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Your Ticket to Save the Date

September 21, 2010

I can finally write about our save the dates!  (or STD’s if you’re down with the wedding lingo)  They went out last Wednesday, so most everyone has theirs already (I have a few left to do, but it’s okay).  I am so excited about these, you don’t even understand!

Even before we officially decided to have our reception at a football stadium, I found a template for a football ticket save-the-date.  I knew it would be perfect for us.   So I sat down with photoshop and got to work.  Here is the finished product, ready to be sent to Vistaprint to be made into magnets.  FYI: I used the large magnets and put two “tickets” on each magnet.  Of course, then I accidentally ordered 2X as many magnets as I actually needed.  Oh well!

(Obviously the blue rectangles are to protect my secret identity).  Do you like my bar code at the bottom?  I am a big nerd and totally looked up the “code” for a bar code.  It should say 052120110330, corresponding to our wedding date, 5/21/2011, and time, 3:30pm.

Anyway, I knew that I didn’t want to just send the ticket in an envelope, so I also designed a 8″x4″ invitation to put the magnet on.  And remember that monogram that I designed?  I used it for our return address labels.  Did I mention that when I was 8, I wanted to be an art teacher?  I love doing crafty, creative stuff.

So, 7 days after placing the order with Vistaprint (get on their mailing list for great deals!  I got all of my STD stuff for $200, which should have been more like $175, if I hadn’t ordered double the magnets), the box arrived!  I was so excited!  Of course the evening that it arrived, I actually had to go back to work and finish up a project.  Luckily for my worklife, I also wanted to go to work to use their cutter to cut the magnets, so I went in and cut them up AND finished my project!  I’m so efficient.

Last Tuesday night was the official “ASSEMBLE THE SAVE-THE-DATES” night.  Matt had to work late, so after our long evening walk with April, I settled in to watch trashy TV and get the STD’s ready to send out.  It took me 3 hours to address those envelopes.  By the end, my hand was cramping, but I persevered!  Then I set up a little assembly line:

The magnets, the address labels (with our address scribbled out), envelope, pink pen, magnet mat invitation, Tivo remote, envelopes, straight edge used to use a guide to writing the addresses, removable glue dots, and the excel spreadsheet address list.

Matt helped by using the fun “glue dot” contraption.  He put together 5 in the course of 15 minutes.  I did the rest (like 90 of them) in about 20 when he decided it was no longer fun.  At least he helped a bit!

When it came time to lick the envelopes, I was complaining about the yucky taste.  Matt reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Susan actually dies when she is poisoned by the glue on the envelopes for their wedding invitations.  After that reminder, I decided to use a wet paper towel to moisten the glue.

The finished product:

Do you like my border of mini pink footballs?

The envelopes ready to go to the post office:

And the trash pile (thank goodness for extra envelopes)

I am so happy with how these turned out.  And I’ve been receiving tons of compliments.  These just fit us so well and I got to show my creative side.  YAY!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2010 11:48 AM

    Freaking cutest things ever! Perfect for you!

  2. Jenny permalink
    September 21, 2010 11:58 AM

    We loved the STDs and are so excited for the big day!

    • September 21, 2010 12:16 PM

      Hope you have it on your calendar, or at least Colin’s calendar!

  3. Matt Collins permalink
    September 21, 2010 1:18 PM

    Kristin and I were very impressed by your creativity. I suspected that Turner didn’t have much of a hand in the operation, but it is good that he participated some. You should quiz him on the web address for your wedding website, he doesn’t seem to have paid much attention to the details on the magnets.

    P.S. You work more than anybody I know. I fuss sometimes about 50 hours a week, but your work schedule is out of control.

    • September 21, 2010 1:22 PM

      Thanks! Yeah, I think Matt looked at the website once to make sure that I didn’t say anything stupid. He knew “about” what it was though!

      Work is a bit much right now, but thank goodness I get paid by the hour (and not salary).

  4. September 21, 2010 1:36 PM

    Those are so cute! Very creative. You’re getting married in a football stadium? That is wicked cool!

    • September 21, 2010 1:38 PM

      Our reception will be at the Bengals stadium in Cincinnati. It’s a really cool building with 3 story windows looking at downtown.

  5. Beckaroonie permalink
    September 21, 2010 3:16 PM

    Got ours yesterday, very cute. I am down with wedding lingo, but hated calling them STDs, so I think I made up something else. Anyway, can’t wait for the big day!

    • September 22, 2010 8:18 AM

      And yours is coming up even sooner! Is the bridal shower next month? HOORAY!

  6. September 21, 2010 10:22 PM

    UMMMM adorable is right! These are awesome and don’t look homemade at all. Never in my life could I come up with something so creative.

  7. May 31, 2011 10:35 AM

    Where did you find the template? I’ve been looking for one!

  8. Mary Wilson permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:35 PM

    I am having an extremely hard time finding a ticket template that looks appropriate for my occasion other than yours. I love your template! Can I change colors and the “Save the Date” wording because mine is for a college graduation. Could you somehow send me your template if so?


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