Kick off your wedding with “Save The Date” cards

by Molly W Posted on March 24, 2010

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Congratulations on your engagement, now its time to start your wedding process. Don’t get too overwhelmed yet-all that you have to do right now is think about your save the date.

Save the Date cards are a great way to kick off your wedding day. The general etiquette is to put your save the date in the mail six months prior to the event. However-if you are planning a destination wedding it is a good idea to get those save the dates out earlier so friends can figure out their travels. That gives you plenty of time to find the perfect invitation and wedding theme.

For those of you who are saying to yourselves “how can I send out a save the date if I don’t know my color palette yet?” don’t worry! Save the dates should express the two of you as a couple, not your wedding colors. Use whatever format feels most comfortable for you-no need to stress yourself out too early on!

Some couples love to use their own photography, others love to use a design piece to evoke their big day or set a celebratory tone.  I say choose what feels most comfortable for you.

Do you want a modern look showcasing your unique photos-choose a black background to make your photos pop.

Is your style classic with a more formal photo- choose colors that reflect the season your big day will be in. Or is it a design that truly expresses your personal aesthetic or perhaps the mood of you big day? Whatever direction you take remember to stay true to who you are as a couple. Trust me, the invitation will be a much more involved process so relax, have fun and happy save the date making!


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  1. curicogirl Says:

    Save the dates are so fun. I especially like the ones with a photo on it. You guys have so many styles to choose from so it fits any couple. And I love the simplicity of them too.
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  2. Joey Says:

    I love the idea of Save The Date cards. They are so cute and creative. I love all the card designs shutterfly now offers and the quality is superb!

  3. AnnAbbott Says:

    This is a great way to get the word out to people who are busy or have to travel to the wedding. I love the last card…very cool.

  4. ElleSnaps Says:

    I love these!! My soon to be sister in law ordered her save the dates with a gift certificate to Shutterfly that I gave her :) They turned out so great!!

  5. BarbaraJ Says:

    I love the save the date and I am sending it to several people I know that are planning a wedding. Great idea!

  6. kniewohner Says:

    I have seen quite a few of these lately, Much more popular with couples now. I never knew Shutterfly had so many fun and unique templates to create these. I feel a referral to Shutterfly coming on for my engaged friends. :) Thanks for the samples. They are all very different. Something for everyone no matter what your taste for sure.

more about Molly W

Hello. My name is Molly. I love wearing lots of color. I love listening to good music. And I love good design. I am the Creative Lead for Design Content at Shutterfly (leading a team of internal designers and design partners who create the cards & stationery and photo book products that you love). When I’m not working at Shutterfly, I love riding my bike through San Francisco with my husband, going to concerts, photographing friends and family and taking weekend trips to the coast. Oh ya, I also love food-so eating is also always on the agenda.

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