The hopeless bride saves the date 

Although it’s a fairly new tradition in the UK, I always wanted to create a save the date for the wedding. With our friends and family spread far apart and some people in different countries, I wanted to try and make sure as many people could book time off for the wedding as possible.

Luckily in my job I sit next to a very talented and lovely graphic designer who can turn ideas into amazing pieces of work.

Laura kindly offered to help me create my wedding stationery and we spoke about things that I had seen in various places (Pinterest obviously) and what kind of colours and styles I was looking for. We came up with the idea of having a luggage tag themed save the date in brown craft paper matched with the colour of the wedding, pale pink.

Laura did her magic and came up with a first draft of the tag, it was great. Not only is it really pretty but she has also created a little ‘logo’ for our wedding stationery to tie it all together once we have created other things like invites. Once we had made a few adjustments it was ready to be made.

We looked at different options for printing and Laura recommended a website called where you can upload designs and have them printed at a fraction of the cost of using a stationer. Luckily for me Laura did all of this as I was terrified of ordering the wrong sizes/colours or ending up with 3000 save the dates that would never be used.

As I haven’t really done anything DIY for the wedding yet I thought we could make the save the dates even better by adding the finishing touches by hand. When the save the dates and envelopes came through the post they looked amazing and even better than I could have imagined.

To finish them off myself and James had a little production line going; using a single hole punch to create a hole at the top of the tag, threading pale pink twine through so people can hang the save the date up if they want, adding a magnet to the back so people can stick it to their fridge, putting them in the matching envelopes and sealing them with personalised stickers that Laura had made using our ‘logo’. I’m so happy with how they have turned out, below are some photos showing the process of how we made them.

After all that efficiency (this was months ago) I have only just finished sending them out and I’m pretty sure there are some still sat on my coffee table to be passed on when I next see people. So if you think you should have received a save the date and haven’t, don’t worry, I’m just really rubbish at remembering to give them out, please don’t be offended! I’m sure you will get them at some point, hopefully before the actual wedding but I can’t make any promises, I am the hopeless bride after all.




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