The time has come to reveal our save the dates!
As most people know, Matt and I met when he joined my swim team, the Gators, freshman year of high school. We became good friends over the next few years and eventually realized that the feelings we had for each other were more than friendship. We started dating senior year and have been together since.
When thinking about ideas for our save the dates, I knew that I wanted to do something creative and not very formal. After many brainstorm sessions and prototypes, we eventually decided on an idea. A friend of mine, who I actually swam with when I was 6-10 years old, created the graphic design for us. It was a relatively painless process that started with a simple idea and ended with more than 100 envelopes delivered across the country.
I purchased a stamp from Etsy with our address on it. This certainly saved a lot of time when it came to the return address!
I found stickers (on MAJOR discount) at Michaels and got the idea to put magnetic disks on the back. Our best man insisted that I get a magnetic save the date. Apparently, those are the ones that he is able to hold on to until the actual wedding. While I certainly liked that suggestion, the logistics and cost of putting our own design on a magnetic sheet was too much for me the handle. I decided that giving everyone their own magnet would solve the problem.
I “up-ed” the creativity level for the guests on our list that Matt and I used to swim with. Instead of the save the date magnets, I made little gators out of clothes pins. I painted them green, drew on a mouth with teeth and googly eyes. I then added magnetic tape to the back and sent them off.