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Victory #9 Save the Dates

Officially done.

Officially sent out.


The photographer was my sister shot on our little Nikon digital.  The location, University of Washington’s Red Square at sunset on a warm September evening . . . how perfect.

The Process

I edited the picture using Adobe, changed the original writing on the card in my hands to display our wedding date, added the text in the left hand corner courtesy of dafont.com and gave the picture some texture, which I found on deviantART

I purchased a corner rounder to round the corner (not shown).  I just thought it made it look a little different, a little more sophisticated.

Since I didn’t want to over-crowd the front of the picture, I made the little label (see it up there?) and printed them onto round labels to adhere to the back.

I invited some of my girls over for a Save the Date stuffing party – complete with wine and appetizers, yum!

I was pretty proud of these little guys.  While it wasn’t quite the direction I thought I was going to go (see here), they turned out better than I anticipated.  I decided to keep them simple – it can be a huge statement. 

I had originally planned to send them out in December buuut they didn’t go out until the third of week of January – not bad, but I need to stay on track.

Check out my older posts for some DIY STD inspiration , the Knot’s suggestions for STD etiquette or this page for some creative spark!

Not quite the DIY type? Don’t forget to check out your local designers and resources!

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address stampin’

Wedding Script Address Stamp (Red Rubber)

We just sent out the majority of our save-the-dates (the VICTORY to be posted soon) and will plan to have our invitations out by the beginning of May – ish.  The STD’s went out rather quickly – however, two things.  The save-the-dates had only one item included and second, we did not send an STD to everyone on our {never-ending} guest list. 

now back on track . . .

So, there are a lot of things about our invitations we have left to figure out.  Wording, timing of ceremony, pieces to include, etc., etc.  Basically, a lot left to do. 
What I do have figured out though is my return address :).  Invitations are generally a little more formal than your STDs and with us, there will be a lot more to address the second time around (as opposed to my STD stuffing party — man, by the way, I can’t get over the unfortunate STD acronym. Hopefully you can).

For the price {$30-50}, it may be very well worth it in order to keep your hands fresh 100, 150, or even 200 guest invites later. And no, I’m not revealing my number. Stamps are more economical and, I think, look better than address labels on your pretty little envelopes.
I’m indecisive.  This process was not the easiest. Do I want a design that will match the invitation? Do I want it to have its own design? Will anyone notice if they match? Will anyone care?
Yep. I care.  It’s the details I pay attention to.  Not sure why I make this a big deal, but for some reason, it never fails.
Anyway, I finally picked one.  I like the chic-ish, laid-back, cutesy fonts that I think are perfect for a summer garden wedding.  A touch of elegance, mixed with comfort and casualness – the look I’m totally going for.  And yes, you guessed it, the one up top — that’s the one I chose {click on the link to take you to her Etsy shop}. 
I do want this style of calligraphy to match the rest of my invitations, but since this is her actual beautiful handwriting, it won’t match perfectly (i.e., I can’t buy this in font form).  Best thing to do is find one that is as similar as I can get (via www.dafont.com – best site EVER) for the invitations and envelopes.  

Here are some more lovely little creations from the wonderful world of Etsy:

Return Address Stamp - MICHELLE

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DiY Templates

Check out these adorable invitation + save the date templates, courtesy of the ladies over at Wedding Chicks!  What makes these templates more adorable, is that they are FREE for download! Yep, WC is offering these cute + customizable layouts for free, all you need is paper and a printer and you’re good to go!  Check out some of my fave designs below:




{grey + yellow}


{swirl invite}


{fit for a king + queen}

Also, if you are DIY’ing your own invites or other paper products, check out these free fonts from dafont.com, I love them!  Have fun mixing up your text to match the theme + feel of your wedding. Check out more free templates here and enjoy browsing!

{I love the calligraphy looks}!







 {holiday weddings}


{Holiday Home}


A few of my other faves:

A whimsical font: akaFrivolity

A fancy font: Mutlu Ornamental Font

A good signature one: Jey Font

Western themed wedding: Nashville Font

Clean, crisp and retro: Riesling Font

Very simple, very easy: Men in Black Credits Font

Hope you have fun perusing all the fun|neat fonts available to you, I know I did :)!




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Save the Date Sneak Peek ;)

I haven’t talked about Save the Dates again since this post so I just wanted to give you all a quick preview of what we’re doing.  Here is just one of the pictures we have taken so far . . . can you guess what we’re trying to say?

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A special place for both of us – we are both proud Husky alums!  Photo taken in Red Square at sunset. 

Okay, here is one more . . . just to brag about my beautiful campus 🙂

Helllloooo Georgie there in the sunset!

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embossing = the answer?

So you all recall my current obsession/struggle with the dreaded invitation process right? {see here and here if not :)}  

Well friends, I think I have found a solution {and I’m super excited about it!}

To sum it all up real quick – I’m DiY’ing my invites on the computer to save on the $$green$$ {I can’t afford a fancy lil’ letter press} and using an at-home printer pretty much limits you to using white cardstock.  I’ve played around with numerous designs, layouts, color combos, etc. — you name it, I exhausted it. Got fed up. Quit. Researched more. Cycle continued. 

I want color but I don’t want outrageous designs on the white backing to evoke my wedding vibe and using just a few small details makes it look, well . . . boring.  I really want to be able to do as much as I can with the few options I have – and this does not make for an easy task. 

However, on that wonderful trip to Portland I talked about here, I stumbled into this magnificent little craft boutique called Paper Source – I fell in love. 

Inside Paper Source was a demonstration table which employees utilize to showcase store products . . . kind of like mini workshops. Well that day, they happened to be showcasing embossers. I was intrigued — as was my sister, my fellow Martha Stewart enthusiast (yes you, Marla) and our mini Martha-in-the-making (that’d be you Lex). 

So basically, embossers lend a special visual aesthetic to paper by adding texture to it. You need a stamp, ink pad, embossing powder and a heat gun. No, hair dryers do not work – I tried :).  The heat melts the powder, raising it and giving the stamp texture.  Best part – you can use it on colored cardstock, envelopes, etc.! {oh! and you can get glittered embossing powder – LOVE sparklies}




see it melting?



ta-daaaa! sparklies 🙂



{embossing with flock}

Here and here are more in-depth how-to’s, supply list and project pictures by a fellow DiY Bride if you’re interested!

Now, I got most of my supplies at Paper Source while there, but decided to check out Michaels’ options as well – and boy, did they have plenty! {check out their Martha Stewart section too – hellooo heaven :)}.  Okay –back on track — they have quite the variety of stamps, ink pads and powders – really anything your little heart may desire and LOTS of fun ideas.   I ended up buying my embossing gun there for $19.99, not bad :).  Take this little guy with you though, for a better deal!

Anyway, I’m so excited to start playing around with my splendid find and seeing what I can do to give bare invitations {or the outside of a colored envelope} that extra POP!

Not getting married but a craft-aholic too? Embossing is great for any occasion —  it allows you to leave a unique mark on gift bags, cards or plain stationary.  Check out the Paper Source blog for some rad ideas.




{just in time 🙂 – source}





PS I now have this strange urge to emboss every paper product I can get my hands on – Seattle City Light, how do you feel about aqua swirlies? hehe. What?  Who doesn’t love pretty colored designs!?

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Beautiful Paper

 Perusing my usual blog lineup, I found this ::uber:: cute Save the Date from Beautiful Paper.  Two problems though: 1. Finding vintage Yakima post cards may be a little tough (please see the P.S.), and 2. With half the guests coming from the area, a postcard like this wouldn’t produce the same effect as it has for the couple behind this blog.

Then . . . “light bulb”! I can use it just for the OOTs, right?  The wheels were turning and I immediately started experimenting with my Photoshop.  An hour or so later and voila, this little guy was born :)!

Welcome to Yakima

1. Welcome to Yakima: The Palm Springs of Washington sign 2. Authentic Valley apricots 3. The Capitol Theatre 4. Bottles of locally made wines

My idea {right now} is to print these out in a tag size (after a little more editing), string and pin them (with these cute little things) to apples and place them in the guests rooms along with a Valley map, local wineries brochure and a Yakima food/restaurant guide, which can all be found at the Visitor and Convention Bureau!  A small and inexpensive “welcome” arrangement for your OOTs!

If anyone would like the PDF of this welcome sign, let me know and I can post it so you can use it for your guests!


P.S. If you are interested in searching for vintage Yakima post cards, Robin, at the Yakima Herald, suggests looking into The Bindery, Craft Warehouse and antique shops around town (don’t forget the fruit stand on I-82 outside of Selah!).  If you can find even one, she further suggests copying the {little jewel} onto card stock and creating the STD from the image you found! Another cool piece of history to share with your OOTs and the local Yaks alike!

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Save the Date please!

Ok, so for awhile now, I’ve been relentlessly obsessive over invitations . . . and let me tell you, they are something I have come to loathe.  I know that’s a strong word, but those are my feelings {right now}. Invitations are something I prefer to go the DiY route with and I just can’t seem to make up my mind! When my FI and I find a design we think we like . . . I try making it on Photoshop . . . then end up hating it . . . and then moving on.  These are all, of course, head games, and I’ve moved on before Kyle even knows what’s happening. My mind has wandering tendencies – at times :).


SO . . .

I’m going to try to take a break from invitations (even though they should carry the theme of your wedding and they set the tone for your guests and the whole day should be based around that theme and how can you plan your wedding when you don’t know the theme . . . shoot, there I go again!) – this, ladies and gentlemen, is the how the obsessing begins and how easy it is for me to get caught up in it {time after time}.


SO (let’s try this again) . . .


Another important aspect of the “getting-the-word-out” process, are your STDs.  No, not those kinds of STD’s (a funny little acronym my in-laws can’t get over – hehe :P)!  STD = Save the Dates – just unfortunate initials I guess. 

Anyway, if you’re planning on having a “destination” wedding, these are a must.  I say “destination” {in quotes} because when I hear that word, I automatically think Hawaii or some other tropical locale, but really destination encompasses any place to which you’re asking your guests to travel.

Save the Dates should include travel and accommodation information — a polite way to give your guests a “heads-up” on how much they’ll need to save and to give them time to plan a mini-vacation out of it if they prefer. 


Information to include with your STDs:

Date (obvious #1)

Location (obvious #2)


also consider these pieces of information…

Wedding website address


Things to do in the area – see my list for Yakima’s 😉

Accommodations (go “hotel shopping” in the city and find group rates – I’ll post on this later in the week!)

Car rental information (if you have guests flying in)

Area restaurant recommendations


An STD can be a simple printed out letter just to let your guests know the important travel information or you can have a little {more} fun and take on a project like one of these! Remember, I don’t do anything “the easy way”, but that’s just me ;)!


{so fun. way more fun than invites. so excited for these.} 🙂


Brown Sugar Design


Brown Sugar Design

One of my faves, it’s so simple. I am in love the sign usage. We’re doing something similar to it :).


Brown Sugar Designs – can you tell I’m a fan of this blog?

What a classic piece of eye candy for your guests!


Brown Sugar Designs

Not an STD but it’s the idea – so cute!



From an image on Flickr

Again, I love the sign idea!


White Box Weddings


Intimate Weddings



love the casual feel and the print on the back – this one is going in my “inspiration archives” for sure

If you’d like something especially unique, here are some rather different STD ideas for you . . . fun to look at but maybe not for me, I’ll stick with paper — courtesy of Wedding Wire.


Row 1




Row 2


Row 3




Row 4



A really good place to look at for printing options is Costco! You can use their designs for more basic ones or you can create your own and have them printed through their Photo Center.  They even include envelopes in the price!

Anyway, I hope these images help spark some inspiration in you! Your STDs can be fun and a little more lighthearted than the formality that can come with your invitations.  

Whew! Finally got my mind off the invitations and on to my Save the Dates for a minute!

P.S. Wedding Terminology

I forgot that I was once a newly-engaged woman and didn’t know all these cool wedding industry acronyms either, so I’ll explain a couple to you that I’ve used {and will use again} so you aren’t lost :).

STD = save the date (so we have learned)

FI = fiancé (I pronounce it F.I. just like that – not sure if that’s correct or not)

MOH = Maid of Honor

BM = Bridesmaids

MOB = Mother of the Bride

FMIL = Future Mother-In-Law

BP – Bridal Party or Bachelorette Party – I use it for the latter

OOTs – Out of Town guests

And here’s a huge list of one’s I’ve never even heard of, if you’re interested!






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