"Traditional wedding etiquette rules don't apply when it comes to the save-the-date. You can have a lot of fun personalizing the wording, the lettering style, the colors, and the overall design," says stationer Cheree Berry, who recently created wedding invitations for famous actors Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, The Office) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), and also created the awesome campaign button spoof seen here. "We made this for a DC-based couple with opposing political views. For added effect, their save-the-dates were sent to their guests to arrive on Election Day! Your save-the-date can—and should—tell your individual story," she explains. So before choosing that kitchen magnet or filmstrip template online (cute, but let's face it, not-so personal), figure out your schtick. To get inspired, click through the 10 fresh ideas we've decoded—from a puckish save-the-date for a booze-fueled bash, to a sweet, vintage-inspired paper LP for a couple of indie rockers.
Campaign pin wedding save-the-date, from $2,000 for 100, Cheree Berry Paper