As I think I mentioned in my initial post, I really, really like to plan things. So naturally, approximately two days after getting engaged, I had a first draft of the guest list drawn up in a colour-coded spreadsheet. (I’m not even exaggerating.) Sending out save-the-date cards was the next logical task on my list, and I was determined to make them myself.
I knew I wanted to use brown card or kraft paper, as all the invites that I’d seen and liked were made from similar materials. We were keen for them to be personal to us as a couple, and as we’re getting married in a barn in the countryside, I wanted to create something that fitted in with the style of our wedding. It was Josh who suggested using pictures of little animals and, although initially I thought he was being completely ridiculous, I really came round to the idea. We have a kitten and three pet chickens at home, so it was great fun to incorporate them into our wedding stationery.
We designed the bunting and animal graphics ourselves using Photoshop, and then fed sheets of brown card through our home printer, printing four invites onto each sheet of A4. Although this was quite time consuming, we were determined to do it ourselves so we could get the exact design we wanted.
I think the lettering from old typewriters is extremely pretty, so I wanted to use this type of font on our stationery. We bought a stamp from English Stamp and had it personalised with our names and the details of our wedding day. It was so much easier doing it like that, as it took away a lot of hassle and meant I was able to get the exact font I wanted.
After several hours of printing, cutting and stamping we had our cards. We’re really happy with the result and can’t wait to send them out to our guests!
If I hadn’t made my own save-the-date cards, I would have chosen one of the following designs by A Bird & A Bee, all of which I love: