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For her save-the-date cards, Sophie McBain commissioned an artist to make a glass stamp of their wedding venue...

My save-the-date cards have finally been sent — or at least most of them have. This feels like quite a victory, because they spent several weeks piled up on the living room table, the blank little envelopes silently guilt-tripping me every time I passed by with far more interesting things to do than trekking to the Post Office.

David and I didn't want to spend too much on our wedding stationery, and we wanted something personal and a little homespun — but without unleashing the glitter glue and feathers (always dangerous).

Luckily, with help from Google, we found Holly's Houses. Holly makes sketches of buildings from photographs and then turns them into stamps. We commissioned her to make a stamp from a photograph of the church we're marrying in, and it arrived a few weeks later. We bought small Paperchase notecards, and stamped her delicate sketch of St Lawrence’s Church onto each one. The stamp cost £79.50, including an ink pad, and postage.

Sophie and David's stamped save-the-date card

My one remaining challenge is how to get save the date cards to my Libyan friends (in case you missed my first blog, David and I met in Libya). Libya not only lacks a postal service, but very few streets have names. This is just as mad and inconvenient as it sounds, and it's almost impossible to give or understand directions to anywhere.

My Libyan friend Yusef is currently on holiday here in London, but is flying back later this week. I have a pile of invitations and a box of chocolates for him, and he's promised to be my 'mistadnat'. In traditional Libyan weddings the mistadnat are in charge of hand-delivering invitations, spraying guests with perfume and handing out chocolates at the same time. I'm hoping he will film friends' reactions when he does his rounds — assuming he ever manages to find them. @SEMcBain

For more craft ideas, see the Stylist wedding section and the Stylist Wedding Blog

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