Piratey "save the dates" are floating ashore! #Invitations#diy invitations#invitations#pirates March 15 2010 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin OBT member Sandy and her partner made these amazing Save The Dates. They're planning a pirate wedding and they wanted their STDs to convey the pirate wedding theme to guests early on. I think these messages in bottle topped with jolly roger wax seals do a pretty damn good job of that… For the maps, I did a print screen of the San Diego area in Google Maps and traced over it in a transparent layer in Adobe Illustrator – then deleted the original map, used a bunch of filters, and added the border, gridlines and location names. The X roughly marks the spot of the wedding/reception location. The compass rose was clip art. I scoured the web for pirate fonts until I found ones we liked. We bought all our materials online. Here's some vendor info for anyone looking for referrals (we were really happy with everyone we ordered from): The paper was parchment from Discount Office Items. If you have any need for bottles, check out SKS Bottle and Packaging — they've got every variety you could ever need (ours were plastic and came with the corks). Nostalgic Impressions sells a ton of sealing wax and seal stamps (we've also ordered gorgeous feather pens from them for the guest book and for signing our domestic partnership agreement). The ribbon is from The Ribbon Jar. We ended up hand delivering to coworkers and local family members to cut back on costs. We mailed them as-is (just stuck translucent mailing labels and regular stamps to their sides and brought them to the post office). Mailing them came out a little pricier than we'd originally anticipated — $1.39 each. We ended up hand delivering to coworkers and local family members to cut back on costs. We've spoken to several guests who all got theirs the third day after we mailed them, and the wax arrived intact. I can't believe how well they shipped! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS A year of Offbeat Brides: another Q&A with Milestone Images NEXT Avoiding a receiving line while still greeting guests Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] These are incredible! So so creative, love the idea! Reply ooooo! i can't even imagine how exciting it must have been to get one of these in the mail. 🙂 Reply These are AWESOME! Getting mail is one of those happy things, but mail in a bottle? WOW! My invites might be expensive to mail as well. I was also thinking of hand delivering many of them, like putting them in people's mail boxes in the middle of the night. hehe Reply i am in loooooveeeeeeeee!!! this is the yummiest idea i have EVER seen. Reply Ohhh from the chick also having a pirate theme wedding, I'm THRILLED to see someone pulled off the idea Ive been kicking around in my head. I LOVE THESE! Reply You are a genius…. I can tell we would be friends. Crazy thing is I'm getting married at a Compass Rose(Garden)as well in Northern California and it's right on the beach! I may have to borrow your idea… Reply Oooh just thought of something about sending them out an inexpensive way… Have a friend (possibly someone out of work) have them dress as a pirate and spend the weekend hand delivering them to all your nearby guests! Call it their wedding gift or even kick down some cash! Would add to the excitement and would be cheaper than stamps! 3 agree Reply Sooooo neat! Love these! Reply Excellent. My fiance and I are having a funky nautical theme, and these are perfect. Thanks for sharing. Reply Any chance she would be willing to Etsy these? Reply OMG I did something very similar for my daughters wedding and it went over sooooo well! It was a little different but it was pirate themed 🙂 I got the paper from this discount office supply website and did the rest myself. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.