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My DIY Save the Date DVD

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#1 Traci7642

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    Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:06 AM

    I've received such great feedback from my guests, that I thought I would share our STD.  We had every intention of doing a luggage tag STD but after some discussions we decided to shift directions.  We would always say "if people could just see how awesome this place is, they'd go" so we figured there would be no better way than to send a DVD STD.  We created it in iMovie and it turned out so well.  We started the DVD with a short video from my fiance and I explaining what they'd find on the DVD.  We then followed that by a great video we found on YouTube about our resort and then followed that by all of our travel agent/pricing information.  


    We have had two families contact us and say that they had no intention of going, but that after watching the DVD there is no way they can resist.  I think it really paid off and would encourage everyone to think about it!


    We also decided to make DIY sleeves to make it a little more festive than a standard jewel case.


    We bought a really nice textured scrapbooking paper from Hobby Lobby and used a template that I found off the internet to make the CD sleeve.



    We then cut the slats to carry the ribbon through.


    We then used a glue gun to attach the ribbon to the inside and to glue the CD sleeve closed.  The stickers we ordered from Zazzle with our monogram was the last addition.


    The last step we did was to purchase envelopes and shipping labels from Staples so that we could get them mailed off.  


    Here is a price breakdown for our STD.  We made and shipped 72 STDs.


    Sticker w/ monogram (from zazzle.com) - $22.09

    DVDs 100 - $34.99

    Blue Paper (Hobby Lobby - 40 sheets that we cut in half) - $13.50

    Red Ribbon (Hobby Lobby) - $16.00

    Envelopes (Staples) - $15.79

    Shipping Labels (Staples) - $8.49

    Postage ($0.86 each due to non-machinable CD - yikes!) - $60.26


    Grand Total for 72 STDs = $171.12

    #2 Jenny2014

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      Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

      That is so amazing!!!!! I love it! What a fun, fun, fun idea :D


      Yikes, if only the postage hadn't cost so much, it's actually fairly inexpensive!


      Very impressed.

      #3 Traci7642

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        Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

        Thanks a bunch!  They really were inexpensive and really made a huge impact.  I think if we would've just bought standard stamps and stuck them in the mail, they would've been just fine and saved us quite a bit of money.

        #4 Atthebeach

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          Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

          What a great idea!! They look fantastic!

          #5 normas09

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            Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

            This is a great idea! You did an amazing job. I'm going to put this on my list of potential things to do! Thanks for sharing. 

            #6 Traci7642

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              Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:58 AM

              Thanks so much!  We really enjoyed making them together and everyone enjoyed receiving them.  Happy Planning!

              #7 Marymack

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                Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

                Nice idea!!

                #8 lyna89

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                  Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:24 PM

                  Thank you for this idea! It's different and definitely going to remember this!

                  #9 TinkerSofi

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                  Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

                  These are a great idea!  They also look fun to make! 




                  #10 albellis

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                    Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:03 AM

                    Wow, such a unique idea! I can see how that would definitely sway people that weren't planning on going or were on the fence. Now how are you going to follow that with your invitations? You've set the bar so high

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