Black and white save the dates.

When it came time to think about our save the dates, I knew I wanted something casual yet classy that tied into the vintage feel of our wedding. But the most important thing to me? The budget, of course!

I didn’t want to spend a ton on our save the dates. We looked at some invitation websites and the prices were simply higher than we wanted to pay.

Then I remembered MOO cards. Have you heard of them? MOO is this great printing company out of England that prints business cards, postcards and greeting cards. They’re probably best known for their mini cards that a lot of people are using as business cards nowadays.

We decided to do postcards through MOO but needed a nice picture of ourselves to use. Not having done our engagement session yet, we needed to use one of our own photos. But looking back on all the pictures we have of the two of us, none of them seemed right for the save the date.

So we asked one of my bridesmaids’ boyfriend, Rob, who dabbles in photography and graphic design, to help us out. One freezing cold February morning, we met them for breakfast at our favorite diner in Brighton, and then drove downtown to the Boston Public Garden for our informal “photo shoot”.

It was awkward at first, being photographed in public, by a friend no less, but eventually we found a rhythm and ended up getting some lovely shots. Rob then took a few of the best ones, made them black and white, added our names and wedding date to them and voila! An easy DIY save the date that was cheap too.

60 postcards for $49.99 + plus one pancake breakfast = a classy and affordable save the date made with friends!