Contrary to popular belief, I did not have a grand plan for our wedding. Things sort of came together as we went along. I mean I knew certain things that I wanted, and I also knew that in the directions I chose to take, I would find elements that I could keep consistent through out. But at the time we decided on the Mauna Kea in Hawaii, the only thing I knew was:
- We were getting married in Hawaii
- The date was November 4th
- I liked the color orange
We were engaged in February, and I think we had decided on Hawaii by Mid March or April. One of my sister-in-law’s was due with her second baby in June, my other sister-in-law was getting married that August, and my own sister was due with her first baby at the end of the year. I knew dates would fill up. So I needed to get “Save the Dates” out within days of our decision…oh, and I didn’t have any money to spend on them.
The post card to the left is the Save the Date. Thank goodness Liz Photographed it as I can’t seem to find a copy now! Anyhoooo, image was on the front, and I made up a postcard on the back and ran it back through the printer after the front side had dried.
The Save the Date ended up inspiring the information packet (the other item in the photo above) that I sent out after the invitations.
I opted to use leftover card stock from our family Christmas cards for both projects. It was a lovely off white Italian paper. I tore the cards in half (for the postcard), found a cute image online, used a simple bamboo font that I found in Word (I’m not savvy enough to understand PhotoShop or anything tricky) and ran the card through my home printer one by one (the card stock was a little heavy to stack in a tray.)
A friend then clued me into a postage stamp that was no longer being printed, but was a beautiful tropical fish. I gathered up as many as I could from local post offices to use for every possible snail mail material I could think I might send over the next few months.
All this to say:
- You never know what cute thing you can put together on the cheap (I only purchased postage).
- You don’t need to understand a fancy art program. I did everything from Microsoft Word (wasn’t an Apple girl yet) from my home computer & printer.
- Be sure your photographer makes up for your short falls and takes a picture of everything.
I’ll give you the 411 on the info packet in another post. Next up is the wedding invite…