Sometime over the last few decades, we got it in our heads that save the dates needed to be complicated. Magnets. Little figurines in the shape of your venue. Something keepsake-y that reminds you of your favorite hobby. And while all of those are perfectly fine options if you want ’em, the real deal is that a save the date only needs to be one thing: a piece of paper with your wedding date on it. And maybe a handy little URL for your wedding website.
But there’s nothing to say that it can’t be a really pretty piece of paper (and affordable too). And that’s where our longtime fave, Minted, comes in. Minted is both a community of artists and an affordable platform for modern design, which means their wedding stationery is always five steps ahead of the curve, for the same price as the guys doing cheesy hearts and clipart. Minted just launched their 2019 save the date collection, and y’all, I’m so into them.
I didn’t think I would ever view a save the date as anything other than functional, but Minted has managed to make these legitimately cool. Like tiny pieces of art you get to hang on your fridge for six months to a year. They’re equal parts modern, minimal, artsy, and extra. And so, I’ve rounded up 25 of my new favorites for those of you who just picked out a wedding date, and want to make sure… well, you know, someone saves it.
Even though I have lots and lots of professional photos of myself and my family, I still struggle with photo cards. But this is like a cheater’s guide to good design. Black and white photo, plus cool rainbow effect? Instant art.
This design reminds me of my kitchen counter tops, but in a cool way?
After seeing the same old wedding colors over and over again, what I like most about Minted’s new collection is the way they’ve used color. The tangerine of this design feels retro hip, but also like it’s not trying too hard. This is perfect for a minimalist modern wedding in Palm Springs (or anywhere else).
Did I say minimalist? Let’s go maximalist. I mean, it’s jungle-themed. And metallic. And if ever there were a more Maddie save the date, I’d probably get married again just for the sake of sending it out. This one’s a gimme.
Minted nails simple in a way that feels very rare in the wedding space. I like that this design is mostly information-driven with just a touch of sentimentality.
Simplicity done well, 2.0.
Minted also does typography really smartly, and I love the simplicity of a giant exclamation point to go with your save the date announcement. Really drives home the (wait for it) point.
I normally stay about a thousand yards away from any wedding-related product that’s trying to be clever (because clever is usually code for outdated and sexist), but Minted gets it right with this cheeky save the date. Plus, I’m not ready to let go of millennial pink, ok? Not yet.
But there are some ways to do clever that have nothing to do with being cheeky, and I appreciate this one. (Bonus: if you want an actual postcard save the date, Minted has hundreds of postcard designs starting at just $1.35.)
I’m a sucker for spelled-out details. Is it slightly harder to read? Maybe. Am I willing to make the sacrifice? You bet.
Real talk: there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to make design choices in weddings that are purely fun. There’s always some budgetary consideration to be made or family reaction to think about. So you might as well throw caution to the wind with your save the date and send out a big ol’ pineapple.
The ’90s are coming back, and most of the time I feel dubious about it, but this save the date gets it right.
Am I allowed to like something just because it’s cool? This split-foil design is just plain cool.
Sometimes kraft paper can look, well, crafty. But the combination of florals plus bold typography takes this to a modern place and I really like it.
I’ve made enough holiday cards to know that a good photo card doesn’t get in the way of a beautiful photo of you and your partner. This subtle taupe/mauve design lets your faces take center stage.
If Minted had a theme for this new save the date drop, I’d call it “the desert, but make it fashion.”
I’ve seen a lot of tropical-inspired wedding stationery over the past few years (and not mad about it!), but this design deconstructs that vibe in a way that feels more abstract and less like your guests should expect piña coladas upon arrival.
My mantra for every party, which makes this an automatic winner.
I appreciate that Minted threw a few brightly colored photo overlays into the bunch. It automatically makes your design look extra professional, even if your photo is an iPhone pic you took at brunch last weekend.
This color combination is one I haven’t seen a million times already, and the monochromatic text design feels really fresh.
This save the date is so impossibly hip, I don’t actually have any more to say about it. It’s like all the cool ceramics kids on Instagram got together and made wedding stationery just for us.
I mean, it’s 2019. Might as well lean into it, right? In case you haven’t picked up on it, “timeless” isn’t even a real thing.
I’ll admit, I don’t always go for more formal or dressed-up wedding stationery (give me all your jaguars and palm fronds, please). But this design combines modern text treatments with more traditional script in a way that feels fancy, but not stuffy.
We’ve been having a very glitzy moment in wedding stationery. But just because you can add foil to everything doesn’t mean you have to. This bohemian save the date is a perfect example of artsy design that can carry itself.
I’m pretty sure I fell in love with a rug or a piece of pottery that looked like this, and it cost something like $1,300. This is equally lovely, and one-one-thousandth of the price. Win!
This post was sponsored by Minted. Minted sources designs from independent artists all across the globe, meaning you get affordable art in your life and artists can make a living doing what they love. Minted is easily one of our favorite destinations for wedding invites (the designs are just so good, y’all), day-of decor, and with their new Color Library, gift packaging and accessories. Click here to find everything from save the dates to invitations, decor, and more.