DIY Save the Dates Made From Vintage Postcards

diy save the dates

diy save the dates

Are you looking for creative DIY save the dates? Check out the fabulous DIY save the dates that Carey and Nathan made from vintage postcards.

The couple is having an intimate wedding  with 55 guests in New Hampshire. They wanted to create save the dates that had a personal touch.

“We wanted something unique, vintage, old world, interesting. Something that gave a little preview of what New Hampshire and our wedding will be like,” says Carey.

The solution? Vintage postcards! And the couple found just what they were looking for on eBay.

“We ended up finding over 60 postcards from 1930-1940s era on ebay! And, better yet they were all from the White Mountains in New Hampshire where we are getting married. It was perfect,” says Carey, adding that the postcards cost about $25 (or forty cents a card).

Nathan created two stamps for the back of the cards. One was a request for the guests to save the date (October 3, 2009), and the other was a signature post mark for the wedding date.

The couple created the text graphic in Illustrator (but it can also be done in Microsoft Word or Photoshop) and ordered the stamp from (Just in case you are wondering, the handwriting on the stamps is a font called Bell MT.) The stamp cost $24.95 and the self-inking postmark stamp cost $18.95. (The couple points out that they have used the postmark stamp on many different pieces in the wedding decor.)

diy save the dates

diy save the dates

 The couple mailed the postcards in recycled brown envelopes because they didn’t like the look of the invitee’s addresses next to the stamp.

In total, the project cost $90 including envelopes/postage.

diy save the dates

What’s the reaction from guests?

“They loved them! Everyone received a different postcard so the most fun was talking to the guests afterwards and hearing their unique reaction to their postcard. Since we are having a small wedding  I was able to be a little more personalized with who received each postcard. I really wanted to evoke the feeling of New Hampshire and the White Mountains to our guests who have never been to New England. I hear it worked! Everyone is excited for the big day, and the beautiful colors that fall in New Hampshire promises,” says Carey.

diy wedding save the dates couple

Photos: Carey Kirk

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  1. Posted by Mary on August 25th, 2009 at 10:34am

    This is such a great idea! Using vintage postcards is both unique and creative. What's even greater is hearing that the guests loved them! Thanks so much for sharing!
  2. Posted by Angie on August 26th, 2009 at 10:55am

    What a great idea. It's so awesome to have eBay for such great little treasures such as these. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Posted by Joey (Belle in GA) on August 27th, 2009 at 11:54am

    Oh Christina I love this DIY idea! I may just take their advice and run with it. What a fun thing to do. Now to find the venue and see if there's a vintage postcard that will compliment it!
  4. Posted by Rachel on September 1st, 2009 at 5:50pm

    Wow, those are gorgeous! Amazing job you two! I'll be linking to this.
  5. Posted by Angela on November 28th, 2009 at 9:07pm

    Such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!
  6. Posted by Morgan on March 3rd, 2010 at 11:48pm

    Great idea.. Love it!

    I am trying to figure out what font you used for the larger stamp, as I don't think that is Bell MT, but I can't find it. I have been wracking my brain and any help you could provide would be great.
  7. Posted by Lizzie on May 20th, 2010 at 12:41pm

    I love this...We're thinking of making mock-vintage postcards, but I hadn't thought of using real ones! Fabulous in-depth details on how to recreate also!
  8. Posted by Christina on May 20th, 2010 at 1:41pm

    Glad you like 'em Lizzie! I love this idea too!
  9. Posted by Heather on August 9th, 2010 at 4:02pm

    Love this too! We're getting married on Martha's Vineyard so I am hoping that I will be able to find some great vintage postcards from this vacation spot to use. I am also stuck on the stamp font - it is adorable but what is it???
  10. Posted by Erin on August 24th, 2010 at 3:00pm

    I LOVE this! We couldn't find poscards that we wanted for our save-the-dates, so we bought some of the historic hotel in the Colorado town where we were getting married and sent those. We did end up using vintage postcards for our guestbook, however. Fabulous idea!
  11. Posted by Amber Kane on August 28th, 2010 at 8:11am

    What a great idea, I love how these look, and would be so excited to receive one in the mail.
  12. Posted by Szablon do allegro on May 31st, 2012 at 6:50pm

    You really make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually one thing which I think I might never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely wide for me. I am looking forward to your next put up, I will try to get the dangle of it!
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