Save-the-Dates 101

Congratulations – you said yes! You are ready to start a new chapter with your soulmate. Now, the fun truly begins!

After you select the perfect venue and date for your big day, it’s time to send a save-the-date to future wedding guests. Whether your style is classic, rustic or unique, your save-the-dates should be special for you two, drumming up plenty of excitement for this beautiful time in your lives!

From etiquette and advice to style ideas, we’ve got everything you need to know about save-the-dates and announcing your wedding.

The Basics: Do’s and Don’ts

You may be unsure of how, when or to whom you should send save the date announcements.

According to The Knot, save the dates should be sent six to eight months before your wedding, and mailed to anyone and everyone who is on your guest list, including the wedding party. This timeline gives guests plenty of opportunities in advance to make travel arrangements and free up their schedules.

You’ll want to include the most important details: your names, date, location and a wedding website, if you have one! Add a message that a formal invitation will follow in the months leading up to the big day.

Save-the-Date Style

Onto the exciting part! Your save-the-date is ready to be designed. Some couples love using their engagement photos in a sweet postcard or tri-fold; others like to add something special with takeaway items, such as magnets, calendar stickers and more.

Your save-the-date should reflect you and your spouse-to-be. Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on colors or wedding themes just yet. This is the perfect time to test out different designs and find which fits best for the two of you!

Need some inspiration and ideas? Check out some of these save-the-date styles – and don’t forget to pin some of your favorite designs!

Rustic and Romantic

Rustic save-the-dates can include elements of woodgrain texture, lace, twine and burlap, perfect for the romantic couple at heart. These design ideas are great if you are envisioning an outdoor, nature-inspired or barn wedding.

Rustic and romantic save-the-dates with vintage floral ornaments and bold types on lovely kraft paper.

Rustic and romantic save-the-dates with vintage floral ornaments and bold types on lovely kraft paper.

This rustic save-the-date magnet features lace and woodgrain elements - plus some cheeky humor!

This rustic save-the-date magnet features lace and woodgrain elements - plus some cheeky humor!

A modern spin on rustic woodgrain, featuring a gorgeous navy hue and a takeaway save-the-date magnet for this couple's guests. We can't get enough of their pup!

A modern spin on rustic woodgrain, featuring a gorgeous navy hue and a takeaway save-the-date magnet for this couple's guests. We can't get enough of their pup!

Nautical and Beachy

Fit for a trip down the shore, nautical and beachy save-the-dates are perfect for the couple who loves to be by the waves. Utilizing nautical colors and ocean-inspired designs, this style is great for weddings by the sea or paradise destination wedding weekends.

Octopus tentacles and nautical map designs rule this save-the-date.

Octopus tentacles and nautical map designs rule this save-the-date.

Nautical navy with beachy coral are the perfect pair for a lovely affair by the shore.

Nautical navy with beachy coral are the perfect pair for a lovely affair by the shore.

Watercolor Love

Watercolor is becoming a design of choice for the newly engaged. It can be used with sleek, bold colors and types, or with romantic floral elements.

This blush trifold featured sweet watercolor florals and romantic types.

This blush trifold featured sweet watercolor florals and romantic types.

Watercolor blues and blushes are perfect for a stand-out winter wedding, featuring gorgeous engagement photos and a romantic sleeve enclosure.

Watercolor blues and blushes are perfect for a stand-out winter wedding, featuring gorgeous engagement photos and a romantic sleeve enclosure.

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Here at Art Paper Scissors Design, we help bring your dream wedding stationery to life. From save the dates to wedding invitations to thank you cards and everything in between, we can capture your wedding’s vision and look.

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