I saw these adorable map save-the-dates while skimming blogs for wedding ideas, and really wanted to use the idea. I love the idea of making your guests feel special, and including them in our invitation suite seems like a great idea. Unfortunately, the artist is no longer accepting orders!
I contacted a few artists through etsy, and tried finding talented friends on facebook, but I either came up empty or couldn't afford it. So what did I do? Tried making them myself!
I've never tried graphic design before, but I took a photoshop class ten years ago in high school, so how tough could it be???
Well, I failed at photoshop. Completely. I simply cannot figure out that program. However, my years in the cube farm have taught me a thing or two about using powerpoint, so I thought I'd try that instead.
After the usual trial and error, a few hours of labor, and some feedback from my lovely bridesmaids, I came up with this map. I managed to represent almost all our invited guests (though there would be a thick line from Northern Virginia if it were accurate), by drawing lines from their homes to our wedding city. I think it's a really fun map, and I can't wait to send them out.
I'm going to print these at home as postcards to use as our wedding RSVPs. Postcards are a big money saver due to the cheaper printing and postage, and are greener too.
I was pretty proud of myself on this one! I've never tried such a thing before! But, I saved a lot of money and produced a personalized wedding RSVP I'm really happy with!
So I'll say it again, don't sell yourself short - just muster up some courage, give it a try, and you might surprise yourself!