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Casual Save the Date Ideas? — Ask Emmaline

by Emma Arendoski

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Hi, lovelies! Emma here with some helpful ideas for casual save the date examples, thanks to a recent Ask Emmaline question from Becca. She is newly engaged (congrats!) and has set the date for the fall. She wants to send save the dates to her extended family, friends, and guests; however, she isn’t sure exactly how to word it. She writes,

“I’m getting married in October and need to buy save the dates, but I’m not sure what they should say. Our wedding will be laid back and informal with an outdoor ceremony and barn reception. Should the style be the same as my wedding, and do you have any casual save the date wording examples or ideas? Thank you so much.”

Hi Becca! Great questions — let’s tackle them one at a time.

For starters, your wedding sounds awesome: I’d stick with the rustic outdoorsy theme, simply because you already know exactly what you’re planning. The cards don’t necessarily need to exemplify everything about your wedding just yet, i.e. colors or motifs, but an outdoor barn theme or laid-back feel is precisely what you should be going for when picking out your save the dates — both in design AND wording.

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(Note for other couples: If you’re not sure about your theme yet, go ahead with any design you like! But if you DO know, it is best to be as cohesive as possible)

Casual Save the Date

Since the wedding is less formal, the wording should be, too. Here are some casual save the date wording examples to help you as you pick out your exciting announcements for family and friends with a laid-back, informal (and fun!) feel.

For these examples, we’re featuring a few fun, laid-back save the dates from Minted.

There’s always a great collection of fun, non-traditional invites and save-the-date options here, so there’s bound to be one that ties in perfectly with the tone and theme of your wedding.

Free Drinks Funny Save the Dates

This design is about as fun + low-key as you can get! It features your photo on the back and text that reads, “Free drinks — with a wedding on the side”. :) By Jennifer Lew.

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The casual wording, then, is pretty straightforward here: a funny one-liner quip and your names, the date, and the location of your wedding. See more photos here.

2. Our greatest adventure begins

The wording on this is fun and playful: “our greatest adventure begins”, with “please save the date” and your names, date, and location. The key to this style is to choose an equally playful photo to accompany the text; the example here is one perfect example. By Pink House Press.

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3. It’s a date casual save the date card

This is low-key and fun: “it’s a date”. Simple, clean lines design and with space for a small photo. By Joyce Pinheiro.

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4. Rustic charm

The wording on this card is perfect for a laid-back celebration, and ideal for your rustic wedding, too! It asks guests to keep the date saved along with your names, whimsical “the big day is” lettering and your date, “a formal invitation will follow”, and “the ceremony and reception will take place in”.

At the bottom, there’s room for you to enter your wedding website address — a must-have if you don’t already have one. (TIP: Get a free one here!) By Hooray Creative.


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5. Wood carving

For a fun, non-traditional card option, choose this rustic “tree slice” save the date. By SimpleTe Design. It is very to-the-point and has a rustic, relaxed vibe.

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6. Rustic save the date kraft design

This is very simple wording, done beautifully with an elegant and clean design. This informal save the date simply states the facts with your date in numeral style and the city and state of the nuptials.

This design offers matching stationery to go with it; if you love this card, you may want to order your coordinating menus, programs, place cards, etc. at the same time to save money. You can find the matching pieces here. By Alethea and Ruth.

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7. Handlettered love

These are written with, “Kindly save the date for” with your names; the fun, whimsical lettering makes it clear you’ll be having a fun, laid-back wedding celebration. By Carrie ONeal.

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8. Fun striped floral + casual save the date

This example is very simple: just your names, the date, and the location.

As you can see, non-traditional wording isn’t hard to do; just keep it straightforward, simple, and let the design show off your upcoming casual, fun, and relaxed wedding! :) By Alethea and Ruth.

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9. There will be cake

This is a fun, casual save the date for couples planning a laid-back party! By Erin L. Wilson.

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And lastly…

10. Now let’s party

One last example of informal wording for your announcement. It says, “He asked, she said yes, now let’s party!” Love it. By Jody Wody.

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Now that you know some examples of informal save the dates, which one is your favorite? See? Save the date cards don’t have to be so stiff and formal; don’t be afraid to have fun with it! :)

If you like any of these designs, you can even get a free sample with your actual names and date on it. Cool, huh? Check it out here.

Happy Planning!


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