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DIY Confetti Save-the-Date

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In the spirit of New Year’s Eve (next month!), this confetti save-the-date project is a great way to kick off the holiday season. And if you needed any more convincing, it costs well under a dollar each to make them. Let’s see how Anniemade created them:

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

From Anniemade: Nothing says celebration more than confetti, so why not kick the party off right with this clever and bright save the dates?

With the use of a few hole punches, here’s a fabulous way to feature your engagement photos, photos of your wedding site, and send some fun to your guests from the get-go.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies (to be adjusted per Save the Date quantity needed)

2.5″ hole punch
1″ hole punch
1/8″ hole punch
Baker’s twine
Tissue Paper or cardstock in different colors
8.5 x 11″ pieces of white cardstock
Scissors
Printed Photos
Spray Adhesive
Glassine Envelopes

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

Directions:

Prepping your circles

In Word Doc or similar, type your information to fit on 2.5″ circles (the font we used is from Google Web called Oswald). Print the amount you need for your save the dates onto cardstock sheets.

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

Punching your circles

Using your printed sheets, punch each circle out with your 2.5″ hole punch.

When finished, turn to your photos (we chose five different ones) and punch 2.5″ circles from each photograph.

If you’d like, you can use the excess 4×6″ photos to create abstract confetti to add to your envelopes. If you’re a whiz at the computer and want to make things even faster, you could also use digital or scanned photos to print many on one page of photo paper, digitally cropped to 2.5″ circles. Both of these suggestions are optional though.

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

Assembling the circle garland

Use spray adhesive to adhere each photo circle to each cardstock piece. When each combined circle is dry, use your 1/8″ hole punch to punch a hole on both middle ends of your cardstock circle.

Then tie small pieces of your bakers twine with a double knot on one hole. Connect the small piece to the next circle using the hole in that circle, creating a chain. We recommend beginning with “Save the Date” then tying to “The Wedding of” so the text reads left to right.

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com
DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

DIY Confetti Save-the-Date via ruffledblog.com

View step-by-step photos

If you’d like, amp up the confetti by punching 1″ holes from your favorite colors of tissue paper using the 1″ hole punch. Drop in a clear vellum envelope with your confetti chain save the date.

Your guests will pull out a whole lot of awesome when they get this fun heads up in the mail.

Printable Save-the-Date

Free Downloads

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Rabbit Hole Design from Wedding Friends team is back to share a second delicious free download. These editable save-the-date bookmarks are perfect for any couple who loves books! Just add your names + wedding date and print! We just can’t resist the Provençal touch.

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printable save the date bookmark
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Download bookmark save-the-date

Save-the-Date Wheel

Free Downloads

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Tammy of Uniquity Invitations created this save-the-date download from an old template I shared here a few years ago. She gave it a fresh + fun spin on it, and color palette came just in time to mail them over Valentine’s Day! The downloads are editable, so you can just type in your information and print. As you spin the “wheel”, each corner will reveal the where, who and when of your I do’s.


save the date wheel
save the date wheel
save the date wheel


View step-by-step photos

What you’ll need:
– X-acto knife
– eyelets and eyelet setter
– paper punch or eyelet punch

Print your square cards and punch a hole on the center of each. Cut the window for the cover card with a x-acto knife (there may be hole punches with the right size!). Layer both cover and back cards and attach eyelet with the help of an eyelet setter. Leave a bit of wiggle room for the cards to spin.

Download save-the-date wheel.

MagnetStreet Weddings Giveaway

Giveaways, Sponsored

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We love it when we can kick off the morning with a really fantastic giveaway for our lovely readers! Today’s giveaway is from our long-time sponsor, MagnetStreet, who you may already know for their Save the Dates & Save the Date Magnets. They are completely customizable so you can choose fonts, colors and wording, in addition to uploading your engagement session photo to most designs. Before you delve deep into their hundreds of design options, read on below about how to win 150 free wedding save-the-dates.

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MagnetStreet is offering a giveaway of 150 Personalized Save the Dates (value of $178.50 + includes free UPS regular ground shipping), in any design or shape! All of their designs can be easily personalized with your own colors, photos, fonts and wording and there are hundreds of designs and a variety of shapes to choose from!

Here’s how to enter:

Visit MagnetStreet and then leave a comment below letting us know which design you would choose if you win. We will pick a lucky winner randomly and we will announce him/her this Friday, September 23.

Please note: If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been exerted within 3 business days from the date of the giveaway drawing, a second winner will be picked.

Luggage Tag Download

Free Downloads

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When Gourmet Invitations sent us this Save-the-Date download, we were instantly taken by these little luggage tags! What a cute idea for a couple who loves to travel or for a couple hosting a destination wedding. The damask pattern adds just the right amount of pretty and the fonts are fresh and fun. So we’re pretty excited to offer all our readers this free template to brighten up your Thursday! Click here to download these sweet Save the Dates and for instructions on how to assemble them.

Gourmet Invitations is a member of Blue Label.

Fall 2010 Martha Stewart Weddings

Design Inspiration

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Received my copy in the mail a few days ago, and let me tell you how much you will love this issue. Aside from offering gorgeous wedding ideas as always, in this issue there is something extra that will make you giddy to see more…

 deep red garden roses bouquet Fall weddings

Remember this awesome DIY Decoder save-the-date I posted back in February? Well, they got templates and instructions that you wanted so badly :)

 encrypted diy decoder 3d glasses save-the-date

You can find spy glass decoder lens here or here, but you will have to keep your eyes peeled for when the downloads go live on their site!

 still life painting fine art wedding cake inspired black red

Their article on wedding cakes inspired by Fine Arts is unbelievably beautiful.

vintage 1950s bridal fashion bow tie wedding veil

Their fashion articles in this issue are chock full of amazing vintage-inspired looks. The Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2010 issue hits newsstands in just a few days, so you can your get copy soon!

French Provincial Save-the-Date

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We have lots of great things to share today! Gia from betsywhite stationery stopped by with another gorgeous wedding template, this time with Save-the-Date announcements! Here’s some thoughts from Gia:

Hi Ruffled readers! This month’s DIY template was inspired by a color palette my talented intern put together for Flights of Fancy last week. I absolutely love the shabby chic meets French garden feeling of this palette:

inspiration board color palette betsywhite flights of fancy

I tried to incorporate the same feminine touches and slightly vintage feeling to this Save-the-Date design. I hope you like!

betsywhite save the date blue pink
As usual, I’ve included a couple bonus palettes as well… Enjoy!

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Download Save-the-Date invitation template PDF template. The template is editable, so you can type in your information + print + send!

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Inspiration board photo credits:
First row: Ole Dress via Anthropologie,  K Holly via Snippet and Ink, Scott Clark; Middle row: John Derian via Martha Stewart Weddings, Sarah Kate via Style Me Pretty; Bottom row: Oisoioi via Decor8Carla Ten Eyck via Style Me Pretty


Roaring 1920s Wedding Suite

Wedding Design

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Megan from MaeMae Paperie recently sent over this beautiful 1920s inspired wedding suite and just had to gush over how fabulous the entire design is. The colors are just right and the logo of the couple on many of the pieces is so sweet. I’m especially loving that Save-the-Date card, the illustration reminds me of poichoir stenciling typical from the 1920s.

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roaring twenties wedding invitations

Check out more images from this vintage wedding suite on her blog today!

DIY Vintage Save-the-Date

DIY Projects

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I am beyond thrilled to be a guest blogger for Brides Magazine today! This save-the-date project I created is so easy, it almost feels wrong! With the same concept, you can make menus, escort cards and place cards stamped on nearly anything. Think vintage hankies, napkins, kraft paper, … any flat surface will do (be sure to buy metal/glass ink pad if you’re stamping on hard surfaces).


With a stamp kit from Staples (about $25 with ink pad), I created this simple save-the-date card using vintage postcards I found on eBay. Craigslist is a magical place for postcard lots if you have time and patience to wait for a local listing. There you can find large lots for next to nothing!

Alternating between the large and the small fonts, I placed the letters on the stamp with the help of the tweezers that come with it. Luckily, you only place the letters once – once that’s ready it’s a breeze! You can also use the smaller stamp for your return address on the envelopes. It will match the font on the save-the-dates and give a crisp vintage vibe! See the entire blog post here.

And while we’re at it, stay tuned for our second annual DIY Contest — coming soon!

Hello!Lucky Giveaway

Giveaways, Sponsored

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It’s time for another giveaway! This time, from one of our awesome sponsors – Hello! Lucky. Two lucky readers will win a set of 100 digital save-the-date cards by Hello! Lucky. Below are just a few of our new favorites:

Hello! Lucky save the date creative hand drawn fonts modern cards
Giddy yet? See below for how to enter to win!
Hello! Lucky Save the Date card giveaway creative design

Simply leave a comment telling us which design you will choose if you win! You can start choosing by clicking here. The contest ends on Sunday, June 13th at 11:59 pm EST, and the two winners will be randomly selected and will be announced the following Friday. You can enter once a day to increase your chances of winning!

DIY Vintage Postcard Save-the-Date

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Only one week left to enter our DIY Contest! Simply use an old/used item in a DIY project and send me 4-6 photos (600 pixels wide), instructions and a list of materials to amanda @ruffledblog.com. The first place winner will receive $500, and the second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry, so get cracking!

Our next participant is Heather, who recycled vintage postcards and used them as save-the-date cards. She shares how she removed the ink on used postcards, but this can be a quick project if you have unused vintage postcards.

DIY Vintage Postcard Save-the-Date

– Vintage postcards – they can be found at most antique stores…some searching is required, but that’s part of the fun. Postcards that have never been used are most desirable, but those are pretty hard to find, so those written on with ball point pen or pencil are best as a second choice.
– Bleach
– Q-tips
– Rubber gloves
– Paper towels
– A pot used to boil water.
– Typewriter (optional).

The postcards before:
DIY Vintage Postcard Save-the-Date
and after:
DIY Vintage Postcard Save-the-Date
Instructions:

First, find your postcards. You may want to get a few more than you actually need. In doing this project I found that some of the postcards that looked like they would be the easiest to clean up were actually impossible to clean and were unusable. Save yourself a trip and just get a few extras at the beginning.

Secondly, the postcards need to be prepared. To remove the stamp: Boil water on the stove until it starts to steam. Hold the postcard over the steam to loosen stamp (this may take 5 minutes or so) and remove the stamp with tweezers. I suggest removing the stamps first so that you can avoid having the ink on your save the date message running!

Next, the postcards need to be cleaned of any old writing. Postcards that were written on with pencil are the easiest because they can usually just be erased. To remove ballpoint pen ink: put on rubber gloves, get out bleach, q-tips, and a paper towel which has been run under water and then rung out so that it is slightly damp. Dip one q-tip in bleach and run the q-tip along each line of text. The ink should start to disappear. After bleaching a few rows of text, wipe the postcard clean with the damp paper towel. Continue this process until the ink is gone. It may take a few swipes, and some ink may not come off at all. The postmark will not be removed, but I think having the old postmark is one of the best things about these save the date cards.

Finally, type out your message! You’ll need to keep it simple as there is not a lot of room on old postcards, but we were able to include all necessary information. The postcards don’t have to be typed out on a typewriter, although it does add to the authenticity of the postcards. I went out and bought a typewriter to do these save the dates because I knew I would use it in the future. Some libraries still provide usage of typewriters.

These save the date cards take time, but in my opinion, they’re worth it. Because most of them can be found for between 25 cents and 1 dollar they tend to be cheaper than normal save the dates, and they can be mailed for 28 cents instead of the usual 44 cents.

Water Balloon Engagement Session

Engagement Sessions

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This engagement session shot by Daniel Kiyoi brings back sweet childhood memories of summer. Matt and Julie had so much fun with their engagement session it should be illegal! Hoping the trend catches on quickly, because I am loving this. The energy they give off in these photos is amazing.

Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea
Water Balloon engagement session save the date idea

See more photos from this session on Daniel’s blog.

Katie + Josh's Eco Chic Wedding

Real Weddings

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Love eco-friendly weddings, probably just as much as I love vintage weddings! Their 60’s psychedelic styled invitations and vinyl record save-the-date “cards” (!) set the tone for Katie and Josh’s modern chic affair. Katie’s dress is one of my favorite wedding gowns ever…it’s the Scarlet by Monique Lhuillier. Shot by the talented Annie McElwain.

Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Katie’s advice to those who planning their weddings:

My first piece of advice for new brides would be to figure out what you and your future husband love and marry those idea’s. My greatest achievement with planning our wedding was that I was able to incorporate my loves, his loves, and our loves.

Secondly, when looking for a dress try to only bring one other person that knows you well or go alone. The dress you wear should be the dress you pick and love, not what other people say looks best. After you’ve decided on one, then bring whomever you’d like to see it. Of course everyone is different, but that’s what worked best for me and ultimately with friends of mine that were recently married.

Thirdly, try to have fun! Wedding planning doesn’t need to be stressful, just ask for help where you need it. And lastly, trust your instincts. You know you and your fiance best. My wedding was also 80% Eco Friendly. If you are looking to have a “green” wedding, it can be done without compromising your style.

Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding
Eco Chic Wedding

Wedding Planner: Camilla Ghedini / Florist: Gilly’s Flowers / Photography: Annie McElwain / Caterer: Eco-Caters / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca DuMoulin (brooklynhair@gmail.com) / Rabbi: Rabbi Jay Levi / DJ: Howie Pyro (googoomuck13@gmail.com): Video DJ: Chris Holmes (ashtarchris@hotmail.com) / Venue: The Smog Shoppe / Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals Invitations, Save the Dates, Place Cards, and Table Numbers: Michael Kendrick (if anyone should ask for his info, please let Katie know in the comment section) / Cake: The Cake Diva’s (organic, gluten free, sugar free) / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Lanvin / Groom’s Suit: J. Lindeberg / Shoes: Barney’s New York / Bridemaids Dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg

DIY Decoder Save-the-Dates

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How fun are these decoder save-the-dates? I’m a nerd myself so you can imagine my excitement over this idea! They come with red glasses that reveal the message. I can’t hardly wait for their wedding, it’s going to be off the hook if you haven’t noticed yet. Shot by the darlings Kelly and Ryan from Kellan Studios.

From the bride,
“I did all the printing of the cards, envelopes, and stickers myself on a home inkjet and on a large-format printer, and we bought the decoder glasses online for about 20 cents a piece.” She said can custom design them if there’s anyone interested! Just leave a note below and I will give her email address.

Secret reveal decoder 3d red glass save the dates
Secret reveal decoder 3d red glass save the dates
Secret reveal decoder 3d red glass save the dates