My Vintage Travel Save the Dates

My beautiful bridesmaid and owner/operator of Alana Bailey Brand created my awesome save the dates! I just love them!

My 1930s Inspired Save the Date with URL blocked out. Created by Alana Bailey Brand.

After telling Alana of an inspiring vintage wooden sign I saw on the Internet, I emailed her a picture of it. She loved it too and then proceeded to work her magic translating the vintage image into a postcard! Or shall I say, our wedding save the date!

The original image is from 1930s timetable (this is from my detective work based on a similar image with this history). It has a big sun setting its abstract orange rays behind the silhouette of a cerulean Catalina Island. With Alana’s magic as a printmaker she translated this image into the 21st century without losing an ounce of its glory!

Personal Photo.

She added the date of our wedding into the sun, and put our wedding website URL (which is blocked out of the image above for our privacy) so people could go directly to our website for details about the wedding. We didn’t add any of the conventional words like “save the date” or even our names. A while ago I blogged about this–not being sure about if people will miss this wording–on “No ‘Save the Date’ on Your Save the Date?”. No one was confused about what 7.31.2010 stood for–which was a major concern. But a few people didn’t realize that the was to go to a website. But these people aren’t technical people so it is a bit understandable.

Personal Photo.

We ordered the paper in Cream Lux from and used ‘night’ blue colored envelopes.

The envelopes had even more details. Alana put a block of white as a place for us to address them. I used a navy blue ink pen to do this. She also added our return address on back in white text — it was even in the same style script as the “Catalina Island” words on the face of the card. Then she added glittering little waves on the inside of the envelopes for some pizzazz!

The Magnets. Personal Photo.

The finishing touches were when I attached two magnetic strips, cut to fit the two shortest sides of the card so people could hang up the invites on their fridge when they got them.

There you have it! My vintage-inspired wedding save the dates! A little bit homemade/a little bit from the professional. I had a blast collaborating with Alana–she is the best!

No “Save the Date” on Your Save the Date?

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My wedding save the dates do not contain any of these words: “save the date,” “mark your calendar,” “join us,” “hold the day” not even “wedding” or “celebration.”  As my glorious designer/printer/bridesmaid, Alana Bailey of Alana Bailey Brand, noted, “I’m so glad you’re not the type of bride that has to write ‘Save the Date’.”

But should I have been?

The only text on the card is the date of our wedding, the name of the island we are getting married on, and the url of our wedding website. But will people get it???

Initially I had no hesitation. We are distributing the cards to less than a hundred people, mostly very close friends and family. “Of course they will get it!” They will see our names, which is also are website url, and go to the site for more information. It is there that they will find loads and loads of “save the dates,” “please join us for our wedding,” etc.

Now that the save the dates are in the mail, I am beginning to wonder if people will go to the site (especially if the individuals are older and less computer compulsive). So we will see. It will be an experiment to see if there is confusion, hesitation, bewilderment. So far we’ve had one response to the save the date, “the website is HOT!” And I have noticed it has been accessed 5 times since yesterday. All good signs!!

In the Mail! On their Way!

I just sent out the first batch of Save the Dates! Yes!!

After what feels like months of collecting addresses, I finally made it to the post office. Truthfully, I had been imagining this day for the last three months. And at the time it really felt anticlimactic but it really was an accomplishment! Yes, it was asking people for their addresses, copying addresses from holiday cards, and Facebooking messages but it was more than that. It was a test of my patience!!! I decided to wait until I had a good solid batch to send out. This was the difficult part.

USPS Lincoln Square, NYC

I didn’t want to send out any cards until the bulk of them were addressed and ready to go. I feared that one person in the family would get theirs and bring it up to another family member and then that person wold think, “where is mine?”  So I waited. I am not sure if this was the right decision because in actuality I doubt this would happen. But still, I didn’t want my fiancee’s aunts receiving theirs weeks apart.

Now they are out of my hand and traveling the world — well the United States. Travel safely my little, rectangular, vessels…go spread the word.

Making Your Own Save the Dates

When I first became engaged I daydreamed of sending out announcements to our friends and family asking them to “Save the Date” for our wedding. I quickly went to Zazzle, an online web site offering hundreds of customizable products, to play around with their postcard template. Oh, and let me say this up front, I am not posting this here because I am excited about sending them out, because I won’t be using this design, but because Zazzle is a great site to use for creative, cheap invitations (50 for $35.00).

posterBefore we decided on a date, or confirmed a venue, I began planning my save the dates inspired by this wedding poster (left). I loved the casual tone and Western theme of the invite “starring” the bride and groom-to-be. One of my running ideas was getting married at a vineyard in the rolling hills of Santa Barbara. A weekend filled with horseback riding, wine tasting, and camping at the beach. This invite captured the fun and rustic charm of the wedding I envisioned. 

zazzleSo here is how I went about creating these save the dates (above). Since the main feature of this postcard is text the style of font was what occupied most of my time. Zazzle features a bunch of fonts to choose from and I love using print and script fonts so this became more of a feature than in the original wedding poster. I used Vineta BT to capture the western “movie poster” feel and Montery to add a little fanciness to our names.

The Zazzle color palette offers a decent range of hues but if you, like me, crave more options just Google “hex color codes” and you will be taken to a color chart to choose from. Since you have the ability to enter in any hex color code into the Zazzle palette, just copy one of these color codes to quickly get Zazzle to use your perfect color. Click here to see the range of blues I chose from for my background. 

Paper has been really inspiring me lately! And if I am excited about these save the dates that will not be printed then you can only imagine how excited I am about our official the save the dates. They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g and it is only with the help of the majorly talented designer Alana Bailey that they are coming into existence (yes, they are getting made as I write). I can’t wait to share these with you in the coming weeks! Have a good monday, boho brides.