Wedding Planning Spotlight: Cheap Save the Dates & Other Wedding Particulars

After shooting weddings for seven years, I feel like one of the most misunderstood aspects of the day is detail photography. When it comes to your wedding, it’s the small, intricate particulars that can often go overlooked amidst the sea of other planning. But hear me out on this–the detail photos can be some of the most cherished, elegant snapshots of your wedding, highlighting the textures, colors, + essence of the day.

So what kinds of details should you put together for your photographer to capture the loveliest shots? Let’s start with the bride’s: shoes, perfume, jewelry, handkerchief, bouquet, + garter. For the groom: cufflinks, shoes, cologne, pocket square, flask + tie.

Other gorgeously necessary items include family heirlooms, vow books, handwritten letters, ribbons + a ring box to display your wedding bands. Your wedding photographer may bring some of their own little touches to add as well, so don’t worry about having it all perfect!

But perhaps what can make your detail photos completely pop is your invitation suite, and any other stationary included in your wedding. I’ve partnered with Basic Invite to showcase a full range of wedding-related paper products that you can utilize! Their website helps you create anything from cheap save the dates + postcard save the dates, to programs, menu cards, guestbooks, place cards, + stickers.

When I was planning my own wedding, I was first of all just overwhelmed with all the choices for not only stationary but for wedding websites, and I also felt it was harder than I thought to make our designs stand out from all my friends’ weddings. If I had known about Basic Invite then, those two issues wouldn’t have existed! There are so many unique perks about this platform that make Basic Invite the easy choice for wedding save the dates.

Free Wedding Websites – Their all-new wedding websites are completely customizable just like our wedding invitations! These wedding websites are mobile friendly and super easy to use. You can instantly upload all of your wedding details along with images and a map with directions which is super convenient for your guests. Choose from 180 custom colors and even choose a design to match your wedding invitation suite!

Almost Unlimited Colors – Super unique to Basic Invite is the option for almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it – down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company and is their biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Over 900 Wedding Invitation Sets – Each of our wedding invitations is part of a set. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards!

Free Address Collection Service – Use our free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Seal & Send Wedding Invitations – Their Seal & Send Wedding Invitations are an all-in-one wedding invitation with a tear-off RSVP postcard included! The Seal & Send is our newest collection and brides are LOVING them! Currently, they offer them in over 30 designs, including the ever-popular, customizable foil options. What’s extra special about Seal & Sends is guest’s addresses are printed on the front of each invitation which means no envelope necessary! All you have to do is share a link, collect guest addresses, and upload them onto your design, instantly. Once you receive your order all you have to do is add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker! Simple, easy, and super trendy.

Wedding Coasters – Choose from over 90 professionally designed looks. Each design can be personalized instantly to match your wedding colors. And there are no color limitations which means you are free to make as many changes as you would like at no additional cost. Each coaster is printed using the latest print technology and on a premium 200lb matte cardstock. Thanks to this technology your coasters will have crisp, clean letters, photos, and graphics.

All photos used in this blog post exemplify products from Basic Invite!

As extravagant as they are, weddings can be very wasteful, as everything utilized is generally single-use + all ends up in the landfill when the event is over. One way to reduce your impact is by carefully choosing where your invites + all other paper products are coming from. Basic Invite offers paper + envelopes made of recycled content that is FSC certified (to be manufactured responsibly with reduced effect on the environment), a rare find in the industry. So when you choose Basic Invite, rest assured that they’re a sustainable choice. Check out our Fair Trade Wedding styled shoot for more ideas to create an Earth-friendly wedding!

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–Em & Alan

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