Save the Date Cards
Originally, save the dates were sent out mostly to announce destination weddings, so that guests could arrange for time off work and for travel. However, they’ve become almost standard for every wedding; you should send them out six to eight months in advance of your date. You don’t have to provide a lot of information—just your name, the date and the location.
I created a sweet Save the Date using Avery Postcards, style number 8387—you’ll pay about $13 for a package that makes 200 postcards. To make these cards, you open Word, and then choose Mailing. Go to Labels. Select the Options button in the bottom right-hand corner and then scroll down to your template number—in my case, 8387. Click OK, and then New Document. You will see the four blank postcards set out on your screen.
Go to Insert, and then Clip Art. I found this design by typing Love into the Clip Art search bar. Once I chose it, it appeared in the first pane. I was then able to repeat it in all four panes.
When I’m doing desktop art in Word, I find it easy to work using text boxes. I drew a text box on each of the postcards. When you right-click on the border of the text box, you will see Format Textbox. Choose this, and then you will click Line and No color, and then Fill and No Fill. As you type in the text box, you will not obstruct any part of the design behind it.
You can also tilt the text box by moving the little green circle above the text box. Once you’ve finished typing, you can change the font to an elegant style and—something I didn’t do in my image—select a different ink color! When you’re ready to print, just print one page initially. It’s possible you will need to re-position your picture or design within the postcard.
You will also need to open a new page using the steps above so that you have a fresh, clean page of postcards. On these, you can type your address in the upper left-hand corner. Reinsert your Save the Date postcard into the printer so that it will print your return address on each card. Remember, only do one card at first to be certain you have it inserted correctly.