(1) because over 75% of our guests will be traveling and will need to find accommodations, we needed to think of this as a destination wedding. We wanted to give our attendees (esp. those with kids) ample time to find their hotel rooms, book their rooms, book their flights, plan their trips, etc., and
(2) if we got it out by early-to-mid December, the Save the Date could double as our Christmas card.
One thing we kept in mind -- something that helped us speed things along -- was that we didn't want our Save the Date to trump the invite. And we needed it to be cheap; with all the expenses approaching in the next 9 months, we couldn't put a load of $$$ into what is essentially a precursor-to-invite.
So without sucking months out of our lives or hundreds of dollars out of our pockets, combining our own graphic design skills and the beautiful work of our engagement and wedding photographer, Noah Devereaux, we were able to put together the following:
We thought about photoshop-ing in a large black hole beneath me ... but 2E's decided it was too morbid.