Save the Date Rules and Etiquette:
1) Send them out six months before the ceremony. Any earlier and you run the risk of your date or venue changing.
2) If you want to save money, only send them to out-of-town guests and people you know will need to plan far in advance.
3) They are a must for destination weddings, or if your wedding happens to fall on a three-day holiday weekend.
4) If you’re going with a quirky photo or motif, be cautious about who you’re sending them to. Especially if you have any relatives on the conservative side.
5) Be upfront about who’s invited. Does the guest receive a plus-one? Are you banning children from your wedding? It’s important to note this in the content of the card.
6) Remember to add “Invitation to Follow.”
7) Don’t forget to include your wedding website URL.
4. Tiny Box of Tiny Figurines
You could assemble your own or buy something similar off Etsy.
6. Confetti Explosion
A fun idea that you could customize with your own paper pattern. Get the instructions here.
7. Save the Date Paper Dolls
Get more information on how to make these here.
9. Scratch-Off Paint Cards
Get the directions here. You could also use the scratch-off to expose the wedding location, if you’re doing a destination wedding.
12. Watercolor Cards
You don’t even need to be that artistically inclined to pull this off. Get the directions here.
13. Simple Luggage Tags
These are very simple DIY save the date cards using gift/luggage tags, ribbons, and stamps.
16. Plant Markers With Plantable Paper
Seed paper is handmade paper embedded with different plant seeds that can still germinate when the paper is planted in soil (!!!). Get the directions here.
17. The Burlap Pouch
Fill a printed burlap pouch with little hints in accordance with your wedding theme (like seashells for a beach wedding).
19. The Library Card
So twee it hurts. Get blank library cards from Etsy, $3 for 25.
20. The Video
This one’s based on the “Yankee Review” scene from Rushmore.
These test tubes are filled with wildflower seeds. (The couple met in chemistry class.)
24. The 7”
Available for $6.50 per set from ElloThere. Or repackage actual vintage 45s, which you can sometimes find at record stores, thrift stores, and garage sales for very cheap.
25. Screen-Printed Hankies
You’ll need an ample supply of vintage handkerchiefs. Get the details here.
28. The Flipbook
This one is filled with pictures of the couple’s “favorite places.”
30. The Bed of Moss
In case you’re having your wedding in the woods.
31. Gold-Embossed Cards
Here is a lovely and inexpensive way to make your own cards, especially if you don’t want to shell out for letterpress.
32. The Printed Balloon
Include a printed balloon with your save the date card.
33. Temporary Tattoos
34. Vintage Key + Luggage Tag
You could easily achieve a similar effect with tea-staining.