Save the date creation fiasco

Save the Date – DIY date cards

The first step of planning a wedding after booking your venue, the one that informs people of your intentions, is save the date cards.

Save the dates are sent out ASAP asking people to keep the date open in advance. They are available in several different card designs as well as more unique items.  Regardless of if you make your own or buy them, go for something basic or extravagant their main purpose is to provide basic information.

We did research on wedding save the dates and decided as we would later be sending out invites we didn’t want to also send out cards for save the date. Instead we decided we wanted something a bit more unique which wouldn’t end up in the back of a draw and forgotten about.

There are plenty of ideas out there but the two we liked most were save the date bags and magnets.

Magnets can be ordered from vista print with several different designs.

we particularly liked the silhouett wedding designs which can be found here:|191095%2c143762|137|0&uei=190325&ag=true&ssc=1&filter=4%3a10003||1%2c9%3a10013||1%2c3%3a10038||1&xnav=previews&xnid=button_12&rd=2&ref=1&||1%26xnav%3dsearch

However we were unsure of the quality of the magnets and decided we would prefer something homemade and therefore more personal.

We decided that we would make save the date bags.

To do this we bought bags from the clever bagger and persuaded my other half that I knew what I was doing when it comes to fabric transfer.

Turns out it is not as easy as I remember.

I tried a few different methods including using baking paper but eventually admitted defeat and decided to buy fabric transfer paper.

I scoured ebay and managed to purchase 20 sheets for under £5.

This didn’t go as well as planned either. After spending several hours creating a design which could be printed onto the bags and finally figuring out how to flip it so the image was mirrored not only would the design not smoothly transfer but the printer also ran out of ink.

Of course I ordered more ink and had attempt no 2.

This time I created a much smaller motif and again followed the iron on instructions.

The first attempt succeeded and I was elated

I gave my first save the date bag to a friend from out of town who was visiting for the day.

Then I decided to make a few more.

Ironing the patterns takes a few minutes each so I decided to just make four and see how they turned out.

Two turned out fine the other two had the same problem as my original design. The fabric paper would not smoothly come away from the bag without taking the design with it.

Now I have two finished bags and two I am unsure what to do with. However I hope to sort it out next week and will update you on my progress or lack thereof once I have had a chance to play around.


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Save the dates

Its been a busy few days My sister has graduated , I started a new job and
now have a wedding date. although individually these are pretty awesome
events together combined with the fabulous weather they have put me in
mood where anything is achievable.

Today I finally managed to book our wedding in the church diary. The
official date will be Saturday the 13th of September 2014. Now all we
need to do is send out our save the date cards (post to follow) and
decide on a reception venue before the true fun of wedding planning can

I went to my sisters graduation yesterday. a wonderful experience which made me realise how much we have grown up. We are close in age and now both planning for our life after university (although I still have one year left).

Another big thing was my first day at a new job today. lots of firsts but plenty of opportunity to continue doing new things aswell.

now I am waiting for craft supplies so I can make my save the date cards and post them on thier way.

How has your week been thus far? let s know….

Save The Date Concept

Save The Date Concept (Photo credit: Jerad Hill Photographer)


The wedding song.

Wedding Dress For Happy Couple in Love

Wedding Dress For Happy Couple in Love (Photo credit:

I’m getting married ! and what better to celebrate the announcement than Bob Dylan’s wedding song :

I love you more than ever, more than time and more than love
I love you more than money and more than the stars above
I love you more than madness, more than waves upon the sea
I love you more than life itself, you mean that much to me.

Ever since you walked right in the circle’s been complete
I’ve said goodbye to haunted rooms and faces in the street
In the courtyard of the jester which is hidden from the sun
I love you more than ever and I haven’t yet begun.

Me and my fiance have finally decided to set a date for our wedding. We want to keep the costs as low as possible so we will be doing it ourselves where possible and only calling in the experts where it is cheaper to do so or in an area we have no clue whatsoever and necessity demands.

We have already decided on our guest list of 50 guests. Now we need to finalize the date with the vicar who is not back till Monday and send out save the dates.

There is a huge list of stuff to organize in the next month or so but once that is sorted there will be little else until about a month before the wedding.

Here is the list of what me and The Count came up with when starting our list of things we need to do

Wedding countdown to do list

Finalise guest list

Decide budget

Inform bridal party of date

Book church

Book reception venue

Choose theme/ colour scheme

Pick dress and suit

Send out save the date cards

Choose and order invites

Set up a wedding website

Investigate photographers

look into Entertainment

research Caterers

Decide on honeymoon plans


Choose Music

Create an order of service

Decide on order of plans for wedding day

Hair and makeup

Choose a cake




Menu cards

Table plan

Seating arrangements cards for guests

Table decorations