Hold The Postcard

Make a Video Save the Date Instead

If a postcard just isn't your style, consider a save-the-date video as a new way to share the news of your engagement.
Liz Von Hoene

For some couples, it looks like postcard save-the-dates may be on the path to becoming passé.

In their place: video save-the-dates that can be as simple as a slideshow or as extensive as one in which couples appear in period costume to announce their wedding date.

Here, seven things you need to know:

1. If you're going the DIY route, keep it simple.

Making a video isn't as easy as it sounds, especially if you're not that computer-savvy. To ensure that the process remains stress-free, keep your video save-the-date simple, suggests Dustin Johnson, a photographer, videographer and owner of Dustin Johnston Productions in Chicago. At bare minimum: You'll need to have a decent camera and a working knowledge of some basic video editing software (like iMovie, iPhoto or iDVD on the Mac). "Even if you're not that good with these programs, embrace your limitations and have fun with it," he says. "Don't try to imitate anything too professional. Embrace that it's homemade and use that to make it charming."

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