There are all kinds of options when looking at ways to create a fun and unique save the dates, but one of the coolest ways that I’ve been taking a look at lately is what I like to call a photo booth save the date. I know it’s probably not too hard to figure out what this actually means, but just to be sure that we’re on the same page I’ll explain this a little bit more. This particular type of save the date is a way to take advantage of the cool, vintage feel of an old-school black-and-white photo booth and use it to give your save the dates a sense of your personality and creativity as a couple. I’m not really sure why photo booths are so cool, but I’ve spent my fair share of time in them during my 30 years on this Earth and let me tell you, I’ve had a lot of fun every single time.
The goal of this post is to help you recreate some of the awesomeness that is found when sharing a set of pics from a photo booth and add that into your save the date so that they not only get people’s attention, but so they also clearly communicate just how much fun you and your soon-to-be husband or wife are having together. Sound good? If it does, keep on reading so that we can get to work!
I’ll split up how to best do this based upon whether or not you want to/have access to a photo booth:
Want to use a real photo booth? Sweet!
So you want to give your save the dates an authentic feel, eh? This will probably take a little bit more work and planning on your end, but the final product will most likely turn out looking a little more authentic. As I was researching how to best add a real photo strip into a save the date design, I ran into this post about how it’s done. They had a great idea of how you could this by taking a piece of plain white stock paper into the photo booth and holding it in front of you while getting your picture taken. I wouldn’t suggest going with paper much bigger than an 8.5″x11″ so that you can make sure that it’s small enough to fit in the pictures, but big enough to where you’ll be able to add some text to it later when editing in Photoshop.
After you get the pictures taken and you’re happy with the way that one of the full strips looks, the next step would be to scan the full photo strip into your favorite photo editing application so that you can add it to a save the date file that you’re going to create. Save the dates can be of all shapes and sizes , but Stephanie and I ended up going with a 4″x6″ design size and we were more than happy with it. Anyways, after you get your photo strip scanned in, you then need to add a new layer of text on top of the piece of stock paper that you held in each of the photos. This is what will allow you to personalize your message and have some fun with the photos (see the example to your right).
After you get the text added you’re then ready to add all of the other details to the front and back of your save the date. What you add to the rest of it is completely up to the design and feel that you’re going with for the rest of your wedding. You can either make the photo strip your entire save the date (which will probably end up costing you more on printing thanks to the custom size) or you can simply make it a focal point of it. Just be sure that you don’t get so caught up in the design that you forget about the clearly communicating the information about when your wedding is going to be. I mean, that is why you’re sending these out in the first place, right?
No way to use a photo booth? It’s still all good!
If for one reason or another you don’t have access to a photo booth (which I’m sure is a fairly common thing), you can still give your save the date a good, legit feel by working a little more Photoshop magic into the mix. All you need to do is figure out a way to get the photos that you snap yourself arranged into a format that looks like a standard photo booth. There are two ways that I’ve found you can do this (and they’re both pretty easy):
- Enter the sizes into Photoshop manually: To create a standard size photo strip you would create 8.5×2.25 section with 4 images. You should also put a 1/8″ border around them so that they have some room to breathe.
- Use a free photo booth strip template: An easier way to do this would be to use a template for the photo booth strip design, which you can download over here. Once you have that file you just plug in any other photos that you want to add to your design.
Both of these options work great if you can’t find yourself a photo booth and from I’ve seen, there’s actually not much difference between the using one and not using one.
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