So you’re trying to figure out save the date ideas. Should you have save the dates? When should you send them? Should they be paper or magnets or something crazy like a puzzle? Should you call them STDs? (The answer to the last question is always a resounding no.) So here is the deal with save the dates.
Save the dates are relatively recent inventions in the world of weddings. (Chances are, if you ask your grandma if she had them, she’ll just look confused.) But as families and friends have gotten more geographically dispersed, weddings have become more of a destination event for many of the players. As such, it’s become common to let people know that they should, well, save the date. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the newness of the phenomenon also means that there is not a lot of set etiquette. That means A) to some extent you can do what you want (yay!), and B) there are not super clear rules to follow (boo!). So as someone who’s been knee-deep in weddings for a decade, let me give you some basic guidelines probably worth following.
Save The Date Etiquette
- Send Save The Dates out six months to a year in advance of your wedding, depending how busy your guests are, if it’s a holiday, and where the wedding is.
- If you want to skip paper save the dates, it’s totally acceptable to send out emails, call people are even text. The point is literally just to get people to Save. The. Date., and however you accomplish that is just fine.
- Make sure you only send save the dates to people you know for sure that you want to come to your wedding. Keep in mind that save the dates have a way of locking you into a guest list far in advance of the wedding.
- Have fun. Because save the dates are not mandatory, which means you should send them if you think it will be genuinely helpful (or when you really just want an excuse for more pretty paper goods).
Beyond that though, the sky is the limit. Which means it’s time to have get creative. Let’s look at thirty of our favorite save the date ideas (because DAMN if they haven’t gotten a million times better since I was planning my wedding).
save the date Ideas: flat cards
Truly Tropical by Printable Press
Delicately Framed by Printable Press
Classic Request by Wedding Paper Divas
Twig Initials by Printable Press
We Said Yes by Wedding Paper Divas
Branch by Printable Press
Editorial Love by Wedding Paper Divas
Diamond Blossoms by Wedding Paper Divas
Watercolor Save the Date by Angelique Ink
save the date ideas: letterpress
Retro Stamp Letterpress by Wolfandink
Growing Together by Minted
Letterpress Invitation by Fluid Ink
Ribbons by Minted
Custom Letterpress by Letterpress Made
Happy Heart by Minted
Our Initials by Minted
Be There by Minted
Serenbe Design by Chatham and Caron
Charlotte Save the Date by August and White Design
Tropical Save the Date by Fluid Ink Letterpress
save the date ideas: gold foil
Refined Love by Wedding Paper Divas
Forever Laced by Wedding Paper Divas
Malibu Save the Date by Chatham and Caron
Whimsical Decree by Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Dates by Handcrafted Occasions
save the date ideas: magnets
Minimal by Wedding Paper Divas
Simple Modern Save the Date by Dunkirk Designs
Command S by Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Date Magnet by Midwest Design
Festive Date by Wedding Paper Divas
Lettered Save the Date Magnet by Oak Street Press
save the date ideas: email
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