Homemade Save The Date Magnets
The whole idea of creating wedding save the dates is to give advance notice to those who will be receiving an invitation to your wedding so that they can make plans and take the time off from their own lives to attend the happy event.
Creating a save the date in the form of a fridge magnet will not only inform your guests of your upcoming nuptials it will also serve as a constant reminder because it will be stuck to their fridge for all to see every day. You will find that years after your wedding your save the date magnet will still be stuck to your friends and families fridges.
Methods for making magnetic save the dates
Take your save the date card design down to your local copy shop and print them onto magnetic paper. Some copy shops and office supply stores offer this service. This method will yield a more durable and funtional magnet - your guest will be able to use them to stick memos and the like to your fridge or magnetic memo board. Note that these can be quite heavy so check out your posting costs before you fully commit to this.
Another cheaper option is to print them onto the thickest cardstock that you can afford and buy some adhesive magnet strips from a craft store or dollar store that you can cut up and stick to the back of your cards. Cut the magnet to around 1"x1.5" depending on the weight of the card.
Make a design in photoshop and use a cheap service like vistaprint.com to print them as a magnet. The pricing at vistaprint for currently:
100 small magnets for 34.99
50 large magnets for 49.99
but with their 50% Off All Magnets - All Sizes promotion they're even cheaper and you can can save heaps.
Print off a photo card at your photo lab, this will cost you around 10cents per print for a 4x6 size. Then attach magnetic strips to the back.
Magnet Save the Date Examples
These are simple to make if you have some basic design skills. Nina Barry shares her creative photo booth invitations with us.
You will need
Adobe Photoshop or other graphic design software and printer
Blank piece of white paper (firm card would be better)
Magnetic sheets / magnetic paper
First, we shot some pictures of us in lots of different poses holding the blank piece of paper. We could have made our own signs but blank paper gave us a little more flexibility.
Then I Photoshopped my favorite four photos to look like they were done in a photo booth and added the save the date wording.
You could go to an actual photo booth to take the photos and scan it as well, but I liked that we got to pick the pictures we liked best to combine.
I fit as many of the finished photo booth strips as I could fit on one 8.5" x 11" piece of paper then printed them off. I had ordered magnetic paper that's sticky on one side the same size. We carefully stuck the printed paper to the magnetic sheet.
Now all I needed to do was cut out each strip. Since were were doing quite a few of them, I fully utilized the large guillotine
paper cutters at Kinko's as scissors or wimpy little paper cutters just wouldn't have gotten job done. The magnetic paper is pretty thick, so you won't be able to do more than one sheet at once even with a large cutter.
Denver, Colorado, USA
Nancy made her Save the dates with a similar theme.
We put these pictures on a magnet that our guests could put on their fridge. We also had a destination wedding, and we wanted to see who was thinking about coming to the wedding so we could book the hotel and stuff. So, we also sent a postcard with our picture and a picture of the hotel that we were getting married at in Mexico on the front. Then on the back of the postcard we already addressed and stamped it. They just had to check whether they were thinking out joining us in Mexico or not.
In a nut shell
1. Took these pictures in one of those photobooths.
2. Hopped over to magnetstreet and had them made.
The Colony, Texas
If you like this idea for a save the date magnet but you are unable to make a photobooth strip of your own. Then order a printable photo booth strip design from us. All you need to do is take a series of photos just like Nina did above. You can hold up your own signs or you can hold up a blank piece of paper and we can add in your preferred wording.
Send us your favorite photos and we will make a 1.5"x7" photo booth. We will send you back a single photo strip to print on your home printer. We will also fit three of these strips onto one 5"x7" photo in case you want to print them at your photo lab.
Find out how you can print your save the date cards cheap at vistaprint with this save the date postcards tutorial