You are either here because you recently got engaged and are starting to plan your wedding day or you are here because you are planning another special moment in your life that requires a save the date invitation.
Whether that be a save the date baby shower, quinceanera, bar or bat mitzvah, engagement, or other memorable occasions.
Save the date photo ideas can range from funny to creative to thoughtful, these save the date photoshoot ideas are one for the books!
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There are so many save the date ideas to choose from so I’m here to help you decide on the best save the date photoshoot themes, ideas, or sign for your invitations.
If you are interested in sending out a cute memento such as a coaster or save the date magnets, check out my 10 DIY Save The Date Keepsakes to make a memorable and everlasting impression on your guests.
Do save the dates have to have a picture?
No, save the dates do not have to have a picture.
There are loads of stylish options for save the dates which don’t have a picture.
However, they can be a great opportunity to show off your engagement pictures or to send your guests a picture of the happy couple.
There are many templates that wedding websites offer for your save the dates, for example, Zola save the dates can include pictures or exclude them.
How should save the date photos be taken?
It can be worthwhile working with your photographer to find the perfect location for your photos.
They may know the perfect spot, or alternatively, you may have a sentimental place in mind.
It is worth checking with your photographer if your sentimental place works and isn’t too busy or has the wrong lighting.
Funny save the date ideas
These funny save the dates are a perfect way to liven up the mood for the event.
Remember, save the dates don’t have to be a formal affair.
If you are a couple with a sense of humor and your guests are of a similar mindset, why not create funny save the dates?
Remember that save the dates can help set the tone for your memorable wedding.
Mention Free Drinks in your save the date invitations
Who doesn’t love free drinks at a wedding? If you are offering your guests free drinks, use this as a heading on your save the dates.
This will let your guests know that they are in for a party that they won’t want to miss!
Include your pets in your save the date photos
Our pets are now a massive part of our family, why not include them in your photo?
A cute-looking dog or cat, alongside you and your partner, could make a save the date to remember.
Working with pets can sometimes be difficult, so keep in mind you might need a lot of patience and time during your photo shoot.
Add your childhood photos to your save the date invites
You can include those embarrassing childhood photos of the happy couple.
You know the ones with the dodgy haircuts and big glasses?
This shows your guests that you don’t take yourself too seriously and they would be in for a great day at your wedding.
And who knows, you might even tie your Save The Dates into the theme of your wedding – “A blast from the past”??
Include social media in the design of your invitations
Social media is a huge part of our lives, it may have even been the reason that you met your partner.
Moving with the times, you could format your save the date invitation in the form of a tweet or Facebook post, or even include a link or QR code to a TikTok video of the happy couple.
A cute trend for Instagram save the date invitations is to create an invitation in the layout of an Instagram story and add a poll element of “yes” or “no”.
Add a funny story about how you met
Did you meet your significant other, Oh, I mean fiancé, on Tinder or Hinge?
Don’t be afraid to tie how you met into the theme of your save the dates!
Maybe add a heading that says, “We swiped right”, on your save the dates!
Or maybe we just keep these as potential ideas for the bachelor or bachelorette parties…
Save the date picture ideas
Choosing the right photo is an extremely important task when thinking about your save the date.
Don’t worry there are plenty of ideas for you to follow.
Let’s just say your save the date clip art skills aren’t always needed.
Write the save the date details on a small Chalkboard
Purchase a small hanging chalkboard to act as a prop in your save the date photo.
Write the couple’s names, the date, and the location of the event on the chalkboard.
Photos with your children
If you have children, they are a massive part of your life, and you could include them in your save-the-date photos.
Who doesn’t love a picture of a cute child dressed to impress?
If you choose this idea, you might be in for a long photo shoot in order to get that perfect shot.
However, failing the “perfect picture” because the little ones couldn’t behave could make for a humorous photo!
Carve your wedding date on pumpkins
If your wedding is in the fall, try carving the date into some pumpkins to create a stylish and unique picture.
Surrounding them with autumn-colored leaves could really top it off.
These save the date ideas with pumpkins would be such a cute idea!
Take a selfie
Remember a time before selfies?
Me neither… If you are planning a really chilled-out and relaxed vibe for your wedding, just get comfy on your sofa with your partner, snuggle up and snap away at a selfie.
Use the selfie as the photo for your save the dates! What a cute idea!
Jenna’s pro tip: using a selfie stick works best so you can get a wider shot when taking a selfie with another person.
Save the date photoshoot theme ideas
A theme to your save the date photoshoot can make a memorable save the date, making sure that your guests will know they want to be at your wedding and set the tone for your special day.
Save the date Sports theme idea
If you’re a sporty couple, your photoshoot could be at a sports stadium, or you could even have your name and date of the wedding printed on your favorite sports shirt!
How cute is that?
Save the date beach theme idea
Beach save the dates can add a real romantic and warm charm to your save the date.
Ideas could include writing your names in the sand with hearts or beach themed props.
Fall save the date theme idea
Known to some as the season of lovers, fall can be a really romantic time of year.
Fall wedding save the dates can include the colors of the autumn leaves, the long nights in front of a fire, and fall-colored knitwear.
These options can add to the romantic feel of your save the date.
Disney save the dates theme idea
If you are marrying your Prince Charming or Disney Princess, why not replicate this in your photoshoot theme?
With the right photographer and costumes, your fairytale wedding save the dates can be a dream come true!
Halloween save the date theme idea
Whilst a wicked witch may not seem the most natural character for your save the date, there are playful options using Halloween themes for your Halloween wedding save the date.
Using props such as pumpkins, ghosts or fake cobwebs can make for a spooky save the date photo!
Sunflower save the dates theme idea
With their large vibrant yellow flower heads, sunflowers could make an enjoyable and uplifting theme.
If the time of the year is right, you could even have a playful photoshoot in a sunflower field.
Holiday save the date theme idea
A holiday theme photoshoot, in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree for example, could add a magic sparkle to your Christmas wedding save the date.
It is the most wonderful time of the year after all!
The best time to send these types of save the dates would be during the holiday season or winter months, not so much in the summer months.
Unless you’re going for a 4th of July theme!
Minimalists save the date theme idea
Sometimes less is more, and you and your partner are the main attraction for the day.
Strip back the gimmicks and let your love shine through with a minimalist photoshoot including just the two of you with a simple background.
Pandemic or Coronavirus theme idea
While the Coronavirus isn’t really anything to joke about, planning your wedding in the middle of a pandemic can be a discouraging task.
However, it offers you the opportunity to make a historical and memorable photo.
You could include pictures with face masks, hand sanitizer, or even, if you’d like to make light of the situation, you could add some Corona beers.
Woodland save the date theme idea
Woodland weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years.
What is a woodland wedding?
Woodland weddings are weddings in the forest or woods.
Or the event can just incorporate nature into the theme such as hay, sticks, and ferns.
The colors of green, rust, wheat, or bark are also great attributes to a woodland-themed wedding.
Woodland weddings can add a real intimate and romantic feel to events and occasions and make for the perfect barn wedding save the date.
If you are having a woodland wedding or even just a woodland theme, carrying this through to your save the date can ensure a consistent theme throughout.
There are so many fun and exciting ways to send out your Save The Dates.
I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any other save the date photo shoot ideas, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments!
Until next time…