5 tips to design the perfect save the date invitation
Planning a wedding is almost as nerve-wracking as it is exciting. But it doesn’t have to be. Sending out save the dates is a fun way to let your close ones know you’re getting hitched, while also informing them well beforehand to keep their schedules clear.
So how do you design the perfect save the date invitation?
Try out these tips to make sure you have all the right information and elements on your invitation.
1. Choose the theme and layout
First and foremost, you should figure out which theme to follow for your save the date. For this, you can take inspiration from the theme you are planning for your upcoming wedding.
For example, try out brown card stock and typewriter fonts for a rustic wedding. A gorgeous blue, mermaid-inspired invitation would go swimmingly with a beach theme. Think swooping, swirling handwritten fonts and floral motifs for a fairytale romantic wedding.
If you’re short on ideas, or don’t have a theme decided for your actual wedding yet, you can always use pre-made templates. PosterMyWall’s save the date invitations are a great pick because of how beginner-friendly they are.
You get a nice variety of templates that you can use or get inspired by, and the drag-and-drop invitation maker makes it simple to add text, graphics, and images according to the vision you have.
2. Have a coherent color palette
This is especially important if you aren’t editing a premade template, since good templates always follow a coherent color scheme.
While creating your template, keep the 6 kinds of color schemes in mind. These are:
For simplicity’s sake, let’s discuss only the first three. The first kind involves using shade variations of a single color to convey the idea of singularity.
For example, if you’re doing a beach-themed invitation, it’s good to only use shades of blue in your template to invoke imagery of waves crashing, the coolness of water, and the wide expanse of the ocean.
The second kind of color scheme – analogous – uses colors that are immediately next to each other in the color wheel. Since these are similar colors, you can choose one of them to dominate your invitation, while the other(s) can work as accents to the primary color.
The third color scheme – complementary – uses colors directly opposite each other in the color wheel. These make for great combinations, but be warned that the effect is quite intense. If you want your invitation to convey softness and elegance, go for a monochromatic scheme instead.
As with everything else in your invitation, choose the color scheme that matches the overall vibe you want to put forward.
3. Decide the style
This may come as a surprise, but invitation cards are not the only format save the dates come in nowadays. You can choose from save the date tea towels, magnets, balloons, postcards, you name it, there will probably exist a save the date for it.
When you’re deciding the format of your save the date, think about what best reflects you and your partner’s interests and personalities. It’s a cute idea to remind recipients of an in-joke or heartwarming moment shared by all when they receive the invitation.
Not all save-the-dates are physical anymore, either. Some people prefer to email or message them out, and this opens up a new range of possibilities. Let’s check them out in the next tip.
4. Animate your save the date
If you’re looking to share your save the date online, why not make the most of this dynamic format?
Animated save the dates add a touch of vibrance you don’t see in traditional invitations. Go wild with stickers, GIFs, and even adorable embedded video clips of your partner and you.
The recipients will be thrilled to receive such a fun invitation, and it will definitely stick around in their heads more than a piece of paper (not that the latter is a bad idea, either–as long as you do it right).
5. Print or share online
Once your save the date is ready, go ahead and take it to the printer’s, or share it online via email, messaging, or social media platforms.
And that’s all there is to it!