I have become the pickiest bride ever…but that’s nothing a surprise. I was picky the first time, too. Did I just say that? Oops.

Now, I know there’s a million ideas on Pinterest, however I wanted something very different for the save the date cards. Nothing on Pinterest was working for me. Our wedding is taking place in Kauai, so we wanted a tropical vibe for the save the dates (and our invitations, more on that another time) however options that we were seeing just weren’t cutting it.

The vibe of our wedding is modern, glam, and fun. And the save the dates needed to set the tone for everything, including the invites.

Jeff and I designed these ourselves, and then passed the design over to my dad at The Printer. He tells me I am his worst customer. What can I say, I am picky as fuck.

Here are all of the details: We used a 100 lb paper, custom de-bossing of a leaf that Jeff drew in InDesign, and letter-pressed all of the text with a gold foil.

My dad brought it all to life and we couldn’t be more happy with how they turned out. Now on to design the invitations…

So here are my top tips for choosing your wedding stationery:

+ Set your budget: This is not a fun step, but it is so necessary. You can literally spend thousands of dollars on invitations…which is probably not where you want the bulk of your wedding budget to go. Knowing what you can spend will help keep you focused as you shop around and decide on what you want: letterpress, foiling, embossing, debossing, heavy paper, etc.

+ Every invitee will open your invitation. Let it set the tone for your event. I really like the idea of starting out light and getting more detailed and dramatic, even with the save the date, and then the invite.

Let me know what you did for your wedding invites?

xo, Lynn