Please note: I'm not planning on getting married any time soon, but I'm thrilled to be able to share this idea/technique with folks who are!

Folks who gravitate towards older media (I am one of these folks) will always have a special place in their heart for things like film cameras and albums on vinyl. Using reloadable film canisters to send out "save the date" notices to your friends and family is not only an perfect way to show your love for whomever you're getting hitched to, but also for film.

These require some items you may not have around the house and take some time to design and put together, but in then end they're really worth it. The same technique could be used for a number of applications (moving or birth announcements, holiday greetings, or invites to any sort of super awesome gathering - even for the big day itself).

If you have any questions, need any advice/assistance, or would rather someone whip these puppies up for you feel free to comment, or shoot me a note here or on Twitter.
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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

  • Reloadable film canisters (one per "save the date" needed - they are sold individually as well as in multiples and are available in metal or plastic)1
  • Transparency film (make sure to get the right kind for your printer) - you'll need one sheet for each 5 "save the date"'s2
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Computer with photo editing program (and text editing program if you want to also make labels) and printer
  • Tape
  • Superglue, hot glue, or epoxy
  • Stickers/labels (optional) - Avery 5360 fits the outside of the canisters rather well
  • Small padded mailing envelopes (I used these)
1 I love B&H for these, but lots of other places online also carry them (B&H has them individually and in lots of 100). If you are going to order from B&H, please remember that their website does not allow online ordering on the Sabbath
2 You can use paper instead if you prefer - either plain or fancy

Thank you so much! I enjoyed making these. The feedback was amazing. I decided to leave mine with the original film brand showing rather than covering with our names. Thought it'd look more "retro". I can't wait til the wedding!

shesparticular (author)  nyatangapamela1 year ago
So glad they turned out well! Would love to see them!
i like it~ so poetic~
shesparticular (author)  hannahsmallming3 years ago
sutek3 years ago
Fantastic invite idea. I believe the more trouble you go to with the invite the more likely people will make the effort to attend. I voted for you!!
shesparticular (author)  sutek3 years ago
Thanks so much!
fegundez13 years ago
you can put them into film canisters as well with another label for shipping/ safekeeping. you mam are surely very imaginative future coolest mom for sure!
shesparticular (author)  fegundez13 years ago
I opted not to use film canisters only because it would make the cost of shipping even higher, but if you had a way to hand deliver them I think that would be awesome!
xavec3 years ago
I have to say, I really love this :)
shesparticular (author)  xavec3 years ago
That is so nice of you, thank you!
ramhardikar3 years ago
Good one!
shesparticular (author)  ramhardikar3 years ago
ynze3 years ago
Very smart!
shesparticular (author)  ynze3 years ago
Thanks so much! Please feel free to rate and vote :)
I did already. Both :D
shesparticular (author)  ynze3 years ago
Thank you!
whatsisface3 years ago
Brilliant! Super-original and much more personal than a standard MS Publisher/etc invite!
shesparticular (author)  whatsisface3 years ago
Thank you so much! I think they turned out great and am so glad folks like them!
Ninzerbean3 years ago
shesparticular (author)  Ninzerbean3 years ago
You're so nice - thank you!
mikeasaurus3 years ago
so creative!
shesparticular (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Coming from you that is such a tremendously huge compliment - thank you!!