This is a curated selection of Save the Date cards that are elegantly modern without being stuffy.
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Save the Date cards have become part of the standard wedding stationery set. They are often the first details to be shared with your guest list. This means that this is the first opportunity to set the tone for your nuptials. If you’re having a casual beach wedding, then have fun with the Save the Date to communicate the casual vibe! Rustic chic wedding? A water color note is perfect!
Your Save the Date cards don’t have to be in the exact same stationery suite as your invitations but they should correspond seamlessly with the invitation design.
My niece is getting married at the location she and her fiancé met. They are planning an elegant wedding. This is a little confusing to some of their friends as the location is a summer camp on a lake. It’s gorgeous but very rustic and casual. She’s concerned that the guests will all want to show up in shorts and flip-flops.
My suggestion to her (since I’m doing all of the stationery and tablescapes) is to set the tone right from the start with an elegant announcement of the date and location. She and her fiancé are also fun and young so stuffy won’t cut it. Here are a selection that make sense if you’re young bride is in the same situation.
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17 Gorgeous Save the Date Cards for an Elegant Wedding
Script – Traditionally Elegant Save the Date Cards
Elegance is something that a beautiful script can convey. Save the date cards don’t have to be complicated to be gorgeous. Here the script communicates the sophistication of the coming ceremony. These are a lot more traditional, so all the grandmothers will be happy. When I was a bride, the only choice my mother would give to me relative to invitations was white or ecru paper. Save the date cards weren’t even a thing back then!
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Modern – A Twist on Classic Save the Date Cards
If you read this blog then your taste probably swings a little more to the modern side. Using a mixture of fonts in bold ways can convey that your wedding is formal with a clean and simple elegance more so than a script does.
Botanical – Delightfully Elegant Save the Date Cards
Adding greenery in leaves and simply flowers can be very casually delightful unless it’s mixed with elegant touches. That can come through the choice of font, choice of wording, printing technique, and design. Selecting an invitation with a botanical flair adds a touch of color that many brides enjoy and also can be a great introduction to the wedding décor.
Photo – Elegantly Frame Worthy Save the Date Cards
A word of advice: if you want your Save the Date to communicate elegance then you had better have an elegant photo. No t-shirts or bathing suits on the beach even if you both look stunning. Get dressed and styled like it’s your rehearsal dinner and choose a setting that matches your wedding venue.
In the world of Instagram and Pinterest everyone can look like a model. Not surprising, many engaged couples choose to use a special photo to express the excitement and love they have for each other. This is great and with the ability for so many people to hire professional photographers or friends with near-professional photography skills, the images can be stunning.
Afterward, since you’re all glammed up, have a romantic dinner at the restaurant of your caterer!
Make a statement with your save the date cards
Whatever the style and theme of your wedding, communicate it early with the Save the Date card. They should be sent out between a year and six months prior to the wedding date. Earlier, when possible, if accommodations will need to be reserved far in advance or it’s a holiday weekend.
While we aren’t talking about it here, make sure your choice of words and grammar are an indicator of the tone of your wedding too. Totally casual? Feel free to add a “Hey y’all, we’re getting’ hitched!”. Black tie or cocktail formal? “Kindly save the date for the wedding of …” will do the trick.
Don’t forget, you need to have your invitation list complete and ideally have your website and hotel blocks done prior to ordering your Save the Date cards.
Save the Date cards are a practical component of your wedding. That doesn’t mean that they have to be boring. Select the card that make an expression that you love.
If you would like custom Save the Date cards created for you, email me. I’m happy to help with your design! You can also check my Pinterest page for more ideas.