save the date dilemna… solved!

Many thanks to all of you who posted suggestions for my save the date dilemna earlier this month. I ended up taking Tameka’s suggestion and signing up for emails from VistaPrint.com. And not a week later did I receive an email from them boasting a January special of, among other goodies, 100 free postcards! I am not one to pass up something free.

So I busted out my rusty Photoshop skills from my college design classes, and threw together this not-entirely-fancy little number:

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Then, I typed up some basic information on the back of the postcard, paid for shipping and uploading the photo (so, not ENTIRELY free) and my $20.00 save the dates should be here in 14 days! Not professional, perhaps, but pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. I can’t wait to see them!

Then I went to the post office site to see what kind of postcard stamps they have, and to my dismay, the only ones they appear to be selling at the present moment are a conglomeration of summer fruits… which clearly is not acceptable for an October wedding. I briefly considered just purchasing more expensive stamps with a better image, but then figured, if I’m going to pay the extra money, I may as well just make my own durn stamps!

So, courtesy of Zazzle.com, I present to you, The Kitteh Postcard Stamp:
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This way, all of our friends and relations can feel the love of the kitteh in their very own homes.

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save the date dilemna

To save the date or not to save the date, that is the question. On the one hand, there are so many cute save the dates out there (I particularly love the photo magnets!), but on the other hand, I’m a bride on a budget! However, we are having a Friday evening wedding, which will require some planning on the part of our guests, so I feel it’s only fair to give them ample warning. Therefore, I’ve come up with three options to split the difference, as it were:

1. Do an Email Save the Date. Pros: Cheap (only cost is time!), fast, can include links and photos, no size limit. Cons: Not everyone has/checks an email address regularly. Could get lost or deleted easily.

2. DIY Save the Date Magnets. Pros: I get my photo magnet save the dates! Trusty BM Erin is a graphic designer. Can include other information on additional cards in the envelope.  Cons: I am severly DIY-impaired (the mere idea of trying to print on sticker paper makes me shudder), it’ll be time intensive, high postage cost.

3. Postcards. Pros: Tangible, low postage cost, trusty BM Erin can design them. Cons: Putting all our info out for everyone to see, limited space for additional information.

At the moment I am leaning towards the postcard option. We can just put our website on the back for people to get more information. Of course, we could also do some combination of these, i.e. email the “young, hip” crowd and get real Save the Dates made for the older family members and parent’s friends, etc.

What do you think?