It’s time to reveal the Cheetah save the dates! Sometimes decisions are easy, and lucky for me the design of our STDs* was one of those times. After we got engaged I knew exactly how I wanted our STDs to look—thankfully, Mr. Cheetah was totally on board. (He’s good like that.)
I envisioned a 5 x 7 card with a hand-illustrated image of Mr. Cheetah and me in Palm Springs; the other side of the card would have all the important info that save the dates usually have (mostly who, where, and when), and it would all look like a pretty little package. Deciding on the illustration was the hardest part—I’m an artist and Mr. Cheetah is known to draw (he has done our holiday cards in years past), so I felt pressure to create the illustration ourselves. I even sketched out a mock-up. But drawing/painting isn’t my concentration (sculpture, photography, and video make up most of my work), and the more I thought about it the more I wanted the illustration to be drawn by someone else’s hand—a style different than our own. So I turned to Etsy and created my first Alchemy request. Success! Just check it out:
Admit it: you love it, too. It’s by the absolutely wonderful LeFrenchCircus. And it’s exactly how I had imagined—no, wait; it’s even better.
I designed the other side in Illustrator using EcuyerDAX and Nelly Scripts fonts.
Since it’s a semi-destination wedding, I also made up a one-sided insert that directs guests to our website for more info on travel and lodging.
I had the actual save the dates and the inserts printed professionally. To save a little bit of money, I had the inserts printed two to a page, and then I just cut them in half with my paper trimmer. I tied the STD and insert together in a bundle with a tag. (Mr. Cheetah offered to help, but I can be an aesthetics control freak, and I only trusted my fingers to tie the bows just so.)
Here is a close up of the date tag and the essential and ubiquitous baker’s twine. Man, I hope that stuff never goes out of style; I love it like Cookie Monster loves cookies. Or like Dylan McKay loves Kelly Taylor. Pick your favorite cultural reference. 😉
I tried numerous designs for the tags: little palm trees, our names, the website address”¦but the simple date design turned out looking the best. I printed these out on my home printer on heavy-linen paper (love) and then punched each out with a handy tag-shaped punch.
Here is the back after bundling:
Now it was time for the envelopes—which I foolishly left to the last minute (get all your supplies in advance—waaaay in advance). I knew I wanted the envelopes in one of our wedding colors, so I looked at Kelly Paper and Xpedx (where I picked up the linen paper for the tags), but their A7 envelope options were limited to white. So I had to pay a bit more for envelopes at the DIY bridal mecca, Paper Source. I considered a few colors (pink, yellow, gray), but in the end both Mr. Cheetah and I loved the sophisticated modern look of the black envelopes. I may have been able to find black envelopes for a better price online, but then there are shipping costs and I needed to get these babies out the door and in our guests’ mailboxes. Plus, while at Paper Source I bought their envelope-liner templates and some amazing patterned paper for liners in our wedding colors.
I cut out all the liners and attached them with double-sided tape—which seems to have worked quite well.
How awesome is that paper?
I have wanted to make wraparound address labels ever since I first discovered them a year or two ago (probably on Weddingbee). After a few rounds of designing, we decided on this one I made in Illustrator. I printed them, cut them out, and then ran them through my Xyron—and voila, DIY address labels! A little trick I learned: pre-fold the labels before putting them through the Xyron; it makes them easier to line up.
Here is the whole suite (complete with all the pieces, front and back)!
And just one more photo:
All Personal Photos
I saw our STDs** as a place to be cute, playful, and fun, and I’m so happy with how they turned out! Our guests have been loving them.
Now it’s on to designing the invites! But I have no idea what those will look like yet”¦
*Man, I feel weird and a tad gross typing that.
**Still feels weird.