17 Save-the-Date Postcards to Put Your Big Day on Display (In the Best Way)

Let your guests know to mark their calendars with these memorable mailers.
Marquee ampersand in center with graphic lines and modern type on front
Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
Danielle Halibey
Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
Danielle Halibey
The Knot Contributor
  • Danielle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on modern wedding trends, fete aesthetics and personalization (via fashion, accessories and stationery).
  • As a freelance writer and publicist, Danielle regularly contributes to outlets like Brides, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and Betches and proudly represents a number of clients (bridal and jewelry designers, venues and wedding planning pros) in the ‘I ...
Updated Oct 09, 2021
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Picking out save-the-dates is often one of the first steps of wedding planning. After the date is set or the venue is reserved, it's time to let friends and family know. Save-the-date postcards are a popular (and often more cost-effective) way to do just that. Not only do they cost less, but postcards also require less postage than a regular letter. They're also a bit more sustainable (less paper means less waste) and are ready-made to be put in a place of honor on the fridge. And while the formal wedding invitation needs to include more information, the relevant details for a save-the-date can fit easily onto a postcard. Typically, there is also room to jot down a little note or sign it to add even more personalization.

Save-the-date postcards from The Knot Invitations are also part of a larger stationery suite, which allows you to carry the theme through the wedding itself and even into the wedding announcements and thank-you cards. Of course, if you just want to choose a pretty template for now and pick a different stationery suite down the line, that's fine too. Ahead, check out 17 save-the-date postcards for your upcoming wedding.

The Knot Invitations Botanical Lemon Save-the-Date Postcards

Lemon graphics and personalized photo with classic black script

Give your favorite couple's photo a spot to shine alongside sunny watercolor lemons. Customize the font or keep things simple with the suggested format ("Save Our Date" in cursive with your wedding date in serif font). On the back, you can include the location, wedding website and any other important details.

The Knot Invitations Minimal Brush Save-the-Date Postcards

Personalized photo on front and minimalist white script

Featuring soft brushstrokes and modern fonts, this minimalist postcard paints a stunning picture of your wedding day-to-be. Your photo fills the front of the card, interrupted only slightly by the "Save our date" request in white. Choose a color theme for the subtle brushstrokes on the back. You can pick colors that complement the photo or use the same modern palette throughout your wedding suite.

The Knot Invitations Leafy Hoops Save-the-Date Postcards

Greenery gold rings with monogram on front and modern minimalist type

Greenery has become a huge trend in wedding decor in recent years for good reason—the lush tones have an all-seasons appeal. Painted leafy branches wrap around circular decorative hoops that intertwine to create your custom monogram. Tweak the color palette to match up with the season you'll be getting married in—gold or burgundy for fall, gray or blue for winter or pink for the spring or summer.

The Knot Invitations Vintage Landscape Save-the-Date Postcards

Mountain and lake gray landscape with wedding date in white type on left, personalized photo on right

This vintage painting of a country landscape is sure to appeal to a couple who loves fantasy or period drama. The moody scene is also wonderful for setting the tone for a destination wedding in the mountains. The date, boldly displayed in block numbers, adds a modern twist to an otherwise traditional-looking postcard.

The Knot Invitations Wild Vines Save-the-Date Postcards

Greenery in corners with bronze minimalist type and monogram on back

A modern, floral save-the-date postcard will wow your guests with painted vines and lush greenery. Add to that the sans serif font paired with cursive and italic type—in rose gold, no less—and it's not likely to be a date they'll forget. A clean layout, with your couple monogram and wedding website on the back, leaves room for you to include a personalized note.

The Knot Invitations At Last Save-the-Date Postcards

Personalized photo with 'at last' in white calligraphy on front

The Etta James song "At Last" has resonated with couples for years, whether because of a long courtship or engagement or even just a long road to finding each other. This simple save-the-date lets couples share the joy of that feeling with their guests from the start. The front has a slightly glossy finish, with a matte back where you can include relevant information and the wedding website.

The Knot Invitations Classic Crest Save-the-Date Postcards

Personalized photo background with event details and elegant pennant monogram

A custom crest may sound like the stuff of royalty, but this save-the-date lets you feel like a king or queen for the whole wedding planning process. Because so many key details are shared on the front of this postcard, the back simply lists your wedding website with space to fill in your recipient's address. For the formal invitation, you can keep your crest atop for a minimalist, classic invitation.

Wedding Paper Co. Kraft Paper Lace Wedding Save-the-Date Postcard

Kraft background with lace floral details in corners and 'save the date' in white calligraphy

With kraft paper, white floral lace and twinkle lights, this save-the-date postcard hints perfectly at a rustic wedding on the horizon. The back repeats the details on the front, with your wedding website address scrolling vertically down the center of the card and a sweetheart icon. You can keep "lucky in love" written across it or come up with something else.

Lori Wemple In Love Save-the-Date Postcards

'In love' spelled out in three lines in minimal type on cream background

Two words. Six letters. When your guests see this artful and modern layout of the words "In love," they'll be entranced. The block typography is striking while still allowing other pertinent details to be included in between. It's romantic while still being minimalist and a wonderful way to set the tone for an elegant wedding weekend.

The Knot Invitations Formal Deco Save-the-Date Postcards

Art deco design with black background and wedding date in gold on left, black and white personalized photo on right

This Art Deco-inspired save-the-date postcard is just the thing to set an elegant and striking tone for your forthcoming wedding. Ideal for weddings in more modern settings like a swanky hotel bar or refurbished warehouse, it's also a good option when you don't have a lot of information to share yet. Six numbers, a gold geometric flourish and a sweet engagement photo are all you need for the front. As for the back, include your names and wedding website. Your guests can wait for the rest of the details when the formal invitation arrives.

The Knot Invitations Industrial Marquee Save-the-Date Postcards

Marquee ampersand in center with graphic lines and modern type on front

Not all save-the-dates need a picture of the engaged couple to be memorable. This postcard sports a large marquee ampersand adorned with industrial lights ready to illuminate your love. The rest of the wedding stationery in this collection takes similar cues from the laid-back, vintage vibes, incorporating modern sans serif type, structural lines and continuation of the ampersand.

bumble ink A Faraway Destination Save-the-Date Postcards

Map design and stamp with event details in red type

Let guests know they're in for a one-of-a-kind destination wedding with this travel-themed save-the-date postcard. Each little icon on this destination wedding-worthy card is customizable, so you can edit the location, date and your names. This is also a great option for couples who love to travel. Order a free sample if you want to check it out before buying.

Happy Valley Designs Chalkboard Save-the-Date Postcard

Chalkboard design with event details in playful white type

If you're throwing a more casual, backyard affair, you deserve a save-the-date that matches your easygoing event. This chalkboard-inspired design is the right mix of playful and sophisticated. Include your current address or wedding website on the back. You can even add pictures or a longer note for your guests on the back if you want to customize it further.

JMoon Design Studio Save-the-Date Calendar Postcard

Calendar design with wedding date circled and minimalist white type on blue background

Save-the-date postcards have evolved so much over the years, but we'll always appreciate the postcard calendars that catapulted the trend. This template epitomizes clean, modern design and it can be customized with your names, wedding month and date circled. It's also a helpful way for guests to better visualize the wedding date, keeping in mind that it's the third Friday in October, for example.

Remioni Art Watercolor Floral Succulent Save-the-Date Postcard

Black and white personalized photo on right, event details and watercolor cacti graphics on right

This stunning watercolor-washed cactus design is perfect for a boho big day in the desert. To keep it from feeling too basic, the trendy greenery is offset with a black-and-white engagement photo and lettering. You can also get stickers, menus and even masks in the same plant-inspired motif.

Erica Krystek Party Down Save-the-Date Postcards

'it's going down...' in bold modern type with horizontal line and event details in minimal type on blush background

Your wedding is going to be an elevated affair. But you can still find ways to include your irreverent sense of humor, too. That's where this "it's going down" postcard comes in. The bold lettering makes your date even more memorable, with the other relevant details shared below. For the back, you can include more information and even a favorite shot of the two of you.

Niche Cartoons Made-to-Order Save-the-Dates

Custom cartoonist design telling story of how couple met

Save-the-dates are often short on information on purpose: Most of that will be shared later, either in formal invitations or via the wedding website. But this unique postcard lets you share the non-essential (but still charming) story of how you met. Provide the cartoonist with some key details of your relationship or engagement story and they'll have a proof in 10 days for modifications and approvals. The final version can be printed on a 5-by-7 inch postcard or card.

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