Looking for creative save the date ideas? We've got plenty! Once you've finalized your date and venue, it's important to let your guests know about the big day. Enter: save-the-dates. Save-the-dates are typically sent out nine months before the wedding, and wedding invitations are sent out two months prior. This important piece of stationery is the is the first opportunity you have to set the tone for you wedding, and it let's your guests start to plan ahead!
30 Creative Wedding Save the Date Ideas
1. Love Note
This design harks back to middle school and passing notes in the hall.
Dear Love, $119 for 100, Wedding Paper Divas
2. 3-D Magic
Geeky, a tad self-indulgent, but pretty darn cool: Your wedding details become crystal clear once the recipient dons the enclosed 3-D glasses.
$300 for 100, Eliminate Ugly
3. Comic Strip
A quirky comic starring you and your groom feels high energy and irreverent—in a good way.
$250 for 100 (plus $35 custom illustration fee), Baumbirdy
Turn your save-the-date into festive Lotería!
Hand-painted Mexican Loteria style save-the-date, $980 for 100, Julie Song Ink
5. Plantable Save-the-Date
Nothing says garden wedding quite like an eco-friendly plantable save-the-date card. This one blooms into wildflowers that your guests can enjoy well past your wedding date.
Card on seed-embedded paper, $750 for 100, Belle & Union Co.
6. Custom Playlists
Spin your guests right round with this vinyl-inspired mailer. Bonus: It comes with a downloadable custom playlist! Yay, dance party!
Flat-printed sleeve and record, including playlist via QR code, from $17 each, Ceci New York
7. Mini Bottles of Bubbly
If you're feeling particularly celebratory (which you should — you're engaged, after all!) then start the toasts early with a pretty bottle of bubbly as your save-the-date. Print all the pertinent information on the label for a surprise guests will love.
Box mailers, bottle labels, and filling, from $800 for 100, Papellerie
8. Hipster Sneakers
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.
9. An 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.
10. 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.
11. Campaign Buttons
"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," says celebrity stationer Cheree Berry, who recently created the invitations for Ellie Kemper and Jesse Tyler Ferguson's weddings.
Campaign pin wedding save-the-date, from $2,000 for 100, Cheree Berry Paper
12. Ombré Stamp
This save-the-date flaunts DIY skills (check out that ombré ink effect!) and makes clear that you're more interested in showing everyone a good time than in foofy engraving or Emily Post's approval.
Save-the-date stamp, $75, Patti Murphy Designs
13. Photo with a Twist
If you're hopeless romantics but still want to play it cool, try tucking a sweet photo into a stylish typographical design.
Modern, typographical wedding save-the-date, $170 for 100, Love vs. Design
14. Laser Cut Save-the-Dates
Laser cutting, used to create the name overlay here, is a no-brainer for design geeks and devout minimalists.
Laser-cut wedding save-the-date, $400 for 100, Pounding Mill Press
15. Luggage Tags
Having a destination wedding? There's no better way to announce it than with a creative luggage tag save-the-date! This design incorporates all the useful travel details into a fun little card that you'll send in advance of your wedding.
Travel-inspired wedding save-the-date, $158 for 100, Paper and Parcel for Minted
16. Scratch-Off Card
This scratch-off card screams fun, fun, fun! But it sets a tone, so maybe think twice if you're not ready to rent a Ferris wheel for your reception.
Las Vegas wedding save-the-date, $600 for 100 (includes penny and twine), Swiss Cottage Designs
17. 3-D Puzzle
This clever save-the-date functions as a 3-D puzzle: The cards arrive stacked together, wrapped with a band printed with assembly instructions (right); recipients slide the cards together (bottom) to reveal reasons why things are always better in pairs.
Custom save-the-date, $2,400 for 100, Chewing the Cud
18. Photo Booth Strip
The popular photo-booth concept, handled in a not-too-cutesy way.
Notebook Doodle, $135 for 100, Hello!Lucky
19. Set the Bar for Funny Save the Date Ideas with This One
This cheeky postcard incorporates photos of the bride and groom on the back (bottom) and their parents on their wedding days on the front (top).
$250 for 10, Hello Tenfold
20. Paper Airplane
Whimsical (and kind of genius): sending the details via paper airplane.
Jet Set, $249 for 100, eInvite
21. Heart Thumbprints
Is this a personal touch, or what? Seal an otherwise classic save-the-date with overlapping thumbprints to create a heart. All we can say is that we really heart this idea.
It's hard to forget a date when it's floating around in your house!
"Nala" save-the-date balloon, $329 for 100, White Knot
23. Love Triangle
This intricately folded save-the-date features gorgeous die-cut triangle covers.
$800 for 100, Cheree Berry Paper
24. Vintage Train Ticket
Give your save-the-dates a vintage feel by printing them like classic train tickets.
"Vintage Train Ticket" digitally printed notched save-the-date, $950 for 100, Suite Paperie
25. Tea Towel
A tea towel is something your guests can use in their kitchen or save as a darling memento.
"Recipe for Love" screen printed tea towel save-the-date, $2,500 for 100, Suite Paperie
26. Fun House Tickets
These Fun House save-the-dates are custom-made and totally unique.
Custom vintage fun house save-the-date, starting at $3,000 for 100, Ladyfingers Letterpress
27. Fortune Cookies
"We ordered custom fortune cookies, put them in mini take away boxes and sent them or handed them out," bride Natalie Enoerteha wrote of this absolutely awesome save-the-date. We're sure her guests loved it, as well!
28. Recycled Grocery Bag
The sweet wreath save-the-date postcard is printed on recycled grocery bag.
$150 for 100, June Bride Lettering
29. Polka-Dot Save-the-Dates (DIY!)
A crafty bride DIY-ed this polka-dot save-the-date. First, she painted a swash of blue paint onto craft-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!
If you really don't want your guests to forget your wedding date, send out magnets printed with a calendar! It helps that the heart marking the day is super cute, too.