Your save-the-date sets the tone for your wedding: It's the first place to tell your guests who you are as a couple and it lets them know what to expect on the big day. So, it should reflect you and your groom's personalities — which means a classic save-the-date might not be the right choice for your celebration.
If you and your groom's styles veer more modern, fresh, and hip, then try to find a save-the-date design (or work with a stationer to create a custom one) that flaunts those qualities. To help get you inspired, we rounded up six save-the-dates that are totally cool and unexpected — and perfect for the non-traditional couple.
Hipster Sneakers (above): This bright yellow design zeros in on the couple's wedding-day footwear: chic heels for her, classic Converse for him. The playful design was by South Carolina design studio Us & Them.
Photo: [Lisa Hedge](http://www.lisahedge.com/)
Modern Floral: The combination of minimal typography — it features just the couple's initials on the front — and stems of flowers in this design by Lisa Hedge is a minimal and clean twist on the classic floral save-the-date.
Photo: [Paperless Post](http://www.paperlesspost.com/)
Brushstroke: The clean type and pale-pink brushstrokes juxtaposed against slate gray in this save-the-date design by Paperless Post is effortless, but still wedding-worthy.
Photo: [Ladyfingers Letterpress](http://www.ladyfingersletterpress.com/)
X-Ray: Now this is an unexpected save-the-date! The bride and groom (both doctors, of course!) wanted something non-traditional, so Ladyfingers Letterpress silkscreened a hand-lettered design in bright turquoise onto an X-ray.
Photo: Paperless Post
Wood Grain: The all-cap typography on this design is a subtle, yet stylish alternative to a classic save-the-date. Plus, the wedding details on this design by Paperless Post practically look like they were impressed into the wood.
Photo: [Jillian Bissigner](http://modernphotographyblog.com/)
Polka Dots: A crafty bride actually DIYed this polka-dot save-the-date. First, she painted a swash of blue paint onto kraft-paper cards, then stamped each one with the wedding information using a rubber stamp that she had custom made. The result? A bunch of save-the-dates that wound up being slightly different from the others — totally unique!