DIY save the date cards? Help?

by DIY wedding planner on July 23, 2012

Ok, I want to make my own save the date cards. I need some ideas. Is there any way I can put my wedding colors in them or no? The colors are going to be navy blue and fuschia. And where is a good site to get bulk half inch metallic ribbon? I can’t seem to find any sites with home made invites that have pictures.
Also I seen these post card save the date invites. Is that cheesy??

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Christy T July 23, 2012 at 5:14 am

More info. What do you want them to look like? Have you tried or vistaprint? You could always create an image in Photoshop and upload to Snapfish or Shutterfly and make postcards.


Lacey July 23, 2012 at 6:06 am

We were going to send out ones that had a magnet on the back so people could put it on their fridge (after I made them, of course, we decided to get married in Mexico instead of Idaho). It was postcard sized, but would have been in an envelope. I don’t think post card ones are cheesy, it’s not the invitation. You can order them fairly cheap (and even have sent direct) from

I also saw some that I really liked that you could incorporate your colors into. Get fuchsia and white cardstock. Print the info on the white cardstock in navy lettering. Cut the white card stock about and inch smaller than the fuchsia all the way around. Adhere them together with scrapbooking adhesive tape (comes out like a white-out clicker). Then, take fuchsia and navy thread and go over the card on the left hand side a few times with the sewing machine. You can do straight or squigly lines. You can also make it look like the papers are sewn together by stitching the edges. I really wanted to do that one with my invitations. Sorry I don’t have a pic!


Veronica July 23, 2012 at 7:02 am

check out, and to get some ideas.


jedibreyer July 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

Here is a copy of the Save the Date’s that I made. The backing I used was a blank piece of card stock (it was supposed to be for printing your own invitations) I glued the picture onto it. Over it I tied on the piece of vellum paper printed with my information. I just punched holes in the card and the vellum and tied a ribbon through it. I think the card stock was 20 dollars for 100 invites/envelopes, the ribbon was 1 dollar, and I got packs of vellum for 2 dollars for 18 sheets. Sorry the pictures not that great, I must have crud on my scanner. By the way, my wedding color is red so that is why the ribbon is red.


kill_yr_television July 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

Believe it or not, some of us old-fashioned traditionalists find ‘save the date’ mailing to be not only wasteful of wedding funds but downright rude. It’s one thing to get a commercially printed mass mailing from my dentist or termite control firm, but quite another to get one from someone with whom I am supposedly on such good terms as to be including in their wedding plans. A mere 40 years ago, no one had ever HEARD of a ‘save the date’ mailing. It is a clever invention of The Printers branch of The Wedding Industry; it makes money for the printers and whether it makes brides’ lives easier or harder is irrelevant (to them).

Before the invention of this silly little item, we gave people advance notice by whatever our usual means of communication with these people was. Whether in a letter, via phone call, or in person, we would find a way to let each family know “Bill and Marcy are getting married on August 20th, so plan accordingly. Expect an invitation around the beginning of July” and to let them know PERSONALLY, not by an impersonal mass mailing.

Please save this part of your budget for a better band, a more convenient time/location, etc — for something that actually contributes to your guests’ pleasure. And please get your list of “what to buy, what to do” from Emily Post or Miss Manners. If you listen to printers, dressmakers, florists, caterers,etc, they will have you spending your last nickel — and to heck with whether the advice is correct or not, as long you are convinced to spend ever more money.


ilene m July 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

I made my own.

I bought business cards & business card sized magnets (at walmart – about $16.00 for 100) I then printed little calendars and had a heart around the number (date) of my wedding.

I had both our our names on it.

A magnet or sticker that someone can place on their calendar works the best because they are reminded of the date.

You can make them ANY color you want. I saw one when the couple’s dog was holding up a sign saying to save the date.

Just remember 1 thing about save-the-date etiquette….don’t send it to anyone you are not sure about inviting. Once you send someone a save-the-date, they will be expeciting an invitation to follow.


Vanessa July 23, 2012 at 9:33 am

go to cvs and use a picture that is what we did


ennie July 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love post cards for save the date! I’ve been in very many houses where they were on the fridge with a magnetic. I suggest you take a black and white photograph of you and your fiance and put the information over top of the picture in your wedding colors.

This is what I mean, but the black text should be in your wedding colors.

I don’t know if you want fabric or paper ribbon, but Paper Mart has it all…

Also, check mart stores (Walmart, Target, etc.). They’ll have all of their gift wrap on clearance after the holidays, and you might be able to get the color you want for really cheap there.


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