Devoted July 2015

Make save the date postcards

aec2003, on August 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 14
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I'm thinking about using postcards for save the dates since postage would be cheaper. I know how to use Photoshop to make a card, but I'm wondering about a postcard. Are there certain dimensions/weight requirements? Has anyone made their own (not using vistaprint, etc)?


  • ChampagneTaste
    VIP September 2014
    ChampagneTaste ·

    I'll be creeping on this thread

  • P
    Devoted October 2013
    Private User ·

    Is there a reason you don't want to use vistaprint? if you have awhile til you need to send them out, I'd recommend watching for a deal on groupon or livingsocial....I made mine thru there and had a voucher, and I think I ended up spending about $30 for 250 save the dates. Heres a pic of mine:

  • Chrissy
    Expert June 2014
    Chrissy ·

    Just something to consider... a friend did post cards, and I felt that they were ruined a bit by the Post Office markings and the wear and tear caused by the mail. It might be worth the extra postage to do an envelope.

  • aec2003
    Devoted July 2015
    aec2003 ·

    Angela, I really want to personalize my own. I've made photo invites & thank you cards in the past and always looked forward to making them for our wedding. Yours are very cute by the way.

    Chrissy, I had thought about this as well. I would hope for the most part they would end up getting there okay. Has anyone else done postcards and had any problems? I'm still debating which way to go on these.

  • T & Co
    Super March 2014
    T & Co ·

    You can upload your own design on vistaprint, they have templates and guidelines you for follow to get them printed via vistaprint, I designed my own save the date and uploaded it to vista print.

  • P
    Devoted October 2013
    Private User ·

    Ohh ok, I thought maybe you were doing it to save $$! I completely understand, wish I had more info to share!

    And we had some of the postcards returned back to us because of addresses being wrong, and they were a bit worn around the corners, but nothing too bad. I think they still looked cute!

  • Happy In Hawaii
    Master July 2015
    Happy In Hawaii ·

    My sister did STDs as post cards and the one I got turned out fine and I thought it was completely understandable to save money and they seemed pretty easy to make. I think she used vista print or Walmart or something, but I'm not sure how you'd be able to print them yourself (you might need a certain type of paper and a special printer). I think it is totally okay to do it this way...go for it!

  • aec2003
    Devoted July 2015
    aec2003 ·

    Thanks everyone! I really want to make them myself even if that means spending more on postage if I can't figure out the dimensions/paper requirements for the postcards. I was just leaning towards the postcard idea because of postage, but it means more to me that I can make them!

  • Jennifer
    VIP November 2013
    Jennifer ·

    I did postcards for mine and used Vistaprint. I loved how they turned out.

    Here's a tip. I wanted to do the postcard to save postage. I decided to order oversized postcards and then found out that the larger postcard (8.52" x 5.47") was too big for a postcard stamp and had to use a regular stamp. So if you do end up doing this, make sure you do a standard sized postcard which is (5.47" x 4.21")

  • aec2003
    Devoted July 2015
    aec2003 ·

    Thanks! I just looked up that information and it has to be 4" x 6" or smaller for the postcard rate. It has to be 40 pound to 80 pound paper and .0007" to .0016" thick. I'm going to try.. and take one to make sure they will mail it.

  • Kari  Taggard
    October 2019
    Kari Taggard ·

    You could always make one, and mail it to yourself to see how it holds up.

  • Mrs.V-Finally
    Super August 2013
    Mrs.V-Finally ·

    I made mine completely from scratch in Photoshop. I uploaded to Vista print and got their cheap white envelopes and used those. I didn't feel like wasting my ink.

    I'm working on my multi photo thank you cards now. I will be printing those myself since each one will be custom depending on the guest.

    So you can still use places like vista print and make them yourself. Its just a cheaper printing option. ;-)

    Link to their templates if you need a guide to use to make your own even if you don't want to use them. Its a good starting point. Hope that helps you.

  • aec2003
    Devoted July 2015
    aec2003 ·

    We haven't decided on the exact std design yet, but I've already made one on Photoshop and I have to admit, I love it! I'm going to try printing/mailing them just to make sure they turn out well.

  • David
    Devoted August 2013
    David ·

    We were thinking about send our invites through the mail without envelopes but didn't know what we needed to do. So I made a quick stop at the post office and asked. They not only answer my questions, but gave tips for mailing and even helped pick stamps that will match. Maybe print one and make a stop at one.

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