Making Personalized Photo Save The Date Cards with Shutterfly

Last winter I got engaged, and now the wedding planning has begun in earnest! We’ve got our venue and our photographer, and I think I’ve even found The Dress! We’d originally planned to get married this September, but with everything on our plates at the moment, we elected to push the big day to next spring. It’s so important to both of us that the ceremony and reception be full of extra special details—those little touches that make a wedding unforgettable and meaningful both for everyone in attendance—and we don’t want to rush the process! Once we decided to take a bit of extra time to plan, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Then, I immediately turned my attention to the next big piece of the puzzle: Our stationery suite. Since elements like save the date cards and invitations are the first taste that guests get of the wedding, I want them to be as memorable and personal as the wedding itself!

save-the-dates via @citysage

I reached out to my friend Alissa Bell of Alissa Bell Press, and together we dreamed up a design that we could print using Shutterfly‘s option to upload your own save the date design. I knew I wanted to incorporate a photo into our save the date cards, but we haven’t taken any engagement photos yet. What I did have, however, was a photo that I took with my phone one of our dates—and it just happened to fit with the palette and theme that I’ve been developing for the wedding. We love to spend our Saturday mornings exploring new parts of the city, and the moody, rainy jungle leaf shot from one of those recent excursions not only lent itself perfectly to Shutterfly’s double-sided photo card printing but also beautifully represents the sense of adventure that we share in our relationship!

wedding planning inspiration via @citysage

I sent Alissa the photo and she used it to inspire the facing side of the save the date: a gorgeous line drawing with modern type that delivers to our guests the happy news that we’ll be getting married next April 21st! Using the jpg file she created, I uploaded our design to Shutterfly’s foolproof website. The order process took about 20 minutes, and within the week I had a sample to review! The green envelope lining matches the card perfectly, and the signature cardstock has such a luxe and satisfying weight. I’m so excited to pop these into the mail and give our guests a hint at the fun and thoughtful celebration to come!

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