DIY Weddings: Save-the-Dates
Wedding season usually spans from May to September in the UK, although winter weddings are on the rise! As the season is approaching, we think that it make sense to focus our attention to wedding-themed crafting. DIY (or ‘Do It Yourself’) weddings are increasing in popularity. They mean that you can personalise your wedding whilst saving a significant amount of money, proving that you don’t have to break the budget to have the wedding of your dreams. Your wedding is your chance to show your guests who you are as a couple. Whether you’re crafting wizards or creative newbies, we’ve found DIY wedding projects to cater for every couple’s skill set. To begin, we’re looking at DIY save-the-date card projects.
One of the most important tasks while planning a wedding is making sure that your guests are kept up to date with arrangements. Before you send out formal invitations, it’s a great idea to send them save-the-date cards. You may not have all your planning underway (or any idea of who’s going to cater your wedding!) but this will ensure that the people you want at your wedding will know to keep the date free. Whilst announcing your wedding date, save-the-dates also act as informal invitations. They let your guests know that they will be invited to join in with your celebrations. Save-the-dates aren’t necessities, but it’s advised to send them if you’re planning a wedding abroad or during the peak holiday season, especially!
What Should You Include in Save-the-Date Cards?
As a rule of thumb, save-the-date cards should be sent around 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding date. These informal cards should contain the following information:
- Your name and your partner’s name.
- The location you’ll marry (it doesn’t have to be the venue – a city is fine!).
- The date you’re planning to wed.
- You could also include a little message stating that an invitation will follow shortly.
How Can You Make Save-the-Dates?
Many couples love traditional save-the-date cards, however, in recent years we’ve noticed that they tend to lean more towards doing something a little different. Ditching the classic for the quirky. Save-the-dates don’t have to match the theme of your wedding; see them as you dipping your toe in the water. This is your opportunity as a couple to show your creative side and really display your individuality. For that reason, we’ve created 4 different styles of save-the-date cards. One sticks to a traditional style, while the others are a little more out-there!
1. Theatre Ticket Save-the-Dates
If you and your fiance(e) are big film buffs or fans of the West End, this theatre ticket save-the-date idea will be perfect for you. With a retro feel (as opposed to flimsy modern cinema tickets) this style of save-the-date card is wonderfully unique and incredibly simple to put together. Design them on your PC or follow these simple to steps to craft them by hand!
- Tilda Ticket Die Template
- Die-Cutting Machine
- Cardstock (of your choice)
- Teresa Collins Personalised Stamp Gift Box
- Teresa Collins Banner Stamp Set
- Black Pen or Artist Markers
- Layer up the vintage-style ticket die with your choice of cardstock and run it through your die-cutting machine to cut out the ticket shape. Alternatively, you could print out a ticket template or draw your own shape and cut it out of several pieces of card at once.
- Use the ‘Save the Date’ sentiment in the banner stamp set with Teresa Collins’ Self-Inking Stamper to create the focal message on your ticket. Alternatively, you can hand-draw your own design using pens or artist markers. Calligraphy is a great option here.
- Write down all the important information that your guests will need, including your names, the location of your wedding (if possible), and the date of the wedding.
2. Felt Heart Fridge Magnet Save-the-Dates
Felt hearts are a fantastic alternative to standard save-the-date cards, offering cute little keepsakes of your big day. Want to know the best part? They double up as fridge magnets! So easy and very cheap to make, these homemade hearts will show your guests that you have a lot of love to give. It doesn’t matter if you have stitching skills or not; a straight stitch is all you need. These DIY hearts are sure to tug at the heart strings of your nearest and dearest!
- Red Felt (or colour of your choice)
- Custom Stamp & Ink or a Fabric Pen
- Fabric Glue
- Small Adhesive Magnets
- Sewing Pins
- Needle & Thread (matching colour)
- Sewing Scissors
- Cut out as many pairs of hearts as you need from your felt (each guest will need two). They don’t have to be absolutely perfect – it’ll add to the handmade charm! The only necessity is that your hearts are larger than the size of your magnets. If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, simply print out a heart-shaped template and cut around that.
- Cut a 4cm piece of ribbon for each of the hearts. Write the date of your wedding on one side of the ribbon using a fabric pen. Alternatively, use mini number stamps or a custom stamp with ink to print the date onto the ribbon. Print your names on the other side.
- Remove the adhesive backing on one of the magnets and stick it in the centre of one of the hearts. Then, glue down a ribbon next to the magnet using fabric glue. Layer the second heart on top of the first (encasing the magnet and glued section of the ribbon).
- Pin the heart in place, then stitch the two hearts together using a needle and thread. Ideally, the thread should match the colour of the felt so that it blends in. Start stitching at the ribbon to secure that first, then work your way around (removing pins as you go).
3. World Map Paper Aeroplane Save-the-Dates
If you want to send off your save-the-dates in style, paper aeroplanes are a great idea. Perfect for a world travelling duo, they’re constructed from map pages and even feature a little compass that reveals the date! It’s interactive, personalised, and a whole lot of fun for all.
- Map Pages (from an Atlas or printed)
- Mini Letter & Number Stamps
- Craft Knife or Scissors
- If you’d like your aeroplane to show the location of your wedding, find the right page in an atlas and carefully cut it out. Then, if you’d like to send the same page to all your guests, photocopy the page before you begin. Otherwise, cut out other pages.
- Begin by creating your aeroplane. Fold the page in half lengthways and crease down the middle, then unfold and smooth out. Fold the top two corners along the centre crease to form two little triangles; this will create a point at the top. Then, press to fold flat.
- Fold down the slanted edges at the top so they run along the centre crease. Take the whole right side of the paper over to the left side so that they sit alongside the middle crease. Then, fold down the top folded edge on one side so that it runs along the original middle crease. You’ve just created the first wing!
- Flip over the map and repeat. Fold the slanted edge over to meet the middle crease to form your other wing. Slightly unfold both wings and you’ll have a paper plane!
- Now it’s time to make the compass. Cut out a 3″ x 3″ circle from cardstock and write or stamp your wedding date and names on it. Then, mark ‘N’, ‘E’, ‘S’, and ‘W‘.
- Cut out another circle of the same size, but this time incorporate little points pointing north, south, east and west extending from the circle. Layer the plain circle on top of the pointed one, then use a craft knife or small scissors to pierce a tiny hole in the centre (just big enough for a pin). Then, push a brad through the hole and secure it.
4. Classic & Elegant Save-the-Date Cards
Many couples prefer a classic wedding as opposed to something a little quirkier. That’s why this elegant save-the-date card project is one of our favourites. Featuring neutral rose-tinted cardstock, coordinating ribbons and gatefold styling, this traditional card is always a winner.
- Cardstock (colour of your choice)
- Scoring Tool
- Scissors or Craft Punches
- White Cardstock & Pen
- Ribbons in 2 Styles (coordinating)
- Bow Maker (optional)
- Firstly, create the gatefold card. Lay your piece of cardstock horizontally in front of you. Fold each of the ends of the cardstock into the centre so that they meet in the middle, like a gate. To do this accurately, you should score a vertical line 1/4 across the cardstock and another vertical line 3/4 across the cardstock. This will create perfect folds for your card. Alternatively, score a middle line and fold to that.
- Next, you need to create the curved edges at either side of the gatefold. To curve them like we did, you’ll need a lot of patience and some skill! Simply mark an inch down from both sides of the fold and sketch a curve going from one side, up to the middle of the top, then back down the other side. Carefully cut the curve out with scissors. Alternatively, change the design slightly by using craft punches to create pretty effects! Round the corners with a corner punch, or punch elegant swirls along the sides.
- Write a little note on white card that includes details of your wedding (your names, the wedding date, and an idea of the location – if you have one) or print one out. Insert it into the gatefold card, then grab your coordinating ribbons. Wrap each ribbon around your card and tie them in little bows. If you struggle to tie neat bows, use a Bow Maker!