A photo says it all.
A picture is worth a thousand words… which is plenty for the front of a card. (Plus, you'll have space for dozens more on the back!) A photo card keeps things clean and simple, allowing you to say everything you need, without having to say anything at all. Most couples will opt to use an engagement photo for the front.
Haven't had your engagement photoshoot yet? We have a guide to help make sure your photos are can't-wait-to-send good.
Keep it simple.
If you're looking for a refined, minimalist aesthetic, consider simplicity your best friend as you weigh save the date ideas. An understated design keeps the emphasis on your photo, while creating a bespoke, modern look befitting of your best day. Look for clean lines and fewer elements that find their elegance through a sense of subtle simplicity.
Mind the date.
Once they see the photo and the date, they'll know exactly what's going on. Choosing a save the date design that puts the focus on your date makes it easy to keep things clean and simple on the front. Numbers tend to look especially beautiful in wedding typefaces, and in drawing the eye to them through this approach creates instant impact, right out of the envelope.
Whether through organic shapes or botanical embellishments, opting for a natural element — even if subtle — makes for a design-forward announcement that feels gentle and inviting. The elements in these save the date design ideas can be a thread throughout your wedding stationery and decor, regardless of whether your preferred aesthetic is classic, contemporary, boho, or somewhere in between.
There's a place for playful.
Serious and refined, not quite your style? Infuse a little personality with some playful turn of phrase paired with a save the date photo idea that captures your goofy side together. (After all, this is a happy announcement.) Setting this sort of tone early lets everyone know that they better RSVP yes, because it's going to be a party!
Let it shine.
If ever there was a place for foil, it's in wedding stationery. For those who plan to bring gold, bronze, or silver into their wedding decor, the inclusion of foil can create a sense of continuity throughout the journey. Let your announcement shine in any of four foil colors, printed on your cards using traditional foil stamping methods that offer a more premium result than digital alternatives.
Text can take the lead.
Even we'll admit that text can take the lead in wedding save the date ideas. Especially for couples who choose to forego an engagement photoshoot, text-only save the date card ideas can be a solution for skipping unnecessary photo indecision. In this case, the aesthetic you wish to achieve will depend mostly on the typeface used. Later in this article, we'll get into which font families will cater to your preferred style.
All about the ampersand.
Beautiful punctuation might sound like a stretch, but as far as we're concerned, the ampersand is a classic and timeless form worth the focus. By signifying a bond in a single symbol, it creates the perfect focal element in a save the date design. A handful of ours center on the ampersand as a design-forward way to communicate what matters most — without the character count.
Make a statement.
Sometimes, you just have to say it loud for the people in the back. After all, this is the sort of announcement you only make once. There's a stigma around "bigger and bolder" which says it can't still be bespoke, but we're here to say that's simply not true. Don't let these stigmas deter you from the statement you want to make!
Why play favorites?
Looking for the unique save the date ideas with photos? (Yes, plural.) We get it: choosing a favorite engagement photo can feel a little like choosing a favorite child. Luckily, you don't have to eenie-meenie-miney-mo when you opt for a save the date design that lets you feature multiple images on the front of your card. A few of cards in our collection allow you to feature additional images on the back too.
Call for a classic.
Some designs are timeless beyond categorization — simply, classic. And like they say, you can't argue with a classic. Wedding save the date ideas that fall into this category are characterized by tried-and-true design elements that transcend trends, like the way in which they separate text from photo. You might be surprised to know many cards with sans-serif fonts are still considered classics!
Make it modern.
Envisioning more of a modern aesthetic for your wedding? Set the tone with a save the date that pairs unexpected design elements with clean lines and minimalist typefaces, as if to say let's party like it's 2022. While many would consider our Save the Date collection to fall on the modern end of the spectrum, when we use the term we're talking specifically about the types of save the date styles featured here.
Save the Date Font Ideas
Serifs are the small lines that are attached to the very edges of letters. Actually, the font you're reading now is a serif font, which is why you'll see small, decorative additions at the very edges of letters such as T. Save the date fonts with serifs invoke an aesthetic that is classic, elevated, and more formal. They're what you might expect to see if the wedding is a black-tie event.
You may have already picked up on this, but sans-serif fonts are fonts without serifs. These types of fonts generally feel more modern, playful, and informal, making them feel right at home for weddings that are a little more laid back or non-traditional.
Scripted fonts can be serif or sans-serif, and are generally styled in such a way to make them look handwritten. Oftentimes, that means elements of cursive or calligraphy will be included, often with varying degrees of italicization. Scripted fonts can cater to both formal and informal gatherings, but in either case will add a natural element that creates a more organic aesthetic. Several of our Save the Date designs use unique scripts to stand out.
Which save the date ideas spoke to you?
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