Save the Dates: Tips & Tricks
Save the dates are a great way to make a first impression with your guests and can set the tone for your wedding. There are so many resources available right now that allow you to really customize your save the dates and add special, personal touches without breaking the bank. Today I am sharing my own experience ordering save the dates from Minted as well as some of my other favorite websites where you can create and order save the dates.
My mom has ordered our Christmas cards from Minted for years and I have some of their incredible wall art and photo prints hanging in my house. I am a big fan of their customer services and the quality of their product for the very reasonable price is an unbeatable combination in my opinion. So it was a no brainer for me when I was deciding where to order my save the dates from.
Minted Tip #1: Sign up for their emails. They are always running wedding promotions and it's usually 15-20% off, free shipping and free recipient addressing.
Minted Tip #2: Request a free sample kit. They'll send you a packet with a mix of foil pressed, flat and die-cut invitations as well as swatches of all their paperweights. You can also have an individual sample sent to you from specific designs that include an RSVP card and envelope. I would suggest doing this if you plan to order your entire invitation suite from Minted in addition to save the dates. Use code 10FREE for a $10 sample credit.
Minted Tip #3: Take advantage of their free recipient addressing. You upload a spreadsheet and they will address all of the envelopes for you. All you have to do is stamp and send them once they are shipped to you. It doesn't get much easier than that! They even have custom stamps you can order to match the invitations you choose which is a great way to make it more custom and personalized.
Minted Tip #4: Decide what type of card you want - landscape or portrait, foil-pressed, magnet, number of photos - and apply those filters to narrow your search so it doesn't seem overwhelming at first. Then save any of the designs you like as you are scrolling through. Once you've saved all the designs, narrow it down even more and pick 3-4 to start customizing with your names, date, picture(s). One thing I noticed when creating our save the dates was that the picture I wanted didn't necessarily go with all of the designs I'd chosen because of font, color, layout, etc. so that helped me narrow down my search even more.
Other Resources & Websites
Paperless Post - I've used Paperless Post to send digital invitations for a few years now and have always had a great experience. I recently ordered some of their paper invitations for a client reception and they turned out beautifully. They are a little on the pricier side and don't with as many perks like free recipient addressing, but they will have in-house design assistants that will create custom artwork for you. You can definitely get a more custom-look with Paperless Post if you're willing to spend a bit more.
Shine Wedding Invitations - I was recently introduced to this brand and I cannot get enough of their classic, elegant designs. While they do have a few more colorful options, if you're looking for a simple, timeless, black and white save the date with beautiful font, on beautiful paper this is a great option! They'll send you a free sample set also with a variety of their product offerings so you can see what an entire invitation suite would look like. These are also a little more expensive but
Shutterfly - This is the least expensive option I've found and they are always running promotions on top of their already reasonable prices. Sign up for their emails and check their website every few days to get the best offer. There are so many options for save the dates on this website that you can definitely find something that is right for you. My only issue is that you can't customize the wording or layout as easily on Shutterfly as on some of the other websites.
Wedding Paper Divas - This company is always running promotions such as 20% off invitations, 30% off envelopes and you can get $20 off your first order of $100+ when you sign up for emails. This is a great way to get the save the dates you want while saving some money in your wedding budget. One of my favorite features on their website is where you can upload a photo and browse their designs with your photo already on them. That makes picking out your favorites so much easier! They also offer free recipient addressing with any custom envelope purchase.
Customizing Your Save the Dates
You want these save the dates to reflect your personality and style as a couple as well as convey the tone of the wedding to your guests. I love a colorful floral pattern but if you're having a black tie wedding in the evening then it might confuse your guests once your invitation comes in the mail. Save the fun florals and pineapples for your bridal luncheon or bachelorette party or use a colorful fiesta-themed invitation for your rehearsal dinner. The same goes for a destination wedding or a more casual afternoon wedding. Make sure you're choosing a save the date that is consistent and cohesive with the rest of your wedding.
There are also some easy, inexpensive ways to make your save the dates look more custom. Almost all of the websites I just shared with you offer foil or letter pressed cards, custom envelopes and liners, different shapes and sizes and the ability to add one or more photos to your save the date. Adding on any of these options will make your save the date stand out from the other ones hanging on your guest's refrigerator.
Most importantly, choose something that you and your fiancé are happy with and are excited about sending to your friends and family. This is your special day and you want it to reflect your happiness and excitement for your upcoming wedding.