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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Our Guest Blogger from the USA.

This week we have had the privilege of a guest blogger Joanne Braxton. She's living in Atlanta, GA. and is freelance blogger that enjoys invitations and party-planning (especially weddings!). She has written this blog for you all to enjoy. 

Creative Save the Date Card Ideas

Long before wedding invitations are sent out, a save the date card is mailed to friends and loved ones, notifying them that your special day is approaching. The card doesn't have to be expensive or fancy. In fact, a unique and personal notice is all that is needed. Save the date postcards and save the date photo magnets are just a couple of ideas that have been successfully used by creative brides-to-be. Not only are they relatively inexpensive to make, they make delightful keepsakes for your recipients. 

Save the Date Postcards
Save the date postcards are easy and inexpensive to make, and you don't have to be a graphic designer. Design layouts can either be found online or are contained in the template files of most photo editing and greeting card design software. These resources are very user-friendly. Blank postcards are available at most office supply or craft stores, or you can purchase a good quality card stock and use a postcard template.
Once you have the supplies you need to design and print your save the date postcards, all you have to do is put your creativity to work. To help get those creative neurons flowing, here are a few ideas to use as inspiration:

-Miniaturized mock movie posters with the name of the bride and groom substituted for the stars. Put your wedding date where a movie’s release date would usually go.
- A picture of the wedding location, substituting ‘Wish You Were Here’ with ‘Hope You Can Come’ or ‘Save the Date’. You can also include more details about the location.
- Magazine covers or newspaper features with the big news and details added.

Save the Date Photo Magnets
Save the date photo magnets are another great option that are inexpensive to make and easy to design, These can be placed on a refrigerator, file cabinet or any other metallic surface, ensuring the date is front and center.

Ideas for the design run the gamut from a photo of the couple and their wedding date super-imposed over it to a mini calendar that has the date outlined with a heart or wedding bell shape. The save the date photo magnets can reflect a wedding theme or interest of the wedding couple, such as a favorite sport or hobby.  In addition to including a memorable image, these cards can be trimmed with a border or ribbons in the bride's colors.

Magnet material can be bought online or at craft stores. You purchase magnets that are either buttons or rolls of sheets, which can be custom cut into any size or shape.

The photos should be printed on photo paper or card stock. They should then be cut and glued to the magnet. The bride and groom can set aside an afternoon together to assemble as many as needed in no time.

Inventive layouts and themes, clip art, downloadable design software and templates, and craft stores can help make your save the date postcards or save the date magnets fun, creative, and memorable. Regardless of what you decide to use to make your cards, be sure to make them include personal touches of both you and your soon-to-be spouse. 

Thank you so much Joanne, from the Black Pearl Weddings team. x

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