GUEST BLOGGER FINALE {+ … I’M BACK!} | DIY Save the Dates, by Michelle of My Personal Artist

I miss it already.  (Obvs.)

AaaaaaaandI’m back Ya see that up there?  See how it says, “by alison?”  That’s ’cause I’m back in NY… back from Hawaii.  I write that with a frown, if I’m honest, but I’ve got to say I’m excited to get back to blogging and getting it on, tweet-and-comment-style with you honeybunnies.  Though, I should mention that the real estate listings are out, and they have something to do with a certain archipelago of eight major islands owned by these United States of America.  But I digress…

We end our Guest Blogger series today with someone special.  No more special than every single guest blogger who came before her of course; I’m absolutely over the moon about each and every guest blogger we had over the past week or so.  Not only did they afford me a bit of a break while I was away (and encourage me to step away from my laptop – which I brought with me and ultimately had very much trouble stepping away from), but they contributed some of the most AMAZING guest posts I’ve ever seen!  As if that wasn’t enough, I’m even more thrilled over how stellar the feedback was.  You all really loved them, and you showed your love, and for that, I’m endlessly thankful and happy about the whole frikin’ thing.  My tan is deeper for their contributions, and my smile is wider over the the sunsets on the beach we were able to enjoy due to their tireless efforts and bitchin’ posts.  They all know how much I love and cherish them, but, for the sake of being annoyingly thankful – ladies, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your amazing guest posts!!!!!  All were so inspiring, so filled with color and originality, and the icing on the cake was the way each of your personalities were so wonderfully infused into your posts.  I couldn’t be happier over how it all went – you really held down the fort while I was away, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.  I’m hugging all your faces right now, you just can’t feel it.  But I’m huggin’ them up like crazy.

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Ok, now… before going on our awesome, adventurous, relaxing, severe-pain-inducing (will explicate in a later post), much needed, hella fun vacation (a vacation from which we’ve since returned; a bittersweet truth), I had a contest on Twitter.  I invited the first person who could guess our vacation destination to contribute a guest post on The Knotty Bride, and none other than Michelle Mospens of My Personal Artist was the winner!  She’s a talented lil lady, and she’s got a super fun DIY for – get this – DIY luggage tag save the dates!  HAHAHA!  It’s funny ’cause we just went on a trip… that involved luggage… and… uhh… well I guess it’s not that funny, but more just heavily related to recent events.  Whatevs, enjoy!!!!

Take it away, Michelle!

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Hello!  My name is Michelle Mospens.  I am a fine artist and stationery designer.  I have been creating handmade save the date cards and unique wedding invitations for over 12 years!  I am delighted to share a fun DIY destination wedding save the date idea with you today!

First, I would like to cover when and why you should send out save the dates.  If you have many guests traveling to your wedding or your wedding is outside of your hometown it is very important to give your lovely guests ample time to plan ahead.  Send your save the dates no later than 8-12 months before your wedding day.  Remember, many guests will have to take a vacation holiday from work and save money to attend your wedding.  If you want to skip the save the date and save money yourself, then send invitations with all travel details to your guests in an organized pocket folder invitation 8-12 months before your wedding.

Now for the fun DIY save the date!  Luggage tags make a fabulous 3D save the date statement!  I bought these silver luggage tags at my local Michael’s Art Supply store.  They were located in the bridal department.

First, pull out the card inside the tag.  We are going to use this card as a template.  Measure the width and height of the card.  You will want to hand-cut one card first to test the size.  Slip your homemade card inside the luggage tag to be sure this is the perfect size.

Next, on your computer create the card size and type in your save the date text.  Use two colors and two different typefaces to create a fun save the date!  For the art, I used one of my hand painted watercolor motifs.  You can use clipart or a photo of the two of you here if you wish.

For fun, here are some more destination wedding save the date card invitations and designs I’ve created:

WARNING: After your guests receive your DIY save the dates be prepared for numerous phone calls telling you how creative and innovative you are! AND how excited they are to attend your BIG DAY!!!

So, are you sending out/have you sent out save the dates?  Did you choose to DIY them?

xoxo!  – Michelle of My Personal Artist

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8 comments

  1. Forgetmeknotweddings on October 12, 2010

    Welcome back and so happy you had a great time! I love Maui and want to be there now, just laying on the beach but yes I think I would miss hearing from all you lovely wedding peps too! XO-Megs

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  2. Kim @BrideGoggles on October 12, 2010

    SOOOO glad you are back!! And omg, I love these save the dates! Colorful, creative and oh-so memorable!

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  3. Allyson on October 12, 2010

    Loved your guest bloggers, but SO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!!!! Can’t wait to hear about Hawaii and see more wedding inspiration from you! I rely on this! :)

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  4. Michelle on October 12, 2010

    I love this! Guests can totally use those save the dates after the wedding. I’ve very into after-wedding use. Great post, Michelle! Great name, too ;)

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  5. Victoria Sharkey on October 13, 2010

    This is a fabulous idea! Any way I can use the luggage tags as the actual invite? Or would that be to cheap? I might get some nicer tags I’m only inviting family and a few friends to the actual ceremony in Hawaii, but having a shindig back at home afterward.

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  6. Austin on October 13, 2010

    I actually just designed our save the dates so I guess a portion of the process was DIY. :) We’re getting them printed as magnets.

    It’s an incredibly simple design (due to my lack of free time from tackling a major DIY project – kitchen and bathroom remodeling), but I didn’t want to use a template from a website since a lot of save the dates tend to look similar. I’ll definitely get more creative with the invites since these are not particularly memorable. :/

    Here’s a link to it – just an image with some text – http://twitpic.com/2xcd66. We should be getting them in the mail any day now!

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