With save-the-date cards, even classic styles can have a little embellishment. Guests will eagerly mark their calendars when they get one of these. Clockwise from top: The couple's monograms grace this scripted card. A playful letterpress card reads, "Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married." Preprinted cards with a top-hat icon have room to write a message. An anchor icon hints at a seaside locale.
Receiving pertinent information early gives guests time to plan. Clockwise from top left: A slender folder from an office-supply store holds a save-the-date letter, list of accommodations, and some brochures. A ribbon-bound booklet offers the particulars of wedding-related events: the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and so on. This bluebird-and-floral-motif mailing is two-in-one: One card gives the date and place; another names local hotels.
These save-the-date cards convey their message in lighthearted ways. Clockwise from top left: A calendar from a stationer starts at the wedding month and is tied with red waxed twine to a precut custom-stamped card; the wedding date is circled in red. Slip into a photo booth and come out with adorable images for your cards; have the photo strip reproduced at a copy shop onto card stock, and then fold and cut into a narrow card containing basic information. To make a save-the-date magnet, design your message on a computer, and print onto 8 1/2-by-11-inch magnetic sheets (available from office- supply stores) using an ink-jet printer; cut out. A schoolgirl may have dreamed of her wedding day as she practiced writing a married name on lined notebook paper; re-create those doodles, then photocopy onto vellum and cut to size; include a white paper background to make the words stand out. Make reminder stickers for guests to affix to calendars: Buy sheets of adhesive paper; print stickers on a computer, cut to size, and attach them to the save-the-date cards using store-bought adhesive dots.
Pique your guests' interest about the wedding location. Clockwise from top left: Send a miniature flag of the state or country in which you are marrying; wrap a banner printed with your names, wedding date, and location around the handle, and mail in a tube. Inform guests of a beach wedding with a seashell hot-glued to a magnet that can hold the card on a refrigerator (for other settings, use different small, inexpensive items). Buy postcards from the city where you'll marry, and have a rubber stamp made with your wedding information.