Once Mitch delivered our engagement pictures to us, I wanted to get right down to designing our save the dates. I had some experience with Adobe InDesign at two internships, so I planned on tackling the design aspect. Mr. PB and I both love football, so jumping on the bandwagon of the ticket-style save the date only made sense. For those who don’t have a design background there are plenty of awesome versions on Etsy.
A great photo + some great design = this save the date from ModernMamaDesigns
I love the team colors used throughout this save the date by PrettyMyParty
I had purchased a Groupon for Vistaprint, so before I started designing, I checked the available sizes on the site. I contemplated making my own size and trimming them down, but then I’d need to find different envelopes and I’d have a bunch of envelopes left over. So I went with what Vistaprint had to offer—4”³ x 8”³ holiday cards. Granted, they’re bigger than typical save the dates, but we send holiday cards that size so no big deal.
I had a few requirements for the save the dates:
- I wanted to use more than one picture. Mitch did such a great job, and I wanted to show off his work.
- I knew I wanted to include a link to our wedding website. I hadn’t made the site yet, but I wanted to give people another place for more information.
- I wanted to keep things in alignment with the wedding brand.
I started finagling using InDesign and, surprisingly, I was satisfied with the design pretty much out of the gate. This was different than the attempts I had made toward coming up with an invitation design (more on that later). So the design of our save the dates was rather quick, and Mr. PB even approved. His only request was that I add a QR code to the back where originally there was only a photo. I obliged using Kaywa, a free QR code generator. And the final result”¦
Things are getting real, people! / Personal photo
Once I placed the order through Vistaprint, it meant I needed to get my butt in gear. I wanted to have the wedding website finished before I could send out the save the dates, so that meant I needed to create a website and fill it with content. Part of that content needed to be our registries and our honeymoon information. Up next: wedding website!
Did you take a stab at designing your own save the dates? Anyone else go with the ticket style?