Save the dates are a key component of any wedding. They let all of your guests know that they need to mark their calendar for your big day. You’ll want to send your save the dates at least six months before your wedding date, and even a bit earlier if you’re asking guests to travel. This way they have an opportunity to purchase a plane ticket and reserve a hotel room in ample time.
For many couples, the six month mark rolls around quickly and you might need a fast but attractive fix for your save the dates that you can order and mail in a few week’s time. Additionally, save the dates (along with invitations and day-of paper goods like menus and programs) are pricey. In an effort to stay within budget, save time, and keep costs down, shopping online for saves the dates is a great option. It will also save you a trip to the store and you can browse from the comfort of your couch.
While save the date cards are a wonderful option, there are so many unique save the date designs that go beyond a simple card and that will stand out as guests open their mail. We’ve included some more traditional cards along with a few out of the box finds on this roundup. If none of these are quite your style, you can shop some other options here.
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1. Personalized Photo Save the Date With Envelopes
If you and your fiance are getting engagement photos taken or if you have a great recent photograph of the two of you, personalized photo save the dates are a great choice. Save the date cards generally wind up hanging on a fridge or pin board, so if guests have a few save the date cards saved as reminders, yours will stand out. It takes some of the creativity and guess work out of choosing a design, with simple white text and a white envelope you don’t have to worry about colors and fonts. An adorable photo of the two of you is also a great way to get everyone excited about your wedding. These simple photo cards measure 4 x 6 inches and are digitally printed with a matte finish on high quality paper. Each save the date will run you about $1, which is relatively inexpensive. If you prefer a photo magnet over a paper card, check out this option.
Price: $19.99 for 20
2. Rustic Tying the Knot Save the Date
These unique save the date cards are quite adorable, especially if you’re into a more rustic vibe. A silly little pun is built into the save the date’s design with a small knot that pulls together as the card is opened. The cards are created from high quality recycled card stock and measure 3.5 inches by just under 5 inches. The smaller size is a unique feature. The set comes with cream envelopes; however, matching kraft paper cards can be ordered for an additional 25 cents each. Looking for coordinating invitations? Check out some rustic inspired invites that would pair well here.
Price: $50 for 25
3. Chalkboard Style Save the Date
Boutique invitation shops are certainly the priciest option when it comes to wedding invitations and save the date cards. Even online retailers such as Minted sell invitation cards for over $2, and they lack the personal one of a kind touch. Ordering save the dates from smaller online retailers (such as Etsy or the Handmade section on Amazon) is one way to really personalize your save the date and other paper goods. Rosalilla is one of these types of shops, featuring darling prints and paper goods. These save the dates stand out with a chalkboard style design and are printed on thick 100lb 5 x 7 card stock. If you like a more simplistic design, check out these eucalyptus inspired save the dates from the same shop.
Price: $20 for 10
4. Mason Jar Save the Date Magnets
We’re not going to lie. Sometimes save the dates get quickly looked at and then thrown out. It’s the nature of the business and not something to take personally. There are some save the dates that are just too adorable to throw away, and this one might outlast most other options. Not only is the design attractive, but the magnet can be a useful tool on any fridge. Given the customization and the quality of the item, we’re surprised by the low cost of only $2 each. You have the option of choosing from beechwood, cherry, oak, mahogany and walnut, with each magnet laser cut and engraved. The mason jars measure 3 x 2 inches – the perfect small size. Given the customization, the turnaround time is a bit lengthy. Allow 3-4 weeks for creation and delivery. If you’re not a fan of this design, check out these alternative wood magnet save the dates.
Price: $50 for 25 magnets
5. Cork Save the Date Coaster Magnet
If you’re getting married in a vineyard or alternative rustic setting, these are an awesome save the date idea that ties into your wedding theme in a classic and sophisticated way. These are also great if you’re introducing the wine theme in another way into your wedding, regardless of the venue. Each cork save the date can function as either a coaster or a magnet depending on your preference. The magnet version measures 3 inches while the coaster is a bit larger measuring 4 inches. Choose between natural or white cork and simply provide your specific event details for really unique save the dates that guests are sure to remember.
Price: $89 for 25
6. Date Sign for Save The Dates
Engagement photos can easily translate into fantastic and personalized save the date cards like the one mentioned above. While a simple photo will work just fine, you can make a bigger impression and with a fun custom date sign. Not only will your save the date stand out, but it’s something you can keep in your home on display, commemorating your anniversary for years to come. If you’re looking for other uses for this date sign, display it at your wedding for a unique guest book idea. The date sign measures 30 to 38 inches long and is carved to order and painted in a selection of colors, including some unique metallic options.
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7. Modern Shimmer Save the Date Wedding Cards
Simplistic designs are wonderful for save the dates given their time sensitive nature. You’ll want to get these out ASAP to get the date on everyone’s calendar, so if you’re still trying to figure out the look, feel, and style of your wedding, choose a classic save the date card that goes with everything. Neutral colors and metallic tones like silver and gold are an awesome starting point. This option measures 5″ x 7″ with printing on both the front and back of the card. You do have the ability to incorporate an envelope in the color of your choosing, which is great if you’re already building a color scheme that you’d like to adhere too. For alternative simple save the dates, check out this black and ivory option, this black and gold option, or this humorous option which reads “free drinks… and we are also getting married”.
8. Custom Save The Date Rubber Stamper
Those who are willing to get creative and roll up their sleeves can make their own save the dates with this inexpensive stamp. Simply grab a stack of 4×6 inch or 5×7 inch paper in the color of your choosing and get stamping. We love the idea of using the stamp alone for your save the date, and then using it again on the envelope of your invitation for some cohesiveness. The design steps for the stamp are easy. Simply click on the “customize now” button on top right, fill in your custom stamp details, and place your order. This is a self inking color stamp that is built to last for thousands of impressions with no outside ink needed. You can browse alternative save the date stamps here in addition to fun address stamps in several designs.
9. Craft Ticket Wedding Save the Date Cards
How fun is this save the date? It looks just like a ticket, admitting one to your wedding, with a fun and unique design. The best part about the design are the punch holes on the month, day, and date, giving the ticket a super authentic look. The personalized cards are printed on 170 lb premium kraft cards measuring 5.7″ x 3.3″ inches. Once you place your order, a digital proof will be sent to you within two working days for your final approval. Each ticket comes with a matching kraft paper envelope. If you prefer, these are also available in white.
Price: $34.49 for 60
10. Personalized Save The Date Sign Wedding Announcement Banner
Have your furry friend partake in the creation of your save the date with this awesome sign. It can be completely customized and ordered in a plethora of colors, adhering to any color scheme you’d like to use. The sign is printed on heavy texturized card stock for an inexpensive photo op that will turn any photo into a fun and celebratory save the date. The sign also comes with a double faced high quality satin ribbon in the color of your choosing, knotted and notched to keep it in place. For other options, you can check out a larger selection of save the date signs here.
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