Save The Dates

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Finally… Our save the dates have arrived!!

I have spent way too many hours looking, creating, looking more, and never picking a Save The Date. My biggest issue was a design with what I had imagined. Then price came next. Then the format working with our desired photo for our save the date. I'll be the first to admit I have expensive taste. Not on purpose, I just have this natural talent so see things that look nice and then realize the price tag.

The most expensive save the dates and wedding invitations include:
1. Gold Foil
2. Premium card stock
3. Stylish fonts
4. Letter press
5. Custom made
6. Colored envelopes
7. Addressed envelopes
8. Calligrapher to address envelopes
9. Custom postal stamps

Which unfortunately is everything I love, but my wallet and wedding budget disagreed.
How I made my idea a reality and still met my expensive requirements. PROMO CODES!
I've searched for weeks for something to come up on Minted or Wedding Paper Divas, and finally something did! However, it is usually 15% unless it is a anniversary sale. When you first visit sites, DO, I repeat DO sign up for their emails! This is how I found the sale!! Once you have figured out wedding invitations, THEN unsubscribe.

Here is 20% off a purchase.

I had considered shady unpopular sites, or Etsy. However, working with the creatives of the world and mixing that with wedding planning, I have been had some poor experiences and has made me very cautious. I also work with managing artwork from customers for labels and film for manufactured products and there can always be delay.

1. Delays
2. Reliability
3. Different quality than what is showed on Etsy as their best work
4. Shipping costs
5. Getting lost
6. Refunds
7. Customer service

Wedding Paper Divas had plenty of designs I really liked which made it tough to narrow down choices. They offer a photo on the back of the card without an additional charge. They don't charge for basic white envelopes. They offer a designer to review our design, edit, and have you approve a proof before producing the order. I choose popular fonts to match invitation when it is time to create again. Overall, a trusted site that has customer service to support any human errors, refunds, issues in the process.

I made my Save the Dates on a Thursday, got the proofs back on Monday ( 2 business days to process),  and received the save the dates in the same week on Thursday. I was impressed due to the timeline I was quoted, 2-3 days to process, then shipping would take two weeks. The quality was better than I expected and our photo did not get distorted.

Another way to save once you get the save the dates, is addressing them yourself! See # 7 & #8.. friends of mine that have recently gotten married shared some costs with me. On average, they paid $2 per card to have addressed by a calligrapher. I visited a paperie shoppe to see examples of what some friends did locally and I knew immediately that I could come mimic addressing envelopes in a similar fashion. PLEASE practice first until you feel confident moving onto the actual envelope. I will be talking more about this in the future!!

P.S. I will reveal our save the dates a week after I get them all out to our guests.

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