5 Unique Save the Date Ideas You Will Love

by Alli

Back in the day, Save the Date was not a thing here in the south. Most of your friends and relatives lived nearby and the news that you were getting hitched traveled like wildfire. Even the invites were only sent to out-of-towners. A little engagement announcement appeared in the local paper ending with, “Local invitations will not be issued, but all friends and relatives are invited to attend.”

Unique Save the Date Ideas

Also, back in the day, there were generally two types of weddings: a church wedding or a shotgun wedding. The shotgun weddings always had us counting up the months until we saw the baby bump. Of course, baby bump wasn’t a thing back then.

Save the Date Ideas

Miraculously, there always seemed to be enough punch, cheese straws, chicken salad sandwiches, fruit, nuts and wedding cake to go around. Big catered dinners and dancing was not much of a thing back then, either.

We’ve come a long way, baby! We now have friends spread out all over the world who require a six-eight-month warning that they are expected to be at your wedding. And they need to pencil it in. Enter the save the date card.

When my oldest daughter got married, save the date magnets (with a pic!) were all the rage. You received them in a little envelope and stuck um to the fridge. Suddenly, you had a constant reminder to lose those pesky 10 lbs, an excuse to buy that new cocktail dress you’d been eyeing and you always knew how much time you had to find the perfect wedding gift.

I don’t think magnets are a thing anymore. The thing now is tags with magnets attached. So I guess it’s kinda a thing, just a changed thing.

What’s the latest rage in save the date ideas? Since I recently had two kids get married, I’m up on all things wedding. Two of your kids getting married the same year should be against the law. Just saying.

Plus, I’ve directed so many weddings that I could orchestrate one in my sleep, so I tend to keep up on all things wedding related.

5 Unique Save the Date Ideas

1. Save the Date DVD or CD

My oldest daughter wrote a song for my youngest daughter’s engagement. My youngest daughter, Caitlin, sang it and shared engagement photos on a DVD.

Unique Save the Date Cards

She also included the website information and several of the guests-to-be RSVP’d on the website after watching the Save the Date DVD. Wedding websites were so not a thing back in the day.

Unique Save the Date Cards

I had a brief thought that if everyone RSVP’d from the Save the Date, we wouldn’t have to send out costly invites. Wrong. 🙂

2. Save the Date Postcards

My daughter-in-law sent out photo postcards. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I took the photo. I should have charged them an editing fee. Just kidding.

She also included her website and several people RSVP’d as soon as they received the Save the Date.

Save the Date Card

There are even Save the Date stamps for those of you (like me) who go the extra mile(s) and can’t seem to stop.

Helpful Hint: Zazzle is a great place to shop for all things wedding related, including personalized wedding postage stamps.

3.  Save the Date Cards

These days, when you choose your wedding invites, you’ll usually find matching save the dates, rsvp cards, etc. Whether you’re planning a vintage, rustic, classic romantic, ethnic or nautical wedding, there’s a card out there with your name on it. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and most can be customized to your specifications.

One of my favorite sites for wedding invites is Minted.

4. Passport Luggage Tag Save the Date

This is a really neat idea if you’re planning a destination wedding.

Save the Date Cards

5.  Rustic Woodsy Save the Date

I don’t have to tell you that this would be perfect for a rustic wedding. Amazing.

Save the Date

6. Bonus: Plantable Save the Date Cards

5 Unique Save the Date Ideas

This is kinda cool. Plantable save the dates are printed on post-consumer materials and the plantable seed paper is embedded with wildflower seeds. When guests plant the save the date cards, wildflowers will grow.

It Has to be Said . . .

I can’t end without sharing a pet peeve that needs to stop NOW. I’m sorry for shouting, but it’s never OK to include registry information with your wedding invites or save the dates. It’s tacky! Registry info belongs on shower invitations only.

One more thing:  Check, double check and get someone else to check the save the date and wedding invites for typos before having them printed. You wouldn’t believe the invites I’ve received that were full of typos.

Did you/will you send Save the Dates? Which unique Save the Date is your favorite?


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Sheri July 3, 2017 - 6:13 am

These are awesome save the date ideas that can be used for many occasions,. I love that they are creative and easy. I have a friend who would love this post, sharing!

Sheri – http://www.abusybeeslife.com/

Christy Maurer July 3, 2017 - 6:58 am

LOL about the shotgun weddings and baby bumps coming up shortly after. I had 3 cousins have shotgun weddings in the late 70s early 80s! We got a save the date a few weeks ago for my nephew’s wedding in September. Mind you, this is the 2nd save the date from him and his fiance. They cancelled the wedding last time when he wouldn’t stop drinking. Now they have a baby and a home and he’s much more sober…hopefully for good because alcoholism runs in his family (my late husband’s side). I do like the idea of save the dates, but I also think social media would be a lot cheaper option 🙂

candy July 3, 2017 - 8:43 am

I have actually received couple of these save the dates already. The wooden save the date would be really special. Very different and unique.

Jeanette July 3, 2017 - 9:42 am

These are so much cuter than I would’ve ever thought of. I am not the most creative but I do love seeing how creative others are. If I knew about these when I got married I think I would’ve picked almost any one of the ones you have here.

Katie Kinsley July 3, 2017 - 2:28 pm

Those are some cute ideas. I did a magnet and three of my friends also sent magnets. Those seem to be rather popular this year.

Pam July 3, 2017 - 4:38 pm

These are cute ideas for save the dates. My daughter had magnets made for her save the date.

Sarah Bailey July 3, 2017 - 5:14 pm

These are some wonderful ideas, I love the CD one, I wonder if you could fill it with your favourite songs for people.

Mimi Green July 3, 2017 - 6:26 pm

I appreciate the creativity put into a save the date. I’m a creative so I want to offer my guest a unique appearance.

I’ve not done a save the date.

Maurene Cab July 3, 2017 - 11:20 pm

The DVD idea is wonderful! I hope I have thought about this on my wedding day.

Lowanda J July 4, 2017 - 12:30 am

These are all near ideas. I love the plantable cards the best! Minimizes waste and turns it into something even more beautiful!

Kita Bryant July 4, 2017 - 1:16 am

The woodsy idea is so cute. It makes me wish I could go back in time and do that one.

Neha Saini July 4, 2017 - 8:31 am

These are really some cool and nice save the date ideas which I am going to definitely share with my few friends who would love this. They seem to be very, very creative and unique ideas. I particularly loved the DVD idea.

roch July 4, 2017 - 9:31 am

Save the Date DVD won’t work so much because most computers and laptops nowadays don’t have a built-in CD tray. Most of our friends and relatives don’t use the CD anymore. Having a website is cool.

Anosa July 5, 2017 - 12:16 am

These are such awesome ideas! Normally save the dates are posted via internet and they just give some personal souvenirs to principal sponsors and secondary sponsors. Maybe a nice way to save as well.

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy July 5, 2017 - 5:03 am

We got married in my parents house with a few friends, so we really didn’t need this. But, I can totally see this being necessary especially with a destination wedding. And I just love the plantable card idea.

Chubskulit Rose July 5, 2017 - 6:55 am

I have never knew about the shotgun wedding. That was very sweet of your oldest daughter to write a song for her sister, very special!

Lori Vachon July 5, 2017 - 8:28 am

I love the plantable seed card, that’s my kind of gardening! Save the date ideas are so much fun now!

Kiwi July 7, 2017 - 6:01 pm

I think the Save the date DVD would be fun and interactive. Maybe even a Save the Date jumodrive would be better!

Bernadette Siazon July 11, 2017 - 2:42 am

These are unique save the date ideas. I’m all for functional items so I won’t probably use the CD suggestion.


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