Long before you’ll say “I do,” you will need to settle on a save-the-date and wedding invitation design. You know, so you’ll actually have loved ones and friends there to share in your special celebration! Fortunately, there have never been more options to suit every couple’s style, from modern and chic, to rustic and relaxed. Having a hard time finding a design you like? Here are some simple suggestions for creating, or crafting, a save-the-date that is sure to get guests excited about your upcoming wedding.
Use Your Pretty Faces!
Whether you choose to use one or several of your engagement photos, to head to the local mall to create a photobooth strip, or pick a favorite photo from your actual engagement, photos are always a great option!
Talk to your photographer about having professional postcards printed, or if you have the rights to the digital images, check one of the many printing sites that specializes in cards and invites. Most have a great variety of stock designs that make designing your own simple, once you’ve settled on the perfect photo(s). You can even opt for magnets, perfect since you are likely to live on your friends’ fridge for months or years to come.
Opt for Custom Artwork
Another look we love is that of handpainted or illustrated cards. This could mean calligraphy, a watercolor background paired with a clean and simple font, or even an illustration of you and your fiancé, for a charming and memorable look. You could also have a map sketched of the town where you’ll wed, complete with both your ceremony and reception venue spaces clearly marked.
If you aren’t an artist, yourself, or don’t personally know any up for the task, check sites like Etsy, to find someone perfect for the job. You could also check with the art department of a local college, to find someone that could create a custom design for you.
Just “shop around” until you find someone that suits your style, and make sure you give them plenty of time to complete your design, before you need to mail the save-the-dates out. (Experts recommend mailing save-the-dates at least 6 months before the wedding, so guests can plan accordingly. But for destination weddings, you should mail them at least 8 to 10 months in advance!)
Make the Date Really Stand Out!
If you really want guests to remember your date, make sure it pops. How? Wear baseball jerseys with the number on them, or hold balloons with the date spelled out. Create a chalk design, or hold oversized numbers up. You could also use a calendar, and circle – or heart – the date.
If you’re having a destination wedding, or another themed day, use that to inspire your design. For instance, you could paint your wedding date onto a vintage suitcase, or create a passport-inspired stamp with your date! You could also buy books cut into your wedding date, if you’re having a literary-inspired celebration, or paint vinyl records, if music is your biggest passion.