Sunday, January 17, 2010

Vintage Postcards

Friends @ SPL is selling postcards for 50 cents each at the circulation desk on the lower level of the Library. These cards feature photos of the original Stillwater Carnegie Library, including views of the circulation desk and the trolley and tracks that once ran past the front of the Library on 4th Street. Friends @ SPL is a community group that supports the library. You can learn more about their mission, how to assist them, and dates for their book sales by going to and clicking the blue "support your library" button.
These postcards are a great resource for all of you planning weddings at Stillwater Public Library. The possibilities are endless! Send postcards as save-the-date cards, pick up a stash for thank you notes, or having them printed with your own address for RSVP cards. Packages of 2-3 postcards could be bound together as favors (here they double as favors AND place cards), or you could write a personal note to each guest and use them as escort cards. Not only would all these ideas be original, they would be a great way to play up the history of your ceremony/reception site. But wait, there's more! They are also a budget-friendly way to support the Stillwater Public Library.

Postcards used as RSVP cards or save-the-date cards require less postage than cards sent in envelopes. You can see all the current options for postcard stamps by visiting the website for the US Postal Service. The savings per 25 guests can be anywhere from $4 to $8.

Below is more postcard inspiration you might find interesting...
Here is a link explaining how to create vintage-inspired postcards as wedding favors (it's very similar to renting a photo booth, and many of the photo booth companies could probably work with you to help you pull this off). I used this idea for my daughter's first birthday party. These pictures are obviously not the sort you'd want for your wedding, but it was a big hit with the fam! I do have to mention that I spent 3 days making that hippopotamus out of pink foam insulation and acrylic paint. Cute, isn't he?
Here is a video about a vintage postcard cake. I'm not sure if I like it or not...what do you think? I think you could have a similar cake made without the expensive gum paste cards - they probably taste AWFUL. Just putting some real vintage postcards around the base of your cake would acheive the same look, and would probably cost only $300 instead of $1500!

Finally, I found this blog, which has some very cute French vintage ideas, oui?

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