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Our Custom Destination Wedding Save the Dates

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 7.21.43 PMI must have been crazy trying to plan a wedding in just four and a half months – just completely off my rocker. Seriously. And a destination wedding, no less. So as June was coming to a close, I realized that we hadn’t even created our guest list, much less picked out wedding stationary. While this *is* the 21st Century, and I *am* a hard core digital girl, it doesn’t change the fact that I still want the personal touch of paper and snail mail for my wedding Save the Dates and Invitations.

Why? Well, call me a hopeless romantic, but weddings are about romance and sweet surprises. Our mail boxes, both virtual and otherwise, are filled with far to much spam or junk mail and bills. How nice is it to open an envelope, hand addressed to you, from an old (or even new) friend?

And in this digital age of “pinterest” weddings, how hard is it NOT to fall in love with unique, DIY Wedding Save the Dates like these?

unique wedding save the date

Jennifer‘s Save the Date

So here I am, all through June, with this totally sane idea in my head that I would sooooooooo have time to make these and customize them for us. It wasn’t until we actually sat down to WRITE up our guest list and then discover that it would take a while to gather up long lost snail mail addresses that it hit me like a ton of bricks. No matter how much I *wanted* to be a DIY Bride, there was a better chance of me being struck by lighting tomorrow. Sigh.

I briefly thought about designing my own save the date magnets but that would require designing, printing, aligning them onto large sheets of magnets and then tediously cutting them out. Seriously? When you factor in opportunity cost like time, energy and resources it simply isn’t feasible or worth any cost savings. With all of the other details consuming my life for the next 4 and a half months, I know that I simply don’t have time for DIY.

…but that doesn’t mean my Save the Dates can’t look like they are. It made so much more sense to go to Wedding Paper Divas and get the DIY look with the speed and convenience of a pre-made invitation. (If you’re not familiar with the name you may recognize it’s other quality brands like Tiny Prints, Treat and Shutterfly). I’ve used Shutterfly and Tiny Prints over and over again to create Whistler’s actor comp cards and have received many compliments on them. 

I found so many really cute and unique Save the Dates that I actually had a really hard time choosing. I especially love their Custom Type Collection Designs because they look like you hired a graphic artist to make it just for you. We especially loved this retro looking “poster type” design.

Handsome Handbill at Wedding Paper Divas

Handsome Handbill at Wedding Paper Divas

Then I remembered that I had a tiny bit of foresight on our wedding research trip to Cancun last month and took a few cutesy, love photos on the beach. I *really* wanted to use a specific shot we took so I went straight to the section of the site where I could create Save the Dates from my own photo. Following with the current trend of magnets, I found a design I liked (We the Wed) that went well with the photo I wanted to use. What’s awesome about their site is that aside from having a gazillion designs to choose from, you can further customize any one you like with the help of their designers. (For instance, I needed to add an additional line of text to ours.)

destination wedding save the dates

We are so thrilled with the way these turned out and they arrived faster than expected. I’ve satisfied my requirement of “unique” while also salvaging what little time I have to spare. To give them an even more personal touch, I used a custom self-inking stamp I had ordered last year for Christmas cards. Truth be told, I would have really loved to use an embosser instead!

With our Save the Dates out of the way, we are already working on our Wedding Invitations. Once again trying to incorporate our very own unique touch with the speed, ease and quality of Wedding Paper Divas, I’m going to see if I can push them to the limits of customization. Stay tuned!!

A huge thank you goes to Wedding Paper Divas for agreeing to partner with me on my wedding stationery needs so that I could share my experience with you. I honestly approached THEM because I knew from previous experience that they were a brand I wanted to endorse and that I could trust with something as special as my wedding. I am so glad I did!

PSST! Wedding Paper Divas is offering 20% off wedding invitations, response cards, enclosure cards and thank you cards, plus free shipping on orders of $49 or more when you enter coupon code INV20SHIPBS14 at checkout. Offer expires 07/31/13 at 11:59 pm (PT).

Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

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14 Comments

  1. Engagement Invitations
    February 13, 2014 at 1:48 am — Reply

    This is cute. I’m pretty sure it’s way more attractive in person. Gotta love DIY invites and Pinterest for inspiration!

  2. July 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    Im so glad that everything turned out good for you, i do love the Save the date card, especially the small pocket with the date coming out from it, that is so cute. I hope i will be able to see the invitation cards and the thank you cards if you will have them.

  3. Sherry Compton
    July 17, 2013 at 3:18 am — Reply

    Save the Date cards are a great way to announce your wedding and let people know you want them there. They also add a special touch. They look great!

  4. Susan Broughton
    July 17, 2013 at 2:39 am — Reply

    I do feel old….I also thought they were called wedding announcements! lol They sure are nice though! Anyone would be proud

  5. July 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    I’m so old that I thought they were called “Wedding Announcements.” ;) But they are great and very “scrapbook worthy.” You are doing well.

  6. July 15, 2013 at 5:33 am — Reply

    I love those save the date cards. What fun you must have doing this blog!

    • July 15, 2013 at 9:23 am — Reply

      Thank you Wendi :)

  7. July 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    Excellent design and so true how fast time flies before the “date”.

  8. Pam B.
    July 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    I love the way you guys spelled “love” with your hands. I have never seen that done before. So adorable!

    • July 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm — Reply

      Thank you. I have to admit – it was something I saw on pinterest :)

  9. Richard Hicks
    July 14, 2013 at 1:17 am — Reply

    THey obviously do great work. Best of luck with your invites

    • July 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm — Reply

      I agree Richard, very quality work. I’m confident she is going to have some fabulous invites.

  10. Gianna
    July 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm — Reply

    That is so cute, I love how the date pulls out like that.

  11. Beth S.
    July 11, 2013 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Very cute and creative

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