Saving the Date, part 1

While Save the Date cards definitely aren’t required for a wedding, I think they can be a really fun and creative way to give your guests a sneak peek into your wedding (in addition to the head’s up on the actual date).  During my own wedding planning process, my Save the Date idea came from Martha Stewart Weddings, but I’ve loved discovering new ideas from other brides and designers:


A simple, but lovely Save the Date from cevd


And for something completely different, how great is this Save the Date towel from Chewing the Cud?


And speaking of Chewing the Cud, the Save the Date bookmarks from Viola’s own wedding, via Style Me Pretty and printed by Thomas Printers.


And these lovely Gocco chipboard postcard Save the Dates, by Kristina at A Lovely Morning

I’ve got lots more of these to share, so stay tuned!

{images from their respective sources}

Wood Veneer Invitations — Oslo Press

As much as I love paper, I love the idea of wedding invitations printed (or in this case laser engraved) on unusual materials like wood and fabric.  Oslo Press creates some truly lovely wood invitations with an understated elegance that works for either an informal outdoor wedding or a formal black-tie affair.  They also create beautiful letterpress accents, like envelopes and rsvp cards.  So unusual and so very beautiful… here are a few of my favorites:







All images via Oslo Press

Cara’s English Garden Floral Wedding Invitations

While I absolutely love the look and feel of letterpress, I also love it when creative couples decide to use a non-traditional material in their wedding invitations, like fabric or even invitations printed on thin sheets of wood veneer (more on that later).  I particularly love the result of these English garden floral wedding invitations from the lovely Peonies and Polaroids:




Using fabric to back DIY invitations seems like such a great way to personalize invitations without the expense of a custom wedding invitation design. And with so many great fabrics to choose from, you can easily find one that ties together your wedding theme and color palette, giving your guests an idea of what to expect on the big day.

I love the way that the simple construction and elegant, but understated, floral pattern perfectly captured the feel of her lovely wedding last month:


Just lovely… you can read more about the invitation assembly process here and here.

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

{all images via peonies and polaroids}