Running from the Law: Save the Date

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Save the Date

I realized that I still haven’t posted about our Save the Date cards. Shame on me! Ok, here goes.

As with all my other paper, I wanted something a little different with some personality. I wanted our Save the Dates to reflect the rustic feeling of our wedding in the mountains. Ryan is an obsessed fly fisherman and we had picked an amazing fly fishing ranch for our ceremony and reception and I wanted to incorporate that in some way. I wanted the Save the Dates to appeal Ryan, as well as the rest of our guests. Something unique; something simple; somethign rustic but elegant; something us. Let the searching begin!

Initially I thought I’d make them myself. I came up with a couple designs and finally had something that I liked. However, no matter what I did, when I printed them out, I hated them. They just looked too home-made and crafty. Like a bad scrapbooking project by someone who has no idea what she’s doing. Ok, on to plan B.

I made an appointment at a local invitation store and spent about 6 hours looking through book after enormous book. I just didn’t find anything I loved. And frankly, the decisions and options were overwhelming. Each book had about ten million invitations in each, all of which could be customized in a bizillion different ways. What paper, what color, what graphic, what font, what envelope? Oh the choices! I left feeling like I was never going to be able to make up my mind. I spent the next week contemplating just sending out emails...I know! What is the world coming to?

Plan C was get back online and spend hours on the internet looking for something, anything! I did every search possible for rustic, natural and western, but not country. No luck. Most of the Save the Dates were just too “weddingy.” They had bows and hearts and bells. No thanks. If they were "rustic" or "western" they had boots and spurs and lassos. No thanks again. And the destination wedding Save the Dates were all beaches and sunsets and boat drinks. Nope. I found a few designs that had pine trees or leaves, but they all felt too autumn wedding, not really rustic mountain wedding. I was a little nervous that I was going to have to have something custom-made, especially since this was just the Save the Dates and I hadn’t budgeted much for this project.

And then I stumpled upon Letters from Lilly, a website that sells specialty papers, invites and stationary. They have a number of products and you can choose your “theme” by picking one of their beautiful hand-drawn graphics. I was immediately attracted to them because of their gorgeous lined envelopes. And then…I found a dry fly graphic and immediately knew I had found our Save the Dates.
Here it is!

Below is the dry fly design that was at the top of our Save the Date cards and on the paper that lined our envelopes.

And here's a sample of the invite with the lined envelope. The cardstock was thick and textured. The printing was beautiful and the envelopes were a huge hit. Our guests loved them. I got so many compliments...even from guys! And best of all, they were completely "us."

Love them!! Thank you Letters From Lilly. Here's their website:

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