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Save-the-Date Cards Your Guests Won’t Sure Forget

Save-the-dates offer a nice way to show off you and your fiancé and can help set the tone for your celebration. These little proclamations are pretty much the first impression attendees will have of the theme and overall ambiance your big day will bring. Let’s take a look at some exciting and innovative ideas you can use to help create the perfect announcements for your upcoming wedding.

Handwritten

If you’ve ever received a handwritten invitation, you know just how personalized it feels. So, if you’re looking for a lovely way to add sophistication and an extra personal touch to your save-the-dates, hiring a calligrapher who specializes in weddings may be the perfect solution.

Depending on the number of wedding guests you plan to invite, you can have the save-the-dates each individually written or have the calligrapher create a template invitation and then use it to make however many copies you’ll need. Estimates from professionals range from $2 to $4 per invitation for basic styles, while more elaborate scripts, added flourishes, and customized inks will cost more.

If you’re wanting to send out a handwritten save-the-date but don’t have the time to hire a professional calligrapher (most need at least a few weeks turnaround time), these options can also give you the artful invitation you’re looking for:

*Handwrite your own save the dates.

*Look into “faux calligraphy.”

*Use an online stationery company to get a similar look.

Caricatures

Caricatures work great for couples who don’t take themselves too seriously. Indeed, this type of sketch uses illustrations to make light of certain appearance traits of you and your partner. However, know you can use caricatures today in various ways, including on a spectrum from artfully funny to more peculiar like swapping in animal faces for those of bride and groom. Caricature save-the-dates give recipients a glimpse of your personalities in a unique and often entertaining way.

Personalized Map

Hire an artist to sketch out your favorite city where you’ll be tying the knot or where you first fell in love. Include labeled landmarks that are special to you and your partner, such as spots like where you met, your favorite hangouts, or the site where guests will watch you “eat, drink, and be married.”

Traditional

There’s a reason why machine-printed save-the-dates still reign supreme in the wedding world. Well, actually, there are a few reasons. To start, there’s no denying how exquisite these announcements look when they’re freshly printed and perfectly tailored to your wedding style. Secondly, with sites like Minted, creating beautifully crafted save-the-dates couldn’t be easier. Here you can browse thousands of customizable save-the-dates and choose everything from your perfect theme and paper quality to which printing process works best for your cards.

Kick-Off Your Dream Day the Right Way

When it comes to creating the perfect save-the-dates for your wedding, the only hard and fast rule is to keep the creation centered on you, your soon-to-be spouse and your upcoming celebration. Whether you choose to go with an elegant handwritten note, hire an illustrator, or use an online site to map out a winning format, these announcements are an important first step in showcasing your love and asking friends and family to schedule space for your big day.

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