Wedding Invitation and Save-the-Date Options

by Melissa on November 30, 2010

Even though I said that I shouldn’t get ahead of myself in planning a wedding (after all, we still have YET to book a venue, caterer, and date – although hopefully soon!), I really can’t help it!  Invitations and Save The Dates have been on my mind quite a bit.  Initially, I had wanted to buy creative invitations from Etsy and I had bookmarked a ton of favorites.  Over Thanksgiving, however, I revisited my bookmarks, and while they’re gorgeous (and I couldn’t dream of being so crafty and creative), they just left me feeling kind of blah.

I know there’s a lot of creative license permitted for Save The Dates.  But for invitations?  Formal, formal, formal.  RSVP card, inner envelopes, outer envelopes, precise wording, scripted fonts.  YAWN, YAWN, YAWN!

Then finally, it hit me!  A fabulous idea that speaks to a major interest of mine and my fiance’s.  While I’m still ironing out the details, we will most certainly not have invitations with pockets and inner and outer envelopes and pocketfolds and all that … stuff.  My idea should cost about $3/invitation + some DIY time and potential photo studio costs (like JCPenney studio cost, not professional photographer cost).  I also have a few ideas for save-the-dates, most of which are inspired by these types of cards:

Photo Booth Save-the-Date DIY Photo Strip Photo Booth Wedding Invitation Julia & Jon Save-the-Date Photo Booth Strip Card

But, let’s take a look at some other invitation and save-the-date related items I’m looking at.

We’ll definitely need some Save-the-Date props.  What do you think, buy from Etsy or DIY?

SAVE THE DATE and WEDDING SIGN Use this sign TWICE 22 x 8

HE ASKED...SHE SAID YES SET, SAVE THE DATE SIGN, PHOTO PROPS,  Announcement, Engagement, Wedding Cards, Shabby Chic Signs, Photographer, Bridal Consultant, Wedding Planner

I love this idea of using a mosaic of stamps for addressing envelopes.  Over-the-top complicated, or cute and memorable?

Buy It Now :  wedding hawaii invitations postage Vintage vintage

I’m thinking of buying a custom stamp for our return address for our envelopes.  Standard stamp or go with a monogram-type stamp?

Custom calligraphy personalized  address wood handle mounted rubber stamp-great wedding gift  - style 1280C

Has anyone ever had their wedding invitations addressed by a calligrapher?  What did you spend?  My fiancé suggested just printing them on the computer, but all the stuff I’ve read says that’s in poor taste.  Thoughts?  Some calligraphy options I’m loving:

Calligraphy Addressing for Envelopes

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