save-the-dates are a great opportunity to give your future wedding guests a taste of what the big day will be like. they're a chance to show your personality, share a piece of your special story, or showcase your hands-on DIY talents.
whatever your style (or lack of creative abilities) we've rounded up some great save-the-date announcements to help inspire your own ideas and get you started. many of these are super simple and can be replicated on a shoe-string budget with a few tricks. others you'll need to contact the professionals for and let them do the dirty work. either way, these are announcements that are sure to excite your guests and build anticipation for the party that awaits!
1. Photo Strip Genius
if DIY is what you're all about, these photo strip announcements from Santa Barbara Wedding are a brilliant option. they're fun, simple to make, and budget friendly. the only tricky part may be locating a photo booth. where there's a will, there's a way friends.
if you have any photo shop savvy this is an easy hack with a point and shoot digital camera. you can make the 'save-the-date' signage at home, shoot your own pics against a plain wall, and seam the pictures together in photoshop to mimic a photo strip. this also allows you to print multiple strips in an 8 x 10 or 12 x 12 format to save money on printing. I always suggest Costco Photo for printing pics; they're cheap, good quality, and everything can be uploaded on-line saving you a trip.
if you are no photoshop user, than find a photo booth and do it old school (which is always more fun, anyways). pre-print the signage at home and have it laid out on the floor of the booth in the correct order for quick and easy access. once you have a strip you love, you can have it digitally scanned to print in a larger format (as previously mentioned) and get multiple strips per sheet to easily cut out at home.
another reason I love these announcements is the way that information was kept simple and unfussy. it lists the link to the wedding website on the sheet beneath the photo strip where additional venue, lodging, and registry information can be found. that way all the work you put into the website actually gets seen!
2. Memory Lane Library Card
your wedding day is all about the love you share, so tell your guests the highlights of your special story with a walk down memory lane. these library card save-the-dates are the perfect way to announce your big day and commemorate the many milestones that led you there. plus, they're super easy to make and really budget friendly.
you can purchase supplies for these DIY announcements from shops on Etsy or Amazon. the blank library cards pictured above are sold in sets of 50 for just $13.50 from schoollocker on Etsy and the customizable date stamp is just $4.89 from wacomarket.
3. Watercolor Love
this save-the-date announcement is the perfect combo of DIY and done-for-you. This particular invite uses a custom made rubber stamp from Antiquaria accented with a little watercolor love. these save-the-dates and matching thank-you notes have such a fluid and organic care-free vibe. they will each be totally one-of-a-kind which makes them all the more special for guests, without spending a ton of time or money!
4. Tie-The-Knot Announcement
these handmade tie-the-knot announcements from The Natural Wedding Company are an eco-friendly option that you can print from home or your local office/copy supply shop. using recycled card stock and natural twine, these are easy to assemble and won't require envelopes. you can seal them closed with washi tape or a monogram sticker and hand address the blank side of the card stock. these have such a rustic beauty and handmade simplicity that is so appealing.
5. Up In The Air - Balloon
how fun are these!? a ballon announcement from Balloons Tomorrow or WhiteKnot is sure to be one that guests remember. price points vary depending on the number ordered but there are ways to save if budget is of concern. you can order the balloons separately and print the card backing from home on standard invite blanks. then assemble the announcements yourselves with cotton cord or washi tape from a local craft supply store like Michaels.
whatever you decide, taking an idea and making it your own with some DIY crafting or creative supply sourcing, will be something you remember fondly. having your own imprint on something this special is a memory you'll surely cherish. I know I do.