Bride on a Budget

DIY Save the Dates

Planning a wedding can get expensive very quickly. But there are a number of things you can do yourself to save money, and give your wedding a personal touch.  Here I’ll give you some ideas for formatting and assembling your own DIY Save the Dates. This project is simple, fun and incredibly inexpensive.

 

 

Supplies
Supplies for DIY Save the Dates

  • Textured 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock (for printing the Save the Date)
  • Textured 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock in a coordinating color, for layering
  • Glue (I like scrapbooking “dots”)
  • Lace, burlap or ribbon that matches your cardstock
  • Paper cutter

 

 

Formatting
I used the latest version of Microsoft Word to create the printed portion of the document.
Formatting guidelines for save the date

  • Tips For Formatting
  • Set the document margins to .5″ all around (for standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper)
  • Create rectangles using the shapes tool to create rectangles that are 5″ x 3.75″ (see image above).
  • Use text boxes for individual words, this allows you to have more freedom with text placement.
  • Play around with fonts. Here I used Lavanderia Delicate and Complex both of which are free, downloadable fonts.
  • When you like the placement of your text boxes, highlight them all, right click and select Grouping, then Group All. This will allow you to move the text in unison, without losing placement.
  • When you are done designing your printable, group EVERY text box together, and copy and paste the text into

AssemblySave the date assembly part one

  • Print out the necessary number of Save the Dates, keeping in mind that there are four to a sheet.
  • Cut the printouts to separate them (4 1/4″ is the midpoint on the shortest side, 5 1/2″ on the longest side)
  • Once you have separated them, you will trim 1/4″ off of the left side of each and the bottom of each (see photo).

 

  • Save the date assembly part twoCut the coordinating paper (the second layer) into 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles.
  • Cut your lace or ribbon into 5 1/2″ lengths.
  • Adhere the lace to the printout using the glue of your choice.
  • Then, adhere the printout to the second layer. Be careful to center top and bottom layers.

Once you have your final product, you can send them using any A2 envelope. They measure 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ and can be sent with one standard stamp! Easy, easy, easy.

Stay tuned for future wedding projects: Invitations, RSVP Cards, Menus, Wedding Favors…..

 

 

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