If you don’t want to do anything too complicated for your wedding invitations then this idea might be perfect for you, whilst still being fun and personal to you as a couple. A photobooth style strip of pictures (with details on the back) and a brown luggage tag fastened together with string.
Making the photobooth style pictures
Both these items could be printed at home – there are lots of photo programmes that allow you to make collages like these (I like Photoscape which is free to download), so you could take some pictures and put them into a collage to create a photobooth style strip without having to leave home. This would enable you to easily print details onto the back of the photos too.
Creating the luggage tags
Brown luggage tags come in all sizes so you could find the right size for you and simply stamp a message like they have done here onto the front. If you wanted to include more details printed directly onto the luggage tag, then you can print onto recycled brown card (available from some of these businesses) then cut them out and trim the corners to make them appear like a luggage tag.
You can punch a hole and stick on the hole reinforcers (brown ones are available from Etsy if you search for ‘reinforcements’ under ‘All Items’) and they should look just like a ready bought luggage tag, but with all the details you want printed on – and no nightmare thoughts of how you put a luggage tag through your home printer!!
I love fonts, and am a regular visitor to Dafont in search of fun fonts. I believe (this shows how much of a font geek I am) that the font used on the brown luggage tag in the pictures, is one called Artistamp Medium. I love it and use it quite a lot, if you take a look at my Directory Showcase features it is used on my graphics. You should be able to type the name into the Dafont search engine and download it for home use.
Alternatively, print your details onto paper and glue them onto the back of the luggage tags like they have done here. You could also jazz up your invitations by using coloured raffia or stripey butcher twine instead of white string.
If you have the time (or a friend or family member nifty on the sewing machine) I think these lovely handmade napkin rings would be a lovely addition to your wedding reception tables. Simple fabric strips, sealed with a button – I guess you could either just sew the fabric into a ring and affix a button simply to look nice, or you could go further and actually make them working buttonholes. I’m not sure I’d have that patience!
They could also double up as wedding favours, to save you making or buying something else, and so that you don’t end up with hundreds of napkins rings after your wedding. These ones are made even prettier with the stamped luggage tags – I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of luggage tags and their many uses.
One of my lovely readers, Eulyn, got in touch to share her wedding invitations with me after being inspired by the wedding stationery we made for our wedding. I can’t tell you how lovely it is to get emails and pictures like this, knowing that something you did inspired someone else – and a photo of another couples hard work.
If you’ve been inspired by the ‘save the dates’ or stationery that we created for our wedding, do send me an email – I’d love to hear from you and attach a couple of pictures so I can see (and maybe even share on the blog) what you’ve created – it would make my day. It can get very lonely blogging away, sharing ideas and inspiration, so hearing that you were inspired by something you found here really makes me happy.
Today it’s more handmade loveliness from a lovely bride-to-be and another fab idea for creating ‘save the dates’. These ‘save the date’ luggage tags were made by Tara and her husband-to-be Ben who run a vintage restoration business called Elegantly Wasted Vintage. They are getting married in December and are going for a woodland Edwardian feel for their wedding.
Tara was happy to share the details of how she made them and where she got her supplies… The ‘save the dates’ were easy to make – although all the furious typing on the old typewriter gave me very sore wrists – I don’t know how my mum, who was a secretary in the 1970s, did it! The whole lot cost about £15 to make 50. I used letter stamp blocks from Dunelm Mill and cost £2, the tags were £2 for 50 from Ebay, the twine was £3 from Nutscene, and I ordered the stag stamp online from stampsdirect for £7. I trimmed the paper with the details using scalloped edged scissors.
I don’t usually squeeze in a lunchtime post, but I really wanted to share this find as I thought it would appeal to a lot of you. These beautiful floral tags are offered free to download and print from Packagery, all you need is a printer, some card and a pair of scissors. There is such a wonderful choice of recycled cards available now, so do check out the DIY section on the directory for a list of where you can buy it from.
I thought they could be used for everyday gift giving, customised into ‘save the dates‘ (I have a fab handmade luggage tag ‘save the date’ idea coming soon) or perhaps as place names for your wedding guests. Any other suggestions on how these could be used?
Today I have some beautiful inspiration for anyone planning an eco-friendly, rustic beach wedding. Lucy Dyer is a wedding planner who has a really hands-on approach, often making table plans and seating cards as well as doing the decor. She created this castaway, rustic island inspired wedding at a beachside restaurant.
The brief from the couple was lots of natural decor, no plastic and manmade products – they wanted it organic and natural. Lucy spent months gathering driftwood and shells from the surrounding beaches, which she used to decorate the venue.
This is a pretty exciting blog post for me today – these gorgeous floral luggage tag style ‘save the dates’ have been made by one of my readers. Another Charlie, who is getting married next August sent me this picture of her handmade ‘save the dates’.
Charlie told me that they printed them onto textured card, before cutting out the luggage tags. They bought a stamp for the back of the tags and used gardening twine for the string. It’s lovely to hear that Charlie and her husband-to-be had a fun time making these together – Nick and I certainly had stressful moments attempting to make things together!
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