The 16 Best Save the Dates for Your Big Day

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.)

Read on for the best save the dates.

Zola Violin Save the Date

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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.

Lucky Lady Paper Boarding Pass Save the Date Boarding Pass Invitation

Lucky Lady Paper Boarding Pass Save the Date Boarding Pass Invitation

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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.

Mallory Hope Design Polaroid Minimalist Photo Save the Date Postcard

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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.

Papier Wedding Photo Frame Save the Date

Wedding Photo Frame Save the Date

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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.

Minted Ana de Sousa Cordially Save the Dates

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Simple yet unexpected, this option features the date of your big day in oversized, bold text, with your names and location next to it. The metallic foil adds a touch of glam, and it's available in 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.

Minted Nicole Walsh Wrapped Save the Dates

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Take your announcements to the next level with with these super luxe, sophisticated save the dates. Hand pressed with metallic foil for a bit of sparkle, we're especially obsessed with the color-rich background that frames your favorite pic. Choose from dramatic midnight blue to soft blush.

Minted Pixel and Hank Capture Save the Dates

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This artful card is the perfect marriage of laid-back vibes and sophisticated chic. The casual script and graphic cut out shapes add to the charm—it feels like a scrapbook of your favorite memories, ready to share with loved ones.

All In Cork Save the Date Wine Corks

All In Cork Save the Date Wine Corks

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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.

Colorblock Save the Date

Colorblock Save the Date

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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.

Pamba Towels Save the Date Tea Towels

Pamba Towels Save the Date Tea Towels

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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.

IYHTV Designs Vintage Postcard Save the Date

IYHTV Designs Vintage Postcard Save the Date

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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.

Plus Paper Design Vintage Library Book Card Wedding Save the Date

Plus Paper Design Vintage Library Book Card Wedding Save the Date

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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.

Social Print Studio Double Sided Square Prints

Social Print Studio Double Sided Square Prints

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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.

Paperlust Modern Save the Date by Amelia S.

Modern Save the Date by Amelia S.

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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.

For Your Party Save the Date Matchbook

Save the Date Matchbook

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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.

Paperless Post Rubell Save the Date

Paperless Post Rubell Save the Date

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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.

What to look for in save the dates

A save the date is an opportunity to be a bit more playful and less formal than a traditional wedding invitation. It's a place for you personality as a couple can shine—don't be afraid to be witty, creative, or out-of-the-box when you're coming up with ideas together.

The most important thing to include is, of course, the date of your wedding. Although the save the date can be simple in words and design, just make sure that it's legible and easy for all guests to understand.

  • When should we send save the dates?

    Stationary expert Katie Fischer Cohen recommends mailing out a save the date 6-8 months in advance of the wedding date. For destination weddings, or if you're hosting a wedding during a popular weekend, you can send it out up to a year in advance.

  • Can we send an online save the date?

    Yes, but make sure that everyone on your guest list is savvy with computers and smartphones first. If you have any concerns about particular guests receiving the save the date, make sure to follow up with a phone call or note.

  • Are save the dates necessary?

    While save the dates are not mandatory, it's a helpful way for guests to mark the date on the calendar as soon as your venue is booked. Because they tend to be more casual than invitations, a save the date can also be a fun and creative way to announce your engagement.

Meet the Expert

Katie Fischer Cohen is a the founder of Katie Fischer Designs, a Manhattan-based graphic design studio.

Why Trust Brides

Brides contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. Her work has appeared in such digital and print publications such as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and Allure.

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