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30+ Unique Save the Date Card Ideas

As promised last week in the Save the Date Photos post, here are Save the Date Card ideas! Once you have your photo {if you’ll be using one}, you now must think of a unique way to inform your guests of your wedding. Your photo may have cleverly worked in your wedding date, but to let them know about all other pertinent info, your card does the work. The Save the date card does more than just notify your guests of your wedding date, though. It’s design also lets your guests know your chosen motif. You don’t have to use your wedding colors necessarily {especially if you haven’t completely decided on them }, but you should use the Save the Date card to give guests an idea of what to expect. If you’re having trouble thinking of an original idea, consider some of these.

To make your Save the Date fun, involve your guests in it. This means making an action necessary with your Save the Date. You could make a card with peelable stickers, or make the number visible only with magic markers. One of my favorite ideas is to use a scratch lotto to reveal the date {scratch lotto ticket tutorial here!} Everyone loves to get news that’s received in a fun way. And, if you plan on having a wedding that has a fun theme, such as a carnival, then this type of invitation may be just the right choice for you.

A Scratch Lotto Ticket

photo @ Fresh Paper Studios

A little puzzle to be put together.

photo @ Words For You

Another puzzle of a different sort

Christmas ornament save the date

photo @ Buzzfeed

A block puzzle which reveals six different messages {one for each side of the cube} when put together correctly.

photo @ The Loveliest Day

Or add a classic touch with a handkerchief

handkerchief save the date

photo @ Buzzfeed

An origami invitation when folded different ways displays different information.

photo @ Hermias Wishes

A decoder Save the Date

photo @ Kellan Studios

photo @ Oh Happy Day

If you want to really let your guests in on your wedding, let them know all about your relationship. Make your Save the Date your love story. Give your guests the details of how you met, your courtship and how he proposed. You can make it as short or extensive as you wish. It’s a great option, because guests love to know as much about the marriage they will be witnessing as possible. After all, your aunt on the other side of the country little to nothing about your fiance, and this is a great way to let her find out about your romance.

photo @ Sleepy Dreamer

photo @ Peach Prints

photo @ Minted

Although this Save the Date is for a baby shower, this cute rhyme could work for a wedding as well.

photo @ One Ten Stationary

A flip book Save the Date to tell your love story in an animated way.

photo @ Paper Cinemas

If you are having a destination wedding, you should reflect that in the Save the Date. If you can, incorporate elements of the destination into your Save the Date. If you just want to incorporate travel into your Save the Dates though, then use some elements specific to travel, such as passports, luggage tags, and postcards; anything that will help guests anticipate your wedding even more.

photo @ Beyond Design

photo @ Sproullie Designs

photo @ Made By Q

photo @ Idea Chic

If you’re looking for a vintage touch, try delivering your news in a old-fashioned way. The cutest way I’ve found to do that is by telegram.

photo @ I Do It Yourself

photo @ Craftzine

One of my favorite types of Save the Dates emerging is the ‘fill-in’ card. These are Save the Dates that the bride and groom {and/or guests} fill in themselves with a pen. This could mean filling out an invitation like mad libs or just circling the month and day on the calendar. It gives a very shabby chic feel and is perfect for a low key wedding.

photo @ Minted

photos @ Cards By Cassandra

photo @ The Orange Sparrow

If your wedding motif will include your interests at all, include that in your Save the Date. If you love movies or books, include that. Or, if you both  love a specific movie or book, reflect that in your Save the Date.

photo @ Paper Cake Designs

photo @ Happy Whale

photo @ Shop Sugar Letter

photo @ Trevor & Larissa

photo @ Poshable Mitzvah

photo @ CMS Stationary

If all else fails and you don’t have any direction with your Save the Date, just try to make it clever. With no borders to stay within, you can do anything you want. So, just be creative!

photo @ Wedding Bee

photo @ On the Go Bride

photo @ Chandelier Paper Ink

photo @ The Bridal Detectives

photo @ Emmaline Bride

photo @ Martha Stewart

photo @ Puzzle Prints

photo @ Wedding Chicks

So, if you’d rather have your Save the Date be more unique than pretty, then try one of these ideas or use some of these ideas for inspiration. And have fun planning your wedding!


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Ashley - January 10, 2013 - 9:55 pm

CHANDELIER PAPER INK
I don’t even know where to start . I am very sad and hurt that someone would take my money and not send me my invites or refund me. I should of read her reviews from the start but I was so pumped to create and order my wedding invites ASAP. People do not go with this lady, she had not sent me any updates, info,poor commncation and stress. I am going with someone locally and that is what I should from the start. 200 dollars later and still no invites or an apology. Ecuses from bad weather,wrong addresses two times, it’s very unprofessional and bad service. I am not happy and would never recommend this woman to do your invites!!

Jaclyn Hiebert - December 17, 2012 - 1:37 am

The puzzle save the date is an interesting idea. But overall, these are all great examples of how to make save the date cards much more memorable. For more unique ideas, you may want to check out this selection: http://www.tinypinkelephants.com/10-creative-save-the-date-cards-for-inspiration/

Mary Gonzalez - September 23, 2012 - 8:13 am

Can you post the 2013 calendar save the date template??

Bonnie - August 2, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Ohhh, to have my save the dates to do over again…These are so creative and unique!

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