I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by… it’s hard to believe it is only 6 months or so until our wedding! Although we have booked most of the big parts (venue, photographer, DJ, dress etc), there’s still a million little things we need to get done!

I thought it would be neat to show off the little save-the-date cards we sent out just last week to all our guests. It’s part D-I-Y and part bought, but we really loved how they turned out!

Save the Date Wedding Cards

I purchased a calligraphy pen to do dip pen calligraphy. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be… and very messy! We also only bought the exact number of envelopes needed (not a good idea!) so there was no room for error with the handwritten addresses.

Save the Date Wedding Cards

I am actually really happy with how the calligraphy went. Although it wasn’t traditional formal calligraphy, I got the hang of dipping the pen in the ink, holding the pen properly, and learning how to regulate ink flow. In hindsight, it would have been easier to use a normal calligraphy pen, but I do like the effect the dip pen has.

Save the Date Wedding Cards

I love LOVE LOVE the save-the-date cards we ordered from Night Owl Paper Goods. These beautiful wooden invitations are very “west coast”, but still elegant enough for a wedding. We designed the artwork, layout, and text ourself using Adobe Illustrator, and then had Night Owl print them on their high-quality very thin birch cards. Each one is unique with the wood grain and they are very sturdy while still being light. They also came with envelopes and are very good value. We LOVED them! You can see both their custom wooden wedding invitations and their ready-to-go wooden wedding suites here. Highly recommended!

Save the Date Wedding Cards

I also did all the embossing and envelope decoration myself. Do-it-yourself embossing is time consuming but the final result is really cool! We cut a custom tree stamp into the correct size and shape.

Save the Date Wedding Cards Save the Date Wedding Cards

Then you sprinkle embossing powder onto the clear stamped area, and then gently shake it off so that only the shape you want remains.

Save the Date Wedding Cards

You then use a special heating tool to melt the powders which then gives a raised metallic sheen. Pretty!

Save the Date Wedding Cards

On the back of the cards, we used a gorgeous custom made return address stamp that we purchased from Etsy from Paperfinger. Bryn creates your return address stamp using hand-drawn calligraphy. Each letter and stamp is unique (it’s not a font!)! We really loved it!

Save the Date Wedding Cards

Last but not least, we attached a gold sticker seal to the back of each envelope and categorized them by country to get ready for mailing!

Save the Date Wedding Cards

Wohooo! One hundred custom Save-the-Dates done! And it only took 20 straight hours of work :)

What do you think?

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  1. lyns Says:

    Love them, so original…but then again in Texas we just use regular old paper…

  2. Liv Says:

    Yay we got ours in the mail. it’s so elegant and laid back at the same time. LOVE the glittery tree stamp – the whole thing is so west coast. And the effort you and Allan put into it is appreciated. the website is looking great too – loved reading all about your wedding party and the story of how you met. Can’t wait til the big day!

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  3. Steph Says:

    Allie! These are incredible! Perfect for you and Allan and an amazing day in Tofino. Can’t wait to continue following your wedding journey.


  4. Vancity Allie Says:

    Awww thanks everyone, that is so sweet of you!

  5. Lindsay Says:

    I love them! Beautiful!
    Is Allison your full name or did I read that wrong?!

  6. shan Says:

    These are beautiful, Allie! I’ve been avidly re-reading your wedding related posts as Josh and I just got engaged a couple weeks ago and are also planning on getting hitched in Tofino/Ucluelet. There’s so much to consider! No wonder wedding planning is a full time job. Oi. ;)

  7. Nikki Says:

    I LOVE them! You could go into a business for sure! Glad you found me, I forgot to tell you I was up and running.

    P.S. Can I repost your project on my blog and link back?

    Nikki recently posted.. lights- streamers and flashdance

  8. Night Owl Paper Goods Says:


    Your save the dates are amazing! We’re owl in awe of the hard work, detail and love you put into every piece. We’re so grateful to be a part of the “package” and we appreciate the shout out tons!

  9. Devon Says:

    Hey! I made my own limited edition silk-screened save-the-dates that is 70’s rock poster inspired!
    Also: Please vote! Long Distance Love-Crate and Barrel’s Ultimate Wedding Contest: http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/123755

  10. Camille Says:

    THE most beautiful save the dates we’ve ever seen! So personal, these will never hit the recycling bin, that’s for sure! xo c

  11. Nicole Elise Says:

    Really beautiful and very West Coast! Am sure your guests would be surprised you made them!

  12. Vancity Allie – the blog of a Vancouver girl who lives and breathes the West Coast » Blog Archive » OUR WEDDING INVITATIONS (CUSTOM DIY) Says:

    [...] a few months ago… and phew… what a weight off our shoulders! Even though we sent some Save-the-Date cards that I covered in a previous post, the wedding somehow feels more real with the formal invitations sent [...]

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