Updated version of the card added!
So we are not sending official “Save the Date” cards to all of our guests, since it is not really a French custom. But I still wanted to send some out to my American family and friends as well as those French friends who would be youthful and flexible enough to understand the function of this little card which is not the actual invitation (a “faire-part” in French), but is just a reminder well in advance to guests so that they can reserve the date and begin planning for possible travel and hotel stays if needed. It’s polite.
I personally think it is a nice gesture, and felt it was important enough to make sure it was made. But rather than spending a ton of money on getting professionally printed cards, I decided it would make my wedding budget breathe easier if I just made them myself! Besides, I was in a creative mood and needed an outlet for the desire to make and do everything for the wedding ALL AT ONCE! I get like that, I really do, and then I go on these long internet browsing binges to gather ideas and inspiration and it really only makes it all worse, because I literally could do an entire DIY wedding at this point if only the ever powerful “this is how we do it in France” syndrome as well as that elusive thing called time would stop getting in my way! On the other hand, it may be a good thing that I have those things reigning me in…
So here are my cute little cards, made with 180 gram off-white grained paper, rubber and silicone stamps, fast drying ink and a few Bic felt tip markers. Kids craft stuff if-you-will! I got the rubber stamps and ink at Loisirs et Création a great little store with a branch over at Bercy Village in the 12th. So many possibilities in that store! I get just as lost in there browsing as I do on the internet.