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DIY – Save the Dates

It is not often that I receive a DIY posting from a man, so when Brad Bennett of Shaking Hands Productions sent this one my way, I was so excited!! Not only is it a great DIY idea, but it is a wonderful way to save some money while sending out save the dates (STD) for a wedding.

I love how the STD postcard captures this gorgeous couple … Brad himself with his beautiful finace’, Lyndsey … in all sorts of circumstances so that wedding guests can get a feel for what they are all about. They have a fun, “Polariod” feel to them, which gives them a vintage vibe. I know that you will be able to use this idea as a springboard to create some fun, personalized STDs of your own.

Here are Brad’s own words …

We wanted to make our STDs different … everything down to the location, photographer and the STD design itself. We knew that most people send out their STDs in envelopes, but this can be very time consuming and expensive by the time you print out all of the cards and put stamps on the envelopes.

I found out that the USPS had more reasonable postage rates on actual postcard sizing (4.25″x6″), so I decided to design our STD in photoshop. If you do not have an elaborate design program, you can make your own STD in a great user friendly program called Gimp, which is free PC/Mac software.

Once I plugged in the dimensions of the USPS postcard, I was able to design both sides of the card. The first side contains our engagement photos (taken in West Palm Beach, FL by Kallima Photography) and our wedding date creatively displayed.

The other side has the recipient address lines and a personalized message to our guests as well as more information about our wedding page.

Another great feature of the back of the card is the return address. Once you plug in that one address during the design, you will never have to write it out again because it is going to be mass printed.

For printing, we used gotprint.com. I use them for all of my business cards, and I am always amazed with the finished product. We ordered 500 postcards, which was only $42.

If you are having 100 guests or less, you can print 100 postcards for $32. These cards are high quality with color on both sides. The front is 14pt UV coated gloss, but the back is not UV coated so that it will absorb ink better when you are writing (this is an option when you place your order).

Once you have your 4.25″x6″ postcards printed, you can receive the cheaper rate for postage (28 cent stamps). This entire printing endeavor only cost us a “whopping” $98, and the postage was merely $56 for 200 stamps.

Thank you, Brad, for sharing this with HCB. I am always on the lookout for creative, personalized ideas, and the fact that this fits into a reasonable budget is perfect! I wish you and Lyndsey the best in your future together. Oh, and catch Brad and Lyndsey’s full FL E-session on Kallima Photography’s blog … they are worth the look!

  • abby - wow! what an awesome and creative way to make your own Save The Date! love the location of the photo shoot too!

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