When planning your wedding, the first step a couple should make after the proposal is to pick a wedding date. After the date is set, mailing out save-the-date cards would be next on the list. Practically speaking, a save-the-date is an announcement sent prior to the wedding invitation. It is usually done to announce the wedding date and let your guests know when they should mark their calendars and make preparations needed to attend your wedding. This step is particularly important for destination weddings and weddings done during holiday season, so that your beloved guests wouldn't make arrangements on your wedding date thus able to attend your special day.
Save-the-dates are usually sent after settling the guest list, because once sent, you can't take it back. Also, don't complicate the content of your save-the-date. Simply state both of your names, where and when the wedding takes place, and the wedding website if you have any. Save-the-dates are usually sent four to eight months prior to the wedding and can be done in a multitude of creative ways. Whether paper back or electronic, here are some unique save-the-date ideas we've gathered just for you, slide away!
Simplicity can never go wrong. A monochrome save-the-date card is definitely a foolproof idea, especially if you haven’t decided on any wedding theme. And of course, you can liven it up with a splash of color too!
Have some fun with your engagement photo shoot and sneak in a few shots for your save-the-dates! Or, simply work your engagement pictures as a cover to your save-the-date cards.
Photo-booth-style photos will amp up the fun in your save-the-date cards. This strip can also be your best choice should you wish to make paperless save-the-date announcement. Imagine how cute this photo would look on your instagram feed!
Literally marking the calendar with your wedding date, send these cute cards to your guests. Simple and eye-catching, surely they won’t forget it!
These save-the-date balloons are not only memorable, they are also economical, exciting, and can easily be a fun DIY project!
Little gifts like scarf or fridge magnets can also be a thoughtful save-the-date present.
If you don’t like engraving your dates on the gifts, create a custom stamp and use it on the gift tags instead!
The see-through acrylics can be an outstanding material for a save-the-date announcement. For an added fun, make a puzzle out of it and let your guests play along!
This idea is perfect for the playful couple. Make your save-the-date even more fun with the viewmaster and slowly unfold your big date. Want more mysteries? Use the decoder and feel like a detective!
What’s more fun than treasure hunting? Tag your wedding venue as the final destination for the wanderers that are your guests
Another fun and nostalgic option for the big date reveal is with these scratch stickers. You can also send along a penny to scratch the cards with. Your guests will be surprised at the thoughtful gesture.
This save-the-date announcement will be perfect for a couple who loves photography. Let your guests know when your wedding will unveil by inserting a strip of paper inside an old film roll.
Match your destination wedding with a ticket save-the-date card! Aside from an old-school ticket design, don’t forget to clip off your dates for the ultimate vintage feel!
Be the hero and heroine in your very own comic strip save-the-date to add just a touch of quirkiness in the wedding.
With an illustration of the couple as a cover on your save-the-dates, you can almost hear your guest squeal with delight as they open your cards. If you’re not one that draws well, you can always ask a professional to help!
One final tip, don't forget to mail your invitation suites to your guests in time, for save-the-dates serve only as a heads-up and not as a formal wedding invite. Let us know which idea (or ideas) you think is best or tell us your own idea on the comments section below! And of course, don't forget to add your favorite ideas to the inspiration board.