30 Rustic Save-the-Dates We Love
There's no better way to set the stage for your big day than to send out spectacular save-the-dates. A great save-the-date provides your guests a sneak peek of what's to come, and if you've got a rustic celebration in store, why not give guests an idea of what to expect with a piece of stationery that perfectly highlights your theme?
The thing about rustic is that it isn't just about burlap, wood, and anything found in the countryside. It's about celebrating nature and natural textures, often in a simple way. Nowadays, stationery designers and couples alike are getting more creative with the materials being used for save-the-dates. We've seen wood veneer, hand-torn paper, and leather touches. Lots of tactile elements that really give off a strong vibe, and often a sense of the season, too. We also love save-the-dates that feature beautiful artwork showcasing flowers, animals, scenery, and the like.
Take this letterpressed save-the-date card by Amber Moon Designs. It was layered with a sheet of vellum picturing the venue's signature fruit. Calligraphy by Anne Robin was letterpressed on each card and also graced the envelopes, which had a rustic vibe themselves thanks to the Kraft paper they were made from. And when it's time to actually mail your save-the-dates, carry that aesthetic through to your postage. We love the animals and landscapes showcased on this mix of vintage stamps.
For more creative ideas for rutic save-the-dates, click through to see options for weddings taking place everywhere from a barn to a ballroom, in styles that are totally rustic and some that are a hybrid of rustic with something else—like modern, glamorous, or romantic.
Printed on Wood
Calligraphed and Illustrated
Rustic means different things to different people, and if your interpretation is natural and understated, than this square save-the-date, written on parchment paper by Ettie Kim, might be the look you're after. The sketched wreath of leaves fits the vibe, while the hand-lettering is so romantic.
Just Hang On
If you're having a destination wedding, consider sending a save-the-date reminiscent of a luggage tag. If the destination is a bit rustic, take a cue and tie it off with twine and tuck the piece into a faux-bois embossed envelope like Jenny C Design did here.
Quite the Specimen
A Rustic Liner
Just want a touch of rusticity? Consider a patterned liner that harkens to a beautiful woodgrain. We love this one by Yonder Design.
Into the Woods
When you're getting married out west where the views are abundant, set the scene early for your guests. This bride ordered her scallop-edged save-the-dates from Swoozie's.
A Burgundy Beauty
Rustic doesn't mean you're stuck to a color palette of brown and green. Aerialist Press used burgundy as the main color in this suite. The save-the-date boasted a floral crest that celebrated the season of spring and deckle-edged paper that gave it an Old-World feeling.
A Touch of Gold
Rustic and glam are not mutually exclusive, as this save-the-date by Charm & Fig goes to show. The hand-lettering and illustrated wreath gave the paper goods a rustic feel while the gold fancied them up a bit.
A Rustic Motif
You can have a rustic save-the-date and still take a modern approach to design. Here, Amber Moon Design created an arrowhead design that was foil printed in a rich copper hue. Other camping-friendly icons drove home the rustic vibe of the wedding weekend.
Copper Willow Paper Studio kept the information side of this save-the-date simple, with calligraphy asking guests to "meet us in the garden" and a sans-serif font with the details. But the back was all natural, with an illustration of a beautiful tree. A collection of vintage stamps—many depicting flowers—completed the piece.
A Regal Wreath
Your guests will know they're attending a greenery-filled celebration as soon as they open a watercolored save-the-date, just like this one from Jenny C Design.
Let the details of your upcoming wedding unfold with an accordion-folded save-the-date. The piece, by PS Paper, also included a vellum printing of a nearby landscape, rustic leather ties, and nature-inspired vintage postage.
Delicate Yet Rustic
Ebb & Flow Ink embossed a sheet of vellum with the details of this wedding before attaching it to a piece of dark teal paper with a white grommet. We love the minimal and modern design with just a touch of rustic charm. While this was for a couple tying the knot in New York City, we can see this being a great fit for another couple marrying by the mountains—with the way the overlay is torn, we can't help but see a landscape of hills and valleys.
A Wooden Option
There's nothing that says rustic quite like wood, and this pretty save-the-date card from Fira Studio shows you how to do it right. The design is minimal, but the floral elements injected a touch of beauty.
Hand-Painted and Natural
Autumn On Top
Can't decide between rustic and whimsical? Don't. The two themes play nice together, as evidenced by this Rifle Paper Co. floral save-the-date.
Mini field guides are the perfect rustic save-the-date idea for an outdoor wedding. Leslie Zemsky painted and calligraphed these booklets, which boasted a kraft-colored cover.
Berries always feel a little bit rustic, too. These square save-the-dates (created by Antiquaria) gave guests an idea of what to expect at an upcoming barn wedding.
Watercolor for the Win
To give this save-the-date a rustic-meets-pretty vibe, Gatlin Paper Co. paired a watercolored map with a painting of the dock near the bride and groom's wedding venue.
A Rustic Touch
Lend a dose of rustic style to a classic letterpressed card with the addition of a branded wood token tied on with thin copper thread, just like Yonder Design did here.
Something Blue, Something Rustic
A Postcard with a View
Retro Cool Save-the-Dates
Orange81 went a little retro and a little rustic with these save-the-weekends, which were designed for a celebration in the mountains.
Showing Off the Scenery
The Utah landscape that would be seen throughout the weekend of this destination wedding was painted by Julie Song Ink and showcased on the save-the-dates, which were mailed in kraft paper envelopes for an extra rustic touch.
Vintage-style typography, wood-grain cover paper, an illustration of an orange and leaf, and colorful stickers let guests know the upcoming wedding would take place in a natural and citrus-filled spot in Ojai, California. Ceci New York continued the upscale rustic theme throughout the day-of paper goods.
This couple's save-the-date had a stag and fox illustrations to represent the groom and bride. Wild, right?