Sending save the dates gives your VIP guests plenty of time to get organised, so that they can join you and your soon-to-be spouse on your special day. This important piece of wedding stationery provides a hint of your wedding theme, tone and style, and reminds guests to reserve the date of your up-coming wedding on their calendar.
If you’re tying the knot during peak wedding season, your invitation may be competing with lots of invites sent by other people, so it’s essential that you choose a design that stands out from the crowd.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and creative idea for pre-wedding invites that will surprise, amaze and delight your family and friends, here are 7 stunning suggestions to inspire you…
- Timelessly Traditional
Your wedding style will undoubtedly influence the type of design that you want to feature in your wedding stationery. If your dream wedding is an affair that is traditional and formal, you may want to follow suit with your personalised pre-wedding invitations.
Traditional doesn’t have to be predictable and boring though. You have unlimited options when choosing how to display wedding information text and an eye-catching image on your luxurious premium quality cards.
You can choose from classic swirly calligraphy script, vintage, retro or modern style typography, or contemporary infographics. Metallic foils, embossing and stamping can also provide simple, striking and visually impacting embellishment that instantly elevates any formal and understated card design.
- Show Off A Photo Portrait
Many couples are choosing to display a focal point romantic photo on their save the dates. To ensure that your cards are unusual and unique, it’s a good idea to pick a design that features a favouite photo that’s cleverly positioned as a centrepiece.
Once guests have taken a note of your wedding day information, they can easily slip your pre-wedding invite into a chic photo frame and cherish it as a keepsake. This elegant double-duty design is suitable for both portrait and landscape format shots.
- Mix & Match
If you love all things romance, but want to incorporate a practical element into the design of your orginal pre-wedding invites, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t have both.
An elegant and slimline rectangular card made from premium quality recycled paper can be beautifully embellished with personalised text, and include a gorgeous photo decorated, detachable bookmark. You can customise the design further by adding a stunning floral crown, garlands or border, or keep it sleek and simple with an attractive font and lots of white space.
If the bookmark doesn’t appeal to you, you can easily swap it for a strip of quirky photo booth images of the two of you looking suitably loved-up.
- Feature A Fab Polaroid Shot
To create the most impact with your stylish save the dates, choose a design that reflects your personalities, style and sense of humour, while also instantly letting the recipients of the cards know who is getting hitched.
Decorate sleek, square cut cards with a Polaroid photo of you and your beloved. A short and sweet line of text is sufficient embellishment to make your up-coming wedding announcement.
- Artistically Bespoke
Bespoke illustrations provide an unusual and original way to decorate cards that announce your intention to wed. If you, or someone you know, is artistically minded, you can let you imagination run wild and create a one-of-a-kind design to feature on your invites.
Explore your favourite art medium, and use watercolours, inks and stamping to add colour and detail to your bespoke illustration design. You could even draw you and your beloved in a funny cartoon style, if the idea appeals to you.
Don’t forget to feature your wedding colour palette to beautifully blend with other elements of your wedding stationery suite, and wedding venue décor.
- Keep It Real
If over the top romantic elegance is just not your style, you can always opt for a striking pre-wedding invite design that is fresh, modern and fuss-free. A simple and minimalistic typography design that highlights a personal message on the front, and all of the important wedding related details on the reserve side, is the way to go.
To add a touch of colour and designer influence to a simplistic card design, you can customise the liner of the envelopes that you send your invites in. Feature a bold pop of colour, wedding palette hues, or a pattern, print or illustrated image of your choice.
- Attention Grabbing Novelty
Blow up balloons, magnets and scratch-off cards continue to be popular novelty attention grabbing ideas to incorporate into your personalised card design.
Custom-made paper items like travel documents, luggage tags, maps, and folded aeroplanes and fans are just the ticket for destination weddings. Other fun paper items you can consider are retro inspired, cut-out paper dolls complete with a variety of optional outfits, and practical coasters that are printed onto thicker card.
If you’re getting married on a tight budget, you can always save money by baking your own edible pre-wedding cookies that are decorated with a custom stamp. Alternatively, you can send your guests a personalised tea bag that flaunts your wedding details on the wrapper.
Whatever design you and your partner decide to choose for your save the dates should ideally reflect your personal style (individually and as a couple), and also beautifully set the tone for the big event.