Save-the-dates. Are they really necessary? Initially, I was quite sceptical, thinking that surely an invitation would suffice when it comes to asking my nearest and dearest to come watch me get hitched. But apparently not.

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According to a recently married friend, save-the-dates are essential - nay, crucial - in "locking down" my guestlist and stopping them from attending rival weddings happening on the same day as mine. God.

So with the words "lock down" bouncing around in my head, I started to research. There are a lot of save the date designs out there, and trust me, some of them are pretty amazing. But I didn't fall in love with any of them enough to spend much of our teeny budget on telling people to mark off September 1st in their diary.

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However, then I came across a box of beautiful postcards featuring vintage Vanity Fair covers from the 1920s and 1930s. Hmmmm, I thought, wouldn't it be great if I turned these into save-the-dates? I'm a journalist, therefore there's some relevance, but apart from that, they're really cool and pretty and I want them.

Boldly, five minutes and £14.99 later, I own the box of postcards. Congratulating myself, I shoot off to Paperchase to buy ink and a 'save-the-date' stamp, and then Staples where I pick up sheets of white sticker paper.

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At home, my fiancé and I stamp every postcard and then print off the date and location of the wedding to the sheets of sticker paper. Each card gets a sticker with said details stuck to it below the stamp, so that they are all uniform and hold all of the relevant information.

The whole process costs about £50. My fiancé and I high-five, and post the cards. Guests: Locked down.

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