I generally like to start in the middle of things, or have a want to worry more about the little something that comes after the important something. So, I have been thinking about our save the date cards long before we had a date to save. My idea was simple: A trio of pictures with various “Save The..” slogans, Xed out and then “Save The Date” circled. I thought it was hilarious , Dave was jealous he did not think of it. So once we set the date we started straight away on the cards.
We asked our friends Jackie and Sue to take pictures of us. We set up our spare room for the photo shoot. And by prepare I mean moved the bed to the other side of the room. We had decided it would be fun for us to hold up a blank poster board and make various facial expressions. Then we would super impose sayings on them, well my friend Diane would do that for us. So with as much irreverence and levity as we would muster up, which was a lot, we set to take pictures with various props. A couple of the raw shots are below.
To say we had fun would be an understatement. Dave and I do not take much seriously. I think that is why we work well together. We know how to act when things need appropriate serious attention but we just think life is too short and at times way too hard to take everything so serious. People may think that we are making fun of getting married with the way we did the cards, but we see it as a clever way to make people laugh. We are trying our best to do this wedding in the way we understand as tradition, but as Dave reminds me, it is not a traditional wedding so we needn’t try to make it that way. I agree with him and am figuring out more and more that the day is of our design and for our pleasure. (I should report that people loved the cards!!)
We plan to carry this photo theme throughout the wedding in different ways. I am not sure how yet, but I like that idea of continuity of thought and theme. Once we had all the photos taken I sent them to my friend Diane and she started to design the card. I gave her a rough idea about what we were looking for, but the design was mostly hers. I told her that the colors for the wedding would be yellow and green, but left the rest up to her. We were so very pleased. It was not exactly as I had imagined it to be, but it was perfect! It is not often I get to see my friends engaging as their professional selves, so it was fun to see Diane do her thing. And she did that thing very well!
At work I use a wonderful local printing company whose turn around time is insanely fast (Avalon Document Services http://teamavalon.com/), so I used them to print our cards. With all the event planning I do I made such a stupid mistake. Our guest list spread sheet total is150, so I had 150 cards printed. What I did not figure was that most of those people are either couples or the aggregate of friends + 1, so I really should have only ordered 60. So we have enough to wall paper a room now, which is fine by us, because that is some hot wallpaper!
So, without further ado, the final save the date card is below. I hope you think it cool, witty, and pretty. (the latter of which is more important to us!)