We sent out our save the dates in January, and today I’m going to share them with you!
The inspiration for the save the dates came early—it was actually one of the first things I found while perusing Etsy just days after getting engaged. As our plans began to take shape the inspiration that we liked the most seemed more and more like it would work with our wedding.
From He Saw Sparks on Etsy
The string lights jumped out really quickly as being our primary inspiration. It worked particularly well with the venue we ended up picking (and was part of the reason why we went with Sodo Park in the first place).
A shot of the string lights at Sodo Park from our day-of coordinator’s website
Once we identified that as our direction, I spent awhile searching for the perfect design.
While all of the designs I found were charming in their own right, none of them were perfect. Either the design wasn’t what we were hoping for, or the font was off, or the price was too much, etc.
Bridesmaid Hot Buns said she might be able to make something because she’s a talented graphic designer. This would have been a really fun idea, but I had some reservations: (1) I didn’t want to step on her toes if we disagreed about designs and (2) she’s incredibly busy and I didn’t want to add unnecessarily to her load. In light of this I decided to give it a shot myself. I downloaded a trial copy of Adobe Illustrator and played around with it.
After some frustrating days and lots of internet help, this proved to be the right way to do it. Our design was customizable exactly how we wanted it, AND it allowed us to be super picky AND make changes instantly. After a few weeks of playing we finally settled on a design we liked.
So what did it looked like?
Finished save the date!
Closeup to see texture
Along with the save the date, we included a magnet. I had originally wanted to make the save the date into a magnet but decided to just include one with the printed paper. I got the idea from Mrs. Gloves.
Featuring one of our very Seattle pictures from our engagement shoot
I chose this photo since a lot of our guests are coming from out of town. You really can’t represent Seattle any better than with the Space Needle! (Maybe with a giant cup of coffee, but I digress.)
I’m really happy with how they turned out—especially since I’m the one who designed them! It makes it that much more special to us. It wasn’t necessarily the easy route, but I’m so glad it’s the route we took.
What do you think? Did you make your own save the dates or invitations, or did you purchase them pre-made?