When planning a wedding, there are a few ways to set the tone of your big day before you even get there, starting with a well-planned save the date. We’ve had our eye on a few fantastically creative pre-invites, but they can run you a pretty penny. If you’re a bride looking to save some serious cash by planning a gorgeous DIY wedding, take inspo from these super sweet notes.
1. Pencil Us In: There’s something about this sweet and punny save the date that sets our hearts a-flutter. Guests will be delighted to open these up, and since a pencil is included, we’re sure they won’t forget your big day. (via Smitten on Paper)
2. Plantable Save the Date: Don’t want to feel like a massive paper waster? Consider printing save the dates on plantable paper. By the time your wedding approaches, recipients will have beautiful wildflowers to remind them of the event. (via DIY Network)
6. Confetti Twisters: Make the reminder process a little more interactive with these twistable save the dates that release confetti. These are a great way to show guests that they’ll be having fun at your reception for sure. (via Oh Happy Day)
7. Personalized Paper Dolls: Got kids coming to your wedding? Let them in on the fun! Photoshop your faces onto vintage paper dolls, then send with a few options for wedding day attire. (via Happiness Is)
11. Sharpie Balloon Save the Date: You’ve probably seen some iteration of the printed balloon that gives you the deets when inflated, but rather than dipping into your cake budget to wow with these, try making your own. (via Something Turquoise)
12. Tying the Knot: This kraft-paper creation screams nautical wedding, but would also be right at home in a rustic theme. We love the 3D aspect and, of course, the pun. (via The Natural Wedding Company)
15. Spinning Save the Dates: While we love a tear-jerker wedding brimming with sentiment, there’s something magnetizing about a lighthearted and fun affair. Make these spinning save the dates to add some whimsy to your guests’ mailboxes. (via Martha Stewart Weddings)
17. Gold Embossed: Make your own beautifully embossed invites with this simple tutorial. This lovely lettering would also look fantastic layered over a photo of the two of you. (via Oh So Beautiful Paper)
18. Save-the-Date Cookies: Few things top an edible save the date. Though this stamp will set you back $28, it’s pretty much the sweetest way possible to ask for some company on your wedding day. (via Not on the High Street)
21. Mini Polaroid Magnet: Give retro polaroids new life with these adorable magnets. Whether you choose a swoon-worthy pic or one of your goofy faces, you’ll get prime real estate on your guests’ fridges. (via One Wed)
24. Wedding Rescue: Of course, you can always skip the mail and save the date with a fun, pattern-filled video that shows your true creative side, like Brit + Co’s creative director, Anjelika. (via Brit+Co)
What handmade elements will be a part of your wedding? Tell us about them in the comments!
With additional reporting from Marwa Diaf.