Smaller wedding celebrations are on the rise. Rather than large wedding reception guest lists, smaller intimate festivities with family and close friends are becoming popular. Along with a shorter invitation list, sending ‘Save the Date’ cards are becoming common.
Do It Yourself ‘Save the Date’
Here are 4 free design resources that you can use to customize your ‘Save the Date” card with your personal information. All you have to do is follow the instructions for each design, download your card to your computer and print it yourself or take it to a printer.
The Pretty Blog Simple Card
At The Pretty Blog, this simple card can be downloaded immediately and printed on the paper of your choice. In your own hand writing, fill in your names, the month and circle the date of your wedding. If you don’t feel confident with your own penmanship, perhaps you have a relative or a friend, who has beautiful writing, willing to help you out. This card is ideal for those who have calligraphy talents. I’ve seen the leaves on this design colored in by using a watercolor pencil purchased from a craft store. Designs are by Diane Gush
Mountain Modern Life Postcard
What could be easier than sending a ‘Save the Date’ postcard to your guests. Download the front and back templates from Mountain Modern Life and put them into a image editing software such as Photoshop or PicMonkey and add your own text. Re-save them as a PNG or JPG and print them out. (For Instructions on how to add text using PicMonkey for free, click here.) Postcards are a great way to secure your wedding date with your guests, then follow up with a formal invitation at a later date.
The Elli Blog
This colorful card from Elli is an editable PDF. It has a coordinating striped liner for a A6 envelope as well. It sooooo simple to make changes. If you don’t want to use their free card offering, there are several other options available, which you can purchase. Caution: When you download the card and envelope use the artist’s download links and NOT the large green ‘Start Download’ which is an outside download ad source which can become complicated.
Cava Invitations – Posters – Presentations – Graphics
Cava is an amazing site for all kinds printable materials, from cards to posters and it’s free to sign up. There is a bit of a learning curve but it’s not hard. And, if you don’t care to design your own ‘Save the Date’ card or wedding invitation they have plenty of pre-designed cards and templates. All you have to do click on the pre-written text and change it for your needs. I have to say, this is my favorite site for all kinds of quick design work. They have helpful tutorials. The card at the top of the page is also from Cava.
If you are asking guests to ‘Save the Date’, why not consider downloading designs and printing your own cards. It’s not only fun to do, it’s a money saver.
Rebecca Carter – Payson Temple Wedding Event Venue