50 Creative Save The Date Ideas

You’re engaged (yay!), you’ve picked your wedding date, and now you’re looking for save the date ideas, so your friends and family can mark their calendars. Save the dates are exactly what they sound like… pre-invitations with logistics like the date and wedding location so that guests know that a) they’re invited, and b) not to make any other plans that day. Save the dates can also be a fun way to show your personality, since they don’t have to match, well, anything. Not the formality of the wedding or your other paper goods or your families’ opinions. The great thing about save the dates is that they’re a recently modern invention, so chances are your grandmother has no opinions on them. That means that if you’ve been looking for a creative wedding project, this might just be the perfect thing—because maybe you want to send your loved ones something quirky and non-traditional, like balloons or chocolate, with no complaints.

If you’re looking for save the dates ideas that you can just you know, buy, and be done with it, scroll to the end of this post for our best ideas. (And yes, save the date etiquette says you can totally just send an email. But let’s be real, if you’ve come here looking for save the date ideas, chances are you’re not gonna send an email.)

So, now that we’ve all admitted that we’re a little bit into over-the-top save the date ideas, maybe you want to DIY your save the dates. Start by thinking of things you can buy in bulk! Things like playing cards, maps, balloons, and buttons are easy to repurpose or personalize so that you don’t have to break the bank for a cute idea.

We’ve split this post into two handy sections: nifty new ideas that you can craft or recreate, and super cool and (mostly) affordable save the dates you can buy.

But first, here’s a list of the fifty save the date ideas we’ve dug up (plus plenty of inspiration pictures below).

Save The Date Ideas

  1. Enamel Pin (Above by Oh So Beautiful Paper)
  2. Caricature Stamp
  3. Finger and Ransom Note
  4. Photostrip
  5. Tea Towel
  6. Mini Easel
  7. Seed Packet
  8. Secret Message
  9. Fancy Footwork Card
  10. Twisty Straw (and Wine Bottle)
  11. Paper Doll
  12. Word Search
  13. Scratch-Off Ticket
  14. Knot Tie Card
  15. Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Ticket
  16. Cassette Tape Stationery
  17. Colorful Letterpress
  18. Personalized Pencils
  19. Metallic Boarding Pass
  20. Boozy Lollipops
  21. Customized Balloon
  22. Hand Painted Lotería
  23. Illustrated Map
  24. Personalized Magnet
  25. Crossword Puzzle
  26. Engraved Wood
  27. Holographic Heart
  28. Paper Airplane
  29. Custom Video 
  30. Monopoly Money
  31. Flowchart
  32. Childhood Photo
  33. Pet Sketch
  34. Board Game
  35. Holiday Ornament
  36. Laser Cut
  37. Old-School Windows
  38. View-Master
  39. Magnetic Polaroids
  40. Customized Chocolate Bar
  41. Library Book Checkout Slip
  42. Floral Wreath
  43. Trifold
  44. Happy Heart
  45. Let’s I Do This Thing
  46. Love Story Infographic
  47. Beach Adventure
  48. Simple Flowers
  49. Ampersand
  50. Pastel Petals

save the date Ideas You Can DIY

Stamp by SaltandPaperCA

caricature Stamp: Okay, we cheated a little bit with this one. You’ll have to buy the stamp, then you can DIY whatever you want with it! This crazy cute couple caricature stamp is a great way to turn super cheap tags into something fun. Plus you can use it on decor for the wedding.

save the date ransom style finger in a box

Finger via Jane Beljo on Flickr

Finger and ransom note: This is hands down the creepiest save the date we’ve ever seen. And unlike the prototype here, we suggest you add your names and the fact that you’re having a wedding, or you might get a few upset phone calls after you send them out. And, honestly, you might still get a few. But these save the dates are a couple with a dark sense of humor’s dream.

photostrip save the date

Photostrip via Annie Franceschi

Photostrip: Keep your photo session simple with DIY photo strips, with or without a magnetic back. You can even make and print them from the comfort of your own home—no photo booth needed. (We also happen to love Social Print Studio for photo strip prints.)

tea towel save the date with envelope

Tea Towel via Uncommon Designs Online

Tea Towel: At first this will make some super special kitchen decor, and then later it will be functional and remind people of that joyful day.

save the date on a mini easel

Mini Canvas and Easel by Brooklyn Bride

mini Easel: Want to keep your save the date minimal (like really really minimal)? Consider creating mini art!

seed packet save the date ideas

Let Love Grow by PlainJane2424 on Etsy 

Seed packet: Save the date ideas like this are filed under the DIY section because we think including your favorite flowers seeds inside is a fun and personal detail. That way everyone who gets them can grow a little bit of your love. Or at least your favorite flowers.

secret message save the date

Encrypted Save the Date via Paper Truly 

Secret Message: Test your guests’ spy skills! Your friends and family will have to break out their decoder glasses (included) to find and save your date.

dance steps save the date

Fancy Footwork via Martha Stewart

Fancy Footwork Card: Let your guests know that they’ll have to break out their best moves for your wedding party. Martha’s got you covered with a DIY; scroll down into the comments on the post for the PDF.

wine bottle in a case with a silly straw

Wine Bottle via Mighty Girl

The Twisty Straw (And Wine Bottle): Our friend Maggie made these invites for an event. And while she later told us that the cost of mailing wine bottles is… regrettable… the twisty straw made to look like a river, over a map of Russian River? You can take that one to the bank, my friends. (Seriously though: no shipping wine bottles unless you have ten or fewer guests… or try for mini bottles of bubbles instead.)

bride and groom paper dolls

Paper Doll via All Sorts of Pretty Blog

Paper Doll: Channel old-school playtime with DIY vintage paper doll save the dates. This woman worked her photoshop to make the dolls look like her and her fiancé.

gold foil save the date word search and envelope

Word Search via Edyta Szyszlo

Word Search: Save the date ideas that are fun can also work hard and accomplish two jobs at once. Guests didn’t know the couple was engaged, so this doubled as an engagement announcement. Hidden within the letters was their surprise message!

Photo of a card saying it's a winning combination

Scratch-Off via Martha Stewart

Scratch-off ticket: Share your luck in love with these DIY scratch-off save the dates. If only all scratch-offs were this easy to make.

tying the knot save the date

Tying the Knot via Smitten on Paper

Knot tie cardTie the knot, literally. These save the dates are a fun spin on the classic saying and an easy DIY.

fun Save The Date ideas that You Can Buy

Harry Potter Save the Date by PrintznThingz on Etsy

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Ticket: This is perfect for couples who want to pay tribute to their love of Harry Potter without a ton of DIY.

cassette mix tape save the dateCassette Tape via Save-the-Date.org

Cassette Tape Stationery: These save the dates are for the chill and retro couple who miss the ’90s but don’t actually want to make a ton of mixtapes.

letterpress the dates with neon pink edges

Letter Press via Swell Press (contact seller for pricing information)

Colorful Letterpress: If you don’t want to stray too far from traditional save the date ideas, but still want something a little special, consider this neon letterpressed stationery.

white and gold save the pencils with couples' name and wedding date

Pencils via Not On The High Street

Personalized Pencils: Make it quick and easy for your guests to mark you down on their calendars with these fun personalized pencils. These would be great for a school-themed wedding or a teacher in love! Plus, unlike so many wedding-related things, they’re guaranteed not to go to waste, and you can enjoy the extras for years.

Boarding Pass by Lucky Lady Paper

Metallic Boarding Pass: We love these gorgeous metallic boarding passes. They get across all the necessary wedding info while letting everyone know you’re having a glam destination!

Lollipops via Sweet Crescendos on Etsy

Boozy Lollipops: Send out of these boozy little lollipops as a preview of all the sweet times that’ll be had at your wedding. *The lollies are also available in non-alcoholic flavors if you want to keep the kids happy/avoid any boozy surprises.

Balloon by Latelier Inspire on Etsy

Customized Balloon: How often do get people get balloons in the mail? Not often enough, in my opinion. Send out these cool save the dates and guest will be doubly excited.

colorful loteria style save the date

Lotería Love by Julie Song Ink

hand Painted Lotería: This color palette and groom in a traditional Lucha Libre mask is near the top on the list of super fun save the date ideas. This couple decided to celebrate their culture by creating a colorful custom Lotería game!

custom map illustration

Map by Virginia Brown Art on Etsy

illustrated Map: Out-of-town guests will love this fun and functional save the date. The maps are all customizable and can be made to represent any city you want!

comic book save the date magnet

Magnet by LoveMeDoDesign on Etsy

Personalized Magnet: Magnet save the dates are popular for a reason, guests will be reminded of your date every time they go for a snack. Even better, Etsy has tons of these so you can have it personalized to even the most niche interests.

Crossword Puzzle by Artful Pixels

Crossword Puzzle: Let your friends and family know your wedding date AND give them something to do on a Sunday morning.

Engraved Wood by Almondine Studio on Etsy

Engraved wood: These engraved wood save the dates are fully customizable—choose a shape, wood finish, and add your personalization and they’ll be on their way.

Holographic Save the Date by Rodo Creative on Etsy

Holographic Heart: If you’re planning a colorful and sparkle-filled wedding, this stationery fits the bill. These iridescent save the dates are perfect for the outside-the-box couple!

air mail style envelope for a save the date folded into a paper airplane

Paper Airplane by Hip Hip Hooray 

Paper Airplane: This save the date is great for couples planning weddings abroad, you can personalize and print them right at home. No muss, no fuss!

Animated Video Save The Date via Karriston Designs on Etsy

VIDEO SAVE THE DATE: Make your save the dates pop, and take the stress out of mailing your save the dates. These custom save the date videos can be texted or emailed to your family and friends, and still feel special.

Monopoly Money Save The Date by Paper Truly

Monopoly Money: These tiny monopoly sets are too cute.

Flowchart by Creative Union Design on Etsy

Flowchart: Give your guests no other choice but to attend your wedding. Okay not really, but these fun invitations are great for a couple with a good sense of humor.

bride and groom as children on a save the date

Old Photo via Zazzle

Childhood Photo: Guests will get a kick out of seeing you and your fiancé as kids. Just upload your childhood photos to create this adorable throwback save the date. (These are doubly cute if you’re marrying someone you know from way back when.)

Custom Pet Sketch by Devon Design Co on Etsy

Custom Pet Sketch: These playful custom save the dates are fun, simple, and let your pup make the announcement.

get me to the wedding save the date board game

Board Game by Paper Truly

Board Game: Treat your guests to an impromptu board game! Think The Game of Life: Wedding Edition. These save the dates come in both DIY and full assembly options, so you can put in as little or as much effort in as you want!

Ornament from Zazzle

holiday Ornament: Send these out for your Christmas wedding or as a celebration of your favorite season. Or send them out whenever, because these would be a beautiful way to share some cheer, any time of the year!

Laser Cut by Martin and Rose on Etsy

Laser Cut: So dainty, delicate, and beautiful you could (and probably should) frame them. These save the dates are custom beauties that your friends and family will be talking about for a while.

retro Microsoft window save the date

Windows by Sthblue

old-school Windows: This save the date idea is funny, geeky, and reminiscent of the ’90s—aka the perfect combination.

view master save the date

View-Master from RetroViewer

View-Master: These view-masters would make such cute save the dates are so cool and unique and retro, we couldn’t not mention them. Maybe someday someone will send us one!

Magnetic Polaroid by Forget Me Not Magnets from Etsy

Polaroid Magnet: These super cute and simple picture magnets will not be forgotten by guests, since they can live on the fridge.

Chocolate Bar via Candy Wrapper Store

customized Chocolate Bar: Who doesn’t love the day when a candy bar comes in the mail? These custom candy bars are budget-friendly and are fully customizable.

Library Card by Mustard and Gray Ltd on Etsy

Library book Checkout slip: Tell your love story through the magic of smart and chic literary elements.

Far More Traditional Save The Dates (And Where To Buy Them)

Double Arch via Minted

Floral Wreath: This save the date is a luxe gold foil option that keeps it simple and classic. Minted is one of our favorite sources for save the dates (and all wedding paper goods, really), and their choices are nearly endless.

three pictures couple save the date

Maybe I’m Amazed via Minted

Trifold: You spent precious time (and money) on your engagement pictures, so why not use as many as possible in your save the date? This one gives you a great bang for your buck.

Come Away With Me via Minted

Happy Heart: This stationery is sweet and simple for a destination wedding.

simple color block save the date

Let’s I Do This Thing via Minted

Let’s I Do THis Thing: Straight and to the point. You’ve got the info, and you’re ready to do this thing.

save the date infographic

Long Story Short via Shutterfly

Love Story Infographic: Use your save the date as an opportunity to tell your love story with a fun infographic. Guests that don’t know both partners will love the extra insight. Check out the Shutterfly Wedding Shop for more cute and affordable save the date ideas.

Aloha via Minted

Beach Adventure: Let guests know that you’ll be celebrating by the sea at your laid-back wedding. I can hear the waves just looking at this one.

simple blue and flowered save the date

Mandarin Grove via Paper Source ($44 for 20)

Simple Flowers: Give your save the dates the hand-painted feel without the hand-painted price. This is a collaboration with Rifle Paper Co., and we’re way into it.

Ampersand via Paper Source

Ampersand: If you’re not into florals and still want a fancy feel, try a save the date that’s centered around an image and good design.

Pastel Petals via Paper Source

Pastel Petals: This save the date just screams Spring: the flowers are blooming and so is your love. Paper Source also has tons of great save the date ideas, so get shopping.

What were (or are) your Save The Dates? Did you buy? or do some DIY?
Pictures or it didn’t happen.