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Save The Date – Family Photos?

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

We’ve had the idea for our wedding invitations since more or less the second that we got engaged (I will share more about them one day) and thanks to David’s graphic design skills we’ve had them actually designed on paper for a month now. The thing is, the paper goods that we should have designed first were, um, the Save The Dates. So I’m starting to get cracking on ideas.

These two invitations using old family pictures and screen printing/ custom stamping have really captured my imagination.
Save The Date   Family Photos? | A Practical WeddingThis one was by Jordon, of Oh Happy Day.
Save The Date   Family Photos? | A Practical WeddingAnd this one is by Liz of Linda & Harriett, via {Frolic!}

I’m now pondering what we could do with old family wedding photos, custom stamps, and a picture of us. I love the idea of using a invite to tie us to family history and tradition. I’ll keep you posted at this idea develops…

You should also check out this great idea for using family photos to create a guest book on the new blog {cypress and oak}.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Cate Subrosa

    I love that first card. This sounds like it could work out very well :)

  • Blablover5

    That is a really cool idea. Especially using say a relative you were really close to.

  • Heather

    Such a great idea! I thought about getting vintage postcards of our location (a national shrine… it is weird saying that) and just gocco’ing or even hand writing “save the date” on the back. They are hard to track down… so we may just take a picture of it and photoshop it to look vintage :)

  • Kate

    What a great idea! Lately I’ve found myself seeking out old family wedding photos- what a great way to honor the past and your family while celebrating your future!

  • Chelsea

    So glad you liked the invitations to my grandmothers’ parties. Both Jordan and Liz did a fantastic job!

  • lovelymorning

    really really cute idea. i love old family wedding photos with new screen printing on top. do it!

  • Jules

    Thanks so much for the shoutout. You rock. And so does your Save the Date idea.

  • Rachel

    This is a great idea!! What cool cards!
    For our “Thank You” cards, what we had planned on doing is to have our photographer take a wide-angle shot of the entire room at the reception, maybe while we’re dancing or something. We’ll then take that shot, print it out in black and white (unless the colors are great!) from our local Walgreen’s for cheap, and attach them to blank cards. Martha Stewart has a transfer that says “Thank You”, and I had planned on using that on the front at the bottom of the photo. But from seeing it here – a stamp would work too!

  • Rachel

    This would also be great as table markers or numbers – you could just stamp the number on top!

  • Nic

    fantastic idea!

    one of my favorite things about the wedding we’re planning are all the family things we’re incorporating– FI’s grandma’s caketopper, my grandma’s cake server, a piece of my mom’s wedding dress wrapped around my bouquet, my grandma’s brooch made into a bracelet that i’ll wear… those reminders of one’s history are the best kinds of personalization, in my book.

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