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40+ Unique Save the Date Ideas (Using Photos)

It has been too long since I posted about wedding ideas, but I am gladly returning to the subject with one of my favorite wedding components: the save the date! The save the date is the first correspondence you have with your guests, but its purpose is more than simply alerting guests of your chosen wedding day and location. It sets the tone for your wedding and lets guests know what to expect. They will see how formal or casual the wedding will be and they will get an idea of how much of your personality or tradition will be incorporated into the wedding as well. In order to create the best save the date cards for your wedding, create a unique save the date ideas using a photo and/or card. If these two elements are unique, creative and clever, your guests will get to see what they will be coming to and they will look forward to it all the more. Today, I will be talking about save the date photo ideas this week and save the date card ideas next week.

The first element of the save the date is the photo. However, this is not mandatory. It is simply one possibility for the save the date announcement. Also, although photos of the happy bride and groom-to-be are cute, they are very common and basically amount to the same thing as an engagement photo. The save the date photo is specifically meant to save the date, so you will need something creative in order to convey that message. This means incorporating the date of the wedding in a clever way. This can be done in many ways. However, because it is difficult to think of new creative save the date ideas, here is some inspiration to jog your creativity.

A photo idea becoming trendier by the day is the use of a banner. Most photos usually entail the couple standing and smiling while holding a banner. So, to be unique, try arranging the banner in different ways. This may mean hanging the banner in the background, or wrapping it around the two of you in a hug. However, you probably do not want the photo to appear too staged, so try to incorporate the prop in a casual where it naturally fits. A banner is appealing because it is a humble and sweet  touch that can add charm to your photo. If you use it well then it can be a photo that you will love forever.

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photo @ Capers Catering Blog

You can also work in phrases with a sign rather than a banner. Banners have limited space, which is why they usually only display the date, but signs allow for some more room for creativity. For something sweet and special, try having each person hold a sign that relates to the other. To put it simply: some witty banter makes for a fun photo. Try to think of your own conversation and add your personalities as much as possible. To help you get creative, check out these signs.

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photo @ Wilmington Weddings Blog

Another photo option is to write a love note on the ground. This is most commonly done in sand, but it can be done in/on other surfaces as well. Writing in the snow is a perfect way to set the scene for a winter wedding. Writing your initials and/or wedding date in grass is quite uncommon. A message etched into the ground is a simple and natural way to get your news across. So, it it fits your personality, sprawl your message in cursive, block letters or otherwise onto the landscape.

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One of the funnest save the date photo ideas is the use of shoes. It is a new idea to uniquely show off your wedding date while still using common photo poses. The bride and groom to-be are able to pose naturally for a traditional photo while adding an interesting detail. It is also very casual and easy to do. And, what does a girl not like about showcasing her shoes?

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photo @ Belle The Magazine

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One of the most colorful and cheapest of the save the date ideas involves the use of chalk. Chalk is a fun idea reminiscent of the simplicity of childhood fun. Due to that, it makes for a sweet and whimsical photo that can be used for many types of weddings. Chalk also leaves plenty of room for creativity for you to add your own personalities when chalking designs for your photo.

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photo @ Belle the Magazine

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photo @ Luster Studios

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photo @ Zank You

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photo @ Belle the Magazine

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photo @ Squid and Beard

Another unique way to literally spell out your save the date is to use Scrabble squares. You can make it colorful and classic by using the game board or you can use the letters in other ways. Just choose what fits you best.

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photo @ Mary Dougherty

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If you want to include more of your personalities in your photo, involve something that you both love. That could be music, movies, sports, pets, or anything else you both love. Alternatively, if you have a theme for your wedding that can easily be worked into your photo, use i!

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photo @ My Music By Design

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photo @ Ashley L Blevins

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photo @ My Primitive Boutique

You can also choose an original medium to get your save the date message across. Try to think of something that you have not seen done yet, and go for it. I realize that that sounds difficult, so here are some less common ideas to help spark your imagination.

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photo @ Ashley’s Bride Guide

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photo @ Jetting to the Wedding

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photo @ Wedding Bee

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photo @ The Studio Photography Blog

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photo @ One Fine Day

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photo @ Rachel Schultz

If you choose to use a photo for your save the date,  I hope that you are able to make it as special as possible. Hopefully, these save the date ideas will provide inspiration to get your creativity jogging for your own announcement.

Also check out our  save the date card ideaswinter save the date ideas and marriage proposal ideas!

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