Announcing your wedding date to your friends and family can be a very enjoyable experience, and we can prove it with these 14 fun, creative, and unique save the date ideas from traditional save the date cards to DIY messages in a bottle.
1) Wooden Display
Wooden display save the dates are very versatile—there are so many designs, shapes, and sizes available. You aren’t limited to just wood either, as you could opt for something like a laser-cut acrylic display instead.
Featured above: Laser Cut Wood Save the Date by Studio EQ Design
These sweet love heart shaped magnets are very pretty save the date card alternatives, easily kept as a keepsake after the wedding.
Featured above: Save The Date Wooden Magnets
Consider a pretty, personalised handkerchief, perhaps delivered with a small notecard.
Save the date cards are the more modern route for many couples, as not only are they relatively fast and simple to arrange but they also come in so many styles.
Featured above: Classic Script Save The Date Card
Featured above: Kraft Save The Date Scratch Cards
(See some beautiful save the date cards inspiration here.)
Whether used in a photo to send out on social media or as part of an engagement photo shoot, balloons are a simple, stylish, and striking way to announce your wedding date. Other options include sending a balloon and card to each of your guests that they have to blow up to see the message, or filling the balloon with a message and/or confetti that the receiver has to pop to see what’s inside in a kind of “pop to reveal the hidden message” (just like you might do when asking “Will you be my bridesmaid?”!)
Featured above: Fall Mountain Engagement, Colorado, by Rachel Havel Photography
Give your guests a taste of your wedding to come with a sweet save the date such as a chocolate treat, fortune cookie, a luxury box of treats like the below macarons, and even personalised teabags.
Not too far removed from a save the date card, a save the date bookmark is a small, versatile stationery idea that can give your guests a lovely glimpse into your wedding theme.
8) Message in a Bottle
Message in a bottle save the dates are so, so pretty. You could fill it with a rolled up note giving details of your wedding date, or (especially for a beach wedding or wedding abroad) include some sand as a bit of a teaser for what the big day will offer. Other ideas include filling your bottle with hot chocolate and marshmallows or tea leaves.
Featured above: Small Glass Bottle with Cork Stopper with White Ribbon and Open Format Small Favour Tag from our Garden Party stationery collection (also featuring Youthberry White Tea with Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea).
9) Film Canister
Another creative take on the message in a bottle is this lovely cinema-style film canister.
Featured above: DIY Film Canister Save the Date Idea from Oh So Lovely
10) Plantable/Seeded Paper
For those conscious of the environment and those aiming for an eco friendly wedding, plantable/seeded paper is a brilliant option that allows the receiver to grow anything from herbs to wildflowers when the paper is planted.
Featured above: Plantable Seeded Paper Save The Date Invitation from Zed & Bee
If you enjoy getting hands on, fold-out save the date fans or origami paper planes (or even playground style “cootie catchers” that you may know as a “paper fortune teller”, “chatterbox”, “salt cellar”, “whirlybird”, or “paku-paku”) are brilliant options that look amazing.
Consider a confetti push-pop with a personalised sleeve or label reading “Save the Date”, or a confetti-filled balloon that you’ve written “Save the Date” on. These are really fun ideas, and some people might even decide to put their message inside the push pop or balloon…but with the latter you should just be aware that your guests probably won’t appreciate a shower of confetti all over their living room that they then have to clean up.
Let your love of comics shine with a personalised comic save the date that you could even draw yourself. Or get artistic some other way, such as a simple chalk drawing or an elaborate piece of graffiti art that you can take a photo with.
With that in mind, you can get very creative with save the date photos. Just some options include a message written in the sand, long-exposure photography with sparklers, and even scrabble pieces. Plus you can add some cute-factor too by incorporating your pet.
Featured above: Save the Date Scrabble Pieces via Oh One Fine Day
For more information on save the dates, check out our article on When to Send Your Save The Date & Wedding Invitations.
Furthermore, now that you know your wedding date, have you asked your best friend to be your bridesmaid yet? Be inspired by these bridesmaid proposal ideas.