Your First Impression
Often, Save the Dates are your first touchpoint with wedding guests. For many brides and grooms, it may be the first time you've seen you and your fiancé's name and wedding date on paper. When you see it all on paper, it starts to get real!
Your first piece of written communication with guests can set the tone for your event (matching the formality and/or eventual design themes of your wedding suite) or it can be an opportunity for a fun, creative expression of your personality as a couple.
The most important thing, however, is that you include all the information that folks will need as they make their plans to travel to and attend your wedding. For that reason, many couples opt to include a wedding url on the save the date where they'll house all of the bits and bobbles of information that won't fit and don't need to be on the wedding invitations themselves. (Ie: Hotel blocks, registry information, wedding party bios, travel guides for destination weddings, etc.)
Here are just seven fun ideas for getting the word out.
1. Circle that Calendar Date.
I recently created this simple card for a couple looking forward to their fall wedding. Per the bride's suggestion, we circled (or rather, hearted) the wedding by hand in a red pen, eliminating the need for a second printed color.
2. Photo strip fun.
Who doesn't love some good photo booth fun? This classic, yet still-cute idea is a great way to give your guests a little insight into your relationship. Are you playful? Romantic? Use your four little squares to showcase a bit of who you are to guests who may or may not know both you and your spouse-to-be.
3. Photo envelope liner.
I love this one, as it's a great way to include a photograph, without having to go the full photo-card route. (Ahem: you could still print a beautiful letterpress card and bring a full-color photo in with the envelope.)
4. Keep it super simple.
All you need is love, and your guests really need to know is their presence is being requested for your big day. Just be sure to tell them when and where. Even if you don't know much else, by sending out this information, you're making it clear that you want them to be there!
5. Include the party.
A wedding is a celebration, so why not start the party early? A little sew-on pack of confetti is a sweet way to signal the joyous occasion and bring a little color and texture into your paper design.
6. Accordion Fold-Out
I've done a couple of fold-out projects in my day, and I've always loved how they've turned out. If you've got lots to communicate, rather than doing a two-sided card, this can be a great way to include all of the details in a visually compelling way. Also, the cover can be letterpressed and the interior pages printed digitally (meaning multi-color options are less expensive).
7. Inflated Message
I love the suspense this one builds. A simple message invites your guests to blow up the balloon to get the information they'll need about your upcoming celebration. What a fun way to share the news! These 1-color font-driven cards are also a great option for letterpress and the custom balloons can be created an ordered as cheaply as $.08 each on sites like this.
Are you getting married soon? Don't delay letting your guests know. I'm happy to help you brainstorm ideas and get started with your first piece of wedding correspondence.