Exciting news! We found a venue and booked up the registrar and I’m going to be a wife in approximately 18 months time.
It’s the venue of my dreams though. It’s a stunning country house up the road and it’ll fit our big day perfectly. We both fell in love with it instantly and couldn’t wait to book it up. With it being a big wedding, we needed to tell our families and friends about the dates ASAP. Especially as our wedding day will be in the week. Forever in the interest of saving money, I decided to create our own Save the Date cards.
One of the biggest things I wanted for our day was to include Rufus. Unfortunately, our venue isn’t dog friendly and we can only have him outside the grounds. It’s the only negative of the whole venue to be completely honest. So, to include my little pooch we decided to base our Save the Dates around him. If you look on wedding stationery websites a single card can cost you around £1+ each. They aren’t very personal either. If you’ve got a big family, like me, it can easily add up and you’ve spent £60 before you know it. And that’s without posting them out!
Having a scan through Pinterest I had some ideas on what I wanted. Originally, my plan was to shoot them in my parents back garden and hope for the best. But, our wedding photographer David Holbrook Photography offered to shoot our Save the Dates photos as well. We headed out to a local farm to take some snaps. Before we went, I picked up a chalkboard from Poundland and wrote the date. in the chalkboard markers which cost around £2.
David got some wonderful shots of us and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. He has a brilliant eye for spots to take the shoots and did his research on exactly what we wanted. He also had so much patience with Rufus – it’s difficult getting shots of dogs and wanting them to be where you are. Rufus was pretty well behaved and looked gorgeous sporting his Chloe Suzanne Designs bandana!
Once David sent the shots over, I went to every bloggers favourite online editing tool; Canva. I wanted them to be simple simply saying where the wedding would be and that a formal invite would come in the post. I didn’t want it to be taken away from David’s gorgeous photos. Canva is a brilliant editing tool with a huge range of templates and fonts. Due to the range of photos, I ended up designing 3 different cards; each one a little bit different so I could mix and match between family and friends!
Once designed, I scoured for an online printing service. I went for 7×5 inches so all the text was visible and the card was still small enough to not spend a fortune on postage or envelopes. I ordered them through Photobox and I couldn’t fault their service. I could mix and match the sizing, make sure the photo fitted the side perfectly and delivery was super quick. We ordered them on the Sunday and by the Wednesday they were here.
I’m in love with the finished result. The photos from David as perfect and we’ve received so many compliments on them. For sixty cards, it’s cost less than £15, which is a huge saver when planning your perfect day. They are so much more personal, it doesn’t need a huge amount of writing because of the photographs. Since doing this, I can’t wait to get started on the invites and see what I create for them!