to ensure it scans with a majority of QR scanners.
- Print them off. Scanning your QR code on the computer may work, but since your family and friends won’t have the same luxury, make sure you test the code on the medium that will be used.
- Size it right. Because the QR code was so dense, we had to make it a large part of our postcards. Make sure that the recommended size is adhered to. You would hate to create this beauty and it not be truly functional.
- If your code (like ours) requires a specific scanning app, make sure that is clearly stated on your save the date.
There you have it—here are our save the dates. What do you think? Did you incorporate something unique into your save the dates?
Scooting off for now”¦
- IT Project Manager
- Wedding Date:
- September 2013
- Indianapolis Artsgarden