Here's a reason to celebrate: fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta, is now translating his iconic prints onto paper for our parties! Teaming up with Paperless Post, his new line of stationery showcases everything we've come to love about the designer's signature prints and extraordinary embroideries. His delicate Chantilly laces are now elegant wedding invitations, while bold patterns from his 2013 ready-to-wear line will inspire your next Summer soiree. It's almost impossible to settle on a favorite, but here are a few of the best — available on paper or digitally — that caught our eye.
Long before your wedding date, guests will get their first impression of the event through your paper goods, so you want to be sure that your save the dates and invitations are right in line with your vision. Still, with so many creative, out-of-the-box ideas highlighted on Pinterest and wedding blogs, trying to find your original style for paper goods can feel intimidating — especially when you're trying to stick to a budget. Read on for answers to the most common questions related to paper goods, plus expert tips on style, trends, and logistics.
How do I make my paper goods stand out?
As Barbara Callow of Barbara Callow Calligraphy says, everyone wants to be unique, but that doesn't mean all the pieces in your suite need to be wildly different. Instead, she suggests that you focus your creativity on the save the date, which can be a more contemporary, colorful piece, then stick to more traditional invitations.
When it comes to fresh save the date designs, the sky's the limit. Barbara says she's written calligraphy on everything from pumpkins to fans to wine corks, so don't be afraid to bring innovative ideas to your paper vendor. Hoping to add an original touch but stick with a more classic style? Design a custom stamp to personalize your paper goods.
Read on for popular trends and tips to save on paper goods.
The hard part (selecting a wedding date) is over, now it's time to get creative on your wedding save-the-date cards. With the popularity of smartphone photo apps, there are dozens of ways to share your "I do" plans in a style all your own. Or try a wallet-sized card to keep your date top of mind for guests. However you want to share the big news, opt for one of these quirky, frame-ready styles.
- Moo.com — Moo's line of pint-sized business cards, MiniCards, is one of the most affordable options we've found for printing save the dates. Measuring just less than three inches by one inch, these cards cost $20 for a set of 100 and give you the option of total photo and text customization or the use of Moo's own save the date template.
- Postagram — All the steps of making a save the date in one app. Seriously. Choose a photo from your Instagram collection, add the important wedding details, include recipients with their snail mail addresses, and Postagram does the rest. Each photo postcard is $1.
- PopBooth — The same idea as Postagram — choose photos, recipients, and send — except these are in a photo booth layout with a pop of bright pink. Each mailed PopBooth photo strip postcard is $2.
- StickyGram — Turn a single Instagram photo into a save the date that'll be chic and informative on a guest's refrigerator with Stickygram. At $15 for a pack of nine magnets, this option is best for a smaller wedding.
- DIY Photo Strips — Want to go the DIY route? Get creative by including the wedding details in several Instagram photos (think handmade signs, chalkboards, or added text) and make your own combination of photo booth-style strips to send to guests, thanks to CNET's tips.
Which online or photo service did you use for the perfect save the date?
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Feathers, ribbons, and rope, oh my! I'm loving all the creative ways invitation makers are thinking outside the cardstock with funky accents. The adorned wedding invites and save the dates can be antique-y, glam, or homespun, but they are anything but ho hum. If you're in need of some chic inspiration for your big day's pretty papers, look no further!
It's Wedding Season on the PopSugar Network and we're asking readers to share their tips for making the big day magical, but budget friendly. Reader Lauren shared this savvy tip in the How Do You Save? group.
Save the dates for weddings are important, your guests need to plan ahead but it is a fact of life that most will end up in the garbage. I know I have received some expensive Save the Dates like magnets and elaborate paper invitations. While my husband wanted to send an email, I still wanted to send something in the mail (email is just so informal in my opinion). To keep the cost down, we compromised and made our own postcards. We used a picture from our recent trip to Costa Rica where he had proposed and a vintagey Martha Stewart postcard template for the back. I found a local printing company: PS Print that could print the postcards inexpensively since we had created the design. For less than $40 with postage, we sent our save the dates!