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Wedding: Creative Save the Dates

by Meghann on March 22, 2012

In the era of Pinterest, Etsy, and just about every other wedding site out there, it’s easy to get caught up in all the fun possibilities of everything wedding related. I’m currently caught up in the trend of creative Save the Dates. For the majority of them, I think the idea is fun – and can be somewhat memorable – but are they practical? Probably not.

Here are a few of my favorite practical (and not so practical ;) ) save the dates that I’ve come across recently.

The Proposal Save the Date

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(source: etsy.com/shop/violaprints)

Considering our entire proposal was documented (photos herevideos here) this could work. I love the idea of sharing the proposal story, but I also feel like I’ve shared the story so many times, that it’s not exactly ‘new’ news anymore. ;)

Save-the-Date Stickers

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(source: marthastewartweddings.com)

As someone who still keeps a calendar on the wall in the office, these stickers would be perfect for peeling and placing right on the date so that I wouldn’t forget. However, since our wedding is the first month of the year (and I know I usually don’t buy a new calendar until December or even January sometimes), the save-the-dates stickers wouldn’t be as practical for us.

Coaster Save the Dates

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(source: ohsobeautifulpaper.com)

Let’s file this one under the fun-but-not-so-practical category. These are more of a novelty item that you receive in the mail and think about how cute they are before you realize they’re too heavy for the magnet to hold up on the fridge. After that the coaster ends up in the bar area and a couple of months down the road you’re squinting through wine stains to try and make out the wedding website address.

Balloon Save the Dates

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(source: marthastewartweddings.com)

Again, fun, but not practical. :)

Save-the-Date On a String

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(source: weddingwindow.com)

So cute and so fun! I could definitely see these as a fun DIY project, but once you factor in the time it would take to create all of them and how much the materials would be (plus the postage to send the awkward size and weight), I could see the DIY project becoming a nightmare.

Save-the-Date Postcards

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(source: etsy.com)

I actually contacted the Etsy seller about these vintage postcards, but I’m not 100% sold on them yet. They’re adorable, not terribly priced, and I like that we wouldn’t have to deal with envelopes, extra postage, or anything crazy. Just address and send. Plus, the look and feel would totally fit in with our theme.

Save-the-Date Library Card

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(source: etsy.com)

Love it. Cute. Simple. Fun. These would totally work if Derek and I were huge book nerds, but we’re not. I’m not even sure either of us have library cards , which is a shame! We should really get on that.

Save-the-Date Magnets

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(source: weddingpaperdivas.com)

This is what’s ‘hot’ right now. I have a fridge full of them to prove it.

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(Perhaps it’s time I threw some of the old ones out?)

And I can see why they’re so ‘hot’ – they’re easy, practical, and, well, everyone has a fridge to stick them on. They can be a tad pricy (more than the postcard option), but could be worth it in the end.

Those are my favorites – what about yours?

As cute as the ultra-creative save the dates are (read: the not-so practical ones), I can’t say I’ve ever actually received any. Just the typical magnet and postcards have been on my fridge. :)

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