A cheap DIY save the date idea
The Budget Savvy Bride

Have you ever noticed how many sites and people there are that will tell you what you need, what you like and what you should have to ensure the best wedding possible?  Some are well meaning and some are simply capitalizing on the fondly kept and anticipated dreams of little girls that have practiced walking down the aisle since they were five.  To be honest, I love hearing how others have made their day happen and I appreciate the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before or been in the business long enough to know.  In all of this, I’ve learned when it is all said and done, it is the pieces that represent the two of us that are most satisfying.

Take our Save the Date’s for example.  Because our engagement is not a long one and to save on the elastic in the purse strings, we decided to send as many as possible via e-mail.  I scoured different sites, looking for a Save the Date that fit us, but most came up short.  I liked the features associated with sites like Celebrations.com, but I didn’t want a cookie cutter Save the Date.

With this revelation, I began to think about things that are special to us as individuals and to our relationship.  Then it hit me.  My wonderful Fiance is Mr. Weather Man.  He is a hobbyist meteorologist, so much so that most of our friends ask him what is developing before consulting Weather.com.  The result:

Issue a Wedding Watch!

We haven’t gotten around to engagement pictures just yet, so I picked out a favorite shot from one of our first dates.  I’m not that proficient in photo shop, so, as an Admin, I stuck to what I know and designed our Wedding Forecast in PowerPoint.  After a little nipping and tucking, I saved it as an .jpeg and BAM– personalized photo concept ready to upload into a free Save the Date provided by Celebrations.com.

Not a graphic designer but you want something personal?  Break out some of your clerical skills.  Don’t want something that has been done to death? Find something that makes the two of you the two of you and embrace it.

So, I guess to sum it all up, for me, the key to saving money so far has been sticking to who we are and not just caving to what people tell me we need.  The result: a Save the Date that our friends and family love because it is so us, or so all our posse tells us ;).

Let me know what you think! For a cheap DIY save the date idea, I’m pretty proud of it!

Photo Credit: Cameron Fry & Lyssah Ferguson. Save the Date layout credit: Celebrations.com

 

Lyssah is a 28 year old California native and Tennessee transplant. Marketing Assistant by day and writer by, well, any other time, she and her fiance Cameron can often be found dreaming, adventuring and just plain galavanting into whatever fun meanders across their path, often with coffee in hand and a pen close by.

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    • Renae
    • January 11th, 2013

    So cute Lyssah! I love the idea of a ‘wedding watch!, what a great spin on the usual ‘Save the Date!’.

      • Lyssah
      • January 14th, 2013

      Renea, it’s all about the muse :) We had a lot of fun working on it together.

    • Rachel Dean
    • January 12th, 2013

    Where would I print something like this for cheap? I’m sorry if this is a silly question but I’m trying to learn the best way to be savvy :)

      • Lyssah
      • January 14th, 2013

      I would advise watching Sales for places like Wal-Mart and Costco if you are not too picky on quality. You can just order it and print it like a normal photo, which isn’t too bad. A 4×6 color print at WalMart starts at $.09 each. At Costco, 4×6 start at $.13. So, if you are looking to mail save the dates, even with postage, they will come out under a dollar. Also watch…over Christmas, Costco had a sale for 50 prints for $5.00, which was 3 cents off their normal price.

  1. This is adorable! Love the “100% chance of wedding” part!

    • Cameron Fry
    • January 14th, 2013

    Indeed. Crazy to think we’ll have to issue a Wedding Warning in only 88 days. Word on the street is that they fill fry by pretty quick! (Note: warnings are generally issued 24 hours prior to impact)…

    • Cory
    • January 28th, 2013

    This may be the cutest Save The Date I’ve EVER seen. I absolutely love it!! Our engagement may not be long enough for Save The Dates, but we’ll see :)

    • Andrea
    • October 28th, 2013

    Lyssah!!!! As im pinning things on pintrest trying to plan my own blitz wedding I stumbled across your stuff!!! Its so cute and creative! I miss you friend I hope all is well :-)

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