If there ever was a time of year that it seems every social media scroll has another friend announce their “newly engaged” status, it’s now. Something about the sunshine, the festive season and the merriment makes for plenty of proposals and for us? It has to be one of our favourite times of year!
And what’s the first thing one does after celebrating all things engagement? Start getting serious about the planning and set a date of course! Enter the Save The Date, these have become so popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why. Advising guests of the date well before your wedding allows them to lock it in, save for and make their travel plans and give them plenty of notice to get there. So today, we’re talking save the dates, but not just save the dates, we’re diving into how to make these truly personal, to reflect your own personal style!
Today we partnered with Minted and our Aisle Society colleagues to share five ways to personalise your save the dates and make them truly reflect who you are. We already know and love Minted for their wedding stationery, but did you know they also create Save The Dates with their independent artists? With pages upon page of beautiful designs, the website makes it easy as pie to choose a design (sort by style, colour, printing type, invitation shape- the list goes on!) preview, edit and order! And the best part? Not only can you customise the text, but you can also customise the photos included!
Ami of Lakeshore In Love for Aisle Society wanted to create something really cozy for this engagement session, and it’s completely appropriate since we’re talking about all the ways to personalise your save the dates. This session was completely beautiful with a little baking, a little puppy snuggling and plenty of romance. This kind of session completely epitomises “feel good”. And it just shows, that whatever is “you”, works!
Use your engagement photos on your stationery
Like these two, your save the dates are a brilliant way to use your engagement photos and completely personalise the style with your own personalities. With many photographers offering engagement sessions, it’s great chance to not only get to know your wedding photographer but also take some beautiful photographs of yourselves as a couple to celebrate your relationship without all the layers of a wedding. This option has to be #1 for personalising your save the dates!
Choose a meaningful setting
There are so many places you can take your engagement photos- let’s be honest, the options are endless! But take the time to think of a venue that is personal to you and your own life together. Do you love to spend your time together in the city? In the bush? Or are you, like our brides to be who love nothing better than snuggling up at home? I actually adore at home engagement sessions because they have an extra special cozy vibe, and everything is just a little more relaxed (besides where else can your four-legged friends easily roam free?). Choose the setting or location that means the most to you.
Choose an activity you love together
For these two, a cozy bake off in their home and snuggling with their puppy dog was quintessentially “them”, but this is a great time to show off what you love. Are you most often found camping together or riding your bikes? Or getting coffee at a favourite cafe? Choosing an activity you love together is a brilliant way to personalise your engagement session and therefore save the dates and you don’t have to worry about sourcing props that might not relate to who you are.
Choose stationery designs that suit your style
If your personal style is jeans and a t-shirt and you hate the idea of dressing up, a beautiful letterpress save the date with copperplate font might not be for you. The same goes if you love dressing up in your finest- a more relaxed suite might not be your style. Look for elements in the designs that reflect your own personal style, whether it’s designed elements like fonts and flourishes, to colours and the design style. Minted is particularly great for this because they work with independent designers to create their designs, so each suite is completely off the moment, fresh and on trend,
Consider each element of the stationery design
If you want to go the extra mile, really consider each element of your save the date (Minted, for instance, allows you to completely customise every element, from colour, to shape, to foil and paper and even allows you to especially request custom changes unique to you). Perhaps there are phrases or sayings that you are known to say to each other, perhaps you want a little more of a casual twist on the wording, or more formal. Perhaps you want to caption the photos you use, to explain their special story to your guests, or include a motif or drawing that means a lot to you.
Compensation for this post was provided by Minted for Aisle Society. All opinions are the author’s own are not endorsed by Minted, Aisle Society, or their affiliates.
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