You've combed through the calendar and chosen a date. Now give guests a heads-up with amusing reminders you make yourself. Though you certainly don't need to send save-the-date cards, they're a fun way to get everyone excited, and they're especially helpful when many of your guests have to make travel arrangements or if accommodations near the ceremony site are limited (mail the notices about six months in advance).

Here, we offer a dozen whimsical versions, all of which can be crafted at home with simple supplies. Although it conveys some of the same information as a wedding invitation, save-the-date-card wording can be informal; just be sure to include a line indicating that an invitation and more details will follow. Many of our creations can be turned out in a few hours -- time well spent to ensure that your loved ones can be part of your celebration.


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