September 20, 2018

3 Save the Date Card Ideas for Having Them Designed

As someone who really appreciates printed work, I adore Save the Date cards. This is especially so, because I love getting mail that’s not a bill or a credit card offer. If you need inspiration or have no idea where to start, read below for be top 3 Save the Date Card ideas. After reading, you’ll be able to decide which process works best for you!
Save the Date Card ideas for how to have them designed and printed 

1. Hire a Professional Invitation Designer

Personally, I recommend hiring an invitation designer for your Save the Date and your wedding invitations. Because your Save the Date cards and wedding invitations will set the tone for your celebration, they should tie in nicely with your wedding theme, style, and/or colors. That way, you’ll have a very cohesive aesthetic for your entire wedding. Although not inexpensive, hiring a professional also has the perks of letterpress and/or foil stamping as options for your cards, as well as the bonus of having a completely custom design that nobody else has.
Custom Save the Date Cards Twinkle and Toast with white paper and grey text and a floral border with pink peach and yellow paired with yellow envelopes, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

2. Have Your Photographer Design Your Cards

If hiring a custom invitation designer isn’t in the budget but you don’t want to DIY, have your photographer make your Save the Date cards. It’s a great way to incorporate your engagement photos in your wedding. The best part: you don’t have to do any of the design work. When informed in advance that you want to use your engagement photos for your cards, your photographer will know that he or she will need to capture a few specific compositions. If I’m told my couples want to use their images in the cards, I’ll know I need to shoot a handful of horizontal and vertical images with negative space for the text. This is really helpful for a speedy design process!

Save the date card with photos
Save the date card with photos

3. Create A Semi-Custom Card Online

This option is one I recommend if you’re on a tighter budget or if you’re very good with design, DIY, etc. You can use your engagement images and choose from several online template collections from Adobe Spark’s invitation templates or Minted.

White and green invitation suite from Minted with gold foil, Gainey Vineyards Wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
White and green invitation suite from Minted with gold foil, Gainey Vineyards Wedding, Cavin Elizabeth Photography
TIP: Do try to send out Save the Dates as soon as you possibly can and order at least 10% more than you think you’ll need. Hopefully these Save the Date card ideas have you feeling inspired!