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One thing I have learned about wedding planning is that when brilliant ideas strike, you just have to run with them. Even though our wedding is still  6 months away, yesterday I was inspired to begin my thank you notes. We received our first gift a week ago and that got me thinking about this task on my to do list. I knew I did not want to buy them but really had not seen pictures of anything that I might want to do. Usually my projects are inspired by a picture that I saw of what someone else did. I very rarely think of something completely original off the top of my head. Although this is not based on a picture, my favorite store can definitely be given the assist on this one.

We had to go to Paper-Source to look at invitations to help inspire Taylor (who will be designing our invitations himself). He did a fabulous job on our Save the Dates (see below) and I am so excited to continue creating personalized stationary. It is also very cost efficiant to design things yourself and then print from Vista Print. I have been collection groupons so hopefully it will be well under $1 each for our invitations.

While at Paper- Source we were not only inspired with ideas for our invitations (which I will share with you later), but I also came up with my DIY thank you notes. All of the supplies came from Paper-Source, but I am sure you could find them cheaper if you looked elsewhere.

Here is how I created very personal, unique TY’s:

1) Pick out a single sided, thick card in a color that goes with your wedding and is easy to write on. I picked the white, scalloped A2 card.

2) Find a nice stamp that you can use for the front of the card and a stamp pad that coordinates with wedding colors. My colors are Navy blue, white, and yellow – so I chose a navy blue stamp pad.

Here is what the front looked like after I stamped it:

Tip: Make sure you let them dry for about 5 minutes. They smear if you are not super careful.

3) Write a nice thank you note on the back of the card. I think it is fun and different to have a post card thank you note instead of a traditional folded card. Hopefully my guests will like it too!

4) Choose a coordinating envelope to loop in your last color. I used “sunshine yellow”.

I am going to try really hard to send thank you notes as I get gifts so having these all ready to go will make that goal much more doable. Time to get stampin’!

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Emily

    Great suggestion on the card size… We’re doing the same for our TY’s and took a photo at the wedding with a “Thank You” sign, but haven’t ordered yet!