Weekends are for weddings! If you’re like me, with 9 weddings each year, the weekends are, quite literally, for weddings (attending them, that is). Also if you’re like me, the weekend is a time to think about planning your own wedding. Lots of people carve out a certain time each week for to wedding planning (Wedding Wednesday seems to be very popular). It ensures the wedding doesn’t take over their whole lives; however, I find that confining wedding planning to a specific time is too pressure-filled and bicker-prone. I plan my wedding when inspiration strikes. Weekends, in particular, offer the time to let my mind roam and plan my own wedding in a stress-free environment. In this series, I’ll take you through some of my major planning steps – hopefully this will help you plan your own wedding!
The save the date is the first guest-facing item that goes out for your wedding. That’s big. Don’t screw it up! That’s what I kept saying to myself, at least.
There are so many invite options that I wasn’t sure where to start. Albert and I wanted something FUN to announce our wedding. All of the more unique options I found were picture free. It seemed I could go one of two ways: photo-centric OR witty/original, not both. “But we took all those engagement photos for a reason,” Albert said. While I pushed for a more unique format, Albert wanted to make sure there was a picture people could put on their fridge, just like we had done with all our friends’ save the dates.
I give Albert so much credit here because when I said it couldn’t be done to have something we hadn’t seen before AND a photo, he did a little digging and found the most perfect save the date ever via Paper Truly. It’s a custom mailer that looks like an old telegram. We wrote the copy to include a pun with the traditional telegram “stop” language (see below). Then, attached to the “telegram” by paperclip was one of the photos from our engagement shoot that the artist antique-ified. The whole thing was sent in an envelope designed to look like airmail.
This save the date could not have been more “us”. Albert and I both love the tradition and nostalgia of old-timey things and have a particular fondness for the Gatsby/prohibition era. We were looking to include some of those wistful elements in the wedding itself and this invite set the tone. I’m pretty much OBSESSED with them.