Now that I am through the madness of pulling together a DIY wedding, I am excited to share all the details with you! I have LOTS of details to share as this was truly one of the most amazing events I have ever been part of…scratch that…it was THE MOST amazing event I have ever been a part of!
So…let’s get started…
In the initial planning stages I really had it in my mind that we should cut as many costs as possible. My mother, on the other hand, had a more “do it right” attitude. I am blessed to have parents that were able to not only take that stance, but to produce. This was difficult for me at first but my mother wanted to make sure it was all done right…it is, after all, the only wedding I intend to have. That is not to say that we didn’t search high and low for deals, or make 400 trips to Hobby Lobby to buy one thing at a time with a 40% off coupon, or spend a GREAT DEAL of time working on details ourselves – because we did.
I debated whether or not to send out Save The Dates. Even though we have a lot of friends and family out of state, surly they would hear the good news and mark their calendars without receiving official notice of the event, right?
For a wedding on a super tight budget, this is definitely a detail that can be skipped. Consider printing costs AND postage — these details can really add up!
This was not a detail skipped for my big day. We decided on Save the Date postcards. And, we didn’t go with the current ‘fad’ of having our picture on the card. We didn’t have engagement pictures taken at all — it was one thing I was adamant about; we would not spend money on pictures that would only months later be replaced by wedding photos anyway.
Instead, we found a postcard with this adorable picture:
Instead of including a TON of information on this announcement, I had this poem I found, loved and saved long ago, printed on the ‘larger side’:
Once in a lifetime, you find someone special, your lives intermingle, and somehow you know…
This is the beginning of all you have longed for, a love you can build on, a love that will grow…
Once in a lifetime, to those who are lucky, a miracle happens, and dreams all come true…
I know it can happen, it happened to me, for I’ve found my ‘once in a lifetime’ with you.
The other side contained a brief announcement of the date and location, as well as information to our wedding website where guests could go for additional details, if they were so inclined.
Then I hand addressed this large stack of cards, and we mailed them out about 3 months before the Big Day:
What are your thoughts about Save The Dates? Helpful? Nice but unnecessary? Total waste of money? Shout out your vote in the comments section below — help other brides planning their big day by sharing your opinion!