Save the date: Top 12 ideas

Whether you’re looking for cute, quirky, or something quick and easy, there are lots of ways to make sure your guests save the date. Read on to discover 12 of the best ideas…

Still trying to find the perfect way to invite your nearest and dearest to your big day? We’ve compiled a list featuring a wide range of ideas – from free to funky and downright cool – prepare to be inspired…

1. Wedding film

A wedding film is a fun and unusual way to ask your friends and family to save the date. It also makes an excellent keepsake too. If you’re going for charming and romantic, stick to something simple about your love story, as Landon and Kristen did in their save the date video.

Alternatively, to set the tone for a day full of excitement, opt for a more dramatic approach as you play a starring role in your own mini-movie. This works especially well if linked to the theme and style of your big day. See Sarah and David’s James Bond themed video invite for inspiration!

2. Storybook postcard

Take your guests on a trip down memory lane with a look at the key moments in your relationship. From the date and place you met, to the date you first said “I love you”, right through to the proposal and wedding date. Team with photos from over the years.

Top 12 save the date ideas - Storybook postcard | CHWV

3. Up, up and away

Set a tone of fun and frolics with this whimsical wedding balloon invite. Attach a balloon to a piece of card and as your guests blow up the balloon your news will be revealed.

4. Say it with confetti

This delightfully different save-the-date card shows why it’s great to try something a little original with your stationery. With a pocket of confetti enclosed, guests can begin to feel the excitement of the big day as soon as they receive the invite.

5. Pet postcard

Get your pets involved with this super-cute postcard announcing your wedding day details. Easy to replicate at home, or during a professional engagement shoot, this quirky idea is sure to bring a smile to all of your guests’ faces.

6. Get social

If you think save the dates are just another expense or you’re looking for an eco-friendly solution, why not set up a Facebook event? Invite all your friends and family to save the date and update the page with weddings news and key information as the weeks go on. It can also double up as a wedding website – saving you yet more time and money.

7. Quirky engagement shot

An engagement shoot is a great way to get some experience in front of the camera ahead of your big day. Make even more of the experience by rocking up to your shoot with props to use for your save the date postcard shot.

8. Themed card design

For a more traditional approach, why not choose a save the date card to match your theme or colour scheme. With Paperless Post you’ll have the option of sending your cards online or in the post on paper – meaning those that value something tangible can receive a card version to show off to all their visitors and your friends can conveniently access their invite online. There’s a huge range of designs to choose from, many of which can be personalised to include your photos if you wish.

9. Tying the knot

If creative and quirky is your thing, why not get your guests to help you “tie the knot” with this easy-to-make crafty invite. A clever and witty take on the wedding invite and well suited to rustic weddings, this save the date card will also be reasonably cheap to make.

10. Type a text

If you’re opting for the non-fuss option of text messaging your guests there are a few key points to include: your names, the wedding location, the date and a note to say that a formal invitation will follow. As silly as it sounds, some people may think it’s their actual invite and bombard you with unwanted questions. You can never spell things out too much when it comes to weddings!

11. Match made in heaven

A small matchbox save the date really sets the tone for your fun and unique wedding. Just big enough to fit on all those important details, it will certainly fire up the enthusiasm of all your guests. Alternatively, if you’ve got a bigger budget, you could send your guests sparklers so that they can celebrate your engagement at home too.

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12. My cup of tea

Send your guests something they can both admire and use in the home with your very own personalised wedding tea towel. You could even get one printed with a design you can use throughout your wedding stationery – from your order of service right through to your wedding menu, which could also be presented on a tea towel of the same design.

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