Top 10 save the date ideas

by: By Alex Boucher, The Great British Wedding

Whether or not you need save the dates is still a fairly hot topic. Many couples disagree that they are required – and are just another expense to add to your bill. However, people are busy, especially when it comes to certain times of the year (summer holidays or Christmas for example), and if you are looking to hold your wedding during one of these periods, I have to disagree and say that save the dates are an essential part of your wedding stationery package.
So here are some of the best ways I have seen to ask your guests to keep the day of your wedding free – before they have even seen an invitation.

Mini balloons to be precise (big, printed balloons are fun, but are people actually going to blow them up unless they have children?). These are from Etsy, and contain a message asking someone to be a bridesmaid – but you could adapt the message to be a save the date.

Chocolate bars
Fancy yourself as a chocoaholic? Send your save the dates a’la Willy Wonka with a personalised sleeve.

If you are looking at an inexpensive way to send, or are holding a more eco-friendly wedding, email save the dates are a great option. These can be free (just do an online search) or many come as part of a package with online invitations and a wedding website. I love Paperless Wedding ( for these, but there are other companies out there that do similar.

Clearly brilliant
If you are looking for a more traditional, printed version, I LOVE the trend for clear invitations and save the dates. Perfect for a modern, elegant wedding.

Home made
Stamped, painted or hand drawn, grab a postcard or luggage tag and get creative! Add a photo for extra effect.

Destination inspired
Train tickets, plane tickets or luggage tags make a wonderful template for a destination wedding – or invitations for the reception back home. Passport style invitations when you are ready to send details are a lovely choice. Not travelling abroad – just holding your big day somewhere other than your home town? These underground save the dates could be just the ticket (yes, it was a poor joke)

No getting away from it if it’s stuck to your fridge!

Seed paper is another great eco-friendly choice for a save the date…. And a pretty flower when grown is a nice little gift too! Attach a shaped piece of seed paper to a card or use a company that can print directly onto it.

Give your guests something to do with a save the date that can be built, like this tipi style. How about a paper aeroplane made from a map of your venue or even one of the old school style paper fortune teller games?! (Loads of demos of how to make these online)

Finally, I love a good cartoon – so a retro style invite with a cartoon picture is a fun a quirky way to ask your guests to save your date.

There are so many wonderful save the date ideas out there, from quirky ideas to the more traditional styles to match your stationery. I hope that I have given you some ideas! Remember, this is the first taste your guests will get of your big day – so ensure you opt for something that tells of things to come… or really grabs their attention. Have fun!