These Are the 20 Best Save The Dates

Make sure your guests know to mark their calendars.

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As you kick-off the wedding planning experience, the process of choosing (and sending!) save the dates often marks an important transition. It’s the first step where things start to feel truly tangible, and all the planning and envisioning transforms into something very real.

For many couples, the save the date also serves as a kick-off to the overall tone and look of the wedding. It can act as an aesthetic foundation for the invites that will soon follow, not to mention all of the other wedding-related stationery, from programs to place cards to menus. If you already know the vibe you’re going for, let the save the dates announce it loud and clear.

But if you’re not quite sure, or just want to keep this part of the planning process quick and easy, the save the dates can also totally stand on their own. Go with something simple and straightforward, or have some fun with a more whimsical option. (And when in doubt, adding a cute couple photo is always a good move.)

Truly, you can’t go wrong, but if you’re searching for some inspiration, check out this list of our favorite save the dates.

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Jessie Steury "Our Timeline" Save the Dates

Jessie Steury Our Timeline Save the Dates

 Courtesy of Minted

Along with providing details of your relationship on your wedding website (always a fun read for guests), we love the idea of providing everyone with a snapshot of your love story on the save the date.

Customize this one with your favorite milestones as a couple, set alongside your favorite photo. You can even take the lead of this example and choose a metaphoric picture to further symbolize your journey.

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Zola Violin Save the Date

zola save the date

Courtesy of Zola

If you know, you know: Zola is THE one-stop-shop for everything wedding-and registry-related, including, you guessed it, stationary. Add your photo and text, then customize it to your liking, choosing everything from size to paper type to shape.

The prices are great, there's free shipping, and you even get a free wedding website with your purchase. Also nice: Free ‘change the dates’ currently come with all save the dates and invites, a major win if plans need to change.

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Plus Paper Design Vintage Library Book Card Wedding Save the Date

Plus Paper Design Vintage Library Book Card Wedding Save the Date

 Courtesy of Zazzle

Have your guests “bookmark” the date with this vintage library book card. Perfect for bookworms or anyone planning a library wedding, it’s one your guests will definitely remember.

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Lucky Lady Paper Boarding Pass Save the Date Boarding Pass Invitation

Lucky Lady Paper Boarding Pass Save the Date Boarding Pass Invitation

 Courtesy of Etsy

Planning a destination wedding? You need these save the dates. Inspired by the shape and design of old-school boarding passes (remember those?), it’s the perfect way to get your guests excited about the fun travel to come. They feature plenty of customizable space where you can add all of the important details, and even the envelopes are on brand, with a colorful map emblazoned on the inside.

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Heather Buchma Florida Love Location Save the Dates

Heather Buchma Florida Love Location Save the Dates

 Courtesy of Minted

This fun take on a standard photo save the date uses several different pics and collages them into the shape of the state where you’ll get married. (While this particular option is for Florida, the same designer offers other states as well. Search “love location.”) Plus, they come in four different sizes, as well as a magnet variety.

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Colorblock Save the Date

Colorblock Save the Date

 Courtesy of Artifact Uprising

For the couple who doesn’t want to go with a photo on their save the date, these color-blocked, text-only cards are sure to please. Choose from any number of color combinations, as well as corresponding envelopes.

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All In Cork Save the Date Wine Corks

All In Cork Save the Date Wine Corks

 Courtesy of Etsy

How perfect would these be to announce a vineyard wedding? The corks are printed with your names and date and come housed in a mini wood box to ensure they don’t get misplaced.

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Kelli Hall Calendrier Save the Dates

Kelli Hall Calendrier Save the Dates

Courtesy of Minted

Simple yet unexpected, this option features the date of your big day in oversized, bold text, with your names and location next to it. Straightforward and to the point, it’s everything you could need or want in a save the date, all wrapped up in a sophisticated little package. Plus, the minimalist aesthetic is guaranteed to pair well with pretty much any type of wedding vibe.

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Social Print Studio Double Sided Square Prints

Social Print Studio Double Sided Square Prints

 Courtesy of Social Print Studio

The unique, 4 x 4-inch square shape of these cards is sure to stand out among a sea of other rectangular stationary. Upload your favorite image on the front, then add your own text (via one of the site’s templates) onto the back to let your guests know the when and where details.

A matte finish and simple white border are the perfect finishing touch. Order another set to use as thank you cards post-wedding.

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Kimberly FitzSimons Offbeat Save the Dates

Offbeat

 Courtesy of Minted

It’ll be hard for guests to lose your save the date when they can just stick it on their fridge. The simple black and white design looks super chic and it allows your eyes to focus on the photo.

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Wedding Photo Frame Save the Date

Wedding Photo Frame Save the Date

 Courtesy of Papier

An almost identical replica of a Polaroid right down to the shape and size, we love the simple and vintage feel of this black and white option. In true Polaroid fashion, there’s a space for a photo on the front and custom text on the back; the matte, eggshell finish and thick paper quality make it feel extra luxurious.

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Pamba Towels Save the Date Tea Towels

Pamba Towels Save the Date Tea Towels

 Courtesy of Etsy

Admittedly, most save the dates will end up in the trash or recycling at same point—but not this option. While obviously a bit pricier than a paper card, these screen-printed tea towels are an unexpected alternative for those seeking a more lasting option and/or who have a shorter guest list. They feature a floral design and come printed in eco-friendly inks, in your choice of color.

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Hooray Creative Modern Union Minibook

Hooray Creative Modern Union Minibook

 Courtesy of Minted

A fun alternative to the typical save the date, this miniature book houses all of the info your guests will need to know before the big day arrives. Choose your favorite photo for the cover, then customize the following six pages with all kinds of info about the ceremony, reception, lodging, and more.

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Paperlust Modern Save the Date by Amelia S.

Modern Save the Date by Amelia S.

 Courtesy of Paper lust

With cute graphics to illustrate all the details, this option is a fun take on the classic, and another great choice for those who prefer to have their save the date be sans photo. Digitally printed, it’s also a cost- and time-efficient choice.

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Zola Gardner Bloom Save the Date

Gardner Bloom Save the Date

Courtesy of Zola

 

Utterly romantic, the oversized floral illustration on this card will pair perfectly with any type of outdoor, garden-inspired nuptials. Choose from two colored options, as well as a black and white version that’s still romantic but slightly more understated.

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Mallory Hope Design Boho Calendar Save the Date

Mallory Hope Design Boho Calendar Save the Date

 Courtesy of Etsy

The front of this card boasts your date in oversized romantic font, plus a calendar with the date highlighted. Customize the back to your liking; keep it simple with a pattern, add your favorite photo, or write a custom message to your guests.

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Save the Date Matchbook

Save the Date Matchbook

 Courtesy of For your party

Adorable, practical, and affordable, we love the idea of swapping cards for a custom matchbook. Printed with your names and wedding date, it’s a fun new way to help keep your big day top of mind for your guests.

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Inspiration by Amie Le Rustic Save the Date Luggage Tugs

Inspiration by Amie Le Rustic Save the Date Luggage Tugs

 Courtesy of Etsy

If you’re planning a destination wedding in the mountains, these save-the-dates are choice. Not only is the luggage tag style adorable, but the subtle landscape backdrop and neutral tones also work perfectly together.

Bonus points for extra touches, like the mountain range outline overlying the return address on the included envelope.

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IYHTV Designs Vintage Postcard Save the Date

IYHTV Designs Vintage Postcard Save the Date

 Courtesy of Zazzle

Colorful and retro, this postcard is just begging to announce a warm-weather wedding in Palm Springs. A whimsical summery print (lobsters and palm trees!) on the back is an added bonus.

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Paperless Post Rubell Save the Date

Paperless Post Rubell Save the Date

 Courtesy of Paperless Post 

Once frowned upon by etiquette purists, there’s no harm in opting for a digital save the date if you’re looking to stay on a budget, or are simply looking for ways to be more eco-friendly.

This invite is just as sophisticated as any paper option, with bold, art deco-inspired gold and black font. There’s also a similar version where the text is set over a photo, should you prefer to have a picture.

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