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40+ Unique Save the Date Photo Ideas

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It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted about wedding ideas, but I’m back with an interesting subject! The Save the Date is the first correspondence with your guests and it serves more functions than simply alerting guests of your chosen day and location. It sets the tone for the wedding and lets guests know what to expect. They will see how formal or easy-going 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 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. I’ll 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 Dates is the photo. This isn’t mandatory or necessary. It’s just one way of doing it. And, although photos of the happy bride and groom-to-be are cute, but they’re quite common and basically the same thing as an engagement photo. The Save the Date photo is meant specifically for saving the date, so uniqueness is wanted. This means incorporating the date of the wedding in a clever way. This can be done in many ways, but thinking of new ways in difficult, so here’s some inspiration to jog your creativity.

A photo idea becoming trendier by the day is the use of banner. Most photos usually entail the couple standing, and smiling holding the banner. So, to be unique, try arranging the banner differently. This may mean hanging the banner in the background, or wrapping it around you in a hug. Overall, you don’t want the photo to appear too staged, so try to incorporate the prop in an ‘in the moment way’ where it naturally fits. A banner is appealing because it’s a simple, sweet, vintage touch that can add loads of charm to your photo. So, use it right and it can one you’ll love forever.

photo @ Butterfly Above

photo @ Starling Memory

photo @ Capers Catering Blog

You can also work in words 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 an original photo, try having each person hold a sign that relate to each other. To put it simply, some witty banter makes for a fun and special photo. Try to think of your own conversation, and add your personalities as much as possible. Or, if you don’t want a witty sign, try to create an original sign design. If you’re at a loss, check out these signs.

photo @ My Primitive Boutique

photo @ Vienna is Love

photo @ Lettering Art Studio

photo @ My Yellow Umbrella

photo @ Wilmington Weddings Blog

Another trendy photo option is to write your love note on the ground. This is mostly 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. And etching your initials and/or wedding date in grass is always crafty and cool to see. 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 anything else you’d like.

photo @ Inspire Design and Create

photo @ Picture It Perfect

photo @ Luster Studios

photo @ Bkln Bride

An increasingly popular and creative Save the Date idea is to use shoes. It’s a new idea to uniquely show off your wedding date while still keeping a normal Save the Date photo. The bride and groom to-be are able to do natural poses and take a traditional photo while still adding an interesting detail. It’s also very casual, and easy to do. And what girl doesn’t like to showcasing her shoes?

photo @ Wedding Chicks

photo @ Belle The Magazine

photo @ Jen Rodriguez

photo @ Shop Cute Buttons

Another photo idea becoming more and more popular is the use of chalk. Chalk is a fun idea reminiscent of simple childhood fun. And because of that, it makes for a sweet and whimsical photo that can be used for many types of weddings. Chalk also leaves a lot of room creativity, so you can add your own designs to your photo.

photo @ Smart Cliq

photo @ Belle the Magazine

photo @ Luster Studios

photo @ Zank You

photo @ Belle the Magazine

photo @ Squid and Beard

Another unique way to literally spell out your Save the Date is with Scrabble squares. It can be colorful and classic by using the board, or you can use the letters the way you’d like. Just choose what fits you.

photo @ Mary Dougherty

photo @ One Fine Day

photo @ Tres Sugar

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 can think of. Or, if you have a theme for your wedding that can easily be worked into your photo, then do it.

photo @ Revel and Bloom

photo @ My Music By Design

photo @ Tumblr

photo @ Ashley L Blevins

photo @ My Primitive Boutique

If you just want a unique and interesting save the date photo, chose an original medium to get your message across. Try to think of something that you haven’t seen done yet, and go for it. Here are some unique ideas to help spark your imagination.

photo @ Heather Parker

photo @ Tumblr

photo @ Chic Pins

photo @ Aves Photographic Design

photo @ Ashley’s Bride Guide

photo @ My Music By Design

sand handprints

photo @ SounDan

photo @ Jetting to the Wedding

photo @ Wedding Bee

photo @ The Studio Photography Blog

photo @ One Fine Day

photo @ MW Pic

photo @ Rachel Schultz

If you choose to use a photo for Save the Date, make it as special as possible. After all, it is your one special day, so make every element of it unique. Be sure to come back next week for Save the Date card ideas!

Occasions In Print - March 4, 2014 - 9:18 am

These are all so cute and fun!

Pat - January 21, 2014 - 7:05 am

These are all great ideas!

I make wedding and family name signs that are great for save the date photos. I can do any custom work or you can use one of my existing designs. If you are interested, please check out my etsy shop or my website.



Ami - July 16, 2013 - 9:32 am

We had the Primitive Boutique on Etsy create us a custom Save-the-Date sign for our puppy to wear and we couldn’t have been happier with the result!

Unaiz - May 31, 2013 - 5:13 am

Brilliant ideas, i really like it :-)

Nanya - April 9, 2013 - 2:03 am

These are cute and witty ways to say “save the date”. I just love the cooperation between the bride and groom in posing for this kind of shots. Some people are just too shy to pose this way. Great collection. I really loved it!

Brittany Long - April 4, 2013 - 11:21 am

Hi there!

I actually took the picture with the couple holding the Scrabble pieces that say “June Sixteenth”. I’d love for the credit to be shown as my photography business name! It is Brittany Long Photography and my website is BrittanyLongPhotography.com . Thank you so much! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at BLongPhotography@yahoo.com. Thank you for sharing your compilation of these beautiful photos, including mine! :)

Brittany Long

shane bliss - July 26, 2012 - 3:15 pm

all really great ideas

Bonnie - July 23, 2012 - 10:06 am

Those are all so cute!

Lissa - July 23, 2012 - 9:41 am

How super creative some couples can get! And I can imagine how LONG it must have taken you to pull together all the images and links! This is a fabulous reference for other couples. Thanks!

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