save the date

For those of you who don’t know, I was married this past July. Since crafting, design, and baking have always been a big part of my life, I knew I’d be DIYing some aspects of the wedding. Now that the wedding is past and I have more time to post, I’d like to share some of that planning here.

To start, I’ll write a bit about our save the date cards. Early on in the planning my husband, Ben, and I decided to have a movie theme for the event. We also wanted the wedding and reception to be laid back and casual, so what better way to set the tone than through this first announcement to our guests.
inspirationWedding Chicks Mad Men inspired Save the Date; design seeds macro purple; design seeds ranunculus petals

While our wedding theme was movies, my inspiration actually came from a save the date card referencing the tv show Mad Men. I loved the silhouette, bold colors, and strong fonts in this card. The color palette is inspired by the bird of paradise, my favorite flower. However, I opted for subtler hues of purple and orange for a softer feel.

finalproduct‘Amity Jack’ font via; ‘SF Distant Galaxy’ font via; printed by

I used the Mad Men card as a jumping off point and created postcards featuring each of our favorite movies: Jaws for me, and Star Wars for Ben (his favorite is Episode V, but I used the Episode IV poster because it’s more recognizable). We realize neither of these movies scream “romance,” but we felt that was part of the fun. And they would definitely be uniquely us! I added wedding bouquets and a garter to the original movie posters, and downloaded the film fonts for added authenticity.

It was fun designing my own save the date cards. However, I realized I am a very demanding client! I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, but I spent a lot more time reworking the graphics, swapping colors, and nudging pixels than I expected. Still, I’m very pleased with the final product and received many rave reviews from our guests!

Pinterest was a great resource for finding wedding inspiration, and is where I found the Mad Men save the date cards. I can’t recommend the site enough for those who need help planning a big event. Should any of you wish to pin my inspiration and final product, here’s a full graphic:



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