diy save the date

In our decisions about stationery and invitations, Mr. Lovely and I toyed with the idea of going all-out and getting personalized letterpress invites. We were thisclose to going for it, but the bottom line was that it was really going to bust our budget. So we decided to go the opposite direction and attempt a very risky DIY: design our own stationery!

We brainstormed about what we wanted our stationery suite to look like, thinking waaayy into the future (we wanted a cohesive look, from save-the-dates, to invites, to menus and other signage at the wedding). While our wedding vision isn’t super formal, we wanted the freedom to adjust and tweak each piece so that it didn’t get too casual.

It took about half a day of both of us sitting together at Mr. Lovely’s computer, me giving input while he magically Photoshopped everything together. When it was done, we sent the image to Vistaprint – it’s a great website if you’re a graphic designer and need an affordable place to get your creations printed (we’ve used them for shower invitations, birth announcements, business cards, and bunches of other stuff we’ve designed). When they arrived, we printed out one of our engagement photos, trimmed it down, and mounted it on one side with mounting tape. On the flip side, we printed all of the info our guests would need, using a linen cardstock.  Then – hold on to your hats – Mr. Lovely sat down and addressed every single envelope with the vintage Smith-Corona typewriter. Not only is that old typewriter a total champ, but Mr. Lovely is now officially my hero. It took hours.

Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I am beyond excited about what we finally came up with. It’s fun, festive, and feels exactly like us. I imagine the invite will have some more formal elements to it, but for our guests’ first little taste of what our celebration will be like, this is exactly perfect. Here’s a little peek. xoxo

16 thoughts on “diy save the date”

  1. Seriously, you two Lovelies are definitely the Energizer Bunnies of the Planet Lovely! This blog is the best…and while I’m not planning a wedding, I smile, laugh and am inspired each time I visit the blog. With all that you both have going on, I would question where you get all this energy, but it’s SO easy to see that everything you do is such a “labor of love,”…for each other and for life in general….that it all makes perfect sense! So glad I know you!l

  2. Seriously, you two Lovelies are definitely the Energizer Bunnies of the Planet Lovely! This blog is the best…and while I’m not planning a wedding, I smile, laugh and am inspired each time I visit the blog. With all that you both have going on, I would question where you get all this energy, but it’s SO easy to see that everything you do is such a “labor of love,”…for each other and for life in general….that it all makes perfect sense! So glad I know you!l

  3. I THOUGHT that might have been how that vintage font ended up on the envelopes..
    Way to go Mr. Lovely- they look fabulous.

  4. I THOUGHT that might have been how that vintage font ended up on the envelopes..
    Way to go Mr. Lovely- they look fabulous.

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