25 Save-the-Date Ideas We Love (and Where to Buy Them!)

Our favorite part about save-the-dates is that they aren't your wedding invitations. In other words, feel free to take a design risk, insert a little humor or choose a bolder-than-usual font. Here, a few of our favorites (in all price ranges) to get you started.
by Lauren Kay
  1. 1. A Watercolor Calligraphy Save-the-Date

    Watercolor calligraphy save-the-date from Love vs. Design

    Pretty right? The combo of gorgeous hand lettering in soft pastels (or the colors of your choice) is so fun that family and friends won't want to take it off their refrigerators long after the invites arrive.
    $170 for 100 cards, Neutral Chic, LovevsDesign.com

  2. 2. A Rustic Wooden Save-the-Date

    Carved wood save-the-date from Plum Blossom Press

    Set the tone for a rustic wedding with a custom carved wood save-the-date. (This card is made out of balsa wood!)
    $500 for 50 cards, PlumBlossomPress.com

  3. 3. A Graphic Black-And-White Save-the-Date

    Graphic black and white save-the-date from Paper Source

    This bold and graphic save-the-date has a city-chic feel with its mix of lettering styles. Another fun feature about this card is that you can customize the back with more photos, hotel info, your "how-we-met" story, or anything else you deem worthy!
    $175 for 100, Billboard, Paper-Source.com

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    Take your time! There are so many gorgeous themes
    Rustic Weddings
    Down-to-earth with organic elements and personal touches
    Romantic Weddings
    Flowy, feminine and just what love’s made of with a luxe look
    Glamorous Weddings
    Awe-inspiring from grand displays down to gilded accents
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  5. 4. An Illustrated City Save-the-Date

    Illustrated save-the-date from Posh Paperie

    Lure guests to your chosen destination with a playful custom illustration. Creative phrases, like "becoming The Palmers," add a clever touch to your announcement.
    $750 for 100 cards, PoshPaperie.com

  6. 5. A Sticker Magnet Save-the-Date

    Sticker magnet save-the-date from Pinhole Press

    This photo-driven save-the-date has lasting power—it sticks! Ask guests to mark their calendar with a decal that clings to all surfaces, from refrigerators to laptops. Think of it as the new magnet.
    $169 for 100, PinholePress.com

  7. 6. A Comic-Book-Inspired Save-the-Date

    Comic book save-the-date from Swiss Cottage Designs

    Share your love story—Comic Con style. This comic-book-inspired save-the-date includes relationship milestones and the biggest moment yet, your wedding date. A pretty striped envelope liner carries out the graphic look and feel.
    $850 for 100 cards, SwissCottageDesigns.com

  8. 7. A Timeline Save-the-Date and Photo Card

    Timeline save-the-date from Minted

    Chart your love story with this clever timeline, pinpointing the big moments in your relationship from your first date to the date you'll say, "I do." Once you've told your story, finish the design by customizing the color (and introduce guests to your wedding color scheme).
    $163 for 100 cards, Our Timeline, Minted.com

  9. 8. A Fun Spinner Save-the-Date

    Spinner save-the-date from Pear Tree Greetings

    Literally put yourselves on the map with this two-sided circle spinner card. Highlight four of your favorite photos (through the circle window). The back of the card saves room for important details like wedding location, date and website.
    $265 for 72 cards, PearTreeGreetings.com

  10. 9. A Word Search Save-the-Date

    Word search save-the-date from Regas Studio

    A packing checklist, word search and an informative summary on the destination all build excitement for this North Carolina celebration. Playful pictures and a fun mix of fonts create a casual vibe, while an envelope liner and blue bellyband keep the suite feeling extra-special.
    $1,375 for 50, RegasStudio.com

  11. 10. A Letterpressed Bookmark Save-the-Date

    Letterpressed bookmark save-the-date from Golden Rectangle Press

    Ask friends and family to "mark" the date with this letterpressed bookmark. A filigree border, lined flourishes and deep purple ink give it a cool Victorian vibe.
    $395 for 100, GoldenRectanglePress.com

  12. 11. A Papel Picado Laser-Cut Save-the-Date

    Papel picado laser-cut save-the-date from Avie Designs

    This technique of paper cutting, inspired by the Mexican art form, doesn't get much more stunning than with a design like this.
    $956 for 100, AvieDesigns.com

  13. 12. A Boxed Boom Box Illustrated Save-the-Date With Custom Buttons

    Boom box save-the-date from Swiss Cottage Designs

    The '90s song "It Takes Two" by Rob Base inspired this playful save-the-date. The hand-drawn boom box illustration also doubles as buttons for guests to sport prewedding. A Polaroid and hotel details are neatly boxed with a custom graphic label highlighting your initials.
    $1,200 for 100 boxed cards, SwissCottageDesigns.com

  14. 13. An Artful Photo Save-the-Date

    Photo save-the-date from Love vs. Design

    The important details are center stage, artfully designed—you just have to choose the photo. The same ornamentation can be used as a return address on your envelopes.
    $170 for 100 cards, Secret Crush, LovevsDesign.com

  15. 14. A City Skyline Save-the-Date

    City skyline save-the-date from Ceci New York

    Pay homage to the city that brought the two of you together. An intricate laser-cut design on a trifold delivers details in a unique way. Best of all, you can display the skyline on your desk while you count down the days.
    $1,800 for 100, CeciNewYork.com

  16. 15. A Modern Monogrammed Save-the-Date

    Monogram save-the-date from Alpine Creative Group

    Customize not only your save-the-date but all your wedding stationery with a personalized monogram. The thick stock paper and engraved block lettering make this modern save-the-date a serious stand-out.
    $1,000 for 100, AlpineCreativeGroup.com

  17. 16. A Glamorous Gold Photo Save-the-Date

    Gold save-the-date from Kleinfeld Paper

    Add a touch of glamour with gold. The four-corner design leaves room for names, dates and, most importantly, faces of the happy couple.
    $218 for 100 cards, Vintage Glamour, KleinfeldPaper.com

  18. 17. A Playful Trifold Save-the-Weekend Card

    Trifold save-the-date from Posh Paperie

    Why ask friends to reserve a day when you really want to them to celebrate with you all weekend? This trifold requests guests to join the bride and groom as they "take the plunge" and say, "I do!"
    $1,200 for 100 cards, PoshPaperie.com

  19. 18. An Illustrated Suitcase Save-the-Date

    Illustrated luggage save-the-date from Minted

    If you're planning to wed at an incredible destination, then tell guests to pack their bags with this illustrated save-the-date. All the important details are front and center, with the option of adding a custom back to include additional information or photos.
    $158 for 100 cards, Luggage, Minted.com

  20. 19. A Classic Scripted Save-the-Date

    Scripted save-the-date from William Arthur

    If you're planning a glitzy, black-tie affair, set the mood with some fancy correspondence. This timeless engraved card pairs script and gold ink beautifully. The edges are even gilded in gold for an elegant finishing touch.
    $417 for 50 cards, WilliamArthur.com

  21. 20. A Bold Nautical Save-the-Date

    Nautical save-the-date from Chromatic Paper Goods

    Share the news with this nautical-inspired save-the-date. A playful mix of fonts and clean design keep the correspondence feeling fresh and modern. Pushed for time? Opt for a printable file, which you can take your local print shop for a speedy turnaround (at half the price).
    $175 for 100, Beacon Street by Fig 2, ChromaticPaperGoods.com

  22. 21. A Map and Activities List Save-the-Date Set

    Custom map save-the-date from Regas Studio

    Another one perfect for a destination wedding – this mapped out save-the-date saves room to highlight local attractions. Rather than just a wedding weekend, your guests will be encouraged to make a mini-vacation out of it!
    $1,150 for 100, RegasStudio.com

  23. 22. A Vintage Illustrated Flower Save-the-Date

    Rifle Paper Co illustrated flower save-the-date

    Save on postage by sending a postcard. You don't even have to skimp on style! Hand-illustrated roses and a classic black type make for a very pretty correspondence.
    $1,375 for 50, RiflePaperCo.com

  24. 23. A Simple Flourish Save-the-Date

    Wedding color save-the-date from Delphine Press

    This New Orleans–inspired save-the-date features a border that evokes the elegance of the city. Customize your paper and ink colors to match the look of your wedding. And if you totally fall for the design, a whole wedding suite exists with options for everything from invitations to swizzle sticks.
    $105 for 100, DelphinePress.com

  25. 24. A Modern Photo Save-the-Date

    Engagement photo save-the-date from Paper Source

    Engagement photos are a great way to personalize your save-the-date. Show off your best shot with this classic photo card featuring a bold date in bright white.
    $175 for 100, Knockout, Paper-Source.com

  26. 25. An Art-Deco-Inspired Save-the-Date

    Art deco save-the-date by La Fontaine for Elum Designs

    A colorless art deco pattern is paired with classic black type, while a pop of bright yellow gives a modern touch to a timeless design. These couture letterpress save-the-dates will wow guests with their simple sophistication.
    $763 for 100, La Fontaine, ElumDesigns.com

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