How sweetly romantic is this save the date wedding announcement for Cristin Witcher and her fiance Adam Siegel’s fall Chicago nuptials?
Adam designed the whimsically simple letterpressed save-the-date announcement and matching tree branch mailing labels using The Giving Tree as his inspiration, a book that has special meaning to the couple. Their wedding website URL at the bottom of the card provides guests useful information about hotels, logistics and registry.
I love that the concept is so versatile. Use it for summer and spring weddings and showers by coloring the mailing label and invitation leaves in shades of green. Change the text for a children’s birthday party invitation with an eco-friendly theme.
Cristin and Adam have graciously shared their tree template here at Merriment for free with the request that anyone using the template post a comment below or email me to track its usage.
And you can also make yourself some Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps.
- Cristin and Adam’s free Giving Tree fall save the date announcement template (PDF, edit using Adobe Illustrator or contact me for assistance)
- Luna font (free!)
- Luxe Cream #10 Note Cards – 25 Pack (if letterpressing)
- 8 1/2 x 11 Luxe Cream Cover Paper – 10 Pack or buy in bulk 8 1/2 x 11 Luxe Cream Cover Paper – 100 Sheet Bulk Pack (if printing them yourself)
- Paper Trimmer (if printing them yourself)
- #10 String & Button Paper Bag Envelopes – 10 Pack
- Computer and printer
- Optional: Cristin and Adam’s free envelope label template (Microsoft Word)
- Optional: Giving Tree Personalized Postage Stamps
- Optional: Avery labels
Download Cristin and Adam’s free template. Open in Adobe Illustrator to edit the file.
NOTE: If you don’t have Illustrator, there are several options. FedEx Office has Adobe Illustrator that you can use on their computers for a nominal fee. Alternatively, there is a 30-day trial version that you can download at Adobe.com. Be sure to download and install the font too so that it looks OK, and print out all your copies before the 30 days expire. Also, save it as a PDF file in addition to the .AI extension so that you’ll have it in case you need to print more copies after the expiration. Lastly, either Cristin or I can update the file for you with your information; we would need to charge for our time. Anyone interested in that option please email me what you’re hoping to change and we can give you a quote.
Cristin and Adam had their announcements letterpressed. If printing yourself, adjust the file to print multiple announcements onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and trim to size using your paper trimmer. Place in envelopes and seal.
Enter guest names into the Word document template and print in color on the Avery labels. Cristin says this was the hardest part of the whole deal. You’ll want to buy some extra labels to give yourself wiggle room to ensure it lines up cleanly. Cut labels on lines using your paper trimmer.
COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use this project and pattern for your own personal use. Please post a comment below if you use the template so that Cristin and Adam can track its use. And share your own photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.
Like this free project? See more in our weddings category.