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Go Digital! A Save the Date Tutorial

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abby murrish

When it came to sending a Save the Date, Mr. M and I were torn.  We didn’t see many advantages; the people most important to us would know about the date and it just seemed like an extra expense.  However, since we’re getting married on a busy weekend for Indianapolis, it’s important that our guests reserve rooms in our hotel block by May 1. After weighing our options and getting input from our parents, we decided to go digital.  Here are some of the reasons we went with a digital save the date:

  • FREE– All you need to do is create a postcard (see below)
  • We can link to our website for our friends and include hotel information directly in the email
  • We only need the email addresses for our guests, and then we can link to our Google Form to collect addresses

Directions for a Digital Save the Date

What you’ll need:

  • Presentation software (PowerPoint or Keynote; I used PowerPoint on my Mac)
  • A photo of your choice (I used our engagement photos).

Open your presentation software, and adjust the slide size so that it is 4″x6″ for your digital save the date

In my version of PowerPoint, you can adjust the size of the slide in the upper left hand corner.

Insert desired photo into your presentation, and size to fit your slide.

Insert a white rectangle in desired location over your photo, and adjust the transparency to approximately 75% (or whatever you think is best).

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Add desired text to your digital save the date (my example features the characters from one of my favorite novels).

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Save presentation, then save as a .jpg file.

Open an email, insert the digital save the date to the body of your message and add desired text underneath the photo.

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Regarding emailing the message, I’d recommend emailing it to yourself and BCC’ing the guests to keep their emails private. Voila! You just created your own digital save the date and saved yourselves a bundle of money in printing and postage costs!

Would you consider a digital save the date for your wedding?

abby murrish

wrote about her wedding at The Budget-Savvy Bride in 2013 and 2014. She loves sharing info and advice with brides about how to create beautiful weddings that they love. Abby lives in the Midwest with her husband and dog.