Did anyone make their own wedding save-the-dates?
We used a DIY card set from Martha Stewart Weddings bought at Michal's Craft Store. It was really easy to print them ourselves, the kit was for thank you/blank cards and you can go to the MS weddings website and download word templates that have the correct paper size and boarder set for whatever "suite" you get, because there are bunch of different styles. We went with the Heirloom Ornament kit, it had a very nice silver boarder, very classic looking. Again, with templates it was very easy.
And if you sign up for Michael's weekly emails they send you a 40% off coupon every week. With the coupons our save the dates cost less than $50, including postage.
We also did our own invites, but used a Brides brand kit, also from Michael's. The Martha Stewart ones just weren't fancy enough for what I wanted. But the Brides invite kits are so beautiful and very professsional looking, people are surprised we did the invites ourselves. And it was just as easy, but we had to use my parents printer because it was very thick card stock that our old printer couldn't handle. Other than that even doing the invites ourselves was not problem.
I never thought twice about not having them professionally done. Even when you get them printed for you, usually you still have to assemble them, like put the ribbons on or assemble the layers, unless you are paying like $10 per invite. For our invites, they were pocketfolds tied with ribbons the printing was the easy part! And with the Michael's coupons they were less than $1 each plus postage. We even printed our return address on the envelops, so they really did look professionally done.
For save the dates I definitely recommend DIY. STDs are usually pretty simple designs, it would be a waste to pay someone to print them, in my opinion.