When my husband and I first got in engaged, it was right around thanksgiving and we ended up planning a November wedding. I wanted to make a save the date that was useful and unique. I took inspiration from a calendar I picked up at Hatch Show Print when in Nashville a few years before- they used their test prints and extra prints as the backing to their desk calendars. We sent them out with our Christmas cards that year so people could use the calendar the following year and start to use it right away. Our wedding date is circled on the calendar as well.
[image from Kristen]
Saw on Twitter that you are looking for save the date submissions – just thought I would send over our own save the date. We printed this on our Gocco. We were getting married in Seattle and most of our friends and family were going to have to travel to get there…
[image from Anna of Sub-Studio]
Yay for Save the Date week! I thought we’d kickstart it with a bang….I’m pretty obsessed with these amazing Save the Date and invitation from Katie! Those custom made tubes are so beyond cool!
Ben and I met at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and dated for about 7 years before we got married. He was a design major, and I was a photographer. Ben was in charge of making a lot of the event posters while we were at school and when we would talk about getting married, we often said, wouldn’t it be cool if we did a show poster? So, fast forward a few years, Ben proposed after a Mark Kozelek show, and we began our 4 months of planning (engaged in June, married in October). When I thought about our stationery (I am a designer at Chellé Paperie) I thought about all the things that made us who we are, and I thought about pushing the envelope in print, since it is rare that I have clients who let me do such crazy things. I knew I wanted to do a mailing tube, and a book. Ben knew he wanted to do a poster – those work well together, so we set to work. In designing the suite, we made a list of important things in our lives, and we made them into silohuettes to create a graphic pattern that wrapped the guest addressed mailing tube, and lined the end pages of our invitation book (http://chellepaperie.com/custom/wedding/clear-eyes-full-hearts/) We joked about sending an invite that says we like to party – but then we decided wait, we do like to party, and we’d like to party with you. It was kind of awesome, and it still makes me smile! We did a custom map for my hometown, we wrote silly copy, and we fought over typefaces. We’re both designers and though it was a little frustrating at the time, I think we challenged each other and ultimately ended up with a perfect design that reflects our personalities, the tone of the event, and the light-hearted feel of our wedding. We did the whole wedding for under $5000 in a matter of 4 months. It was awesome, and I would do it again every year if I could. My favorite thing about the wedding (aside from marrying the man of my dreams of course) was that we got to create an experience, for ourselves and for our guests, that was different from any other wedding that any of us had been to. We wanted it to be as much of a celebration of all the guests, as it was about our marriage, and it really turned out that way. It was perfect, and full of love.
[images from Katie]
Mary sent me her lovely save the date and I just had to share…heres what she had to say…
I just wanted to share our Save the Date with you. We loved it and have received a lot of positive feedback from our friends and family. It was folded into thirds and the addresses were printed directed on the back. It opens up to look like a concert poster, which was the look we were going for. I wanted to send it in case you do a showcase again of all different STD’s. I LOVED looking at all the different ideas and drew inspiration from what I found on your site.Our long time graphic-designer friend, Jillian Coron, designed and printed them for us for FREE! She also is the designer for an amazing line of tee-shirts that “promote
a message of love and unity rooted from the female experience”. They make amazing and affordable bridesmaids gifts! http://shopdelicioustees.com/
Our wedding honored our faith and radiated the love of our families and friends, who so givingly devoted themselves to us throughout the process and the day itself. My sisters were my maids of honor, and Eric’s twin brother was his best man. One sister, a cosmetologist, got up at 5:30 to get ready so she could spend the whole morning doing my hair and makeup. My brother was one of Eric’s groomsmen and Eric’s sister was one of my bridesmaids. Both our dads gave amazing, tear-jerking speeches. My three adorable little cousins were the ring bearers and flower girl. Our bridal party came from as far as San Antonio, Texas! We felt so blessed to be surrounded by (almost) all the people who are important to us.
We were married in Portland, Oregon, at our church building, a large, transformed warehouse. We worked with the feeling of the church’s décor, which mixes raw natural pieces with industrial-feeling elements, a combination we loved and that was perfect for our vision. We are both artists, and wanted our wedding to be representative of us. I was worried about filling such an enormous space – it seats 1,000 people and we had around 200 – but with the huge room dimmed and lighting left mostly to candles, the space became astonishingly intimate. The dim lighting turned the focus to the stage and dramatic elements like long birch tree curtain panels hung from the very tall ceiling, candle-filled gutters along the sides of the aisle, and large arrangements of bare branches and bold, unusual looking flowers. Our lone stage floral spray consisted mostly of tall black pussy willow and forsythia branches. I was stunned to see how it all came together and filled the space so well. Everything was basic and bold, making a dramatic, but not flashy, statement.
Because I was between undergraduate and graduate school, I was able to take on lots of DIY projects in preparation for the wedding. I loved doing this, as it saved money and made everything more personal. Eric and I designed all our paper products, including save the dates, invitations, labels to put on bags of local coffee beans as favors, and 6-page square booklet programs that I sewed together with my machine. I sewed the fabric flower in my hair using lace cut from the bottom of my wedding dress during alterations. Instead of coffee beans for the kids, we assembled bags of jelly beans and included children’s names on the bags to avoid mix-ups and overindulgence. :]
Our standing reception felt like an art show, with people walking around conversing and drinking espresso from two catered carts. We played instrumental, beat-driven songs by Eric’s favorite indie bands. Yours Truly Caterers served an amazing bite-sized hors d’oeuvres spread, along with our special request, crepes with chocolate hazelnut butter and bananas. YUM. Our guest book consisted of two large pieces of canvas hung on a bare wall. Guests wrote and drew on the canvas with multicolored paint pens. There were lots of children in attendance, which we loved. My mom, a former 2nd grade teacher, set up a craft table where kids could glue tissue paper blossoms to paper branches on card stock. We showed a video in which my roommate and her fiancé interviewed Eric and I separately about each other; it was the first time either of us saw it, and it was a huge hit with everyone. My two beautiful sisters both gave speeches and then surprised me by singing “Sisters,” from the old movie White Christmas. I laughed and cried continually throughout the afternoon – it was perfect.
We completely treasure our antique rings (pictured). They are one-of-a-kind, and we can rest knowing we didn’t bring new diamonds into the country. Eric’s band has several different colors of gold inlaid in designs of roses and even a cherub, and it has initials and a wedding date from 1880 engraved inside. My rings are from 1940 and 1960.
In addition to everything I’ve mentioned, one of my favorite memories of the day was catching my 4-year-old cousin, one of my ring bearers and probably the cutest little boy in the world, peeking into the room where the girls were doing hair and makeup (pictured).
Rings from Gilt Vintage and Artisan Jewelry, giltjewelry.com
Caterering by Yours Truly Caterers, yourstrulycaterers.com
Photography by Tyler Gould, tylergouldmedia.com
Dress by San Patrick, sanpatrick.com
Dress from Anna’s Bridal, annasbridal.com
Bride’s shoes by Jeffrey Campbell, jeffreycampbell.com (purchased at Nordstrom)
Tuxedos by Joseph Abboud, josephabboud.com
Tuxedos from A Formal Affair, http://www.aformalaffairtuxedo.com
Groom’s shoes by Aldo Shoes, aldoshoes.com
Coffee for favors by Stumptown Coffee Roasters, stumptowncoffee.com
Flowers designed by Lynda at City Flowers and Interiors, www.cityflowerspdx.com
Bride’s Hair and Makeup by Lauren Murray (email me for contact info)
Wedding held at Solid Rock church in Tigard, Oregon, ajesuschurch.org
[images from Tyler Gould]