Creative Save-the-Dates\\nShare your wedding plans with guests by sending one of these creative save-the-date cards\\nAfter picking your wedding date and location, sending a save-the-date card to guests is at the top of your wedding to-do list. In addition to informing friends and family where and when the wedding will be, you can also include registry information, travel details and any pre and post-wedding events guests need to know about. Brides planning a destination wedding should be sure to include all relevant travel information including discount codes you’ve arranged with hotels and airlines. Here are some of our favorite save-the-date cards from funky to formal. —Anne Chertoff\\n\\n \\n\\nThe [Paper Poppies save-the-date card featured here is from Wedding Paper Divas](http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2803.htm).\\nThis sweet [\\"love bird\\" design by iomoi](http://iomoi.stores.yahoo.net/chocoandpinklovebird-ci.html) is quite romantic. The company has dozens of icons and monogram options in a rainbow of colors so you and your fiancé can create a very personalized card. After you’ve selected your save-the-date card design, you can order coordinating thank you note cards for all the engagement gifts you’ve begun receiving.\\nIf something more traditional is what you’re looking for then visit online stationery company, [Gryphon Stationers](http://www.gryphonstationers.com/). This modern design company creates invitations, personal stationery and other wedding accessories using either engraved or letterpress techniques. View their portfolio to see the wide range of design options available, or contact them about their Gryphon Bespoke program for a custom design.\\nTo ensure that your guests don’t forget your wedding date, send them a magnet card to post on the fridge. [Cluu Designs’](http://www.cluudesign.com/cluucards/) designer Cindy Luu can illustrate locations, themes and cultural icons so you can give your friends and family a sneak peek at what they can expect to see on the big day.\\nIf you don’t have time to take a professional engagement portrait, but still want your image or likeness on your save-the-date card, you can have a custom illustration of the two of you commissioned. Artist Britt Benjamin can create a drawing of you and your groom in wedding day or everyday attire. There’s a one-time illustration fee of $55 and each card is $4.25\\\\. Exclusively at [RedStamp.com](http://www.redstamp.com/products/3554-Personalized-Save-The-Date-Flat-Card-with-a-Custom-Illustration).\\nThis simply put declaration, designed by simplyput, is as simple as it gets. You can choose from 22 ink colors and seven type styles as well as personalize the card by adding your monogram or a motif that matches your wedding theme or destination. Price dependent on quantity ordered. Available at [FineStationery.com](http://www.finestationery.com/product.cfm?prod_id=67415&cm_thisCategory=2&cat=2&cat_id=2&subcat_id=667).\\nWhether you’re getting hitched in the city, by the sea or in the mountains, the Bonnie Marcus Collection has the perfect save-the-date card to let guests know where your wedding will be held. Each design can be custom printed by the retailer or you can order them blank and print them out on your home printer. A set of 25, including envelopes, is sold for $37.50 at [BonnieMarcus.com](http://www.bonniemarcus.com/).\\nMany stationery companies offer the option to personalize your save-the-date card with a photo of you and your fiancé. The picture you choose can be your formal engagement portrait or it can be a more casual/candid shot. The two cards featured here are from Wedding Paper Divas ([Candy Stripes](http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2247.htm) on left and [Simply Spring](http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/products/ProductView_2204.htm) on right). The company has a variety of photo cards you can choose from and you can select a specific palette that matches your wedding colors. Price dependent on quantity ordered.\\nIf you consider yourself more of a DIY bride, why not design your own save-the-date card? With [Mountaincow Invitation Software](http://www.mountaincow.com/), you can easily create all of your wedding stationery. The company’s web site features hundreds of designs to help inspire you. The software programs start at $29.99 and can be used well after your wedding – moving announcements, baby announcements, birthday parties and any other event you can think of. In addition to creating your own save-the-date card you can also [create a customized U.S. postage stamp](http://www.mountaincow.com/shop.stationerystamps.personalized.html) so your stationery and stamps complement each other.\\nIf you’re planning on ordering a traditional black and white wedding invitation, get a little creative with your save-the-date card. You can select a design that has a lot or a little amount of color. By the time you are ordering your save-the-date cards you may or may not know what your final wedding color palette will be. If you do know, you can choose a design featuring those colors. And if you don’t know, pick a design that both you and your fiancé like. Both of these colorful cards ( [Engraved Brushstroke](http://www.crane.com/prdSell.aspx?NavName=NavShop&DeptName=Wedding&SubDeptName=PersonalizedSavetheDateCards&Name=KD3571L_BrushstrokeFloralSavetheDateCards) shown on left, [Melon Color Trio](http://www.crane.com/prdSell.aspx?NavName=NavShop&DeptName=Wedding&SubDeptName=PersonalizedSavetheDateCards&Name=SD1154L_MelonColorTrioPersonalizedSavetheDateCards) on right, ) are from the [Kate Spade Wedding Ensembles](http://www.crane.com/navSubDepartmentKS.aspx?NavName=NavShop&DeptName=Wedding&Name=katespadeweddingensembles) at [Crane & Co](http://www.crane.com/navHome.aspx).\\n\\n \\n\\nTo see more save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, visit our [Stationery Gallery](http://www.brides.com/planning/invitations/gallery/landing/).