Custom Touches for your Save the Dates

After a few days of proofs and edits, our plantable stationery vendor helped create a custom Save the Date that is perfect for our theme. The style and colors help set the tone for our Rustic Wedding. In only a few days time they arrived at my door and it was time to get to work! This was one of the first big tasks we had to do for our wedding and we wasted no time getting prepared. As we waited for the Save the Dates to arrive we used our time wisely to make this process as easy as possible. Here are some helpful tasks that will prepare you to send save the dates:

Prepare your Guest List
We created an excel spreadsheet for our guest list. In this we listed a series of columns filled with important information {name, address, etc} and one column titled “Save the Date”. After stuffing and sealing the envelope for that guest, a tally would be marked in that column to signify a mailing. At the end the number in the spreadsheet would match the physical number being mailed. Just a nice way to ensure you don’t overlook anyone.

Format Address Labels
If you choosing not to handwrite or calligrapher addresses, printing labels is the next best thing. I pulled all the addresses from our guest list and formatted them in a word doc. I selected a font that matches my Save the Dates and my labels were ready to print. Since my envelopes are a latte color, I purchased clear labels from Staples so you could barely see the label itself. I plan to use these for all my thank you cards and invitations. (Note: The use of labels is still said to be a no no in terms of wedding etiquette and tradition so you may get some slack for this.)

Return Address Labels
Addressing your envelopes with your return address can be done with a label or handwritten. I found that adding another label to the envelope was a bit too much and handwriting our address over and over seemed daunting. What about a self-inking address stamp? I love this idea! You can use for your wedding invitations, thank you cards and for any other mailings long after the wedding is over. I stumbled upon Yellow Fish Paperie which offers so many pretty return address stamps. I choose a design that works with our stationery and one that can be used after the wedding. Here are some of my favorites from Yellow Fish Paperie:

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Purchase your Postage
Another expense that is not often thought about is postage. There are few wedding themed stamps available at USPS.com including white roses, wedding cake and a love stamp. While these stamps compliment almost any wedding theme , I didn’t really love any for our Save the Dates. After a little research I stumbled upon sites that offered Custom Wedding Postage. The variety of styles, themes and sizes are endless. I found an adorable stamp on Zazzle.com that was a perfect fit for our stationery. A rustic chalkboard style available with two custom text lines and a floral embellishment made this stamp a perfect match for our plantable save the dates. Here are a few of my favorites:

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What other small touches could you do to make your Save the Dates easier or more personal?

Save the Dates

Our first real wedding purchase aside from vendor services was our Save the Dates. There are so many great options available; from themed stationery to custom designs you really can get as creative (and expensive) as you want. To set the tone for our rustic wedding we wanted something with earthy beige tones with a splash of color, simple and practical for our guests and our budget.

Since this was the first piece of stationery our guests will be receiving or seeing I wanted to be sure that whatever style we choose for our Save the Dates that the Invitations, Thank You’s and other important stationery pieces were available and worked with our wedding. Some people may decide differently but I liked the idea of a set design for all our stationery pieces.

After searching many popular sites like Minted.com and WeddingPaperDivas.com I fell in love with a lot of their styles; from mason jars to burlap and lace – they offered great designs for Rustic Weddings. But I wanted something different, not something you see all the time and TheWeddingOutlet.com had just want I was looking for – Plantable Wedding Stationery.

Plantable Wedding Stationery is such a unique, fun idea – don’t you think? What I really love about this stationery besides that is a great way to do something green for our wedding is that guests will enjoy planting these save the dates in August once the receive them. Whether you choose herbs or wildflowers, guests simply insert the seed paper in a pot or outdoors and watch it grow.

Here are some styles I was considering for our summer rustic wedding:

floral-wreath Floral Wreath Seasons Plantable Stationery,

bloomBloom Flowers Plantable Stationery

ornate-floral and Ornate Floral Plantable Stationery (coming soon to The Wedding Outlet)

Visit MA Wedding Guide for tips on why Plantable Wedding Stationery is perfect for your wedding day!