Save-the-date postcards are perfect reminders to send to family members and friends when you want them to come to your big celebration, whether it's a wedding, anniversary, graduation party, birthday party or anything else. The following details what you need to create and send your own custom save-the-date postcards for your celebration.
Save-the-date postcard templates
Start by downloading free save-the-date postcard templates. These templates have no graphic elements, so you can develop your own custom save-the-date design. Rather, they have helpful guidelines so you know where to position your design. They're also pre-formatted in the proper color mode and resolution to help ensure a perfect print run.
Create your save-the-date postcard design
The next step is to open your template in your favorite graphic editing program and develop your custom design. You can use any theme to create any design, just be sure to include the name of your celebration, the date, the time, the address (and directions/map), and any special instructions (such as bring your own beverages) so your guests come to the right place, on time, and fully prepared to party. When your design is complete, don't forget to delete the template layer. Oh, and don't forget to ask for RSVPs if needed.
Print your save-the-date postcards
Choose from options such as premium paper stocks (16-point gloss cover and 13-point recycled matte cover are best), double-sided printing (if you have a two-sided design), foil stamps, quantity and turnaround time. You'll also want to choose a professional printing company that uses eco-friendly soy inks for an environmentally responsible way to get more kick out of your design: soy inks are capable of producing more vibrant colors than traditional petroleum-based inks.
Make sure you order a hardcopy proof so you can double-check your colors, design position and text – the last thing you would want to do is have a misspelling of a celebrant's name, and hardcopy proofs are cheap insurance that your save-the-date postcards will look as great off the press as they do on your computer screen.
Finally, know you can control your price by first choose an online printing company that offers fair pricing for save-the-date postcards and then by ordering as many as you will use in one run: the higher the volume per run, the less the price per piece. Great online printing companies offer exceptional quality at affordable prices for the perfect save-the-date postcards.
Send your save-the-date postcards to family and friends
Use matching envelopes to send your save-the-date postcards to family members, friends, and colleagues or business associates. Make sure they know to call you with any questions. Next, sit back knowing that everyone knows about your big celebration – and then get busy preparing for your party!