Make Your Own - Save the Date Cards

Ashley Rader

Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in beach wedding favors, summer wedding favors and a huge collection of unique wedding favor ideas that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable.

Once your wedding date is in the books, and your invitations have been printed, you will want to think of creative and effective ways to remind people of your special date. Don't give anyone a reason to say they can't make it to your wedding because "I didn't know it was that day! (insert silly excuse here)." Learn how to make your own save the date cards so that no one will be uninformed about your wedding date.

Save the Date!

Computer Programs

There are numerous computer programs available on the web now where you can create your own creative save the date cards.

Be ready to get out the cardstock paper, the paper cutter, and your color printer to make your own save the date cards. This process may not be easy, but it is the way to go if you want to make your own save the date cards that are 100% customized for guests.

Buy them a Calendar with the Date Marked

An innovative idea you can use to make your own save the date cards is to transform them into calendar cards. These save the date cards can be the size of a regular calandar, about 11x17, or half that size. 

Mark the month and year of your wedding date on the top in large letters, and decorate the inside of the date box for your specific wedding date. Do whatever you need to do to highlight the date, even with a 3D popout, or a button that your guests can press and be told by a recorded voice why that date can't be forgotten.

Higher Quality Save the Date Cards

If you aren't much of a designer, you may want to leave that part to the professionals. You may decide that the quality of printing your save the date cards on regular cardstock paper is inferior. Plus, you have to cut them to size, so the save the date cards might not be straight-that method can get a little complicated.

Once the RSVPs start pouring in, you will see the value of giving your guests save the date cards. You can either send the special save the date cards with your invites, or in a separate mailing a few weeks later. Make your own save the date cards that are custom and innovative to avoid having them mixed into your potential guests' junk mail pile.


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  • Cinty says
    I like the idea of buying a calender and having the date marked. We used an online service to print our cards and invites - was cheaper than my cousin's who got her mother to make them!
  • Wice says
    If you really want to stand out and make people remember your invitation/save date cards, why not do something crazy.

    There are endless wacky, creative things you could do that will put smiles on dials. This one would be good for a fun party. You would probably get mixed reactions … lame/cute…but I bet people would talk about it is definitely memorable.

    So… Send/give your invitees each an individually wrapped date, tied with a bow and a gift tag with the details they need. The RSVP date could be incorporated into the "best by" date for eating.

    Depending on the party theme, another cool way of presenting an invitation is to fold it into a related origami shape. I remember making invitations to a baby shower where I folded the invitations like nappies with little gold safety pins at the sides. You can make great origami men’s shirts too.

    A housewarming invitation could be sent on a long piece of paper wrapped around a toilet roll.

    Copy off the invitation as a PowerPoint presentation on a CD or email the presentation. You can include all sorts of things including photos and you won’t even need a printer.

    For a wedding invitation, one gorgeous design that always works is to find/take a close-up photograph of either the type flowers you are planning on having, or maybe the fabric or some detail of the brides/bridesmaids dresses. Print the whole of the reverse side of the invitation with this. If you don’t have a colour printer, then just go down to a copy centre and get the appropriate number printed off (make sure to get spares). I would suggest using a good quality paper rather than plain offset. Then you can just print the details on any printer on the other side yourself. If you want to get really fancy, then you also make your own matching envelopes from the printed-paper. These look good with the design on the outside (if it is very pale) or on the inside (if bold or dark.)
  • flowery3 says
    It seems silly to send out separate save the date cards, then invites - cos if you get someone to save the date, you are going to be inviting them anyway - or am I missing the point?! Just send invites as soon as possible!
  • flowery3 says
    Great ideas Wice!
  • KH says
    I love making things myself so really like all the ideas and tips shared here.
  • Wice says
    Came across this clever interactive wedding invitation that you could make yourself!

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