Chicago City Skyline Save the Date in Black and White

Chicago, Sears Tower, black gloss foil, white printing on black paper, striped envelope liner
 Save the date card featuring a tone-on-tone silhouette of the metropolitan Chicago skyline, by Real Card Studio

Photograph of Chicago cityscape, similar to the one we used to create this save the date
Photo of the city converted to line art and "blown out" to get texture and detail out of the monochromatic image.
Make sure your guests hold the date for your wedding by sending out early notice of your event date and location. A save the date can go out six months to a year in advance, once you've got details set. I love that this save-the-date card gives just enough details without making the formal invitation to follow redundant. This striking card in black and white tells you exactly what you need to know: when, where and why. You can bet the event will be city-chic (not likely it was a rustic barn wedding), so you even have an idea of how to plan your wardrobe. A well designed save the date will-- and should-- do just that.


I love a nice tone-on-tone card-- and in black? All the better. To get the cityscape, we used a nice Shutterstock photo of Chicago, (or Seattle or New York City skyline), turned it to black and white, reduced it to line art and then increased the contrast until we could see as many windows and water reflections possible before losing building edge detail. Made a copper plate of the image. The best is yet to come.

Real Card Studio created this city-chic wedding save the date card for one of our very favorite stationers, Magnificent Milestones in Chicago-- of course! Photography by Fresh Outtakes.